Thursday Morning Musings: “Just Start The Season Already!!” Edition

Can everybody tell that I’ve run out of things to write about?  I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl about the regular season starting in 5 days from a fan perspective, but from a blogging perspective those 5 days are going to be hell.  I’ve got nothing right now.  Nothing.  I need the regular season to start simply to give me some fresh topics and stats that actually matter.  That said, here are some of the random Yankee-centric thoughts that are rattling around in my head.  Let’s muse.

- Preston Claiborne, your Spring Training.  Woof!  He’s gone from being named by Joe as an unofficial part of ‘pen before the start of ST to an afterthought in the competition over the last month and he almost assuredly sealed his Triple-A or DFA fate with yesterday’s dumpster fire of an outing.  4 hits, 1 walk, 6 ER, not a single out recorded.  I can’t help but think I might have jinxed the guy with my post about his future potential last month.

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Empty Locker Alert!: Claiborne, Miller, Tateyama, Herndon, and Sizemore

According to Chad Jennings, five more lockers have gone empty this morning. Preston Claiborne, Jim Miller, Yoshinori Tateyama, David Herndon, and Scott Sizemore have each cleared out their lockers in Florida, and the assumption is that they’ve been cut from 25-man team. This isn’t to say we won’t see them later on in the year, as most of these guys will be optioned down to the minors. Dellin Betances, Vidal Nuno, and Cesar Cabral are now fighting for 2 open bullpen positions.

Update: (9:01 AM) Looks like there are a couple more cuts. Zoilo Almonte, Russ Canzler, Fred Lewis, and Chris Leroux are all gone as well. Looks like Ichiro Suzuki‘s chances of making the club have slightly increased with Almonte getting sent down. Today’s game will feature Eduardo Nunez, Yangervis Solarte, Dean Anna, Zelous Wheeler, and Adonis Garcia as starters, and each of these guys are fighting for the final position spots on the 25-man roster.…

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Wednesday Night Food Thread: 3/26/14

Welcome to the open thread.

If you missed the news earlier, the Yankees sent out a press release detailing all of the new food and drink options that will be available this season at the Stadium. To celebrate, I thought it would be fun if I went through the release, picked it apart, possibly made fun of it and then you guys could leave comments about what you like, what you can’t wait to try and what you’ll avoid like the plague! Or you can talk about anything else that’s one your mind today. Perhaps you want to talk about poor Preston Claiborne’s outing – 0 outs recorded and six runs given up to Toronto. Or maybe you want to talk about Jacoby Ellsbury’s 1-4 day with the Minor Leaguers. And don’t worry, he was running without any issues.

MARCH 26, 2014

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

YANKEES TO INTRODUCE NEW AMENITIES AND FOOD OPTIONS AT YANKEE STADIUM IN 2014; DINING OPTIONS AND FAN-FRIENDLY PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED­

 

The New York Yankees announced today that they will offer guests numerous new amenities, seating and food options in 2014 as part of the club’s efforts to continually improve the fan experience at Yankee Stadium.

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Game Thread: Yankees at Blue Jays 3/26/14

Welcome to today’s game thread. The Yankees are traveling to the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s “chilly” in Florida today. According to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com, it was in the 40′s overnight (gasp!) and will only be in the 60′s. Oh no! People may have to wear long sleeves! Poor babies.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brian Roberts 2B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Dean Anna 3B

Chris Leroux RHP

BLUE JAYS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Maicer Izturis 2B
Josh Thole C
Ryan Goins SS

R.A. Dickey RHP

There’s no local coverage of this game but if you can watch the Blue Jay’s local broadcast on mlb.com.

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It’s About The 2014 Predictions

It’s that time of year again! With the start of baseball season just around the corner– What do you mean it already started? You mean those games in Australia actually counted? But the teams came back to the U.S. to play more Spring Training games. Alright. It’s kind of silly but fine, whatever you say. What was I saying? Right. Now that the season is kind of, sort of underway because two NL West teams played two games in Australia this past weekend, we thought it would be the perfect time for the IIATMS staff to make their 2014 season predictions. We followed the same template as last season where we all named the division winners, the wild cards, the post season awards and made one additional bold prediction. (Some of them are doozies.)

And before you claim that we’re total homers, check out who most of us picked to win the American League East Division, okay?

Let’s get started and please feel free to add your predictions in the comments.…

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A Quick Word On The Shift

Kelly Johnson ST 2014

Just one more thing for Johnson to learn at third. Courtesy of Getty Images

Yesterday, Pete Caldera wrote an interesting little article about the Yankees’ plans to employ infield shifts more this year as part of their in-game defensive strategy.  They’re one of the teams that hasn’t been as quick to jump on the shift bandwagon as a team like the Rays, and with a very old and very range-limited starting infield this season it makes sense to try to cover some of those infield range holes with a shift in situations that call for it.

What remains to be seen is how successful this strategy will play out with the infielders the Yankees have.  Kelly Johnson is the only one with any experience playing in shifts as a former Ray, and he’s spending the bulk of his time learning what is essentially a new position for him at third base.  That learning curve hasn’t been a smooth or steady so far for Johnson.  …

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Game Thread: Yankees vs Phillies 3/25/14

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

Here’s the lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF

Adam Warren RHP

The game on YES, MLB Network and you can listen to it on 660 AM/101.9 FM WFAN.

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Quick Hit: Pineda Named Fifth Starter

Well, it’s official and not a surprise.

Michael Pineda has been named the Yankees’ fifth starter. David Phelps, who was Pineda’s strongest competition for the spot and Adam Warren, who is starting tonight’s game, will be placed in the bullpen while Vidal Nuno will also be considered a relief role.

Do you know what this means? It means real baseball is almost here!

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Finding A Trade Partner For Ichiro

According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees are willing to pick up some of Ichiro Suzuki‘s salary in an effort to trade the outfielder. At the moment, the Yankees have a full outfield sporting Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Alfonso Soriano. While Ichiro would be a strong defensive 5th outfielder and speedy pinch runner, his $6.5 million salary is far too high for his talent level. But his ability to play a respectable center field and bring in a Japanese media market could make him interesting to some teams.

Heyman suggests that the Tigers are one club that could use another outfielder following an injury to Andy Dirks. Their outfield lines up, at the moment, with Torii Hunter in right field, Austin Jackson in center field, and a platoon between Rajai Davis and Tyler Collins in left field. Jackson’s injury history, Hunter’s age, and Collins’ inexperience is something of a legitimate depth concern for the Tigers, which was why Heyman suggested Ichiro to Detroit in the first place.…

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