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Rain out notes: “We’re not concerned about it”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 09, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jacoby Ellsbury

The Yankees offense is a mess, and so tonight Joe Girardi posted a lineup that did not include the team’s hottest hitter. Turns out Jacoby Ellsbury hurt himself rounding first base on that third-inning double. Girardi was planning to give Ellsbury one day off on this road trip anyway, and the minor injury — no one seems even slightly concerned — made this feel like the night to do it.

“Just had an awkward step,” Ellsbury said. “Caught myself, ended up getting the double out of it. Obviously finished the game. Came in today, but the plan was to come in at some point in the game if they needed me to hit or defense or run. Whatever it might have been, I was available.”

Because of the rain, Ellsbury got a day off without missing a game.

“We’re not concerned about it,” Girardi said. “I could use him, but he’s played a lot of days in a row here, so I figured with the conditions the way they would be if we played tonight, with the soft outfield, I’d give him the day. But I expect him to be in there tomorrow.”

Having Ellsbury on the bench and a left-hander on the mound seem to be the most significant factors in tonight’s unusual Yankees lineup. Girardi indicated that he’s not planning any sort of major lineup change, though it’s interesting to see Carlos Beltran moved all the way to seventh. Alfonso Soriano would have been a risky choice in the cleanup spot, but he has hit .294/.319/.500 against lefties this season, and he has decent numbers against Royals scheduled starter Jason Vargas.

“You move a guy down and he goes 3-for-4,” Girardi said. “And then you wish you had him hitting fifth that way (he’d come up) when two guys were on. That’s what you deal with. The big thing is to get them going, and they need at-bats to get going.”

Yankees Royals Baseball• The Royals have announced that tonight’s game will be made up on August 25. That’s a mutual off day. For the Yankees, it was an off day immediately before going on the road to Detroit and Toronto. They have an off day the Monday before and the Monday after, but it still creates a stretch of 13 games in a row.

• Girardi confirmed that Vidal Nuno will start tomorrow, pushing Masahiro Tanaka back to Wednesday. “It gives all our guys an extra day, which in the long stretch I think they can use,” Girardi said.

• It’s worth noting that by keeping Nuno on turn, he will start the first game in Seattle and the last game in Oakland. That keeps his next two starts on the road where he has a 1.86 ERA this season. He has a 7.36 ERA at home.

• By pushing Tanaka back a day, the Yankees have deprived Japan of a high-profile matchup. Tanaka was scheduled to pitch against his former Golden Eagles teammate Hisashi Iwakuma tomorrow. “Five years together we played on the same team, so yes, I do know him,” Tanaka said yesterday. “… We’re going to be pitching at a different stage together, I think that’s what I’m looking forward to.” Not looking forward to it any more. “I’m not worried about that,” Girardi said.

• Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless inning in his Triple-A rehab outing tonight. He allowed a single but got his three outs without the ball leaving the infield. Kelley told Donnie Collins that he expects his next step to be joining the big league team. Girardi said the Yankees don’t have a decision set in stone. Amazing that it’s been more than a month since Kelley last pitched in the majors.

• The Royals were planning to present Derek Jeter with a $10,000 donation to his Turn 2 Foundation before Monday’s game. He will instead receive the gift when the Yankees come back to Kansas City for the makeup game.

• Designated for assignment last week, long reliever Alfredo Aceves has accepted an outright assignment to the Yankees Triple-A team. I have to assume he’ll slide into the Triple-A rotation. Even though he was just DFA, it’s still possible Aceves could quickly become the next in line for a spot start if the Yankees rotation suffered another blow.

• Girardi said there’s nothing new to report on either Michael Pineda or CC Sabathia.

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162 Responses to “Rain out notes: “We’re not concerned about it””

  1. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Funny the sign behind Ellsbury says Hospital.

  2. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    the irony of ellsbury in the foreground and the word/ad for “hospital” in the background

  3. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    repost:

    Mike – Castro was never made available.

    mick – Lester is certainly on the radar, if the Sox are dumb enough to let him walk. And they may be… their FO likes their farm SP more than paying 25M/year to Lester. But we’ll see who blinks on that one.

    Missing – Cahill from Arizona?

  4. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    and they need at-bats to get going.

    so why not just move him up if he needs at bats how about batting second

  5. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Missing – Cahill from Arizona?

    yes just released from dbacks

  6. TKR June 9th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I was once out strolling one very hot summer’s day
    When I thought I’d lay myself down to rest
    In a big field of tall grass
    I laid there in the sun and felt it caressing my face
    As I fell asleep and dreamed
    I dreamed I was in a Hollywood movie
    And that I was the star of the movie

  7. blake June 9th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Anytime Ellsbury has a boo boo it’s a concern…..if we remember the last time he got nicked up he went in a prolonged slump afterwards. He’s like a thoroughbred…..he great when he’s 100% but he doesn’t play play well hurt.

