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Tanaka: “I just have to do my job”

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Apr 27, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro Tanaka, David Ortiz

It’s been said many, many times already, and this probably won’t be the last time that you read it, but the nonchalant manner in which Masahiro Tanaka goes about his business makes it easier to understand why he’s made his transition from Japan to the U.S. look so seamless.

He’ll face a loaded Los Angeles Angels lineup tonight in a nationally televised game on ESPN, but he simply shrugged off questions about how he’ll handle the big stage.

“It doesn’t change my approach to the game,” he said. “As being a professional, I just have to do my job.”

It’s probably fair to say that Tanaka will have the advantage against most teams in the first couple of months of the season because these hitters haven’t seen him yet, and he acknowledged taking notice of how each batter reacts to certain pitches.

“I feel it’s important to look at the reaction of the batter. According to that, I decide on the next pitch,” he said. “I try to go with what the wants, but in certain situations if I know what I want to pitch, I go with that.”

There are some big names in the Angels’ lineup, most notably Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, but Tanaka said that he doesn’t pay much attention to that. He said that he watches film before each start, but he doesn’t seem to get caught up in the hype of pitching against a big name.

“I’ve been playing in Japan for the last seven years, so to be honest with you, I don’t know much about the batters (in the states),” he said. “You can tell that they’re really good batters, but the truth is, I haven’t had a chance to face them yet.”

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190 Responses to “Tanaka: “I just have to do my job””

  1. Chip April 27th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Mac – no interest in Beckham or Ramirez. Beckham has been incredibly disappointing as a pro, never living up to his status as a top prospect. The fact that Chicago is willing to move him speaks volumes.

    Ramirez just doesn’t make any sense. He’s having a good offensive start to the season but he’s essentially a rich man’s Eduardo Nunez. He’s never played anywhere other than SS so he would, at best, be a bench option for the Yankees.

  2. austinmac April 27th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Chip,

    I think I agree. Beckham is one of those guys that looks like he’d be good but isn’t. Ramirez might work for next year, but he’s not young. Probably above average though at SS.

  3. Triple Short of a Cycle April 27th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    In the article in the Post today I see Cano is still spouting garbage about how the Yankees didn’t want him and how bad he wanted to stay.

    Funny how the Red Sox who didn’t make any attempt to resign Ellsbury yet Ellsbury won’t go down that path and keeps on praising Boston when asked.

    Ellsbury takes out a full page ad in the paper thanking the city and fans in Boston while Cano sends out a tweet.

    Class vs no Class

  4. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    yeah, i liked robbie alot when he was here, but he’s certainly decided to take the low road in the wake of his grabbing the cash and running.

  5. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    the mets signed bobby abreu the other day after he took last year off.

    now he’s got more HR than granderson.

  6. Madrugador April 27th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Cano has what he wanted, money. I don’t fault him for leaving but he needs to just shut up and play like he is worth what he is being paid.
    Went to see the Nats play yesterday. Nice stadium but nothing special. Fun crowd. Good team-back to back shut outs albeit against the SD Padres.

  7. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Ellsbury has done nothing but confirm why I always wanted him on the Yankees.

  8. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Roarke was dealing yesterday, i picked him up as a streaming starter on my fbb team, plus i already had cashner, so i made out real well from that game.

  9. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    my guess is that the enormity of spending the rest of his career playing in Seattle is starting to bum cano out and he’ll spend the rest of his career hung up on ‘what the yankees did to him’ and missing what he had.

    enjoy your money robbie.

  10. pkyankfan69 April 27th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Looks like Robbie and the M’s are bringing their crappy weather with them… Rain in the forecast for all 3 Yankee/M’s game next week – Tues, Wed, and Thurs

  11. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    one well place rainout in this series will totally negate the suspension to pine-head.

  12. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 9:39 am

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

    When it comes to sport durability, Gordie Howe was it. He finished his last season at 52 ( a little bit more demanding than Phil Niekro tossing buterflies at 48 or even Ryan at 45 ) as Gretzky made his rookie all star appearance alongside hie hero.

  13. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    *his

  14. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I copied a song by mistake :D

  15. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j4vCA_eyYUg#

    Here’s, Gordie Howe.

  16. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    nobody would dare make contact with howe at the end of his career. so it was skating, passing and shooting but no hard contact. still very impressive, but not quite what it would be for any other player.

  17. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    also remember howe had been retired for 8 seasons when the WHA got him to come back and play (after signing both of his sons first). So to some extent, he was making up for lost time. still very impressive. i saw him skate with the whalers and he was still a huge weapon when he was around 48 or so.

  18. austinmac April 27th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I see that Justin Masterson’s velocity is down three mph to 88.7. He is now is the CC range. That won’t get him a big contract.

  19. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    i guess looking at the record, that it was only 3 years he was retired, seemed like alot longer. during his retirement i had gone from not knowing anything about hockey to becoming a big islander fans, so it seemed like he was a player from the past when he came back and i didnt watch any WHA so it was still a few years til i actually got to see him play.

  20. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    if the yankees get rained out thursday or friday, they will not need anyone to make up for pineda, he’ll be available for the first game in Anaheim.

  21. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Howe played vs the Russians as a member of the WHA team Canada in ’74. He would have been 46 or so.

  22. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Like him or not, Dave Winfield played at a high level for a long time. So did, Molitor, who seemed like he just could have kept going.

  23. pkyankfan69 April 27th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Watched the first episode of Fargo last night, the new FX show… Seems like another great show… Definitely worth a watch

  24. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    anybody who didnt like winfield just doesnt appreciate a great ballplayer. Dogging him was perhaps the worst chapter in George’s checkered ownership. (but it directly led to 4 championships!)

  25. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    The film Fargo was good. I have a hard time with disturbing content though. I can never make it through Goodfellas.

  26. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    i tuned out about 2/3 of the way through fargo. no thanks.

  27. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I did just watch the Lady Diana film with, Naomi Watts. It got panned, but I thought it was pretty good. The film did not deal with any crash theory.

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Low road is Kevin Long and Brian Cashman.

    Oh, I know: “He left us, he abandoned us, he spurned us, he didn’t love us, he wouldn’t agree to get jobbed by us!”.

    :roll:

    Robi goes into the Hall in pinstripes :)

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I appreciated Winfield’s Yankee years.

    I’m glad George made a point to take him to lunch, look him in the eye, and apologize to him.

    Winfield was a great player, not to mention Jeter’s favorite player.

  30. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Winny used to hit lasers that would hit the wall or the warning track in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees actually moved in the fence in LC to try to get more of his liners to go over the fence.

