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Thursday morning notes: “He’s capable of pitching much better”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 27, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Preston Claiborne

When the Yankees came into spring training with a thin and inexperienced bunch of relievers, Preston Claiborne was given a locker along the main wall where the team’s top pitchers are always assigned. He was positioned between Dave Robertson and Matt Thornton. He might not have been a lock for a bullpen job, but he certain had a good chance to win one.

That’s before he allowed 14 hits and nine runs through 5.2 innings.

“With what he did last year, we thought that he would have a really good chance of being in our bullpen,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He just really never got on a roll in spring training. As we told him, we know he’s capable of pitching much better than he did. It’s his job just to go get ready.”

Claiborne has been optioned to Triple-A as part of a sweeping series of cuts that brings the final roster candidates down to a fairly manageable number. The final cuts will come tomorrow.

“I don’t think anyone ever takes the news well,” Girardi said. “I think (Claiborne) understood, and he understood that he was not throwing the ball the way that he was capable of. But he was very determined to go fix that.”

With Robertson, Thornton, Shawn Kelley, David Phelps and Adam Warren basically locked into bullpen spots, the remaining candidates for two openings are Dellin Beteances, Cesar Cabral, Matt Daley, Shane Greene and Vidal Nuno. All but Daley are on the 40-man roster.

Scott Sizemore· Seven pitchers have been sent to minor league camp. Claiborne was optioned to Triple-A. Chris Leroux, David Herndon, Jim Miller, Yoshinori Tateyama, Danny Burawa and Fred Lewis were each reassigned. Everyone in that group pitched well this spring. Most cuts were made last night, but Leroux and Lewis were sent down early this morning. “Both opened up some eyes here,” Girardi said. “Both had a pretty good camp. Competition has been pretty fierce here.”

· Three position players have been sent to minor league camp. Outfielder Zoilo Almonte was optioned to Triple-A. Infielders Scott Sizemore and Russ Canzler were reassigned. Cutting Almonte seems to remove any doubt about Ichiro Suzuki breaking camp as the fifth outfielder. Sizemore dealt with a couple of injuries and only got 19 at-bats, which probably didn’t help him chase a utility job. It’s basically down to Eduardo Nunez, Yangervis Solarte, Dean Anna and Zelous Wheeler for two bench spots. Nunez and Anna are on the 40-man.

· Jacoby Ellsbury will have a workout today but won’t play in a game. He will play Friday and Saturday, and it sounds like those will be minor league games. “We haven’t played anyone five days in row in spring training,” Girardi said.

· CC Sabathia is scheduled for 45-50 pitches today in Bradenton. David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno are all making the trip to get another turn out of the bullpen.

· Although they’ve been cut, Almonte and Lewis are still scheduled to make today’s trip. Corban Joseph, Carmen Angelini and Ben Gamel are up from minor league camp and scheduled to get in the game. A few other minor leaguers including Addison Maruszak, Mason Williams, Graham Stoneburner and Pat Venditte are also on the list of guys supposed to make the trip from the minor league complex.

· Batting practice groups in Tampa:
Group 1: Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano
Group 2: Francisco Cervelli, Brett Gardner, Kelly Johnson

· Today’s second string: C Jose Gil, 1B Corban Joseph, SS Carmen Angelini, LF Ben Gamel, CF Antoan Richardson (other positions have no backup listed)

· Today’s scheduled relievers: Cesar Cabral, Fred Lewis, David Phelps, Vidal Nuno, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances

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112 Responses to “Thursday morning notes: “He’s capable of pitching much better””

  1. Ys Guy March 27th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Very encouraging spring by alot of guys who got sent down. This makes me feel confident that there will be help to be had when they need it this season, unlike last year.

  2. bbb51 March 27th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Last year Claiborne started out pitching well but hit progressively more and more as the season went on, so this is not a big surprise.

    http://www.baseball-reference......3&t=p

  3. bbb51 March 27th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    *got* hit

  4. DONNYBROOK March 27th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Getting cut and then having to go an a bus ride? Gotta be a Very long trip. I thought Phelps displayed that same let-down attitude the other night after Pineda was named #5.

  5. CountryClub March 27th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Last year Claiborne started out pitching well but hit progressively more and more as the season went on

    ————-

    Yeah, last yr was a bit of a surprise and was probably his peak. But if that turns out to be his total contribution to the team, it’s already a success as far as a draft pick goes.