    As much as Id rather see Tanaka pitch tomorrow than Nuno…..I get giving him the extra day when they have a chance

  8. blake June 9th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Missing Cano says:
    June 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm
    Missing – Cahill from Arizona?

    yes just released from dbacks”

    How does Towers still have a job…..he traded Jarad Parker for him

  9. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Mike – Castro was never made available.

    mick – Lester is certainly on the radar, if the Sox are dumb enough to let him walk. And they may be… their FO likes their farm SP more than paying 25M/year to Lester. But we’ll see who blinks on that one.

    Missing – Cahill from Arizona?

  10. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 5m
    #DBacks’ plan with Cahill is to get him to minors, stretch him out and make him a starter again. Doubtful any team takes on his $16.9M.

  11. blake June 9th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    About the only good thing Towers has done for the Dbacks is sign Goldschmidt …..he’s been terrible at everything else and has gotten taken to te cleaners on three big trades…..

  12. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Doubtful any team takes on his $16.9M.

    terrible contract at this point back to the drawing board of looking hammels & co.

  13. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    wanzies

    not seeing lester as a 25m pitcher either, doubt the yanks will.

  14. Madrugador June 9th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Girardi had no problem dropping Beltran to the seven hole in the line up but he won’t touch Jeter? How is that in anyway consistent?

  15. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 2m
    Garcia is out. Antoan Richardson taking over in CF.

  16. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    adonis garcia removed from aaa

    should i get excited or is this an injury?

  17. blake June 9th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I think Boston will let Lester walk….they’ll low ball him and he will leave….it’s their style. Id like to sign him if so

  18. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    girardi has allegiance to jeter, he was his Capt once, still is.

  19. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    looking at this aaa scoreboard boxscore this Wheeler guy is again 2 for 2 Pirela draws a walk Garcia was 2 for 2 and then was pulled heck even Sizemore is getting into the act w/ a homerun

  20. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Steve-

    Didn’t have to be Castro.

    There were other prizes who might have been fetched.

    It’s all moot now though.

  21. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    mick –

    Agreed, but it only takes one team….he’ll likely be in the 18-22 range.

  22. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    am i reading too much in Ryan being subbed for Roberts that they might finally be getting down on Roberts???

  23. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Missing – Garcia out with a hammy.

  24. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Garcia out with a hammy.

    bummer but makes my mantra easier now Wheeler and Pirela for Roberts and Johnson

  25. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Mike -

    This is the kind of baseball news that I think will appeal to you….

    Deadspin ?@Deadspin 7m
    Joe Maddon turned to a medicine man to fix the Rays: http://deadsp.in/7Z31X6z

  26. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    in the crazy scenario that the yanks cut soriano and roberts and bring up wheeler/pirela and garcia/almonte go young….and that fails….will fans rejoice or stay home?

    the easy answer is it depends on whether they win or lose but playing young could energize the team…rejuvenate them.

    we shall see…

  27. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Missing -

    bummer but makes my mantra easier now Wheeler and Pirela for Roberts and Johnson

    ——–

    That is certainly an option.

    FWIW, now that the draft is over, the scouts that I talk to have been dispatched to get ready for the trade season, so we will see.

  28. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    mick -

    The toughest part about jettisoning players from the ML roster is, once done, there is no turning back. The FO will have clearly made the commitment to rely on untested rookies as opposed to veterans who have actually performed at that level.

    It’s a tough call and one that fans just don’t get unfortunately.

  29. Giuseppe Franco June 9th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    girardi has allegiance to jeter, he was his Capt once, still is.

    —–

    So what does that mean?

    Being loyal to the team captain means you can’t also do what’s best for the team and place him lower in the order?

    It might be the truth, but it’s stupid and places one guy’s ego above everyone else on the team.

  30. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Deadspin ?@Deadspin 7m
    Joe Maddon turned to a medicine man to fix the Rays

    Joe was on it with the shift who knows maybe five years from now all teams will be going to their own medicine man

  31. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    wanzies

    usually this team relies on injuries to make their moves for them.
    nothing bold.
    last year was a prime example.

  32. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    It might be the truth, but it’s stupid and places one guy’s ego above everyone else on the team.
    ==============================
    Do you expect Girardi to be anybody other than himself?

