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Hope and uncertainty on the way to Houston

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 30, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees finalized their 25-man roster yesterday with their choice of new utility man Yangervis Solarte instead of the more familiar Eduardo Nunez. Now the team has a full roster of players who not only have a job to do, but also come with reason for hopeful optimism, but also reason for practical skepticism. Here’s the 25-man roster, with each player given one exclamation point and one question mark; one cause for hope and one cause for uncertainty.

Brian McCannBrian McCann
Starting catcher
Bringing offense back to the catching position!
How many games can he catch while staying healthy and productive?

Francisco Cervelli
Backup catcher
Best hitter in spring training!
Can he produce like he did before last season’s injury and suspension?

Mark Teixeira
Starting first baseman
No setbacks with his surgically repaired wrist!
Can he drive the ball enough to be a legitimate run-producing power hitter?

Brian Roberts
Regular second baseman
Switch-hitting former all-star says he’s finally healthy again!
Can he really play a full season after four years of injury problems?

Derek JeterDerek Jeter
Starting shortstop
The Captain is back for one last season, and he’s proven doubters wrong in the past!
Yes, he’s Derek Jeter, but how good can he be as he approaches 40 after a season lost to injury?

Kelly Johnson
Regular third baseman
Left-handed power in Yankee Stadium!
After spending most of his career at second base, can he really play third?

Dean Anna
Backup shortstop
Grinder-type looks like a valuable, under-the-radar role player!
Never even invited to big league camp with the lowly Padres, now the Yankees need him?

Yangervis Solarte
Utility infielder
Spring standout could be a diamond in the rough!
Can you really trust spring numbers from a minor league free agent with no big league time?

Jacoby EllsburyJacoby Ellsbury
Starting center fielder
One of the game’s top leadoff hitters has switched sides in the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry!
Was a seven-year deal really wise for a guy whose injury problems have already caused him to miss time?

Brett Gardner
Starting left fielder
Elite defender in left who looked like a viable leadoff man last year!
Is a light-hitting speedster really the best option in a typically power-based position like left field?

Carlos Beltran
Regular right fielder
Veteran switch hitter coming off back to-back all-star seasons in St. Louis!
Defense has slipped in recent years; how long before the soon-to-be 37-year-old’s bat does the same?

Alfonso Soriano
Regular designated hitter
Last year’s trade sparked huge production down the stretch!
Can the 38-year-old get used to the DH role while providing much-needed right-handed power?

Ichiro Suzuki
Backup outfielder
Hall of Fame talent still has speed and defense that could be helpful in a part-time role!
How often will Girardi be tempted to play a guy who’s everyday impact seems to have become a thing of the past?

CC SabathiaCC Sabathia
No. 1 starter
Showed veteran savvy through a strong and hopeful spring!
Has a diminished fastball robbed his ability to be a true ace?

Hiroki Kuroda
No. 2 starter
The Yankees most consistent starting pitcher the past two seasons!
Is there any way for the 39-year-old to avoid a late-season decline (or a late-career drop off)?

Ivan Nova
No. 3 starter
One of the American League’s best starters in the second half of last season!
Was that strong finish just another tease, or has Nova found some much-needed consistency?

Masahiro Tanaka
No. 4 starter
Looked as good as advertised during a dominant spring training!
As the league adjusts to Tanaka, will he be able to make adjustments of his own?

Michael PinedaMichael Pineda
No. 5 starter
Lots of strikes and ground balls in an encouraging and healthy spring training!
After shoulder surgery, does Pineda still have the arm and durability to be an impact starter?

Dave Robertson
Closer
Cut back on walks to become one of the game’s top late-inning relievers the past three years!
How will the move to the ninth inning impact a guy who’s saved a total of eight big league games in his career?

Shawn Kelley
Presumed setup man
Emerged from obscurity with big strikeout totals last season!
Was last year’s diminished second half a sign of things to come for a guy who was DFA by Seattle just last year?

Matt Thornton
Top left hander
Former late-inning all-star steps into a should-be-easier role as the primary bullpen lefty!
With his strikeout totals slipping significantly, can he be trusted as anything more than a lefty specialist?

