Jeter’s Replacement Nowhere To Be Found


As much as everybody likes to talk about the Yankees’ failures when it comes to developing young pitching, a conversation that’s not as failure-filled as some people like to think, there’s another area on the roster where they haven’t exactly been churning out winners recently and that’s at shortstop.  They’ve had the benefit of Derek Jeter being a fixture at the position for the last 17 years, but Jeter’s time is winding down and the Yankees are nowhere closer to finding his replacement than they were when talks of Jeter retiring first started.

And it’s not like this is a new topic that just came up in the last few months after Jeter’s ankle surgery.  There have been on and off references to Jeter’s retirement/replacement since about 2008, the first year his offensive production started to decline from its usual standards.  That talk was hushed a bit by Jeter’s bounce back 2009, and then halted again last season after another bounce back year, but now it bears bringing up one more time.  …

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Michael Weiner’s head still firmly buried in the sand


It’s been a rough 15 months or so for the Major League Baseball Players Association. After hastily and enthusiastically agreeing to a new collective bargaining with the league amidst an unprecedented lack of rancor and with very little push back against Commissioner Selig’s top priorities, the players and union officials were quickly confronted with the realization that, no, the days of baseballs’ owners constantly trying to get one over on the players were not over, and that the unions desire to take a business partner like approach with the league was not going to be reciprocated.

The rude awakening really began with the overturning of Ryan Braun’s PED related suspension last winter. Despite the fact that MLBPA has been as agreeable as any sports union out there to drug testing, pushing well into the realm of vigorously supporting efforts to catch players taking banned substances, the league reacted to long time and well respected arbitrator Shyam Das’ decision not with respectful acceptance of the decision and the union’s pro-testing position, but by blasting the decision, making laughable threats to appeal the ruling in federal court, and taking the downright remarkable step of firing the jointly employed arbitrator for having the nerve to rule against their position in a high profile case.…

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Late Night Links: Headley, Stanton, Hughes

Good morning Yankee fans. The last day in the Yankeesphere has been teeming with speculation about what Cashman will do to counter the Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira injuries. There’s been plenty of speculation about who the Yankees could sign and who they could trade for. Carlos Lee, Aubrey Huff, and even Jim Thome are free agents that have been mentioned, while Justin Morneau, Tyler Colvin, Michael Cuddyer, and Carlos Pena have shown up in trade speculation. I did my own musing about younger and cheaper options Matt LaPorta, Justin Smoak, and Daric Barton. Over the last 24 hours, some very big names have apparently become available, and they would fit the Yankees’ needs.

The first one is Chase Headley. According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, the Padres have given up on extension talks and are prepared to listen on offers for the third baseman. Last season, the switch hitter Headley had a breakout year batting .286/.376/.498 in San Diego.

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Quick Hit: An update on Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira has pulled out of the World Baseball Classic and is on his way back to New York.

The Yankees announced that Teixeira has a right wrist strain. He will be evaluated in New York tomorrow and will be seeing Yankees’ team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser.

He suffered the injury while hitting a ball of a tee during earlier today during practice prior to Team U.S.A.’s scheduled exhibition game with the Chicago White Sox. X-Rays were taken right away and were negative. The Yankees said Teixeira will have more tests tomorrow.

Teixeira joins a growing list of Yankee players who are making their way back from injuries this Spring. CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter are all coming back from offseason surgeries, Phil Hughes is battling a bulging disc in his back and Curtis Granderson is out until at least May with a fractured forearm.

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Why It’s Hard To Question The Decision To Leave Granderson In Center Field

According to most defensive metrics, Curtis Granderson had an awful 2012. Even the eye test told a tale of a center fielder misplaced on a team filled with more adept outfielders. The collective online Yankee community is in agreement that sending Granderson to left field, and giving him less area to cover, will help stop his defensive regression. The Yankees don’t agree.

AP Photo/Duane Burleson

AP Photo/Duane Burleson

When a player is visually struggling, you usually go to the stats to see how long and how poorly they’ve played. When a player suddenly puts up awful numbers, you usually go to the video to see why the numbers are degrading. This generation of baseball enthusiasts is lucky enough to have the numbers, analysis, and video available instantaneously on the internet, and it allows us to judge team’s decisions in a more scientific and thorough way than ever before. But when it comes to defense, the amount of data and the way we analyze it is still in its infancy.…

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Some late afternoon Yankees news: 3/5/12

Can someone please remind me not to complain about a lack of Yankees’ news? It seems like every time I do that, someone gets hurt.

This time, it’s Mark Teixeira.

Teixeira was removed from Team USA’s lineup after feeling discomfort in his forearm. He said he first felt the discomfort when swinging in the batting cages today. And now it looks like he may be done in Arizona because manager Joe Girardi said Tex would be looked at by the Yankees’ doctors. He had x-rays done and they were negative, thank goodness, but more tests will be taken.

The Yankees’ other star WBC participant, Robinson Cano, was hit by a foul ball in the Dominican Republic’s matchup with the Philadephia Phillies today but he was otherwise unscathed. The Dominican team pounded the Phillies to the tune of 15 runs on 28 hits. Yes, that says 28. Cano had three of those hits.

The Yankees made some cuts today: Greg Bird, Cito Culver, Rob Segedin, Tyler Austin, Francisco Arcia, Kyle Higashioka and Gary Sanchez.…

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Tonight’s Yankee lineup: 3/5/12

The Yankees are taking on the Atlanta Braves tonight in Steinbrenner Field.

Here’s the lineup:

Gardner CF
Ichiro LF
Nix 2B
Hafner DH
Nunez SS
Stewart C
Johnson 1B
Almonte RF
Joseph 3B

Phelps P

I’m excited to see ZOILO. And yes, I capitalized his name because I love it so much. As you can see, Gardner is back in CF and Ichiro is in LF. With Cano and Tex gone for the WBC, we get Nix and Johnson in their place.

The game is on YES tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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To WBC or not to WBC?

What I’m about to say may be a little controversial but I’m going to say it anyway.

I’m just not that into the World Baseball Classic.

I know, I probably should be. I read Twitter and I notice how other people are staying up late and/or waking up early to watch the games taking place across the world in Asia and I think, “I wish I can be that excited too.” But I’m not.

To be honest, I wasn’t that into the WBC in 2009 either. Back then, things were different, I had just been laid off from my long-time job at a once major television network and I wasn’t in the frame of mind to enjoy baseball.

But what gives this time?

Four years ago, I wasn’t even blogging about baseball and now I am. You’d think I’d want to witness all of this fanfare, especially since we don’t get to watch baseball in the Olympics anymore and that I’d want to asborb every bit of information I can about the WBC but I just don’t want to.…

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The Shallow Depths

Though the season hasn’t even started, the Yankees have already had their depth tested in two positions. Curtis Granderson‘s injury has opened up a spot in the outfield, and the catching situation has been much maligned since the Yankees declined to re-sign Russell Martin and passed on signing A.J. Pierzynski. And with Derek Jeter‘s ankle injury, we’ll see the infield depth tested as Eduardo Nunez and/or Jayson Nix get some time at short to spell the Captain.  On the other hand, the pitching seems to be fairly deep.

The bullpen is well-stocked and some pitchers (think Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley) will not last the year on the 25-man roster. Likewise, though not quite as widely, the starting rotation is considered to be an area of strength. It’s certainly a talented rotation featuring CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda. But is it as deep as we think?

Phil Hughes has already suffered an injury.…

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