  33. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    The toughest part about jettisoning players from the ML roster is, once done, there is no turning back. The FO will have clearly made the commitment to rely on untested rookies as opposed to veterans who have actually performed at that level.

    It’s a tough call and one that fans just don’t get unfortunately.

    if they don’t work then you are back to square one BUT you have the trade deadline to rectify it

    to keep running out players just because they have MLB experience as the main driving force could be very hazardous and imprudent

    Solarte did not have any mlb experience and it is not as if we are asking for a Tex or Beltran or McCann to be dfa’d

    these are guys such as Johnson and Roberts essentially last leg scrubs signed to one year deals of 2 million and 4 million apiece

  34. Giuseppe Franco June 9th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    It might be the truth, but it’s stupid and places one guy’s ego above everyone else on the team.
    ==============================
    Do you expect Girardi to be anybody other than himself?

    —-

    I don’t know what that means, but his job is to win ballgames.

  35. pete22 June 9th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Nobody plays well hurt in baseball, too much eye hand coordination is needed. Ellsbury has been hurt rarely unless you include cracked ribs from a collision, a partially torn labrum from a dislocation in a collision, and a shorter stint due to a fractured foot from a foul ball. He knows enough to sit rather than hurt the team playing through something (Beltran, are you listening).

    He generally does not miss much time due to various muscle pulls and strains like other players. However, he is north of 30 now so its inevitable that such injuries will start to occur more frequently, so this year he has had a bad hand and now a hip (has not missed many games though but the hand may have hurt his production).

    Strange though, its seems the non-performing guys have been the healthiest ( Soriano, Jeter, Roberts, McCann) which is just bad luck (not that I wish injuries on any of them just that it seems the guys who got off to the best starts have been hampered with more injuries). Solarte and Gardner have been the exceptions to that although Solarte had a minor shoulder issue.

  36. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    It means what it says, that he is a loyal mgr that plays favorites.

  37. Giuseppe Franco June 9th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    It means what it says, that he is a loyal mgr that plays favorites.

    —–

    Isn’t that one of the reasons Torre wore out his welcome in NY?

  38. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    his mantra has always been that the order isn’t that important, at least not when hitting is always subject to change.
    he said it again in this thread, you don’t want a hot guy going 3-4 after you dropped him and wish he was back at the top again, something like that…

    here it is, see above
    “You move a guy down and he goes 3-for-4,” Girardi said. “And then you wish you had him hitting fifth that way (he’d come up) when two guys were on. That’s what you deal with. The big thing is to get them going, and they need at-bats to get going.”

  39. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    gf i agree with you…hal loves him, what can we do?

  40. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    so does Daley, Ramirez, or “Matt” LeBlanc go down for Kelley?

  41. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Steve-

    Yup. Definitely enjoyed that.

    :)

  42. Giuseppe Franco June 9th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Girardi hasn’t always been opposed to shaking up the lineup when the offense has struggled in the past.

    It just seems he’s opposed to it now because a needed change involves Jeter moving from that slot and placed in the lower third.

    I think the refusal of moving Jeter and the Yanks making him bigger than the team has much more potential to tarnish his legacy a tad than being moved from a slot where he doesn’t belong.

  43. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Wonder what the Rangers would give us for Johnson ?

  44. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Wonder what the Rangers would give us for Johnson ?

    if anyone has seen the new movie edge of tomorrow, i suggest we use that movie’s rest button and go back to last July and see if we could revisit the Cano trade and see if they would part with Odor and/or Gallo

  45. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Wonder what the Rangers would give us for Johnson ?

    FWIW, one of the guys I know was sent to watch the Frisco club today. Not sure what he’ll find there, but it’s part of the process.

  46. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks Steve.

  47. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 15m
    Great pickoff thrown behind Ezequiel Carrera at second by Cervelli. Saved the RailRiders a run as Hernan Perez follows with a double.

  48. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Charleston RiverDogs ?@ChasRiverDogs 20m
    Reymond Nunez with a monster solo homer to left center makes it 4-1 #RiverDogs in the 4th!

  49. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 2m
    Final line on Joel De La Cruz: 4 ip, 6 h, 4 r, 2 er, 0 bb, 3 k.

  50. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Luis Severino is the kid to keep an eye on.

    One of the best arms in the system.

  51. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Mike -

    Johnson won’t bring much, but Frisco has some IF that (rumor has it) they feel are excesses to their system. But who knows…

    Steve

  52. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    someone mentioned batting jeter leadoff.
    let him go up there hacking with no one on.
    that might appeal to girardi.
    he seems to love ellsbury up 3rd.
    it’s a bad chemistry and further shows this team has no identity as of yet.

