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Sunday morning notes: Beltran hosting event for minor leaguers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 23, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Carlos Beltran

In the Yankees clubhouse, there’s a large bulletin board where daily lineups, workout schedules, upcoming travel squads and various other announcements are posted each morning. Today, this note was added to the board.

BeltranMy Teammates:

I want to invite you to a get together that I will be hosting this Sunday, March 23rd, at 5:00PM at the Yankee Pavilion for our minor league players.

We all know how much time, effort and sacrifice it took to achieve our dreams while playing through the minor league system, and how this continues even today.

I know it will extremely special for them to share some time with us and learn about our experiences as we motivate them and encourage them to keep working hard to achieve their ultimate goal.

I hope you come and have a good time with us.

Carlos Beltran

I talked to several players in the clubhouse — some who have spent many years in the Yankees system, some who came from other organizations — and no one I talked to could remember a player ever doing anything quite like this. Apparently Alex Rodriguez did something similar last year when he was rehabbing, hosting an event for the guys in extended spring training and rookie ball, but Beltran’s event appears to be for basically every single minor league player in the Yankees system. He hosted an event for the Latin players in the system earlier this spring (and Jorge Castillo wrote a really good story about it).

Even other veteran players in the clubhouse have raved about what a leader Beltran has been since stepping into the Yankees clubhouse. He came over with that reputation, and he’s lived up to it in his first month with the team. One all-star teammate described it as “special” to simply be around him every day.

Preston Claiborne· Random moment from the clubhouse, David Phelps was talking to Shawn Kelley and Preston Claiborne when he suddenly offered high fives for each of them. Phelps had heard about their part in a near-perfect game at the minor league complex yesterday when Kelley, Claiborne, Cesar Cabral, Matt Thornton and Dellin Betances each pitched a perfect inning, then Graham Stoneburner pitched three perfect, before the “milestone” was lost in the ninth inning. Just thought it was cool that Phelps even knew such a thing had happened.

· Talked very briefly with Andrew Bailey this morning. He’s been in Yankees camp ever since signing earlier this spring. He’s still rehabbing from surgery and is up to 50 throws from 90 feet. In a week he’ll be extended to 120 feet. He said everything has been positive so far. It’s a long process though.

· Looks like a lot of those guys who pitched so well at the minor league complex yesterday will go back-to-back today. Betances, Claiborne and Cabral are each scheduled to pitch today. Less than an inning apiece would be my guess, but that’s strictly a guess.

· Jacoby Ellsbury is scheduled to take batting practice on the field again.

· Brendan Ryan said only that he’s feeling better. Still seems like a real long shot to be ready in time for Opening Day.

CC Sabathia, Larry Rothschild· Dave Robertson (to Austin Romine) and CC Sabathia (to Jose Gil) each threw bullpens this morning.

· Today’s second string: C Jose Gil, 1B Russ Canzler, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Yangervis Solarte, 3B Scott Sizemore, LF Zoilo Almonte, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia

· Today’s scheduled relievers: Chris Leroux, Matt Daley, Cesar Cabral, Dellin Betances, Preston Claiborne, Jim Miller, Danny Burawa (with Shane Greene, Fred Lewis, Branden Pinder and Manny Barreda available if necessary).

· Batting practice groups:
Group 1: Carlos Beltran, Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Ichiro Suzuki, Brian McCann
Group 2: Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez, Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira
Group 3: Russ Canzler, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler
Group 4: Dean Anna, Jacoby Ellsbury, John Ryan Murphy, Austin Romine
Group 5: Zoilo Almonte, Adonis Garcia, Antoan Richardson, Jose Gil

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98 Responses to “Sunday morning notes: Beltran hosting event for minor leaguers”

  1. mick March 23rd, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Beltran is a smart cookie and someday could have Cashman’s job.

  2. Hearn March 23rd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Let’s not talk about how great a teammate Beltran is going to be…no… lets whine some more about losing Cano.

