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Rivera’s son to pitch in New England Collegiate Baseball League

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 15, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariano Rivera

We’ll wrap up this unexpected off day with a quick story the Associated Press sent about Mariano Rivera’s son, who’s going to pitch in New Hampshire this winter. Mariano Rivera Jr. is the tallest of Rivera’s sons in the picture above.

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — The son of retired New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is going to pitch for a collegiate summer program in New Hampshire.

Mariano Rivera Jr. will join the Laconia Muskrats this summer, part of the 12-team New England Collegiate Baseball League.

He’s a right-hander, like his dad.

Noah Crane, the Muskrats’ general manager, tells New Hampshire Public Radio the 20-year-old Rivera Jr. is coming to the state because of the Muskrats’ close relationship with Pat Carey, Rivera’s coach at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. He says each year, the team has one or two of the school’s players.

Rivera’s dad retired at the end of last season after winning five World Series championships with the Yankees. He is Major League Baseball’s career saves leader with 652.

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199 Responses to “Rivera’s son to pitch in New England Collegiate Baseball League”

  1. NYY fan in NH April 15th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I live 10 minutes from where the Muskrats play and this is the coolest thing i’ve seen in awhile. I can’t wait to check out his son.

  2. chicken_stanley April 15th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    NYY fan – keep us informed!

  3. SweetSpot April 15th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Because of the rainout the Robinson/Mandela tribute will be before game two tomorrow. The Yankees are going to unveil a plaque in Monument Park on Tuesday honoring Mandela. For those who aren’t aware of it, Mandela visited Yankee Stadium in June 1990 just months after being released from a South African prison and said, “You know who I am. I am a Yankee.” Pretty cool!

  4. NYY fan in NH April 15th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I certainly will chicken_stanley

  5. j9d April 15th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Just popped on so someone may have mentioned this but what’s up with the Cashman manboobs? For suomeone so little he sure is growing past the training bra into a 32A.

  6. Hankflorida April 15th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I see evidence Solarte is coming back to earth, so having him at 2B or 3B may not be as attractive in 2 weeks as it seems to be now

    Pete, I agree as we should play him till his string runs out if it ever does as you have Roberts and Sizemore waiting in the wings. As for Johnson at 3rd or 2nd, it does not matter as it is imperative to have that power in the infield due to our two banjo hitters in the outfield. When Beltran went to first, and I was not happy when Ichiro took his place as my first experience with the Yankees was having DiMaggio, Keller and Heinrich in the outfield. I missed Ruth but had the Mantle era, and it is hard to adjust to outfielders who hit ten home runs in a season.

  7. bigdan22 April 15th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Bichette continuing his assault on OBP. Two hits and a walk tonight. Now hitting .333. Very SSS, but his OBP is 200 points higher than last year at a lower level.

    From the box score, it looks like Culver lost the game for Tampa with another error in the 9th, his 6th! Ugh!

  8. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    id, you jinxed him.

  9. bigdan22 April 15th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    The Yankee Clipper, Old Reliable and King Kong Keller. Now that was an outfield!

  10. pkyankfan69 April 15th, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    We were in the mid 80s in central NJ on Sunday… Now the rain is starting to change over to snow… ugh

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 15th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Fat Sloppy has never legitimately been Kd. I can’t believe that he has to fight with and jawbone at the umps EVERY SINGLE TIME, and still they don’t get it right.

    Unbelievable.

  12. bigdan22 April 15th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    The key to hitting .300 is avoiding the 1 for 21. Tread water for awhile hopefully getting a hit a game until you get another hot streak going. So far, that’s what’s Solarte is doing. .300 hitters are just so rare these days it’s hard to know one when you see one.

  13. SweetSpot April 15th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Solarte may never see a fastball again.

  14. pat April 15th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    WillMcAvoyACN
    Tell me exactly how this is breaking news, @cnn? pic.twitter.com/uMu42Hdu4v

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 15th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I believe Solarte is the real deal. Because he may hit a cold spot, the way ALL major leaguers do at some point, does not mean he won’t continue with a hot bat.

    A marathon, not a sprint. If you’re looking for sprint stats, you need to follow track and field.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 15th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Don’t look now, but…

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standin....._standings

  17. pete2 April 15th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    bigdan22 April 15th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    The key to hitting .300 is avoiding the 1 for 21. Tread water for awhile hopefully getting a hit a game until you get another hot streak going. So far, that’s what’s Solarte is doing. .300 hitters are just so rare these days it’s hard to know one when you see one.
    ======================

    Solarte has went 3 for his last 14. His LD% of 16.7% suggests his 400+ BABIP has a fair amount of luck. I won’t predict anything more than Solarte seems to be due for a bit of regression.

    I once did a study, just for a particular year on a few players on their consistency. They were some of the better hitters in the league at the time. I don’t remember all the details but found that for 2/3 of the games these players played they hit about 150-200, and over 400 in 1/3 of the games. Jeter in this year was actually a bit of an outlier hitting close to 250 in his worst 2/3 games.

    I might go back and redo it with more recent data since I think consistency may be an underrated part of the game.
    So consistency is important, but also crushing mediocre pitching and having big games is also a big part of the equation in how a player does in his cumulative season stats

  18. SweetSpot April 15th, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    The difference Trish is that he’s not an established ballplayer and he has had trouble with off-speed pitches lately. You can’t really compare him to more established major leaguers who are in slumps. Solarte has yet to prove himself. Hot starts in the show for newbies are essentially meaningless until they prove they can get the job done after opposing pitchers and coaches get a book on them. He wouldn’t be the first to have problems with major league caliber breaking balls. Let’s hope he has what it takes!

  19. pete2 April 15th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Watching the Red Sox – White Sox game being played at 36 degree weather reminds me the Yankees have been pretty fortunate thus far with the weather.

  20. pat April 15th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Puig’s journey from Cuba to LA

    http://www.lamag.com/features/.....ers/page/1

  21. Tar April 15th, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Joe Po on Koufax and Yom Kippur

    http://joeposnanski.com/joeblo.....#more-1890

  22. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    blake April 15th, 2014 at 6:37 pm
    I think I’ve developed an allergy to Pizza Hut…..I t really makes me sick every time I eat there for lie the last 6 months. No other pizza bothers me at all…..anyone know if they have any unusual ingredients in anything
    _________

    They supposedly have soybean oil (allergen) in a lot of their products. Also preservatives BHT and BHA. Stick to good Italian pizza. ;)

    http://www.inquisitr.com/11964.....enu-items/

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 15th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    SweetSpot, I know you’re right about that. I just don’t ever want people to give up on anything prematurely and call it something it may not be. He just may end up being the goods!