  6. Chambliss March 27th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Phelps will get to pitch in many high leverage situations this year, either as a fill in starter or out of the pen. I understand his disappointment, but he should not be worried.

  7. bbb51 March 27th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    If Betances doesn’t make the cut Girardi is crazy.

  8. blake March 27th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I think Betances has the team made….can’t see any way they don’t take him

  9. UpState March 27th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Colorado Bullpen:

    Tommy Kahnle vs. Chad Bettis vs. Chris Martin.

    Current leaders- Kahnle and Bettis*

    *- Franklin Morales takes this roster spot if Lyles makes the rotation

    …….he just may not be coming back.

  10. pkyankfan69 March 27th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Final BP has gotta be Drob – Kelley – Thornton – Phelps – Warren – Betances – Cabral.

    Daley might have a chance over Cabral if he was on the 40 man.

    Nuno is the #6 starter in AAA.

    Greene is a starter with nice potential, doubt he would fill out end of the BP

  11. pat March 27th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    this is interesting…

    espn_durrett
    Get ready for frozen beer, #Rangers fans. $7.75. pic.twitter.com/VS8RyPZycm

  12. Patrick March 27th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I am almost positive Girardi is going to pick Betances. He brought him in to a bases loaded 1 out situation on Sunday, that shows confidence. Betances’ main problem has always been throwing strikes but he has looked awesome this spring. It was fun seeing him in person, he’s a big dude and because of that he has odd mechanics. Not at all smooth like Sabathia is. Still, looks like he has some things figured out. I could definitely see him locking down the 8th inning as we get further into the season

  13. DONNYBROOK March 27th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Both Phelps and Nunez had the opportunity to make their mark last season, but Dame Fortune was Not on their side. I do believe in the bromide of “Cream rising to the top”, but there is also some luck involved.

  14. pkyankfan69 March 27th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    espn_durrett
    Get ready for frozen beer, #Rangers fans. $7.75. pic.twitter.com/VS8RyPZycm
    ———————–
    That is weird… In college we made ice pops with liquor in them but never ventured into frozen beer.

  15. Patrick March 27th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    DONNY,

    I think Phelps was pretty good last year before getting hurt. He pitched much better than his ERA indicates.

  16. Cashmoney March 27th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Prime Time has also looked awesome this ST, I know me and blake and pulling for him. If last August is any indication, His highness is ticketed for a monster season. clearly, player du Annee on this team and a viable candidate to be anointed as world’s greatest leader in 15.

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Agree, Greene isn’t going off course to fill out BP. Poor Claiborne.

  18. Doreen March 27th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Who is Prime Time?

  19. blake March 27th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Anna > Nunie….he can at least play ok defense .

  20. blake March 27th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I guess you take Anna and Nunie north to start with since they are both on the 40 man and Ryan is hurt….

  21. blake March 27th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Doreen says:
    March 27, 2014 at 10:44 am
    Who is Prime Time?

    Deon Sanders but Cashmoney likes to call Nunie that for some reason :)

  22. Cashmoney March 27th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Doreen, his Prime Time please…. to which i would like to direct your attention to the inimitable Mr. Nunez.

  23. Chip March 27th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Patrick March 27th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I am almost positive Girardi is going to pick Betances. He brought him in to a bases loaded 1 out situation on Sunday, that shows confidence. Betances’ main problem has always been throwing strikes but he has looked awesome this spring. It was fun seeing him in person, he’s a big dude and because of that he has odd mechanics. Not at all smooth like Sabathia is. Still, looks like he has some things figured out. I could definitely see him locking down the 8th inning as we get further into the season
    ———————–

    I agree. I could easily see Betances emerging as a legit EIG this year.

    I said a couple of days ago, between Betances, Burawa and Jose Ramirez (who some scouts liken to a young Fernando Rodney) I could see the Yankees being loaded with young back end arms – which is probably why they haven’t broached a long term deal with D-Rob.

  24. Chip March 27th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    blake March 27th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I guess you take Anna and Nunie north to start with since they are both on the 40 man and Ryan is hurt….
    —————–

    Yeah, it just doesn’t make sense to DFA someone off the 40 so that Solarte or Wheeler can sit on the bench in Houston until Ryan comes back.

  25. bbb51 March 27th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Problem is, Ryan’s back problem may be reoccuring.