  3. Tar March 23rd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Hearn

    Have no clue who you are…. but you were the one who started the whining. Blake made a innocuous statement that you had a little hissy fit about. Grow up

  4. pat March 23rd, 2014 at 10:23 am

    DPLennon
    Joe Mauer gets first look at Masahiro Tanaka yesterday and is reminded of … Paul Byrd. #yankees http://bit.ly/1geXJu1

  5. Tar March 23rd, 2014 at 10:25 am

    So a quick google search brings up this for “Multiple” Hearn:

    “Hearn March 9th, 2014 at 10:39 am
    Screw Cano. Not going to waste any more breath on his greedy “me first” attitude.

    Let’s Go Yankees!”

    “Hearn March 9th, 2014 at 10:56 am
    Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

    Onwards and forward.”

    I hope Chad finds out who you are.

  6. bigdan22 March 23rd, 2014 at 10:26 am

    We’ve seen the Yanks ‘A’ lineup a couple times now without Ellsbury and Ichiro is playing CF. Why isn’t Gardner in CF? I’m getting the feeling that Girardi will do everything possible this year to give Ichiro ABs. Zolio is so far down the depth chart that any chance of significant ML time this year seems less and less likely. This isn’t how you develop ballplayers. If you want to push the envelope, put Zolio in CF. He’s the one with a ML future. Of course, not with the Yanks.

  7. Chad Jennings March 23rd, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Just so we don’t run into a problem of, “you didn’t warn me before you banned me!”

    Stop being condescending to one another. Realize that the whole point of a forum like this is to have an actual conversation. Understand that different people are going to have different opinions, and that some people are going to make a strong and passionate case for their point of view.

    If you disagree, that’s fine. Discuss it. Don’t belittle it. If you don’t think the conversation is going anywhere, then why in the world would you engage in it? The problem is coming from each side of every single argument.

    Be better than this.

  8. Chad Jennings March 23rd, 2014 at 10:33 am

    bigdan22 March 23rd, 2014 at 10:26 am e

    We’ve seen the Yanks ‘A’ lineup a couple times now without Ellsbury and Ichiro is playing CF. Why isn’t Gardner in CF? I’m getting the feeling that Girardi will do everything possible this year to give Ichiro ABs.

    Two reasons I can think of for Ichiro to play center in these games.

    1. Because Gardner’s going to be in left field during the season, so the Yankees want to have him play out there in the final two weeks of spring.

    2. Trying to show other teams that Ichiro can still play center, if only to breath some life into a potential trade.

  9. PacoDooley March 23rd, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Chad Jennings March 23rd, 2014 at 10:28 am
    Just so we don’t run into a problem of, “you didn’t warn me before you banned me!”

    Stop being condescending to one another. Realize that the whole point of a forum like this is to have an actual conversation. Understand that different people are going to have different opinions, and that some people are going to make a strong and passionate case for their point of view.

    If you disagree, that’s fine. Discuss it. Don’t belittle it. If you don’t think the conversation is going anywhere, then why in the world would you engage in it? The problem is coming from each side of every single argument.

    Be better than this.
    —————————–

    Well said – this is exactly why I like to come here and to read and participate in the comments section. It is usually devoid of the sniping with condescending attitudes that make other places wholly unpleasant. The mature and intelligent dialogue here without the smart-alec comments intertwined is what makes it special…

  10. Hearn March 23rd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Chad, am I’m the one being difficult here?

    I’m not allowed to counter the argument that Yankees were idiots letting Cano walk after their 175M offer was rejected? A ten year contract after what Yanks have gone through with ARod was pure insanity!!!!!

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, no? I guess some opinions are “more” equal here.

  11. hardwired7 March 23rd, 2014 at 10:39 am

    ” One all-star teammate described it as “special” to simply be around him every day.”

    Sounds like something either Jeter or Tex would say.

    Beltran must have the record for quickest assimilation into a clubhouse ever.

  12. Chad Jennings March 23rd, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Hearn March 23rd, 2014 at 10:35 am e

    Chad, am I’m the one being difficult here?

    I’m not allowed to counter the argument that Yankees were idiots letting Cano walk after their 175M offer was rejected? A ten year contract after what Yanks have gone through with ARod was pure insanity!!!!!

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, no? I guess some opinions are “more” equal here.

    It’s not about the opinion. It’s about the manner of expression. Just show some respect for one another, that’s all I care about. I could not possibly care less what anyone’s individual opinion might be. Disagree all day long, just don’t become condescending about it. And finding someone else to be condescending doesn’t make it OK to become condescending as well.

