Countdown To Spring Training: 10

(Syndicated from Second Place Is Not An Option)

I thought this would be a fun trip down memory lane.

We’re at 10 in our countdown to Spring Training and I wanted to share these two videos I found on YouTube of Phil Rizzuto – the most famous of the #10’s in Pinstripe history – and his broadcast partner Bill White, entertaining Yankee fans during a rain delay in 1986.

Do you remember when they didn’t go back to a studio during rain delays and when the broadcasters at the Stadium were the ones to talk us through the delays? I miss those days.

In the first video, the delay begins. Rizzuto and White talk about the game and the in-game action up until the delay. They also show the out of town scores – remember when the Angels were the California Angels? I do.

In the second video, Rizzuto is trying to get the legendary Harmon Killebrew to come on the air – the Yankees were playing the Twins and Rizzuto was recalling Killebrew’s playing days.… Click here to read the rest

Mark Teixeira admits he’s overpaid

Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal wrote a very interesting article on Mark Teixeira in which Tex admits he’s on the downside of his career and that he is, in fact, overpaid.

They all are according to Teixeira and what he says makes sense.

“I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying you’re overpaid. Because I am,” Teixeira said. “We all are.”

“Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it,” he continued. “You’re not very valuable when you’re making $20 million. When you’re Mike Trout, making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. My first six years, before I was a free agent, I was very valuable. But there’s nothing you can do that can justify a $20 million contract.”

Teixeira also talks about the differences between being a player in his prime and being a player on the “downside” of his career. Once he passed 30 (he turns 33 this season) his workouts started taking a toll on his body and nagging injuries were piling up, especially last season.… Click here to read the rest

Russ Canzler designated for assignment

Russ Canzler, we hardly knew ye.

Canzler was designated for assignment by the Yankees to make room for Travis Hafner. Canzler, who was designated for assignment by the Indians was also designated for assignment by the Blue Jays which came after the Indians designated him for assignment. (I know, I’m dizzy too.) And all of these DFA happened since the 2012 season ended. Is this sounding familiar? It’s very Eli Whiteside who was also desginated for assignment by the Yankees earlier this offseason.

26-year-old Canzler hit .269/.299/.498 in 97 plate appearances in 2012 and was claimed by the Yankees originally in early January.… Click here to read the rest

Countdown To Spring Training: 11

(Syndicated from Second Place Is Not An Option)

I could have gone the easy route and picked Brett Gardner for this post but I decided to go back 10 years to the 2003 season – yes, I know, I can’t believe that season was 10 years ago either – and wanted to post this instead:

There’s nothing too out of the ordinary in this video. It’s a New York Yankees player wearing #11 and he’s hitting a home run against the Red Sox. But there was something out of the ordinary about this particular #11. The player’s name is Curtis Pride and he is deaf.

Pride was born deaf but he became a fluent lip reader which allowed him to be able to attend regular schools with his friends. In high school, he excelled in baseball, basketball and soccer. When he moved onto college, he played point guard for William and Mary’s basketball team.

He was originally signed by the New York Mets but when Pride reached the Majors in 1993, it was with Montreal Expos.… Click here to read the rest

The Importance Of Joba & Aardsma This Season

Just a couple of wild and crazy guys. Courtesy of Reuters

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

I’ve made reference multiple times recently to the Yankees having another strong bullpen in 2013, and I strongly believe that’s going to be the case.  They’ve got the greatest closer of all time back for another shot at a last go-round, arguably the best setup man and one of the best pressure relief pitchers in baseball ahead of him, 2 strong lefty specialists to play the late-inning matchup game, what will be a more than serviceable long man in whoever loses the 5th starter competition between Ivan Nova and David Phelps, and 2 veteran power arms to work the middle relief innings in Joba Chamberlain in David Aardsma.  But it is worth pointing out that the overall depth created by the loss of Rafael Soriano is slightly less than it was in 2012, when depth became a really important issue for obvious reasons.… Click here to read the rest

Silly unions doing union things

It’s been a while since we had some fun with a Lupica column here, but this A-Rod/PED business was just made for him, wasn’t it? There’s not really much of a point in hashing through the whole column, which is more of an exercise in pointless analogy than anything else, but this shot at the players’ union really does take the cake:

It is still early in the game with Rodriguez, you have to know that. Of course the Yankees want him to decide, when and if he recovers from hip surgery, that he is nothing more than a shell of the player he once was, either retire at that point, so they can score insurance money off him, or decide to settle with the Yankees so they can release him once and for all.

Or — this appears to be even more of a longshot — they want the commissioner of baseball, Bud Selig, to hit him with a drug suspension so they can start exploring ways to void his contract, even though the Major League Baseball Players Association will fight to protect guaranteed money in baseball the way gun nuts protect their guns.… Click here to read the rest

What Hafner Will Bring To The Yankees

The connection between Travis Hafner and the Yankees starts almost 12 months ago. Before signing Raul Ibanez, a Hafner trade was one of the most popular and realistic rumors around the internet. Obviously that didn’t happen, but back in November I hinted at the Yankees again trying for the left-hander on the free agent market. Only two weeks ago, Brad proposed the same thing, then Matt took a look at him yesterday, and now we have rumorsconfirmation, and pretty much a done deal with the designated hitter.

(Zack Meisel)

In Brad’s piece about Hafner, he discusses why his bat would fit well into this team. At 36 years old next season, Hafner was looking to join a competitive team, as he has yet to win a World Series.  He’s willing to settle for a reduced role at DH, since his injury history has prevented him from playing in nearly half his games over the last 5 years.… Click here to read the rest

Happy February!

It isn’t the best month of the year by any means, and heck, I started my day by waking up to a couple of inches of snow and cancelled schools, bu I’d be ying if I said I didn’t immediately realizing that it’s February 1st, and that the dreaded black hole that is January is finally over. This year wasn’t even that bad by comparison, what with my local football franchise going on an incredible playoff run and all, but I’m still ready for baseball to come back.

We’re getting close everyone. Today is truck day, if you actually recognize that as a thing, and pitchers and catchers report in 11 days. And just three weeks from tomorrow, the Yankees will take the field in Orlando for a Spring Training game with the Braves. Hooray!… Click here to read the rest

Yankees announce non-roster invites

So the Yankees put out a press release announcing who has been invited to camp (there are 44 players listed). We’re only 12 days away from Pitchers and Catchers and anything is better than rehashing the A-Rod nonsense, right?

Here’s the list:

2013 SPRING INVITEES

OF Abraham Almonte
C Francisco Arcia
OF Tyler Austin
INF Greg Bird
RHP Corey Black
LHP Juan Cedeno
RHP Preston Claiborne
INF Cito Culver
RHP Matt Daley
OF Matt Diaz
OF Adonis Garcia
RHP Shane Greene
RHP Nick Goody
OF Slade Heathcott
RHP David Herndon
C Kyle Higashioka
INF Walter Ibarra
INF Dan Johnson
RHP Tom Kahnle
INF Addison Maruszak
RHP Jim Miller
RHP Bryan Mitchell
RHP Mark Montgomery
INF Luke Murton
OF Ronnier Mustelier
C J.R. Murphy
OF Thomas Neal
INF Jayson Nix
RHP Zach Nuding
LHP Vidal Nuno
RHP Mike O’Brien
RHP Kelvin Perez
RHP Branden Pinder
INF Jose Pirela
RHP Ryan Pope
OF Juan Rivera
INF Kyle Roller
C Gary Sanchez
OF Rob Segedin
LHP Josh Spence
LHP Matt Tracy
INF Gil Velazquez
RHP Chase Whitley
C Bobby Wilson

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