Link Dump: Options, Spring Training, Starters


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Righties Nova and Noesi optioned down

The cuts continue to roll in, and this time it involves two players on the 40-man roster. Ivan Nova was sent down to Triple-A Scranton, and he’ll likely be among the first called up when a pitcher is needed. Hector Noesi was sent a little further down the ladder, back to High-A Tampa, and it would be a surprise if he contributed anything to the big league team before the summer of 2011. By my count, there’s 46 players left in camp, but don’t hold me too it.

Cliff’s Spring Training Status Report

Cliff Corcoran at the great Bronx Banter posted a report card for the one-third point of Spring Training. There’s not to much we can say with any certainty at this point, but he touches on the expected lineup, the bench spots, the fifth starter’s spot, basically the entire team top to bottom. As always, it’s well worth the read.

Maybe the Yanks shouldn’t be so worried about their starters’ workload

Sucka got no juice (he’ll never, ever live that down) says that all the innings the Yankees’ three top starters have thrown in recent years may not be such a problem, citing what may or may not be evidence to support his claim. Of course, it’s easy to not be concerned about it from the outside looking in, and it’s obvious the Yanks are doing their best to mitigate the risk of a breakdown. Javy Vazquez was brought in to soak up innings at the back of the bullpen, and everyone’s been on a light schedule so far in camp.

A closer look at Kevin Long

Chad Jennings takes a closer look at Yankees hitting instructor Kevin Long. He’s helped a number of players with their swings, and he doesn’t want to stop any time soon. The profile covers his playing days — he never saw a major league at bat, topping out at AAA — and a freak accident that sounds like it could have been a lot worse.

Categories : Links


  1. Ken Sucka-thal:

    Burnett, 33, has produced back-to-back 200-inning seasons for the first time in his career.

    “It makes me wish I had figured something out earlier,” says Burnett, who has made 10 career trips to the disabled list, most for arm trouble.

    Burnett credits Roy Halladay for mentoring him during their respective tenures with the Blue Jays. But Burnett also is maturing on his own.

    “I’m not going all-out, all the time anymore,” Burnett said. “I mean, I do, but I don’t. It’s not how high I can get the radar gun on every pitch. There’s a time and place for that.

    “My in-between work also is a lot different. I used to long-toss and throw as hard as I could every day. Because I could. I never iced (my arm). I just did that.”

    Burnett says he plays “light catch” now, and his bullpen sessions are shorter.

    Tommie: very aroused.

  2. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    I like the way Noesi pitches. I think he will be a solid contributor in the bullpen someday.

    • pat says:

      192.2 career IP w/ 9.1 k/9 and a 1.6 bb/9. I like that too. There’s a reason the Yanks put him on the 40 man even though he was only in A ball last year.

  3. Frank1979 says:

    I hope this isn’t considered off-topic and if it is, then I apologize, but does anyone here have a link to the “sucka got no juice” article? I see people reference it all the time here and its one of the few inside jokes I apparently missed out on. Thanks.

    • FoxSports pulled it down off their page. The link to the article, “Imagining One Crazy Summer in New York”:
      goes nowhere.

      Here’s the original RAB appearance of it, though:

      That should give you all you need.

      • Frank1979 says:

        Thanks TSJC!

      • bexarama says:

        Heh, what exactly was the basis of that article? I assume it was something with A-Rod……

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          It outliens the failing 2009 Yankee season.

          It talks how A-Rod is unclutch and will fail in every PA and will dump Madonna for Beyonce.
          It says CC will never let the bullpen take his job and will pitch one billion innings. It says Brunett will get injured in his second game or something.

          And there’s probably a jizz in my pants section for Boston but I don’t remember.

          In short by far the worst combination of words you will ever see.

        • It was an April Fool’s Day mock “prediction” of all the trials and tribulations that would befall the 2009 Yankees. We assume that Rosenthal was trying to be funny.

          He failed at that, though.

        • bexarama says:

          also, nothing was worse than Jeff Pearlman saying “Smoltz and Penny could easily win more games than CC and AJ” in his original predictions then going back and editing it in September

          • Tom Zig says:

            Yeah that was sad.

          • Steve H says:

            Wait, what? What did he edit it too? I remember that article, I didn’t realize he’d changed it.


            The funny thing is, he figured he’d edit his predictions after the fact to make himself sound like a genius, but he declined to edit the comments users left on the page, so there are people clearly responding to what he originally said (that obviously isn’t included in the now-retouched article).

            What Pearlman’s “revised” prediction now says:

            1. New York Yankees—Will run away with everything. Sabathia and Burnett will both win in double figures. In fact, Sabathia will probably be the first guy to win 15.

