Monthly Archives: January 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.

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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.

Open Thread

Some quick links and notes.  Talk about whatever you want.

Joel Sherman reports that the Yankees signed RHP Manny Delcarmen to a minor league contract.

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, Yoenis Cespedes is expected to travel to the United States within the next 7-10 days for face-to-face meetings with MLB teams.

Yankees Chat – 1/30/12

Yankees Chat – 1/30/12

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Looking for Writers!!

We posted this several weeks ago but I’m putting it up again for anybody who did not see the original posting.

Hello everyone. With a solid cast of writers currently at Yankees Fans Unite, we feel like we are in a good position. However, we are looking to add several more writers in an effort to bring even more high-quality original content to the blog. We are looking for someone who:

1)     Has a very strong command of the English language (including grammar, spelling, etc.).
2)     Has a plentiful, yet well balanced knowledge of all aspects of  baseball/NYY.
3)     Has strong critical thinking skills and has the ability to think outside the box.
4)     Can write fluently using a healthy balance of analysis, advanced statistics, and opinion.
5)     Can commit to writing at least 2 original articles per week.

If you are interested, please email me (yankeesfansunited@gmail.com) with:

1)     A bio (probably just a paragraph)
2)     2 sample articles on topics of your choice.
3)     Links to other Internet work you’ve published in the past (if applicable).

We really look forward to your submissions…and good luck!!!

Yankees In Serious Talks With Bill Hall

Yankees In Serious Talks With Bill Hall

By Delia E.

Ken Rosenthal reported that the Yankees were in serious talks with Bill Hall who is reportedly in the best shape of his life.

The role would be for the bench role obviously. Hall had a horrible 2011 but put up stellar numbers in 2010 with the Boston Red Sox having 18 HR’s in 342 plate appearences.

Reports from December claimed that Hall had lost 15 pounds and regained his foot speed.

Previewing the 2012 Royals | Interview Series

 

The Royals' Kauffman Stadium - the site of the 2012 All Star Game.

Over the course of the next month or two, we will be previewing the Yankees’ competition in the American League. To do this, I will interview one blog for each team in the league.

Now that we’ve interviewed the Twins, Tigers, and White Sox, we now will be looking at the Kansas City Royals. I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Engel of Kings of Kauffman

1. Finishing in 4th place with a 71-91 record, the Royals had another primarily unsuccessful season. What are your thoughts looking back at the 2011 season? What could the Royals have done a better job at in order to achieve greater success?

That record is similar to how the Royals have finished in the past, but 2011 was a much different year than others. With so many prospects graduating to the big leagues, a winning season wasn’t expected, but by the end of the year, most of them were having success in some fashion. The starting rotation was a weak link, of course, but a lot of the damage was done by Kyle Davies, Vin Mazzaro and Sean O’Sullivan – three starters who didn’t really pitch at all past the all-star break.

2. With the exception of trading Melky Cabrera to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez, it seems to have been a rather quiet offseason for KC. How do you feel about the Royals’ off-season to this point?

Early on, I wanted them to either go after everyone they could possibly get, or to sit tight. I advocated they sign Mark Buehrle and Roy Oswalt both if they were going to go for it, but neither happened, obviously. That’s okay with me. I have a hard time holding back my optimism after how the team started to look late last year, but it’s a tough job going for the division with mostly second year players.

I’m happy that they didn’t get a strange feeling to start selling off their still-strong prospect depth. There were a ton of fans on our side who were more than willing to give up Wil Myers and change for Gio Gonzalez. Personally, I don’t buy Gio outside of Oakland, so I’m glad that move didn’t happen, especially for our top hitting prospect. Dayton Moore trusts the players he has in his system and while 2012 may not be the year, he’s got the players around to have a big window for annual contention.

3. What do you think of the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium being the host of the 2012 All Star Game?

It’s really exciting. The renovations they’ve done make the stadium even better than it already was and Major League Baseball noticed. I think fans from all over will love the stadium and I’m going to be sure to make it, too. It’s a once in a generation kind of event for our region.

4. Although they haven’t had much major-league success in recent years, the Royals are said to have one of the best (probably the best) farm systems. How do you feel about the current state of the Royals’ prospects, and minor-leagues? Do any exciting young prospects figure to have an impact on the 2012 team?

A lot of the guys who came up in 2011 are the same guys who’ll be making the most impact in 2012. The one player who didn’t make it to Kansas City who might be on track for it is Mike Montgomery. He’s got the highest upside of any pitcher right now in the system, even though he’s coming off a pretty bad season in Triple A.