  13. Niki March 23rd, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Chad – I noticed Cervelli isn’t in the batting practice groups. That isn’t because of anything that happened yesterday is it?

    Thanks.

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock March 23rd, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Chad Jennings March 23rd, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Just so we don’t run into a problem of, “you didn’t warn me before you banned me!”

    Stop being condescending to one another. Realize that the whole point of a forum like this is to have an actual conversation. Understand that different people are going to have different opinions, and that some people are going to make a strong and passionate case for their point of view.

    If you disagree, that’s fine. Discuss it. Don’t belittle it. If you don’t think the conversation is going anywhere, then why in the world would you engage in it? The problem is coming from each side of every single argument.

    Be better than this.
    ///

    This this this

  15. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Exactly. Thanks, Chad for reminding everyone that it isn’t that hard to be cordial and respectful.

    Tar, as per my post in previous thread: do I need any additional info on the charger? Sounds great.

    Austinmac, I answered you in previous thread, but would love to go back to discussing baseball.

  16. Chad Jennings March 23rd, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Part of the problem here is that we have a lot of smart posters who should be able to raise the baseball IQ of some newer posters — and who should raise the level of conversation by engaging in a smart back-and-forth about divided issues — but there’s an almost total inability to present opinions and information without putting everyone else on the defensive. It’s not a problem of intellect or comprehension, it’s a problem of simply not knowing how to communicate.

  17. Hearn March 23rd, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I understand what you’re saying about condescending conversation and I apologize for sinking to that level. It’s just frustrating logging on to read about Pineda or Beltran or Jeter and seeing another post sniping about Cano being gone.

  18. Chad Jennings March 23rd, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Niki March 23rd, 2014 at 10:40 am e

    Chad – I noticed Cervelli isn’t in the batting practice groups. That isn’t because of anything that happened yesterday is it?

    Thanks.

    He has the day off because he’s catching Nova tomorrow (which is an off day for everyone else)

  19. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Tar says:
    March 23, 2014 at 10:40 am
    Anker® Astro E5 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger is the one I have.

    listed at $49.99 on Amazon
    —-
    Thanks, Tar.

  20. Tar March 23rd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    YF

    I answered on the previous thread.

  21. Chad Jennings March 23rd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Hearn March 23rd, 2014 at 10:43 am e

    I understand what you’re saying about condescending conversation and I apologize for sinking to that level. It’s just frustrating logging on to read about Pineda or Beltran or Jeter and seeing another post sniping about Cano being gone.

    But Cano being gone is going to be a topic of discussion all year. Of course it is. That’s unavoidable. It was a massive decision this offseason, and it’s going to impact the entire year (and years to come). If you don’t want to participate in a Cano conversation, then don’t. It’s that simple. I can’t blame someone for still having an opinion about it and for occasionally feeling passionate about it. It was and still is a big deal. If you’re not feeling like talking about it and you’re over it, then move on. I can’t for the life of me understand why that’s remotely difficult.

  22. Madrugador March 23rd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Don’t know why and it is disappointing but Girardi seems to have usually favored the veteran over the rookie when he has had to make thst choice.

  23. tomingeorgia March 23rd, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I think Cervelli deserved a day off just for the beating he took yesterday.

  24. Niki March 23rd, 2014 at 10:47 am

    That’s good…thanks Chad.

  25. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Chad, RE: Ichi in CF. I was thinking the same, showcasing his CF ability in order to trade him.

  26. Chad Jennings March 23rd, 2014 at 10:48 am

    And for those of you interested, the Blue Jays are basically bringing their A-lineup. Pretty solid test for Pineda before the fifth starter competition is settled.

    Chris Getz 2B
    Melky Cabrera LF
    Jose Bautista RF
    Edwin Encarnacion DH
    Adam Lind 1B
    Dioner Navarro C
    Colby Rasmus CF
    Brett Lawrie 3B
    Ryan Goins SS

    LHP Mark Buehrle

  27. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Chad, great post on Cano.

