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Anna gets start at third base

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 26, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brian Roberts 2B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Dean Anna 3B

RHP Chris Leroux

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121 Responses to “Anna gets start at third base”

  1. blake March 26th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Johnson wouldn’t bother me at 3B as much if they had more certainty elsewhere in the infield…..the range on the left side is really really limited and over the course of a season that’s a lot of outs you’re giving away.

    The Yanks aren’t a team that will be able to overcome a lot of free outs…..I like their rotation but the rotation is going to perform worse than they could if they are having to get 4 outs in 2 innings a game. That adds up and takes it’s toll……

  2. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    If I were a player…..especially a guy like Jeter or Trout or somebody like that that has a lot to lose reputation wise by failing a drug test then I’d be afraid to take anything at all. In the past anyone who failed a test was painted with a broad brush as a juicer…..I think it’s really important in each case to find out exactly what they player took and how often they took it…..separate the misdemeanors from the felonies so to speak because they aren’t all the same…….there is a difference in a guy making a mistake and taking something from GNC he thought was legal but turns out it wasn’t and guys buying stuff from Tony Boesch……

    ——————–

    Conceptually I agree.. but has this been an actual problem? It sounds more like a loophole to me.

  3. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    It just kinda makes me chuckle that people are worried about accidentally finding a guy doing an innocent OTC drug when the current testing system can’t even find guys that actually did real drugs…

    If guys test positive, a full report on what was found in their system should be released IMO. But that would make the Arod ruling problematic in many cases.

  4. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I’m not too worried about Jeter but this spring he and Tex have showed us why worrying about the INF doesn’t make you a chicken little-type.

    And the D from Nunez and Johnson has been just as expected.

  5. pat March 26th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Not that this is any surprise but….

    jorgeccastillo
    Austin Romine’s locker has been cleared out. Looks like Francisco Cervelli is gonna be officially named the backup catcher.

  6. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    So lemme get this straight, The Mariners gave Randy Wolf (who I saw pitch in H.S.!) a spot in their rotation, the wanted him to sign a 45 day contract and he refused, so he’s off their roster now?

    Seems to me like the Mariner’s are lost at sea.

  7. blake March 26th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I would tell “AL scout” from Heyman’s article to put his name behind that assessment if it’s what he believes…..

    What I’ve seen from Jeter this spring is that he’s moving very well….better than he has by far since before the ankle injury and at the plate he’s doing what he’s always done when he struggles…..he’s out in front.

    Anytime in Jeter’s career when he has slumped it’s been because he doesn’t let he ball travel deep…..when he gets jumpy at the plate he gets out in front and it zaps all his power and it results in a lot of weak ground balls……Jeter has an unconventional swing that really only works if he lets the ball get deep keeps his hands inside the ball…..right now I think he’s not trusting his hands because he is afraid fastballs will beat him…..he’s just rusty and has probably lost some bat speed too from age and not playing in almost 2 years. Once he finds the trust to let the ball travel and learns when he needs to start his hands I think he’ll hit again.

    Either way./…..this is it for the Cap’n and I’m going to enjoy it rather than nit pick every detail of his season……he’s provided so many amazing moments and performances over the years….I’m gonna focus on the glimpses of that that he shows us. Don’t doubt him

  8. austinmac March 26th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I would feel a bit better if Teixiera ever hit a ball hard. Can’t recall the last time.

  9. blake March 26th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    “So lemme get this straight, The Mariners gave Randy Wolf (who I saw pitch in H.S.!) a spot in their rotation, the wanted him to sign a 45 day contract and he refused, so he’s off their roster now?”

    they are ridiculous…..kudos to wolf for telling them to shove it.

  10. blake March 26th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    “I would feel a bit better if Teixiera ever hit a ball hard. Can’t recall the last time.”

    he hit one pretty good foul the other day…..fair though….not sure.

  11. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    he hit one pretty good foul the other day…..fair though….not sure.

    —————-

    Didn’t he have a HR really early this spring..?

    Before the season started I already was feeling bad for Tex… he’s going to take a beating this year if he gets off to a slow start.

    We still don’t have confirmation Ellsbury will be ready for opening day, do we? I saw yesterday they were reporting Joe was non-committal.

