Feb
25

Link Dump: Granderson, Hughes, DePaula

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Some stuff worth mentioning, but not worth their own posts…

Curtis Granderson gets contacts

Despite having 20/30 vision, new centerfielder Curtis Granderson will be wearing contacts for the first time in his career this season. “They said, ‘Your vision is 20/30, so let’s see if we can improve it,’” said Granderson. “For most people, they’d let it go, but since we can possibly make me see better to hit, who knows. We’ll see.” They considered Lasik at one point, but I guess they didn’t see the need to go that far just yet. Neither side is using his eyesight as an excuse for Granderson’s struggles against lefties or pop ups or anything like that, they’re just looking to make an improvement wherever they can.

Phil Hughes is throwing changeups

About a week ago, we heard that the Phil Hughes was going to focus on developing his changeup this spring in an effort to boost his repertoire in anticipation of returning to the rotation. Of course, we’ve heard this before. During his bullpen session yesterday, Hughes threw about a dozen changeups (40 pitches total), and he’s going to continue doing so all through the exhibition season. Given his fastball-cutter-curveball trio, Hughes doesn’t need the change to be anything more than a show-me pitch to lefthanders, but if he can develop into something better than that, then great.

Yankees still in on Rafael DePaula

Even though he’s sitting on an offer from the Mariners, the Yankees are still trying to sign Dominican righty Rafael DePaula. The 17-year-old was suspended by MLB for a year because he apparently lied about his age, however his birthdate has since been confirmed and he’s free to sign with any team. DePaula stands 6′-3″ and has reportedly hit 97 in the past, which puts him in line for a seven figure payout. The largest bonus the Yanks have ever given to an amateur pitcher from Latin American is the $800,000 they gave Arodys Vizcaino back in 2007.

A look at the history of stadiums and stadium names

Wezen-Ball put together a great infographic showing each club’s stadium and it’s name, dating back to the 1800′s. I love stuff like this. So much I didn’t know…

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85 Comments»

  1. pat says:

    Signing Depaula would be a niiiiice. He’s supposed to have a very good base for off speed stuff too. As DO would say “he can really spin the ball”.

  2. Kiersten says:

    That infographic is awesome.

    • Kiersten says:

      I especially like the Marlins’ line: Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphins/LandShark/Sun Life. Sadly, they didn’t even get all of the names in there. They should have just gone with Dave Barry’s “Hooker Stadium.”

      • It’s actually:

        Joe Robbie Stadium (1987-1996)
        Pro Player Park (1996)
        Pro Player Stadium (1996-2005)
        Dolphins Stadium (2005-2006)
        Dolphin Stadium (2006-2009)
        Land Shark Stadium (2009-2010)
        Dolphin Stadium (2010)
        Sun Life Field (2010-present)

        Jesus H. Montero, pick a friggin name and stick with it, losers!

        Sincerely,
        Sal, Bo, Grant, and Lanny

        • radnom says:

          ………….

          The stadium had three different names, all in 1996? Wow.

        • Kiersten says:

          Isn’t it Sun Life Stadium?

          • Whoops, you’re right. Sun Life Field, not Stadium. Which only means they’ll probably change it to Sun Life Field in a year or so, then Sun Life Park after that.

            Hopefully, though, Sun Life Insurance gets bought by State Farm, Old Mutual, AXA or the like in the next few years so we can have another name change.

            • Kiersten says:

              “GETTING TO GAME

              To get to the game, simply ask any Miami resident for directions to “Sun Life Stadium” and you will be rewarded with a blank stare, because until about 15 minutes ago it was officially named “Land Shark Stadium.” It has also been officially named “Dolphins Stadium,” “Pro Player Stadium,” “Joe Robbie Stadium,” “McDonald’s Value Meal Stadium,” “Toilet Duck Stadium,” “The Law Offices of Leonard A. Tortmonger and Associates Stadium,” and “Jason Whiffenberger’s Bar Mitzvah Stadium.” The largest cash business in South Florida is selling the naming rights to this stadium. For the right price, you can name it after yourself, but only until another buyer comes along, because it is not a faithful stadium. It’s the 10-dollar hooker of stadiums.

              Anyway, to get to Hooker Stadium from Miami, get onI-95 (not recommended) and drive north until you enter the Golden Glades Interchange, which scientists believe was left here by alien beings.

              You will emerge from the Golden Glades somewhere near the stadium. Or, Cleveland. There is no way to tell.”

              http://www.miamiherald.com/201.....o-out.html

    • Thomas says:

      Best part is definitely seeing all the WS trophies on the Yankees’ bar.

    • Klemy says:

      Yeah, would make an awesome poster.

  3. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If the Yanks got DePaula, where would he rank on the list?

  4. Ellipses S. Grant (Formerly Rose) says:

    They considered Lasik at one point, but I guess they didn’t see the need to go that far just yet.

    I’ve heard from some people that this procedure has actually made their eye-sight worse. Obviously there are more success stories than failures but the risk may still be there.