  31. pkyankfan69 April 27th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I’m sure the show won’t be nearly as great as the movie but it seems entertaining and it got really positive reviews… Impossible for a show to live up to Coen Bros standards… IMO Fargo is the Coen’s 3rd best to No Country and the Big Lebowski.

  32. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Good morning, Alfred, I trust the household is not too far on the active side :D

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    And so much for the “good will” towards a guy who gave us nine great years.

    He’s the greatest ever 2B in the history of the franchise.

    Thanks, Robi, and boo Hal & Cashman, for making no effort whatsoever to try to bring you back, and boo for the stupid Michael Kay parrot crap that was supposed to soften us all up for your catastrophic and senseless loss.

    Well, some of us, any way.

  34. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Tuesday night, bottom of the first, I hope to hear, Rob-in-son, Rob-in-son, Rob-in-son

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    …And I’ll be there on Tuesday, standing on my feet and cheering my heart out for you, Robi.

    I’m funny that way: I appreciate players who have been great Yankees.

  36. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    exiled,

    You’re a great Yankee fan.

    Wish you could be there with me.

  37. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Ys, nobody moved the fences in for me, I had to metally will things :(

  38. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:02 am
    The film Fargo was good. I have a hard time with disturbing content though. I can never make it through Goodfellas.
    ______________

    Two great films. Goodfellas is in my top five all time. A brilliant directorial work of art. Not about the mob as much as it is about friendship, relationships and the crossroads one comes to in life and the decisions we make.

    Same concept as another one of my top five Raging Bull. It isn’t really about boxing; it’s the tale of a tortured human being and one of the most interesting characters ever created for the cinema.

  39. The Fifth Core Foursman April 27th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    It was tough having a favorite player with Winfield and Mattingly on the same team.

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Good morning, Alfred, I trust the household is not too far on the active side :D
    ///

    Not so much.

    The coffee is being brewed as I type, however, and I’ve already had my tea.

    I can’t get to the ricotta cake fast enough :)

  41. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    * mentally ( I’m a spelling disgrace this Sunday )

  42. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    When you came in the air went out
    And all those shadows there filled up with doubt

  43. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    JAP, Oh how I wish I could. I just have that one wish before I die. To be a NYS just one time would make it alright.

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Who knows?

    Robi may have some former Yankee company in the lineup by Tuesday,
    judging by what’s happening in Tacoma ;)

  45. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Alfred, you will enjoy that Lady Diana interview. The person tried, and came into her own under what must have been suffocating circumstances.

  46. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    JAP, Oh how I wish I could. I just have that one wish before I die. To be a NYS just one time would make it alright.
    ///

    Don’t you go die on us, exiled!!!

    You’ll make it: we’ll bring luis and YF, too! :)

    How are you feeling these days?

  47. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    joeman :D

  48. Ys Guy April 27th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    this idea that a team ‘didn’t try hard enough’ to sign a player is nuts, imo. As if things would be diffferent if the Yankees had bid up to say $210M then lost him, it would have made any difference.

    The Yankees (in Cano’s case) and the RS (ellsbury) had already correctly determined that the player was going to get a contract that was more than they were willing to pay the player. That’s it, a straight-up buisness decision. Just as Robbie (Jacoby) deciding that they were not interested in giving a ‘discount’ to stay where they were was a buisness decision.

    All this emotion and angst changes nothing. I agree with the Yankees decision on Cano, I would not choose to pay him into his 40′s either. Ellsbury was a tougher call imo but so far, so good.

    i dont like or hate either player because of the decisions they made, nor any of the 3 teams involved for the decisions they made.

    the aftermath hasn’t been great on anyone’s part, but that changes nothing.

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    jmills,

    Thanks I will get around to it ;)

    At least my boys survived last night. I’m grateful, as clearly, Sid is not healthy and Letang is recovering from a stroke.

    What was nice: after Fleury’s wandering mistake that cost us Game 4, the hometown fans, before the game, chanted his name throughout the arena.

    My kind of fans: they picked the Flower up and he played just great.

  50. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Red Wing kids came to play but the B’s were just to big and on the PP the scored goals…

  51. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I’ts not good JAP. I still work, but. Nothing would make me happier than to share that experience with you, Luis, and such a terrific Yankee fan as YankFem.

  52. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Raging Bull was good, didn’t DeNiro put on all kinds of weight for the part?

  53. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I don’t know what you’ve done to me
    But I know this much is true

  54. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    the Montreal ..Boston series will be nasty

  55. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    YS Guy. Good post on Cano, I agree about the business aspects. I don’t hate the guy but he is far from one of my favorite ballplayers. As good as he is, he’s no Bernie or Jeter. Talent, likability and respect are necessary for me.

  56. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Boston and Montreal. Stan Jonathan and Pierre Bouchard.

  57. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    He did. sixty pounds. Food was one of LaMotta’s great pleasures of course.

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    YsGuy,

    I believed you, saying you wished Cano well, but now I see how eager you are to lap up the confirmation bias stuff.

    Don’t talk to me about the “low road” when house plant Michael Kay chirped on all year – as Cano was destroying with RISP for his team – about him “jogging” out of the box

    Don’t talk to me about the “low road” when Brian Big Mouth Cashman’s opening ‘negotiating’ gambit was: “he loves the money”.

    Don’t talk to me about the “low road”, when Kevin Long, another mouthpiece, effectively called Cano “a dog” out of one side of his mouth, and “a son” out of the other.

  59. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Derek Jeter: People trashing Robi don’t know much about baseball.

  60. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    B’s will be chasing PK all over the ice

  61. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    To love Bernie should be to love Robbie. Yankees showed Bernie no love either. Derek seems to be the only face they felt was worth keeping. And that’s what it’s really about. What face will sell the most. Derek is the answer.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I’ts not good JAP. I still work, but. Nothing would make me happier than to share that experience with you, Luis, and such a terrific Yankee fan as YankFem.
    ///

    exiled,

    I don’t know what the issues are, but it would be my everlasting happiness to see if there is anything at all I could do in the way of advice. I’m not an herbalist or a TCM, but I’ve acquired a good deal of health-related information throughout the years.

  63. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Boston should wipe Montreal out, then again, maybe Price will look like, Ken Dryden.

  64. austinmac April 27th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Today, I am more interested in the Angels. I will think about Cano and the M’s after that.

    Richards has pitched very well so far, with only about a hit every other inning. I expect a low scoring game. The pen should be okay except Betances. I do expect Jeter to sit today.

  65. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    JAP, I sincerely appreciate, and treasure the friendship you have extended to me. You have no idea how much you and folks like Luis mean to me. Thank You.

