Spring Training Game Thread: Joba takes on the Twinkies


aj-cc-and-jobaJoba Chamberlain will make his first appearance of the spring this afternoon, and luckily for all of us the game will be on YES. He’ll be opposed by some guy named Liriano, and according to LEN3 ex-Yank Sean Henn is scheduled to make an appearance.

Chad Jennings notes that Brett Gardner and Phil Coke will be presented with the 2008 Kevin Lawn Awards before the game, given to the organization’s Minor League Player and Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Back in September I gave those awards to Jesus Montero and Zach McAllister, respectively, but Gardner and Coke are certainly deserving.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:15. Here’s the lineup, courtesy of Bryan Hoch:

Damon, LF
Jeter, SS
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Posada, DH Swisher, RF
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF Molina, C
Molina, C Duncan, DH
Melky, CF

Scheduled Pitchers: Joba Chamberlain, Mike Dunn, Jose Veras, Dan Giese, Kei Igawa, David Robertson, Steven Jackson, Kanekoa Teixeira

Based on my highly scientific system of counting the number of pitchers scheduled to pitch and comparing that to the number of innings typically played in a game, I’m guessing we’ll get two innings out of Joba.

If you won’t be around to catch the live broadcast, MLB Network will be replaying it at 5pm, as will YES at 7pm. I might watch all three.

Update (1:01pm): Posada’s been scratched with shoulder discomfort. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. No word on the lineup change yet.

Update (1:07pm): Shelley Duncan’s the new DH.

Photo Credit: Reuters Pictures


  1. Mike Pop says:

    That picture is sexy. Games 1, 2, and 3 starters for the playoffs.

  2. Raf says:

    only one inning for Joba according to Kay.

  3. Mike A. says:

    Wooo, Joba’s bringin’ the heat. He doesn’t even look like he’s trying. Heh.

  4. Raf says:

    Delmon crushed that. woof.

    • Mike Pop says:

      I think he will have a solid season. Still will probably be looked at as a bad trade because Garza has an electric arm but Delmon has the talent.

  5. Tom Zig says:

    Why do they keep putting Kei Igawa out there?

    Don’t you think his inning or so of work would be better served if given to someone else?

  6. Eirias says:

    He’s a bust. That wouldn’t have happened if he was relieving. Either move him back or trade him.

  7. Mike Pop says:

    Joba getting roughed up.

  8. UWS says:

    Clearly Joba is a bust.

  9. Mike Pop says:

    I was hoping to see 3 strikeouts on 9 pitches. Bust.

  10. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Kubel has been crushing the phenoms.

  11. Mike Pop says:

    Aww, Michael Kay your such a joker. “You mean end up on the Mets?”

  12. Mike Pop says:

    Wow, Matt Cassel to the Cheifs.

  13. Mike A. says:

    Textbook piece of hitting by Tex.

  14. Jasper says:

    Solid oppo hitting by Tex.

  15. Raf says:

    i could really get used to 1st innings like this throughout the season.

  16. Mike Pop says:

    Swish swinging on the first pitch? Work the count you bum.

  17. Money line says:

    I always wondered what it would be like to see joba throw BP…. now i know… haha toppin out at 88

  18. Matt says:

    Thought A-Rod had that one.

  19. Jasper says:

    Robby with a walk, look at the plate discipline.

  20. Jasper says:

    Molina would swing at the first pitch after Robby takes a 5 pitch walk.

  21. Colombo says:

    holy crap…cano walked…very nice

  22. Eirias says:

    Liriano is a bust. That wouldn’t have happened if he was relieving. The Twins should either move him to the BP or trade him.

  23. Joey H says:

    Is that Melky wearing 53? lol Is he gonna keep it providing he makes the 25 man?

  24. Matt says:

    First step is always back, Melky!

  25. Joey H says:

    Please tell me no one is wearing 45 this year.

  26. John says:

    is there a place to watch this online?

  27. Expired Milk says:

    I seriously have never seen a pitcher/prospect babied as much as Joba.Wtf is going on???

  28. anonymous says:

    Melky just Gardnered that ball.

