Thursday Night Open Thread: 1/30/14

There are 15 days until Pitchers and Catchers report to camp and tonight, I’m honoring Thurman Munson with a picture. Munson, who passed away nearly 35 years ago, had a career line of .292/.346/.410/.756 with 113 home runs and 701 RBI.

It was a pretty quiet day in Yankeeland but in other news, Michael Young announced his retirement from baseball. He says he had three offers to play in 2014 but ultimately chose to retire so he could spend more time with his family.

Feel free to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, be kind and respectful to your fellow posters.

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Yanks add five to their scouting department

The Yankees announced five additions to their Major League and professional scouting department. Among them are former pitchers Dan Giese and Brandon Duckworth.

Here’s the rest of information from Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

Duckworth, 38, concluded a 16-year playing career last season. His playing career spanned eight big league seasons with the Phillies (2001-03), Astros (2004-05) and Royals (2006-08). Duckworth pitched the last two seasons for Japan’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles as a teammate of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, completing his career by celebrating the 2013 Japan Series title.

 

Giese, 36, played 12 professional seasons and made 35 big league appearances with the Giants (2007), Yanks (’08) and Athletics (’09). With New York in 2008, Giese was 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 17 relief appearances and three starts.

 

Carter, 53, has been a national cross-checker with the Yankees for the past seven seasons. Carter was the Mariners’ west area scout from 1991-95, and he spent 11 years with the D-backs as a western region national supervisor (1996) and national scouting supervisor (1997-2006).

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Projecting 2014: CC Sabathia

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Even with Hiroki Kuroda re-signed and Masahiro Tanaka headed to the Bronx, CC Sabathia will be the ace and leader of this Yankee rotation. Though the team survived a year with Sabathia performing poorly, it took a miraculous final season by Andy Pettitte and a breakout year by Ivan Nova to keep the rotation intact. Sabathia will likely remain the Yankees’ opening day starter in 2014, and it’ll be his chance to prove that 2013 was a fluke season.

We’ll start this analysis by going back to Sabathia’s first season with the Yankees. In 2009, the southpaw put up a 3.37 ERA with a 3.39 FIP and a 3.77 xFIP. Perhaps worried about how his flyball rate could translate into Yankee Stadium, Sabtahia not only added a sinker into his repertoire, but he began to lower his arm angle. The results put a nice additional vertical drop on his pitches, and Sabathia’s ground ball rate rose from 42.9% to 50.7% in 2010.…

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Quick hit: Keith Law’s Top 10 Yankees Prospects

This week Keith Law released his Top 100 Prospects list (the Yanks had three players), his organizational list (Yanks ranked #20) and now he has released the Top 10 Prospects in each organization in the American League. He’ll be releasing the National League’s lists tomorrow.

As usual, it is an ESPN Insider article so if you don’t have access, here’s a sneak peek of the results:

1. Gary Sanchez, C (#68 in his Top 100)
2. Tyler Austin, RF (#85 in his Top 100)
3. Mason Williams, CF (87 in his Top 100)
4. J.R. Murphy, C
5. Slade Heathcott, CF
6. Aaron Judge, CF
7. Ian Clarkin, LHP
8. Eric Jagielo, 3B
9. Luis Severino, RHP
10. Greg Bird, 1B

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Handicapping The Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees

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Steinbrenner Field. The site of the only Yankee game action a lot of these players will see in 2014

The Yankees announced their list of non-roster invites to spring camp yesterday, 26 in all.  As expected, all the recent MiL signings received an invite and an opportunity to compete for one of the last spots on the Opening Day roster.  There’s also a decent-sized contingent of non 40-man prospects who got the nod, although one glaring omission was utility man Ronnier Mustelier.  Mustelier seemed like a lock to get invited again considering the need the Yankees have for right-handed power and a third base platoon partner for Kelly Johnson, but for whatever reason they decided to proceed without him.

While all of these 26 players technically have a non-zero chance of making the Opening Day roster, the reality is that only a few of them have an actual chance and the rest are just there to fill out workout groups and early spring split squad games.  …

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The IIATMS Podcast Episode Three: Burnett, Tex’s Wrist and Stats, oh my!

Domenic, E.J. and Stacey discuss A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeira‘s wrist, stats and much, much more!

We now have an email address so you can send us questions and suggestions for the podcast. It’s Stupidyankeespodcast@gmail.com.

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Wednesday Night Open Thread: 1/29/14

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There are 16 days until pitchers and catchers report to camp and in honor of #16, Whitey Ford, here are 16 things we can discuss in tonight’s open thread. Some are Yankee centric, some are just general baseball and some aren’t even baseball related.

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Happy Trails to Lance Berkman

Lance Berkman may have had a short Yankee career but he did have a memorable game in Pinstripes.

It was Game Two of the 2010 Division Series against Minnesota and it is a moment I called on Twitter. I jokingly said, “Time for Lance Berkman’s True Yankee moment,” and then BOOM.

Berkman played the majority of his career – 12 years – with the Houston Astros where he had batted .296/.410/.549/.959 with 326 home runs. He was traded to the Yankees in 2010 and only played in 37 games. He then joined the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, won a World Series with them and finished his career with the Texas Rangers in 2013.

Enjoy your retirement, Lance!

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Quick hit: A list of players invited to Spring Training

Here’s a list of players being invited to Yankees’ camp in February courtesy of Anthony McCarron of the Daily News.

These are players Yankees signed nine players to minor-league deals:

Prospects:

And the rest:

 

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