    :)

  24. UnKnown April 15th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Napoli possible fractured finger.

    Hey YF got a hockey question for ya. Why are the Rangers playing the Flyers when that would be a 5 seed vs. 6 seed matchup? Also then the 3rd seed is playing the 4th seed in the East.

  25. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Hey Unknown:

    “In the First Round, the division winner with the best record in each conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the lesser record; the wild card team with the better record will play the other division winner.

    The teams finishing second and third in each division will meet in the First Round within the bracket headed by their respective division winners. First-round winners within each bracket play one another in the Second Round to determine the four participants in the Conference Finals.”

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/standin.....8;type=CON

  26. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Jeff Passan ?@JeffPassan 9m
    Sources: Padres worried Josh Johnson needs Tommy John surgery. Would be 22nd known case in Year of Tommy John. News: http://yhoo.it/1iXibhk

  27. bigdan22 April 15th, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Consistency is important in baseball but you need to define what that means. A .300 hitter doesn’t hit .300 most of time. But he avoids hitting .050. That’s the key. And of course mixing in a few hot streaks.

    It’s the same way for teams if they want to win 90+ games. The key is not “winning” every series. It’s avoiding losing streaks of more than three games. Just like a .300 hitter, it’s treading water most of the season and mixing in several short to moderate winning streaks (3-6 games). And then maybe one long winning streak (7 or more). That’s what it means to be consistent in baseball.

  28. UnKnown April 15th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    You Can Put It on the Boaaaaaaaaaardd YEEEEEES

    White over Red tonight

  29. RhapsodyInBlue April 15th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Poor Napoli

    http://live.boston.com/Event/A.....ve_updates

  30. bigdan22 April 15th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    The Red Sox just lost in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs and runners and first and second, a routine ground ball is hit to Bogarts who throws it away and the winning run scores on the error.

    An error scoring the winning run in the ninth. Now that’s what you call bad infield defense!

  31. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 15th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Bogaerts we hardly knew ye.

    :lol:

  32. UnKnown April 15th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    YF – Oh wow that’s a pretty funky way of doing it. If anything I would assume they would criss cross and play someone from the other division. Anyway thanks.

  33. RhapsodyInBlue April 15th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Here it is. Who’s on first?

    http://images.scribblelive.com.....56_800.png

  34. UnKnown April 15th, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Carp has to scoop that or at the very least keep it in front of him. Wow that was bad.

    I have watched Boston now the last few games and I guess I just don’t think they are that good. Definitely not as good as they were last year. There has been a reason why nobody has repeated since the Yanks did it at the turn of the Century.

  35. RhapsodyInBlue April 15th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Yankees 3-peated :-)

  36. UnKnown April 15th, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    And 4 out 5. Dominance you may never see again.

  37. Ys Guy April 16th, 2014 at 12:01 am

    someone in here made the argument that bad infield defense doesn’t matter.

  38. bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I have no idea how good the Yanks are, but the Sox could be awful. Their offense is very weak. And if this Lester thing blows up, the pitching is going to be pretty ordinary.

    In the era of the nerd, Chris Russo is trying to erase all their hard fought gains.

  39. RhapsodyInBlue April 16th, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Looks like a broken finger on Napoli’s glove hand.

  40. bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:05 am

    “someone in here made the argument that bad infield defense doesn’t matter”

    —–

    So how often do you see a game end that way? Thanks for making my point for me.

  41. Tar April 16th, 2014 at 12:06 am

    That’s a horrible play by Carp. Turned his head straight down, probably closed his eyes and swiped at the ball. Not great throw… but a 1b baseman has to make that play.

    Good night all

  42. bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:06 am

    There’s a well-worn saying that applies to that–the exception that proves the rule.

  43. RhapsodyInBlue April 16th, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Napoli dislocation reset. Day to day according to John Farrell

  44. pete2 April 16th, 2014 at 12:11 am

    “bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I have no idea how good the Yanks are, but the Sox could be awful. Their offense is very weak. And if this Lester thing blows up, the pitching is going to be pretty ordinary. ”
    ==================

    They are playing without Middlebrooks, Pedroia and Victorino which has something to do with it. While those 3 should be back soon, it looks like Napoli may be out for awhile.

    Last year they were exceptionally lucky, with the highest BABIP in MLB since 1930.
    They were also hungrier. I see signs of complacency.

    Lester actually has a reason to pitch well so long as he does not have an extension. I think he is more likely to blow up with an extension. He only pitched well last year after they got Peavy and he worried if they would pick up his option

    Red Sox do have help down in the farm, but they have not got to the point they need to tap into it.

  45. bbb51 April 16th, 2014 at 12:15 am

    It’s Napoli, he’ll swing with one arm.

  46. bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I wonder if WAR or UZR, in computing how many “runs” Bogaerts saves for the Red Sox this year will account for the fact that he just lost a game for them. Oh, I forgot, with the help a bad first baseman.

    More and more evidence of the proposition I’ve been maintaining all along–that it is impossible to measure the value of a player independent of the team he plays for. A better first baseman would have saved the error and the game for Sox tonight. Baseball is a complex system, the proper analysis of which does not lend itself to simple value designations.

    War isn’t hell. It’s crap.

  47. bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Pete2, I think Middlebrooks is over-rated. Is his minor league performance much better than Solarte’s? I remember checking it a couple years ago when he made his grand entrance and not being very impressed.

    Victorino I thought was done three years ago. I don’t know where last year came from.

    The Lester fiasco is smelling a lot like beer and fried chicken.

  48. RhapsodyInBlue April 16th, 2014 at 12:21 am

    With a dislocated finger on his glove hand Napoli will probably miss just a couple of games.

  49. bbb51 April 16th, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Victorino has one of those exemptions for ADHD, which an absurd percentage of MLB players supposedly have.

  50. bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:22 am

    “Last year they were exceptionally lucky, with the highest BABIP in MLB since 1930.”

    —-

    Is that right? I didn’t know that. Do you know the standard deviation?

  51. SweetSpot April 16th, 2014 at 12:23 am

    The blog is never better then when Red Sox bashing dominates.

