Official 27-Time World Series Champions Thread

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  1. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    I'm GM'ing the Yankees in the OOTP sim league. Trying to figure out what to do with the club. It has up to date rosters in it. We get amnesty with one player where we can void their deal. Going back and forth on AJ and Arod. Leaning Arod bc of his deal. Would play Nunez at 3b. Obviously I lose some offense, but fuck, Arods deal BLOWS. 3 years of $25-26M and then 3 more at $20M. AJ only has 2 years at $16M left. Thoughts?
  2. Sam Elliott

    Sam Elliott Job title: Assistant Bouncer at the Double Deuce

    ARod is my pick
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  3. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Yea, I don't have to cut anyone, but I think Arod is a good option. I could play Nunez at 3b and then have a ton of cash to find a DH this year, maybe even put in a bid on Cespedes and put him in RF and Swisher at DH or even platoon Cespedes in the OF to give everyone days off.
  4. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    haha. Robi was just on Sportscenter. Asked him if he was going to defend his Derby title. He answered "If they let me." Host said "You don't think you'll be invited back?" Robi laughed and said "I'll be invited back... but I play for the New York Yankees. I don't play for Robinson Cano."
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  5. Clutch

    Clutch thanks

    laughed at that

    <3 robi
  6. Stromboli1

    Stromboli1 woolly bully, please shave your jaws fromage

    can someone with ESPN Insider post this please

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  7. Clutch

    Clutch thanks

  8. Sam Elliott

    Sam Elliott Job title: Assistant Bouncer at the Double Deuce

    Sounds like it's getting pretty serious. I'm happy we can get something in return for AJ and let him move on. Maybe he can still be a solid pitcher somewhere else.
  9. beerleagueman

    beerleagueman New Member

    AJ has great stuff but don't think he has it upstairs to succeed in NY, it happens. He had 1 great start in the 2009 WS and a lot of inconsistency
  10. Sam Elliott

    Sam Elliott Job title: Assistant Bouncer at the Double Deuce

    Jeter first in Yankees camp

    08:29 AM ET 02.12 | The youngest Yankees are spread over the four fields at the team's minor league complex for pre-spring training workouts. Derek Jeter, the Yankees' oldest position player, is here, too, just like every other early February for the past 20 years. Position players officially report Feb. 25, but Jeter doesn't have time to waste. His baseball clock has started.
  11. beerleagueman

    beerleagueman New Member

  12. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Over the past 20 years, the Yankees have made some great acquisitions. David Cone was acquired for three minor leaguers who never panned out. Glenallen Hill was picked up for two minor leaguers (and, without Hill, there may have never been a Subway Series). The Yankees traded Wilson Betemit for Nick Swisher and have been laughing about it ever since.
    But once in a while, the trade not made is the best one. Sometimes the decision to back away from a trade is good sense, sometimes it’s good luck, and sometimes it’s a combination of both.
    Here are a few trades that the Yankees didn’t make which turned out really well for them:
    The “other” player in the A-Rod trade: Even casual Yankees fans remember that Alfonso Soriano was traded to the Rangers for Alex Rodriguez, but that trade could have been known for another player being included. The other player ended up being Joaquin Arias, but the Rangers chose him over another Yankees’ infield prospect: Robinson Cano. The Rodriguez contract is looking like it will develop into an albatross, but imagine how much Yankees fans would have been up in arms had they lost Cano in that deal? The Yankees dangled Cano in deals for Carlos Beltran and Randy Johnson as well but escaped a big mistake. Arias? He has played in parts of four MLB seasons and has zero home runs.
    Saved from Eric Gagne: In 2007, the Yankees looked like they might be one or two pieces away from a championship, and with Eric Gagne on the block, the Yankees were engaged in a fierce battle with the Red Sox for the former Cy Young award winner. The Red Sox ended up getting Gagne for a package of David Murphy, Kason Gabbard, and prospect Engel Beltre, but they probably wish they hadn’t. Gagne was terrible the rest of the season and ended up on the Mitchell Report shortly after the season’s end. The one silver lining for the Red Sox was that they won the World Series in 2007, but they could have used Murphy the past few years.
    No Mo? The Yankees playoff run began in 1995 and, looking to bulk up the pitching staff, the Yankees looked to trade for the young Tigers pitcher, David Wells. The trade bait for the Yankees? A young, lanky, straight-throwing starter named Mariano Rivera. As the story goes, Rivera found his fastball just in time and the Gene Michael decided to hang on to Rivera. The Yankees would sign Wells a few years later as a free agent, but without giving up the player who went on to become the greatest closer in baseball history. The Yankees also had left Rivera unprotected in 1992 so he could have technically been taken in the Rule V draft, but an arm injury kept any team from taking that chance.
    Andy could have been Dandy in Philly: Despite almost winning a Cy Young in 1996 and helping the Yankees win the World Series, George Steinbrenner still felt like Andy Pettitte wasn’t built for New York and playoff baseball, especially after a bad start to the 1999 season. The Yankees discussed a deal to send Pettitte to the Phillies for Adam Eaton, Anthony Shumaker, and Reggie Taylor. Rumor has it the deal got stopped at the 11th hour when Joe Torre convinced the Yankees brass to let Pettitte stay and a rejuvenated Andy was Dandy for another decade.
    And Jorge Posada was almost a goner too: At the trade deadline of 1997, then-Yankees GM Bob Watson was being persuaded by George Steinbrenner to make a big deal at the trade deadline with names like Ivan Rodriguez, Albert Belle, and even former Yankees, Mike Stanley and Rickey Henderson as names being thrown around. The trade bait? A pair of 25-year-olds, Jorge Posada and Ramiro Mendoza. One rumor had the Rangers asking for Pettitte and Posada in exchange for Rodriguez. The trade deadline passed and Watson held on to all of his chips. After the 1998 season the Yankees once again made a run at Albert Belle as a free agent, but opted to re-sign Bernie Williams at the last second. That was certainly a free agent non-signing that worked out as well.
    Juan Gone or Sammy? Sammy Sosa and Juan Gonzalez were two of the top sluggers of the 90s and both could have been on the Yankees had trades gone through in 2000. Luckily, neither one of them ended up in the Bronx as their rapid decline would have been tough to deal with as the proposed trades were both contingent on those players signing long, lucrative extensions in the Bronx. Amazingly, it was Gonzalez who turned down the Yankees.
    Those are only a few examples, but it shows sometimes the best trade is the one not made. So while Yankees fans bemoaned not picking up pitching at last year’s trade deadline, you wonder which prospect they held on to last year will end up on this list in 10 years. In 10 years we may be thanking our lucky stars that the Yankees didn’t trade Phil Hughes for Johan Santana or include Ivan Nova for Cliff Lee. Sometimes the best deal is the one you say no to.
  13. Stromboli1

