The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Long expects big things from A-Rod, plus other notes02.10.11

Two years ago, the Yankees best hitter was Mark Teixeira. Last year, it was Robinson Cano. Could it be Alex Rodriguez’s turn again in 2011?

“We talk about Cano as obviously one of the best players in the game,” Kevin Long told ESPNNewYork. “Alex had more home runs and drove in more runs in five less weeks. So if Cano’s considered one of the best, what’s Alex considered? I think there’s still plenty of production there.”

In his story, Wally Matthews mentioned Rodriguez’s ugly splits against left-handers last season. Long is well aware of the numbers, and so is Rodriguez.

“I just said to him, ‘Lefties,’” Long said. “And he said, ‘I know.’”

A few more links from today.

• Speaking of Yankees coaches, Larry Rothschild has inherited a thin rotation with uncertainty at the top (A.J. Burnett) and uncertainty at the bottom (the competition for No. 4 and 5). Rothschild thinks Burnett is on the right track, and he’s happy with what he’s seen from Ivan Nova. “Nova’s certainly a young kid with good enough stuff,” he said.

Rothschild also talked today about the state of the Yankees bullpen.

• Over at FanGraphs, Dave Cameron wrote about the possibility of the Yankees making a trade for Francisco Liriano.

• Over at ESPN.com, Buster Olney wrote about Brewers closer John Axford, who spent one largely forgotten year in the Yankees minor league system.

Associated Press photo

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Miscwith 341 Comments →

Sponsored by:
 

Search

    Advertisement

    Follow

    Mobile

    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.

Advertisement

Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581