Final Roster Spots: Utility Infielder

Throughout the day, I will be looking at the battles for the final spots on the Yankees roster: the last reliever, the battle for CF, and the utility infielder fight. I started with the 7th reliever, and will now continue by looking at the utility infielder role. When the preseason started, most Yankees fans assumed that the UI role would come down to a battle between Cody Ransom and Angel Berroa. Although many hoped that they would go out and sign a veteran with a solid bat to fill that role, Brian Cashman’s reputation of skimping on the end of Continue reading Final Roster Spots: Utility Infielder

Final Roster Spots: 7th Reliever

Throughout the day, I will be looking at the battles for the final spots on the Yankees roster: the last reliever, the battle for CF, and the utility infielder fight. I’ll start with the 7th reliever. As of now, it seems clear that Mariano Rivera, Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez, and Phil Coke will make the opening day roster barring injury. It was assumed for most of spring training that the Yankees would carry a long reliever to fill that final slot, with Dan Giese, Alfredo Aceves, and Brett Tomko being the candidates. However, Joe Girardi suggested Continue reading Final Roster Spots: 7th Reliever

I spy with my little eye: Jeter's heir apparent

For the longest time, I’ve been wondering who eventually takes Jeter’s spot at SS, whenever the opening appears. I’ve read a bunch about various glovemen over the last few years, but none could hold a bat. But now, there appears to be a front runner:

Fact is, Pena has always demonstrated world class defense since being signed by the Yankees out of Mexico in 2005, but his improvement with the bat is what’s elevated him to legitimate major league prospect status.

When I first saw him three years ago, you could knock the bat out of his hands,” said one veteran scout whose primary assignment is in the minor leagues. “But he was a magician with the glove and that made him someone to keep an eye on.

Now that he’s gained a little weight, put on a little muscle, he’s no longer an ‘out’. He can handle the bat. I always felt his glove would get him to the big leagues, but now I can see him as an everyday shortstop.”
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Best looking young shortstop I’ve seen in a couple of years,” said one National League scout.

Well, we seem to have our answer. The only question left to answer is: when?

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Why I Do Not Trust Unnamed Scouts

A classic tool for sportswriters to resort to when looking to fill some column space is to find a major league scout and ask him to just riff on a bunch of players. To be fair, Mark Feinsand did so on his blog, where pretty much any content goes. However, reading the things the scout said reaffirms for me the validity of the general movement away from pure scouting towards statistical analysis. Here are some of the highlights: On Derek Jeter: “Jeter is the No.1 guy on the club no matter how you look at it. He makes that team Continue reading Why I Do Not Trust Unnamed Scouts

Yankees Trade Jason Jones for Charles Nolte

The press release, per Abraham, The Yankees announced today they have acquired minor league RHP Charles Nolte from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for RHP Jason Jones. Jones was taken by Minnesota in the 2008 Rule 5 Draft and offered back to the Yankees. Instead of Jones being returned to the organization, the Yankees and Twins agreed on the two-player trade. Nolte, a 24th-round pick by Minnesota in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, was 4-3 with one save and a 2.05 ERA in 44 relief appearances with the Single-A Beloit Snappers in 2008 (70.1IP, 63H, 26R, 16ER, 35BB, 75K, 1HR). Continue reading Yankees Trade Jason Jones for Charles Nolte

NY Observer: Jeter May Not Be A Hall of Famer

Allen Barra from the New York Observer wrote today to do some Derek Jeter questioning. We’ve seen a lot of this recently, mostly centered around his defense at shortstop. While Parra gives us a healthy amount of that, he also throws some of this in: This will be Jeter’s 14th season (not counting 1995, when he only played 15 games), and judging from the blogs and radio call-in shows, Yankee fans are assuming that he is a walking Hall of Famer, but I don’t necessarily think that’s true. If he pulled a Thurmon Munson, I think he’d get in. His Continue reading NY Observer: Jeter May Not Be A Hall of Famer

The Johnny Damon Contract

When the Yankees grabbed Johnny Damon from the Red Sox after the 2005 season, the general consensus among fans and insiders was that it was a good move in the short term, but that Damon would not be worth the 52 million he was getting by the end of the deal. It seemed like another instance of the Yankees buying a big name, while the Red Sox smartly avoided sentiment and made the prudent business decision. However, standing here before the last season of the deal, RLYW takes a look at the contract and finds that only an awful season Continue reading The Johnny Damon Contract

Friday video fun: Rovell attacks the Fifth Third Burger

You may have heard about Fifth Third Burger, a $20 monstrosity named after the bank that sponsors the West Michigan Whitecaps minor league baseball team.

It’s 5/3 lbs (1.66) of beef with lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream, chili and Fritos on an eight-inch sesame seed bun.

The team says it feeds one to four people and sells for $20, and if a person finishes the Fifth Third Burger in one sitting, the team will offer up a Fifth Third Burger T-shirt.

Fifth Third Burger Nutritional Value

  • Calories 4889; 244% Daily Value
  • Total Fat 299g; 460%
  • Sat. Fat 199g; 597%
  • Cholesterol 744mg; 248%
  • Sodium 10,887mg; 454%
  • Total Carbs 354g; 118%
  • Protein 198g; 105%
So Darren Rovell decided that writing about it wasn’t nearly enough. The ballpark sent him all of the ingredients and he constructed it on camera and tried to attack it live on TV with Jim Cramer trying to talk next to him. Here’s the video:

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The Boss To Be At Home Opener

From Newsday: George Steinbrenner is expected to be at the new Yankee Stadium for the season opener on April 16, a person with knowledge of the situation told Newsday Thursday. Steinbrenner, who is 78 and thought to be in frail health, has not been seen in New York since he attended last summer’s All-Star Game at the old Yankee Stadium. “I spoke with him and he said he is going to be there,” the person said. “I doubt he will be at the welcome-home dinner. But he said he is coming to the opener.” The person said he recently sat Continue reading The Boss To Be At Home Opener