  53. pete22 June 9th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Wonder what the Rangers would give us for Johnson ?
    =====================

    Not much. I think they have shown they are waving the white flag by passing on Morales. Plus I believe they have seen what the rest of have of Johnson at 1B.

  54. pete22 June 9th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Its nuts but Jeter leading off makes sense. Not perfect sense, but at least it prevents him from killing the flow as he does batting 2nd, and he must have pictures of Girardi preventing him from being dropped

  55. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Mike -

    I do know that Ryan Rua has been tossed around as a guy that Texas might move, but for Johnson? Maybe.

    Steve

  56. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    pete-i can see it happening.
    then they go off on a streak and he gets the credit.

  57. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 1m
    Romine with a long homer to left. Over the walkway. 7-4 now.

  58. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Charleston RiverDogs ?@ChasRiverDogs 19s
    Solo homer down the RF line by Dustin Fowler puts the #RiverDogs up 5-2 in the top of the 6th!

  59. mick June 9th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    The Rangers are going to get swept.
    The air just went out of the Garden.

  60. CompassRosy June 9th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    major bummer re: the match-up shift at Safeco Field tomorrow :-(

  61. pete22 June 9th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    “You move a guy down and he goes 3-for-4,” Girardi said. “And then you wish you had him hitting fifth that way (he’d come up) when two guys were on. That’s what you deal with. The big thing is to get them going, and they need at-bats to get going.”

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

    Sometimes the shock of being moved down in the order gets a guy going. He would not necessarily have went 3-4 batting 3rd or 5th. The odds are much higher a struggling guy goes 0-4 and strands runners batting 3rd or 5th. Sometimes you have to play the odds and if it makes you look foolish when you do, that’s part of the job. Check the ego at the door Joe.

    That’s why I hate managers on the job too long with job security. They get stubborn.

  62. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 56s
    Pirela has great speed. But he makes every play difficult because he uses it. Hustles every time. Just put a lot of pressure on a comebacker

  63. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 56s
    Pirela has great speed. But he makes every play difficult because he uses it. Hustles every time. Just put a lot of pressure on a comebacker

    yes yes yes but it is more important to honor the years on the back of Johnson’s and Robert’s baseball cards years that took place many seasons ago

  64. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Missing -

    It’s pretty obvious the FO is going to do something… we’ll have to let it play out.

  65. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    MTU, just watched the tail end of Severino’s start. He didn’t have his usual location from the little I saw but man does he have easy velo as per what I have been saying since I saw him pitch in Lakewood. He was sitting @95-96 in the 6th. I’m sure it didn’t help his numbers that he was pitching in Greenville’s Fenway-like band box.

  66. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    we’ll have to let it play out.

    indeed

  67. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    YF-

    I have only heard great things about his potential.

    I know you follow these kids more closely than most.

    Thanks.

    :)

  68. tomingeorgia June 9th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Iv’e been watching Yankee baseball for a long time. Hell, I was there when Jackie Robinson stole home in the Word Series. Not as old as Hank, I guess, but 60 years watching seems long enough to have some perspective. Die day by day, pitch by pitch isn’t my style, or I wouldn’t have made 35. Bring up some boys, see what happens.

  69. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    MTU, I think he will be in Tampa at mid season. I’m looking forward to getting him in Trenton at some point in 2015. Greenville too plays Sweet Caroline (Red Sox A-ball team). I wonder if that is a requirement at every Red Sox affiliate ballpark… How is the Lucky one doing?

  70. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 24m
    Burawa means business tonight. Bringing it at 96

  71. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    YF-

    He is mostly fine.

    Not sure he will ever be 100% again but he is happy despite all he has been thru.

    He is just a terrific little guy.

    Thanks for asking.

    :)

  72. wanzies222 June 9th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 5m
    Nice play by Wheeler to end it. RailRiders win, 7-4.

  73. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Burawa is ready to help the Yankees. Bring him up and let him get groundouts and Ks while you stretch Dellin Betances out to save the season.

    Heredia cOmes up too.’between Burawa, Jo-Ram and Heredia, plus Warren, you have a mix that won’t approximate Dellin, but potent options all and you get
    To throw Dealin’ every fifth day.