  66. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Jeter has the right to his opinion and if it’s based strictly on baseball skills than I would agree with him. Then again, it’s not Jeter’s style to slam anyone, much less an ex-teammate so I would take that with a grain of salt. I’m sure there is much subtext we don’t know about and I still find it plausible that there were reasons aside from the length of the contract that the Yankees didn’t choose to accede to Cano’s demands. But that’s just my gut feeling I have no evidence of that.

    People like players or dislike them for a myriad of reasons. It’s pretty obvious why so many love Jeter and Mo so much and it’s far more than the mad baseball skills they possessed. I think it’s understandable why many don’t much care for Cano. It’s the lack of hustle, the apparent excessive greed, the friendships with A-Rod and Melky, the comments about Girardi and most importantly the seeming indifference to being a Yankee. Cano is a great ballplayer no question.

  67. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    chicken, if you receive, good thing you didn’t arrive for this weekend. Its cold, and the Jays are ” so cold ” as that Rolling Stones song goes.

  68. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Cano.off to a tough start besides BA..his stats will climb to about 15-20 hrs & 75 -85 rbi’s

  69. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:34 am
    Boston should wipe Montreal out, then again, maybe Price will look like, Ken Dryden.
    ——————————————–
    Price will have to play better than Rask for Montreal to win & that might be tough to do

  70. austinmac April 27th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    But, one word on Cano. He didn’t sell tickets in the eyes of ownership. We must realize ownership today is interested in profit, however it takes to get there. Baseball skills are secondary to marketability. Never forget Hal’s statement he is a balance sheet, bottom line guy. Everyone else dances to his tune.

  71. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    austinmac April 27th, 2014 at 10:40 am
    But, one word on Cano. He didn’t sell tickets in the eyes of ownership
    —————————————————————————————
    so true

  72. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    austinmac, sad but true. It’s not about how many pennants can we win but how many seats,shirts,posters, etc., can we sell. Well whoever they get their marketing research from must have their own bias.

  73. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    To love Bernie should be to love Robbie. Yankees showed Bernie no love either. Derek seems to be the only face they felt was worth keeping. And that’s what it’s really about. What face will sell the most. Derek is the answer.
    ///

    exiled,

    That was the beginning of the end for me re Cashman.

    Treated Bernie so badly, that Rivera became coy about shopping himself regarding his impending FA. I’ll never forget Rivera’s “maybe…” He never would have said anything like that: he was disgusted with how Bernie was being treated by Cashman & Co.

    Even Derek, they attempted to discredit, and we won’t even re-address the Jorge stuff. The one thing I still hold against Girardi (if it was his decision) was depriving Posada of catching Rivera’s No. 602, when Mariano had said “that’s my dream,” about the prospect of having Jorge behind the plate.

    Russell “NOT Munson” Martin’s name will be forever linked with that moment, instead of Jorge, because the Yankees’ management wanted to make it clear to Posada that you are yesterday’s news, bro.

    I will never ever forgive all that BS as a fan, and the nonsense continues as soon as you become an ex-Yankee around here, as we can see.

  74. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    austinmac,

    This plays to people who don’t go to the Stadium.

    I bought tickets looking forward to Cano’s ABs, and would not go to the euphemism until Cano batted, or would make sure to go before he batted.

    Cano was roundly cheered when his turn in the order came, and people oohed and ahhed over his grace/glove in the infield.

    There were Cano jerseys all over the Stadium.

    They didn’t think they could “sell” Robi? They didn’t have to “sell” him; the fans understood what a great, exciting player we had at 2B.

  75. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Pittsburgh have been so fortunate from Lemieux onwards, but calling your team, Penguins? :D Ottawa has a CFL team again, and the best they could come up with was, ” the Red Blacks “.

  76. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    JAP, You know how much I love my Yankees. But I will not sup on the tit of the Yankee front office. It’s disgraceful. I won’t call names but I do have to skip over the the comments of the brainwashed masses.

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    JAP, I sincerely appreciate, and treasure the friendship you have extended to me. You have no idea how much you and folks like Luis mean to me. Thank You.
    ///

    I do, because I feel the same way about you guys :)

  78. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    When it comes to deplorable treatment of a player, hard to beat Harold Ballard’s constant assault upon, Darryl Sitler.

  79. BD (Boston Dave) April 27th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    JA Prufrock is certainly an expert in complaining about some things…

    but has he admitted yet that he knows as little (or less) than anyone on here when it comes to prospects?

    This is the person who said this when Montero was traded:

    “We’re talking about a Mickey Mantle type talent here, a generational bat”

    “he’ll hit have an insane OPS every year for the next decade. Except now, he’ll be doing it for the Mariners.”

    and the best one of all: “the Yankees have traded a young Albert Pujols, that’s what they’ve done. That’s not hyperbole”

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....nt-2163182

    Obviously it’s your right to complain about Cashman and the Yanks, but there this thing called “accountability.”

  80. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    exiled,

    You know, that’s their problem.

    But as a fan, I have to separate the people who run this team with the team itself. I just have to hold my nose when it comes to the suits and focus on my father’s great Yankee fan legacy, and the spirit of the pinstripes.

    Thank God for Derek Jeter.

  81. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    The Steinbrenners are business people and making money is what they do. They are no different than any other sports franchise owner with few exceptions over time. They are in the entertainment industry, competing for people’s discretionary dollars. Like them or not, one can’t rationally complain about their bottom-line, balance sheet mentality.

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Troll on, fella.

  83. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    For those who dislike the Hal be grateful for this . . . he’s no Donald Sterling.

  84. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    jmills April 27th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    When it comes to deplorable treatment of a player, hard to beat Harold Ballard’s constant assault upon, Darryl Sitler.
    ///

    DOn’t know much about that, mills, but I do know that as a fan, it hurts to hear the stuff coming out of your own FO about great Yankee players.

    It’s also an embarrassment to hear Cashman tweak players like IPK, Melky Cabrera, Robinson Cano – once they are out the door.

    Not to mention, Cashman’s belittling comments about Eduardo Nunez; I don’t care what you think about the guy, you don’t denigrate your own player to the media like that.

  85. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Right back at you, Exiled! What do we have to do to get you to a game? Let’s make it happen.

    How did Robi take the low road? He took his market value. Yanks decided not to go there while inflating the market value on Ellsbury. The character assassination is rampant here whenever a former Yankee leaves/is traded/doesn’t live up to expectations. No surprise. :roll:

    JR will be a great Yankee if the Yankees actually let him play. I have been saying he is a mlb catcher with a capital C for two years, and that he will hit in the majors. (#Bigdan’d!)