  52. BoJo April 16th, 2014 at 12:26 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue April 15th, 2014 at 11:50 pm
    Bogaerts we hardly knew ye.
    ======
    I guess Bogaerts can’t be choosey.

  53. bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Victorino has one of those exemptions for ADHD, which an absurd percentage of MLB players supposedly have.

    —-

    So then he’s just like every college student I’ve met in the last five years :)

  54. SweetSpot April 16th, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Tanka and Pineda? Pinch me!

  55. SweetSpot April 16th, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I wonder how Seattle likes their stud singles hitter Robbie Cano? ZERO home runs to date.

  56. DaSaint007 April 16th, 2014 at 1:31 am

    SweetSpot April 16th, 2014 at 1:08 am
    I wonder how Seattle likes their stud singles hitter Robbie Cano? ZERO home runs to date.
    —————–

    And on pace to be intentionally walked 40+ times…

  57. pete2 April 16th, 2014 at 2:10 am

    “bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Pete2, I think Middlebrooks is over-rated. Is his minor league performance much better than Solarte’s?
    ====================

    Middlebrooks is a HR guy, low OBP, poor defense. But he is much better than what the Red Sox are throwing out there . Hard to compare minor league stats with Solarte as Solarte was in an extreme hitters league. Numbers for hitters there are ridiculously inflated

  58. pete2 April 16th, 2014 at 2:16 am

    bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I wonder if WAR or UZR, in computing how many “runs” Bogaerts saves for the Red Sox this year will account for the fact that he just lost a game for them. Oh, I forgot, with the help a bad first baseman.

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

    That’s why WAR and other context neutral stats should not be used for MVP discussions, at least not on their own.

  59. pete2 April 16th, 2014 at 2:21 am

    ” bigdan22 April 16th, 2014 at 12:22 am

    “Last year they were exceptionally lucky, with the highest BABIP in MLB since 1930.”

    —-

    Is that right? I didn’t know that. Do you know the standard deviation?
    =====================

    Yeah, I checked it on B-Ref going year to year on the league stats page. I was expecting to find a team with a higher BABIP long before 1930 I can tell you that.
    However, the steroid era (and whatever this era is called) have much higher BABIP’s than every other era after 1930. I just went by the raw numbers for BABIP for each team and no team had a higher BABIP than the Red Sox in 2013 although some were close.

  60. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Morning.

    I’m finally back in a position to be able to post a little more.

    I’ve missed being able to read and comment.

  61. bardos April 16th, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I wonder why all of a sudden double headers (day-night ones these days) are such an anathema. I remember watching many a double header as an up and coming promising youth in my younger days. Didn’t seem to cause injuries. Maybe only the catcher was swapped out.

  62. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Bardos-

    We live in an Age of pitch counts and specialists.

    Maybe that has something to do w it ?

  63. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Detroit broke a 133 year old record for snowfall @ 94.3 inches.

    :shock:

  64. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Bet you folks back in the Northeast and Midwest won’t forget this Winter.

    :(

  65. GregD April 16th, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Good morning Yankee fans!! Cold again here in Delaware!!!

  66. austinmac April 16th, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Welcome back, MTU. Good doubleheader day to be around.

    Hal’s comments yesterday do make me think an addition is possible with his, “I’m always evaluaring comment.”

    Work will have to take a back seat for Tanaka’s game. I have my priorities.

  67. Mottsx April 16th, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I keep hearing stories of Sunday doubleheaders. That sounds awesome but what if it rains. Does it move to Monday ?

  68. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Mac-

    Thanks.

    I’ve missed chatting.

    Very much looking forward to today’s games.

    I think Hal has some wiggle room left in his budget.

    As to if or when he might give the OK to pull the trigger on something is anyone’s guess.

  69. pat April 16th, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Franklin lifted from Tacoma game. No injury. Call up 4 Morrison DL? Trade?

  70. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Good morning

    I’ll start with an article I unearthed that has Michael Pineda, if he stays healthy, compared to the career of Jim Palmer. here’s a snippet:
    Actually a long snippet from a lengthy article!

    Repertoire-wise, Pineda dominated in 2011 with basically two pitches – a fastball that averaged nearly 95 MPH and a wipeout slider that averaged 84 MPH, with the odd changeup mixed in. The lack of a legit changeup was the prime reason for his fairly large platoon split (110 relative OPS+ vs. lefties, 89 vs. righties). His swing-and-miss percentage of 11.9% ranked second among AL ERA qualifiers in 2011.

    It’s only been two starts, but so far, the 2014 version of Michael Pineda looks an awful lot like the 2011 model. His swing-and-miss rate is even better, at 14.1%. His popup rate is high, and he is showing a strong fly ball tendency. The big platoon split is still there. His average fastball velocity is down by over 2 MPH to 92.3, though he is throwing his slider and changeup at almost exactly the same average speed, and is throwing them the almost exact same percentage of the time as he did in 2011.

    Michael Pineda needed to accomplish two exceedingly difficult tasks to get back to being the dominant starter he was in 2011. The first was to get back to being the same guy qualitatively – the early returns suggest that he has done that. Only Kerry Wood and – briefly – Mark Prior on the second list above were able to do so, even for a short period. The second task is to make it stick – to hold up over time, to pitch enough innings to qualify for an ERA title, and beyond, experiencing enduring major league success. The jury is still out on that one.

    This brings us back full circle to Jim Palmer. The link between Palmer and Pineda just might be the key to the latter’s chance of making it stick. In that 1966 World Series Game 2 shutout, Palmer recorded seven popups among his 21 contact outs. Palmer outperformed his K rate by one of the most significant margins in baseball history. Part of this was due to exceptional defense behind him – all-time great defenders supported Palmer at third base (Brooks Robinson), shortstop (Mark Belanger) and center field (Paul Blair) for most of his career – but only part of it. Palmer was one of the greatest contact managers in the game’s history, due in large part to his ability to generate popups – a true, measureable skill that Michael Pineda happens to share.

    Pineda is not the athlete that Palmer was – but Palmer did not have the bat-missing ability that Pineda has. If Pineda can stay on the mound, continuing to show the strikeout/popup package that he has shown both before and after his shoulder injury, the sky is the limit. What he is in the process of doing is basically unprecedented in baseball history – baseball fans of all stripes should be able to get behind a positive outcome here, one that should be a lot of fun to watch unfold.

    When you find the time:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....el-pineda/

  71. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Pineda will have to bring his A game tonight.

