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HOPE Week begins on Monday

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 13, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees annual HOPE Week will take place when the team returns home next week. As usual, the daily events are meant to be surprises, but this year there’s one exception. On Monday, the Yankees will kick off the event by bringing together representatives from all 25 prior HOPE Week days for a reunion at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The gathering will celebrate the event’s five-year anniversary with Brian Cashman, Mariano Rivera, David Cone and Ivan Nova scheduled to attend. The Yankees sent an official HOPE Week announcement this week. It really is a pretty great event. Here’s the announcement from the team.

Yankees Mariners BaseballThe New York Yankees are proud to announce details of HOPE Week 2014 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel), a unique week-long community program that brings to light remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities.

Initiated in 2009 and now in its sixth year, HOPE Week is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture.

Each day during HOPE Week, from Monday, June 16, through Friday, June 20, the Yankees will reach out to an individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support. Whenever possible, the Yankees will attempt to personally connect with individuals in the settings of their greatest successes or at locations that honor the spirit of their noble endeavors. All outreach in the community ultimately culminates with recognition at Yankee Stadium during a Yankees game.

This year marks the third consecutive year in which each of the Yankees’ six U.S.-based affiliates will hold its own HOPE Week, truly making this initiative one that the entire organization stands behind in words and in action.

HOPE Week is about people helping people. The one thing everybody has — no matter their background or financial situation — is time. By involving every one of our players and coaches, along with Manager Joe Girardi, General Manager Brian Cashman, our minor league affiliates and front office staff, we are sending the message that everyone can give of themselves to make their community a better place. Equally significant during HOPE Week is gaining publicity for the highlighted causes and organizations. The greatest challenge facing many not-for-profits is generating interest, awareness and funding for their missions.

Earlier this year, the Yankees recognized the return of HOPE Week with a pregame ceremony on March 28 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

At the conclusion of the last four Yankees HOPE Weeks from 2010-13, the Yankees (2010), the Steinbrenner family (2011), the Yankees’ minor league affiliates (2012) and the Yankees Foundation (2013) have each been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, given “in recognition and appreciation of commitment to strengthening the nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.” The awards were bestowed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which implements the President’s Call to Service.

In recognition of the HOPE Week initiative, the Yankees were honored with the Inspiration Glammy Award from the GlamourGals Foundation in 2013 and twice honored in 2011, receiving the DMF Champion of HOPE Award from Daniel’s Music Foundation and the “Just Cause” Award at the PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Summit.

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145 Responses to “HOPE Week begins on Monday”

  1. bigdan22 June 13th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Re-post:

    “Johnson is a terrible defender at 2B…..I’d rather them play Roberts than KJ I think at this point…..but the answer to this question is……neither.”

    —–

    There’s absolutely no evidence to suggest at this point in time Roberts is a better defender at 2b than Johnson and you know why? Because Girardi doesn’t let Johnson play 2b at all!!

    Don’t you find it just a bit strange that the Yanks sign Johnson for his versatility and play him at the two positions that he’s almost never played before but yet refuse to let him play the one position he’s played the most?

    I’ve already provided the answer to that.

  2. Chip June 13th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Jerkface June 13th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Johnson is a terrible defender at 2B…..I’d rather them play Roberts than KJ I think at this point…..but the answer to this question is……neither.

    There is not much evidence to suggest KJ is worse than Roberts at 2B. Or ‘terrible’. I don’t think he’d be good, but probably on par with what Roberts is putting up out there.

    And offensively he can atleast mash homers.
    ————————

    Given what we’ve seen out of Johnson at 3b and 1b I don’t think there’s any reason to believe he would be good at 2b – a position he hasn’t played regularly for the last year and a half.

    The only way he has a role on this team is if Beltran is able to play the OF and they decide to let KJ DH against righties. Other than that he’s just taking up space.

  3. blake June 13th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    “There’s absolutely no evidence to suggest at this point in time Roberts is a better defender at 2b than Johnson and you know why? Because Girardi doesn’t let Johnson play 2b at all!!”

    you can tell from prior years….he doesn’t have the lateral quickness to play good middle infield and he can’t even play 1B……..again the answer to this question is neither.