David PhelpsDavid Phelps
Long/middle reliever
Strong spring would have been enough to win a rotation spot on most teams!
Can he return to the impact potential he showed during his rookie season in 2012?

Adam Warren
Long/middle reliever
Strong rookie season essentially guaranteed a roster spot, but he pitched well this spring just for good measure!
How will he respond to what should be a more significant role in his second big league season?

Dellin Betances
Middle reliever
Once highly touted prospect seems to have put it all together since moving into the bullpen!
Can he maintain command and consistency while being seriously tested in the big leagues for the first time?

Vidal Nuno
Second lefty/long man
Definite diamond in the rough pitched well in his first big league action a year ago!
Is he helped by a small sample size, or can his mix of offspeed pitches get reliable results against big league hitters?

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135 Responses to “Hope and uncertainty on the way to Houston”

  1. Hankflorida March 30th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    MTU March 30th, 2014 at 1:22 pm
    Hank-
    The Yankees need to be superior at the up-the-middle postitions.

    That has been the mark of the Yankee teams that have crossed my path at catcher, pitcher, 2nd or short, and centerfield. Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing, Joe Gordon and Joe DiMaggio. Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Phil Ruzzuto and Mickey Mantle. Posada, Petitte, Jeter and Bernie. Each pitcher that I mentioned represented an entire pitching and relieving staff that complimented the team. This years team needs Jeter to be the 2012 Jeter and Ellsbury to be his 2011 self with CC and McCaan to live up to their records and we have that strength up the middle.

  2. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I’m just not a big Kelly Johnson fan.

  3. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I had another Kelly at third, Cito fought all ’92 avec, Gruber. There was Kelly, armed with his x-rays to the teeth, and Gaston would have none of it. It got nasty despite the Jays winning.

  4. MTU March 30th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Hank-

    We’ll get there.

    Probably takes another year or so.

  5. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve got a bullpen. I’m sick of losing to Tampa etc, about time things changed.

  6. Ys Guy March 30th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    On Wednesday or Thursday when the Astros are giving DJ some stupid gift as thanks for the memories (what memories?) it’s going to occur to Jeter….’why the hell did I announce this in advance?’

    I’m already sick of the farewell tour and it hasn’t even started yet.

  7. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Ys, hi, I’m just getting ramped up here a tad.

  8. MTU March 30th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Y’s-

    That’s what make the World spin I guess.

    I have absolutely no problem w honoring a living legend.

    The more the better as far as I’m concerned.

  9. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I was lucky to catch Tony Fernandez’ final season in Toronto. Classy guy, and surprising pop. The Jays honoured Tony and I concur. Fernandez would go hard to his right and allyoop it submarine style to first. Special talent – Tony Fernandez!

  10. Hankflorida March 30th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    MTU, I agree that we will get there but how? When I was growing up and listening to the radio, Mel Allen would always stress the importance of pitching, and one of the examples that he gave was the Philadelphia Phillies of 1930 who had a team BA of over .300 but still ended up in last place. I know that our 21 st century Yankee teams could generate runs but did not have the rings for it, and it had to be that in the playoffs when their bats failed to deliver, their arms were not good enough to hold the fort. The change came last year starting with Ichiro and Gardener playing together which gave way to the signing of Ellsbury, and the emphasis was placed more on pitching, speed and manufacturing runs then on a power packed team. One of the problems is that pitching needs good defense and this infield lacks that, and the other one is that Johnson and Roberts are question marks when it comes to delivering in the clutch with runners in scoring position. This will be an interesting season; let the experiment begin!

  11. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PiZKJAdFi2s#

    Tony Fernandez – special player

  12. Doreen March 30th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Chad, nice, succinct, player-by-player analysis. Thanks.

    YS Guy,

    Recent Jeter interview with Michael,Kay, Jeter gave two reasons for announcing retirement now. First, he said it would be difficult for him to keep lying e erytime reporters asked bout retiring (he was comfortable with that), and second, he flt it was goid for the organization to have some time to prepare for the future.