    He’ll be under scrutiny because of the pine tar/ it’s really dirt incident.
    He won’t have McCann behind the plate and his offensive improvement.
    He won’t have Jeter, as he’ll sit game two.
    The temp will be colder.

  72. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    YT-

    Good stuff.

    For me the thing that really distinguishes Pineda is his command.

    There are plenty of guys who weren’t successful w similar or even better stuff.

    Putting the ball where you want it is an under appreciated skill because it isn’t sexy.

    i.e. Chamberlain, Edwin Jackson, Kyle Farnsworth, etc.

  73. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 7:46 am

    YT-

    Wonder how the cold will affect Pineda.

    His grip should not be as good.

  74. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I’m hoping for a dominant performance by Tanaka.

  75. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    MTU

    I don’t see Hal making any big acquisitions now, especially with what Boras wants for Drew.
    With the not so dominant pitching the Rays have, the injuries that the Sox have, and the non dominant pitching of the O’s, as well as the Jays, I think the Yankees will stay the course until the trading deadline. Headley will then be available. But by then his only great season in 2012, and his pre all-star career low batting average, might not garner much interest to sell the farm for him.

  76. blake April 16th, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Pineda’s CU was sick in his last start…..I’d like to see more velo differential from his FB but the movement on it was what made it great…..it’s a real weapon vs LH hitters if he can repeat that.

  77. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 7:54 am

    YT-

    Sound reasoning.

    Headley is less appealing right now.

    I’m hoping Solarte continues to shine.

  78. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Well, for one thing, the Cubbies won’t be digging in vs Pineda, as he won’t be using pine tar, or specially treated dirt.

    It’s currently 30 in Chicago, high today 51, low tonight 41- from Siri. It’s 30 in Hotlanta.

  79. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 7:55 am

    YT – Do we have confirmation on all that?

  80. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Blake-

    People who thought Pineda did not have a 3rd pitch were wrong.

    It needs to be made more consistent but it flashes +.

  81. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Shame:

    From the NJ.com article that had a link to the lengthy article above on Pineda.

    PINE TAR: Though Pineda called it dirt, just about the rest of baseball agreed that Pineda had pine tar on his hand the last time he started against the Red Sox. He said that the next time he pitches, he’ll have a clean hand. We’ll see.

  82. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    As far as the lineups, I’m guessing McCann and Jeter will be in game 1, even though tonight’s Cubs starter is a lefty and maybe Jeter gets the night game?

  83. blake April 16th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    If Headley turned down 3/39 then the Padres have to trade him…..and they might do it soon. The Padres aren’t winning that division or making the playoffs this year…..they held Headely 2 years ago when they should have moved him and have watched his stock go down down down over the last 2 seasons……..now they just have to get what they can for him……and if you’re Chase Headley then you’re begging to be traded right now…..you get traded then the QO goes away and you have a chance to increase you’re value in a better park.

    I would still deal for him for the right price…..he’s a good defender and I have to believe he’d hit better away from Petco and with a fresh start……he’s a 2nd half guy as well.

    Cash should be on the phone now talking about him…….even last year he put up a 116 OPS+. and a 3.5 fWAR….which is much better than what they have now.

  84. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Trader – Thanks. I actually meant the part about Jeter starting the first game lol, I didn’t catch it written anywhere but take your word for it. This place is my news hub.

  85. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    YT-

    His hand should be clean because I am quite certain this has been addressed by MLB and the Yankees.

    If he does choose to go back to it he needs to much less obvious about it.

    It is an accepted unwritten rule but must not be so apparent.

  86. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Blake-

    What are you surrendering for Headley ?

  87. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    The Padres might still be holding out hope he rebounds enough between now and the ASB to raise his value a bit more… but yeah, I’d have been trying to trade him as well. That team hasn’t really been a true contender.

  88. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    From this issue of USA Today Sports Weekly

    When Moore does get his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) replaced, the hard-throwing left-hander will be the 13th pitcher on a major league roster to require the proce­dure since the beginning of spring training, an alarming incidence. Top Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon, who was slated to play in Class AAA, also had the surgery this spring.

    The Atlanta Braves were hit twice last month when they lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to torn elbow ligaments, wiping out two­fifths of their rotation. This week, Braves reliever Cory Gearrin con­firmed he will need the operation as well.

    In addition, promising pitchers such as Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star Patrick Corbin, Oakland Athletics ace Jarrod Parker and Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Ron­don required Tommy John surgery in recent weeks.

    Last year’s total for the full season was 19. Among them was National League All-Star Game starter Matt Harvey of the New York Mets, who also lost closer Bobby Parnell to a blown elbow ligament after one outing this season.

  89. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    YT-

    Any idea what is causing the uptick ?

  90. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Shame

    On Headley, also from today’s USA

    While it can be an awkward situation for some players, Headley insists he will not let the situation bother him, and it has nothing to do with an 8-for-43 (.186) start through his first 11 games of the season. The cleanup hitter did not drive in his first run until April 9, when his sixth-inning single lifted the Padres to a 2-1 victory at the Indians in the second game of a doubleheader. The Padres enter the week at 5-7.

    “It’s nothing more than the result of a small sample size,” Padres manager Bud Black said of Headley getting out of the gates slowly. “Chase is a good player, and he’s very professional. I fully expect him to have a good season if he’s healthy. Health is really the only thing that can hold him back. Noth­ing else will have any kind of ef­fect.”

    Headley has always been a bit of a slow starter throughout his seven major league seasons. His career statistics before the All-Star break include a .258 batting average, .338 on-base percentage and .383 slug­ging percentage. In the second half, those numbers rise to .280/.362/ .448.

    While Headley has established himself as a second-half player, the question remains whether he is a star or merely a solid performer.

    He had a breakout season in 2012, when he hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs and a National League-leading 115 RBI in 161 games while posting a career-best 6.3 wins above replacement (WAR). However, last year, he batted .250/ .347/.400 in 141 games with 13 homers, 50 RBI and 3.8 WAR while beginning the season on the dis­abled list with a broken thumb, then having arthroscopic knee surgery at the end while suffering with calf and back strains along the way.

    While Headley figures to get a large contract in free agency, he could set himself up for a nine­figure payday if he replicates 2012, though many major league talent evaluators think that was an outlier.