  5. Contacts, huh? Well, I guess some chickenshits are just too pussy to get LASIK done by Dr. DeLaRusso. What a pansy ass. Knuckle up, junior, or I will beat the everliving shit out of you if you disrespect the position that I made great.

    Sincerely,
    Feared Williams

  6. About a week ago, we heard that the Phil Hughes was going to focus on developing his changeup this spring in an effort to boost his repertoire in anticipation of returning to the rotation.

    I think Kepner was on TMKS the yesterday. He and Kay were claiming that if Hughes can get a good change by the end of camp, “He wins the fifth starter spot. Just because of that changeup.”

    Yeah… no.

  7. Rod says:

    While they may not be willing to discuss eyesight being an issue, it definitely is. There have been several studies about visual acuity in baseball players and they tend to have significantly better vision than the general populace. Grandy’s 20/30 uncorrected vision is probably on the lower end in MLB.

    He really should consider refractive surgery of some kind. I had PRK and am in the 20/15 to 20/10 range.

    • steve (different one) says:

      they also say that one of the benefits of steroids* is improved eyesight. i also remember that it was mentioned frequently that Giambi had unbelievable eyesight.

      *note: not trying to turn this into a steroids debate, but it’s interesting, i think

    • Tom Zig says:

      Does that mean you can see through walls?

  8. Steve H says:

    So are Granderson’s eyes now in “the best shape of their career?”

  9. Jack says:

    Dammit. I was going to link to the audio of Matt Kemp getting champagne in his contacts from PMS, but I can’t find it. Stupid internet.

  10. gc says:

    It doesn’t matter if Granderson’s eyes are good enough to emit laser beams and have x-ray vision, and if said improvement in vision results in the best season of any American League center fielder this year. The whole success of the season boils down to the fact that Robinson Cano “must be clutch every at-bat.” Like John Harper says.

  11. Ellipses S. Grant (Formerly Rose) says:

    My company prevents me from using personal email otherwise I would have sent this that way. But if you could just answer quickly and perhaps delete this. Are “Link Dumps” considered Open Threads? or do they have to be labeled as such. And not like widely off topic stuff, but I was going to “dump” a link of my own in there. Certainly Yankees and baseball related.

  12. I’m a tad disappointed that Shea Stadium wasn’t listed as one of our parks, or that YS3 was called YS2 when YS2 was really post-renovation YS1.

  13. Poor Mariners, Rangers, and Expos/Nationals… nary a trophy, nor a flag.

  14. pat says:

    The Olney article also had some interesting stuff about Montero-

    But then Jesus Montero, one of the best catching prospects in all of baseball and the guy who would have been the centerpiece of any Yankees deal for Roy Halladay, took his turn in the drill, and his mechanics were much different.

    Instead of popping up onto the front of both feet and firing to second, Montero kept his right foot anchored in place after catching the pitch; he took a short stride with his left foot and threw to second base.

    A few things about this:

    1. I asked around, with scouts and coaches, and nobody could think of another catcher who currently throws this way on a consistent basis.
    2. You cannot possibly be successful throwing this way unless you have a strong arm — and Montero does have a powerful arm.
    3. These mechanics are part of the Yankees’ effort to make Montero into a workable catcher, to maximize his value, because there is little doubt that he’s going to hit.
    3. because there is little doubt that he’s going to hit.

    After the catchers finished their defensive drills for the day, they took batting practice, and Montero back-spun about a half-dozen balls over the fence in left field and left-center field, prompting ovations from the 300 or so fans who were watching.

  15. theyankeewarrior says:

    Where is the “always open” thread? I want to discuss Theo’s comments on UZR and Jacoby Mays

  16. Accent Shallow says:

    Hughes with a change could be huge. His change looked workable in ’07, but it’s been invisible the past two years.

  17. Drew says:

    You know where a great place for Phil to work on his changeup would be?

    Lazy Scranton.

  18. Bo says:

    It’s always great news when the newest impact player tells everyone he just had eye surgery.

    Maybe now he’ll be able to hit lefties

    • What Mike said, emphasis mine.

      Curtis Granderson GETS CONTACTS

      Despite having 20/30 vision, new centerfielder Curtis Granderson WILL BE WEARING CONTACTS for the first time in his career this season. “They said, ‘Your vision is 20/30, so let’s see if we can improve it,’” said Granderson. “For most people, they’d let it go, but since we can possibly make me see better to hit, who knows. We’ll see.” THEY CONSIDERED LASIK at one point, but I guess THEY DIDN’T SEE THE NEED TO GO THAT FAR YET. NEITHER SIDE IS USING HIS EYESIGHT AS AN EXCUSE FOR GRANDERSON’S STRUGGLES AGAINST LEFTIES OR POP UPS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, they’re just looking to make an improvement wherever they can.

      Reading comprehension: BoFAILED, as usual.

  19. rob feliz says:

    i thought the yankees gave ricardo aramboles 1.8m to sign?

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