Uniform number two through Yankee history

Derek Jeter

No one knows how much longer Derek Jeter will be wearing the pinstripes’ number two for the New York Yankees. But one thing we know for sure is that no one will ever wear that uniform for the Yankees again. A comment from Hawaiian Dave mentioned Jerry Kenney, another Yankee who wore number two for the Yankees back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. That got me thinking about all those Yankees who wore number two before the Captain entered the scene. So what follows is a list of them all from 1929 until the Captain himself.

Most people are not aware that there were no uniform numbers for the Yankees before 1929. And once the Yankees did assign numbers, the starting lineup received the lower numbers. But those lineup positions were not set in stone. Only the first, third and fourth positions in the lineup stayed the same all season.

But that first game of the 1929 season did feature numbers one through eight in the lineup wearing those corresponding numbers.…

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Clay Rapada, come on down (to the DL)!

So, um, yeah. This isn’t really becoming funny, is it? (emphasis mine)

Manager Joe Girardi said “my guess” is lefty reliever Clay Rapada would start the season on the disabled list. Rapada has been sidelined with shoulder bursitis. He was scheduled to throw a light bullpen today. His injury opens the door for players like Cody Eppley or Shawn Kelley looking to grab a spot on the roster. Girardi even said Vidal Nuno was a possibility.

Good times in Yankee-land. Good times indeed.

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Ironing Out The (Admittedly Minor) Outfield Overcrowding Problem

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Before Spring Training started, I wrote this post on the potentially problematic position the Yankees found themselves in with respect to their outfield depth.  The combination of returning Major Leaguers, free agent signings, and prospect promotions had left them with too many able-bodied outfielders and not enough playing time for each.  Too much depth at any one position is always a better problem to have than not enough, and the Yankees owed it to themselves to investigate every possible outfield candidate to strengthen their platoon-heavy bench this season.  They also owed it to themselves to make sure that their best OF prospects were getting regular playing time at the appropriate level, and this is where the problem could have started.

If you wanted to try to spin the carousel of ST injuries into anything resembling a positive, you could point to the slight thinning of the outfield herd that the injuries created.  Curtis Granderson and Adonis Garcia are out of the picture for the time being, as is Juan Rivera after the Teix injury moved him to first base.  …

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Quick hit: Boesch a late scratch for today’s game

If you guessed that Brennan Boesch would be the latest Yankee player to be scratched from the lineup, you don’t win a prize!

They’re saying (and by they, I am referring to the Yankee beat writers on Twitter) that it’s left ribcage stiffness.

At this point, it’s just amusing. Even more amusing will be later in the regular season when the Yankees march out a lineup made up entirely of Triple A players.

The Yankees are facing the Twins again, this time Fort Myers. The game is just getting underway.

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Jeter related ramblings

Happy Friday, all. I hope your week hasn’t been too stressful. Anyway, let’s get down to business. We’re all aware of Derek Jeter‘s injury situation. Opening Day has long been Jeter’s goal, but that now appears in jeopardy. Yesterday, GM Brian Cashman announced that Jeter would no longer participate in Major League Spring Training games; however, he’ll continue to play in Minor League games. As we’ve all heard by now, this is essentially a clerical “just in case.” It allows Jeter to get game action, but also allows the Yankees to retroactively place Jeter on the 15-day Disabled List in case he isn’t ready to go for Opening Day. This all makes me think that they should just place Jeter on the DL now.

The Derek Jeter we’ve all come to know and love is the guy who “shows up to work every day” and just “does his job” (and does it exceedingly well most of the time). Like any successful worker, Jeter is goal-oriented, and in this case, Opening Day readiness is the goal and he’s been steadfast in his determination to reach that goal.…

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Hughes likely to join Jeter on DL to open season

This certainly seems like the place to be, doesn’t it?

Phil Hughes, who will pitch in a Minor League game today, seems likely to begin the year on the DL. Girardi wouldn’t commit to it, though.

— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 22, 2013

Seems that Hughes will join his buddy Derek Jeter on the pine to start the season, at least.

h/t HBT

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Optimism For Betances

What ever happened to the Killer B’s? Just two years ago, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Brackman were three of the top 5 or 6 prospects in the Yankee system. Obviously Brackman was cut loose because of control issues, and Banuelos is now in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery. (Though he’s already in Tampa for some reason) Betances has faced his own set of issues. His fastball and breaking pitches are as strong as ever, but control has eluded the 24 year old.  I’ve seen a few top Yankee prospect rankings that still kept Banuelos in the top 10, but good luck finding Betances on any of them.

The tall right-handed pitcher was awful last year, pitching to a 6.44 ERA between Scranton and Trenton. He maintained a decent 19.6 K% through that time, but his walk rates skyrocketed. In Scranton, Betances was nearly striking out as many hitters as he was walking (19.0%), but did fair better in the demotion to Trenton.…

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Your daily Derek Jeter injury update

Derek Jeter is done with Grapefruit League play.

Yankees’ General Manager Cashman said that Jeter won’t play in another big league spring game and that he’ll only play minor league games so he can be back-dated on disabled list, if needed. So they don’t even know if a DL stint is even in the cards, so to speak. Cashman added, “I think we need to preserve the ability to back-date him in the event that he’s not going to make it.”

If Jeter starts season on DL, the stint would be back dated to March 22 which means he’d be eligible to play April 6 and would only miss the first four games of the season.

[Cashman quotes courtesy of nearly every Yankee beat writer on Twitter]

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