    Stromboli1 woolly bully, please shave your jaws fromage

    rumor has it that the Tribe has entered the AJ Burnett sweepstakes
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  14. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

  15. Krieger

    Krieger Pita Predator

    god im so ready for opening day
  16. Clutch

    Clutch thanks

    Burnett vetoed a potential trade to the angels
  17. beerleagueman

    beerleagueman New Member

    winning organization, why would he do that? does he want to rot in Pittsburgh?
  18. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Fuck Burnett.
  19. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Updated: February 17, 2012, 10:48 AM ET

    Sources: A.J. Burnett trade close


    ESPN.com news services

    The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees are on the verge of completing a trade sending right-hander A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh and hope and expect to bring the proposal to the commissioner's office on Friday for approval, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
    The approval is needed because of the money involved, as the Yankees will eat about $20 million of the $33 million still owed Burnett over the last two seaons of his contract, sources said.
    The two teams have been working on the deal for nearly a week.
  20. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

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    CC Sabathia shows off his customized PlayStation 3.
    When Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia hits the road, there's one piece of luggage he never forgets to pack.
    "I had a special travel case designed in order to play video games," Sabathia tells me, confessing his love for PlayStation. "I actually gave my first case to Grady Sizemore when I left Cleveland, because he's a big gamer, so when I got to New York I had a new case built. It has a TV, my PlayStation 3, all my controllers, and all my games. I have it delivered to whatever hotel we're staying at when we're on the road."
    Sony heard about Sabathia's sweet setup and decided to hook the hurler up with an even more pimped-out system, delivering a customized PlayStation 3 to the Yankee superstar while also letting him get his hands on an early copy of "MLB 12: The Show."
    "This system is unbelievable," Sabathia tells me after checking out his eye-popping gift. "It has a 52 on there. There are rubies. It has its own travel case.
    "To have a custom PlayStation from Sony, this is every gamer's dream come true."
    Jon Robinson: When you bring your PlayStation 3 on the road, what do you like to play?
    CC Sabathia: A lot of the guys on the team like to play "FIFA," so I've been practicing that a lot lately so I can get back at these guys once the season starts. We also play "The Show," "NBA 2K" "NBA Jam," and "Madden." I like to play it all. I grew up on video games, and now, it's still a big part of my life.
    Jon Robinson: I play a lot of "The Show," and I think it's realistic, but then again, I'm not on the Yankees. As a professional player, do you think the game is authentic to the sport?
    CC Sabathia: I think it's very authentic. When I play it, I almost feel like I'm watching a game. You can't just go up there and swing. You can't go up there looking fastball and still hit the changeup. It has all the different pitches, the different pitch speeds, and they way it's presented, it's very authentic. The graphics are sick, and the gameplay is a lot of fun. It's definitely one of my favorite games to play.
    Jon Robinson: What do you think of your character in the game? Does he look like you?
    CC Sabathia: I think they got me down pat. They actually got me with a sinker in there that's pretty good, so I'll take that, because mine in real life, it's not that good. [laughs]
  21. beerleagueman

    beerleagueman New Member

    damn heavy demand for an Exhibition
  22. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    New ballpark. Not too surprising. I'm going to try to make it down there for the 1st one.
  23. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