    I think Jeter will handle the attention with the same grace he’s always shown, as well as being bke to put that attention in its box. He’s always been adept at compartmentalizing and prioritizing.

  13. MTU March 30th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Hank-

    Like I said, we’ll get there.

    I didn’t necessarily mean this year.

    Next year job # 1 will be re-tooling the IF.

    After that is completed the job will pretty much be done for now.

    I expect the Farm to do it’s job and provide us w another SP and an Of’er to replace Beltran.

    Could be Banuelos and Almonte.

    Could be someone else.

  14. Ys Guy March 30th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    i musta missed the willie mays farewell tour, and mickey’s and frank robinson’s and hank aaron’s…
    this is marketing, plain and simple.

  15. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2igsA02p-a0

    Prufrock, if you’re out there, here’s my Clark, and his first name ain’t, Bobby. Wendel was and is, the total package. Game changer.

  16. Hankflorida March 30th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Next year job # 1 will be re-tooling the IF.

    After that is completed the job will pretty much be done for now.

    MTU, I agree that this team is still in a rebuilding stage, but I do not think that the Yankees will ever go back to image of The Bronx Bombers as it was too costly to maintain.

  17. MTU March 30th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Hank-

    We’ve got the CF’er and C covered for next few years.

    Next year we add our SS and 2b.

    That give us our up-middle-advantage.

  18. Madrugador March 30th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Hey, I am a pessimist but that article was a real downer.
    I had my doubts about Ellsbury when they signed him and what Teixeira and Jeter can provide remains to be seen. (I can’t imagine Jeter producing less than .270 with 5-10 home runs.)
    As for the rest of the team, I feel a lot better about this team than I did about the band-aid brigade at this time last year.

    My prediction for the year is 92 wins and what amazes me is the cost of delivering just 7 more wins than last year.

  19. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Mad, I’ve stopped counting what it takes to remain in this world :D I like your starters considerably.

  20. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    tom, if you’re out there, Kyle Busch is a great driver, my friend is off his rocker for saying otherwise. I already knew it. Anybody who puts jacques villeneuve down has a few things to learn!

  21. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    This year I plan to go all weekend for the Toronto Indy. Hinchcliffe is my Canadian boy. We were all totally shaken by Greg Moore’s passing. What a gent, what an udeniable talent. I was lucky enough to hear Greg speak. Class all the way!

  22. MTU March 30th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Love the fact that this year’s roster has so many new faces.

  23. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    jmills,
    They’re racing on one of the oldest tracks left in NASCAR, the half-mile bullring in Martinsville, VA. It’s more like a demolition derby than a car race, particularly with the new generation of cars. There’s 180 laps to go, and there’s not one undamaged car out there, I don’t think. They’re wearing out a set of tires every thirty to forty miles, but there’s a lot of racing between crashes. One guy got hit on the warmup lap, bent up the front end, and he’s still running, without a hood! Good old boys having fun!

  24. bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I really don’t see any good reason to announce your retirement before your last season. Except of course marketing.

    I think all this stuff about lying to reporters or having to answer questions about whether this is my last season is a lot of BS. If Jeter hadn’t announced, but still thought this was his last season, he could just keep it to himself. And when reporters ask whether this is his last season he could answer the question the same way every time. “Hey, I’m playing on a one year contract right now and I’ll make that decision at the end of the season.” Reporters will ask this same question for awhile and after getting the same answer for awhile they’ll just stop.

    But this farewell tour crap is going to go on all year being a distraction for the entire as well as Jeter. And they’ll be a lot more questions they can ask Jeter about his pending retirement than they could if they didn’t know he was retiring. And most importantly, if Jeter plays poorly, they’ll have to ask the most relevant question which I asked minutes after his retirement was announced: “If baseball has turned into such a struggle for you (Jeter’s words, not mine) and you knew that before the season started, why didn’t you retire before the season started?” The Yanks may have felt a lot different about Drew if he had.

    I’m sorry. This is marketing pure and simple. And someone on this blog suggested a long time ago that the Yanks could be in on it as well. This sure is going to put a lot of bucks in Hal’s pocket.