    I’m sorry the Henry Owens-Bryan Mitchell matchup couldn’t come off in Portland today. Fingers crossed on Mitchell. Enough with TJS already with Nova, Campos… I expected this to be the year our pitchers stayed healthy. No more surgery, injuries on that front, please. Speaking of which, De Paula is going today for Tampa. May he stay healthy.

    As for Montero, watch out. He has a .967 OPS… And I think those of us who watch the prospects have been pretty much on the money and aren’t like some here, trying to replace Cano with CoJo or arguing that Maruszak will fill in at SS or Flores will play CF or that Phelps was a front end starter. Need I go on. It is the people who don’t follow the prospects who do all the hugging, conflating players and giving them value they don’t have.

    Yanks have really great seats left for tonight’s game, you know for those true Yankee fans who want to attend…

  86. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I’m surprised I woke up this morning to find out Sterling was not banned yet from the NBA. The clock is ticking Donald Silver, what are you waiting for?

  87. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Japan Society ?@japansociety 4m
    And for dessert, Matcha-Black Sesame Layered Cheesecake http://illmakeitmyself.net/201.....heesecake/ … via @IllMakeItMyself

    ___
    OMG, that sounds delicious. Perfect too on a day when Tanaka-san is pitching! ;)

  88. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    The Steinbrenners’ Yankees can’t make money without greatness in the uni’s. When people make you gobs of money, there should be some measure of gratitude. But there’s not.

    My handle, exiledintampa, is how I feel about a company I bled for, for years. I was the guy they knew would do the job. Weekends, long hours, it didn’t matter. Then through office mismanagement, Money got tight. So, what do they do? Hire younger, non citizens cheaper. I got told on a friday afternoon my services would no longer be required come monday morning.

    You can say it’s a business all you want when it isn’t YOU who got tossed aside like yesterdays newspaper.

    But, when it happens to you. Then you’ll get the picture. And know what it’s like to be nothing more than a tool. Enjoy THAT when it happens to you.

  89. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Then again, it’s not Jeter’s style to slam anyone, much less an ex-teammate so I would take that with a grain of salt.
    ///

    WCYF/Blojaldo –

    Nice try.

    Jeter indeed went out of his way to completely discredit the slam on Robi; talked about how hard Robi works, what a great teammate he was, and how “people who say that” don’t know anything about Robi or baseball.

    He went out on a limb and basically, Michael Kay had to SHFM and try to distract the listener with some lame joke he made with that sidekick of his.

    Kay is stupid, but he got Jeter’s point, loud and clear.

    So did anyone listening.

  90. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    And FTR, I do like Flores’s bat; have said so repeatedly, but he is not a CF.

    And btw, someone mentioned Avelino’s SBs and asked about his speed on the base paths. He doesn’t have speed, but he is a good base runner.

  91. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Alfred, Ballard’s assault upon Darryl Sitler started early on. Ironically, just after Ballard was quoted about how it would be nice to find a centre to play with Lanny MacDonald and Errol Thompson, Darryl had his ten point night ( I was a fixated ten year old ). Sitler also had a five goal playoff game vs the Flyers and scored the winning goal in overtime to win the Canada Cup vs the Czechs.

  92. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Exiled,

    That’s plain awful. At least ballplayers have their medical coverage for life and a good deal of money to set them up for life, if they spend wisely.

    But that is just terrible, and all too common. Condolences.
    ///

    I think Posada really had to bite his lip and consider his Yankee legacy. I can just imagine what he wanted to say. He allowed himself “that’s the way he rolls now” (paraphrase) about Cashman.

  93. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    jmills, Ballard was pretty crazy as I recall… Anything of note blooming in Hamilton? I still owe you some artwork; I haven’t forgotten, but I am just slow….

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    mills,

    I remember the five-goal affair.

  95. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Looks like pretty decent weather for the 8 ‘o clock game tongight. Showers and only 60% rain for Seattle series. Shouldn’t be too bad.

    Doreen, if you are out there, did you ever get to Whole Earth?

  96. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    *tonight

  97. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 11:12 am
    The Steinbrenners’ Yankees can’t make money without greatness in the uni’s. When people make you gobs of money, there should be some measure of gratitude. But there’s not.
    ____________

    Gratitude? Surely you jest. Paying someone tens of millions of dollars per year to play a game for eight months isn’t good enough?

  98. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Gotta run for awhile. Can’t wait for Tanaka’s first pitch tonight.

  99. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    As for Montero, watch out. He has a .967 OPS… And I think those of us who watch the prospects have been pretty much on the money and aren’t like some here, trying to replace Cano with CoJo or arguing that Maruszak will fill in at SS or Flores will play CF or that Phelps was a front end starter. Need I go on. It is the people who don’t follow the prospects who do all the hugging, conflating players and giving them value they don’t have.
    ////

    There is a pretty knee-jerk response when someone is “failing” in SSS, and when someone is raking in SSS (Melky Mesa comes to mind).

    About Montero: what is interesting is how the better numbers are coming against RHP.

    He really is just picking up where he left off in ST. McClendon said he had the best ST of anyone, but I guess they wanted him to get into better shape and also, take more reps at 1B. If they don’t bring him up soon, I’ll be surprised. They need help in that lineup, and he’s starting to be Jesus Montero again. Time to cash in.

  100. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    yf, no worries, I’m sure your pics will be well worth the wait. Everything is behind here with the cold. My daffodils are trying to make a scene. How does Dinah Washington sing it? ” Daffodils were showing off their skills “

  101. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Gratitude? Surely you jest. Paying someone tens of millions of dollars per year to play a game for eight months isn’t good enough?
    ///

    So they make millions and the owners make billions.

    That’s reason to spit on the players, right? No humanity necessary, they’re getting paid, right?

    No appreciation, because they’re getting paid.

    Materialist, cynical stuff. No wonder it’s such a shrug to some people.

    Posada, Jeter, Mo, Bernie…more Yankee than Hal and Levine will ever be.

  102. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 27th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Robber Cano is going to enjoy the laid back Seattle environs. Of course his numbers are going to come down to his new reality and the 240 million albatross contract is going to strangle the team budget. Oh yes Robber, fans will complain. They will complain for reasons that they can’t fathom. Fans will complain Robber.

  103. DONNYBROOK April 27th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    - SUNDAY MORNING MUSINGS -

    (1) I enjoy trashing Girardi, but that win yesterday was All his. Smorgasbord pitching use.

    (2) Robertson earned his Closing Stripes yesterday. He slew The Yankee Killer head on.

    (3) JR Murphy staking his claim Now and going forward. Cervelli may well be a memory.