  12. blake March 26th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    “Conceptually I agree.. but has this been an actual problem? It sounds more like a loophole to me.”

    it’s hard to say because like everyone who gets caught says it was a mistake and it was from some medicine they took or yadda yadda yadda…. and the penalty was the same for everyone.

    Now if someone fails a test and gets 25 games then we can assume MLB investigated and perhaps it was accidental……but if they get 75 or 100 or whatever number they agree on then it figures to be more of a habitual thing.

  13. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Revenge of Stoneburner – Do you have a list of all of the incorrect predictions made on the blog…? I’d actually love to see that! :lol:

    One thing we should all be able to agree on is that everyone has been wrong at some point or another. Personally, the only thing I’m sure I’ve not been wrong about is voting myself Best Looking Lohud Poster of 2011. *applause*

  14. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    it’s hard to say because like everyone who gets caught says it was a mistake and it was from some medicine they took or yadda yadda yadda…. and the penalty was the same for everyone.

    Now if someone fails a test and gets 25 games then we can assume MLB investigated and perhaps it was accidental……but if they get 75 or 100 or whatever number they agree on then it figures to be more of a habitual thing.

    —————–

    I take issue with this for a couple of reasons.

    Firstly, most players don’t pretend it was some innocent drug. In fact, they don’t talk about what they were taking at all in the large majority of cases. They apologize for some discretion and move on. So I don’t see a lot of innocents being held accountable for making a simple mistake. You’d see more reactions like Gio’s if that were true. In his case, he came out immediately, said he was on a legal substance, etc. If these guys were getting popped for taking cough syrup, they wouldn’t be accepting any suspensions at all.

    Additionally, I do not trust MLB to evaluate players without bias. The difference between a 25 game suspension or a 100 game suspension could come down to who likes who more – unless they are disclosing the findings their tests produce, I’d consider the process dubious.

  15. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    indiscretion*

    Bleck.

  16. blake March 26th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    “Firstly, most players don’t pretend it was some innocent drug. In fact, they don’t talk about what they were taking at all in the large majority of cases. They apologize for some discretion and move on. So I don’t see a lot of innocents being held accountable for making a simple mistake. You’d see more reactions like Gio’s if that were true. In his case, he came out immediately, said he was on a legal substance, etc. If these guys were getting popped for taking cough syrup, they wouldn’t be accepting any suspensions at all.”

    I shouldn’t say everyone does that but a lot have….it was a medicine they took or a supplement they took or a website they made up that sold them dirty supplements etc…..

    What I’m saying is if there is an actual difference in the suspension length then I can see more players trying to play the “it was an accident card”…..

    I agree on MLB investigating without bias though……maybe the players can push for independent investigations or something.

  17. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I also have a hard time with MLB determining habitual use without multiple failed tests. There need to be parameters set here. They could simply investigate some individuals more than others based on… what?

    They need to completely revisit the JDA and how it links to the CBA, IMO. But don’t expect all that talk about the players wanting this stuff out of the game to hold much water. If these reports are to be believed, they’ve just opened up the window for lesser suspensions instead of more stringent consequences lol.

  18. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    What I’m saying is if there is an actual difference in the suspension length then I can see more players trying to play the “it was an accident card”…..

    —————–

    Right… which is why this is nothing more than a loophole. It doesn’t represent a stronger testing policy or a tougher stance on usage. And I thought that was the point of the renegotiation?

    I’ll wait and see what they come up with.. but I’m not holding my breath they’ll make it harder for guys to use.

  19. Doreen March 26th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Accident seems like the wrong word anyway. They didn’t “accidentally” take cough medicine or supplements from GNC. It was not “accidental” that those things had banned substances in them. What they were was unaware of the particular banned substances perhaps, or ignorant for not reading what’s on the ingredient list and making sure they are not on the list of banned substances that Im sure every major league player has access to.

    Perhaps in the beginning of the anti-PED era you could make the excuse of “I didn’t know,” but now? It’s just plain irresponsible.

  20. Doreen March 26th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    So, I guess what I’m saying is I don’t think I like the idea of a lesser suspension for ignorance.

  21. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Perhaps in the beginning of the anti-PED era you could make the excuse of “I didn’t know,” but now? It’s just plain irresponsible.

