When Don Mattingly played third base

Have you ever seen a left-handed throwing third baseman in the Major Leagues? I have not. And generations have not. Apparently in the early 1900s, Wee Willie Keeler, normally a left-handed throwing outfielder, played 44 games at third base, 19 games at second base and even played two games at shortstop. According to the Sabr Bio Project, nobody did it again until Don Mattingly played three games at third in 1986. The first thought that came to my mind was the four players (Tovar, Campinaris, Sheldon and Halter) that played all nine positions in a game.  But, nope, they were all right-handed throwers. The Sabr Bio Project mentioned earlier talks about Mattingly’s feat in passing as part of his larger biography. Here is the rest of the story.

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Early Spring Training Winners And Losers

Winnah!  Courtesy of the AP

Greetings, IIATMS readers!  For those of you who know me, I’m Brad V. from TYA and An A-Blog for A-Rod.  For those who don’t, I’ll allow you a few minutes to peruse the archives of either of those sites and familiarize yourselves with my work.  I’m going to be holding down the morning slot here on the new IIATMS/TYA Yankee superblog, and in the interest of full disclosure I might as well tell you right now that once the season starts I’m probably going to use this slot to nitpick and complain about whatever went wrong in the previous night’s game.  I’ll also be using it to comment on and analyze some bigger picture trends I’ve noticed in the team’s or an individual player’s recent performance.  With that idea of trends in mind, I’d like to use my introductory post here to take a look at the early winners and losers in Spring Training.  We’ve got two weeks of full-team workouts and games under our belt, and while that’s not enough of a sample size to make definitive declarations, it’s still enough to comment intelligently.

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Monday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/4/12

So, today’s news and notes post is going to be a little different than they have been the past week or so mainly because of our exciting announcement from earlier this morning and because of how giddy we all are about it. Also, there is no Yankee game today so we don’t have a lineup to post .

Anyway, there were some articles written about the Yankees late last night and published this morning for you to look at and here they are:

  • Here’s a piece on Andy Pettitte‘s desire to pitch at 40 by Dave D’Alessandro of the Star-Ledger.
  • In case you missed the news this weekend, Ichiro Suzuki was involved in a car accident after he left the Yankees’ Spring Training facilities on Saturday. He escaped unharmed and is expected to be in the game against Atlanta tomorrow. Thank goodness.
  • Both Pettitte and Mariano Rivera are raring to go this season after injuries hampered their 2012 season. Peter Botte of the New York Daily News has that story.
  • George A. King III of the New York Post writes that Derek Jeter is focused on being ready for the April 1 home opener. Jeter said, ““I am always eager to play, but keep in mind April 1 and that hasn’t changed. Trust me, I will play when I get the OK to do so.’’
  • In more news that was mentioned yesterday, Manager Joe Girardi admitted the Curtis GrandersonBrett Gardner position switch experiment is kaput. Granderson’s injury has squashed any plans the Yankees had to have the players change positions.

We also have great posts lined up and ready to be published later today from Brad VietrogoskiWilliam Tasker, Michael Jaggers-Radolf and Michael Eder that we hope you will enjoy.

The 2013 season is going to be great, IIATMS readers. Continue reading Monday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/4/12

Spring Training Game Ten: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

The rivalry was renewed and the Yankees won the first battle…

Okay, even I can’t pretend that this was anything more than a Spring Training game with scrubs – and Brett Gardner – making the trip to Fort Myers. I probably should also admit to not watching the game. Although I did catch a glimpse of Andrew Miller of the Red Sox sporting a mountain man beard. Hey Andrew, 2004 called, it wants Johnny Damon back.

The Red Sox struck first with a run in the second inning on a home run by Mike Napoli which came off of Adam Warren. Warren pitched three innings and only gave up that one run on that one hit. He struck out two and walked one batter.

The other Red Sox run came against Kelvin Perez in the bottom of the ninth when Perez threw a wild pitch which scored Mauro Gomez.

The Yankees scored their runs during a three-run sixth inning in which Eduardo Nunez hit an RBI single, Jayson Nix grounded into a force out with the bases loaded and that scored Austin Romine who was on third and Ronnier Mustelier who moved to third on that force out scored on a fielding error by Drew Sutton which also allowed the batter, Juan Rivera to reach first.

