Daily Archives: January 31, 2012

Mark Teixeira to bunt in 2012

Mark Teixeira to bunt in 2012

by Matt S.

From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports Mark Teixeira said Tuesday that he might lay some bunts down this season in order to beat the shift. Teams have quickly adjusted to Teixeira’s pull-happy ways, which led to career-lows in batting average (.248) and batting average on balls in play (.239) last season. The hope is that occasionally laying one down could keep opposing defenses honest.

Open Thread

Good evening all.  We had our first interview with a Yankee Prospect today if you haven’t read it scan down below for our interview with Slade Heathcott.  This is your Open Thread feel free to talk about whatever you like.  I will get you started with some links and notes.

* According to ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine, former Cubs GM Jim Hendry has been hired by the Yankees.  Hendry will function as a special assistant to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman as part of a multi-year agreement.

* Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports the Red Sox have offered free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson a one-year contract worth between $5-6 million.

Twitter Interview with Yankee Prospect Slade Heathcott

Slade Heathcott who was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round in 2009 was kind enough to give me some time to answer some questions on twitter. The questions come from me and fishjam25.  Slade is one of the jewels in the Yankee system.   Thanks again to Slade for his time. If you would like to follow Slade on twitter his name is @SladeHeathcott

Baseball Reference has all his stats to date click the link to see what he has done so far as a Yankee prospect

1) How is your shoulder? What have you been doing for rehab and will you be 100 percent when Spring Training starts?

It’s feeling good, just taking it slow. I plan on being in games around May.

2) Do you work out in Tampa at Yanks facility in Winter or home (if home where do you currently reside?)

I pretty much live in Tampa now, I work out at complex and also with Speed Source in Tampa at powerhouse gym.

3) Critique yourself as a ballplayer…what are your strengths and weaknesses?

That’s a tough one I have a lot of weaknesses…a lot of things I need to mature on as a player.

4) Has the team told you if you will start in Extended Spring Training this year or right to playing for the Tampa Yankees?

It just depends on how the shoulder rehab goes, I’m not sure where I’ll start yet.

5) You have blinding speed and use it to play a great CF. What do you need to do to become more of a successful base stealer?

I’m not that fast I get good reads and good first steps which makes it seem like I’m faster, I need to work on my reaction.

6) When I saw you play in person, my first impression of you was (Brett Gardner with muscles). Do you think you are similar to Brett and what Major Leaguers do you pattern yourself after?

I don’t know if I can say I pattern myself after any big leaguers, Brett Gardner is a hell of a player.

He plays hard as hell every single day and that should be very respected.

7) Do you feel any pressure to produce to prove to people you are as good as any CF/OF in the organization?

No I don’t really feel pressure from the organization, more of my family and wanting to make them proud.

The Yankees know I’ll do everything possible and work hard to do everything possible. I also trust in my path.

8) I’m really excited to see what you can accomplish with a full year of 100% health – what are your goals for this season?

Just to stay healthy and have my ups and downs because thus what they are and not because of injures..

A.J Burnett Will Most Likely Not Get Traded

A.J Burnett Will Most Likely Not Get Traded

By Delia E.

All of you Yankees fans that were hoping for A.J Burnett to get the boot might not get what you wished for. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, he spoke to an MLB GM who explained the issues that the Yankees would face if they attempted to deal Burnett.

The main reason is that teams don’t trust A.J Burnett, even if the Yankees are willing to eat most of his contract. The GM also stated that there are options in the free agent market if a team was desperate for starting pitching.

If the Yankees are able to move A.J Burnett it probably won’t be until either pitchers injuries hurt a teams rotation or until July. We would just have to wait and see.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Kuroda, Burnett, A-Rod

Hello all and welcome to Spanning the Yankee Blogs.  I look at them all and pick an article from each for you to read and enjoy.  Comment on any of the topics in our comments section.  Enjoy and away we go….

* An A-Blog for A-Rod is predicting the new guys numbers.

Bleeding Yankee Blue wonders what if Derek Jeter & Babe Ruth switched places.

* Lady Loves Pinstripes expects AJ Burnett to be one of the Yankee starters.

* NY Baseball Digest has Kuroda not Pineda to have the breakout year.

* Pinstripe Alley asks how likely is a 30 homerun season from A-Rod.

* River Ave Blues asks will signing Zack Greinke next winter really be that bad?

* The Greedy Pinstripes talks about Repeating 2011 run prevention.

* The Yankee Analysts has the importance of Mark Teixeira.

Morning Bits: Start time of Opening Day, Granderson, Delcarmen

The days keep ticking down to when pitchers and catchers report.   Get excited!!!!

onto the links….

* 3:10 start for the Yankees first game of the season on April 6th.

* Here are the rest of the times of the games for the season which was released yesterday.

* Granderson is upbeat about the lineup and Pineda.

* Yankees are taking a shot with Delcarmen.