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Morning Bits: Valentine, Hughes, Spring training, Cervelli

It’s the mid-week and I’m very excited today as I’m going with a couple friends to check out the Knicks and Linsanity tonight.  Yankees baseball is why you come to this site though so here are the links I bring to you every morning.  Enjoy!

* Valentine is already tweaking the Yankees and has it all for you.

* The New York Post has Hughes as the chosen one in the rotation battle.

* Adam Warren is going to start the Yankees first spring training game.

* The New York Times has the latest with Cervelli and his concussions.

* reports that new faces change the face of the Sox-Yanks rivalry.

* Lohud mentions that Joba is glad to be back at work after elbow surgery.

* Ivan Nova is dealing with pressure of expectations after superb rookie season says The Daily News.

* From The Star Ledger – Despite power numbers Curtis Granderson expects to stay at number two in the lineup.

Spring Training Notes: 2/24/12

Today Spring Training got a little more interesting. Position players had to report to Spring Training today and prepare for their first workout tomorrow. Let’s get to  today’s Spring Training notes!

Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher & Brett Gardner were spotted in the Yankees clubhouse today.

Derek Jeter addressed the press today (wearing a Muhammed Ali shirt that everyone couldn’t stop talking about). During the conference when asked if Jeter could keep up his numbers from the second half of the season he said, “Yeah, why not. I think if you work hard and you’re dedicated—which I’ve always tried to do—I don’t see any reason why not. I don’t think you ever go into a season saying you’re not capable of doing something. I always try to stay positive, you guys know that, and I have a lot of confidence in what I’m able to do. It’s just a matter of going out there and doing it. If I didn’t feel as though I was able to do it, then I wouldn’t be here trying.”

Jeter also talked about his skills and why he’s still able to play baseball. “If I didn’t think I was capable of playing the game at a high level, I would go home. If I wasn’t enjoying myself, enjoying the competition, then it’d be time to go home. Right now, I think I’m capable and I’m enjoying myself. I can’t comment on what would force me to retire, go home, stop playing. But I have a lot of confidence. I’ve always had confidence. If that starts to waver, then I wouldn’t do it.”

Michael Pineda plans to learn how to throw the changeup from CC Sabathia. If you ever need to learn a pitch, going to CC is the way to do it.

Morning Bits: Chavez, Mariano, Kuroda, Romine, Girardi, Nova

It’s Friday so Hooooray for that.  With everyone reporting to camp more stories should be coming out.  Let’s get right to the links.  Have a good weekend everyone.

* The Washington Post reports that Chavez is happy to be back with the Yankees.  (Has a player ever said I’m not happy to be back with a team?)

* reports that Hal Steinbrenner mentions that Mariano is a life long Yankee.

* Newsday writes that Kuroda is getting good reviews this spring.

* Nice article from The New York Times about Romine and how Girardi is working with him.

* has Nova more secure after tough stretch last year.

* The Daily News says that Russell Martin, Yankees not yet close on a new deal.

* This article from The Daily News goes into how Girardi might be around longer than Joe Torre.

Morning Bits: Yankees DH, Mariano, Pineda, Kuroda, Chavez

Good morning.  It’s already Mid-week so that’s awesome.  Even better position players report in just a couple days so that’s exciting. Let’s get right to the links….

* Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal writes that the Yankees DH for 2012 is everyone.

* The New York Times reports that the bullpen is full of disbelief and denial about Mariano retiring.

* Jeff Pasan of Yahoo says Michael Pineda, Hiroki Kuroda take on Yankees history with move to New York.

* Here is a great story from A Cubs fan buys  (just in case you don’t know that’s the name of the Red Sox’s new spring training home).  Read the article for a laugh.

* From The Daily News: Andruw Jones brings a healthy optimism into spring training.

* Chad Jennings of Lohud has the bench set as Chavez re-ups.

* Jon Heyman reports that Cashman retools the rotation at a reasonable cost.

* Heyman also has his camp report: Likes and Dislikes.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Roberston, Burnett, Ibanez, Joba, Spring Training

Since the last time we have done this AJ has been traded and pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training.  Lot’s of great blogs about the Yankees let’s take a look at what they are all saying.

* An A-blog for A-Rod mentions a good point that Brandon Laird is the forgotten infielder.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue is reflecting on the negatives of the Burnett era.

* Bomber Boulevard says that June is the earliest for Joba to come back.

* Bronx Baseball Daily has 6 questions about the Yankees rotation.

* It’s about the Money Stupid is projecting Brett Gardner.

* Lady Loves Pinstripes writes about Raul Ibanez.

* New York Baseball Digest has Mason Williams taking the mantle from Jesus Montero.

* NYY Universe got a chance to interview David Robertson.

* Pinstripe Alley takes a look at Yankee drafts by decade.