  25. bbb51 March 30th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Jeter didn’t get that contract just for on field performance.

  26. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    tom, I understand Danica Patrick is the queen of NASCAR, but she hasn’t won anything! Granted, jacques villeneuve doesn’t say the politically correct thing, but who cares!?

  27. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    jmills,
    Danica sat on the pole for the Daytona 500, and would have been right there at the finish if some chump didn’t put her into the wall. She still got top 10, and she’s nice to look at.

    Back in Martinsville, teams brought eleven sets of Goodyears, and they’re running out with 130 laps to go.

  28. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw0bRZwknXo#

    Watch it, jacques villeneuve was pushed into the dirt and nobody said anything! Meanwhile, he happens to shove Danica ever so slightly, and everybody gets up in arms. Go villeneuve!

  29. Hankflorida March 30th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I remember Wade Boggs talking about his ability to hit home runs but preferred to spray the ball around and go for the higher average. Kelly Johnson is a .230 hitter, and when he plays in the Stadium and they play the shift on him, Kevin Long should teach him the Jeter inside out swing because if he continues to pull the ball, he may be hitting on the Mendozza line. Roberts, Ellsbury and Gardener with Jeter can spray the ball around so they have a better chance of getting seeing eye grounders with men in scoring position. McCaan, Soriano and Text will have to beat the shift with the long ball because they are not changing their swing. I doubt they shift on Beltran as he has always been a guy who can “hit em where they ain’t.” If the pitching holds up, low scoring games still put you in the win column.

  30. SAS March 30th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Hank,

    I think you are the only person who is older than I am who can go back to Mel Allen, Red Barbara, etc. I think I remember DiMaggio playing, but I am not 100% sure. I do go back a long way though.

    No one has said anything about how great Bobby Richardson was at 2nd base for the Y’s. Those 50′s years were good years for the Yanks. To think it was big news when Mantle earned $100,000 for the season.

  31. Tar March 30th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t know if I am going to like the farewell tour or not… but how about we give it a chance before saying it sucks.

    And second I don’t for a second think Jete would pull something like this off…… just for “marketing”.

    Looney Tunes.

  32. Ys Guy March 30th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    sure, it has nothing to do with millions of dollars in memorabilia sales… :roll:

  33. mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    SHABAZZ!!!

  34. sigiqaped March 30th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    What kind of Yankees fans thinks Jeter did this for money?

    He did because in his mind, he wouldn’t be a distraction to the team, being asked every day about possible retirement and/or retirement rumors.

    Ultimately, it may end up being a distraction like Mo’s last year may have been a distraction, but his intent was to avoid distraction.

  35. mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Jeter will enjoy his final year without the arod circus in town.
    Another reason to retire..

  36. Ys Guy March 30th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Tens of millions actually.

    I’m sure if he chose to go ‘full lebron’ he could get $100M out of it.

  37. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Hello, mister nick. I don’t know what all that was about, except a guru was gored.

  38. mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Let’s go win a Title so the Farewell Tour is not a distraction but a reminder how great we and Jeter are..

  39. mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    mr tom, my name is mick…
    …and i see where you come from.

  40. Ys Guy March 30th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Jeter is a buisnessman. Believe me, he has very smart marketing and financial people around him who figured out several years ago how much announcing his farewell might be worth. Just as Mariano did.

    These guys are not dumb.

  41. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Sorry about the typo.

  42. mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    So Jeter is retiring to make more money?
    How nice..

  43. Ys Guy March 30th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    no jeter is human and is retirting because he’s 40 and his skills are diminishing with age. certainly his financial people saw this coming and have been making plans for the inevitability for several years.

  44. mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    My prediction for the year is 92 wins and what amazes me is the cost of delivering just 7 more wins than last year.
    ================
    Yeah, but….

    Those 7 wins can turn into 11 more.

  45. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Nice going UCON.

  46. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0NBGnCw7rfQ#

    To all those beautiful F1 drivers out there. Gilles Villeneuve,….you are simply the best.

