Archive for February, 2008

Montero

February 24, 2008

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The offensive raves were reserved mostly for 18-year-old catching prospect Jesus Montero, who ripped four line drives off Wang and took a ball the opposite way to the warning track in right field.

“He’s a strong young man, a strong young hitter,” Girardi said. (Source) 

Girardi > Torre

February 24, 2008

Girardi notified the players six weeks ago this would be a tough camp — the Yankees never recalled being taxed like this by Joe Torre. (Source) 

Picture Day

February 22, 2008

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How the starting 9 shakes out

February 21, 2008

“He (Girardi) told me, ‘I need you at first base,’ ” Giambi said yesterday at Legends Field on the eve of the first full squad spring training workout. (Source) 

Girardi said he hoped to get Johnny Damon 600 plate appearances and is committed to him as the every day left fielder. (Source)

LF Damon
SS Jeter
RF Abreu
3B ARod
1B Giambi
C Posada
DH Matsui
2B Cano
CF Melky

The order is tentative, but this is probably the lineup you’ll see the most times in ’08.

Hal Steinbrenner: The Savior

February 20, 2008

Who’s at the top of the chain of command?
What’s been determined is that this is a family business, and if we’re both gonna be involved, it has to be an equal thing, and we both need to be involved with all major decisions, whether it’s the stadium, big expenditures, or [the unconsummated trade for Johan] Santana, for instance. It’s well publicized in New York that we didn’t agree on that deal. My concerns were economical and financial, and I’m not gonna get into those, but I also had baseball concerns. I didn’t want to get rid of these kids! Boy, the last time we had three young pitchers like Philip Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy, I couldn’t even tell you.

The Super Bowl this year was unbelievable, and the one thought I took away really has a lot to do with us this year, with these three young pitchers. Eli struggled a bit his first couple years. I think New York fans might realize now that if you give a young kid time, great things can happen.

Is it true, as the media has suggested, that Brian Cashman’s job is on the line because the Yankees didn’t do the Santana deal?
No, it’s not. I don’t know where the media gets this stuff sometimes. They gotta sell papers, I understand that. You gotta sell magazines, right? The bottom line is Cashman is with us this year. In any given year for the past thirty years, you could probably say, “This year the general manager’s job’s on the line.” That’s par for the course for that job, but certainly not because of one trade, no. (Source)

Even though his public comments are few and far between, Hal is a major voice in the front office. It may be softer than others (HANK!), but it’s still there.

Early returns on Girardi’s rule

February 20, 2008

Everybody seems to have taken Joe Girardi’s mandate to show up in shape seriously. “I’m going to be doing underwear ads,” Jason Giambi said.

Damon said he’s only four pounds lighter than he was last season but “everything is distributed better.” (Source)

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this team is going to get off to a great start this year, unlike the 10-14, 13-11 and 10-15 Aprils the Yankees have had the last three years.

Tribute to an old friend

February 20, 2008

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The Mariners just signed Bubba Crosby to a minor league deal. (Source)

Cashman also said to “remember when I said Bubba Crosby was going to be our center fielder a couple of winters ago.” (Source) 

Hank, Shut Up

February 19, 2008

“I don’t like baseball being singled out,” the New York Yankees senior vice president said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday night.

“Everybody that knows sports knows football is tailor-made for performance-enhancing drugs. I don’t know how they managed to skate by. It irritates me. Don’t tell me it’s not more prevalent. The number in football is at least twice as many. Look at the speed and size of those players.”

“A lot of baseball people thought that baseball would be the last sport that it would be a problem in and probably just ignored it too long,” Steinbrenner said. “But the fact is it’s been in football a long time and it’s been in basketball, I’m sure. Why baseball is being singled out, I don’t know. I don’t know. I know all the excuses — `Well, it’s America’s game and it’s the statistics.’

“That’s not an excuse. If a sport is riddled with it, it’s riddled with it. Why aren’t they looking at the NFL?” he said. (Source)

Despite having a very valid point, Hank needs to shut up. Being the Yankees VP in no way qualifies you to be the authority on all things steroids.

PECOTA loves the Farns

February 18, 2008
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Photoshop with hairy Farns coming, here’s his PECOTA projection:

60 IP 3.71 ERA 1.29 WHIP 58 K 24 BB 12.9 VORP

Do you read your own site?

February 18, 2008

John Perrotto, BP 

However, the expectations might be lower on this Yankees team, more so than any time since Torre replaced Showalter a dozen years ago. Boston is considered the favorite to repeat as American League East champion after winning the World Series last season and many feel the Yankees aren’t a lock for a 14th consecutive playoff appearance because of their likely reliance on young pitchers this year.

PECOTA, a Baseball Prospectus projection system, picked the Yankees to win the AL East in 2008. Yet, BP writers are saying they are considerable underdogs? Jigga-what?

The Truth

February 17, 2008

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania said yesterday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in Boston.

Using a complex statistical method, researchers concluded that Alex Rodriguez was one of the best shortstops in the game when he played for the Texas Rangers.

When Rodriguez became a Yankee in 2004, he moved to third base while Jeter stayed at short.

But that may have been a mistake, said Penn researcher Shane Jensen.

Researchers looked at every ball put in play from 2002 through 2005 and recorded where the shots went.

Jensen said a player’s success depended on his range as well as how ef fectively he made decisions and posi tioned himself on the field.

Players were then ranked in each position from best to worst, with Mr. New York Baseball – Jeter – coming in dead last among major league shortstops during the research period.

A-Rod, who won two Gold Gloves at short, was ranked No. 2.

“The Yankees have one of the best defensive short stops playing out of position in deference to one of the worst defensive shortstops,” said Jensen. (Source)

Torre: I didn’t sleep last night

February 17, 2008

“I didn’t sleep very well last night,” Torre said after addressing his new players for the first time and then watching pitchers and catchers complete their initial workout of spring training. (Source)

Wonder why…. 

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