* River Ave Blues has some thoughts about the A.J. trade.

* Road to Yankee Stadium links some articles about the minors.

* The Captain’s Blog takes a 111-year retrospective at Yankees spring training.

* The Greedy Pinstripes looks into the best 1-2 punch in the AL east.

* The Yankee Analysts has a great article forecasting Ibanez with park factors.

* Yanks Go Yard dives into the 2012 AL East preview of shortstops.

* Zell’s Pinstriped Blog has the all time Yankee flops.

Morning Bits: Mariano, Girardi, Spring Training

Good morning all. Back to work for most but it’s a short week so we can’t complain. Lot’s of news yesterday so let’s get right to the links…

* Bryan Hoch of reports that Mariano Rivera strongly implied that 2012 will be his last season? (Not sure about you all I know he will be missed but if you think about it salary wise that’s a lot of money off the books if he hangs it up).

* Hoch also writes that Girardi is seeing nothing but good things so far at camp.

* Cashman was on a bunch of radio shows yesterday. Here is the podcast from his half-hour long interview with Mike Francesa, and here is the podcast from his stop on the Michael Kay show.

* Lohud says the Yankees number 1 question is the number 5 starter.

* Donnie Collins from The Times Tribune reports few roster spots available as Yankees open camp.

Morning Bits: Sabathia, Spring Training, Burnett, Ibanez

Good morning all I assume many of you are off on this holiday.   So enjoy the day and keep checking back with us for all the latest.  Let’s get right to the morning links…..

* The Washington Post says the Yankees are looking for slimmer Sabathia to revert to dominate form.

* Chad Jennings of Lohud writes that the Yanks take unique road as spring training opens.

* ESPN has the full report of the done deal for AJ Burnett.

* From Ibanez remains at the top of the Yankees wish list.

* Sports Illustrated reports on the lighter side of Sabathia.

* From The Daily News Cashman admits the Yankees didn’t try to win the AL East in 2010.

Here is a youtube video sent it to us from Paul who is one of our readers.  Hope you enjoy it as it’s pretty good.

Morning Bits: Burnett, Spring Training, Top Teams

Good morning all.  Back to another start of the week.  But get excited only 6 days till pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

Let’s get right to the links….

* The New York Times reports that the Yankees and Pirates are in serious talks for Burnett.  I’m sure many of you prayed last night for this to happen.

* The New York Post chimes in on the verge of the AJ Trade as well.

* Bryan Hoch of writers that the Yankees are heading to camp with a plethora of starters.

* Joel Sherman of the New York Post states that the Red Sox and Yankees are no longer alone at the top.

Morning Bits: Prospects, 2012 Preview, Burrnett trade rumors, Cano, Cashman

Good morning all it’s Friday. 9 more day till pitchers and catchers have to report.

Let’s get right to the links…..

* In case you missed it yesterday Espn’s Keith Law came out with his top 100 prospects and four Yankees made the list click the link to see who and where they landed.

* Rotowire has The Yankee 2012 Preview.  This is filled with tons of information such as sleepers, projected lineup & rotation.  This article is worth the read.

* From The New York Post writer Dan Martin says the Yankees are gauging teams interest in AJ.  The article goes on saying they are having “conversations with several clubs.”

* Cano went against Denzel Washington in trivia on the Jay Leno Show The Daily News has the recap.

* The Daily News has all the latest on the Cashman mess.

* The Yankees want Garrett Jones for Burnett reports Yahoo’s Mark Miller.

Morning Bits: Branyan, Spring Training, Kuroda

Good morning all we are now 10 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.

Let’s get right to the links….

* The Daily News mentions the Yankees powered up by adding Russell Branyan.

* Here is a list of a bunch of players the Yankees have invited to spring training.

* The New York Times says little mystery surrounding Kuroda.

Open Thread

Good evening all.  This is your open thread to talk about whatever you like.

In 25 days pitchers and catchers will report for the Yankees and while it’s snowing out their for the people on the east coast I figured to put up a picture of the pitchers from a past spring training.

Feel free to talk about whatever you like.  Maybe tell us what you are most looking forward to about Spring Training?  The battle for the 5th spot?  Who will emerge as the DH?  etc. etc.

Have a good evening.

Morning Bits: Rothschild, Pineda, Kuroda, Spring Training, A-Rod

Good morning all it’s Friday. Hooray for the weekend.  Let’s get right to the links….

* The New York Post reports that Larry Rothschild is happy to have Pineda and Kuroda.

* Tony Hamby from Yahoo has a guide to spring training at Steinbrenner field.

* Chad Jennings from Lohud has the organizational depth for third base.

* says A-Rod is preparing to play third this year.

Morning Bits: Spring Training, SWB Yankees, Rick Down

It’s Friday and I’m ready for this weekend to begin.

