Open Thread: February 16th Camp Notes

Gardner's wrist ready for the season
Gary Sanchez underwent heart tests
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Here’s today’s news…

Here’s the open thread for the evening. The Devils, Knicks, and Nets are all in action, but you guys know what to do here. Have at it.

Gardner's wrist ready for the season
Gary Sanchez underwent heart tests
  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Dellin throwin’ gang signs, yo.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Lombardi will not be happy.

    • Esteban

      About what?

      • Matt Imbrogno

        The gang signs joke. Isn’t he the one that called Carl Crawford “street” for having too many tattoos?

        • Esteban

          Ahhhh ok

        • JGS

          It was because of the tattoos? I thought it was just because Crawford is black.

          • Matt Imbrogno

            I’m sure it’s both.

        • Marcus

          What does he say about AJ?

          • MannyGee

            upstanding and slightly ecentric young man… more of an artist, really.

    • bexarama

      I wonder if he still feels like Crawford will only be in the big leagues like 4 years.

  • Esteban

    Damn, even if Ken Jennings and the other dude Brad lose to Watson, they still get paaaaid. 50% of $200,000 at the worst.

  • Stratman9652

    I was really hoping you would use this photo: (safe)

    Apparently, Joe Giradi made a deal with his kids that if the team didn’t win the World Series in 2010 he would make them do the Hokey Pokey during spring training.

  • Poopy Pants

    “Phil Hughes, Manny Banuelos, and Ivan Nova got some early morning bullpen sessions in under the watchful eye of Larry Rothschild.”

    Sounds dirty.

    • JGS

      …I don’t see it. Did I miss this reference?

      • radnom

        I think it was just a terrible joke.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    This pic is seriously awesome, Cashman’s shadow sort of look like the Darth Vader. (safe) (safe)

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      This isn’t teh rotation you’re looking for.

      Move along.

    • Avi

      Looks like Cash showed up to camp a few pounds overweight.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Now we know what he met when he said He’s not the only one

      • MannyGee

        its called ‘nervous eating’… like when you know you’re REEEEEEEALLY Fked and you’re hinging the success of your season on this guy:

        Yeah, i’d put on some weight too

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi


    We’d like to work out all the relegation aspects of the various fantasy leagues from 2010 as soon as possible. In order to do so, we need the final 2010 standings from each of the leagues.

    We still need someone to send us the standings from the following leagues:

    League 3 – RAB Baseball League One
    League 4 – RAB Baseball League Two
    League 6 – RAB Conference North League
    League 8 – [?]
    League 9 – [?]

    You do NOT have to be the commissioner of your league to access this information. If you have signed up for your league again for 2011, you can go to your league’s main page and access the 2010 standings quite easily.

    If you’re in one of the leagues listed above, please copy and paste your league’s final 2010 standings into an email and send it to Mike at the email address in the right sidebar.


    • 28 this year

      Did League 2 get renewed? I still don’t have any info about that.

      • The Real JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah I’m wondering about that too.

        • 28 this year

          i just checked and the league has not been renewed. I sent a reminder email through the yahoo site so hopefully something is done soon. I am really psyched about this year. Hopefully I don’t get saddled with the 20th pick. Sucked cause it was my first time in fantasy so I didn’t have a solid draft strategy and the 20th pick didn’t alleviate any concerns.

          • The Real JobaWockeeZ

            You’re in the River Aves Blues lite league right?

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Best thing to do would be to send a reminder to the league’s commissioner.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I don’t know if it got renewed but I assume it did, since the commissioner sent us the 2010 standings. Log into your account, if it’s been renewed I’m sure the invite will pop up when you sign in (and you would/should have received an email to the email address linked to your yahoo account when the invites were sent out).

        • 28 this year

          Yes, I am in RAB Lite. and yea, i just sent a reminder. Hopefully the guy takes care of it.

          As a side note, is anyone doing the fangraphs ottoneu fantasy baseball. I am not cause it feels like its too time consuming but I’d love to hear people’s thoughts.

          • It’s Always Sunny in….San Diego

            I am also in the River ave blues lite. Sent the commissioner a reminder 4 days ago and no response still. Would like to be in the league again.

    • JimmieFoxx

      I think we should put the winners and then 2nd place teams of each league into the top league to start with.

  • Tom Zig

    any news on Gary Sanchez

  • Tom Zig
    • Sean C

      Jorge looks more like he’s guffawing. I never thought I’d use “Jorge Posada” and “guffaw” in the same sentence. Thanks baseball. And the photographer who caught something more rare than a lunar eclipse.

    • vin

      I think he’s just yelling. Probably at AJ. I hear they don’t get along.

      • MannyGee

        donkey punched him in the eye, you know… something about begin a dick and personal catchers…

    • JerseyDutch

      He’s about to bite the head off Franco Cervelli.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Good news: I got my first every Baseball America Prospect Handbook

    Bad News: I have a ton of tests and other crap to do.

    Also, what do you other guys/gals that have the book use it for or have used for in the past?

    • Mike Axisa

      I read it cover to cover, up to the Rockies right now though I’m slacking. I reference back to it a million times a year, whenever someone is traded, claimed off waivers, etc.

      Also fun to look back on in three or four years.

  • Richard Iurilli

    Does anyone know where I can find the picture of Moose’s locker window from Spring Training of 2008?