  26. Chip March 27th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    So now that the 25 is pretty well set – here’s a look at the roster battles for Scranton: http://blogs.thetimes-tribune......andidates/

    Some really interesting stuff – such as whether Jose Pirela should be a bench player for Scranton or a regular in Trenton and the pitching staff is very very deep.

    Also, if Ramon Flores makes the RailRiders, who gets squeezed Adonis Garcia or Antonan Richardson?

    My guess on the starters:

    C – Murphy
    1b – Canzler
    2b – CoJo
    SS – Solarte
    3b – Sizemore
    LF – Flores
    CF – Garcia
    RF – Almonte
    DH – Wheeler

  27. blake March 27th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    They could sign Drew and send Nunie to AAA…..yea if do that

  28. Cashmoney March 27th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I got a long look at Adonis this ST, stout dude with plus bat speed, looks like a dead pull hitter to me. he has a relative compact swing with power, but more gap power to me. But I did not realize he is a CFer.

  29. Shame Spencer March 27th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    pkyankfan69 March 27th, 2014 at 10:36 am
    espn_durrett
    Get ready for frozen beer, #Rangers fans. $7.75. pic.twitter.com/VS8RyPZycm
    ———————–
    That is weird… In college we made ice pops with liquor in them but never ventured into frozen beer.

    ——————

    Once I went to visit some friends at Penn State and we were at a frat party. They put beers outside to keep them cold but it ended up being so cold they froze. On of my friend’s frat brothers proceeded to peel back the aluminum like you would for some Pillsbury biscuit container and ate it like a snow cone.

  30. Shame Spencer March 27th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    bbb51 March 27th, 2014 at 10:57 am
    Problem is, Ryan’s back problem may be reoccuring.

    —————

    Still don’t understand giving him 3 years… was there so much competition for his services we need to commit that much?

  31. CountryClub March 27th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Charleston RiverDogs (yanks low A club) sells beer shakes.

  32. Yankee Trader March 27th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    If the bullpen is
    DRob
    Kelley
    Thornton
    Betances
    Phelps
    Warren

    Which pitcher for the last spot would help the most, base runner on third, needing a strikeout against a righty or lefty bat?

  33. blake March 27th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    “Still don’t understand giving him 3 years… was there so much competition for his services we need to commit that much?”

    It was 2 right? And he was cheap…..honestly I like having him as a bench player…..I just want real starters

  34. Cashmoney March 27th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Yanks are in for 5 mil on Ryan…

  35. Cashmoney March 27th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I read somewhere the league average salary is 4 mil… that is a lot. I am assuming the game is in good health.

  36. blake March 27th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I really haven’t seen Cabral pitch this spring….how has he looked?

  37. Yankee Trader March 27th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Blake, Cash , anyone

    Which arm has the best stuff for the last bullpen opening, if Betances is a lock?

    Do Solarte and Wheeler have minor league options?

  38. Tackelberry March 27th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I think its a safe bet that Betances has made the team. Solarte and Wheeler do have minor league options left.

  39. blake March 27th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Which arm has the best stuff for the last bullpen opening, if Betances is a lock?”

    I can’t answer really because I haven’t seen Cabral pitch but if he looks ok Id take him simply becashe Thornton has looked awful. As I said this morning…..Id get J Ram up quickliy if he looks good

  40. Shame Spencer March 27th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    blake March 27th, 2014 at 11:16 am
    “Still don’t understand giving him 3 years… was there so much competition for his services we need to commit that much?”

    It was 2 right? And he was cheap…..honestly I like having him as a bench player…..I just want real starters

    ——————

    2 with a player option, so 3 basically. Unless Ryan decides he can get a better deal elsewhere at that point.

  41. Yankee Trader March 27th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    From SB Nation

    Claiborne’s dismissal from spring training leaves Dellin Betances, Vidal Nuno, Cesar Cabral, Shane Greene, and Matt Daley as the five options for the two bullpen spots. Greene seems like a longshot since he’s a starter who has yet to pitch above Double-A, but the other four seem to have legitimate chances.

    . Betances has been dynamite this spring and was terrific out of the Triple-A bullpen last year. Girardi has always seemed to like having second lefties, and both Cabral and Nuno could serve in that role, though Nuno would likely give Girardi more innings than Cabral, who is more of a LOOGY.