  4. Jerkface June 13th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    He was ok at second for the Rays last year.

  5. mick June 13th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Why lower Johnson’s trade value any further by showcasing him?
    He is a valuable bench piece who can occasionally start.
    Just not here.
    Let’s keep it that way..

  6. mick June 13th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Sure. Let’s bring up all the rookies. Sounds good. Except for one thing. They aren’t ready.
    The same fans who shoot from the hip will be the 1st to say send him back down.
    We know this is a place to vent but be realistic people.

  7. blake June 13th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    “He was ok at second for the Rays last year.”

    eh Roberts is “ok” this year……they aren’t fixing anything by swapping out Johnson for Roberts……they need to have neither playing.

  8. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Roberts offensive production is the real issue here.. I don’t know that either are good enough defensively to split hairs over which one is more serviceable on that side of the ball.

  9. NYY_Girl_Penny June 13th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Jeter swinging at the 1st pitch “cheating” to get a hit .. isn’t exactly a confidence builder. it’s just a matter of time that scouts relay that’s what he’s doing.

    I’d like to see him show he’s capable of having some good AB’s.. anyway, still glad he had a good series.

  10. mick June 13th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Gardner Jeter Ellsbury Tex Beltran Soriano McCann.
    That should be enough hitting if they all stay healthy.
    Throw in Solarte. Who cares what Roberts does?

  11. JimK June 13th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Most everyone acknowledges that the Y’s are not a very good team, but then again neither is anyone else in their division.
    Given the weak competition, if the Y’s continue to win at their current rate, they will win 85 games, a total that just may be enough to win the AL East this year. The biggest obstacle facing the Y’s is they have more home games left on the remainder of their schedule, and, up to this point, they have not fared all that well at home.

  12. mick June 13th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    JimK
    WADR, we have to see what this team will do with Beltran and Tex in the lineup every day.

  13. blake June 13th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    “Who cares what Roberts does?”

    well because currently this offense is one of the worst in the AL, 4th lowest runs scored….and Roberts is one of the only positions they can actually do anything to upgrade.

  14. bigdan22 June 13th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    “Thank you Capt Obvious. Yes they clearly PREFER Roberts as a 2B to Johnson. If however you mean in a teacher’s pet/conspiracy sort of way, well that’s just silly talk.”

    ——-

    I’ll try to make this simple for you Lt. Dullard. It’s not merely the fact that the Yanks prefer Roberts to Johnson. It’s that the Yanks do not recognize 2b as position that needs any type of upgrade whatsoever. They are so happy with Roberts that they don’t feel the need to give Johnson or anyone else a shot.

    And the point is, this a condition that is very different than how the Yanks view the OF or DH, two positions they have tinkered with all year.

    Roberts is their man and he will be their man for the entire season if he stays healthy. I hope that wasn’t too difficult for you.

  15. Jerkface June 13th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Roberts offensive production is the real issue here.. I don’t know that either are good enough defensively to split hairs over which one is more serviceable on that side of the ball.

    Yea the point I think BigDan and I are making is that the defense doesn’t matter enough between the two to suggest that replacing Roberts with Johnson is somehow a downgrade.

    Johnson has tangible benefit at NYS. 37 HR pace. Ideally neither would be the starter, but of the 2 Johnson is clearly the better bench player because he provides a platoon power advantage and plays multiple positions.

  16. blake June 13th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I don’t think the Yankees are a good team this year…..however I do think they have more potential to figure out how to make the playoffs than last year. They have more baseline talent and the division isn’t nearly as good……so I’m really hopeful that Cashman will actually do something at the deadline this year other than whine around about the prices…….get a bat or 4…..and if you can get a starter thats gravy…..but I’ll settle for some offense.

  17. mick June 13th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    blake- it would be great to have an allstar at every position but those days are gone for now.
    roberts is not the problem.
    as long as this lineup stays healthy we will be fine.

  18. blake June 13th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Oh and I feel like I should mention how great HOPE week is since thats the thread topic……it’s the best thing the Yanks do all season.

  19. Jerkface June 13th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    it would be great to have an allstar at every position but those days are gone for now.
    roberts is not the problem.