    In return, I promise you my eternal gratitude.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Yeah, I definitely will try to read the AL East and skim the other MLB clubs as needed. I find it interesting that Manuel has Betances ahead of Banuelos even though Banuelos is younger, healthier, has two plus pitches, and his FB at 95 is not that much worse than Betances. I think that outweighs whatever greater upside Betances has over Banuelos.

    • Sean C

      The big knock against ManBan is his size. He doesn’t have that “pitcher build” that projects well (those about 6′). If ManBan was a few inches taller, he’d probably be in just about everyone’s top ten. If I’m wrong, feel free to call me out.

      • Sean C

        I meant those over 6′. My bad.

    • JGS

      Banuelos is also a lefty

      • YankeesJunkie

        True while his height definitely is a negative he is like 180 lbs so he is not tiny for a guy his size.

        • Mark

          The “Tall and Fall” theory of pitching is going away, don’t worry about the guy’s height. I’d like a little more meat on him though.

          • YankeesJunkie

            At this point he is pretty built as he gained weight from what his official 155 says. Any more and he may get a little too big. I think that was probably a big reason why he was able to up his FB from the low to 90s to 95.

  • vin

    I’ve been following baseball religiously for the last twenty years. An up until 2 weeks ago, I would’ve bet money that Andruw Jones was a switch hitter.

    How does that happen? So bizarre.

    • bexarama

      It’s okay, I totally thought Miguel Cabrera was a switch-hitter until the beginning of 2010. >_>

      • vin

        No, it just SEEMS like he always has the upper hand.

      • MannyGee

        I had heard the same things about Mike Piazza…


    • Avi

      Funny. Maybe you were confusing him with Chipper.

      • bexarama

        Or Curtis Granderson.

        /that one guy’d

    • Nostra-Artist

      Hey, I thought Rick Porcello was left handed until last year. And I saw him pitch at least twice by that point.

  • mbonzo

    Blue Jays must be pretty confident that Bautista really is a HR hitter with the extensions they’re offering him.

  • Avi

    Toronto is close to signing Bautista for 5 years $65. If he sucks they’ll give him to the Angels.

    • YankeesJunkie

      That is a hard one to think about because Bautista basically tripled his single season WAR with a 6.9 when he had never been over 1.9. It is hard to imagine if he will repeat that prowess because as long as pitcher can pitch him to the outside he will pop up or ground out quite a bit. However, something important did change so as long as he can be a 4 WAR player it will end up being a nice deal for the Jays.

      • Avi

        I don’t think he’ll be something between what he was last year and every year prior. He’ll either be a 40 plus homer guy or suck again. I’d put the odds of him sucking at 90%.

        • YankeesJunkie

          I can see where you are coming from because this year came out of nowhere, but his style of hitting changed dramatically when he go to Toronto. His FB% increased nearly 10% and that is because he was going out there as an all or nothing guy who wanted to get elevation rather than line drives. That is why his .230 BABIP is not that surprising. This change in approach should still work for him to a certain extent especially against poorer pitchers with less control, but as long as a pitcher can keep it on the outside corner they will be able to handle him as he has shown a lack of ability to hit with power the opposite field let alone center field.

    • Mike HC

      Well, the Blue Jays are obviously betting on the fact he can stay productive long term. And the deal is actually a discount if does keep the production up. I like the deal if I’m a Blue Jays fan. Even if he drops off a bit, it is still a fair deal.

  • Accent Shallow

    The mind reels that baseball players have visa issues. Isn’t this one of the reasons to have an agent?

    (Also, couldn’t the Blue Jays pull some shenanigans with that? “Oh, so sorry Yankees, there are problems with Mr. Sabathia’s, Mr. Rodriguez’s, Mr. Cano’s, Mr. Swisher’s, Mr. Teixeira’s, and Mr. Rivera’s visas. I’m afraid we won’t be able to allow them in the country.”)

    • mbonzo

      I remember that happening at least once last year.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I am pretty sure NAFTA would take care of a lot of those problems.

  • mbonzo

    I’m bored would anyone want to do some mock drafts tonight?

  • mike_h

    no podcast, dude what the f***?

  • felixbanuelos

    montero for billingsley straight up.

    • Matt Imbrogno

      Not sure if serious.

  • Nostra-Artist

    Lullaby of birdland, that’s what
    I always hear when you sigh
    Never in my woodland
    Could there be words to reveal
    In a phrase how i feel

    Have you ever heard two turtle doves
    Bill and coo when they love
    That’s the kind of magic
    Music we make with our lips
    When we kiss

    And there’s a weepy ol’ willow
    He really knows how to cry
    That’s how i cry in my pillow
    If you should tell me
    Farewell and goodbye

    Lullaby of Birdland whisper low
    kiss me sweet & we’ll go
    Fliyin’ high in Birdland
    High in the sky up above
    All because we’re in love

    • Jerome S.

      cocaine’s a hell of a drug.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I read Mike’s top 30 today, I like that more than I liked BA’s top 30 for the Yankees. I definitely think that Ramon Flores deserves to be in the top 30 much more than any of the recent draftees, he’s excelled in rookie ball and lead his league in OBP. Yes, he’s just a first basemen and yes he’s a ways off…but the dude performed and it’s not like Yankees drafted a Manny Machado, Jameson Talion, or anything like that.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Anytime when you have more walks than strikeouts at rookie ball with close to 200 PAs when you are 18 that is impressive. His numbers in Charleston and Tampa were not indicative of the season he had or what the future holds for him. While I do not expect to continue walking more than striking out if he can continue to have a 10%+ BB rate he will have a very valuable skill that will help get to the majors.