    ——————

    Doreen – Agreed. At this point, it’s a little late in the game for this.

    If I could remember even one guy getting popped and accepting a full 50 game suspension for an innocent mistake, I might take it more seriously…

  22. CountryClub March 26th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    “In the wake of losing catcher Geovany Soto for 10 weeks with a knee injury, the Rangers, according to a person with knowledge of the club’s thinking, inquired about Francisco Cervelli. However, the Yankees told the Rangers he wasn’t available.” (that’s silly)

    “The Yankees might keep Ellsbury away from big league games for the remainder of the exhibition season. This way if he re-injures the calf he can be back-dated on the DL to March 21. If he suffers an injury in a big league exhibition Ellsbury can’t be back-dated.”

    http://nypost.com/2014/03/25/e.....vs-astros/

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Doreen – totally agree with your 9:12 a.m. post

    **************

    “I would feel a bit better if Teixiera ever hit a ball hard. Can’t recall the last time.”

    austin – isn’t the word that Tex takes a while to heat up? Let’s hope that’s what we’re seeing here. In the meantime, it really is so good to have his D back at first.

  24. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    i think they can create protocols that will separate the ‘accidental’ use from the hardcore ped user and I think it’s a good idea if they are going to make the first time penalty very severe that they have a way of preventing a huge loss of income to guys who didnt use hardcore PED’s.

    There is the possibility that it could become a loophole that real cheaters can use, but that could and should be preventive. Unless I see that start to happen, then I think it’s a good idea.

  25. pat March 26th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Shame

    JC Romero served 50 for taking a tainted supplement however the 2 level suspension is just an excuse waiting to be used.

  26. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    *prevented* not preventive

  27. pat March 26th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    jnorris427
    As expected, both JR Murphy and Austin Romine are optioned to Triple-A. This could be a hella interesting season for @RailRidersTT

  28. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    There is the possibility that it could become a loophole that real cheaters can use, but that could and should be preventive. Unless I see that start to happen, then I think it’s a good idea.

    —————–

    Like I said before, I didn’t see a huge outcry from players before… what percentage of positive tests could we be talking about here? It would seem to be very very low given the lack of challenges MLB has received.

    Should MLB have thought of this when they initially created the policy? It makes little sense now unless this is a power play by the MLBPA. They could feel they got steamrolled given recent events and want to take back some power.

  29. pat March 26th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Ken_Rosenthal
    Sources: Penalties under discussion in new drug agreement are 80-game ban for first offense, 162 games for second, lifetime for third.

  30. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I think the mlbpa is reacting to the players who were incenced about cheaters and want harsher penalties. The are agreeing to harsher penalties voluntarily. But I think they want to differentiate real PED usage from a failed test that had nothing to do with performance enhancing. I think that’s fair.

    The jda is going to need to be revised quite a bit and probably quite often if it is ever going to be effective. The players are helping out here, as I see it, but at the same time they are trying to protect the guy who takes the wrong cold medicine or whatever. I dont see the mlbpa agreeing to longer suspensions just to create a loophole for real cheaters when the player’s sentiment seems to be to get cheaters out of the game.

  31. blake March 26th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    “In the wake of losing catcher Geovany Soto for 10 weeks with a knee injury, the Rangers, according to a person with knowledge of the club’s thinking, inquired about Francisco Cervelli. However, the Yankees told the Rangers he wasn’t available.” (that’s silly)

    well he’s probably not available for what they are offering……

  32. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    rangers also looking for IF help with Profar on the shelf for a while. They are scouting rickey weeks.

  33. pat March 26th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Carton on WFAN calling Yankees Pitching staff “The A Team” SabathiA, KirodA, NovA, TanakA, PinedA

    These nicknames are usually the kiss of death. :wink:

  34. austinmac March 26th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Trisha,

    Yes, Teixiera is a slow starter, but I don’t rmemeber this slow. He may hit great. Who knows? I would like to see some sign. He is a key to the offense to me.

    Blake,

    No scout or other source is going to talk to reporters if they must be identified. Specifically, they can’t talk publicly about a player on another team. I have no doubt this scout believes he is seeing what is being reported. The question is whether he is right. Time will tell.