    Daley has significant MLB experience, as he was a key bullpen piece on the Rockies’ run to the playoffs in 2009, and he pitched to a superb 2.54 ERA last year in Scranton before tossing six innings of scoreless ball in September for the Yankees. Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune believes it’s all but certain that Betances will make it since he seems to have taken Claiborne’s spot. The final bullpen spot is a complete toss-up though. Since the Yankees would have to make a 40-man roster move to add Daley (which is my preference since I find him more useful than Cabral) and they probably want Nuno to stay a starter, my money is on Cabral.

  42. Yankee Trader March 27th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Blake

    Haven’t seen Cabral either, but I believe I read that he has walked 6 batters in like 10 innings. I’ll have to check.

  43. blake March 27th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    2 with a player option, so 3 basically. Unless Ryan decides he can get a better deal elsewhere at that point.”

    Yea weird on the length but my guess is with the uncertainty of their SS situation going forward that Cashman just wanted to ensure that they’d at least have somebody that could play defense there if nothing else in 2015……a guy that can play D like Ryan never hurts to have around. You just don’t ideally want him starting

  44. blake March 27th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    There will likely be some coming and going with the pen early on until they figure it out.

  45. Cashmoney March 27th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    YT, Betances and Cabral for now. I was impressed by Greene this ST, but I think the true SO guys are Betances and Cabral (loogy) amongst the five candidates. Plus, I have been reading about Cabral for 3 years now, let’s see what he is got. I saw one inning of Cabral, he looks like he could be effect against lefties.

  46. pat March 27th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Yankees
    That time when Metallica played Enter Sandman live at Yankee Stadium. #tbt pic.twitter.com/SMqTfJ8nBe

    Still talking about Mariano. He’s no longer here. Let it go. That horse is dead and beaten. :wink:

  47. Yankee Trader March 27th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    8 innings, 6 walks-Cabral

    Stats

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....='ALL

  48. yankeefeminista March 27th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Betances is a no-brainer for the pen: he’s been continually been put in high leverage situations and has succeeded. He’s been doing the same on and off for a couple of years in AAA and AFL. JRam, we can dream on for the BP, but it will be later rather than sooner. He just needs to get healthy. Let’s hope Montgomery had a nice rest and gets some FB velo back. I love the way they are predicting showers and rain just when Trenton’s home stand begins. Ugh.

  49. blake March 27th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    @BryanHoch: @FeinsandNYDN @AndrewMarchand If the entire world’s population lived at Manhattan’s density level, it could fit into the state of Texas.

    If like to see this to see what woukd happen

  50. austinmac March 27th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Chip,

    I see little upside ability from Joseph. I would much prefer Pirela to play. He actually hits.

  51. Hankflorida March 27th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Patrick March 27th, 2014 at 10:36 am
    DONNY,
    I think Phelps was pretty good last year before getting hurt. He pitched much better than his ERA indicates.

    I agree as Phelps has that bulldog approach to pitching of not giving in that Mike Mussina had if not his talent in making the ball move with more velocity, but Phelps does need a more lenient umpire who will give him a wider strike zone as he can really move the ball around.

  52. austinmac March 27th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Casj,

    I like what I see in Garcia. Maybe it is a Musty like spring, but a right handed bat like his would be better for a sub. Never happen, of course.

  53. Yankee Trader March 27th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Cash

    Looking at Cabral’s stats in ST, his WHIP vs lefties is .67. It’s the righties where he has a WHIP 1.40 5 innings 3 hits, 4 walks.

    Small sample, but does the team need two pure LOOGY’s?

  54. Cashmoney March 27th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    @BryanHoch: @FeinsandNYDN @AndrewMarchand If the entire world’s population lived at Manhattan’s density level, it could fit into the state of Texas.
    ——-
    If they lived in Delhi, it could fit into the state of Rhode Island.

  55. Cashmoney March 27th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Dellin Betances, Vidal Nuno, Cesar Cabral, Shane Greene
    ——–
    YT, realistically it comes down to Nuno or Cabral imo. flip a coin, but you were asking for a SO guy hence. I have no problem with either.

  56. Chip March 27th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    austinmac March 27th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Chip,

    I see little upside ability from Joseph. I would much prefer Pirela to play. He actually hits.
    ———————-

    Joseph played well two years ago (as a 23 year old in AAA he hit .266 with a .366 OBP, 13 HR and .840 OPS after his mid season callup from Trenton), he was hurt most of last season so I think they’ll want to at least give him the first part of the season there to see if he can regain his form.

    It’s entirely possible that Pirela leapfrogs him mid season. If Pirela can show any sort of defensive ability at 2b the Yankees would be thrilled.