  29. Mike A. says:

    Nice bunt by Melky. He was going for a hit there.

  30. Paulie says:

    Nice bunt by Melky.

  31. matt k says:

    Hank just leaned out of the luxury box and screamed . Swing at the Damn Ball!

  32. Expired Milk says:

    Yankees playing the game “the way it should be played”

  33. Matt says:

    Man, it’s still weird to see Tex on the Yankees…and I LOVE seeing it.

  34. UWS says:

    Michael Kay already in midseason form.

    /punches self in the face

  35. Drew says:

    I finally agree with Kay!!! He does have a fat ugly neck

  36. UWS says:

    This is not what I envisioned my first baseball-watching experience of 2009 to be :(

  37. Matt '09 says:

    Joba was a little up, but that can be worked on. That slider he threw was filthy.

  38. John says:

    good walk by A-rod

  39. Mike A. says:

    I see it’s Spring Training for the trivia question makers as well. Laugher.

  40. http://www.gbnreport.com/

    (1:30 PM): Cassel trade update… The NFL Network is reporting that while New England and Kansas City have a deal in place to trade Matt Cassel to the Chiefs, another team may have entered the picture with a late offer. The early buzz is that if the Patriots-Chiefs deal does go through, the Patriots will get the Chiefs second round pick, the 34th overall, in the 2009 draft and a conditional pick in 2010.

  41. Joey H says:

    Where’s the new first base coach from?

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Kelleher

      Kelleher has consistently worked in major league baseball since retiring as a player. He has been a minor league coach and a scout. He also served as a first base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and for the Detroit Tigers from 2003 to 2005. Prior to being named first base coach for the Yankees, he was a defensive coordinator for the Yankees’ minor league system. His main assignment with the Yankees will be to monitor the development of Robinson Cano, who he mentored in the minor leagues.

  42. Joey H says:

    Whiffle ball-like swing from Melky…

  43. andrew says:


  44. Mike A. says:

    So yeah, Giambi wouldn’t have come close to making to that play.

  45. GG says:

    This is a bad sign on the Posada front, Mike, what do you think our game plan on the whole catching situation should be?

    • Here’s our gameplan:

      1) Don’t overreact to a scratch from a ST game.

      That is all.

      • GG says:

        I’m not proposing we go out and make a trade (mainly b/c we have so many options, unproductive offensive options but options). I certainly hope Jorge can catch but realistically hes pretty old and a big question mark when he starts to feel something in that shoulder w/o even throwing hard….BUT if we were to go out and get a young catcher who can hit a little it would be a great move as he’d probablly start like 35% of the time anyway, no?

        • Yes. But whatever it would take to get that young catcher who would start 35% of the time would probably be way more valuable to us than a young catcher only starting 35% of the time.

          • GG says:

            I guess, but if this is a win it all year and you already have a ? in CF for now, you can’t leave the possibility of having two holes in the lineup which we all saw coming. Then after we miss the playoffs, the blogosphere goes nuts with why we shouldnt have been starting Gardner and Molina every day in important games.

            • GG says:

              If not a younger guy, Bengie Molina would be worth checking in on, and if they were willing to take on his brother in return, that would solve the roster spot issue.

            • Every year is a “win it all” year. Which means that that statement means nothing, because any willingness to sacrifice the future for the present (since it’s a “win it all” year) must be balanced by an unwillingness to sacrifice the future for the present (since next year and all the years after that will also be “win it all” years.)

              • GG says:

                I dont deny validity to that argument. However every year you dont open a billion dollar new stadium and every year you dont sign the top 3 FA’s so its kind of more of a win it all year. What do you see Cervelli contributing the year?

        • GG says:

          Also I forgot to throw in which we all know, roster spots are at such a premium anyway, but its an issue and something decent might be cheaper now then in the summer.

  46. Mike Pop says:

    Ugh, Igawa.

  47. Just had a crazy idea: Maybe the Pats traded Cassel to free up space to make a run at Ray Lewis.

    It makes sense…

    • andrew says:

      That’s what i was getting at in my post earlier. The trade is more like: Cassel + Vrabel for 2nd round pick + free agent. What are the Pats best at? Building through the draft and signing key FA’s to fill roles for them. They traded a backup QB and an aging LB for a chance at two studs… good move by the Pats.