Behind him, the Royals have a lot of depth still to come. Jake Odorizzi might not be up in 2012, but he’s going to be a part of a future Royals rotation. Chris Dwyer is getting invited to camp and might be close to Montgomery’s upside – but he’s got more potential to bust, too. The system as it stands now has a second wave of young talent coming along, most of whom are in the lower levels – guys like Cheslor Cuthbert, Jason Adam, Jorge Bonifacio – who might be a bit behind Eric Hosmer and company, but they’re a lot of 19 and 20 year olds.

There’s a very small chance that Wil Myers could see time in Kansas City. If so, it’ll be during a September call-up situation. He had a rough 2011 as a 20-year-old in Double A and fended off some fluke knee problems (he endured a laceration/bruise early on that kept him out, then it became infected and kept him out again). He still held his own at the level and had a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. He’ll see Triple A before the end of 2012, at least.

5. Lastly, how do you project the team will do in 2012? Are fans confident in the organization both in the short-term and the long-term?

My expectations are a little weird. I’ve been a Royals fan for so long that I’ve seen this kind of excitement before. In 1990, the Royals had a good mix of young and veteran talent, but it fell apart and they didn’t meet expectations. In 1994, they were the hottest team in baseball and then the players went on strike. Even with the best young outfield trio in recent memory (Jermaine Dye, Carlos Beltran and Johnny Damon), they didn’t have any pitching to keep them in games and the 2003 season was a mirage. So Royals fans will have to pardon me for checking my optimism. I see them as a good shot for 78 wins, which is progress.

There are a lot of fans who say .500 is within reach, and honestly, I see that too. There are some fans who think 88 wins or so is in reach. At least my way, .500 is a bonus, but it’s disappointing for the second group.

Long-term, I think the Royals could end up with one of the better offensive teams in the league. A lot depends on the pitching. If Danny Duffy, Montgomery, Odorizzi and John Lamb (who’s out until at least mid-season after Tommy John Surgery last June) can reach their potential, the team will be fantastic for a good four year stretch while the other players – the Jason Adams, Cuthberts and others I’ve mentioned – move up to keep the ladder and keep the momentum going.

Bobby Valentine Not Surprised By Jesus Montero Trade

Bobby Valentine Not Surprised By Jesus Montero Trade

By Delia E.

Bobby Valentine had more to say about the Yankees trade that sent Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Michael Pineda according to ESPN New York.

“I thought that it was kind of in their plans.” Valentine spoke to the press on Sunday while he was at Rippowam Middle School. “He helped their plans come to fruition by the way he played the last month of the season. I didn’t really ever think he was going to be their catcher in the future but maybe.”

Well Bobby Valentine, for a Red Sox manager you sure like to comment a lot about the Yankees.

Hughes in “great shape”

Hughes in “great shape”

by Matt S.

According to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Yankees officials are saying Phil Hughes is in “great” shape.  This is a great sign as two years ago he was in good shape and pitched well.  We all now last year he came into spring training a lot heavier than normal and his season was not so good.  It looks like Phil Hughes is doing everything possible to fight for that fifth spot.

Morning Bits: Banuelos, Betances, Girardi

Good Morning all.  Back to the work week.  We are now less than 3 weeks for pitchers and catchers to report.

Also to note Matthew B will be hosting a live chat tonight at 7pm.  Stop on by and bring your questions.

Here are the links. Enjoy.

* ESPN’s Andrew Marchand asks When will the Killer B’s arrive?

* Lohud reports that Girardi draws fans to Harrison library fundraiser.

Open Thread

Good evening all.  If you like to watch a non-football game the Probowl is on tonight.   This is your open thread to talk about whatever you wish.   Below like always I will leave a couple notes and links to get you started.

* A’s assistant general manager David Forst said the club is still open to signing Manny Ramirez.

* Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Cardinals don’t have a deal in place for Roy Oswalt yet but “are trying to clear money to make it work.”

* Pitching coach Curt Young thinks it’s unlikely that Dallas Braden (shoulder) will be ready by Opening Day.

Live Chat Monday Night

Live Chat Monday Night

This is just to inform you all that Matthew B. will be hosting a live chat tomorrow night (7pm EST) here at the site. Be sure to come check it out and participate with any questions and comments you have. We look forward to chatting with you there!

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