  74. pete22 June 9th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Cashmans warning that patience will run out if they are struggling when they come back to NY and Joes first attempt to shake up the lineup (Solarte ahead of McCann and Beltran down to 7th) suggests some players will be moving on before too long. Heck, even Tom is proposing change, so the stars are aligned :lol:

    Maybe that wakes the team out of its slumber. Too bad this game got rained out, I had a good feeling about it.

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    hey MTU – the little blonde is a tough customer and I bet he’s content to have his loving family all around him.

  76. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Pete – kinda hard to get in people’s virtual faces for being “negative” when even the GM has suddenly developed a clue :)

  77. mick June 9th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    get over it

  78. pete22 June 9th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Blown save by the Blue Jays, 4-4 now, the slide picks up momentum with a L

  79. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    evening, back to gotham, the concrete jungle is slightly blurred by a foggy night as1 heat and humidity exert it’s last menace into the murmuring giant.

  80. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    MTU, I know how much you love that little trooper. Wishing you and him all the best going forward.

    Burawa as long as he can stay healthy has to get a call up at some point.

    SI opens on Friday, but I probably won’t get out to the ballpark until the following week.

  81. pete22 June 9th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    JAP, yeah, well one persons negativity is anothers objective reality, but what the frack, the leash is shortening and that’s a good thing. In Cash We Trust I guess.

  82. tomingeorgia June 9th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Pete,
    Never been averse to change. We might find a hitter or two if we do it.

  83. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    SI opens on Friday
    =====
    it’s a nice stadium and a pleasant boat ride across Manhattan. Went to July 3 or 4th game there 2 years ago.

  84. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    In Cash We Trust I guess.
    =====
    thank you, Pete, I am unworthy.

  85. Missing Cano June 9th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Donnie Collins ?@RailRidersTT 24m
    Burawa means business tonight. Bringing it at 96

    what positive and nice news yanks are stacked with the pen not so much with starting options and the yanks have two starters right now in the pen who could be better served in the rotation alas maybe in 2015

  86. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Cashmoney, it has great atmosphere, that is for sure. I’ve never taken the Ferry but I would enjoy that. I wish Ty Hensley were starting there. However, if he is and opens the Friday game, I will be ticked off that I agreed to take an appt when I once had the day off.
    ___
    Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:01 pm
    In Cash We Trust I guess.
    ____
    We can’t even trust in the monetary kind these days. Imagine if we actually had to create a team with the Rays’ budget going forward. We might be better off…

  87. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    JAP/YF-

    Thanks for the kind thoughts.

    And your right about the degree of love.

    :)

  88. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    sp: you’re not your.

    sorry.

  89. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Tom-

    If things keep going in the direction they are going we might find ourselves in a similar position to the one you aspire to.

    Strange life.

    :)

  90. mick June 9th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Does anyone really think they will be proactive and cut one of their vets that they paid good money for to bring up an unknown?
    It took injuries last year to accomplish that and that’s what it will take now.

  91. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I like a lot Fem, sometimes you get the breeze off the Ocean, they had some kind of Mascot race which all the kids entertained. I sat in the front row and was slightly embarrassed by my friend constantly harassing the opposing team SS every inning. good times.

  92. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    *mascot race

  93. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Pete – I agree -
    That’s why I put “negative” in quotes ;)

  94. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    where is el loco pollo tonight? good evening, MTU.

  95. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Evening Cash.

    How goes it ?

  96. Tar June 9th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    “Kelley gives himself a clean bill of health after rehab outing with SWB.”

    STFU Kelley :mad:

    Who the hell does he think he is……..

  97. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    MTU, Chillin…et tu? no Yankees game sux even though watching them sucking hasn’t been pleasant. baseball game is the fabric my summer night.

  98. chicken_stanley June 9th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Greetings Cash!… just got in from a business dinner a few minutes ago… been scanning the posts; trying to decide if I had anything worthwhile to say… as usual, the answer was no… and, as usual, I decided the heck with it, I’ll post some drivel anyway! :D

  99. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Jays win I see.

  100. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Cashmoney, yes, the breeze from the water is nice on hot days, the park is beautiful, and I love the view of the harbor. And the Sri Lankan food all along Victory Blvd. on the ride into town is an added bonus.

    Free range, good to see you still haven’t ended up someone’s dinner… you live a charmed life. ;)

    I would hate for Kelley’s health to mean that JRam gets sent down.

  101. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:30 pm
    Jays win I see.
    __
    Morales was 1/3 with a BB, I see…

  102. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Tar – lmao! Forgot about that.

  103. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Evening Sir Chicken Stanley, I too, most time have little to add, but nonetheless… cuz i can’t help myself.

  104. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    LOL, Tar.