    Bad logic. The problem isn’t the lack of allstars. Its the lack of reliable production. Jeter, Soriano, Roberts, McCann, Beltran all bad.

    Roberts can be replaced. Soriano can be replaced. Replace what can be replaced. Upgrade where you can upgrade.

    They are the problem. The Yankees cannot rely on 4 hitters to be .900 OPS bats to carry the trash hitters. Thats unrealistic.

  20. mick June 13th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    The lineup has stabilized of late with Beltrans return.
    You can just about predict what it will be.
    An identity is beginning to form.
    I have never seen such impatience from so called baseball fans.

  21. blake June 13th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    “blake- it would be great to have an allstar at every position but those days are gone for now.
    roberts is not the problem.
    as long as this lineup stays healthy we will be fine.”

    come on mick….they don’t have an all star at any position other than Jeter who will be going as an emeritus pick if he gets voted in. Roberts has been worth -.2 wins this year…..he’s been worse than replacement level. You upgrade where you can…..and you can there.

  22. blake June 13th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    we went from a “we have too many all stars” argument to a “man it would be nice to have just one all star” argument.

  23. blake June 13th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    “They are the problem. The Yankees cannot rely on 4 hitters to be .900 OPS bats to carry the trash hitters. Thats unrealistic.”

    especially when they don’t even have 4 hitters that are .800 OPS hitters…..they don’t have anybody that’s a .900 OPS hitter…..Beltran used to be……not now.

  24. mick June 13th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    If they could be replaced , go do it.
    ======================

    Jeter, Soriano, Roberts, McCann, Beltran all bad.

    If they stay bad, we will have problems.
    I don’t think they will…

  25. G. Love June 13th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    If you look at every team in the AL East they are all very flawed. The Yankees should put forth their best effort to win the division.

    With Tanaka and Kuroda going 2x in a short series with the way the pen looks, we’re a contender if we make the post season. Not to mention I think if we make the playoffs, Jeter will rise to the occasion.

    But the team needs additions and subtractions. Because every other team in the division can solve problems with a couple of nice trades.

  26. bbb51 June 13th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Wow, Swisher is hitting .206/.306/.312.

  27. Jerkface June 13th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Tex, who looked like he might be that big bat, has slipped back down to his old declined ways. Low avg, power.

  28. mick June 13th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    ops is overrated.
    gardner, jeter and ellsbury are not sluggers.
    if they are high on the OBP side that will be good enough.
    granted if beltran doesn’t come around, we will not win.
    tex has been fine.
    soriano is on a short leash.

  29. bigdan22 June 13th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    “Tex, who looked like he might be that big bat, has slipped back down to his old declined ways. Low avg, power”

    —–

    True but even when he’s not hitting, he’s still getting his walks. He’s not killing rallies like McCann, Beltran and Soriano.

    McCann needs to take a page from Tex’s book. Forget about batting average. He should simply concentrate on taking walks and hitting homers. I don’t mind if he hits .200 as long as he walks enough to say OBP around .310 and shows power.

    Yes, my expectations have fallen.

  30. JimK June 13th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Mick, I was just basing my projection on current performance, but the fact is the Y’s have a lot more “if’s” than just Beltran and Tex, such as their SP.

  31. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    JF – I’d replace Roberts with a scarecrow dressed as Roberts so I’m all for a replacement.

    I dunno why they don’t recognize Johnson as a 2B either, other than the fact that they’re deferential to Roberts… which makes little sense. He’s not highly paid, he’s not some Yankee legend, and (most importantly) he’s not very good.

    On a car with many squeaky wheels, this seems like an easy one to oil.

  32. bbb51 June 13th, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Roberts has had much more of a career than Johnson so Girardi is going to favor him heavily, that’s how he does things. Girardi probably also doesn’t really think of Johnson as a second baseman.

    All I can say is go Refsnyder.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock June 13th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Yeah I agree:

    OPS is over rated
    But if the OPS Beltran provides If he “comes around” doesn’t happen

    We won’t win.

    Lol

  34. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Beltran is here to slug so his OPS is not overrated.