  47. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Uconn

  48. mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    if jeter knows he is done then i guess we don’t have to expect much.
    many found it odd that he announced his retirement.

  49. Ys Guy March 30th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    i have no problem with jeter announcing his retirement,he has every right to do it.

    i dont have to like the stupid gifts or the coverage of the last time he does x,y and z 6 months before the end of the season, though. it’s beat.

  50. mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    like i said…win the pennant and the rest of the hoopla goes unnoticed.

  51. mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    so mills doesn’t appreciate the beach boys…sacrilege.

  52. Ys Guy March 30th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    people complain about teixiera texting but tanaka never stops texting…

    im ok with it, i’m just surprised everytime i scroll down past those texts that there are 4 more from him.

  53. mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    tanaka can tweet all he wants, we just won’t be in on the nonsense…they should all tweet in another language.

  54. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    There’s a funny story about, villeneuve; the track was wet, and Jodi Sheckter got back in the pits scared out of his wits in that time trial, only to realize, gilles was 11 seconds faster!

  55. mick March 30th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    mr tom…next time don’t pick on mills goombah ;)

  56. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    mick, don’t mind me, I’m out here racing avec Senna and my boy, jacques villeneuve.

  57. mick March 30th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    mills is danica still on the pole?

  58. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Yeah, never liked that beach Boys musak, ask, Morrison.

  59. mick March 30th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    on to the next game…go Ky….Wisc will be tough to beat.

    UConn-Fla will be a lot of fun.

  60. mick March 30th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    beach boy muzak?
    puhleeze….

  61. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    What in the hell happened to that airplane?

  62. mick March 30th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    they are an american band, oh!

  63. mick March 30th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    its on the bottom of the ocean

  64. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    mick, I’ve tried to come along to that beach crap, I just can’t.

  65. Giuseppe Franco March 30th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    mick March 30th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Jeter will enjoy his final year without the arod circus in town.
    Another reason to retire..

    —-

    That might be why you would retire but the A-Rod stuff had zero to do with Jeter’s decision.

  66. Giuseppe Franco March 30th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Ys Guy March 30th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    people complain about teixiera texting but tanaka never stops texting…

    im ok with it, i’m just surprised everytime i scroll down past those texts that there are 4 more from him.

    —-

    They’ll start complaining about Tanaka’s tweets too if he doesn’t perform.

    It’s stupid but true.

    Professional athletes have the same rights we do and can do whatever they please in their spare time.

  67. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    GF, everybody requires AC/DC to set things straight :)

  68. Giuseppe Franco March 30th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    You’ve got that right, jmills.

  69. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3gyYUMK1S_g

    Good song!

  70. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Tar, I love your fighting spirit. You are one true warrior!

  71. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I’m pulling for jacques villeneuve, my chosen son, what does that say?

  72. bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Telling somebody they should like a certain kind of music is silly. But saying Beach Boys music is crap or like muzak is basically like saying Mozart had no talent.

    You think I’m crazy. I would have agreed with you about a year ago. I thought the Beach Boys was just basically easy listening. But I did some research. Brian Wilson is probably an alien. He was that far ahead of all humans musically. Google Brian Wilson and Sir George Martin (the Beatles producer). Start there. Folks like Elton John and Paul McCarthy worship Wilson. For real technical reasons that I can’t even fully comprehend. You know who Leonard Bernstein is right? Search out what he thinks about “Surf’s Up” which may simply be the most amazing pop song ever written.

  73. Tar March 30th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    “sure, it has nothing to do with millions of dollars in memorabilia sales…”

    I really don’t see it that way. Jeter putting a few mil in sales over his winning and his legacy….I don’t buy that ( :D ).

    I do believe his whole injury thing…. threw him for a loop. I think he would have rather have gone out with MO and Andy…. but the timing was off. There was kind of no way around this farewell tour. Thats my take…. and of course I could be wrong.

  74. ac1 March 30th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    eter is a buisnessman. Believe me, he has very smart marketing and financial people around him who figured out several years ago how much announcing his farewell might be worth. Just as Mariano did.
    ___

    Put the attention back on the team and less on Alex Rodriguez.