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    There was no official workout today, but several of the Yankees pitchers went to the outfield at Steinbrenner Field to play catch in the morning. Otherwise, the day was all about settling in and taking the first steps of spring training. For Brian Cashman, the first order of business seemed to be keeping expectations for Michael Pineda in check. Pineda was the first name mentioned when Cashman met with the media outside the Yankees clubhouse.
    “I’ve seen people write he slots in right behind CC in the rotation,” Cashman said. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s not the case. He is a young, high-end arm that we look forward to growing into someone who we hope can be a consistent winner for the Yankees going forward. But I think expecting stuff like that out of the gate and expecting him to gravitate to the front of our rotation so early, we don’t have those illusions. We think we have some other guys right now who have some more experience and are more worthy of being at the front end.”
    Cashman said the same idea would apply to Jesus Montero if he were still with the Yankees: This is a young player who’s expected to do great things one day, but the Yankees still see some development to be done. With Pineda, that development obviously starts with the changeup.
    “It’s a below-average pitch for him right now,” Cashman said. “I don’t think there’s a No. 1 or 2 starter in the big leagues right now with only two pitches. I just don’t think you can maybe pitch like that for an extended period of time. To be a consistent number one or two starter, you need more than two pitches.
    “In fairness, to frame it properly, I made the trade for a reason. I’m dreaming on the guy, obviously, and we’re dreaming on the guy but the fact of the matter is there’s work to be done still and we look forward to working with him and watching him work towards that. Time will tell. But its going to take time.”
    Some other notes from today.
    [​IMG]• Cashman quickly shot down the idea that Pineda’s development could include a trip to Triple-A this season? “That’s not something I’m thinking about,” he said.
    • CC Sabathia’s locker is in a corner at the end of a row that includes all of the Yankees rotation candidates. It’s probably no coincidence that two lockers closest to him are Pineda and Manny Banuelos. “I’m looking forward to getting to know (Pineda) and talk to him,” Sabathia said. “He’s a big guy, so we’ve got a few things in common.”
    • Two other things about the locker assignments: Even though he’s technically part of the team, there was no locker for A.J. Burnett. There was, however, an empty locker along the very back row that’s typically home to significant big leaguer position players (Swisher, Teixeira, Jones and Granderson are back there). That looks like the spot being saved for Raul Ibanez. I only noticed three other open lockers: One right next to Alex Rodriguez, one right next to Derek Jeter, and one corner locker where Mark Prior and Kei Igawa have been in the past.
    • Speaking of open lockers: “People have asked me about Eric Chavez,” Cashman said. “I’ve continued dialogue, not a negotiation but a dialogue, with Eric Chavez. I like Eric. I thought he was a nice player for us last year, a nice complement off the bench, but I can’t honestly tell you that I can do any and all of it just yet. I don’t want to get ahead of myself just yet.”
    • Cashman wouldn’t specifically address the Burnett situation, saying he wanted to wait until the issue was finalized. An official announcement could be coming from the Yankees at any moment.
    • Cashman also wouldn’t get into specifics about his thoughts on the rotation competition because he knows that too much can change between now and Opening Day. He realizes there are six pitchers for five spots, but he also realizes that someone could fall out of that competition for one reason or another. “I’m not trying to jinx us by even talking about it,” he said. “But I’ve lived through it long enough to know.”
    [​IMG]• Sabathia hasn’t thrown off a mound since the end of last season, but he’s been playing catch through most of the winter and feels ready to throw his first bullpen tomorrow. It really is amazing how differently some guys train in the winter. There are young guys who have been throwing off a mound since November, and then there’s Mariano Rivera who might not throw off a mound for another week.
    • Speaking of Rivera, he is — of course — going to report late. “He told me at the baseball writers’ dinner,” Cashman said. “He told me ‘Cash, I just wanted to give you the heads up, I might be a little late.’ I just said, ‘Just tell me when you’re coming.’ I mean, what am I going to do? It’s Mariano Rivera. I’ve gotten to the point where every year, he knows what he needs to do. He gets his eight innings in the spring, but he’s just amazing. He really is amazing. You’ll never see anything like that again. But we’re thankful that he’s still with us, that he’s doing what he’s doing, and hopefully he can continue that again this year for us. We will see him at some point but the Mariano Watch, don’t worry about it. It’s with permission. Well…” Cashman cut himself off. Is it really permission when the player clearly dicates the terms and the team clearly doesn’t care? Like Cashman said, it’s Mariano. The man’s earned a little trust.
    • Hiroki Kuroda didn’t get into specifics, but he hinted that he turned down more money in order to play for the Yankees. “I don’t know what’s considered a better offer,” he said. “But I have heard there were better offers from other teams.”
    • Cashman said one reason there are so many veteran DH-types still on the free agent market is that they’re all hoping to be the one chosen for the Yankees opening. “I’ve had enough dialogue, I know they all want to come here and I know they want to be a part of this place,” Cashman said. “I don’t know what the other options are or the other offers are. They might be more significant than what we could be willing to pay, they might be less, they may be none. I don’t know. I do know there’s a vacancy sign sitting here.”
    • Finally, Cashman partially addressed his personal issues, saying the past few weeks have been “difficult” for him. “I can just tell you that it’s not going to affect my job, and I’m going to do my job to the best of my abilities as I always have,” Cashman said.
  24. Stromboli1