  35. blake June 13th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    G Love,
    I totally agree…..they need to be all in right now. The division is down and they might have a window to make a run here. Go for it…..

  36. blake June 13th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    “Wow, Swisher is hitting .206/.306/.312.”

    they cut bait at the right time on both he and Granderson…..

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock June 13th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Oh right: OPS just needs to be divided like this:

    OBP from Gardy-Jete-Ells
    SLG from Beltran

    Separately relevant
    Together? Over rated

    I agree and hope the over rated OPS we’ve
    Gotten lately from Ellsbury disappears
    Because it hasn’t really helped
    Us win.

    Just get on base Ells. Let Beltran do the slugging!

  38. blake June 13th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Id try to get Headley and then hope Refsynder can solve 2B next year…..Solarte can go back to 3B I guess…..priority #1 needs to be to find a SS this winter

  39. Chip June 13th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    G. Love June 13th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    If you look at every team in the AL East they are all very flawed. The Yankees should put forth their best effort to win the division.

    With Tanaka and Kuroda going 2x in a short series with the way the pen looks, we’re a contender if we make the post season. Not to mention I think if we make the playoffs, Jeter will rise to the occasion.

    But the team needs additions and subtractions. Because every other team in the division can solve problems with a couple of nice trades.
    ————————-

    I agree – they have three spots in the lineup that aren’t contributing much right now. Jeter isn’t going anywhere so you hope for the best there – but Soriano and Roberts do not have to play.

  40. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    OK Jap, you win.

  41. Chip June 13th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    blake June 13th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Id try to get Headley and then hope Refsynder can solve 2B next year…..Solarte can go back to 3B I guess…..priority #1 needs to be to find a SS this winter
    ————————

    Again, if Headley is so bad that you don’t think it will take more than a fringe guy to get him, why bother getting him?

    You’re either going to have to be willing to give up more for him or you’re accepting that you’re probably not better off with him. Can’t have it both ways.

  42. Giuseppe Franco June 13th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    mick June 13th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Gardner Jeter Ellsbury Tex Beltran Soriano McCann.
    That should be enough hitting if they all stay healthy.
    Throw in Solarte. Who cares what Roberts does?

    —–

    You seem to be ignoring the part where the Yanks haven’t hit for 2 months of the season with most of those guys in the lineup all along.

    When you purposely construct a team with that much age and high risk players you can’t be shocked that they’ve had issues staying healthy.

  43. Chip June 13th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock June 13th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Just get on base Ells. Let Beltran do the slugging!
    ——————

    Except in this lineup with Ells batting 3rd you need him to slug too. Not necessarily HRs but extra base hits – think Paul O’Neill but with more speed.

  44. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    You seem to be ignoring the part where the Yanks haven’t hit for 2 months of the season with most of those guys in the lineup all along.
    ========================================
    I’d like to see the number of times Beltran and Tex have been in the lineup together.

  45. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    blake June 13th, 2014 at 4:13 pm
    “Wow, Swisher is hitting .206/.306/.312.”

    they cut bait at the right time on both he and Granderson…..

    ————-

    They were right to not resign either.. but wrong to not trade either.

  46. Section 8 June 13th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Roberts is their man and he will be their man for the entire season if he stays healthy. I hope that wasn’t too difficult for you
    **********
    Thanks BigDan! Most people would simply say the Yankees believe Roberts is a better 2B vs Johnson, so I appreciate explaining what “preferred status”means.

    I generally skip your pompous/long-winded/repetitive/self-referential posts (i do appreciate you giving a warning by starting most with “as I told you…i’m telling you that i told you…repost”), but last time I tortured myself with a few, it was all about the bullpen. When did that change?

  47. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Matsui is only 40.
    He could still hit.
    Knows the short porch.

  48. blake June 13th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    “Again, if Headley is so bad that you don’t think it will take more than a fringe guy to get him, why bother getting him?”

    it’s a gamble…..and as I said earlier part of the reason he might be cheap is because of how poorly the padres have handled this.

    They have held him until his value has pretty much tanked……and now they have to decide….do we deal him for whatever we can get…..do we keep him around the rest of the season and just let him walk for nothing? do we dare make him a QO knowing he very well might take it?