  75. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    mick, ” A Farewell to Kings ” is a great Rush album! ” Cygnus X1 is an over the topps offering. Check out out live, Rush never disappoints.

  76. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    * meant to say, ” check it out live “. Rush is one of the best bands you could hope to see. Alex lifeson is a god,….no doubt, Gwen!

  77. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Enough said, and Rush concurs, Yes rocks! Stupid idiots that don’t put King Crimson in the hall!

  78. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Tar, are we both banned?

  79. bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I don’t know for certain that Jeter is doing this for marketing reasons. I just can’t think of another good reason to do it the way he chose.

    If you are going to retire, just retire. Don’t tell everybody you’re going to retire and make a huge production out of the whole thing. I don’t know who did this first. Was it Ripkin? Michael Jordan? All I know is “just retiring” has been good for roughly 99.9% of the great professional athletes in history. Don’t know why it wasn’t good enough for Jeter.

  80. pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    “bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I really don’t see any good reason to announce your retirement before your last season. Except of course marketing.”
    ======================

    I am not sure that’s the only reason. I think Jeter figured there was a reasonable chance he would not bounce back, and did not want it to look like he was forced to retire.

    I might be a minority but I think if he has a great 1st half he might reconsider.

  81. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/5.....#038;rel=0

    I love, Karen Valentine, let it be known :)

  82. pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    “Don’t know why it wasn’t good enough for Jeter.”

    ====================

    Actually, the biggest beneficiary is the Yankees. Advance ticket sales as fans flock to see him one last game regardless of the teams W-L record, increased in stadium merchandise sales, etc. Would not be surprised if the Yankees asked him to announce early although they said they were caught by surprise (I don’t believe this for a second).

  83. Tar March 30th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Not yet Tom… but I would suggest a cease and desist from both sides.

  84. Tar March 30th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    “Actually, the biggest beneficiary is the Yankees.”

    Yeah without a doubt. I really don’t see an ulterior motives in this from Jeter.

  85. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I’m in Prufrock’s corner, no question really, the guy is brilliant.

  86. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Tar,
    I ask only because my 7:05 post is still there, but I could not find your response to my five points. Was it the next thread? I’s like to see it, but all of your posts seem to be gone.

  87. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Tar, you are one undeniable fighter. I love your wreckless ways. As Tina Turner and Bryan Adams convey, ” it’s only love “.

  88. Tar March 30th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Tom

    You can see your post, but nobody else can. I’m feeling bad that Chad has to be a babysitter to the two of us. So lets cool it… if for anything for his sake. Deal?

  89. sammiejohnson March 30th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Marly~ESPN Deportes ?@MarlyRiveraESPN 9m

    Brian Cashman confirms Yankees 40-man roster move does not have to happen until Tuesday; if I had to guess… Nick Turley to 60-day DL

  90. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lP94PlEtsEQ#

    Long cool woman!

  91. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I can see mine, too, but I can’t see yours. I’m out of this, but I would like to see your response, which isn’t there. To hell with it.

  92. Tar March 30th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Tom

    I was just my usual smart A$$ self. You didn’t miss much :D

  93. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Tar,
    Then we’re square. Let’s go Yanks!

  94. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    tom, u know I love both u and Tar, can’t help my jacques villeneuve self!

  95. bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 6:06 pm
    bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    “Don’t know why it wasn’t good enough for Jeter.”

    ====================

    Actually, the biggest beneficiary is the Yankees. Advance ticket sales as fans flock to see him one last game regardless of the teams W-L record, increased in stadium merchandise sales, etc. Would not be surprised if the Yankees asked him to announce early although they said they were caught by surprise (I don’t believe this for a second).

    —-

    I think I agree with you.

    You know what would be the perfect job for Jeter. Player-manager. He keeps talking about ownership but he don’t have that kind of crazy money. But as a manager, who would get more respect than Jeter? I mean this guy walks on water in the baseball world. The Commissioner’s Office loves his ass. Players old and young revere him. Imagine Jeter going out to argue with an ump? The ump would like say, “Mr. Jeter, I apologize for that. How would you like me to rule next time?”