    (4) Though Not illegal, Over sliding 2B, and coming UP, is not done at the MLB level. Roberts showed a lot of restraint there. If that “move” is done on Jeet, the Yankee dugout better empty.

    (5) I have always defended TEX here, but I gotta say his D has Seriously declined. TEX Never even laid leather on that foul pop that the fan got blamed for.

    (6) Yanks simply can Not lose 2 of 3 to these Hamilton-less Angels.

  104. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock/Troll on.

    Jeter has never slammed anyone. it’s not his style, it would be totally out of character. And he was his teammate. But no matter what Jeter thinks about Cano, fans opinions are every bit as valid, their perception is their reality. In my opinion Cano was a great ballplayer, no question. I think it would have been a mistake of epic proportions to give in to his ten year contract demand. Thankfully, the Yankees learned something from the A-Rod, Teixeira and Sabathia debacles. Obviously, Cano has no place in Yankee folk lore and will have no legacy here. Meh.

  105. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Gimme a break. Paying them tens of millions of dollars is “spitting on players?” These ballplayers are heroes to many, are treated like royalty and have more money in the bank than any normal person could possibly imagine.

  106. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Ballard hired Punch Imlach back, and Punch started the dirty business of first trading MacDonald for Wilf Paiment and Pat Hickey. Sitler, under total duress, finally waived his no trade and was dumped to Philly for, Rich Costello who was nothing and went on to be, nothing. Imlach did make a good trade by sending Tiger Williams and Jimmy Jones to Vancouver for, Bill Derlago and Rick Vaive.

  107. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Gratitude? Surely you jest. Paying someone tens of millions of dollars per year to play a game for eight months isn’t good enough?

    You can think in terms like millions. That’s not even the term the front office uses. you’re already brain washed at that point. The term they use is market value.

    Market value is what the market will bear. Robbie’s market value was set.
    Millions is hundreds to billionaires. It’s lunch money Perspective is lost by the baby supping on the Yankee FO tit.
    Go be burped and have a good fart while you ogle mommy looking for her attention.

  108. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    exiled, so sorry to hear about your experience with your company. Loyalty should be a two way street!

    And Cano’s jersey has always been a top seller… top ten (second half 2012), but last year with the losing and Mo retiring (Mo was #1), it was top 20. But it was always up there as a Yankee.

  109. RhapsodyInBlue April 27th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Tex never laid leather on the fly ball because there were two bodies flailing away when he tried to make the play.

    Because of those two goofballs he could not get in position to make a catch.

  110. Tar April 27th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I would like to know who saw Montero bat in the minors or with his brief stint in the Bronx,thought he would struggle as much as he has?

    It’s those people whose baseball acumen I would question, not people like JAP,GB,YF and myself.

    It’s still really early for Montero, but sometimes players have all the talent in the world, but for reasons that fans like us are not aware of they….struggle. It doesn’t mean that we were wrong in recognizing the talent that they have.

    So again who thought Montero would struggle, was that you BD?

  111. pkyankfan69 April 27th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I don’t think I’d call CC’s contract a debacle… We got 4 great years out of him and 1 bad year… His days of being an ace are behind him but if he can just be solid over the next few years to finish out his deal I think he was well worth the contract. If his last few starts are any indication, CC seems to be figuring out how to pitch well with his diminished stuff.

  112. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Fair point pkyankfan69, I shouldn’t have included Sabathia.

  113. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    One day I’ll get that #37 Stieb jersey, and wear it in your backyard :D

  114. Tar April 27th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Exiled

    I’m really sorry to hear that, I’m also one of your blog friends who is sending you well wishes.

  115. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    It’s not trolling to call you by your former usernames, is it?

    You would have been fine if they’d given Robi a 10-year deal, because you basically uncritically support any move of management, as per your posting history.

    You have no problem with seven years for Ellsbury, because that’s what management/ownership decided to do.

    Comparing Teixeira with Cano doesn’t make any good sense, when one has a horrific left-handed swing that has declined now for several years, the other a swing that is effortless and has a much better chance of aging well.

  116. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    jmills, Speaking of daffodils (one of my favorite flowers by the way), I am thinking of the Wordsworth poem, which my dad used to always quote. Btw, his daffodils have already bloomed next to my front door step:

    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.
    _____

    C. is going to pitch fine this year. He is a crafty dude, and think his command improves as it warms up. It has been brutally cold at most of these games. I am still recuperating from the doubleheader cold at Yankees Stadium, and two days of cold in Lakewood, watching Charleston. It cannot be fun to pitch in April in the Bronx/Northeast.

    Good morning, Tar! Good to see you. And all the so-called experts ranked Montero in top 3-5 even those like Law who didn’t think he would catch. So, I don’t think anyone was going out on much of a limb.

  117. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    You can think in terms like millions. That’s not even the term the front office uses. you’re already brain washed at that point. The term they use is market value.
    ______________

    The Cano decision was made primarily because of his demand for a ten year deal. They learned from their past mistakes. Hopefully.

  118. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 27th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    “It’s still really early for Montero, but sometimes players have all the talent in the world, but for reasons that fans like us are not aware of they….struggle. It doesn’t mean that we were wrong in recognizing the talent that they have.”
    —————————————————————————————————————-

    Who knows how long he was juicing and what % of his results were tied to the peds. Analysing talent is very difficult when the cheats are imbibing mass quantities of enhancers.

  119. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I could do yard today, but I don’t wanna’.

  120. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 11:37 am
    It’s not trolling to call you by your former usernames, is it?

    it is because I am not them. It seems to be endemic here, when disagreements on baseball matters come up try to demean the person by saying they are someone else.

  121. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Tar,

    Good morning, and thanks. I really couldn’t care less, honestly.

    That guy’s posts, when he shows up here, if I looked it up, I bet would be disproportionately about me and Montero.

    The only other thing I recall him posting about was Derek Lowe’s behavior in bars; Manny Ramirez’s off-field behavior. Something to do with infidelity and pounding beers. He’s our resident Red Sox “National Inquirer/Star” reporter/detective. Doesn’t BD stand for “Boston Dave”?

  122. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Sometimes I think I’m not the same person I was the day before. I have no objective perspective on the thing, but do hope I’m projecting in an upward evolutionary sort of manner.

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Sweetspot,

    Not playing your game.

    Move along.

