According to Bryan Hoch (MLB.com), manager Joe Girardi “said that he knows Granderson can play left or center field without issue and believes that Gardner can learn to play left. While Granderson is athletic enough to go back and forth between left and center depending on if Gardner is in the lineup, Girardi said he would prefer to have players in a set position.” This is an important aspect when deciding who will play left and who will play center for the Yankees in 2010. If the club has significant doubts about Gardner’s bat that cannot be alleviated by his Continue reading Don’t expect Granderson to bounce around the OF in 2010
Let’s continue the unintentional Curtis Granderson theme on the day. Prior to camp, Granderson had visited hitting instructor, Kevin Long, in Arizona in order to pick Long’s esteemed brain about hitting and, specifically, hitting left-handers. “I wanted to get a philosophy that he had going before I got down to spring training and all of a sudden he wanted to change a bunch of things,” Granderson said when asked about the visit. “I am not opposed to change, but once I get here I am ready to go. I wanted to make sure we were getting on the same page. Continue reading Long tries to “fix” Granderson’s woes against lefties
In his post yesterday about the potential batting order for 2010, Steve posted an image of a lineup card for what appears to be an All-Time Yankee team. Obviously, that team is just stacked. So stacked, in fact, that it got me thinking–what would my all time Yankee batting look like and how many runs could they score in a 162 game season? For the first part, my team would look just like Steve’s, except I’d have Alex Rodriguez starting at third; don’t worry Nettles fans, he’d be on my bench. The rest of the bench would be rounded out Continue reading The Run Scoring of an All-Time Lineup
From Ben Shpigel: They still see him as a top-of-the-rotation force but, because of his unusual past, also as someone who must be evaluated differently from his peers. A basketball career at North Carolina State and reconstructive elbow surgery, nine days after the Yankees signed him as a first-round pick in August 2007, curbed Brackman’s innings count in college and winter ball to 184 1/3 before he made his debut last season for Charleston. “We weren’t surprised that he had these growing pains,” said Mark Newman, the Yankees’ senior vice president for baseball operations. “We knew that going in. Where Continue reading Can Brackman Turn It Around?
Pardon me while I retch, as I can’t say I ever thought I’d be using the word “insight” to refer to anything carrying Jon Heyman’s byline, but I couldn’t help but notice an interesting tidbit in his column on the state of the Yankees yesterday: “There was a lot of chatter last year about some of the pitchers preferring to throw to a more defensive-oriented backup than Posada. But they’ve now won our World Series titles with Posada. The defensively adept Francisco Cervelli takes over the main backup spot for Jose Molina. My suggestion to A.J. Burnett in particular is Continue reading A little insight into Posada's game-calling
I recently received an email asking me why I ignored Tom Verducci’s recent article on pitcher workloads and his highlighting of Joba Chamberlain as a pitcher at risk in 2010. I felt that response would be better served by a full post. There are a number of reasons for my disinterest: 1) His premise is obvious, and the Yankees are aware of it. The idea that overworking young pitchers can lead to injuries down the road is not a Tom Verducci original. Medical professionals have been making similar suggestions for years, and teams like the Yankees have paid attention. They Continue reading The Flaws of the Verducci Effect
One of Joe Girardi’s biggest challenges this spring will be crafting an effective lineup. The two primary candidates for batting second this season are Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson. While that is not at all surprising – as seen by the poll in our sidebar – according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com and George King of the NY Post, the player that is not selected to bat second will most likely bat seventh. Neither Hoch nor King offer any specific explanation for this decision, therefore, I assume Girardi simply made an off the cuff comment about it that was summarily Continue reading Second or Seventh?
In 2006-07, Curtis Granderson‘s two-year UZR was an impressive 27.9. Since then, though, the results have been less than stellar. In 2008, Granderson went backwards, posting an -8.9 UZR. Last season, he recovered with a 1.6 mark. So, after a pretty scattered defensive showing in Detroit, what do the Yankees expect from Granderson in 2010? Well, a rebound, of course. Via the NY Post, here’s third base coach Rob Thomson discussing the issue: “Not giving anybody an excuse, but I’ve heard it from a lot of our outfielders – it’s very tough to see in Comerica Park,” Thomson said. “You Continue reading What to expect from Granderson’s glove in 2010
Yesterday, Moshe posted 25 questions/issues going into Spring Training. Tackling them one-by-one in full posts would take way too long, so I’m going to give some quick hit answers to each one. 1. Jorge’s decline: Steve’s got legit concerns about Jorge declining, and if there’s anyone on the Yankees who’s going to decline, it’s likely to be Jorge. The average projection for Jorge doesn’t seem too ominous, but you never know with older catchers. My guess? Jorge doesn’t fall off a cliff, but he’s not as productive with the bat as he was last year. 2. The back up catcher: Continue reading Quick Answers