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Yankees pregame: The Captain approves

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 25, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter, Xander BogaertsMajor League Baseball’s Playing Rules Committee tweaked its rule on transferring the ball from glove to hand. Basically it’s back to the way it was before this season. If the glove is opened after a catch and the ball falls out in the transfer process, it’s now an out again, effective starting tonight.

“Is that right?” Derek Jeter said.

The umps, of course, will have to determine if there’s control before the glove is opened. The new replay system had led to players being forced to make the transfer smoothly for an out to be called.

The Captain gave his endorsement.

“That’s good,” Jeter said. “It made it very uncomfortable to try to turn a double play, constantly thinking, you should catch it; pull it out; don’t drop it. I’m happy. …

“I think you saw a lot of people sort of take it step by step. You’re trying to be quick when you try to turn a double play.”

Joe Girardi thought it was good to adjust as well.

“I think they’re willing to adjust,” Girardi said. “I think they said with the replay, this was a year where they were going to go through some things and they’re going to make some adjustments. I credit them for making the adjustments and continuing to communicate with the managers and the players and the (players) association and everyone involved so we get it right.”

Brendan Ryan is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Sunday with Tampa. Girardi said the goal is for him to get 50 at-bats, although Girardi estimated Ryan had about 20 already.

“I don’t imagine it’ll be too long,” Girardi said.

David Phelps is scheduled to fill in for the suspended Michael Pineda Wednesday night here against the Mariners. Pineda was in the clubhouse. He can do pregame activities, then has to go.

Photo by The Associated Press.





64 Responses to “Yankees pregame: The Captain approves”

  1. UnKnown April 25th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Tank, C, Big Mike in Milwaukee, (tentatively) LET’S FREAKING GO!! Awesome!!

  2. tomingeorgia April 25th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Our old friend actually did kill the thread.

  3. Locke April 25th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Rule 9 – The Yankees have had success in putting together an above average bullpen for as long as I can remember. I don’t think that means that it’s easy.

    Look at the Detroit. They had a killer lineup, amazing starting rotation, but their bullpen would meltdown every few days and cost them games.

    I think having the bullpen let the team down is worse than having one bad SP or bad day for the bats. If the bullpen consistently gives up leads then the starters feel enormous pressure to go really deep into games, and the position players keep second guessing their lead.

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 25th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    “We’re going to waste a talented prospect and develop him as a middle reliever.”

    You mean kind of like what they did to Joba?

    I know my opinion may not mean much, but I’m going to give it anyway. Betances stuff is dynamite. I disagree that it’s easy to get an EIG. The reason the Yankees had the success they did when they had Mendoza as middle relief and Mo closing is because they had Stanton and Nelson to go to as their EIGs. They were automatic. That’s what you want in your EIG – kind of like what DRob did for Mo.

    Nuno has a 2.84 ERA as a starter in the minors. We’ve seen what he can do as a starter.

    David Phelps has an ERA of 2.53 as a starter in the minors. He’s also been yoyo’d between here and AAA.

    Adam Warren has an ERA of 3.11 as a starter in the minors. We all know what happened to him in 2013 in the majors. He has more than paid his dues to be considered as a starter.

    Dellin Betances has an ERA of 3.99 as a starter in the minors. According to posters here, he had a lot of struggles. If you look at his ERAs in the years preceding last year, they were up there.

    Nuno, Warren, and Phelps have certainly earned the right to start. I love Betances out of the pen, because he can put guys away in a blink.

    I don’t know anything about what he would look like as a starter, but the only thing you could be suggesting is that he go back down to AAA again and be the starter there. Because it ain’t going to happen in the Bronx. There is a pecking order, and being entirely logical, you’d have to understand that in terms of the guys already up, he would be 4th behind the other three to get to the rotation. That’s even if they wanted him to start.

    Whether or not he would want to go back to AAA for another season just to get stretched out to remain a starter is anybody’s guess. But to me he’d be a real loss to the pen.

    JMO of course.