    Stromboli1 woolly bully, please shave your jaws fromage

    Ibanez to the Bronx
  25. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    :bzzzz:

    Yankees officially announce Burnett trade


    Here’s the press release. Raul Ibanez should be next.
    The New York Yankees today announced they have traded right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett and cash considerations to Pittsburgh in exchange for minor leaguers RHP Diego Moreno and OF Exicardo Cayones.
    Moreno, 25, combined to make 41 relief appearances with Single-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona in 2011, going 2-4 with a 3.63 ERA (44.2IP, 18ER). He struck out 45 batters and held opponents to a .218 (36-for-165) batting average. In five minor league seasons (2007-11), he has combined to strike out 212 batters in 194.0 innings pitched over 116 games (six starts). A native of Higuerote, Venezuela, Moreno was signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on August 21, 2006.
    Cayones, 20, was signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 4, 2008, out of Valencia, Venezuela. In three minor league seasons, he has batted .272 (128-for-471) with 34 doubles, seven triples, one home run and 68 RBI in 149 games, appearing at all three outfield positions. He split the 2011 season between the GCL Pirates and short-season Single-A State College, combining to hit .228 (26-for-114) in 38 games.
    Burnett, 35, was signed by the Yankees as a free agent on December 18, 2008, to a five-year contract. In his three seasons with the club, he went 34-35 with a 4.79 ERA (584.0IP, 311ER) in 99 games (98 starts). His 58 wild pitches recorded during his three-year stint with the Yankees (2009-11) were the most for any Major League pitcher over a three-season span since Tony Cloninger threw 62 wild pitches from 1964 through 1966, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
    He posted an 11-11 record with a 5.15 ERA (190.1IP, 109ER) in 33 appearances (32GS) with the Yankees in 2011, setting career-highs in home runs allowed (31) and tying a career-high in earned runs allowed, while ranking first with a franchise-record 25 wild pitches – the most by any Major League pitcher in a single season since the start of the 2000s and the fifth most since 1900.
  26. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    The closer is in the house


    The clubhouse just opened to media, and guess who’s already sitting at his locker?
    Mariano Rivera is here, just one day late. He was chatting with Rafael Soriano and Tony Pena when the clubhouse opened.
    The first workout is later this morning, and it’s a perfectly sunny day for baseball (or at least for a few bullpens).
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  27. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Monday morning notes: Ibanez on his way


    Still nothing official from the Yankees, but it’s hardly a surprise that their deal with Raul Ibanez is done. Wouldn’t be a surprise to see an official announcement later today.
    Of course, Ibanez isn’t here just yet. There’s still an empty locker in the back of the spring training clubhouse where I assume Ibanez will eventually have a jersey.
    Today is the first official workout for pitchers and catchers, and 13 guys will be throwing bullpens later this morning. Mariano Rivera is here. I can echo some previous statements that Phil Hughes seems to be in good shape, Michael Pineda is a huge guy and Francisco Cervelli is as friendly as ever.
    A few minor notes from this morning…
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    • David Adams and Justin Maxwell have already settled into the clubhouse. They’re both coming off injuries, so they’ve reported for early batting practice. Didn’t have a chance to talk to Adams this morning, but Maxwell said he’s been in Tampa since mid-January and feels fully recovered from a torn labrum suffered while slamming into the wall in Indianapolis last season. He’s a toolsy outfielder with some power and speed, and he’s trying to win a spot on the big league bench.
    • A former elite prospect coming back from a series of hand issues, Adam Miller is an interesting off-the-radar guy in the spring clubhouse. After essentially missing three seasons through a series of setbacks — no elbow or shoulder surgeries, just his hand –Miller got back on the field last season and said he started showing more velocity and command in his last few outings. He said he feels strong, just really wants to get some innings and get the feel back. He’s obviously a longshot to make the team out of camp, but he’s a good guy to keep an eye on. If he’s healthy, there’s a lot of talent in that arm.
    • Cervelli said his concussion symptoms were completely gone by mid-November. He’s been in Tampa for about a week and said he feels good. As for taking Jorge Posada’s locker, Cervelli just laughed and said he’ll have to give Posada a call to let him know. “It’s an honor,” Cervelli said.
    • Yesterday there was an empty locker between Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. Today that locker was stocked and assigned to Zoilo Almonte. Not bad company for a guy just added to the 40-man.
    • A guy who I assume was Clay Rapada was moving into a locker this morning. He’s been assigned No. 39.
    • Today’s bullpens:
    Group 1
    Phil Hughes (to Jose Gil)
    Ivan Nova (to Austin Romine)
    Michael Pineda (to Russell Martin)
    Dave Robertson (to Gustavo Molina)
    CC Sabathia (to Francisco Cervelli)
    Group 2
    Freddy Garcia (to J.R. Murphy)
    Hiroki Kuroda (to Cervelli)
    Boone Logan (to Kyle Higashioka)
    Cory Wade (to Gary Sanchez)
    Group 3
    Manny Banuelos (to Martin)
    Dellin Betances (to Higashioka)
    Cesar Cabral (to Molina)
    D.J. Mitchell (to Gil)
    • Today’s hitting groups:
    Group 1
    David Adams and Justin Maxwell
    Group 2
    Francisco Cervelli, Russell Martin, Gustavo Molina, Austin Romine
    Group 3
    Jose Gil, Kyle Higashioka, J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez
  28. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    A few early injury updates from Yankees camp