  35. austinmac March 26th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Ys,

    Well said on the PDA issue. I agree.

  36. Doreen March 26th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Let’s all do what we can to never ever ever refer to the pitching staff by a nickname!!!

    pat, you’re right, sooooo the kiss of death!

  37. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    heyman did say that both scouts he quoted anonymously said they are jeter fans and are hoping that he will prove them wrong. i dont think anyone was taking shots at jeter, just saying what they are seeing in ST.

  38. blake March 26th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    “No scout or other source is going to talk to reporters if they must be identified. Specifically, they can’t talk publicly about a player on another team. I have no doubt this scout believes he is seeing what is being reported. The question is whether he is right. Time will tell.”

    of course….I just get tired of these nameless scouts…..especially in Buster and Heyman articles. Everyone knows Jeter is coming back from injury and is 40 years old…..basically scouts should stop talking to Heyman and tell him to go have an Arbys

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    update countdown

    additions and changes taken up to 1st pitch of Ys Opening Day

    check the chart for mistakes because once Opening Day begins, no changes will be made. I apologize ahead for any errors I may have made, but you also have the responsibility to double check my work.

    Today I am separating each prediction level with a line, just to show you how many guessed in each category.

    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    1/23 Cashmoney 163
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    1/24 RayVT 108
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    1/23 Trisha 101
    1/24 Hunger Games 101
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    3/12 mnmboys 100
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    2/4 Mottsx 99
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    1/22 Kelvin 98
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    3/22 bbb51 97
    3/24 MTU 97
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    1/22 Poetkiosk 96
    1/24 Howler 96
    1/29 Mike-Boston 96
    2/4 DaSaint007 96
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    1/23 Chicken_Stanley 95
    1/23 nettles9nc 95
    1/25 Melkman is in hotlanta 95
    1/29 rm 95
    2/4 Hanks Bar 95
    2/25 Tyler 95
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    1/23 tomingeoriga 94
    1/23 GregD 94
    1/25 Yanksinvegas 94
    1/30 Munson15 94
    2/20 Charleston Chew 94
    2/21 Felix Unger 94
    2/25 The Straw 94
    3/16 albrown1321 94
    3/17 ac1 94
    3/24 PhiltheThril 94
    __________________________
    1/22 Rhapsody in Blue 93
    1/23 Pete2 93
    1/24 Jmills 93
    1/28 blake 93/147
    2/4 Doc Todd 93
    2/13 Abe Peterham 93
    3/16 CountryClub 93
    3/18 sjb23 93
    3/22 86w183 93
    3/24 ShameSpencer 93
    3/24 Spudz 93
    3/25 SweetSpot 93
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    1/23 Austinmac 92
    1/24 kd 92
    1/24 MichelleB 92
    2/4 Iron Horse 92
    2/8 Yanks 61 92
    3/16 Magrudor 92
    3/24 Chip 92
    3/25 rl15 92
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    1/23 FS48 91
    1/23 Locke 91
    1/23 Tabbert 91
    2/4 Oscar Madison 91
    3/16 ecc16 91
    3/24 4TrainNorth 91

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    1/23 Upstate 90

    1/25 Y’s Guy 90
    1/29 Deal With It 90
    1/30 longtime 90
    2/5 Your Name Here 90
    3/2 mortl 90
    3/16 Bojo 90
    3/24 luis 90
    3/24 RadioKev 90
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    1/24 Chambliss 89
    2/3 Bronx Zoo 89
    3/25 easyenough 89
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    1/23 JimK 88
    1/29 Baby Ruth 88
    3/4 Vineyard Yankee 88
    3/7 joeman 88
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    1/30 Your Worst Nightmare 87
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    1/24 Comet 86
    1/29 Can of Corn 86
    3/10 Paco Dooley 86
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    1/24 PKyankfan69 69

  40. 86w183 March 26th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Carton on WFAN calling Yankees Pitching staff “The A Team” SabathiA, KirodA, NovA, TanakA, PinedA

    These nicknames are usually the kiss of death. :wink:

    **************************************************************************

    I pity the fool who uses “The A-Team” as a nickname

  41. Doreen March 26th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Ys Guy -

    Perhaps that’s what’s going on re: the lesser penalties, especially if they’re talking 80/162/lifetime.

