Video: Youkilis taking batting practice • 02.18.13
This winter, Kevin Youkilis slightly tweaked his mechanics. When Youkilis took batting practice today, the basics of his unusual stance were fairly familiar, but there were noticeable adjustments here and there. Here’s video of Youkilis in the cage. Have a look for yourself.
Getting to know Kevin Youkilis • 02.04.13
Worth checking out tomorrow night on YES… The Network will profile new Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who talked to Jack Curry about everything from his batting stance to his brother in law. We’ve all heard about the mechanical tweaks Youkilis made this offseason, and Youkilis will explain them in the network’s profile. Here’s all the information from YES Network.
February 4, 2013 – Not only is Kevin Youkilis changing teams this coming season, but the recently acquired Yankees player will also be changing his batting stance, which he will demonstrate on the YES Network’s Yankees Access special premiere on Tuesday, February 5, at 10:30 pm ET, immediately after YES’ Nets post-game show.
Yankees Access is a YES Network original series which provides unprecedented behind-the-scenes off-the-field access to Yankees players. Previous Yankees Access shows have featured Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and David Robertson.
The February 5 Kevin Youkilis Yankees Access special features YES’ Yankees reporter Jack Curry travelling to Youkilis’ Bay Area home in California to interview Youkilis and his wife Julie. Among the highlights:
· Youkilis, owner of arguably the most distinct batting stance in the majors, demonstrates his new stance to Curry while at a local driving range. The changes: lower hands, he’s crouching a little more, more balance, a shortened delivery, and he has less of a leg kick. Youkilis explains how and why he has been working on the new stance
· He reveals that he hesitated asking out his now-wife Julie at first out of respect for her brother, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady; Tom Brady’s advice to sister Julie when she and Kevin started dating: “If I were you, I’d move as slow as molasses.”
· He describes the impact his Jewish heritage has had, and what he expects when he moves to New York; he also quotes comedian/actor – and Yankees fan — Adam Sandler (also Jewish) telling him: “Gosh, I gotta root for him (Youkilis). It’s sacrilegious not to root for a Jewish ball player but he plays for the Red Sox, so I can’t root for him.” “I always cheered for you, but man, you always killed us and I always hated that part.”
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One day after announcing the Alex Rodriguez injury, Brian Cashman was approached by various trade and free agent options.
“I’ve had a few of maybe the names I wouldn’t have thought of – lesser names that I wouldn’t have an interest in – volunteer their services for that position,” Cashmans said. “I’ve had some people suggest, ‘Hey, my guy who plays second base, he can swing over to play third.’ That type if stuff. I don’t have an interest in stuff like that. … I did have one irresponsible ask (in a trade suggestion), which I assume has everything to do with yesterday’s announcement. I’m no longer talking to that club.”
Although Cashman expects the market to continue its rapid development — “It seems like this is a market flush with money, the way it’s acting,” he said — but he plans to remain patient. Cashman said he believes it’s possible he could complete a move before these meetings end on Thursday morning, but he feels no need to force the issue.
“The preference is always to get your problems solved and get them fixed,” he said. “But the realistic side of that is that it’s going to take time and you have to solve it over time. If you don’t feel comfortable with the solution, you shouldn’t solve it until you feel comfortable. I’m prepared to drag this thing out.
“Hopefully everybody else is, too.”
• Cashman admitted to speaking with the agents for five different players: Kevin Youkilis, Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez, Ichiro Suzuki and A.J. Pierzynski. Those were the only names specifically mentioned, and Cashman confirmed that he’s had discussions about each one.
• Despite talking to Pierzynski’s camp, Cashman was as firm as ever in his belief that the Yankees will have an in-house starting catcher next season. “I think our catching will come from within, personally, as we are right now,” Cashman said. “I’d be surprised if it didn’t.”
• Cashman on whether he needs to stick with one-year deals: “Optimally that’s the best way you’d like to go, but it might not be the way I have to go. It just depends on the player and the dollar amount.”