    I tell you something else. If Jeter were player-manager he’d never bat himself second. And he take himself out in the eight for defensive. I guarantee you that.

  96. tomingeorgia March 30th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    jmills,

    How’d that Indi race wind up up there:

  97. Jerkface March 30th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I don’t think you get jeter if you think he’d be a good player manager and not bat himself second.

  98. mick March 30th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Rush never disappoints.
    =============
    Beach Boys kick the crap out of Rush.
    Are they a Canadian band?

  99. mick March 30th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Is the new drug policy retroactive JF?

  100. bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    “I don’t think you get jeter if you think he’d be a good player manager and not bat himself second.”

    —-

    No, I think I do. The guy is all about winning. The problem with him batting second is he’s wearing the wrong hat.

    Tell you how I’d manage Jeter. If things got tough, I’d call him into my office and sit him and say to him, “so Jeet, if you were in my chair, what would you do?” And Jeter would say, “I’d have to bench me.” And I’d say, “ok.”

  101. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    mick, you’re funny. Rush us one of the best kick the crap out of those Beach wannabes you could ever hope to for. I lonqueve,… Alex Lifeson!

  102. mick March 30th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    KY is electric and pulling away…Wisc D will be oppressive.

  103. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I never was a Beach Boyz fan, Rush kicks that summertime crap in!

  104. pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    bigdan22

    “You know what would be the perfect job for Jeter. Player-manager. He keeps talking about ownership but he don’t have that kind of crazy money. But as a manager, who would get more respect than Jeter? I mean this guy walks on water in the baseball world. The Commissioner’s Office loves his ass.”
    ====================

    I would love to see Jeter as player manager but don’t think he is interested, and Joe would feel bad. Jeter probably has a net worth close to 300 million, he could certainly raise investors and be the name piece of any ownership like Magic Johnson in LA as minority owner.

    I think he might be interested in the Commissioners job at some point (pays over 20 million a year) but seems he is interested in that publishing company of his. In any event, he has plenty of opportunities and plenty of money to invest, its all up to him based on where his interests lie. Heck, Arod makes 20 million in investment income outside of MLB himself, but won’t have any opportunities in MLB after he retires, unlike Jeter.

  105. mick March 30th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I’m in Prufrock’s corner, no question really, the guy is brilliant.
    ==================
    Are you in love?

  106. chicken_stanley March 30th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Tom – live not too far from the track… drove by today on the to way my work location for the week… the crowds seem to have gotten smaller and smaller the past few years.

  107. Howler March 30th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Jeter is primarily interested in being an owner, I don’t think he’d want the headaches of being the commissioner…would just hurt his legacy.
    and for the record…Beach Boys needed to be neutered to hit those notes…

  108. mick March 30th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Funny how their only 2 losses were to UConn and Wisc.
    Fla-Ky would be interesting..

  109. Ys Guy March 30th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    the mets should offer jeter to be player manager.

    yogi did it.

  110. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    mick, sorry, I was busy telling everybody how Alex Lifeson not only plays lead, but solo … also. Not a fan of les Beached Surfer Whale blues.

  111. mick March 30th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Rush sounds like the Chipmunks.

  112. pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Went to Pete Abes blog to collect some Red Sox intel and find he has flown the coop with a farewell post. The blogs still there but Pete and the rest of the Globe writers won’t be. The new owner, who also owns the Red Sox, does not believe in free content.

  113. Howler March 30th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    He doesn’t want to be a manager though

  114. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    mick, I’m in Prufrock’s corner, what of it?

  115. dan l March 30th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Jeter as manager…that would suck…give me Posada!

  116. bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I don’t know if Jeet is worth $300MM. Has he even made that much? Remember in this country the tax man takes half. And that’s before you pay all your agents and stuff. It’s a myth of the 99% that the rich don’t pay taxes. It’s hedge fund managers who’d don’t pay taxes. Guys like Jeter pay tons.

    Yea he can do a Magic thing but I don’t think he’d dig that. That’s like being a mascot. Absolutely no decision-making power. Jeet likes to be boss.