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    As a general rule, the Yankees seem to be fairly healthy heading into spring training. There are some obvious exceptions, but Brian Cashman said there are very few unexpected health concerns.
    The most glaring injury situation is Joba Chamberlain’s rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. Cashman praised Chamberlain’s work ethic and dedication to the process, but Cashman also stressed that he does not expect to have Chamberlain back until June at the earliest.
    “If you wanted a scale of 1-10, and want someone to be so fully committed to doing the rehab and not cutting any corners and getting everything necessarily done that you need to do to be the best you possibly can be, he’s done that at the highest scale,” Cashman said. “That still doesn’t erase the typical time frame from this surgery regardless of how good a patient you are. He’s too important to us to all of a sudden make a mistake of buying into that, ‘Oh it’s going so well, we can cut the corner and bring him back earlier.’ I won’t rule out any of those things as being possible, but I think for all of our sakes, we have to be careful for him and for us.”
    A few other injury updates…
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    • Andruw Jones is going to report to camp a little early because he had knee surgery this winter. It was little more than a scope to cleanup the area, and Cashman made it sound like no big deal. The Yankees actually had some knee concerns before they signed Jones last winter, but he played through those issues, then got them resolved before re-signing this offseason.
    • Cashman said Alex Rodriguez is “good to go” after his winter surgery.
    • Francisco Cervelli is back to 100 percent after last year’s concussion. Cashman said there are no problems with Cervelli right now.
    • Rule 5 pick Brad Meyers hurt his shoulder during a weight lifting session this winter. “He’s throwing on flat ground,” Cashman said. “But he won’t be out of the gate as quickly as others.” That’s obviously not a great situation for a Rule 5 guy who needs things to break his direction even under the best circumstances.
    • Pedro Feliciano was in camp this morning, and he has a locker with all of the regular relievers, but it’s still uncertain whether he’ll be pitching in the big leagues this season. “It’s going to be tough,” Cashman said. “If he gets back for us, it would be toward September, most likely. His rehab is going well and I think he’s more optimistic, but he had a significant surgery that time-frame wise is going to cut it close.”
  29. Clutch

    Clutch thanks

    Burnett is gone!!! yes!!
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  30. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    I like what Cashman is doing at DH. Platoon two cheap vets that both have heavy LH/RH splits. Neither costs so much that you can't sit them for a day and give Arod/Jeter/etc a day off at the DH spot. Neither is going to give us much in the OF but they are ok enough to play LF/RF on some days to give Gardner and Swisher a break.
  31. beerleagueman

    beerleagueman New Member

    Ibanez will fit in well hitting at YS if he has anything left

    what are everyone's thoughts on this Braun situation? I think it's a major spin job by MLB trying to protect one of the young faces of the game and who was supposedly part of 'the new wave of clean players'...b/c this delay on his test is weird. If it was an older guy like AROD they wouldn't care
  32. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    I haven't followed it much at all. I know he got popped and then said it was something else just like they all do. What has happened since then?
  33. beerleagueman

    beerleagueman New Member

    his legal team appealed but he has refused to talk to anyone about it...Spring Training is getting under way and MLB still hasn't decided on his appeal and won't say anything....they say appeals never take this long(Manny's, etc)...just looks like they are hoping everyone forgets it happened to find any excuse to remove his 50 games suspension
  34. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    They better have a good fucking explanation as to why if they lift it.
  35. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Slip of the tongue: Girardi uses Chavez’s name in talking about bench


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    Joe Girardi was sitting in his office, talking about his plans at designated hitter. He was explaining that, while either Raul Ibanez or Andruw Jones will likely be in the lineup every day — Ibanez against righties, Jones against lefties — they won’t exactly platoon at designated hitter. Either one could play an outfield corner to give someone else a breather.
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    “If you wanted to DH Tex, you could move Swish to first if you wanted,” Girardi said. “Or you could put Chavez at first.”
    Wait a second… Chavez? Eric Chavez? The guy who’s not on the roster?
    “If he shows up,” Girardi said. “We don’t have him, but there’s been talk about that we might get him. That’s not official.”
    The Yankees have been open about their desire to bring Chavez back in a bench role, and it seems Girardi is already envisioning a team with Chavez in the mix. He’s not here yet, but his old locker is still empty in the spring training clubhouse.
    “We’ve had discussions with him,” Giradri said. “But I don’t know if he’s going to be a part of our club. I’d like to have him back. I thought he was productive for us, and he gives me flexibility.”
  36. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Tuesday morning notes: Jones arrives with repaired knee