    The reason I’d want him if he’s cheap is because he has been a pretty good player in the past…..he’s a 2nd half player…..he’s only 30 years old…..he’s a good defender at 3B…..and because surely he’d get some new life getting out of petco…..

    he might suck and might not help anything…..but if I don’t have to pay a lot it’s a gamble I’d love to take for 3 months.

  49. Chip June 13th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Shame Spencer June 13th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    blake June 13th, 2014 at 4:13 pm
    “Wow, Swisher is hitting .206/.306/.312.”

    they cut bait at the right time on both he and Granderson…..

    ————-

    They were right to not resign either.. but wrong to not trade either.
    —————-

    Couldn’t have traded Granderson last year – he didn’t start playing until August.

  50. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    will anyone pickup jason kubel?
    is he done?

  51. blake June 13th, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Chip,
    I don’t think he’ll cost as much as you do……I think the reward might outweigh the risk in this case. His market is limited…..only the contenders would be interested…..who else is bad enough at 3B that they’d take a flyer on a 3b hitting .200 and trade prosepcts for that? I just don’t see it…..

  52. Giuseppe Franco June 13th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I’d like to see the number of times Beltran and Tex have been in the lineup together.

    —–

    Even the 2005 version of Beltran can’t do it all by himself with this supporting cast. What’s a realistic expectation for a 37 yr old Beltran with a bum elbow?

  53. UnKnown June 13th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Great cause and HOPE Week we usually win a lot. Win and Win

  54. Chip June 13th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Blake –

    I think you’re greatly underestimating Headley’s value. He has had a bad couple of years on a nothing team in a horrible hitting park (though he’s actually been worse on the road than at home).

    There’s no way the Padres let him walk without at least giving him a QO which means that to trade for him you’re going to have to give up something more than Zoilo Almonte.

  55. Jerkface June 13th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    The Yankees averaged 4.15 runs per game with Tex & Beltran in the same lineup. Still worse than league average.

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock June 13th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Lol Chip, ya think?

    I’m not the one who needs the lesson ;)

  57. Jerkface June 13th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    They don’t have an ortiz/manny, a-rod/tex, a-rod/sheffield combination that can carry the lineup. They need more contributions, which is why they can’t just carry all this dead weight with the expectation that allstar versions of their current hitters will just come along and save them

  58. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Even the 2005 version of Beltran can’t do it all by himself with this supporting cast. What’s a realistic expectation for a 37 yr old Beltran with a bum elbow?
    ========================================
    who is it that is awful on this team?

    gardner, ellsbury, tex?
    soriano and mccann haven’t hit.
    jeter looks to be coming around.
    solarte?
    roberts sure.
    beltran has been the missing piece.

  59. J. Alfred Prufrock June 13th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Jete is 7 for his last 12. Go Jete :)

  60. Jerkface June 13th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Yankees rank dead last in ‘good fielding plays’ on ground balls lol

  61. JimK June 13th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I agree that getting rid of Swisher was the right move at the time, but I am not so sure that letting Granderson is in the same category as Swisher.
    Granderson has 8 HR’s, 5 at YS, and he is batting .275 on the road, with 6 HR’s, 20 of his 30 RBI’s, an OBP of .391, plus over the last 28 days he has OPS over .900.
    Granderson’s swing was perfect for YS.

  62. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    speak you mind jap, it’s understood about beltran.

  63. Hankflorida June 13th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    To dis-MANTLE what was the mark of the Yankees which was power was the wrong course to take, and Cashman did not hide his intentions last year when he decided that Ichiro and Gardner should play together. This team does not have the starting pitching to support this teams power outage and its ability to score runs. I have used Kippling’s quote, “In the valley of the blind, the one eyed man is king,” as a means of the Yankees surviving in a weak division, and if the Yankees offense and pitching is so flawed and cannot compliment each other, the Yankees will be one of the blind not only in their division but even to the 2nd Wildcard.

  64. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    ellsbury too if he hits 3rd, we need his doubles, hr’s would be fine too.

  65. Giuseppe Franco June 13th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Regarding Swisher, the FO downplayed his contribution to the lineup and elected not to replace it with someone else and that decision has come back to bite them on the ass.