  28. DONNYBROOK March 23rd, 2014 at 10:51 am

    To me, posting on this Forum should be No different than talking to the guy sitting in the seat beside you at a Yankee Game, with people in adjoining seats listening in. As long as you do Not Profane the guy, or make it Personal in some matter, everything should be hunky dory. Many times, you’re simply mussing to yourself while filling in the lineups for both teams before the game starts. The condescending stuff has been going on here Forever, and that shouldn’t bother anyone. It’s basically the same as a hitter spitting on your curve ball. So what? It all comes down to having confidence in yourself, as does Life in general.

  29. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Pineda pitch against this Jays’ lineup. Good times!

  30. pat March 23rd, 2014 at 10:54 am

    yankeefeminista

    Got a press release on this recently. Thought it might be something worth you reading re: extending battery life on your phone.

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  31. Tar March 23rd, 2014 at 10:54 am

    “Chad, great post on Cano.”

    It was…and not one bit of “condescending” in it at all. I need lessons. :D

  32. Tar March 23rd, 2014 at 10:58 am

    “I’m really looking forward to seeing Pineda pitch against this Jays’ lineup. Good times!”

    Yeah seeing those kind of line-ups means we are getting close to some real action. Just have to get this March Madness stuff out of the way first.

  33. bigdan22 March 23rd, 2014 at 10:58 am

    bigdan22 March 23rd, 2014 at 10:26 am e

    We’ve seen the Yanks ‘A’ lineup a couple times now without Ellsbury and Ichiro is playing CF. Why isn’t Gardner in CF? I’m getting the feeling that Girardi will do everything possible this year to give Ichiro ABs.

    Two reasons I can think of for Ichiro to play center in these games.

    1. Because Gardner’s going to be in left field during the season, so the Yankees want to have him play out there in the final two weeks of spring.

    2. Trying to show other teams that Ichiro can still play center, if only to breath some life into a potential trade

    ——

    I’ve thought about your first reason but I don’t agree with it. Gardner has already played most of his ST games in LF. He’s played whole seasons in LF. He doesn’t need any more playing time there to be ready for the season. On the contrary, I see Gardner as the Yanks’ primary back up CF so he should be getting time there now with Ellsbury down because that’s what would happen if the season had already begun.

    As to your second point, that I hadn’t thought of. Perhaps that is the case. I’m not sure any potential trading partner sees Ichiro as more than an emergency solution in CF but having him play there now can’t hurt his very limited trade value.

    I still believe the most likely reason is Girardi/Yanks’ strong intent to give Ichiro as many ABs as their current roster will allow. I’m not sure if there’s a pure baseball reason behind this thinking. Or maybe it’s the “icon factor.” We are likely to see the same motivation played out with Jeter this year.

  34. DONNYBROOK March 23rd, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Watched the D. Backs last night. Towers job is in serious trouble, same goes for Mgr. Gibson. With their SP up in the air, I wonder if Towers has inquired as to Phelps? The Yanks could still address the IF through this channel.

  35. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I was left for dead on the other thread….no way to tell on this mobile. Tar, I want to know if you’ll come here to work on my stereo, Alex Lifeson isn’t returning messages. yf, who were those 2 guitarists you mentioned?

  36. DONNYBROOK March 23rd, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Trading Ichiro is simply matching up with someone else seeking to trade a piece that does Not fit current roster need(s). No more, No less.

  37. yankee21 March 23rd, 2014 at 11:01 am

    As much as I respect Ichiro as a ballplayer and everything he’s accomplished, I really wish he were playing with another team this year.

  38. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Chad, the guy’s name should be Stan Getz. Game on la radio methinks.

  39. mick March 23rd, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Condescension is the key word here and it comes in many forms.
    Some are more subtle than others but still there.
    Condescension has always been the problem here and most of the “con” artists have gone
    but a few still remain, though they might not think so.
    Some claim to have BS detectors but some have condescension detectors as well.
    It seems protesting against the condescenders is the major crime here.

  40. Tar March 23rd, 2014 at 11:05 am

    jmills

    Next time I am within 500 miles of you I am stopping over. We are going to a game ( any game) or a concert or …. :D

  41. mick March 23rd, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Zoilo should not be the 5th OF, Ichiro will be fine in that role.
    If Ichiro plays , it will be mostly for his defense.
    That is not what Zoilo should be doing at this stage of his career.