      • It is a good move… but I still can’t believe they not only didn’t get more than one pick for a young, potential franchise QB, they threw Vrabel into the SAME DEAL.

        Vrabel should have been worth at least a 6th or a 7th by himself, and the Falcons got a 2nd AND a 5th for Matt Schaub. The lack of other late-round picks or future conditionals is a bit surprising.

        I see why the Pats did it, but this deal is a steal for the Cheifs. Not typical to see the Pats on the losing end of a “steal”.

      • K.B.D. says:

        Key FA’s like Adalius Thomas?

        And calling Cassell a back-up is misleading. He put up great numbers in the system and should have had them in the playoffs. They now have an aging (though prolific) starter quarterback coming off of very serious knee surgery. It’s not like Cassell was utterly useless to them, otherwise they wouldn’t have franchised him.

        And what studs are available in FA? Haynesworth is the only person I would’ve called a “stud” (and he went awful quick). Maybe Bart Scott, but he’s off the market. Ray Lewis is far from a stud at this point and would be an “aging LB” as Mike Vrabel is (though better, admittedly).

        This move is questionable in my mind.

        • Not really. You know Brady’s your future. With the way FA’s moving, the Pats could probably get Jeff Garcia or some other backup like that at some point; some other decent backup-caliber guy will shake free.

          They really couldn’t keep Cassel forever. Might as well get value for him.

        • andrew says:

          And calling Cassell a back-up is misleading. He put up great numbers in the system and should have had them in the playoffs. They now have an aging (though prolific) starter quarterback coming off of very serious knee surgery. It’s not like Cassell was utterly useless to them, otherwise they wouldn’t have franchised him

          When i referred to him as a backup QB, I didn’t mean in terms of the league, Cassell would certainly start in many other cities. I meant he is the Pats backup QB and therefore his value to the Pats, is less than his value would be to the Chiefs, or some other time. Similar to people talking about the Yankees dealing from an area of strength (young pitching arms) for an area of weakness (CF).
          When I saw they franchised him, my initial reaction was that there was no way they’d have two QB’s making that much money at the same time. So yes, I agree, Cassell was not utterly useless to them, but his value to them (considering he was their back-up), was to trade him for something they can use.

    • Matt says:

      Genius. Why didn’t Cash make this move?

  48. Thomas says:

    Juan Cruz finally signed. Royals for 2 years $6 million. I guess he is the 7th inning man.


    • Mike Pop says:

      Suprised that he got that much.

    • Matt says:

      He got less money than Kyle Farnsworth.

      • Thomas says:

        So over the past two years the Royals have signed Cruz, Mahay, Dotel, and Farnsworth for their bullpen. They should have pooled that money along with Guillen’s to get a good player or spent it on the draft/international FA.

        • Mike A. says:

          They spent almost $11M on the draft last year, a record. They’ve never been shy about spending on talent, they gave Hosmer, Moustakas, Hochevar and Gordon gigantic bonuses the last few years.

          If the alternative to spending money on Farnsworth and Cruz is not spending the money, then I’d rather see them spend it. They just need to make better decisions.

          • Like, say, spending money on Adam Dunn or Orlando Hudson or Pat Burrell or something rather than Farnsworth or Cruz.

            Problem is, since they suck, they usually have to overpay to get quality guys. The Royals MO seems to be “all we can afford at market value is relievers, so lets sign some every year and then try to trade them for something good midseason”.

            Problem is, the midseason reliever market is shrinking because more teams are discovering these guys don’t make that much of a difference.

    • Maybe they’re moving Soria back into the rotation.

    • Matt '09 says:

      You’re telling me the Yanks couldn’t have ponied up for that?

  49. Angel says:

    Sign Esteban German he is better than Ransonm and Berroa

  50. Kevin G. says:

    OMG it’s Jesus (Montero).

  51. Mike Pop says:


  52. Do they really need to play “New York, New York” in Tampa?


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