    And, like I said, I can see something like cough medicine – if you’re genuinely sick, is your first thought, wait, I need to make sure this doesn’t contain a banned substance? But any supplement from GNC or similar, I’m sorry, do your homework. Enough guys have mentioned supplements from GNC as the reason for failing a drug test that it makes no sense for any player to use anything from there without going line by line in the ingredient list compared against the banned substance list. It’s their livelihood; they can spare the extra time to do it.

  42. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    pat March 26th, 2014 at 9:22 am
    Shame

    JC Romero served 50 for taking a tainted supplement however the 2 level suspension is just an excuse waiting to be used.

    —————-

    Interesting.. I want to look into the details on that one!

  43. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Tex is about 2-3 weeks behind in his ST after a year off. I don’t think this brings any additional worry beyond what he brought to Florida with him. In fact, although his pace is slow he seems healthy so far, which to me is a good sign.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    “Trisha,

    Yes, Teixiera is a slow starter, but I don’t rmemeber this slow.”

    Well we can forget that he had surgery so maybe it takes a little time for that wrist strength to build up? It’s possible.

  45. pat March 26th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Interesting.. I want to look into the details on that one!

    I believe he even sued the supplement manufacturer and store.

  46. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    We’re not talking about letting a guy off who took a non ped banned substance. 25 games is going to cost even a rookie some serious cash. But hitting a guy up for 80 games for taking the wrong suppliment is a little too still and I dont mind the players wanting to protect that guy some and differentiate him from the guy who’s sucking gummies in the on-deck circle.

  47. pat March 26th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Don’t worry about Tex. His numbers will be there at the end of the year/sarcasm.

  48. pat March 26th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Any player can submit any non approved supplement they are thinking about taking for clearance and approval or they can apply for TUE which seem fairly easy to get.

    I think the “mistake” provision to the policy being discussed is a red herring.

  49. CountryClub March 26th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    well he’s probably not available for what they are offering……

    ————–

    I’d like to think that’s what King meant…but it’s really not what he wrote.

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    “Don’t worry about Tex. His numbers will be there at the end of the year/sarcasm.”

    You’re sure of this?

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    “I pity the fool who uses “The A-Team” as a nickname”

    I actually like it.

    :)

  52. Doreen March 26th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    With the new policy, are they differentiating between non-analytical and actually testing positive?

  53. blake March 26th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I’m sure Cervelli is available in a trade but at this point you’d have to get starter value to trade him IMO…..I’m not trading him for some middle reliever or B prospect. I need a real piece back….something that fills a need. Either a legit back end reliever or an infielder that’s ready to step in and play now.

  54. Doreen March 26th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    trisha -

    Don’t be tempted to use it, though, even if you like it. These group nickname things never work out!!!

    If their names all ended in W, would they ever be called the “W” team – oh, i just realized that might have legs because “W” is a win! Or “L” – would they be the “L” team? “P?”

    Anyway, the Three Caballeros and Killer Bees say hi. LOL

  55. pat March 26th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    You’re sure of this?

    No. That’s what Tex has said every May since arriving in NY. I think Tex is overrated.

  56. yankee21 March 26th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Trisha please put me down for 89 wins

  57. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    mlb has to maintain a way to go after cheaters who do not fail a test. i dont think this part of the cba will be changed at this point.

    In the next cba, i expect it will be married into the jda so that if you are caught by means other than a failed test you would be punished under the same schedule as the ones who did fail a test.

  58. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    those group nicknames are abhorant. especially when they come from some radio clown.

  59. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    pat March 26th, 2014 at 9:45 am
    Interesting.. I want to look into the details on that one!

    I believe he even sued the supplement manufacturer and store.

    ————–

    See now that’s a reaction that makes more sense though.. I don’t think that represents the large majority of guys caught. Seems a day late and a dollar short on the accidental cheating thing.

  60. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    i don’t turn on wfan until that clown show goes off, btw.

  61. Doreen March 26th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Y’s Guy -

    Murderers Row turned out okay, but once Leland coined “Murderers Row and then Cano,” disaster ensued!