  5. Against All Odds April 25th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    tomingeorgia April 25th, 2014 at 5:47 pm
    Our old friend actually did kill the thread.


    Which old friend??

    Randy, SJ, Bret, etc.

  6. pete2 April 25th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Why did they change the transfer rule in the first place?. Seems they changed just for replay. Only thing I can think of is the umpires pushed for it since its an easier call and would reduce the number of overturns.

    Anyways, glad they changed it back, even they could not help notice how silly it was.

  7. tomingeorgia April 25th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    The other one.

  8. Doreen April 25th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    A bunch of moves, but…Brian Mitchell was placed on the DL. Don’t know why yet.

  9. Doreen April 25th, 2014 at 6:18 pm


    Do you have a plan B if not enough is sold?

  10. jpmatrixfan88 April 25th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Trisha I sort of agree with you. But not entirely for the same reasons. Betances has far better stuff than Nuno, Phelps ot Warren. He had a higher ERA in the minors because he had injury and consistency issues.He put up stretches of dominance along with stretches of horridness.

    I dont see the other three as long term options as anything but #4-5 starter types. Betances could be a front of the rotation dynamite arm. But he struggled repeating his delivery and throwing strikes. Something he has improved on as a reliever. I think we should keep him in the bullpen, because his mechanics have been more consistent out of the bullpen.

    I would love to see him start but if he can be a dominant set up man I will gladly take it. We need the relievers going forward. We have some other starters that will get a shot like Mitchell, Greene, and Banuelos who are all close.


  11. Doreen April 25th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Upper Body for Bryan Mitchell. Whatever that means.

  12. mick April 25th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    “@thatsostelle: Tex “interviewing” @JackCurryYES is too funny. A tip: green tea is for everyone!” Fun segment. And the tea worked.
    Tex is just a whacky guy.

  13. mick April 25th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    500 HR’s for Pujols and no big deal.
    Yathink steroids was the reason?

  14. tomingeorgia April 25th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for asking. Yes, I’ll send the good stuff to Atlanta, Greenville or Columbia for auction, which maybe I should have done in the first place. Problem with that is the time it takes to get any money back.

    The folks running this sale are as mystified as I am. The weather’s fine, we’re 200 miles from several million people, and the were 17,500 hits on the sale website this week. Maybe they’ll turn out on the weekend. Fingers crossed.

  15. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Dellin never got to pitch from the stretch as a starter. He was beginning to find it when they converted him b/c at the time they thought Dellin had only one option left. They will likely keep him in the pen where of course his stuff plays as it is plus to plus/plus; why wouldn’t it play. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a potential front of rotation starter. To quote his MiLB numbers without qualifiers or to mention that they had simplified his delivery and he was repeating better in his last starts before they converted him doesn’t give the full story. It is what it is, but those other pitchers: Nuno, Phelps, Warren are mere backend starters and their stuff does not compare with Betances. Of course his stuff will play better than theirs both out of the pen and/or in the rotation if he is able to repeat. People compared Betances to Brackman and tried to trade him ad nauseum but his stuff was better than all the pitchers that people kept comparing him to, even as a starter. And he had a changeup too that flashed plus. The kid just had the best arm in the system contrary to popular opinion. Still does wherever the put him.

  16. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    wherever *they put him.

  17. mick April 25th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    If they were trying to trade him, why were there no takers?

  18. Doreen April 25th, 2014 at 6:35 pm


    I’m glad you have contingency plans. But I do hope he weekend is fruitful for you.

  19. mick April 25th, 2014 at 6:36 pm


  20. pete2 April 25th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    With Betances I wonder if whatever he may have learned as a reliever, if anything, could help him as a starter. If he was being used in meaningful innings I would not consider moving him again, but he is not much value being used as he has been no matter how great his stuff is. Maybe Girardi learns to trust him, if not, best give him another shot as a starter

  21. Doreen April 25th, 2014 at 6:39 pm


    I recall that when asked, a couple of Yankees people said Betances had the best arm in the system.

    I wish I could understand what the confusion about his options was all about.