  91. blake April 16th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    MTU,
    I’d trade any of the outfield prospects for him to be honest…..I don’t really know what SD needs specifically but they probably need everything. Headley makes this team a lot better…..good defender at 3B….switch hitter….on base skills…..even if he’s not what he was in that one good year he’s still a 3+ win player and he frees up Johnson and Solarte to play 2B.

    If they aren’t gonna sign Drew then Headley is probably the most realistic help I can see on the trade market…….

  92. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    MTU

    Sandy Alderson would like to see fur­ther research done into the causes of UCL injuries, and one study is taking place with Major League Baseball’s approval under the su­pervision of Stan Conte, vice presi­dent of medical services for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    The study began last year by surveying all major and minor leaguers to examine their history of injuries and the prevalence of play­ers — mostly pitchers — who had undergone the Tommy John proce­dure.

    Conte says from 2002 to 2011 the average number of these surgeries among major leaguers fell just short of 16, then skyrocketed to a record 36 in 2012 before dropping to 19 in 2013.

    “Of course, this year we’re defi­nitely ahead of schedule when it comes to the amount,” Conte says. “When you look at Tommy Johns from 2003 to 2013, most of them occurred in June, not in April and May. This has definitely been one of the strongest starts, for whatever reason.”

    An explanation indeed remains elusive, although there’s some belief that the operation’s high success rate has led to a more ag­gressive approach in treating el­bow- ligament tears, instead of going with the conservative rest­and- rehab strategy.

    “There’s so much information about how good the procedure is that players don’t want to wait,” Andrews said. “They want it done. So it’s a struggle. There’s always room for conservative treatment.”

    The rash of Tommy John surger­ies has been disconcerting for the people who spend so much time and effort trying to prevent them. One of them is Glenn Fleisig, re­search director for the American Sports Medicine Institute in Bir­mingham, Ala., who is working with Conte on the study and is an expert on the biomechanics of pitching.

    Fleisig has examined UCL injuries for more than a decade and, like his collaborators, expected their num­bers to decrease with better knowl­edge of their causes and of proper mechanics. That hasn’t been the case.

    Sports medicine, Fleisig noted, aims to help athletes perform at their best while also avoiding in­juries. Sometimes those goals work in unison, sometimes they conflict.

    “What’s happened over the past decade or so is, through science and medicine (plus training and nutri­tion), we’ve enabled more pitchers to maximize their potential,” Fleisig said. “If you look at any team’s major and minor league rosters, they have more guys bringing it at 95 mph than 10 years ago or 20 years ago. But that has come at the cost of the ligaments and tendons.

    “As we’ve optimized your ability to have strong muscles and the ability to use the muscles at the right time with proper mechanics, the ligaments and tendons have not been improved as much as the muscles.”

    That’s because ligaments and tendons don’t get as healthy a sup­ply of blood as the muscles, a phys­iological fact no amount of training or tender care will alter.

  93. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Blake-

    I was just curious how far you were willing to go.

    I would not be willing to surrender as much for him right now.

    But I agree that he is worth having for the right price.

    A while back I would have been willing to offer more.

  94. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Sorry to include such lengthy dissertations, but in a nutshell MTU

    repetitive high pitch counts
    Players not wanting to go the rehab route
    Trying to throw the fastball thru the barn door

    And just an opinion, which has not been proven- the Slider

  95. blake April 16th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I think this particular season’s outbreak of TJS is part coincidence and part a trend that’s happening……I think pitchers are throwing harder than ever….using more effort that effort and they are exceeding the thresholds of what their ligaments take handle.

  96. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Unless ARod retires, or announces he’s going to be the SS next year, the Yankees are unlikely to trade talent for three months of Headley.

  97. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Wow.. crazy stuff in South Korea. A ferry carrying mostly high school students capsized. 4 confirmed dead and 292 remain missing. Terrible, terrible stuff.

  98. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I don’t see them trading anything of significance for Headley at this point.. the could try to obtain him on the open market depending on who else is (or is not *ahem*Hanley*ahem*) available.

  99. blake April 16th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    as I said the other day I think pitchers are born with a stress limit on their ligaments….UCL included…..sorta like a lb test in fishing lines. As they increase the speed of their arms and the muscles around the ligaments…..the ligaments doesn’t get stronger along with it…..so you’re exerting more and more force on the ligament…..and eventually when you keep tugging on the 10 lb bass with 5 lb test line……the line breaks unless you’re really lucky and really careful.

    This is just theory on my part but I really think pitchers should be more organic and natural in their training…….little to almost no lifting weights…..only stretching, throwing, and running. Maybe this will reduce how hard they can throw…….but maybe it’ll keep their velocity more in their natural range if you will……..some guys weren’t meant to throw 95 mph IMO…..and their arms can’t take it.

    JMO

  100. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Blake
    If your son wants to be a pitcher , let’s get Phil Niekro to work with him early on the nuances of the knuckler. No need to be a strapping flame thrower to be successful in the majors.

  101. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    On a boat holding 459 passengers, 164 people have been rescued so far.

  102. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Blake

    Your assessment, along with blood flow to muscles and not tendons and ligaments lends credence to your theory.

  103. pat April 16th, 2014 at 8:29 am

    As I said (only half jokingly) before, increased testing could be contributing to some injuries. Connective tissue stays more supple when a little HGH is added to the mix.

  104. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Shame

    Is that the ferry carrying high school students in Korea?

  105. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Pat

    That’s why HGH should be allowed. It’s a polypeptide, not an anabolic steroid. It helps heal, much like platelet rich plasma, which is allowed.

  106. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    YT – Yep. Crazy videos are up of the coast guard rescuing people. I know this is a very serious situation but the uniforms of the South Korean coast guard had me like :shock: .

  107. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    And now an article, from Dan Martin in today’s NY Post.

    Something, we all at LoHud-” Told you so!”

    It was shortly before the General Managers meetings in November when baseball executives and agents started wondering aloud about what the Yankees were going to do for a backup first baseman, with Mark Teixeira coming off right wrist surgery.

    Brian Cashman, though, didn’t have similar thinking.
    “He’s supposed to be healthy and that’s our plan,” Cashman said at the time. “I don’t have an exact number of games I expect him to play at first base, but I don’t anticipate him having any issues.”

    The Yankees entered the season with third baseman Kelly Johnson, who had all of three career games at first before Opening Day, backing up Teixeira.

  108. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Actually, I’m impressed with Kelly Johnson’s defense at first.

  109. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    YT/Blake-

    Interesting theory on the causes of the upturn in TJS.

