Daily Archives: November 10, 2011

Yankees announce Spring Training schedule

Yankees announce Spring Training schedule

By Delia E.

The New York Yankees have announced their Spring Training schedule today, scheduling 33 games including 5 exhibition games: One v.s the University of South Florida, 2 v.s the Miami Marlins & 2 v.s the New York Mets. March 3, 2012 is when the Yankees are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field in Clearwater following a game on March 4, 2012 at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The Yankees have 15 home games and play v.s each of the Yankees American League East rivals: Tampa Bay Rays (March 5, 2012 @ 1:05pm), Boston Red Sox (March 13 @ 7:05pm), Toronto Blue Jays (March 27, 2012 @ 7:05pm) & the Baltimore Orioles (March 29 @ 7:05pm). The Yankees will also face former postseason foes the Philadelphia Phillies (March 4, 2012 & March 11, 2012 @ 1:05pm & March 30, 2012 @ 7:05pm) & the Detroit Tigers (March 25 @ 1:05pm).

This is the latest Spring Training start since 2005 when they also started on March 3, 2012.

The Yankees also have 2 exhibition games v.s the Miami Marlins on April 1, 2012 @ 1:10pm & April 2, 2012 @ 7:10pm. The Yankees will then play the New York Mets for the first time since 1996 on April 3, 2012 @2:10pm & April 4, 2012 @ 12:05pm.

Season tickets for the 2012 Spring Training season are now on sale at www.steinbrennerfield.com or www.yankees.com. Individual ticket sales will be on December 2, 2011 at 10:00am at the Steinbrenner Field box office, http://www.yankees.com or by calling Ticketmaster.

Pitchers and catchers report on February 20, 2012 with their first workout session on February 21, 2012. Position players report on February 25, 2012 with the full club’s workout on February 26, 2012.

Here is the full Spring Training schedule for the 2012 season

A Letter To Jorge Posada

Dear Jorge Posada,

You made us laugh, you made us cry but in the end you were always there for us when we needed you. When we entered the Great Hall in Yankee Stadium heading to our seats we always saw you either chatting up Derek Jeter or you were in your catchers gear warming up for the game ahead. We will forever miss chanting “Hip Hip Jorge” in the stands when you came to bat, and we will miss John Sterling’s homerun call for you whenever you hit one into the seats (Jorgie Juiced One).

Everyone has that one special fond memory of you but the memory that I have is so special that it could never be replaced in my heart. On August 13, 2011 I was lucky enough to get tickets to a Yankees game; it had also happened to be my birthday. I remembered that morning before the game hoping that Joe Girardi would put you in the lineup. When he put you in the lineup I had a feeling that it was going to be an amazing day, but that’s not the memory. I remembered being glued to my seat when the bases were loaded you were at the plate. There was tension throughout the stadium hoping that the runners would not become stranded. You did not disappoint us. One swing of the bat and the ball went bye bye into the seats. I had never seen a grand slam in person, but watching it on my birthday was incredible! It was the single most amazing thing that I have ever seen. You capped a 6 RBI day and made my birthday the best birthday ever.

A moment that I had shared with Yankees fans was watching you catch for the first time in 2011 since you became a full time DH. It was unfortunate for Russell Martin to become injured, but when you walked behind the plate in catchers gear there was not a dry eye in the house.

We are forever honored by the presence you brought to the stadium and to the clubhouse. You are an icon to us and no matter what you decide, no matter what you do; you will forever be a Yankee.

We love you and good luck Jorge on your journey ahead!

Morning Bits: Sanchez, Catchers, Posada, Cashman, D.R.

Good morning everyone. Not a good day for sports yesterday, with the Penn State scandal, and the kidnapping of Nationals’ catcher Wilson Ramos.

Here are your notes and links:

Via Marc Carig of the Star Ledger:

— Although they knew Jonathan Sanchez was on the trade block, the Yankees never had any real discussions about acquiring him.

— “I’ve had a lot of teams express ‘Hey, if you’re ever going to do something there, mark us down,’ that type of things.” This is Brian Cashman speaking about how other clubs have been inquiring on the Yankees’ plethora of catchers, including Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, and Francisco Cervelli.

— Cashman is still feeling for the pitching market, and has reportedly requested medical information from some players, which he says is standard procedure.

— Jorge Posada has accepted the fact that if he plays in 2012, it won’t be with the Yankees. He just has to decide whether to call it quits, or put on another uniform.

— The Yankees have a large number of scouts in the Dominican Republic this week. However, they aren’t only watching center-fielder Yoennis Cespedes.

Via Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News:

— Brian Cashman noted that the Yankees’ roster “isn’t perfect”, and will look to improve it throughout free agency.