    Lewis and Herndon also to DL.

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 25th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    jpmatrix – I really love Nuno’s stuff. I love Betance’s stuff too, but if he’s had trouble repeating his delivery and throwing strikes, is he really better than the others? See that’s the problem. If you can’t get the job done over the longer period of time, then you’re not a front of the rotation guy. You’re not a rotation guy at all. (I’m not saying he can’t, but I am going off what has been said here.)

    We know that Warren, Nuno, and Phelps can repeat their deliveries because we’ve seen them do it. So the fact that their stuff is not as dynamic as Betances is, well that becomes apples and oranges, right? They may never be anything more than 4-5 types, though I question that about Nuno. But even if they are only that, if Betances can’t be dynamic for longer periods of time, then his stuff does translate best out of the pen.

    It doesn’t look like Betances started any games in ST. He played in 10 games in pitched 12.1 innings.

    In 2013 in AAA he played in 38 games. He started in 6 of them but finished in 11 of them, and none was a complete game. So maybe they had already determined his stuff translated better out of the pen.

  23. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Actually *no options left, should read. Reason for conversion b/c he was actually repeating in his last few starts at AAA.

    Doreen, definitely best arm. I saw every game he pitched until he moved up. That’s why when people here were trashing Dellin it wasn’t kind of silly. They had no idea what kind of stuff he had. The comparisons to Brackman were laughable. No way the Yankees too didn’t realize how good his arm was.

  24. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    *was kind of silly

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 25th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Doreen, was your trifle a hit?

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 25th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Watching DVRd Seth Meyers show. He has Ronan Farrow on. The kid is the spitting image of Frank Sinatra…

  27. Doreen April 25th, 2014 at 6:50 pm


    I only got to see Betances pitch twice. Neither time was his best, but even so, you could see what all the fuss was about.

    I wonder if at some point he was frustrated with himself?

    You wish things would turn out differently. He can still end up having a good career. But I think unless those in the organization who were torn about making him a reliever can change everyone’s mind, I think it’s an exercise in futility to hope for a change of plan. I guess it was encouraging tht he wasn’t brought in last night.

  28. jmills April 25th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve been checking, nobody getting my Gene Tenace trivia question thus far. The winner comes up here for my green uranium glass.

  29. Doreen April 25th, 2014 at 6:51 pm


    Yes! The trifle was great! How about yours?

  30. jmills April 25th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    My trivia Q was at the end of the last thread, some of you are inevitably behind ( I’m sure u can catch me in a New York minute ).

  31. mick April 25th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    NEXT (coming soon)——->>>>>>>

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 25th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Doreen, once again the favorite dessert! :)

    So darned yummy!!!

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 25th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Next time I am going to use fresh lemon juice in the cakem from the lemons you mentioned.

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 25th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Somehow any series following a Sux series loses a little bit of its panache.

  35. jmills April 25th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    tom,back in the upper nineties, you would have had me and my former consort buying up everything under the sun, and cramming it into that ’94 Celica ( wonderful simple wrap around dash that car had with a stick like butter ).

  36. jmills April 25th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    mick, the waiting is the hardest part…

  37. jmills April 25th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I sure do hope I don’t suck vs les sux.

  38. mick April 25th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    i wish you suck-sess.

  39. mick April 25th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    or is that sux-sess?

  40. jmills April 25th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    mick, you’re a pal, even in my other moments :D

  41. mick April 25th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Hiroki pitches here—>>>>

  42. mick April 25th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    late start time?

  43. jmills April 25th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Brian Ferry, coming to Toronto’s old fantastique Massey Hall in, September.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 25th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Perhaps he pitches here?

  45. mick April 25th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    is this the game thread?

  46. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 25th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Love when o’neill’s voice get all high pitched

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 25th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Well, then -


    GO HIROKI!!!

    GO JAYS!!!

  48. mick April 25th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    just me and you..and him.

  49. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 25th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    This thread was posted by heyman, where’s chad?

  50. mick April 25th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    AHA! —>>>>

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