Just a few notes and links • 01.29.11
Is it time for spring training yet? Here are a few notes and links on this Saturday night.
• Jorge Posada spoke a little bit at an event with Bernie Williams tonight, saying he’s accepted the fact he’ll be a designated hitter this year, but he’s still planning to do at least a little bit of catching.
• Kevin Millwood is generating some interest from the Indians, but Jon Heyman reports that Millwood could still be a fallback plan for the Yankees if Andy Pettitte doesn’t change his mind.
• Kevin Towers is out of the Yankees organization, but his short tenure with the team left Towers with new respect for Brian Cashman. “I don’t care how smart and how good you are, if you take somebody from the outside to run the New York Yankees, I think he’ll be in for a big surprise,” Towers said.
• MLB.com has a video of Cashman’s night as a bartender.
• The Royals have decided to move their top catching prospect to the outfield to speed his path to the big leagues. To be fair, this is not a shocking move, there has previously been speculation about Wil Myers ending up in the outfield. The Royals have simply decided to make that move sooner rather than later.
Today in The Journal News • 03.17.10
The Yankees used their A lineup on Tuesday, and it included Brett Gardner in the No. 9 hole. Gardner seems to be leading the race for the third outfield spot. He’s hitting below .200 and hasn’t stolen a base, but he’s struck out only twice and has two bunt singles, showing improvement in two key parts of his offensive game.
Also on Tuesday, the Yankees officially hired Kevin Towers as a member of their scouting department. The notebook also has items on Phil Hughes pitching well, A.J. Burnett pitching not so well and Mariano Rivera pitching at all. There’s also a note on Joba Chamberlain’s scheduled outing this afternoon and individual tickets going on sale Friday.
Towers officially joins Yankees • 03.16.10
In what I guess would be called his introductory press conference, Kevin Towers sat right next to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in the home dugout here at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The two spoke for about 10 minutes about Towers’ new role as special assignment scout.
“Everybody knows that Kevin and I are the best of friends,” Cashman said. “But I’m not in the business of hiring friends. This is all about business. I’ve got a lot of friends, I just don’t hire all of them. He’s here for professional reasons, to make us better.”
Towers was fired by the San Diego Padres last year, but he has a great reputation for his baseball mind and his scouting eye. He will cover both professional and amateur scouting for the Yankees, and Cashman said he wouldn’t rule out sending him for some international trips.
“It will be a different pool of players that I’ll be focusing on,” Towers said. “In San Diego, the months of November and December for me were trade months. We just weren’t able to be real competitive in the free agent market. Our free agent season was usually late February, who was left over. If anything, I might be able to bring to Cash and his staff here, there is probably a pool of players I focused on that maybe they didn’t focus on. Might be able to find a diamond in the rough.”
Here’s the entire session, with Cashman speaking first, then Towers, then some back and forth between the two.