  124. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Who knows how long he was juicing and what % of his results were tied to the peds. Analysing talent is very difficult when the cheats are imbibing mass quantities of enhancers.
    ____
    Guess he must be juicing now, but when he was suspended (second year), the PEDS just weren’t effective because… Your argument doesn’t hold up. Meanwhile I guess Teix is off the juice except for juice pressing because his power currently appears sapped and he’s lost a lot of muscle. And Cervelli must have been juicing again this season b/c you know he was hitting. Meanwhile, the Biogenesis PEDS weren’t exactly working for Alex the past few years, so hard to equate them with production. Sure, we can really tell what is or isn’t going on with these players/who’s using/isn’t. I guess Pujols must be using again, and Trout always has been with that thick neck and crazy production. Must be that new synthetic undetectable PED that he is using. Let’s just assume those who are doing well are using and those who aren’t aren’t, except if we go by the Biogenesis records that doesn’t exact compute. Talk about reductionism. LOL. :roll:

  125. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Your Milkshake Brings All the Boys To The Yard

  126. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Stop trolling for arguments.

  127. Hankflorida April 27th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    pkyankfan69 April 27th, 2014 at 9:59 am
    Watched the first episode of Fargo last night, the new FX show… Seems like another great show… Definitely worth a watch

    Worth watching as Billy Bob Thorton is the personification of evil and how he can entice the ignorant around him to follow him. In other words, “The Banality of Evil.”

  128. mick April 27th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Why the unmitigated attacks crew?
    What prompted it this time?
    Why not let it go and spare the rest who might even agree with some points but don’t need to hear it till the day you no longer feel like a victim.

  129. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    He’s about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.

  130. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    We were so poor I had a tumbleweed as a pet.

  131. Triple Short of a Cycle April 27th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks, Robi, and boo Hal & Cashman, for making no effort whatsoever to try to bring you back, and boo for the stupid Michael Kay parrot crap that was supposed to soften us all up for your catastrophic and senseless loss.

    ——————————

    I really don’t want you back but let me offer you 25 million for 7 years.

  132. mick April 27th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Also, why the accusations, stated as fact , that someone is a multiple, and who really cares?
    You’ve made these statements , as fact, many times before and yet to prove any of it.
    I know the accusations made toward me were not true, yet you state it as fact.
    What does that make you?
    Get off your high horses.

  133. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I’m a multiple and nobody cares

  134. mick April 27th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I really don’t want you back but let me offer you 25 million for 7 years.
    =============================================
    He can say what he wants, nobody knows what really went on, but he wasn’t taking 8/200 either IMO.
    He/JZ played the Yanks for all he could get, this is not a stretch, and so what?
    He knew he wasn’t getting it here and skipped town in a heartbeat.
    But don’t say he got no respect, that’s something only a punk would do.
    And no need to cheer this when he comes crawling back someday.

  135. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I had a shoebox with common stones. Little did I know that Plath had already elevated the contents.

  136. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.

  137. jmills April 27th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I better make something of myself, or I’m going to disappear. Later.

  138. yanks61 April 27th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Sweet Spot has been nothing but a gentleman while commenting clearly, concisely and, in my opinion, very intelligently on every issue he’s discussed. Even if true (and I don’t necessarily accept that it is), what difference does it make if he used another name at another time? Does that somehow invalidate his points?

    Why not stick to arguing the points he brings up rather than launching irrelevant, sometimes juvenile attacks? Or is that those doing the attacking don’t have any good arguments with which to reply?

    The fact that he often, though not all the time, sees the NYY front office as being better run than the constant complainers merely, IMO, evens out against those for whom the opposite is the case.

    There are a bunch of very balanced commenters at Lohud: Chip, Blake, Rhapsody in Blue ac1, Y’s Guy and a number others. Personally, I have long since scrolled by those for whom the Yankee F.O and every thing they do is either evil, incompetent or both. It gets to be awfully tiresome. My suggestion to those folks is that you either have to buy your own BB team or just continue to waste your time waxing inelegantly and ineffectually against the F.O, which is probably never going to to your liking. But then, I guess that’s how lots of people get their jollies in life.

  139. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    So angry and so irrational when it comes to Cano. Sad.

  140. yanks61 April 27th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    to BE to their liking

  141. Hankflorida April 27th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Simply put, who would the Yankee fans prefer at the end of this season, Ellsbury at .300 BA, 10 home runs, 50 RBI’s and stolen bases as against Cano at .300 BA, 30 HR and 100 RBI’s? Defensively they both take away hits at their positions. I would pick Cano with Beltran, McCaan and Tanaka, but I am someone who is still tied to the past and believes in the Bronx Bombers.

  142. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    yanks61 April 27th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Sweet Spot has been nothing but a gentleman while commenting clearly, concisely and, in my opinion, very intelligently on every issue he’s discussed. Even if true (and I don’t necessarily accept that it is), what difference does it make if he used another name at another time? Does that somehow invalidate his points?

    —–

    A lot of people don’t take anything they say seriously because ‘Sweet Spot” and “Rule 9″ are in a league of their own in regards to their past behavior and well deserved reputations in this forum under their original monikers WCYF and C R 9.

    So nothing they say now is going to make people forget the damage they caused in the past.

  143. mick April 27th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Sure, many are angry he left. Who is to blame is not as much the issue with some but for others it is ALL on the Yankees. Who wants to hear that anger?

  144. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Hankflorida April 27th, 2014 at 12:34 pm
    Simply put, who would the Yankee fans prefer at the end of this season, Ellsbury at .300 BA, 10 home runs, 50 RBI’s and stolen bases as against Cano at .300 BA, 30 HR and 100 RBI’s? Defensively they both take away hits at their positions. I would pick Cano with Beltran, McCaan and Tanaka, but I am someone who is still tied to the past and believes in the Bronx Bombers.
    ————————————–
    wouldn’t get 30/100 out of Cano

  145. mick April 27th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Talk about taking things out of context.
    Why bother comparing Ellsbury and Cano at this point?
    Let’s let the season play out , then decide.
    If we win a championship, Cano will be forgotten.

  146. joeman April 27th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    mick April 27th, 2014 at 12:45 pm
    .
    If we win a championship, Cano will be forgotten.
    ——————————————————————-
    and this can happen..a key add will help

  147. mick April 27th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    This is a Team Sport.
    Individuals are only judged within the concept of the Team.
    Their #’s only matter if they win.

  148. RhapsodyInBlue April 27th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Hankflorida

    It’s hard to write the script before it plays out.

    Not to compare him to Cano but in 2011 Ellsbury last full season he had 32 HRs and 39 SBs along with 105 RBIs.

    Now that I’ve had an opportunity to watch him everyday I’m very encouraged with what he brings to the table.

  149. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Giuseppe Franco you are a liar, I am no such person and unless you are able to prove this can it.