            2. Boston Red Sox—Just not in the same class. David Ortiz will have a rotten year, likely plagued by steroid allegations. They’ll probably release Smoltz, and he’ll be signed by, oh, St. Louis.

            AL West

            1. Los Angeles Angels—The class of the division.

            2. Texas Rangers—Admittedly a stretch. But I’m probably America’s lone Ron Washington fan … and this division suddenly stinks.


            AL MVP: Joe Mauer, Twins
            NL MVP: Albert Pujols, Cards
            AL Cy Young Award: Zack Greinke, Royals
            NL Cy Young Award: Tim Lincecum, Giants

            What people who commented on his original prediction said, back in February when it first came out”

            #6 Jack Jones
            February 24th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

            …I’m a little surprised you have the Rangers over the Angels, but I have Josh Hamilton as a keeper in my fantasy league so I hope your AL MVP is dead on!

            #8 John from Eastham
            February 25th, 2009 at 8:10 am

            Put the pipe down Jeff……Penny and Smoltz winning more games than CC and Burnett.Hughes alone will win more games than them….

            #10 Logan
            March 3rd, 2009 at 12:39 pm

            I would bet my life that CC and AJ will more games than Penny and Smoltz!

            #12 rob
            March 4th, 2009 at 2:04 am

            you lost all credibility when you picked andrew miller to win the cy young.

            #15 Baker
            April 3rd, 2009 at 10:49 am

            Andrew Miller: Cy Young?!?!
            I can’t believe I wasted my time reading you’re idiotic picks
            Rangers West Champs?!?!?
            Penny and Smoltz win more than CC and AJ?!?!
            You’re a FOOL!!!

            #21 TruthCaller
            November 20th, 2009 at 10:31 am

            Nice- you went back after the season and changed all your picks. Where’s your integrity, Pearlman???
            “Yankees in 3rd place”, “Smoltz and Penny could easily win more games than CC and AJ”!!! That’s what you said!

            #22 Jeff Pearlman
            November 20th, 2009 at 10:54 am

            Joe, I was joking. Lighten up, bud. It’s just sports …

            Clearly, he has the right to go back and edit part of his post to correct glaring moments of idiocy (without ever mentioning in the body of the post that he’s editing it) and this doesn’t diminish his journalistic integrity because, “It’s just sports. Lighten up, bub”.

            • bexarama says:

              yeah man, it’s just sports. I dunno what’s up your ass. Now pardon me while I go write an article about how Yankee fans shouldn’t root for the Yankees because it’s so unfair.

            • JGS says:

              Why bother even doing predictions if you can’t handle it when they are wrong?

            • bexarama says:

              what he originally wrote about the AL East, thanks to The Yankee U.:

              AL East
              1. Boston Red Sox—Oddly, I like their moves more than the Yankees. Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett.
              2. Tampa Bay Rays—I smell a letdown. But not a huge one.
              3. New York Yankees—They’re becoming the 1980s version of themselves, Remember Steve Kemp, Don Baylor, Roy Smalley, etc …

              “Oddly, I like their moves more than the Yankees.” Shocker.

            • bexarama says:

              thanks to The Yankee U. for this, but here are his original comments on the AL East:

              AL East
              1. Boston Red Sox—Oddly, I like their moves more than the Yankees. Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett.
              2. Tampa Bay Rays—I smell a letdown. But not a huge one.
              3. New York Yankees—They’re becoming the 1980s version of themselves, Remember Steve Kemp, Don Baylor, Roy Smalley, etc …

              “Oddly, I like their moves more than the Yankees.” Of course you do.

              Apparently he also trashed the Phillies in his original post, as well. Such a shocker from a Mets fan. Pearlman’s a good writer, but when I can smell your bias from over here, well…

      • Tampa Yankee says:

        Yeah, I remember that! That was funny shit. Too bad they took it down.

      • bexarama says:

        Ooh, I found it:

        Note it’s on a Red Sox blog so he thinks it’s FAHKIN’ HILARIOUS!

  4. The K-Long article is highly recommended.

    Several good answers to the endless question “if he sucked as a player, how could he possibly be any good as a coach?” from Jeter, Granderson, et al.

  5. Ted Nelson says:

    I guess this is the luxury of being a Yankees fan with only one potential hole in the line-up (Gardner), but I’m excited about the Russo/Pena battle. Glad to see Russo pushing Pena.

    5th starter is interesting, but I wish it were interesting because Hughes and Joba were so dominate you wanted to have both in the rotation…

    • CS Yankee says:

      I agree, but it’s still early. Hopefully Hughes/Joba results are just the typical SSS and because they are working on certain pitches.

      However, the lack of their heaters does not compare to where Price, Strasberg, etc. have come out with in regards to their known velocity.

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