    Thanks.

  110. bbb51 April 16th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 7:42 am
    Pineda will have to bring his A game tonight.

    He won’t have Jeter, as he’ll sit game two.

    It would be stupid to play Jeter in game 1 vs the rhp and sit him vs the lhp.

  111. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Back to Tex:

    If his right wrist is not 100%, let him forego batting from the left side.

    Don’t have players, who never played the position backing up, when Tex next, as he probably will, go on the DL.

    Why is he breaking down? Hmm, he played with the Rangers in 2003. No I’m not suggesting?

    Who should the Yankees use at first if no Tex?

  112. bbb51 April 16th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 7:54 am
    Well, for one thing, the Cubbies won’t be digging in vs Pineda, as he won’t be using pine tar, or specially treated dirt.

    It’s currently 30 in Chicago, high today 51, low tonight 41- from Siri. It’s 30 in Hotlanta.

    Game is in NYC.

    And I hope he continues to use pine tar as other pitchers do.

  113. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    bbb

    Yes I mentioned that Jeter might very well play game two, although it will be colder, against the lefty.

  114. blake April 16th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    The problem is not not having a “back up 1B”……you really don’t want to clog a roster spot with a strickly back up 1B. The problem was not having a starting 3B and not having a more sure option at 2B which would have allowed Johnson to be the BU infielder and BU 1B.

  115. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I wonder when we’ll get the first line up. It’s been so long since I’ve gotten to watch a split double header live I forgot how these things work.

  116. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    blake April 16th, 2014 at 8:51 am
    The problem is not not having a “back up 1B”……you really don’t want to clog a roster spot with a strickly back up 1B. The problem was not having a starting 3B and not having a more sure option at 2B which would have allowed Johnson to be the BU infielder and BU 1B.

    ——————-

    Yep.

  117. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    my really bad.

    Current NYC temp 32, high 54, low 36, but it’s sunny, so it should feel warmer the first game when the high will be around 46

  118. blake April 16th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    had they signed Drew in the offseason then this wouldn’t be a problem right now…..because Johnson would be the 1B and Solarte or Anna could play the other infield spot.

    You don’t need a “BU 1B” on a roster…..you just need to have somebody else that isn’t a starter that can play 1B.

  119. bbb51 April 16th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    There is no problem with Johnson being the backup for 1B as long as there is someone to replace him at 3B.

  120. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Shame and Blake-

    Had the arbitration process started much earlier on ARod, with a ruling finalized and agreed upon, before the free agents infield options came off the board, who do you think the Yankees would have signed instead?

    Peralta?

    Traded for someone?

  121. blake April 16th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    “Had the arbitration process started much earlier on ARod, with a ruling finalized and agreed upon, before the free agents infield options came off the board, who do you think the Yankees would have signed instead?”

    nobody….because there is still an infield option on the board and they have done nothing. Hal has closed his wallet……Cash probably has tried to make trades but either other teams are asking too much or Cashman is being too stubborn……..

    If you’re not gonna sign Drew then go get Chase Headley now……you don’t have to wait until July…..go get him now.

  122. blake April 16th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    They offered Peralta a contract very early in the offseason…..they offered Drew one as well…..so it’s not like they didn’t realize they needed an infielder…..it’s just that they both turned down the offer and then Cashman spent all the money Hal would allow on other things.

  123. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    The problem with Headley, is he isn’t hitting now.

  124. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Back in ST I posted a link to an article that quoted a scout talking positively about Dante Bichette Jr. Supposedly he had simplified his swing and the scout was impressed with what he had seen. So far so good. He’s hitting .333/.500/.472 in the first 12 games of the season.

    Small sample size, but better that the alternative.

  125. blake April 16th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    “The problem with Headley, is he isn’t hitting now.”

    it’s a small sample…..he had a 116 OPS + last year and I think that’s what he is pretty much…..he’s not a star player but he’s above average at 3B and a good defender. He’s a good fit if the Padres don’t ask the moon for him…….

  126. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    The problem with Headley, is he isn’t hitting now.

    —————

    he hasn’t hit in over a full season.

  127. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    headley 8-for-43 (.186) start through his first 11 games of the season. The cleanup hitter did not drive in his first run until April 9, when his sixth-inning single lifted the Padres to a 2-1 victory at the Indians in the second game of a doubleheader. The Padres enter the week at 5-7.

    “It’s nothing more than the result of a small sample size,” Padres manager Bud Black said of Headley getting out of the gates slowly.

    Headley has always been a bit of a slow starter throughout his seven major league seasons. His career statistics before the All-Star break include a .258 batting average, .338 on-base percentage and .383 slug­ging percentage. In the second half, those numbers rise to .280/.362/ .448.

  128. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    The Padres will wait until July, if they can’t finally get him to sign an extension.

  129. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    High-A Tampa (8-7 loss to Clearwater)

    3B Eric Jagielo: 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 13 hits in his last 40 at-bats (.325) with two doubles and four homers

    DH Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — up to .333/.500/.472 in 12 games

    CC- is Bichette getting his fair share of turns at third?

  130. Tackelberry April 16th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    CountryClub:

    Keith Law has said for 2 years whenever asked about DBJ that his swing is one of the worst he had ever seen. So much movement, and awkward at that. Guess he finally got a coach to fix his swing and now it seems to be paying off, at least initially. Lets hope he keeps it up. After a slow start, Angelo Gumbs has been on fire recently. I think he, not Refsnyder is our 2nd baseman of the future long term. Also, I’m amazed that Aaron Judge has not had an extra base hit yet.

  131. blake April 16th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    The Yanks have a lot of guys that could be big league regulars in the minors…..I hope just some of them pan out.

  132. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    YT – I dunno that Alex had a lot to do with it. They had offers out for Infante and Drew but pulled them at some point after signing Ellsbury and Beltran. I like Beltran a lot.. but if they went with him instead of an INF I dunno how I’d feel about that move. It’s sorta magnified a little by how much Cruz ended up going for.

  133. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Tackelberry

    2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 9-for-17 (.529) in his last four games

    RF Aaron Judge: 3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI — 7-for-16 (.438) in his last four games

  134. blake April 16th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I would have Jagielo to Trenton pretty soon if he keeps hitting…..he’s 21 years old and a college guy…..basically high -A is a similar level to what he faced in college. They can move him fast if he hits.

