Quick hit: Do the Hustle

If you thought that Robinson Cano bolting for the Mariners would curb the talk about his not hustling down the line, you were wrong.

In a story published yesterday in the New York Daily News, hitting coach Kevin Long brought it up, again, because we hadn’t heard about it enough already.

“If somebody told me I was a dog, I’d have to fix that. When you choose not to, you leave yourself open to taking heat, and that’s your fault. For whatever reason, Robbie chose not to.”

The article wasn’t entirely negative, in fact, Long was singing Cano’s praises and talking about how hard he worked to get better throughout the years he was with the Yankees. Of course, the one thing everyone is focusing on is the comments about Cano not hustling.

Hey, it seems I’m doing the same thing but there was one positive to Cano not hustling down the line on routine groundouts, no pulled/strained quads or hammies.…

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Quote of the Day: Brian Roberts on Derek Jeter

I thought this quote from Brian Roberts was nice and worth posting, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

““He’s meant a ton to me even though I only played about five games with him in the WBC as teammates. He’s just always been that guy that encouraged me from the other side. I played against him obviously a ton. One of those guys that early in my career really actually helped me believe that I could play here at this level and play well.

 

“I think it was maybe 2004. I was on second or something and he just said, ‘You can hit .300 in this league.’ That was kind of, to hear it from someone like that, it just kind of opens your eyes. I don’t think it’s just me, I think he does it to everybody, but for some reason when he tells it to you, you think you’re the most important person in the world.

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Honest Post-Offseason Roster Evaluation: The Infield

Derek Jeter 2014 Workout

Pitchers and catchers reported to Yankee camp on Friday, and they began team workouts over the weekend.  In 2 days, the remainder of the position players not already in camp will report and the first full team workout will be held on Thursday, signaling the official start to Spring Training 2014 and the end of the 2013-2014 offseason.  This offseason was a very busy one for the Yankees, one that featured a ton of signings and the most money spent since the 2008-2009 offseason.  After a flawed attempt to trim payroll in preparation for a luxury tax-avoiding season this year, the front office scrapped the plan and got back to what they do best, spending big to address the greatest areas of need on the roster.

Over the next 5 days, I’m going to look back at the offseason that was and try to give a realistic, objective evaluation of how each part of the roster stacks up.  I’ll start with the position player groups (infield, outfield, bench) and then move to the pitching staff.  …

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Sunday Afternoon News and Notes: 2/16/14

Here are some articles and other links for you to peruse from around Yankeeland and MLB:

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An extremely brief update from Tampa

Things are happening in Tampa! Bullpen sessions are being thrown, PFP drills are going on and tons of pictures of Masahiro Tanaka are being snapped. And when I say tons, I mean it.

Here a few updates for you.

  • In case you’ve been living in a cave, one of the biggest stories (which is ironic when you think about it) is CC Sabathia’s weight. He discussed his weight loss with reporters yesterday and told everyone not to worry, He also added that is amused by everyone’s reaction to his new body.
  • Manny Banuelos is happy for the opportunity to show the Yankees what he’s made of in Spring Training. It’s been a hard two years for him since he had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and the 23-year-old says, “I want to work hard to get to the big leagues. If I don’t make the team here, try to get a call-up soon.”
  • From Wally Matthews of ESPN NYTeixeira in action: ”A less-heralded event will take place in left field of the main ballpark at about the same time Tanaka is throwing, when Mark Teixeira, coming back after missing practically all of 2013 after undergoing wrist tendon surgery, goes through a solo workout.
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Friday Night Open Thread

Yesterday I was directed to the following two videos. They’re not baseball related but they made me laugh so hard that I had to share them with you.

Basically some dude decided to make two compilations of wrestlers – mainly from the from the WWF – breathing. Yes, breathing. It is the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen and I wonder how on earth someone would even come up with this idea. And he made two whole videos! Not just one.

I was laughing so hard my father thought something was wrong with me.

Absolutely No Words

Absolutely No Words 2

As for baseball stuff, we’re going to have a lot more to talk about in the upcoming weeks because Spring Training has finally started. Here are the number assignments per Bryan Hoch. After 2014, there will never be a single digit uniform worn again. That’s crazy.

Enjoy your evening, play nice in the comments and please be respectful toward your fellow readers.…

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Projecting 2014: Ivan Nova

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka added to the rotation, the expectations for Ivan Nova have already been lowered. Most of baseball will watch to see how CC Sabathia rebounds from 2013, if Kuroda can maintain his dominance in his age 39 season, and how well Tanaka translates to the MLB. But despite his placement in the rotation, Nova could end up being the Yankees’ best starter in 2014.

When Ivan Nova was handed a spot in the rotation in 2011, the starter was adequate in the first half of the year, posting a 4.12 ERA before a demotion to the minor leagues.When he was called back up at the end of July, Nova showed a devastating new slider that powered his way to a 3.18 ERA in the second half of 2011. Nova’s new pitch wasn’t as fortunate in 2012, and although his strikeout rates spiked, he was far too hittable. After posting a 5.02 ERA throughout 2012, the Yankees had Nova dump the slider for his curveball and work on a sinker.…

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Quick hit: There are baseball players in Florida!

It’s Pitchers and Catchers day and you know what that means! Locker assignment updates! Just kidding! Unless you actually care about that sort of thing. Well, if you do, Tanaka has Mo’s old locker, Ellsbury has Youkilis and Swisher’s old locker, Dellin Betances has Joba’s old locker right next to a slimmed down CC Sabathia AND last but not least, A-Rod’s locker is empty, not assigned to anyone.

The official workout isn’t until tomorrow but Derek Jeter was taking some batting practice (he hit a homer!) and the new guys were getting acclimated.

Manager Joe Girardi will be addressing the media later on today – his fight was delayed as was GM Brian Cashman’s.

We’ll have more for you later. Hopefully some pictures and maybe even some video from the only state without snow on the ground.

Speaking of snow, could there be anymore outside right now? It’s like living in Siberia.

(All info comes from various twitter accounts)

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How Much Are The Yankees Regretting Giving Brendan Ryan A 3-Year Deal Right Now?

Brendan Ryan 2013

One of the first moves the Yankees made this offseason, before they really started throwing money around, was re-signing Brendan Ryan to be Derek Jeter‘s defensive caddy at shortstop.  There was mutual interest in a return after Ryan finished last season as the starting shortstop and looked incredibly good doing it, and at the time a deal to shore up the defense at the most important infield position made a lot of sense.  Nobody knew what to expect from Jeter after his injury-plagued 2013 campaign except that he would be back for another year, and the list of productive 40-year-old shortstops isn’t a long one.  When Jeter signed a new, more lucrative deal of his own, it looked like he might be planning to stick around beyond 2014 and the Yanks responded by locking up Ryan for 2 years guaranteed plus a mutual option for a 3rd year.

Almost 3 months after the signing, it looks like the Yankees may have been too quick with the trigger on Ryan.  …

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