  42. mick March 23rd, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Mills, you are afraid of the Clown?
    Who are you?
    Kramer?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRP_uMWFueY

  43. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Tar, you’re on! Apart from Toronto, you’d find Hamilton interesting. All demographic groups from a university crowd to steel workers. Hamilton gets a bad rep, I find people here more at ease and friendlier than what has in many cases become an expensive frantic scene in Toronto. We do an art crawl second Friday of every month on one of the main streets. Of course there’s the escarpment and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

  44. Niki March 23rd, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Good for Beltran…very cool thing to do.

  45. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Thanks, pat. I will check it out.

    “March Madness stuff out of the way first.”

    Tar, with me it is more about Frozen Four stuff right now, and then the hockey playoffs start, so that makes April one of my crazier months. Add in Trenton Thunder games and Charleston going to Lakewood, NJ this year… not that I am complaining, mind you. :)

  46. bigdan22 March 23rd, 2014 at 11:15 am

    mick March 23rd, 2014 at 11:05 am
    Zoilo should not be the 5th OF, Ichiro will be fine in that role.
    If Ichiro plays , it will be mostly for his defense.
    That is not what Zoilo should be doing at this stage of his career.

    —–

    Totally agree. But if there is an injury in the OF, Zolio should be promoted to replace that player and Ichiro should remain as the 5th OF. If Ellsbury goes down, Gardner should move to CF and Zolio should play left. I discussed this possible scenario weeks ago but questioned whether it would actually happen. I think what we are seeing now is the answer to that question. It won’t happen. If there’s an injury in the OF Ichiro becomes a starter.

    This is again another instance of veterans (or possible icons) interfering what is or would be a good player development policy. You should be pushing young players to expand their skills in ST. Zolio should be in CF now if you are of that mindset. Not the aged veteran.

  47. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 11:18 am

    “yf, who were those 2 guitarists you mentioned?”

    You mean, Tom Verlaine and Robert Quine?

  48. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 11:18 am

    There used to be a kids show here called ” uncle Bobby ” and uncle Bobby was a grumpy sort. He used to have this Bimbo the Birthday clown that would pop out of the closet. Hated that show, preferred the Hilarious House of Frankenstein.

  49. mick March 23rd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Zoilo must play everyday in AAA right now .
    Soriano will play the OF, not Ichiro , if a 4th OF is needed.
    I don’t see Zorro in CF but LF or RF anyway.
    He is not known for his fielding.

  50. RhapsodyInBlue March 23rd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Tarheels may have a good shot today Iowa State’s big man is hurting.

  51. rr212 March 23rd, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Hey all. Its been awhile since I’ve posted here. Hope everyone is well. I’m jacked to watch Pineda today. Should be a good test against that lineup.

  52. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 11:22 am

    yf, yes! You saved me searching for that little piece of paper amongst all the other little pieces of paper. One day I’ll get my act together. As torture today, I have to take on my taxes…gulp :(

  53. RhapsodyInBlue March 23rd, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Watching Michael against the Jays is a must see.

  54. tomingeorgia March 23rd, 2014 at 11:26 am

    RIB,
    8 days until Opening Day, the fishing one, I mean. All your gear ready to go?

  55. bigdan22 March 23rd, 2014 at 11:26 am

    mick March 23rd, 2014 at 11:19 am
    Zoilo must play everyday in AAA right now .
    Soriano will play the OF, not Ichiro , if a 4th OF is needed.
    I don’t see Zorro in CF but LF or RF anyway.
    He is not known for his fielding.

    —–

    Good point, so why isn’t Soriano in LF today and Gardner in CF? I think they DH’d Soriano the other time they did this as well and started Ichiro in CF. I think the Yanks want to get Sori as comfortable as possible in the DH slot because that’s where they want him during the season. If there is an in season DL of an OF, you will replace that OF with a AAA outfielder. That will be Zolio. But will he start or just replace Ichiro?

    If I’m reading the signs correctly, the Yanks want Ichiro to get ABs. They are doing everything they can to get him ABs. They want him to play as much as possible during the season.

