Yankee Clippings: 2012 Schedule, Nova on the DL

Mark Teixeira's balance at the plate
Game 95: Freddy's Turn

I have a bunch of browser tabs open with various miscellaneous Yankee news. Time to share.

  • From the “It’s Never Too Early To Plan Ahead” Department comes some information about the 2012 schedules. The details on the Yanks’ slate hasn’t hit the wires yet, but the Red Sox’s season schedule is out. Per Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston, the Yankees will be in Beantown on Friday, April 20, the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park’s opening. The two clubs then do not meet again until July 6-8 also in Boston. The Red Sox visit the Bronx for three game sets from July 27-29, August 17-19 and October 1-3. Essentially, the two clubs will play 12 games against each other over the final two months of the season.
  • Earlier today, during an appearance on MLB Radio on SiriusXM, Brian Cashman said Iva Nova would likely start on of the games of the July 30 doubleheader against the Orioles. However, he has been placed on the AAA 7-Day disabled list after rolling his ankle during his start last night. The Yankees still believe he will be ready for the doubleheader, and this trip to the DL shouldn’t impact his standing as a potential trade chip.
  • Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated says the 1998 Yankees were the best team he ever covered.
  • Watching the Yankees at home is akin to a baseball symphony, writes Times music critic Anthony Tomassini.
  • Finally, here’s one that’s been making the rounds lately: Light eyed players — including the Yanks’ own Brett Gardnerhave trouble fielding the ball during day games.
Mark Teixeira's balance at the plate
Game 95: Freddy's Turn
  • David, Jr.

    More miscellaneous news:

    Gardner moved in the lineup. From eighth to ninth. Switch with Nuney.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Game thread. 6:30. Same time as every day.

      • David, Jr.

        Too fast. Thought it was any misc topic, rather than the game itself, which hasn’t started yet.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Am I the only one who doesn’t buy into that blue-eyes bullcrap? The game has been played for 150 years, and Josh Hamilton was the first person to complain about it.

    But I’m brown-eyed, so I can’t really speak to that.

    • http://www.twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      You’ve never heard someone with light complexion/eyes complain about glare? Josh Hamilton is hardly the first person to have complained about it. I’ve always noticed that the sun bothers me (blue eyes) more than people with darker complexion/eyes, it’s a pain in the ass.

      I mean, check out the NYT article and, in particular, the graphic: http://www.nytimes.com/imagepa.....f=baseball

      It’s not like this is some crazy idea nobody’s ever heard of before.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Like I said, what do I know about the subject? But why was Josh Hamilton the first in baseball to complain about it publicly? Just seems odd.

        • Pat D

          I have blue eyes and over the last several years my eyes have become much more light-sensitive.

          This is probably compounded by the fact that I wear contact lenses and went about 2 years without glasses since I broke the ones I had and never bothered to get new ones. Thus I wore my contacts anywhere from 12-18 hours a day, which is highly not recommended.

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            No doubt everyone’s sight is effected by the sun to a certain extent, but Josh Hamilton’s day night splits are pretty ludicrous. I guess playing in Texas doesn’t help.

            I found this article interesting: http://baseball-bob.com/?p=912

            Brett Gardner hits considerably better during the day. He has blue eyes.

        • http://www.twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          “…why was Josh Hamilton the first in baseball to complain about it publicly?”

          I don’t understand why we’re so sure he was the first person to ever complain about this publicly. I mean, maybe he was, since people who have trouble with the sun don’t tend to talk about it constantly since that would be whiny and it’s… the sun. It’s not like it’s a very fixable issue. This may be the first time you’re hearing about it, but that doesn’t mean Josh Hamilton is the first person to ever note or complain that light-eyed people have more trouble with the sun.

          Honestly… I mean this jokingly but it’s also true… What seems odd is that you’re so convinced that Josh Hamilton is the first person to ever, like break this story.

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            To be honest, it never really occurred to me before.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Leave it to the nerds to ruin the narrative:


      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Fangraphs. What can’t they do?

        • Pat D

          End the NFL lockout?

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            Didn’t Big Papi already do that with his “light up any ballpark” smile?

      • http://www.twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        To be fair, that doesn’t mean people with light eyes don’t have more trouble with the sun than people with dark eyes, though. Who knows, maybe it was all in my head, but I don’t remember having nearly as much trouble with the sun when I was hitting as when I was in the field.

        • MikeD

          Actually, now that I think about it even more, it doesn’t ruin the narrative. It reinforces it. I’d say well over 90% of the mass media commentary has been against Hamilton’s claim.

      • MikeD

        It doesn’t ruin the narrative. That’s actually a pretty weak study with flaws in the methodology, some might even say glaring flaws, but the idea is correct. I’d like to see a more extensive one done.

        Overall, though, it doesn’t address Hamilton or specific players. That’s really all this is about. For the most part, by the time a player reaches the major leagues, anyone who can’t hit during daylight should be weeded out, but that still doesn’t mean that some players might hit better at night than during the day. There also might be players who are just the opposite, and hit better during the day.

        Is that worth a study? Sure. Every angle is studied in baseball. I’m sure someone will do it, and do a much better one than Cameron’s first stab. Maybe even Cameron himself.

    • MikeD

      I’m not quite ready to dismiss Josh Hamilton’s claim as quickly as such leading opthamologists as Dr. Mike Francesa, who for those of you don’t know has a regular eye-care show that can be heard on WFAN from 1:00-6:00 pm during the week. I do have to admit though that Dr. Francesa’s analysis showing that his blue-eyed dream boat Mickey Mantle hit well during the day is evidence enough that Hamilton’s claim is nonsense. Afterall, all players should be compared to Mantle.

      Seriously, it may very well be that a small but significant percentage (10-20%) of light-eyed players may have more difficulty with contrast and glare during day games compared to other light-eyed players or dark-eyed players. Who knows, maybe before lights and night games, we may have had a few generations of these blue-eyed players who never made it to the majors because day games were only played back then.

      I’ll keep an open mind on it, depsite what I hear from Dr. Francesa and others like him.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Andy Pettite is a stahting pitcha.

  • SodaPopinski

    Anthony Tomassini is to classical music reviews as Peter Gammons is to baseball reporting. Maybe Peter will bring his genius to Carnegie Hall sometime soon.

    • Rainbow Connection

      Yeah, he’s definitely stretching.
      Technically, you could say that anywhere you go at anytime is a ‘symphony’ if you’re listening hard enough. More lazy writing from the NYT.

  • nycsportzfan

    Can we just take a moment to say JOSE QUINTANA….lol It just rolls right off the tounge, Jose Quin-Tana!

    • Pat D

      Shi-ge-to-si Ha-se-ga-wa.

      Bob Sheppard’s favorite name.

    • Pants Lendelton

      Gotta save that for the DOTF later on around 1030:-11:00 pm mang…

  • dutchsailor

    Let’s hope Nova’s “minor” ankle injury remains minor. David Adams had a “minor” foot injury, and he still isn’t playing.

    • nycsportzfan

      david Adamas has been playing for the GCL Yanks for about a month maybe now…Were waiting on him to get the move up soon..

  • Brandon

    So if the schedule is already out I guess that means the leagues wont be readjusted?I was kinda hoping they would be getting rid of divisions next season.

  • Naved

    Whats the starting rotation now for AAA. Phelps and Igawa are also on the DL.

  • fred jones

    In 2011 the Yanks & Redsox have 18 games between them, but next year only 15 games are listed so there is some kind of readjustment or realignment happeming!

    • Brandon

      I wish, they play sept 11-13 in boston. 18 games, next year.