  57. yankeefeminista March 27th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    And agree, Shane Greene needs to remain in the SP for the foreseeable future. We don’t want to convert all our big arms to the pen just yet. As for SPs, I heard that DePaula is making good progress so far in ST; I wonder what he looks like; his mechanics were pretty erratic when I saw him, but man, the arm was electric. Anyone here see him pitch this year down in Tampa at the complex?

  58. pat March 27th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    @BryanHoch: @FeinsandNYDN @AndrewMarchand If the entire world’s population lived at Manhattan’s density level, it could fit into the state of Texas.

    Some of the Yankee Beat writers have become the little kid from Jerry McGuire this morning on twitter.

    the human head weighs…….

  59. Chip March 27th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Cashmoney March 27th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Dellin Betances, Vidal Nuno, Cesar Cabral, Shane Greene
    ——–
    YT, realistically it comes down to Nuno or Cabral imo. flip a coin, but you were asking for a SO guy hence. I have no problem with either.
    ——————

    I think they’ll take Cabral and keep Nuno stretched out. With Phelps and Warren both in the pen the only starters other than Nuno (and the 5 in the rotation) on the 40 are Banuelos, Greene, Mitchell, Campos and Turley. Greene, Mitchell and Campos are all lower in the system (though Greene could be at AAA), Turley’s been hurt this spring and I don’t think they want to push Banuelos.

  60. yankeefeminista March 27th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    The problem with CoJo is he really doesn’t even have the range for 2B. I’ve always liked his bat, but he is ostensibly without a position. Doesn’t really have the pop for 1B…

  61. Cashmoney March 27th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Chip, Cojo is second baseman in name only I think, you can try him over at 1b over Canzler whom I imaging only serves as a filler and a body in AAA.

    Mac, I could see Adonis as a sub, but I really haven’t seen much of him defensively, but there are too many guys in front of him… I don’t see it either.

  62. hardwired7 March 27th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    “On of my friend’s frat brothers proceeded to peel back the aluminum like you would for some Pillsbury biscuit container and ate it like a snow cone.”

    I want to party with this guy.

  63. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Still talking about Mariano. He’s no longer here. Let it go. That horse is dead and beaten. :wink:
    ///

    lol
    ///

    Re Pirela-Joseph:

    Pirela has much more range than Joseph at 2B. Both can hit – Pirela is a RHB with a very nice stroke. He makes some mistakes at 2B, but his defense has improved there, and he is worlds better at 2nd than he was a a total-disaster SS.

  64. Shame Spencer March 27th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Still talking about Mariano. He’s no longer here. Let it go. That horse is dead and beaten. :wink:

    —————-

    You think stuckey would have a problem with us repetitively talking about how great Mo is…? I mean, what would be the motivation to keep having that conversation!?

  65. Shame Spencer March 27th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    hardwired7 March 27th, 2014 at 11:53 am
    “On of my friend’s frat brothers proceeded to peel back the aluminum like you would for some Pillsbury biscuit container and ate it like a snow cone.”

    I want to party with this guy.

    ————–

    If I didn’t know any better I’d assume it was Bojo.

  66. yankeefeminista March 27th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    What is the motivation to talk baseball at all? Predict lineups, etc. Why not just wait and see? The grand design will be revealed when it is revealed. It is a process; have patience. Don’t think.

  67. BoJo March 27th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Yankee Trader March 27th, 2014 at 11:14 am
    If the bullpen is
    DRob
    Kelley
    Thornton
    Betances
    Phelps
    Warren

    Which pitcher for the last spot would help the most, base runner on third, needing a strikeout against a righty or lefty bat?

    ====
    Mariano Rivera

  68. Hankflorida March 27th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    How will Ichiro ever attain his goal for 3000 hits as a bench player? He should be playing regularly for another team who may not be a pennant contender but can use his popularity to draw fans. I think Almonte should have that role as he could be a Swisher type of player if he can show some power.

  69. Chad Jennings March 27th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    pat March 27th, 2014 at 11:47 am e

    @BryanHoch: @FeinsandNYDN @AndrewMarchand If the entire world’s population lived at Manhattan’s density level, it could fit into the state of Texas.

    Some of the Yankee Beat writers have become the little kid from Jerry McGuire this morning on twitter.

    the human head weighs…….