  135. blake April 16th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    they can move Judge fast too……that’s why I like college guys……most big time colleges play at a similar level to A ball……so they should already be at that level when you get them. Give them a little adjustment time to wood bats and to pro ball and then get them on up to AA and see what they got……

  136. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Today was a good day to work from home… hopefully the Yankees reward me with two solidly played games.

    blake – Have they gotten the whole ‘work from home thing’ down for dentists yet? Dentist drones? ;)

  137. blake April 16th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    trade for Headley and then hope Jag kills it this year and can be an option for 2015…..it’s not that unrealistic that he’d be ready sometime in 2015……now that doesn’t mean he will…..but if he gets to Trenton and hits there this year then he’s not that far away.

  138. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Blake

    If some of the Baby Bombers have continued success, and I’m not suggesting they do this, there should be plenty of trade chips to use if they need a trade to give them a boost in July.

  139. blake April 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    “blake – Have they gotten the whole ‘work from home thing’ down for dentists yet? Dentist drones? ;)”

    sadly no…..I need to invent that.

  140. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I thought when the Yankees blew thru 189 they would continue but I was wrong.

  141. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    YT,

    It hasn’t been a 50/50 split, but he is getting a decent amount of games at 3rd.

  142. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Blake-

    Just turn your garage into your office , pipe in some Nitrous, and voila. Problem solved! :)

  143. blake April 16th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Trader,
    the Yanks farm system has talent…..it was just all hurt or underperformed last year. It’s possible that they could all do the opposite this year and really fly up the rankings. It’s been a good start to the season so far……

    Sanchez is hitting .353 .450 .588 1.038 through 9 games at Trenton……if he breaks out then suddenly they have a stud to either deal or hold. Sanchez has been around forever but he and Jagielo are the same age……he’s still a kid.

  144. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Here’s the quote form the scout. There’s also stuff about Judge in the link.

    “Bichette looks like he might be turning the corner this spring. While still rotational, everything in his swing has been simplified, and his good natural power hasn’t been depleted. His swing is now rock, identify pitch, and roll. Short and quick, don’t ask questions, just hit the ball. Previously, he was doing too much: It used to be huge rock, never identify pitch, enormous Javier Baez-type leg lift, front shoulder bails, hands drop and then roll. This new approach should definitely help Bichette and might allow him to recapture the prospect status he once had, assuming his issues with off-speed stuff stemmed from his swing rather than his approach.”

    http://www.baseballprospectus......leid=23087

  145. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Blake-

    The specter of a returning A-Rod hangs over things going forward.

    Therefore no Headley.

  146. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I would have Jagielo to Trenton pretty soon if he keeps hitting

    —————-

    I’m sure that’s the plan. He was striking out a ton when the season started, but it looks like he’s gotten that under control.

  147. blake April 16th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    “The specter of a returning A-Rod hangs over things going forward.

    Therefore no Headley.”

    Arod won’t be back this year and Headley is a FA at the end of the season.

  148. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Also, I’m amazed that Aaron Judge has not had an extra base hit yet.

    ——-

    Yeah, small sample size strangeness. At least he hasn’t been striking out much. I know that’s a concern with him.

  149. pat April 16th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    “Senior adviser Don Zimmer, 83, is set to have heart surgery today to repair a leaky valve. Zimmer has been dealing with a number of health issues, including shortness of breath and fatigue. He was wearing oxygen tubes during his appearance at the March 31 opener.”

  150. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Arod won’t be back this year and Headley is a FA at the end of the season.

    ———

    I’m not a big Headley guy. But if they do trade for him, Padres will want a decent return, it can’t be as a rental.

  151. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Sanchez is hitting .353 .450 .588 1.038 through 9 games at Trenton

    ————–

    This is the type of line that makes you dream…I know it’s just a SSS and he probably won’t keep crushing the league like that, but man, he’d be something to behold.

  152. BoJo April 16th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Hal hasn’t completely closed his checkbook. Reports have the Yankees as the leading contender for Joel Hanrahan. Probably a deal like Homer Bailey. Along with Alfredo Aceves and Matt Daley, the Yankees may have some tried and true quality relievers coming off rehab in time to help with post trading deadline pennant drive. The bullpen problem that worried so many should be a strength if these pitchers are okay.

    Hal is spending his money wisely IMO. He may still look at INF options after June draft or at trading deadline.

  153. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Thoughts going out to Zimmer. Miss that guy and his Yankee army helmet.

    If you ever figure out that Nitrous pipe thing lmk…..

  154. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    going to be relatively cold for both games. It will be interesting to see Tankaa and Pineda pitch in 40 – 50 degree weather.

  155. pat April 16th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    YankeesWFAN
    Grounds crew using blowers to remove ice from the tarp. That’s right. Ice. pic.twitter.com/ufWPUKeJ0k

  156. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I’ll take a stab at the lineup vs Hammel.

    Of course the three best hitters vs him in the past are not available- Cano, Granderson and Cervelli.

    Gardner LF
    Ellsbury CF
    Beltran DH
    McCann C
    Johnson 1B
    Solarte 3B
    Ichiro RF
    Anna SS
    Sizemore 2B if Roberts not ready

  157. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Had no idea the Lorde song Royals was inspired by GEORGE BRETT.

    That’s kind of amazing.

  158. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Tanaka will at least have a sunny day. Pineda, if he doesn’t use a “substance” as he supposedly said he wouldn’t , might have the Cubbies not digging in much during the night game .

  159. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 9:38 am
    going to be relatively cold for both games. It will be interesting to see Tankaa and Pineda pitch in 40 – 50 degree weather.

    ———————-

    It sounded like the assumption was as the weather warmed Pineda would need that pine tar less.. I’m pretty sure we won’t be the only ones watching him closely. But maybe with an inter-league game, there might not be a ton of focus on it.

  160. CompassRosy April 16th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    SweetSpot says:
    April 16, 2014 at 1:08 am
    I wonder how Seattle likes their stud singles hitter Robbie Cano? ZERO home runs to date.
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Well, ya know what they say, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish . . .

    Gary Hill @GaryHill
    Robinson Cano set a career high 33 HR in 2012. He hit 1 of them that April #mariners

    ;-)

  161. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Gotta go.

    Have a great day.

    Shame- enjoy your day playing hookie. Did I spell that right?

    Until later.