  56. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Wait till the season starts RIB, the games against the Yankees are ton of fun. Your infield will get a good test here.

  57. mick March 23rd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    As Girardi is defense oriented it makes sense that they are playing Ichiro over Soriano in the OF.
    They haven’t given up on him as a hitter.
    The season is too long to worry about this now.

  58. bigdan22 March 23rd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Oh, and while Zolio is def a corner outfielder, he’s played close to 100 games in the minors in CF. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him start in CF this year in Scranton with Heathcott down. It makes far more sense from a player development standpoint to play Zolio in CF than Ichiro.

  59. mick March 23rd, 2014 at 11:35 am

    It makes far more sense from a player development standpoint to play Zolio in CF than Ichiro.
    ==============================
    Maybe next year. Ichiro is never hurt.

  60. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Zoilo is not a very good CF. You really don’t want him to play there.

  61. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 11:38 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S.....del=watch#

    Anybody who makes it to Toronto should go to Allan Gardens. These I think pre the turn of the century Victorian era greenhouses were almost torn down some decades ago. They are free and amazing to go into during the winter when there is a surreal snow coming down outside. Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp would be envious.

  62. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 11:41 am

    jmills, I miss Toronto and Ontario in general. I haven’t been there in many years… Dashing off to get some breakfast before the game. Catch you later.

  63. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 11:46 am

    yf, great to see you, have a Tom Sawyer amazing day.

  64. RhapsodyInBlue March 23rd, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Tom, I’m ready.

    Opening day is projected to be in the 60s. Of course that could change.

    I’ll be in the northern Catskills on streams that I’ve fished for close to 40 years. I can jump from one to another depending on the conditions.

    I know where they lay on opening day.

  65. bigdan22 March 23rd, 2014 at 11:48 am

    “Zoilo is not a very good CF. You really don’t want him to play there.”

    —–

    That’s why it’s called player development. I def think you’ll seem him play some CF this year in Scranton.

    Zolio has never had much of a reputation for defense in general but he looks pretty good to me in ST. Maybe he’s improving. All good reasons to keep challenging him.

    I don’t know what kind of major leaguer Zolio will turn out to be but I do believe he will be in the majors sooner rather than later. It just looks more and more like whatever he becomes the Yanks will not be the beneficiary.

  66. Giuseppe Franco March 23rd, 2014 at 11:52 am

    mick March 23rd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I don’t see Zorro in CF but LF or RF anyway.
    He is not known for his fielding.

    —-

    How did I miss this? The Yanks acquired Zorro? Nice job, Cashman!

    He may not be known for his fielding but he can sure swing that sword and wears a cool mask and cape!

  67. BoJo March 23rd, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I agree with YF and JAP about Melky having a big bounce back year this year, and I look foward to making sarcastic jabs (in a totally non-condescending way!) at the poster who called him a loser. :-)

  68. BoJo March 23rd, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Cad didn’t say anything about banning laughter or badly constructed humor, did he?

  69. BoJo March 23rd, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Chad, not Cad. NOT a Freudian slip (which actually looked pretty good on Meg Ryan).

  70. GregD March 23rd, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Behind home plate at Yankee Blue Jays game !

  71. BoJo March 23rd, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Great. Now that all the condescending chirping has stopped, no one is posting anymore. Thanks for breaking the website Chad!

  72. austinmac March 23rd, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Isn’t Hearhcott going to be ready close to the start of the season? It must have been a diffcult surgery to have such a lengthy recovery time.

  73. RhapsodyInBlue March 23rd, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Enjoy GregD!

  74. Doreen March 23rd, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I really am one who tries very hard to move on, even when disappointed about something the Yankees did or did not do.

    But this post just makes me wish even more Beltran was signed way back in 2005 (and of course, when he was available again after that). I hope he contributes on the field this year, as well, but in any event, I hope he has a positive experience here and sticks with the Yankee organization post-playing-career.

    As for the ones we had that got away, I always hope they do well wherever they are, but it serves no purpose for me to continually mourn their departures. I still do get wistful at times, though, even if I don’t talk about it here for the most part anymore. I think baseball is a sport that particularly lends itself to “relationships” with the players, because it is a slow-moving game that unfolds almost like a story. The games and season are long enough, and there are enough close-ups on televisions, that you feel like you come to “know” players. And with the advent of more ubiquitous media, there is even more information and exposure.

