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Pregame notes: “I think it only helps my case”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 10, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brendan Ryan

Brendan Ryan came off the disabled list four days ago and is just now getting his first start of the season. It could be at least another four days before he gets another turn in the starting lineup. It can’t possibly come as a surprise, which begs the question: Why would a veteran shortstop, who presumably would like to be an everyday player again, sign with a team that has Derek Jeter on its roster?

“Good question,” Ryan said, with a bit of a laugh. “Because there was obviously the you-never-know factor, but looking at the field there’s not a lot of open shortstop jobs out there, and I was really impressed with what I saw last year. Getting traded over here and the way things were done, I found it extremely refreshing to be a part of a winning environment again. That’s something that I missed since St. Louis. Not to take a shot at Seattle or anything, but it’s a lot more fun waking up in the morning when you feel like you’re playing for something as a group. I got a taste of it in ’09 when we got swept by the Dodgers in the divisional series, but I just want to get back to that. I want to be a part of that environment again. Those things weighed in for sure.”

Now 32 years old, Ryan took a two-year deal — with a player option for a third — to rejoin the Yankees as a bench player backing up the most iconic shortstop in franchise history. He’s not surprised by the lack of playing time, nor does he seem particularly bothered by it. He takes it as an honor to serve as the backup for Jeter’s final season.

“It’s something I couldn’t have probably ever dreamed of,” he said. “I don’t want to make too much of it, because I just want to focus on playing baseball. I’m sure I’ll realize how cool it was more accurately after it’s over.”

But Ryan indisputably brings something to the table that Jeter simply doesn’t: one of the best shortstop gloves in baseball. Some of those metrics are obviously going to fluctuate from year to year — advanced stats actually didn’t have Ryan as an overwhelming defensive player last year — but ultimately Ryan has scratched out a big league career based entirely on his ability to field. In 2012 he hit .194, and FanGraphs still had him as a 1.4 WAR (Baseball Reference had him at 3.4 WAR that season). Ryan said he doesn’t spend a ton of time looking at advanced fielding metrics, but he realizes that they’ve helped his career.

“I hear some things and it’s mostly from media or my brother will try to boost my ego a little bit with making me feel good about my numbers,” he said. “I know it’s good for me because all the offensive stuff is out there. For a guy that’s defensively oriented, I think it only helps my case showing that I can have a positive impact on a Major League Baseball game.”

Ryan was asked if the Yankees had approached him about the possibility of being a defensive replacement, and if so, would that be awkward? Ryan said he hadn’t heard anything about being used that way. As for being awkward, well…

“It would probably be awkward,” Ryan said. “Because, well, I don’t need to say why.”

Derek Jeter• Joe Girardi said he realizes some fans might have bought tickets tonight specifically wanting to see Jeter, but with a day game tomorrow — and with games 10 days in a row — Jeter was going to get one of these two games off. Just happens to be today. “I’m in a no-win situation,” Girardi said. “I have to do what’s best for the team and what’s best for the player. And I understand people want to see him. I want to see him. It’s a difficult situation, because I’m sure people bought tickets for tonight. For that, I’m sorry if the bought tickets just to come see Derek. But CC is pitching. I know they love CC! But It’s a tough situation because I have to manage what’s best for everyone.”

• As usual, Jeter tried to talk his way into the lineup. “I don’t have very many days off,” Jeter said. “I don’t like them, that’s the bottom line, but I get it. Sometimes (I feel the benefit).”

• Girardi said he’s planning to rest Brian Roberts tomorrow. Didn’t want to sit Jeter and Roberts on the same day.

• Shawn Kelley said back feels significantly better today. He’ll get more treatment and might play catch. It sounds unlikely that Girardi will use him, but both Kelley and Girardi sounded encouraged today. “We’re still kind of day-to-day,” Kelley said. “I feel a lot better. Each day’s gotten better.”

• Girardi said he does consider Adam Warren to be available tonight. Warren’s pitch count was actually really low last night.

• CC Sabathia gets the start tonight. “I’ve said all along I thought he was throwing the ball better than last year,” Girardi said. “I think his sinker has been better. I think his changeup has been better. It’s just been a few innings here and there. He needs to figure out a way to stop those innings and when he does, he’ll get on a roll.”