Here are your links…..

*The Yankees begin to stir as spring training nears.

* SWB Yankees are likely to have a veteran presence.

* Rick Down rejoins the Yankees as a minor league instructor.

The Roster: Who Makes it?

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in a solid 51 days, but I’m looking ahead to when baseball really matters: Opening Day. Spring Training to me is like a season of “Survivor”. There are about 70+ players that show up for Spring Training but only 25 can make the cut. We know some of the regulars are in already so they don’t count (like Jeter, A-Rod, Teixeira, etc.) but it is nice to see which young ones could make the roster for Opening Day. As Spring Training goes by, players find out that they will start in either Double-A or Triple-A. Some players even find out that they might get traded. But when Opening Day comes, only 25 of the best will compete in the Major Leagues vs. the other teams that are out there. Considering what the Yankees have done this off-season so far, I decided to make a roster on how I think it would look on Opening Day plus the lineups that the Yankees could work with.

Lineup 1:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jesus Montero DH
Russell Martin C

Lineup 2:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jesus Montero DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

As I mentioned before, the regulars were a shoe in to make the 25 man roster


(unless someone got traded). But this is the ideal way that the lineup could appear on Opening Day. The reason that Mark Teixeira would bat 5th & Robinson Cano would bat 3rd or 4th in the order is because Cano is easily the Yankees best hitter. He has proved it since coming up with the Yankees in 2005, and time and time again is becoming a better name for him. With Brett Gardner & Derek Jeter’s case, I think that Gardner could bat lead-off with Jeter batting 2nd and then have Jeter bat 1st & Gardner batting 9th in what Joe Girardi would call the “Double Lead-Off Effect” (which when Gardner and Jeter are both healthy, works very well).  Jesus Montero would make the 25 man roster easily due to his impressive work in the 2011 season in September. Also Jesus Montero was named the #1 Yankee Prospect for the third year in a row.

Starting Rotation:

CC Sabathia LHP
Ivan Nova RHP
Freddy Garcia RHP
A.J. Burnett RHP
Phil Hughes RHP

This is how I would predict that the Yankees would have the starting rotation. Of course we have been hearing that A.J Burnett could be shopped around during this off-season, but in reality I don’t see Burnett going anywhere. I know this isn’t the best rotation but Cashman hasn’t done much during the off-season so far. There are a lot of ifs in this rotation after Sabathia. We wonder if Ivan Nova can have a repeat performance of his 2011 campaign. We wonder if Freddy Garcia can be consistent like he was in 2011. We wonder if A.J Burnett can pitch well, plain and simple. And we also wonder if Phil Hughes can bounce back from his horrendous 2011 season that was plagued with injuries. This rotation could use some work but Cashman hasn’t made the moves that were necessary to make this one of the best rotations in baseball.


Mariano Rivera RHP
David Robertson RHP
Rafael Soriano RHP
Joba Chamberlain RHP
Boone Logan LHP
Cory Wade RHP
Hideki Okajima LHP

Last year the Yankees had one of the best bullpens in the league and they could easily have that in 2012. I don’t see the Yankees re-signing Luis Ayala but they do have Cory Wade coming back. The Yankees also just recently signed Hideki Okajima who could have a chance to make the bullpen and become the second lefty behind Boone Logan. (Logan wasn’t going to be the “Lone Lefty” forever). We don’t expect for Joba Chamberlain to be able to be on the Opening Day roster, but he is working hard to come back from Tommy John Surgery. After a stellar year, David Robertson should return and reprise the 8th inning role while veteran closer Mariano Rivera will continue his role in what might be the final season of his career. I would say that if all of the Yankees can keep up the pace like last year then they could be a dominate force in 2012.

Bench Players

Eduardo Nunez SS/3B/2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Eric Chavez 3B/1B
Andruw Jones OF

After last year, the Yankees could use Eduardo Nunez up to bat and on the field (but please keep the errors to a minimum Nunie). Cervelli has proven himself that he could be a reliable asset to the team. He’s a good backup catcher and can be pretty handy offensively. (Cervelli has a knack of hitting with RISP which is something the team should learn how to do). Andruw Jones and Eric Chavez have both revealed that they would like to resign with the Yankees, and I think that they could fit well with the team. The Yankees may also sign Hiroyuki Nakajima, who could fill the same role as Nunez, making either to be a trade chip.

The Yankees didn’t look like much in 2011, but surprised the baseball world when they ran away with the AL East Championship with the rotation they had. Although the Yankees have lost some key players (Jorge Posada), they can still be the team to beat in 2012 because as we all know, the team in pinstripes doesn’t go down so easily.

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 or Individual ticket sales will be on December 2, 2011 at 10:00am at the Steinbrenner Field box office, 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