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    Andruw Jones could not have played the outfield regularly last season. His left knee was sore enough that he required regular treatments, drainings and cortisone shots to keep him in a platoon role. An offseason surgery, he believes, cleaned up the problem and he reported to camp this morning to do some early work on the field.
    “It was bad,” Jones said. “I’m not going to lie to you. It didn’t affect me whatsoever (in terms of performance). It affected me that I couldn’t stay on the field the whole game or play a little more if they needed me, but it’s one of those things that I just had to deal with and try to grind it all the way through the season, and when the season was over, try and address it.”
    Jones said he focused on conditioning this season. He was able to do more running after the knee was repaired, so he ran and did agility drills, focusing on those areas more than lifting. He seems roughly the same size as last season, but Jones said he’s been moving much better.
    “I feel great,” he said. “I’ve been running a lot. My goal was to get back in great playing shape and be a little lighter on my legs so I can go out there and play any time they call my name.”
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    After Mariano Rivera strongly hinted at retirement, Dave Robertson was asked this morning about the possibility of taking over the ninth inning next season. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” Robertson said. “He may have hinted, but you never know. He could Brett Favre us.”
    Robertson said he won’t look at this year any differently. His job is to get the ball to Rivera in the ninth, not think about whether he’s watching Rivera for the last time. Told that Joe Girardi had announced Robertson would return to the eighth-inning role this season, Robertson only smiled. “You mean I made the team?” he said.
    Jones is now wearing No. 22, with his old number 18 given to Hiroki Kuroda. Jones said he wasn’t given time to negotiate a price for giving up the number, but when the Yankees asked him about it, he said he didn’t mind. “Why not let him do it?” he said.
    Lots of hugs in the clubhouse this morning for Bill Hall, who was moving some stuff into his locker. Hall’s been around the game for a long time and has a great reputation as a clubhouse guy. He was laughing and talking with Jones, CC Sabathia, Joba Chamberlain, Kevin Long and Butch Wynegar.
    Still no locker assigned to Raul Ibanez. That deal has not been officially announced, so I imagine we won’t see his name above a locker until he’s officially with the team.
    Basically, all of the big league guys threw bullpens yesterday — plus borderline candidates like D.J. Mitchell and Cesar Cabral — and today, all of the bulpen sessions are from guys either fighting for that last spot in the pen or from guys with no legitimate shot of breaking camp with the team.
    Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano did not throw bullpens yesterday, and neither is scheduled to throw one today. No surprise. Those two don’t require nearly as many innings as the other guys.
    Today’s bullpen assignments:
    Group 1
    Manny Delcarmen (to Russell Martin)
    George Kontos (to Francisco Cervelli)
    Mike O’Connor (to Austin Romine)
    David Phelps (to Gustavo Molina)
    Adam Warren (to Jose Gil)
    Group 2
    Adam Miller (to J.R. Murphy)
    Brett Marshall (to Gary Sanchez)
    Ryan Pope (to Kyle Higashioka)
    Clay Rapada (to Jose Gil)
    Kevin Whelan (to Gustavo Molina)
    Group 3
    Dan Burawa (to Francisco Cervelli)
    Juan Cedeno (to J.R. Murphy)
    Graham Stoneburner (to Gary Sanchez)
    Chase Whitley (to Kyle Higashioka)
    Batting practice groups:
    Group 1: David Adams, Justin Maxwell, Andruw Jones
    Group 2: Francisco Cervelli, Russell Martin, Austin Romine, Gustavo Molina
    Group 3: Jose Gil, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, J.R. Murphy
  37. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Numbers!