  66. JimK June 13th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Hank, the analogy would fit, if the Y’s were clearly inferior to the rest of the competition, but at this point in the season there are only 2 teams 10 games over .500; the Jays, who are coming back to earth and the A’s. After those 2 teams the next best team is the Angels @ 7 games over .500.

  67. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Couldn’t have traded Granderson last year – he didn’t start playing until August.

    ————-

    We talked about trading him in the off season since it was pretty obvious they were not going to retain him.

  68. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    It is four months too early to give Solarte a position for next year. Let’s see how the season goes. I would guess he will be .260-.270 with 10-12 homers. Not bad bit a 2B, but not good enough for third. He is probably below average defensively at both positions.

    They will wait to see how the team looks with Beltran back. Teixiera will be, at most, a power hitting low average guy. Beltran, right now, looks like a very slow bat. Even if we get some production from Beltran, they need a real bat with power.

    Johnson is not to me an answer to anything other than who do you not want playing regularly. Of course, same for Roberts.

  69. bigdan22 June 13th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    From RAB chat today:

    “Why the reluctance to give Johnson time at 2B? Can’t imagine he is worse with the glove than Roberts”

    Mark L.

    3 hours ago

    “I don’t get it at all.”

    ——-

    Like I said earlier. Preferred Status.

  70. blake June 13th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    “There’s no way the Padres let him walk without at least giving him a QO which means that to trade for him you’re going to have to give up something more than Zoilo Almonte.”

    I really don’t think they’ll make it to him unless he really gets in going in the 2nd half…..I could be wrong….we’ll see…..but I think they will trade him.

  71. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Grandy was always going to get more years and dollars than they’d be willing to spend on him. Same goes for Swisher. They didn’t even make offers to either (outside of QOs I think). So they knew they were letting them walk. Should’ve traded both.

  72. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    it takes 2 teams to make a trade

  73. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Assuming the QO rules stay the same, teams better be very willing to have the player accept. This year has shown players the grave risk of declining. Headley would accept, I think.

  74. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Headley would accept, I think.

    ————

    Depends on the total dollars he could get in a deal.

  75. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’m not ready to write this team off as of yet.
    It seems like too many here have given up on them.
    Stating the obvious might make you right at that moment when things are going bad but what does that get you?

  76. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    GF,

    I suspect Beltran will struggle since he has continued elbow pain when he swings. That fact wouldn’t be good to have in one’s mind when they swing. Players are human. Plus, steroid injections are usually temporary, especially with repetitive use, I would think.

  77. blake June 13th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I think players are gonna think twice this winter about that 14 million…..who is gonna give their first rounded AND big money to Chase Headley right now?

  78. Jerkface June 13th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    The problem, still, that exists with the QO system is that it is only ever evident in hindsight that a player should have accepted it. When you go into free agency there is always the potential for multiyear deals which are preferable to the 1 year deals. Keeping in mind that the QO system, if you accept it, could lock you into a situation where you play out a series of 1 year contracts which is essentially reserve clausing the player. I hope they change it.

    Basically I think there will always be a select few guys offered the QO who will decline and get owned. The guys who will be looking to accept will be denied the chance I think.

  79. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    That’s just it. Headley has to accept before he will have a real sense of his market. Who wants to be Morales, Cruz or Drew? I think Headley could very well be another.

  80. mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Cruz will get a nice contract next year.

  81. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Jerkface June 13th, 2014 at 4:56 pm
    The problem, still, that exists with the QO system is that it is only ever evident in hindsight that a player should have accepted it.

    ————-

    Yeah that’s true.. and the whole pick situation is a double-whammy.

  82. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Never before has declining a QO looked so risky. It cost Cruz, Beltran and Morales money and career time. Both are precious. I would take a shot at him at the TD, but not for a player cost equal to a first round pick.

  83. Giuseppe Franco June 13th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’m not ready to write this team off as of yet.
    It seems like too many here have given up on them.
    Stating the obvious might make you right at that moment when things are going bad but what does that get you?

    —–

    Many of us said 3-4 months ago that this team was going to have problems scoring runs this season so it’s not like this current situation is 20/20 hindsight.