• It would seem to make sense to play Ryan behind Sabathia, but Girardi said that wasn’t a significant factor in giving Jeter a day off today. Sounds like it was more about Jeter have good career numbers against Matt Garza (tomorrow’s Brewers starter) and Roberts having terrible numbers against Garza. Didn’t want to sit both of those guys on the same day, so it made more sense to do it this way.

• The Brewers are planning a pregame ceremony for Jeter tomorrow. Girardi said that was also a non-factor in when Jeter sat.

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30 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I think it only helps my case””

  1. chicken_stanley May 10th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Mike – its looks fairly certain at this point. I still have to negotiate relocation, salary, etc… I would say I will be there within 2-3 weeks

  2. MTU May 10th, 2014 at 6:09 pm


    Why Latta of all places ?

  3. chicken_stanley May 10th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Its one of the closest plants to my home (3.5 hours) so I will be able to see the kids… plus I’ve worked with the management team there before and respect them. I’d rather continue what I’m currently doing but its just not an available option

  4. MTU May 10th, 2014 at 6:17 pm


    So no more travellin’ Man ?

    What will you be doing there ?

    It’s hard to give up the freedom of the road but staying in one place can also be nice under the right circumstances.

    There will probably be an adjustment period for you.

  5. chicken_stanley May 10th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Initially, I’ll be the Quality Mgr. but the role will change as time goes on.

    Definitely gonna miss the travel… there will be some travel in the new position (probably couple weeks per quarter) but not the very week thing that I’m used to

    Things generally seem to work out; I’ll be fine.

  6. MTU May 10th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Of course you will Glenn.

    Never doubted that.


  7. JimK May 10th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    To “Chicken” the former travelling man:

  8. chicken_stanley May 10th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Jimk – thanks for the “Ricky” :)

  9. MTU May 10th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Just about game time.

    Enjoy the game folks.

  10. JimK May 10th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Chicken, you are quite welcome.

  11. pete22 May 10th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    CC should be able to able to get good results against this lineup. Only one looking like they are swinging the bat well is Gomez

  12. pete22 May 10th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Chickens who don’t travel are less of a threat. Stay alert Chicken and keep off the dinner table.

  13. chicken_stanley May 10th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    pete – lol!

  14. tomingeorgia May 10th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    The only thing I know about Latta is that the mayor stirred up a big stink by firing the lesbian police chief of 23 years this Spring. Lawsuits pending.

  15. JimK May 10th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Tom, was that her official title?

  16. chicken_stanley May 10th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Tom – had not heard that… Sounds like Latta may be entertaining after all.

  17. tomingeorgia May 10th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Chief of Police.

  18. JimK May 10th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Tom, I was just being sarcastic; I knew what her official title was.

  19. tomingeorgia May 10th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    A southern town of 1500 people generates buzzes when it can. Town divided. I don’t know if the Mayor is on the ballot this November, but if he is, there will be a big turnout, pro and con.

  20. chicken_stanley May 10th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    When I looked up the firing, I also saw the story below… Sounds like the mayor needs to learn how to make friends and influence people :)

  21. UnKnown May 10th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Carsten always rocks the coolest cleats… :cool:

    Enjoy the game peeps.

  22. Doreen May 10th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Are you at the game again tonight, Unknown? If so, enjoy and bring a win! If not, Enjoy anyway!!!

  23. tomingeorgia May 10th, 2014 at 6:48 pm


  24. JimK May 10th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Chicken an Tom, sounds like an interesting town, but not much different than any other small town in the US; I live in a small town in NY and the news reports posted would not be any different here.

  25. pete22 May 10th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    “Chickens of all ages and types all eat Dillon County Latta South Carolina chicken feed in order to grow to be bigger and healthier on the farm. The Aarona chicken feed. Latta SC gives the chickens all the nutrition that they need and it also gives them a balanced diet they require to grow stronger”

    Understand now. War like chickens must secure a proper food supply to feed the troops. Preparations are being made for the Lohud takeover

  26. chicken_stanley May 10th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    pete – darn it! I thought no one would ever guess

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