  105. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Cash-

    Just taking it one day at a time.

    Coming here is the great escape.

    But not of the Steve McQueen variety.

    It soothes many a woe.

    :)

  106. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Free Range – nice pic! :)

  107. Retire21 June 9th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Hey guys… not a bot, I’m an old LoHud dweller but my friend made a shirt recognizing the true NYY Dynasty Core FIVE(yes, five). It’s only 20 bucks and he started mass producing it. Made here in the city so shipping is extra cheap.

    Great gift for all you Bernie fans! If you want, go to bigelmade.bigcartel.com, not found anywhere else! (Unless you make one, which wouldnt be hard, but hey, that sounds like a lot of work!)

  108. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    MTU, I am sure things will come to a conclusion one way or another, hang in there.

  109. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Speak of the Devil, just saw this: “According to his Twitter feed, RHP Ty Hensley will throw three innings in an Extended Spring Training game tomorrow. He’s working his way up to five innings. The two short season leagues open their seasons in a little less than two weeks, so it seems like he’ll be stretched out just in time to join one of ‘em.” (RAB)

    Maybe this means Hensley’ll pitch in SI on Sunday. :)

    I guess we should all be getting into West Coast sleeping habits just in time for the game tomorrow.

  110. chicken_stanley June 9th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    HI JAP. Which did you see? the selfie with jmills lurking in the background? I know it was weird looking but I had to really maneuver the camera in order to get at least part of my huge cranium in the shot while leaving room for our Canadian friend! :)

  111. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Except it’s not a little less than two weeks till short season starts, SI starts in 4 days. Axisa needs work on his counting.

  112. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Shouldn’t that be retire51?

    I have a Bernabe shirt already but I like the sentiment :)

  113. MTU June 9th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    See you all for the breakfast club.

    Have a good night.

    :)

  114. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    http://newyork.seriouseats.com.....rants.html

    Sri Lankan food reviews for restaurants en route to SI Yanks.

  115. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    MTU, sweet dreams and be well, my friend.

  116. chicken_stanley June 9th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    night Mike

  117. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Freddy – lol, that’s the one. It’s
    Safely in a folder along with pictures of Jmills
    And daughter, Luis, and one of Lucky and his “brother” :)

  118. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Bernie is my favorite player. Clutch, Classy and gave his all. 768 ops when he retired. He was obscured by gigantic shadow cast by Junior. unfortunately Bernie did not burn bright long enough to warrant hall time like Donnie. at his peak, bernie did a lot of things well and more than most.

  119. Tar June 9th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    “I have a Bernabe shirt already but I like the sentiment ”

    Yeah Bernie deserves some serious love from us. I think I have just decided I will never say or write “core four” ever again. From now on it’s core five or nothing….long past due.

  120. Cashmoney June 9th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Night MTU, Night All.

  121. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Sweet repose mtu

  122. Tar June 9th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    See ya guys…I’m not long for Lohud land either.

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Tar – I do owe thee :)

  124. chicken_stanley June 9th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Bernie could absolutely take a team on his back for a couple of weeks at a time! When he was locked in, it was a sight to behold

  125. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    The best Bernie story was the concussion one: Bernie – what day is it?

    Bernie: I never know what day it is ;)

  126. chicken_stanley June 9th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    night Tar

  127. chicken_stanley June 9th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Hate to post and run, but I’ve got to hit the sack as well. Goodnight all!

  128. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    YF – I never took the Morales talk to heart. Night all

  129. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Bernie was my favorite Yankee as well. Core four is all about the rhyme. Need something appropriate to rhyme with five, but I am too tired to think.

  130. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    ‘Night, good Yankee people. But tomorrow you will have to have a little better staying power when we play in Seattle. ;)

  131. NYY_Girl_Penny June 9th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Fire Girardi and replace him with Dave Miley. I am tired of having a manager who doesn’t manage his team.. the guy is so friggin weak, has no balls. He let’s the players do whatever they want because he is too scared to manage them, all he does is poosyfoot around. He’s no different than a “button pusher” and to be quite honest, he isn’t all that good at pushing buttons either. Since Girardi’s been manager the Yankees have gotten worse and worse, the guy loses more games than any manager on records by either NOT making a move when he should have, or by MAKING the wrong move.

    At what point do you start to shake things up from the top to the bottom. Let THE KIDS PLAY!

  132. NYY_Girl_Penny June 9th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Russell Martin – .260 .405 .390 .795 17million / 2 YRS
    Brian McCann – .225 .282 .365 .647 17million / 5 YRS No Trade Clause

    One word FLEECED!