  84. blake June 13th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Headley may want out of SD so bad that he’d decline the QO just to sign somewhere else even if it’s for less money……however of you’re the padres you don’t want him back for 14 million next year so that’s why I think they are gonna move him for whatever they can get

  85. Giuseppe Franco June 13th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    GF,

    I suspect Beltran will struggle since he has continued elbow pain when he swings. That fact wouldn’t be good to have in one’s mind when they swing. Players are human. Plus, steroid injections are usually temporary, especially with repetitive use, I would think.

    —-

    Unfortunately, I think so too.

    I’m sure he’ll have good streaks at times the rest of the season but I’m not expecting a typical late 30s Beltran kind of season.

  86. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Blake is clearly correct about Headley as we agree. Nuff said. :)

  87. blake June 13th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Who is a contender that would offer a lot for Headley…..I can’t think of anybody.

  88. JimK June 13th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Mac, I agree with your assessment of Solarte, it is much to too early to predict he will be in next year’s LU. His basic contribution this year is that he out performed expectations, but he has also demonstrated, thus far, that he is a very streaky hitter. I think twice this year his average has dipped to around .280, and each time he went on a streak bringing him back up to near .300.
    He is now near the .280 mark again, and it will be interesting to see if goes on another hot streak, but we are almost 1/2 way through June and he is batting .211 for the month.

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  90. Pat M. June 13th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Elliot Maddox, where hits go to die. I remember when he played for Ted Williams and he was so good and I remember watching the great Curt Flood and how his skills just abandoned him, self inflicted of course.

  91. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I hope Ellsnury plays tonight. Perhaps, he will DH, but that outs Soriano in the outfield. It’s a big outfield too.

  92. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Pat M,

    As one who has always live far from an MLB city, except a period in Houston, I lack the vision of great defensive outfielders. My TV didn’t show it. It still doesn’t.

    The one guy I saw a lot was Cesar Cedeno. He could have been one of the greats. He had Clemente tools from the neck down.

  93. Doreen June 13th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Hope Week is one of the best things the Yankees do as an organization.

  94. Missing Cano June 13th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    heath bell in aaa huh

  95. SweetSpot June 13th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Sonny Gray is going to be really tough; he may be one of the top pitchers in baseball.

  96. Pat M. June 13th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    austinmac. Yeah man, Cesar could go and chase down anything in the alleys. Such speed back in the 70′s on the rug it seemed like guys were running down hill . The best two that I was on the field with was Blair and McBride, but Elliot Maddox had great closing speed on balls in front of him, much like Blair. But Paul Blair played so shallow and yet he chased them down going back. They say Willie Mays and Paul Blair were cut from the same cloth. Doreen, Hope Week is very special indeed !!!!

  97. blake June 13th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    @FeinsandNYDN: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has added RHP Heath Bell to its roster, so it appears the Yankees have signed the former closer to a minor-lg deal.

  98. tomingeorgia June 13th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Pat M and Austin
    Don’t leave the young Andruuw Jones out of this conversation.

  99. Hankflorida June 13th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    JimK June 13th, 2014 at 4:44 pm
    Hank, the analogy would fit, if the Y’s were clearly inferior to the rest of the competition, but at this point in the season there are only 2 teams 10 games over .500; the Jays, who are coming back to earth and the A’s. After those 2 teams the next best team is the Angels @ 7 games over .500.

    I agree but am projecting that unless there are changes, this team could have tough sledding. I am concerned that Phelps, Nuno and Whitley will not be able to keep the opposition in check in regard to the what this team can do offensively. Many of us were not happy with the dismantling of the Bronx Bombers, and now that the pitching is in question, we are wondering if this team has what it takes to get into the playoffs even if they are surrounded by mediocrity.

  100. pkyankfan69 June 13th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Please let us never have to watch Heath Bell throw an inning in pinstripes.