  75. BoJo March 23rd, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I believe the Heathster is going to be slowly brought along. Heard earlier that he may be in extended ST.

  76. austinmac March 23rd, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    GregS,

    Scouting reports please. Congrats and enjoy.

  77. BoJo March 23rd, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Doreen–I still will be cheering for Joba and Melky this year.

  78. austinmac March 23rd, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    BoJo,

    Meg Ryan. Has anyone screwed up their looks much worse? I always thought she was very cute.

  79. GregD March 23rd, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    RIB and AustinMac…. Thanks, my first time to ST and third game this week

  80. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    GregD, you lucky so and so, I’m stuck here with the mess that is my taxes. Game is on la radio, and if time does indeed exist, I will try and throw some things from this side of the fence. Everybody enjoy!!!

  81. Doreen March 23rd, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    bigdan22 -

    Can I ask why you always refer to Zoilo Almonte as Z-O-L-I-O?

  82. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Haven’t seen meg Ryan since she was Morrison’s heroin partner.

  83. Doreen March 23rd, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Bojo -

    Yep. And Hughes. Though I wish they were all in the National League…..

  84. GregD March 23rd, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    JMills— thanks, life is good

  85. GregD March 23rd, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Cone and Singleton on the field doing pregame

  86. UnKnown March 23rd, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    AL is such a professional, not surprised at all that he is the only guy anyone can think of doing something for the minor league guys. It’s beautiful really.

  87. massjake March 23rd, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Can I ask why you always refer to Zoilo Almonte as Z-O-L-I-O?

    “And Zoilo was his nameo”

  88. BoJo March 23rd, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    austinmac March 23rd, 2014 at 12:25 pm
    BoJo,

    Meg Ryan. Has anyone screwed up their looks much worse? I always thought she was very cute.
    ===
    Don’t be so condescending to Meg please… :-)

    Actually, what the H3LL happened to her anyway!?!?

  89. BoJo March 23rd, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Doreen March 23rd, 2014 at 12:31 pm
    Bojo -

    Yep. And Hughes. Though I wish they were all in the National League…..
    —-
    Can’t bring myself to rooting for Hughes. I always agreed with betsy and thought he was overrated….and I never forgave him and Eiland for taking Joba’s spot in rotation in that rigged ST competition

  90. austinmac March 23rd, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Scherzer apparently turned down the sixth largest contract ever offered a pitcher. I can’t see the Yankees going there. I suspect this was their big spending year.

  91. Tar March 23rd, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    So it looks like opening day it’s going to be RH Feldman going for the Stro’s.

    Gardner
    Ellsbury
    Beltran
    McCann
    Sori
    Tex
    Jeter
    Johnson
    Roberts

    I love Jete, but against RH I move him down. VS LH he bats second

  92. BoJo March 23rd, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    austinmac March 23rd, 2014 at 12:55 pm
    Scherzer apparently turned down the sixth largest contract ever offered a pitcher. I can’t see the Yankees going there. I suspect this was their big spending year.
    ===
    Agreed. They will finally have a young rotation with Nova, Tanaka, Pineda with young pitchers like Manny, Greene, Turley and perhaps others filling it at #5. Add CC and they have no need to add a large contract.

  93. Hankflorida March 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I am happy to read Chad comments about civlility on this blog, and have found that even though there is disagreement, there is room to learn. I was for keeping Cano because of replacing him with Ellsbury did not connect with me especially his playing with Gardener. After reading the other blogs, there was a reality that playing Yankee Stadium and not hitting to the opposite field against the Green Monster, the 2011 Ellsbury could emerge giving us Cano numbers plus turning

  94. BoJo March 23rd, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Tar March 23rd, 2014 at 12:56 pm
    So it looks like opening day it’s going to be RH Feldman going for the Stro’s.

    Gardner
    Ellsbury
    Beltran
    McCann
    Sori
    Tex
    Jeter
    Johnson
    Roberts

    I love Jete, but against RH I move him down. VS LH he bats second
    ===
    I like your lineup in a condescending way. Wish JG would do that. But I doubt it.

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