  62. yankee21 March 26th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Tex is an outstanding defensive 1B, who will hit 20-25 HR and bat about .230. At his age and with this level of production he would be lucky to get 8 mil per year and he sure as he’ll wouldn’t be hitting clean-up.

    The Yankees are paying 23 mil for him though and plugging him into the 4 hole as if he was the Tex of 2009.

  63. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    “Don’t be tempted to use it, though, even if you like it. These group nickname things never work out!!!”

    Will not use it, and that’s a promise!

    :)

    **************************

    “No. That’s what Tex has said every May since arriving in NY. I think Tex is overrated.”

    I don’t disagree with you. He definitely hasn’t lived up to the hype.

  64. Ys Guy March 26th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    “murderer’s row didn’t work for the team it was coined for, but fit the team a few years later.

    “The term was originally coined in 1918 by a sportswriter to describe the pre-Babe Ruth Yankee lineup of 1918. A 1918 newspaper article described it: “New York fans have come to know a section of the Yankees’ batting order as ‘murderers’ row.’ It is composed of the first six players in the batting order—Gilhooley, Peckinpaugh, Baker, Pratt, Pipp, and Bodie. ”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murderers'_Row

  65. Doreen March 26th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Ys Guy –

    Interesting. I didn’t know that. Thanks.

  66. blake March 26th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    With the new policy, are they differentiating between non-analytical and actually testing positive?”

    They need to establish some sort of protocol for what happened with Biogenesis….where there is no failed test but other evidence. Otherwise MLB just has free reign to do whatever they want. They have to have some kind of language to spell out what to do there. That’s probably for the next CBA though……seems like they are just discussing the failed test penalities now.

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    “Murderers Row turned out okay, but once Leland coined “Murderers Row and then Cano,” disaster ensued!”

    Don’t remind me!

    That postseason disaster bothers me more than any other year – 2004 included. It just didn’t have to be that way, but extremely poor managing, coupled with a little help from Kenny Rogers’ pine tar, was the biggest embarrassment I remember. At least in 2004 we shouldn’t have even made it that far with the season-long injuries we had to the rotation and Kevin Brown deciding to challenge the wall in September!

  68. Doreen March 26th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    thanks, blake.

  69. UpState March 26th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    “I pity the fool who uses “The A-Team” as a nickname”
    =======================================

    Anything Carton says (regardless of it’s potential accuracy or interest) is always immediately discounted due to him saying it.

    Stupid name.
    Stupid source.

    (surprised that Boomer hasn’t thrown him in the river yet !)

    He’s awful.
    Put him with the huge NYY-hater Steve Sommers and keep them together forever….get Boomer somebody decent

    So many people I know ‘can’t stand him’ !

    Who actually likes this clod ?

    (WFAN management I’m guessing)

  70. blake March 26th, 2014 at 10:16 am

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  74. bigdan22 March 26th, 2014 at 10:30 am

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    Two consecutive real bad errors by Johnson last night. One while he was playing behind 2nd base (I’ll talk more about defensive positioning later). Going to have to keep an eye on Johnson. This is now a red flag. Someone on this board earlier had pointed out it looks like he may have difficulty on hard hit balls down to 3rd base which requires quick reaction time. That was his second error.

    Anyway, the consecutive errors should have led to two runs but led to only one because of a base running mistake. The Yanks lost by six runs last night.

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    I think the relative low impact of poor infield defense comes down to a few things. First the vagaries of the game are such that it’s hard to ever say one single event determines a games ultimate outcome. Second, an infield misplay is usually only one base and one out. Compared to a relief pitcher who comes in with men on base in the eighth and gives up a bases clearing double, it’s just not that significant. And it can occur any time in the game which means it can come early in a game when events generally are not as significant as late game events. And third, and we’ve seen this happen many many times, an infield misplay is a negative event that can easily be negated by superior pitching. You see it all the time. The pitcher nods at the infielder like “I’ve got your back” and promptly gets the next out.

    So that’s it. Johnson is def a red flag to consider. But I’m not sure superior defense at 3b has much of an impact on any game, let alone an entire season. I maintain that the best and really only significant way to improve the current state of the Yankee infield would be to replace their starting SS. But of course, that’s a non-starter.

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