    Andrew Marchand randomly tweeted a Mariano Rivera fact. Came completely out of nowhere, so some of us started kind of giving him a hard time by tweeting random facts of our own. Tarp is on the field here in Bradenton, and we’re all fried from a month and a half of hotel rooms and random ballpark food. We might have lost our collective minds at this point.

  70. austinmac March 27th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Yf,

    Don’t think? Can I applly that principle at work today?

  71. jmills March 27th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Chad, join the happy gang :D

    I wrote earlier about McGowan starting vs Tanaka.

  72. yankeefeminista March 27th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    austin, sure. There will still be a result one way or another. ;)

  73. Chip March 27th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    My son is at an age where he wants me to watch cartoons with him. The cartoons that are on TV kinda stink so I’ve been looking for cartoons from when I was a kid…downside to that is I have the theme song for the Gummi Bears stuck in my head.

  74. pkyankfan69 March 27th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Watched The Wolf Of Wall Street last night… As long as your OK with tons of swearing, sex, and drug use it’s a great movie… Highly entertaining

  75. blake March 27th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    “My son is at an age where he wants me to watch cartoons with him. The cartoons that are on TV kinda stink so I’ve been looking for cartoons from when I was a kid…downside to that is I have the theme song for the Gummi Bears stuck in my head.”

    All the good ones are on YouTube…..my kids love them

  76. austinmac March 27th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    It looks like rain until mid afternoon. I wonder how much they want to play?

  77. blake March 27th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    @ProspectInsider: The Mariners unwillingness to admit Noesi can’t pitch is an embarassment to the organization.

  78. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    The problem with CoJo is he really doesn’t even have the range for 2B. I’ve always liked his bat, but he is ostensibly without a position. Doesn’t really have the pop for 1B…
    ///

    He doesn’t have the traditional pop but he is LH, so the Stadium would help there. But he’s not the most athletic guy, and though a LHB he happens to throw right-handed, and he has a kinda weak arm at that (as we saw when he tried to play 3B).

  79. Tackelberry March 27th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    YF:

    Where did you hear that about DePaula? Hope it carries over into season. Also, have you heard any word on OMar Luis? Did Yanks discipline him for that DUI?

  80. austinmac March 27th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Joseph simply does not look that athletic to me. Maybe I am missing something, but I have never been impressed.

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    . I think Almonte should have that role as he could be a Swisher type of player if he can show some power.
    ///

    Hank – He has power and more to come I would say, and I think he has a better hit tool than Swisher, and certainly a better arm. The problem is, the Yankees regard him as a fourth OF talent, according to what Chad told us, and maybe don’t believe in his power. I hope he gets traded somewhere – hey, send him to Seattle, they need bats. Then 2/3rds of their OF potentially could be Almonte-Almonte :)

  82. BD (Boston Dave) March 27th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Chip -

    check this out

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW2NuxOC8fU

  83. Hankflorida March 27th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    pkyankfan69 March 27th, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    Watched The Wolf Of Wall Street last night… As long as your OK with tons of swearing, sex, and drug use it’s a great movie… Highly entertaining

    Excellent movie. I had a tough time in deciding who should get the Oscar between DiCaprio and McConaughey as they both were great. The worst pick for the Oscars was James Stewart for “The Philadelphia Story” over Henry Fonda for the “Grapes of Wrath” in 1940. Stewart wasn’t even the lead actor.

  84. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

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    Joseph simply does not look that athletic to me. Maybe I am missing something, but I have never been impressed.
    ///

    He isn’t, which would make me a little apprehensive, even at 1B on account his throws would be RH. Not a huge deal, but once it could be problematic when he has to make a throw. But he can hit. Like fem said, though, he doesn’t have the pop for a CIF; and I don’t think he has the atthleticism to make it as a righty-throwing 1B. He’s a ‘tweener in these respects. Still, he gives good ABs and could be a nice bench player for someone.

  85. sigiqaped March 27th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    DB Sweeney had some unflattering words for Robinson Cano.

  86. Hankflorida March 27th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Hank – He has power and more to come I would say, and I think he has a better hit tool than Swisher, and certainly a better arm. The problem is, the Yankees regard him as a fourth OF talent, according to what Chad told us, and maybe don’t believe in his power. I hope he gets traded somewhere – hey, send him to Seattle, they need bats. Then 2/3rds of their OF potentially could be Almonte-Almonte

    Alfred, no way let him go if you are right. If Beltran gets hurt can you imagine an outfield of Gardner, Ellsbury and Ichiro in “The House That Ruth Built.”