    People ask for them every year, so here are the current uniform numbers assigned to the Yankees for spring training.
    40 MAN ROSTER
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    Pitchers
    71 Dellin Betances
    76 Cesar Cabral
    62 Joba Chamberlain
    31 Pedro Feliciano
    36 Freddy Garcia
    65 Phil Hughes
    70 George Kontos
    18 Hiroki Kuroda
    48 Boone Logan
    77 Brad Meyers
    78 D.J. Mitchell
    47 Ivan Nova
    79 David Phelps
    35 Michael Pineda
    42 Mariano Rivera
    30 Dave Robertson
    52 CC Sabathia
    29 Rafael Soriano
    53 Cory Wade
    Catchers
    17 Francisco Cervelli
    55 Russell Martin
    72 Austin Romine
    Infielders
    80 David Adams
    24 Robinson Cano
    2 Derek Jeter
    82 Corban Joseph
    68 Brandon Laird
    26 Eduardo Nunez
    19 Ramiro Pena
    13 Alex Rodriguez
    25 Mark Teixeira
    Outfielders
    83 Zoilo Almonte
    41 Chris Dickerson
    11 Brett Gardner
    14 Curtis Granderson
    22 Andruw Jones
    64 Justin Maxwell
    81 Melky Mesa
    33 Nick Swisher
    NON-ROSTER INVITEES
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    Pitchers
    85 Manny Banuelos
    92 Dan Burawa
    97 Juan Cedeno
    61 Matt Daley
    43 Manny Delcarmen
    93 Brett Marshall
    84 Adam Miller
    63 Mike O’Connor
    94 Ryan Pope
    39 Clay Rapada
    95 Graham Stoneburner
    86 Adam Warren
    75 Kevin Whelan
    96 Chase Whitley
    Catchers
    87 Jose Gil
    89 Kyle Higashioka
    66 Gustavo Molina
    88 J.R. Murphy
    90 Gary Sanchez
    Infielders
    74 Doug Bernier
    45 Russell Branyan
    40 Bill Hall
    60 Jayson Nix
    91 Jorge Vazquez
    Outfielders
    67 Colin Curtis
    73 Cole Garner
    38 Dewayne Wise
  38. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

  39. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    :heythere: Mo.

    Rivera has made his decision, won’t announce it yet

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    Mariano Rivera has made up his mind about next season. He said it was “two or three weeks” ago that he decided whether or not to retire, but he’s not ready to make that decision public.
    “I know,” Rivera said. “I know now. Definitely. I won’t let you know now, but I know.”
    Rivera tried to be cryptic about his decision, but everything he said heavily suggested that he’s decided to retire. A few of his comments:
    • “It doesn’t depend on how I’m going to pitch. Always I want to do my job, but I’ve made my decision already.”
    • “Even if I save 90 games. Even if they want to pay as much money as they want to, any team, (it won’t change the decision).”
    • “Decisions like that are always hard. Always. They involve what you do and what you have done for 22 years. Decisions like that are always hard, difficult, but at the same time, they have to be made.”
    • “I know what I want to do after this. There’s a lot of things I want to do after baseball. I always tell you guys that. It’s something that everybody goes through.”
    • “If I wanted to become a manager I would continue playing until I can’t no more because you have to do the same thing, traveling and traveling.”
    • “This one is different. This is it. This one is my decision.”
  40. beerleagueman

    beerleagueman New Member

    AROD's house-sitters
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    The most incredible thing about this weekend’s photo shoot at the Miami Beach home of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez isn’t just the view: It’s also the fact that horned dog A-Rod was nowhere in sight!
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    Behati Prinsloo preps up (Click on the photo for more)
    While Rodriguez spotted with his buff galpal Torrie Wilson in frigid NYC, a slew of Victoria’s Secret beauties took over his bachelor pad.
    Click here for more photos of the ladies at A-Rod’s home
    And when the cat’s away, . . . . Nah! It was all work and no play!
    The angels spent two days striking sexy poses in bikinis and lingerie for Transformers director Michael Bay, who for once stood behind a still camera.
    And in case you didn’t recognize them from the angle above, that’s Candice Swanepoel (left), Behati Prinsloo and Doutzen Kroes strutting their stuff!
    Rodriguez’s North Bay Road crib, meanwhile, has been a welcomed addition to the area for paparazzi and celebrity watchers who sometimes enjoy the action from boats.
    Last month, the baseball superstar was spotted frolicking poolside with the muscle-bound Wilson just weeks after they started dating.

  41. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Losing the numbers game

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    I honestly had no idea what Andruw Jones was talking about this morning. He was talking about letting Hiroki Kuroda take No. 18, saying he never asked for anything in return before switching to No. 22.
    “They called me and (he) was more than welcome,” Jones said. “It’s a Japanese thing, so why not let him do it?”
    Japense thing? Kuroda explained this afternoon that No. 18 is often the number worn by a team’s ace in Japan. It’s the number he’s worn every since coming to the U.S. to play for the Dodgers.
    “It wasn’t as important as a lot of people think,” Kuroda said. “But it’s a number I’ve been wearing for four years.”
    By the way, there’s another number change on the Yankees roster.
    Chris Dickerson is now wearing No. 41, having lost his No. 27 to Raul Ibanez. Dickerson would have liked to wear the number he had with the Reds, but that was No. 21, and the Yankees didn’t want to give him Paul O’Neill’s old number. It’s funny, of course, that Dickerson got that number in the first place when he was playing for O’Neill’s original team.
  42. beerleagueman

    beerleagueman New Member

    Cano at All Star Saturday Night :taxes:

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  43. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Teixeira MVP of improv outing

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    The Yankees have passed along some comments and a picture from today’s team bonding event at Tampa Improv.
    “I got one quote for you,” Nick Swisher said. “Mark Teixeira, MVP. That’s all I can say. I wish I could give you more, but I can’t.”
    Apparently Swisher isn’t the only one who saw it that way.
    “I saw Tex today in a way that I could have never imagined,” Ivan Nova said. “You should have seen him. I couldn’t stop smiling. It made me think about how we come from so many different places to become teammates and friends.”