  150. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    yanks61 April 27th, 2014 at 12:29 pm
    Sweet Spot has been nothing but a gentleman while commenting clearly, concisely and, in my opinion, very intelligently on every issue he’s discussed. Even if true (and I don’t necessarily accept that it is), what difference does it make if he used another name at another time? Does that somehow invalidate his points?

    Why not stick to arguing the points he brings up rather than launching irrelevant, sometimes juvenile attacks? Or is that those doing the attacking don’t have any good arguments with which to reply?

    The fact that he often, though not all the time, sees the NYY front office as being better run than the constant complainers merely, IMO, evens out against those for whom the opposite is the case.

    There are a bunch of very balanced commenters at Lohud: Chip, Blake, Rhapsody in Blue ac1, Y’s Guy and a number others. Personally, I have long since scrolled by those for whom the Yankee F.O and every thing they do is either evil, incompetent or both. It gets to be awfully tiresome. My suggestion to those folks is that you either have to buy your own BB team or just continue to waste your time waxing inelegantly and ineffectually against the F.O, which is probably never going to to your liking. But then, I guess that’s how lots of people get their jollies in life.
    ——————–

    Thank you.

  151. yanks61 April 27th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    GF, I’ve known and respected your opinions since when – way back on the Newsday blog, was it? Hey, many others who have ranted and raved here have not only been welcomed back, but are seemingly still “missed” by many folks. My feeling is that it’s mainly because they share opinions and don’t really care who or where those opinions come from.

    Sweet Spot does not in any way post in the same aggressive, insulting manner as WCYF. So even if it is him, if he’s paid his debt by being banned for a long period and has now come back as a rational, reasonable poster, I don’t see why he can’t be judged on the merits of his comments. Instead, people just hurl names at him. So who’s aggressive and acting juvenile now?

    As for CR 9, I’ve never paid attention to him/her. I’m only here as someone who wants to get a view of the games being played from a long distance away and in another time zone. I like to read good baseball discussions from people with balanced viewpoints, rather than one-sided agendas. But I do recognize that, as is true with talk radio, the complainers predominate. Just a fact of life and the reason why it’s a good idea to scroll by.

    Sweet Spot, until proven guilty of some present gross misconduct, I welcome reading any new balanced poster who argues points rather than just tries to make points with is buddies. As you already know, I rarely post here, but I do read a selection of posters and I hope you hang around and continue to contribute to the discussion in the same way as you have up till now.

  152. yanks61 April 27th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    with HIS buddies

  153. BoJo April 27th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I’d still like to know why C R 9 felt such hatred for our friend from San Fran…was it something he did or said? Never understood that…

  154. Tim in Trenton April 27th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    This type of thing of accusing people of being someone else on a mostly anonymous blog is sad and exactly the reason I and probably others don’t post more often here.

    The fighting, poster identity accusations and finger pointing are tiresome and ruin it for others.

    Glad that I am mostly a reader

  155. austinmac April 27th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    MLBTR says the best 3B from Korea wants to come to the States. Worth a look.

  156. Tim in Trenton April 27th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Sweet Spot does not in any way post in the same aggressive, insulting manner as WCYF. So even if it is him, if he’s paid his debt by being banned for a long period and has now come back as a rational, reasonable poster, I don’t see why he can’t be judged on the merits of his comments. Instead, people just hurl names at him. So who’s aggressive and acting juvenile now?

    —–

    Yanks61 ……….. a very rational point of view which should apply to all posters past present and in the future. Being respectable is the way it should be here.

  157. austinmac April 27th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I think we would all be best served to recognize our opinions are just that. No one here that I have read holds superior knowledge to others.

    Why don’t we just talk? If we all agreed, there would be no discussion.

  158. Tim in Trenton April 27th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    You folks all have a good day and root home a Yankee win today.

  159. Hankflorida April 27th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    mick April 27th, 2014 at 12:45 pm
    Talk about taking things out of context.
    Why bother comparing Ellsbury and Cano at this point?
    Let’s let the season play out , then decide.
    If we win a championship, Cano will be forgotten.

    I like Ellsbury as a player and am really talking about the Yankees changing the make up of the team away from the long ball to more of a team that depends on keeping the wheel turning. The Angels came into the Stadium that was built for the long ball with double the home runs then the Yankees had, and the Yankees were just a few home runs ahead of the Royals who were the lowest in the league. It is hard for an old timer like me to accept this demise of The Bronx Bombers, but as you say, if this is the right way to win a championship or even comes close, who am I to doubt the wisdom of the Yankee management.

  160. CompassRosy April 27th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Rule 9 says:
    April 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm
    So angry

    I’m not angry. He’s angry that he’s stuck in Seattle until they trade him or for the duration of his contract.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    And I’ll be angry if any of the M’s/Y’s games are rained out. The M’s only have the one series in NY this season so, any make up game(s) will have to be tacked on to another east coast trip.

    Starting my “sun dance” early ;-)

    BTW ~
    Go, Yanks! Beat those Halos :-)

  161. yanks61 April 27th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Tim, you seem like another guy Lohud needs to hear more from. Anyway, thank you for your kind comments.

    You’re a lucky guy to be in Trenton. It must be great to see the AA team on a consistent basis. If I were ever to move back to the States, I’d almost certainly move close enough to Scranton to go there often. Plus I have six brothers all living in the NW part of NJ or just across the state line in PA. So we would go as our own little Irish mafia – as we’ll be doing in May when I back in the States.

  162. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Wow! New audio out from Donald Sterling and this just just keeps getting worse!

    Girlfriend: “Do you know that you have a whole team that’s black, that plays for you?”

    Sterling: “You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?”

  163. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Tar,
    I didn’t mention everyone but YOU definitely fal in among the crew I call friends.

    Even though I root for the Gators.lol thanks friend

  164. tomingeorgia April 27th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I hate Sunday night games. They always choose the Yankees. They should play them at four pm, not eight.

  165. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Tim in Trenton,

    That’s an interesting emphasis in your post: people being accused of being multiples as the source of disharmony – rather than the multiples
    Themselves causing distrust.

    Sorry you won’t be coming around more
    Often, but being a Trenton guy and all , I thought might interest you that Stoneburner, an oft-forgotten Yankee prospect and Once Trenton favorite, for sure – is taking Mitchell’s turn today in the rotation out in Portland. Maybe you can cue up
    Your milb.tv account and watch your favorite milb pitcher! :)

  166. bigdan22 April 27th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Some good stuff going on in Trenton. Gamel over .300, Sanchez over .300 with a homer and a double today. Segedin way over .400 on OBP, Roller still close to 1.500 OPS, two RBIs today and Refs keeps creeping up, hitting .276 now. Williams not in lineup. There’s a guy who can use some time off.

    O’Brien still leading tough FSL with over 1.100 OPS.