  101. pete22 June 13th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    mick June 13th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    You seem to be ignoring the part where the Yanks haven’t hit for 2 months of the season with most of those guys in the lineup all along.
    ========================================
    I’d like to see the number of times Beltran and Tex have been in the lineup together.
    =====================================

    23 games. They scored 4 or fewer runs in 17 of them

  102. Pat M. June 13th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    tomingeorgia. I always though that Junior was as good as anyone I ever saw ( best player as well ) and then came Mr. Jones. Never really heard much as to why his skills started to turn south when he hit LA packing on an extra 25 pounds . I did hear that he was hiding a bad knee that last season in Atlanta but it was his walk year so he just rested that winter. He would have knee issues for the rest of his playing days. He was special until LA

  103. ac1 June 13th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    so let me understand this….
    1. Yankees sign Heath Bell – the Heath Bell that cant get anyone other than the Yankee hitters out? Maybe its a preventative move to make sure another team doesnt get him and watch him and his 10 ERA make the yankee hitters look like fools.

    2. Yankees are considering bringing back cervelli and sending murphy back to AAA?
    ?he same murphy who has the highest average on our team? Just because he has options?

    The Yankees seem to be the only team that refuse to have their best 25 guys on the roster instead of administrative BS.

    If Cervelli goes, who cares? He is hurt every year, and he is not better than Murphy (who has gotten a good amount of playing time)….. We have Romine in case we need another catcher, and Sanchez is probably only a year or two away, though the Yankees will probably hold him back longer because of the aforementioned administrative concerns…..

    2.

  104. SweetSpot June 13th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    It’s all about staying healthy. The Yankees have a good team and definitely have more than a decent shot to make the post-season as a wild card and could even win the division this year. With all our problems to date we’re tied for the wild card lead and tied for second only 3.5 games back in the division. And in the post-season it’s anyone’s game. We don’t know what our starting rotation will be like then, it could very well be a good one. We also have an excellent bullpen. I believe that Beltran, Soriano and McCann will put up good numbers in the end.

  105. pete22 June 13th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Hank, never fear, Heath Bell is on the horizon. :lol:

    Seriously, good point this team will have to make changes as the season progresses. I think the teams that improve the most between now and the trade deadline will have the best chance.

    The Yankees may well be in 1st place by July 1, but still 3 long months to go, and would it surprise anyone if Tanaka had a hiccup at some point. That said, all teams have similar concerns. However, this is an older team on the offensive side, and some of the starters have never pitched a full season in MLB, including Tanaka (a shorter season pitching once a week), so they may have more issues down the stretch unless the farm can provide some relief or there is a trade.

    Should be interesting

  106. SweetSpot June 13th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Come on ac1 Murphy has 58 at bats. Cervelli is out of options you don’t just effectively release a good major league catcher.

  107. mick June 13th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    23 games. They scored 4 or fewer runs in 17 of them
    ================
    Thanks Pete.

    So in about 1/3 of their games.
    What was their record?

    In the 6 games they scored over 4 runs better than the the other 17 I guess…

  108. Pat M. June 13th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Cervelli has value and even though I like Murphy ( could be the part-time catcher in the near future ) from a business stand point they need to increase Cervelli’s value during the next 4 weeks .

  109. exiledintampa June 13th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    It’s not all about Heath Bell but what has happened to Mark Montgomery. Why has he dropped off so badly that we need Bell in Scranton and Montgomey goes down to Trenton.

  110. Pat M. June 13th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Oh by the way, San Francisco, the very best chippino on the planet. Have never had a bad bowl yet.

  111. mick June 13th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    If McCann went down my guess is they would rather have Cervelli take his place over Murphy.

  112. chicken_stanley June 13th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Speaking CF’s, I know great catches do not necessarily make great outfielders (wanted get that out of the way before I started an argument :) ), but early in his career Jim Edmunds made some of the most hellacious catches I’ve ever seen!

  113. mick June 13th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Pat M you live the life .

  114. tomingeorgia June 13th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    chicken,
    How’s rural SC treating you? Anything new on the housing front?

  115. mick June 13th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    next…

  116. chicken_stanley June 13th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Tom… good to see you. The first couple of weeks has gone well… several prospects as far as houses… you can get a pretty good amount of house for the money here

  117. austinmac June 13th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Good outing by Manny. Three scoreless, with one hit an three Ks. Curve looked good. He had a good number of swings and misses.

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