    SWISHER: “It’s always awesome. I think skip does such a great job of stressing that word camaraderie. Of stressing that word team. I feel that when you do things away from the ballpark together, I think that brings you closer. And with as much fun as we all have together, it’s rare that you can get everybody together in a comfortable environment… (The team played) different games, like trying to answer a question as a team of two, using one word back and forth. I-Went-To-The-Mall. Something like that. Just improv stuff. And we had some pros there that were awesome, and just so happy that those guys would include us in something like that, because obviously those guys are professionals. And just for us to come out there and act like little kids again, that’s right up my alley.”
    NOVA: “Days like today give me the confidence to open up with my teammates and to have fun. It makes our friendships stronger. You get a chance to learn more about each other without having to talk about baseball.”
  44. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    :dislike:

    Hal: “189 is a real number, and we’re going to be shooting for it”

    Ever since the new CBA was announced, there has been plenty written and said about the Yankees desire to get below the $189-million luxury tax threshold in two years. This morning, Hal Steinbrenner confirmed all of those stories, saying he believes the Yankees can and should drop payroll the next two years.
    “The 189 in two years is definitely a goal of ours,” Steinbrenner said. “We’re not too far off. We’re going to have a very similar payroll this year to last year, but I think we have a better team. Somewhat of an accomplishment I guess, on paper anyway. We’ll see. But yes, that 189 is a real number, and we’re going to be shooting for it.”
    But why? The Yankees have paid the luxury tax in the past, why is now the time to lower payroll and try to fit beneath that ceiling?
    “I’m a finance geek,” Steinbrenner said. “I guess I always have been. That’s my background. Budgets matter, and balance sheets matter. I just feel that if you do well on the player development side, and you have a good farm system, you don’t need a $220-million payroll. You don’t. You can field every bit as good a team with young talent. When you consider Banuelos and Betances and some of the pitching we have coming up with Nova and Hughes and Pineda, next year, when one of those two or both of those guys are up, we’re going to have the kind of young pitching, I don’t know when the last time was.
    “… Luxury tax is an option. It’s a personal option. We do it. We go into it knowing exactly what we’re doing. Being the only team that does it, I’m just not convinced we need to be as high as we’ve been in the past to field a championship caliber team.”
    Steinbrenner acknowledged that he stretched the budget to make room for Hiroki Kuroda this season, but he said a one-year deal is what made that possible. Hal has bent a time or two, but he’s still clearly more restrained than his father. So is $189 a requirement for 2014, or is it simply a goal?
    “I’m looking at it as a goal,” Steinbrenner said. “But my goals are normally considered a requirement. Is it a requirement with baseball that we be at $189 (million)? No, it’s not a requirement. But that is going to be the luxury tax threshold and that’s where I want to be.”
  45. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Game at 1:05 tomorrow vs USF. Anybody going to be watching? I haven't decided if I'll leave the office early to catch it or just stream on my cell from the office. It is Friday, afterall, so I might just call it a day at noon. Pretty sure we'll need a game thread for it. :yousoright:

    The plan for tomorrow’s exhibition against South Florida

    A few notes on tomorrow’s exhibition opener…
    Adam Warren gets the start for the Yankees. He’ll be followed out of the bullpen by Brett Marshall, Dan Burawa, Juan Cedeno, Graham Stoneburner, Ryan Pope and Kevin Whelan. Girardi said there are “a few backups” who will be prepared to pitch if necessary.
    Girardi plans to start his regular lineup, but the everyday guys will get only an at-bat or two. The regular infielders (who are also playing in Saturday’s game) will hit only once. The outfielders (who won’t play again until Sunday) will hit twice.
    Robinson Cano is the exception to the rule. He will not play tomorrow or Saturday. Cano missed three days of workouts to attend his great grandmother’s funeral, and Girardi said he won’t play in a game until Sunday.
    Here’s what I know about this South Florida team: They’re called the Bulls… They’re 4-4… They’ve lost their past three games… They have a reliever with 11 strikeouts in 6.1 innings… They’re hitting .228 as a team… Their season stats are right here if you’re really curious.
  46. Jimmy the Saint

    Jimmy the Saint Peppermint schnapps makes me sloppy

    Heading down to Florida on Saturday. I'll be at the Phillies game in Tampa on Sunday and the Blue Jays games in Dunedin on Thursday. :feelsgoodman:
  47. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Awesome. We're heading down next Friday. Catching Braves @ Yankees in Tampa on Friday and Yankees @ Braves in Orlando on Saturday. Can't fucking wait. Favorite time of the year.
  48. tylerdolphin

    tylerdolphin My spoon is too big

    Love baseball season. Im definitely in the minority, especially on this site, but I enjoy baseball season more than football season.
  49. beerleagueman

    beerleagueman New Member

    Florida is Paradise during the month of March, great weather with so much going on
  50. dblplay1212

    dblplay1212 New Member

    Got a game thread going. Feel free to join in.

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