  167. Tyler April 27th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Excited to see how Tanaka does tonight. Some tough outs on the Halos but he’s been so impressive thus far. There will be bumps in the road to come but to get a 25 year old ready made front of the rotation pitcher was amazing.

  168. exiledintampa April 27th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    During the offseason everybody said the team doesn’t need a DH cause Derek would need time there among others.

    I tried to look it up and I can’t find one game where Derek has DHed. Can anybody tell me?

    Today would be a very good day to give Jeter a half day or full day off.

  169. austinmac April 27th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Dan,

    Add DePaula with six Ks in three shutout innings today.

  170. Tyler April 27th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    bigdan22 April 27th, 2014 at 1:49 pm
    Some good stuff going on in Trenton. Gamel over .300, Sanchez over .300 with a homer and a double today. Segedin way over .400 on OBP, Roller still close to 1.500 OPS, two RBIs today and Refs keeps creeping up, hitting .276 now. Williams not in lineup. There’s a guy who can use some time off.

    O’Brien still leading tough FSL with over 1.100 OPS.

    ———————————————————————-

    The system is off to a pretty nice start, way better than last year at least. Disappointed that Campos is done for the year and I’m a little concerned about Williams since last year wasn’t too great either. Still lots of production.

  171. Tim in Trenton April 27th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Yanks61

    You’re in France correct ? A heck of a fan from far away, kudos to you. Do you get any games on Satellite TV over there ?

    I don’t get to as many games at the ‘Hammer’ as I should due to having lost a leg a while back. I have a bit of difficulty with my prosthetic and crowds, stairs, seating rows etc. No wheelchair for me either as I’m stubborn

    Pretty cool that you have a big family here, you gonna have a ballpark reunion when you visit ? Enjoy ! !

  172. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Yes,
    Tim, I’d also be very interested in your observations,
    Being that you actually LIVE in Trenton and must get out to the Hammer often.

    What do you like best about the ballpark? And what performances were you there for over the years that stood out for you? Where do you like to
    Sit? Please, share it with the blog, as I’m sure folks want to hear from someone who has also been there live to see our little pups :)

  173. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Sorry to hear that Tim, were you in the military?

  174. bigdan22 April 27th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    “The system is off to a pretty nice start, way better than last year at least. Disappointed that Campos is done for the year and I’m a little concerned about Williams since last year wasn’t too great either. Still lots of production.”

    ——

    Yes it has. I think I said this before. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many .300 hitters up and down the organization, including the big club. Obviously it’s super early, but this season the system has started out great offensively. Pitching, not so much, but not bad either. That Caleb Smith is someone to watch. Of course Mitchell and Severino. And DePaula. But hitters are popping up this year out of the woodwork.

  175. Tar April 27th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    “Sweet Spot does not in any way post in the same aggressive, insulting manner as WCYF. So even if it is him, if he’s paid his debt by being banned for a long period and has now come back as a rational, reasonable poster, I don’t see why he can’t be judged on the merits of his comments. Instead, people just hurl names at him. So who’s aggressive and acting juvenile now?”

    61

    Didn’t you recently post the same drivel for Blojald#. Who got banned for the same behavior that you are now somehow proclaiming that he has “found the light” on. You were wrong then, and you are wrong n

  176. Tar April 27th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Now!

  177. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Stop trolling Tar. No one is interested in your antagonistic posts and attempts to start arguments here. Keep me out of it. This is a baseball and sports blog grow up. Thank you.

  178. SweetSpot April 27th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Later everyone. Go Tanaka!!!

  179. Tar April 27th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I’m talking to 61 thank you very much.

    Ten second google search on my phone.

    “yanks61 February 28th, 2014 at 1:02 pm
    Blojaldo, just a quick word to say that I enjoy your posts. If you really are WCYF, you’ve gone through quite a transformation! I remember WCYF as an arrogant, super-aggressive personality who wasn’t, as far as I can recall, a supporter of Yankee management!”

    Laughable 61

  180. Poetkiosk April 27th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    holy crap so much anger here this afternoon.

    yuck.

  181. J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Tim??

    Where”d you go? I wanted to take a triP down Memory Lane with you on some Trenton’s
    Past glory days – see if we were
    At the same games! Also – wondered which pizza places you think are
    Best and not just which – but why, and in greeeeeeat detail, because I’ve been to all of ‘m, too, and nothing like talking to a NATIVE to evoke those good times! :)

  182. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Of note, Sanchez’s shots are off Sox elite #1 pitching prospect Henry Owens. Trenton’s pounding Owens. Roll, Thunder!

  183. Chip April 27th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 27th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Robi goes into the Hall in pinstripes
    ————————–

    He has a long way to go before that’s a conversation that needs to be had – and if he plays out this contract with Seattle he will have more time as a Mariner than he did as a Yankee.

  184. G. Love April 27th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    yanksfem,

    Fake Peter Gammons told me when Henry Owens gives up HR’s, it’s only because he wants to give up HR’s to know what that feels like.

  185. Chip April 27th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    JAP

    The more pressing question is what teams do Melky and Montero represent when they go to Cooperstown :-D (sorry – couldn’t resist)

  186. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    G love, :lol: of course, how could I be so clueless. Thank Fake Pete for that corrective. :)

  187. Tar April 27th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Fake Peter Gammons told me when Henry Owens gives up HR’s, it’s only because he wants to give up HR’s to know what that feels like.”

    That reminds me of the most interesting man in the world commercials. :D

  188. Chip April 27th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    3b option for the Yankees next year?

    Jeong Choi, the top third baseman in Korea and a former Korean Series MVP, is looking to make the leap to Major League Baseball next season, agent Melvin Roman tells Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The athletic 27-year-old is considered a five-tool player and enjoyed the best season of his career in 2013.

    Choi has hit .300 and posted an OPS over .900 each of the past four seasons playing for SK Wyverns while averaging more than 23 home runs. Last season, he slashed .316/.429/.551 and belted 28 home runs, putting him amongst the offensive elite in the KBO. Choi also demonstrated his speed, swiping 24 bases.

  189. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    And I’ll be angry if any of the M’s/Y’s games are rained out. The M’s only have the one series in NY this season so, any make up game(s) will have to be tacked on to another east coast trip.
    _____
    I think it’ll just be some showers, hopefully. I’ll be there on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Tyler, I think Mason’s had good ABs, although didn’t see first half of yesterday’s game. He kind of wore down after playing CF in both games of the doubleheader in Akron. Good to see him getting a blow today.

  190. Tar April 27th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Chip
    Any idea how the Korean league works? Unrestricted FA? Posting fee etc?

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