• Earlier today, Joe Girardi said the Yankees need a third base solution that’s capable of playing the position all year because of Alex Rodriguez’s uncertainty. Cashman disagreed. Sort of. “I was just looking to someone who can get there for three months at the very least,” Cashman said. “If it’s somebody that’s good enough to go the whole way, fine, but there’s not a lot of choices out there. I’m not going to limit it by looking at it that way. I understand what he’s talking about – you need to have the protection – but it’s a very limited sandbox to play in.”
• With Ichiro and Ibanez in the mix, Cashman indicated that he’s willing to use an all-left-handed regular outfield. “Beggars can’t be choosers, so to speak,” Cashman said. “If I’m in a situation where we have equal righty or lefty bats, you can gravitate one way or the other, but it doesn’t match up that way. … If we did (sign another left-handed outfielder), we’d need two outfield bats, one from the right side, one from the left side. If we wanted to put another left handed bat in, and it’s all three left handed outfielders, I would say focus on me adding another right-handed bat too, in the Andruw Jones category.”
• To be clear, in no way did I think Cashman was talking about bringing back Andruw Jones, he was just referring to a right-handed outfielder who strictly plays against lefties.
• Will Brett Gardner be in center field next year? “I see Gardner and Granderson both as center fielders,” Cashman said. “Currently Gardner is our left fielder and Granderson is our center fielder, and if we so choose to make a change, we’ll have no problem doing so. But that’s not something we’re talking about right now.”
• By the way, forgot to mention earlier that Girardi said Granderson had his vision checked and it’s fine. There was some speculation that maybe his vision caused last year’s second-half struggles. Apparently that’s not the case.
• Cashman on Chavez: “We know him very well and he had a hell of a year. He’s put himself in a very strong position, I think, in a marketplace that is thin at that position. That will run interference with our interest level, I would think, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make something happen there. We’ll see. We’re engaged.”
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Off day notes and links • 08.05.10
Is it just me, or was this a slower off day than usual? The trade deadline has come and gone, Alex Rodriguez has his 600th home run, everyone is well aware of where the Yankees sit in the standings and a Red Sox-Yankees series needs no additional hype. It’s been a quiet day, in a good way.
Not such a quiet day for the Red Sox.
Kevin Youkilis is out for the year. The team announced that Youkilis will have surgery to repair his thumb tomorrow. He’s expected to be back in time for spring training. The news came one day after Jacoby Ellsbury was activated from the disabled list, and three days after Mike Cameron was placed back on the DL with a lower abdominal strain.
Without Youkilis, Cameron or Dustin Pedroia, here’s the lineup Boston is using the night before coming to the Bronx: Ellsbury CF, Scutaro SS, Ortiz DH, Martinez C, Drew RF, Beltre 3B, Lowell 1B, Kalish LF, Hall 2B. The Yankees could see something similar this weekend.
Some other notes.
• Tim Redding, who had been arguably Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s best starting pitcher, has accepted a contract offer to play in Korea. I’m not sure he had pitched his way past Ivan Nova for a call-up, but he had a 0.69 WHIP during the month of July. That’s insane. Just like Donnie Collins predicted, Kei Igawa was moved into the rotation to fill Redding’s spot. Also, Amaury Sanit is back from his suspension.
• Speaking of guys who used to play for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: Cody Ransom has been designated for assignment by the Phillies and Chad Tracy has signed with the Marlins.
• The Royals have designated Jose Guillen. He’s a right-handed hitting outfielder, but if the Yankees had any interest, I imagine they easily could have traded for him instead of Austin Kearns.
• Adam Dunn has been claimed off waivers. Jon Paul Morosi writes that the claiming team is unknown, but I find it hard to believe he could have slipped all the way to the Yankees.
• When rounded — like it will be in every statistical listing ever — Mariano Rivera now has a 1.00 career WHIP. Russell Kahn marvels at that number over at Mr. Blogtober. … By the way, Russell calls that post the first of a 954-part series. If I ever claim to have a 954-part series in the works, feel free to smack me right in the head.
Associated Press photo of Alex Rodriguez. Why a picture of Alex Rodriguez at the top of this post? I have no idea, but he looks like he’s 12 years old in that picture. I think that’s why I went with it.