  117. Howler March 30th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I’m sure he has other business interests other than what he got paid in baseball.

  118. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    mick, I’ve been through many people telling me Rush sucks. I ignore them while appreciating Rush’s excellent music.

  119. chicken_stanley March 30th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Jeter is one of the best celebrities I’ve ever seen at remaining anonymous. I, for one, won’t even venture a guess as to what he would like to do going forward because frankly I have no idea

  120. pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    “Tell you how I’d manage Jeter. If things got tough, I’d call him into my office and sit him and say to him, “so Jeet, if you were in my chair, what would you do?” And Jeter would say, “I’d have to bench me.” And I’d say, “ok.””
    =======================

    If the worst happened and Jeter struggled for the first 2 months, I think what happens is he goes on the DL for a month, and then comes back and hopes for the magic to return like it did in 2011. If that fails, the course of action would depend on available SS options and where the Yankees are in the race. If they had options and there was still a race, I would guess Jeter still sits against some tougher RHP’ers but gets starts against LHP’ers and some lesser RHP’ers.

    I am still hoping for the best though and I thought he looked pretty good his last few AB’s. Facing Houston and Toronto to start the season should help him and others to get a good start and build confidence before playing a bunch with the Rays and Red Sox.

  121. Howler March 30th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I know he wants to win Dancing with the Stars :)

  122. Howler March 30th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    might’ve been, The Voice…I forget which one.

  123. chicken_stanley March 30th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Howler – lol!

  124. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I was watching the film ” Hick ” earlier – go Girl!

  125. Howler March 30th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I ended up getting my motorcycle license today…of course had to pick a day when it was pouring down rain all day.

  126. chicken_stanley March 30th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Howler – congrats! SAFE travels

  127. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Howler, be careful!

  128. chicken_stanley March 30th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    jmills – speaking of films, I watched “Mud” last night… Thought it was a really good movie… In fact, I might put it on my “watch it again” list

  129. Howler March 30th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I will, most of my traveling is going to be logging roads and trails, but thanks.

  130. jmills March 30th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QWYIgr0GU7U#

    ” Let’s keep it simple, and space won’t defeat us “

  131. chicken_stanley March 30th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    new one ——>

  132. pete2 March 30th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    “bigdan22 March 30th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I don’t know if Jeet is worth $300MM. Has he even made that much? Remember in this country the tax man takes half.”

    ===================================

    Jeters made 253 million in MLB earnings. he has also made upwards of 20 million a year in endorsements for much of his career. Lets call that another 150 million to be conservative. That’s 400 million.

    I have to imagine he has invested much of it and has had decent returns. The rich get much higher returns on their CD’s than the little people. LOL.

    As for taxes, there are many ways the rich can reduce their burden. He has a home in Florida which has no taxes so I expect he pays taxes in NY only on his home games now although there was a bit of a dispute about that for the years 2001-2003. He likely has set up a foundation or two as many rich do to avoid taxes by donating a portion of his salary to his foundation. While he has to give up some of that to charity, the investment income is not taxable and he could structure it so the investment income is greater than he has to give away in charity. The foundations assets are safe from the death tax and can be passed on the be run by family members who will earn a large salary managing the Foundation and the assets .

    I would be shocked if Jeter was paying the max rate on his taxes. Good tax accountants are expensive but pay for themselves by exploiting the loopholes the little guy can only dream of

  133. mick March 30th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    No sporting event is more exciting than the NCAA tourney.

  134. CCBiggs March 30th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Does Dean Anna or Solarte have experience at 3B? Who plays there when Kelly Johnson is playing first base?

  135. LathamJoe March 31st, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Does Dean Anna or Solarte have experience at 3B? Who plays there when Kelly Johnson is playing first base?
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    Both have played 2b/ss/3b and outfield positions in the Minors. Anna seems like the steadier gloveman. The question will be how their skills translate to MLB competition. The infield as a whole, is one huge question mark this season. If Jeter, Tex, and Roberts can perform at 75% of their past, they can make this season interesting.

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