  87. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Hey Randy, where ever you are, I am trying to find a farm in Pennsylvania that fits my all my criteria for milk purchase (which I won’t go into), and I came across this quote (which you would appreciate):

    “It’s a sad commentary on a civilization’s idea of health care when it’s collectively considered normal to know your family doctor and your family dentist but considered strange and revolutionary to know your family farmer.”

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Come to think of it, Chad might like that quote too! ;) (and Maine Yankee, where ever he is)

  89. sigiqaped March 27th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    “Hey Randy, where ever you are”

    It’s best if we don’t encourage those who have been banned to flout their unsanctioned presence.

  90. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Alfred, no way let him go if you are right. If Beltran gets hurt can you imagine an outfield of Gardner, Ellsbury and Ichiro in “The House That Ruth Built.”
    ///

    Alas, Hank, the House That Ruth Built is now a community park (although appropriately, kids can go play baseball in it, and at least it isn’t a hotel or a bank).

    But I know you are speaking of a philosophical House (and the short porch). I do think Almonte will be on tap if Beltran goes down. The fact that they have low ambitions for him is par for the course with these guys re their own players).

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Randy should not have said those things to Chad; I think that was just frustration. I wish he would apologize and then come back.

    Randy doesn’t realize that Chad was sorry to see him go, because he thought Randy was an excellent contributor to the baseball dialogue. I just think it’s a shame all the way around, and Randy’s absence is a big loss to the richness of this site.

    And I’ll mention Randy or anyone else if I feel like it, C R.

  92. Shame Spencer March 27th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Lol, wait.. did randy get banned again?

  93. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    No, Shame,

    I just happened to come across a quote during my search for raw, grass-fed milk that I thought Randy would appreciate, so I posted it, assuming he lurks once in a while.

    Wish he were back though.

  94. Jerkface March 27th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Lol, wait.. did randy get banned again?

    He has never not been banned. Why do you think he is constantly changing usernames?

  95. J. Alfred Prufrock March 27th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Did you guys hear the Toronto broadcasters talking about how Jete sees everyone as his equal, and will seek out young players on the way up from other teams and exhort them, encourage ‘em?

    I think he was chatting with Goins or something yesterday, and they said Goins (who was on 2B) kept sort of drifting back to DJ to remain in ear shot of him….

    I have read so many times here, unfounded stuff that Derek doesn’t care about young players, how he’s primarily concerned with himself, etc. I have always known that stuff is garbage out of people who resent him for some reason, but it was nice to hear the Toronto guys praise Derek for his kindness/awareness/mentorship qualities.

    Go JETE!

  96. jmills March 27th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Alfred, when I lived in the country, we had one great farmer who would pull you out of the snow as required, and one who dumped garbage down over the property line. I planted 300 cedar sapplings, but one can only do so much. I miss the walks and my kid getting consumed by the mud.

  97. Hankflorida March 27th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    This is what Kevin Kernan wrote in the N.Y Post. Makes you think why Yankees signed Ellsbury for such a big contract.

    “While Ellsbury has averaged 96 games over the past four years, Cano has averaged 160 games per season. Cano averaged 620 at-bats, 98 runs, a .312 batting average, a .906 OPS, 29 home runs, 194 hits and 107 RBIs over that span.
    Over that same time period, Ellsbury averaged 404 at-bats, 66 runs, a .297 batting average, an .809 OPS, 11 home runs, 120 hits and 47 RBIs.”

  98. Giuseppe Franco March 27th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Shame,

    Check out the site cracked.com and scroll down about half way and click the link that has a story about Amazon and hilarious customer reviews.

    I’d post the direct link here but the content is kinda R-rated.

    Obviously, I don’t know you outside of this forum, but based on the last few years of comments in here, you certainly strike me as someone who would be entertained by that piece. Enjoy.

  99. blake March 27th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    “While Ellsbury has averaged 96 games over the past four years, Cano has averaged 160 games per season. Cano averaged 620 at-bats, 98 runs, a .312 batting average, a .906 OPS, 29 home runs, 194 hits and 107 RBIs over that span.
    Over that same time period, Ellsbury averaged 404 at-bats, 66 runs, a .297 batting average, an .809 OPS, 11 home runs, 120 hits and 47 RBIs.”

    Sigh

  100. blake March 27th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I wish Ellsburys “no big deal” calf woukd allow him to play in a real game before openin day

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