  133. NYY_Girl_Penny June 9th, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I just don’t understand how the Yankees could give a 5yr contract to a catcher coming off shoulder surgery who never hit for avg and has avg+ power and hasnt played in more than 128 games since 2010.. it’s pure ludicrous. What the heck were they thinking… MIND BOGGLING!

  134. pat June 9th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    “The one thing you can’t do is, you can’t just start changing everything,” Girardi said. “You look at what guys have done in the past, you look at what guys have done this year and you try to put what you feel is the best lineup together every day. It’s been two months. We’ve struggled the last three or four weeks scoring runs. Obviously, we know we need to score more, but guys are going through a tough time and sometimes you’ve just got to ride it out.”

    And, Girardi says, he considers players reactions to potential lineup changes “because their mind is a part of this, too, not (just) the physical skills”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z34Ck9fsGb

  135. pete22 June 10th, 2014 at 12:10 am

    NYY_Girl_Penny June 9th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Russell Martin – .260 .405 .390 .795 17million / 2 YRS
    Brian McCann – .225 .282 .365 .647 17million / 5 YRS No Trade Clause

    One word FLEECED!
    ===============

    Martin is making 8.5 million. he got a 2 year deal for 15 (AAV 7.5, McCann 17)

  136. ScottinSJ June 10th, 2014 at 12:23 am

    You don’t have a chance when you have:

    4 starting outfielders with a combined 13 HRs, or less than many power hitting outfielders

    A DH and catcher, making a combined $32M per, both hitting under .230, and the DH looks like he’s done

    2 middle infielders who are both light hitting slap hitters and are terrible fielders

    A bench that includes Kelly Johnson and Brendan Ryan

    Half a bullpen that is virtually useless

    A starting staff that includes Phelps and Nuno

    Now, if anyone still wants to bit$h about Joe, just look above at what he was given to work with.

  137. yankinvegas June 10th, 2014 at 12:33 am

    If Girardi misses the playoffs for the second straight year, is he back? The roster is terribly flawed, with no lefty in the bullpen who is any good, no lefty starter who is any good, no power, lousy defense and too many old players.
    Does Joe pay the price? Or Cash? Or does everyone stay and party since that would prove that Hal doesn’t care about winning and only cares about being in the race for the second wildcard.
    Fire both of them. Hire Sabean as the GM and let him bring Righetti as the pitching coach, Meulens as the hitting coach and Wojtus to manage.
    This organization is stale at all levels and the team is virtually impossible to watch.

  138. ScottinSJ June 10th, 2014 at 12:43 am

    vegas — my view is summed up in my post of 12:23. With so many blatant and major problems with this team’s construction, Cash is the one that needs to go . . . and now. Girardi was handed a very expensive collection of turds.

  139. pete22 June 10th, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I think as long as Yankees attendance holds up Joe and Cash are back.

    The team you see now is unlikely to be the team that finishes the season. I have no idea what the new team (whatever additions) will look like or how they perform, but being in the weakest division in the AL gives them a shot.

    Baseball is a streaky game. Even 500 teams go on a run now and then. Yankees are due for one. They could be the division leaders come July 1 with a decent run and a slide by the Blue Jays.

  140. ScottinSJ June 10th, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Newsflash: On Monday night, Cleveland’s Lonnie Chisenhall had 9 RBI, or 3 less than Derek Jeter has in 213 ABs this season.

  141. ScottinSJ June 10th, 2014 at 12:51 am

    They could be the division leaders come July 1 with a decent run and a slide by the Blue Jays.

    Or they could very easily be 12GB after 6 games on the West Coast and then 9 straight against BAL & TOR, who both won tonight.

  142. Hankflorida June 10th, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Scott, your words about the demise of the Yankees ring a bell for most of us on this blog, and many of us have have written our Cassandra prophesies on this blog starting last year of the fall from power of the mightiest of the might Bronx Bombers. It started when Swisher left to be replaced by Ichiro to play side by side with Gardner, and slowly the dismantling took place until it reached its crescendo with Ellsbury replacing Cano. I still cling to the hope that the bullpen like last year gets us close to the 2nd Wildcard as I will be up North for three months for the summer and hope to watch some games that matter. I started in the glory of the DiMaggio and Mantle eras and suffered during the Horace Clarke era only to be reborn in the Jeter era.The 2nd Wildcard keeps hope alive, so let us embrace it till the numbers erase it from our vision.

  143. ScottinSJ June 10th, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Hank — we shall see. I hope you’re right , but I wouldn’t put a dollar on them. And I see nothing to indicate that things will get better.