And they scored again in the eighth thanks to a J.R. Murphy which scored Jose Pirela and a Thomas Neal solo shot off Pete Ruiz.

Some news that came out after the game ended: Joe Girardi basically put the kibosh on the Curtis Granderson/Gardner outfield switch. I guess it makes sense with Granderson not scheduled to come back until May, you wouldn’t want him trying to navigate left field in Yankee Stadium without much practice. Continue reading Spring Training Game Ten: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

What about Kevin Youkilis?

Now that Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson will both be starting the season on the DL most eyes have turned to Mark Teixeira as the most logical source of where the Yankees will need to get their missing power. And make no mistake about it, Tex has to produce. The Yankees will need him to plug that hole. But he isn’t the only source of potential power in the Yankee lineup. It doesn’t get mentioned much, but the Yankees did also add Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis, of course, is a bittersweet addition for Yankee fans. He was probably the least popular Continue reading What about Kevin Youkilis?

Sunday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/3/12

Good morning, it’s Sunday March 3, 2012 and here are some Yankees’ news and notes.

Ichiro Suzuki was in a car accident yesterday in Tampa. He’s fine – thank goodness – but his car isn’t. Look, can we hide Brett Gardner somewhere so he can’t get eaten by an alligator or something ridiculous like that? I’m starting to get worried about the outfielders.

Word this morning is that Ichiro is not sore or in any kind of major pain. Hopefully that will last.

Here’s the lineup that’s going to “renew the rivalry” down in Fort Myers (Just kidding):

Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 2B
Juan Rivera DH
Dan Johnson 1B
Melky Mesa CF
Zoilo Almonte RF
Corban Joseph 3B
Bobby Wilson C

RHP Adam Warren

Yes, you are reading this correctly, Jayson Nix is batting third and Juan Rivera is batting clean up. Gardner is the only regular in the lineup and like I said above, let’s hope there isn’t an alligator issue at JetBlue Park.

According to numerous tweets from Yankees camp, Phil Hughes played catch and survived. He made 25 throws from 60 feet and didn’t have any issues with his back. He will throw again tomorrow and they will reevaluate him.

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Spring Training Game Nine: Yankees 10, Tigers 3

The seven-game losing streak is over. Everyone can stop panicking about the New York Yankees.

Of course, I’m kidding, no one was really panicking at all. As I’ve been saying for the past few weeks, it’s only Spring Training.

The good stuff:

  • Ivan Nova‘s performance – 2 IP, one hit and one strike out. He was also hitting 94 m.p.h. (according to some tweets I saw)
  • Brett Gardner‘s two hits and two stolen bases
  • Tyler Austin and Corban Joseph each had two RBI – not that those even count but it was still nice to see.
  • Chris Stewart who is one of the candidates for the starting catcher job hit a home run.
  • The Yankees had finished with 10 runs on 13 hits.
  • They only made one error.

The ‘bad’ stuff:

Tomorrow, the Yankees will travel to Fort Myers to take on the Boston Red Sox in JetBlue Park for a 1:35 p.m. start. The scheduled starters are Adam Warren and Ryan Dempster.

An injury update courtesy of Bryan Hoch: Two Yanks injury updates – Slade Heathcott sprained thumb, Boone Logan sore elbow. Continue reading Spring Training Game Nine: Yankees 10, Tigers 3

Quick Hit: Yankees are scouting Wang in the WBC

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees are among the teams keeping an eye on Chien-Ming Wang, who threw six shutout innings against Australia in the World Baseball Classic, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  The Aussies may not be the toughest team in the WBC, but Wang looked strong and probably helped his case for hooking on with the Bombers or another club as pitching depth.  Here’s more out of the AL and NL East.

I missed Sherman’s tweets, which appeared at 4 a.m.this morning because I was sleeping but this isn’t shocking news, the Yankees were said to be among the teams who were going to be watching the still-unsigned Wang.

And in case you missed the game last night, the former Yankee ace held Australia to four singles in six scoreless innings in Chinese Taipei’s 4-1 victory. Chinese Taipei will next host the Netherlands who defeated Korea 5-0 in their first game. Continue reading Quick Hit: Yankees are scouting Wang in the WBC