  162. BoJo April 16th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    My preference:

    Ellsbury CF
    Gardner LF
    Beltran DH
    McCann C
    Johnson 1B
    Solarte 3B
    Ichiro RF
    Anna SS
    Sizemore 2B

  163. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Compass – Some people asked about Pineda using pine tar in Seattle. Ever remember seeing anything of the sort?

  164. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Trader – Not sure, but I appreciate the sentiment all the same lol! I’m starting today off with a season 1 Game of Thrones marathon. Score!

  165. MTU April 16th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    See you guys and gals later.

  166. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I hope Sizemore plays today. He’s been hot with the bat, might as well get him in there.

  167. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I haven’t seen him live, but supposedly Jagiello’s D is very suspect–footwork, range, etc.–and there is concern regarding his long-term viability at 3B. Perhaps 1B or COF is in his future.

    Blake, I posted a link late last night on Pizza Hut’s culprit allergens including soybean oil and preservatives. Not sure if you saw it.

    I hope Jeet plays in the early game. Better for his quad: Nice and sunny, so it will appear warmer than 45 if that Stadium wind doesn’t kick in. Rays already have their lineup up. Where is ours? Also for those who misssed, Odorizzi now playing for Rays today, and Price starting against us tomorrow.

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  169. Tackelberry April 16th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Andrew Marchand just tweeted that Jeter is not in the lineup for game 1. HOpefully, he plays in nitecap. Looks like Yanks will not miss Price in TB series now since the TB-Balt game was rained out last night. Price will now face CC in the opener on Thursday night.

  170. blake April 16th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    “I’m not a big Headley guy. But if they do trade for him, Padres will want a decent return, it can’t be as a rental.”

    at this point what can they expect to get for less than a season of him? he’s not a star player…..he’s a complimentary guy on a good team. They screwed up big time not moving him a couple of years ago when he had that huge 2nd half and looked like a potential star…….if they can’t sign him then it’s either trade him for what they can get or take the draft pick…..and honestly it’s very possible that Headley would accept the QO if they keep him…….so the Padres are in a tough spot here……I think he’d be better away from Petco……

    The Yanks have one player in their lineup that had a better OPS+ than Headley last year…..Beltran.

  171. blake April 16th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    “Blake, I posted a link late last night on Pizza Hut’s culprit allergens including soybean oil and preservatives. Not sure if you saw it.”

    I didn’t but thanks…..are these things different though than other pizza places? Because nowhere else bothers me…..only Pizza hut.

  172. Chip April 16th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    For the life of me I don’t understand why Brian Cashman says some of the things he does. Everyone who follows the Yankees understands that JR Murphy is a better player at this point than Austin Romine, but there’s a diplomatic way of saying that in the press that doesn’t make Romine feel like crap when it gets back to him. Instead, Brian went with, we only called up Romine earlier this year because we knew he wasn’t going to play, now that there’s a chance of playing time we didn’t want Romine anywhere near us.

    He did later say that in most organizations Romine wouldn’t be as low on the depth chart as he is, just that Murphy’s play has forced the organization’s hand to make him the priority over Romine, which is true.

  173. CompassRosy April 16th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Shame ~

    Not that I remember . . .

    BTW ~
    you mentioned Sanchez’s SSS in the minors . . .
    Nick Franklin’s = .395 / .469 / .744 / 1.214
    Apparently, he was pulled from the game in Tacoma last night in the 8th inning (no injury reported)

    Oh, and nice matchup in Arlington tonight . . .
    Felix vs. Darvish

    Enjoy the double-header!

  174. Chip April 16th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Blake –

    I would offer the Padres: Warren & Mason Williams for Headley.

  175. blake April 16th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    “I would offer the Padres: Warren & Mason Williams for Headley.”

    I’d probably do that….although losing Warren really makes an already thin bullpen even thinner. I’d try to get him for less than that first but if they said this is the deal take it or leave it then I’d probably make it.

  176. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    If Jeter is playing today, it makes sense to have play vs the lefty. So not concerned about him not being in the 1st game.

  177. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I want Franklin… Franklin would be awesome.

  178. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    For Headley…? I’d rather trade that for Franklin. :D

    But suddenly Crazy Jack might’ve made the right call on someone…?

  179. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    blake, maybe. I don’t know for sure, but the article vilified Pizza Hut for their choices. Ok, just found the post from last night with link:

    repost
    yankeefeminista April 15th, 2014 at 11:24 pm
    blake April 15th, 2014 at 6:37 pm
    I think I’ve developed an allergy to Pizza Hut…..I t really makes me sick every time I eat there for lie the last 6 months. No other pizza bothers me at all…..anyone know if they have any unusual ingredients in anything
    _________

    They supposedly have soybean oil (allergen) in a lot of their products. Also preservatives BHT and BHA. Stick to good Italian pizza.

    http://www.inquisitr.com/11964…..enu-items/

    ___
    This lineup blows, but at least they must feel secure that Jeet is OK in the colder weather of night game (vs. the lefty, of course).

  180. CountryClub April 16th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I haven’t seen him live, but supposedly Jagiello’s D is very suspect–footwork, range, etc.–and there is concern regarding his long-term viability at 3B.

    ——

    You could be correct, but everything I’ve seen mentions that he’s adequate there. Bichette is another story. Scouts don’t seem to think he can play the position.

  181. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Franklin is hitting like hell; I’ve been watching his AB. His price is therefore going up up up.

  182. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Andujar looks good at 3B. SSS of games I have watched (two so far).

  183. blake April 16th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I’d rather have Franklin too than Headley just because of his age and the control…..

  184. pat April 16th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Jeter not playing might be about wanting to keep guys with lower body issues off a frozen field.

  185. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    If you’re giving up Mason I’d rather it not be for Headley at this point.. I hate the double pay of trading for someone then needing to pay to keep them as a FA.

  186. yankeefeminista April 16th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    :arrow:

  187. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    @Buster_ESPN Kendrys Morales reportedly rejected a $30 million offer last summer. http://blog.thenewstribune.com.....-declined/

  188. shay April 16th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Blake, what about Lonnie Chisenall? Would you rather have him or Headley? Chisenall also could be available with Santana moving to third.

  189. austinmac April 16th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    MTU,

    While AROD could well prevent the Yankees from going after Headley (I did note the Padres closer Johnson may need TJS surgery further ruining their season), it shouldn’t. AROD has declined six straight years. Now, he is taking a full year off and will return at 39-40. Counting on him to be average is overly optimistic in my view. He wasn’t too good in 2013 when he could play. He will be much worse in 2015.

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