  144. pete22 June 10th, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Scott, I am just trying to be optimistic but you surely understand the cycles between good and bad that all teams and players go through in a season. The Yankees bats have been poor for quite a awhile, the law of large numbers insists on positive regression to the mean. Where that mean actually lies for that team is an unknown given increasing age and players with injuries, but its certainly better than we have seen the past 2 weeks

  145. bbb51 June 10th, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Tar June 9th, 2014 at 10:46 pm
    “I have a Bernabe shirt already but I like the sentiment ”

    Yeah Bernie deserves some serious love from us. I think I have just decided I will never say or write “core four” ever again. From now on it’s core five or nothing….long past due.

    Hear, hear!

  146. austinmac June 10th, 2014 at 7:46 am

    We have the worst DH statistics in baseball. Sure glad we didn’t sign Morales. Who needs a DH to hit?

  147. 86w183 June 10th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Good morning all —–

    It’s a shame that a rain out if one of the highlights of the past week, isn’t it?

    Guys and Gals, no matter how much love you have for Bernie Williams… and I think he should be considered the third best CF in Yankees history and deserves his number to be retired far more than many others already on the wall….. he is NOT part of the core five.

    Bernie came up in 1991. By the end of 1994 he had played almost 300 games with more than 15-hundred plate appearances.

    None of the true “core four” had even made his major league debut yet. Jeter, rivera, Pettitte and Posada all debuted in 1995.

    they are not linked except as teammates during a great Yankees era.

  148. 86w183 June 10th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Paul O’Neill joined the Yankees in 1993 — is he part of the “Core Five”? Six?

  149. austinmac June 10th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Hal should look at the board this morning. If the rabid fans here have lost enthusiasm and hope, it should tell him what the stadium and ratings are going to be.

  150. J. Alfred Prufrock June 10th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Oneill not hOmegrown.
    For me it’s that they’re hOmies – and excepting Andy and his Houston dalliance, all are cradle-to-grave Yankees – and from the plate, to SS out to CF is a symbiotic linking of the 3 position players .

  151. Chip June 10th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Because why not

    Two trades, neither likely to happen but one is plausible while the other is really not and if it were it would have to take place in the offseason.

    Trade One:

    Yankees get: Lonnie Chisenhall and SS/2b Jose Ramirez
    Indians get: David Robertson

    Why the Indians do this deal: Cleveland is two games out of the AL Central and fighting for the Wild Card. They’ve gotten good production out of John Axford but he’s not a particularly good closer overall – this would be a solid upgrade to their pen while giving up only one piece from their ML roster in Chisenhall who is having a solid year but doesn’t have a position with Santana at 3b and Swisher at 1b. Ramirez is ranked as Cleveland’s 7th best prospect and, while he’s best at 2b he’s good at SS too. He’s a line drive hitter switch hitter (think a younger Solarte) with great speed (led the IL with 38 SB last year) but is blocked by Fransisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis.

    Why the Yankees do this deal: If the Chisenhall that’s playing for the Indians now is the real deal then the Yankees would lock in a 26 year old LH 3b with plenty of power for the next few years (he’s not yet arbitration eligible) and a player in Ramirez who could take over for Jeter next season – all of a sudden the Yankees have an infield with 3 guys all under 30. I love Robertson but if you can get even one everyday player for an impending FA closer I think you have to do it – especially when you look at how deep this organization is in back of the rotation pitchers.

    Trade 2:
    Mets get: Brett Gardner
    Yankees get: David Wright

    Why the Mets do it: David Wright is poorly suited to his home park. They need a leadoff hitter and CF. It saves them a bunch of money (Wright is owed $107 mil between 2015 and 2020 vs Gardner who is owed $53 million between next year and 2018). Gardner would be a perfect fit for Citi Field, he would easily lead the majors in triples hitting in that park and he can cover a ton of ground for them in CF.

    Why the Yankees do it: Put David Wright at 3b for the next 5 years and let him take aim at the RF porch with his opposite field swing. They’ll miss Gardner in the OF, but they could sign someone with CF skills like Colby Rasmus to replace him and/or promote from within a guy like Ramon Flores or Zoilo Almonte.

    If they did this deal, promote Pirela to play 2b next year and move Solarte to SS you would look at a lineup of:

    Ellsbury – CF
    Solarte – SS
    Wright – 3b
    Tex – 1b
    Beltran – RF
    McCann – C
    Rodriguez – DH
    Rasmus – LF
    Pirela – 2b

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