Open Thread: 2/14 Camp Notes

Getting to know Hiroki Kuroda
Olney: Yankees have "serious interest" in Jorge Soler
Jesus in the cage today. I has a sad.

Spring Training hasn’t officially started yet, but there’s a contingent of players already down in Tampa preparing for the season. It’s never too early to starting rounding up camp notes, I know we’re all yearning for baseball. All of the source links go to Twitter, so while you don’t have to necessarily click them, you should follow all of the writers covering the team. They work hard 12 months a year to give us all the info we crave, so show them some support. Here’s what happened today…

  • Joba Chamberlain threw off a half-mound for the third time, this time 20 pitches. “Another good day,” he said. He’s going to speak to Dr. James Andrews on Friday about increasing his workload, and could be throwing off a full mound by next week. Joba should start throwing breaking balls within the next few weeks, which is a big milestone in Tommy John rehab. (Anthony McCarron & Erik Boland)
  • Michael Pineda was in the house, throwing a bullpen session and running some sprints. He said he and Robinson Cano have become good friends, and he’s going to emphasize his changeup in camp. Hooray for that. (McCarron McCarron, Boland & Boland)
  • Cory Wade, Phil Hughes, and Ivan Nova also played catch and did some running, but it doesn’t sound like any of the three got on a mound. (McCarron & McCarron)
  • Derek Jeter, Austin Romine, Ramiro Pena, Justin Maxwell, and David Adams all took some form of batting practice. Adams’ ankle survived the ordeal. (McCarron & McCarron)

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, here’s your open thread. The Rangers, Islanders, Devils, and Knicks are all playing tonight, but talk about whatever you like here. Go nuts.

(Photo via Geoff Baker)

Getting to know Hiroki Kuroda
Olney: Yankees have "serious interest" in Jorge Soler
  • LawStudent

    Seems like all our pitchers emphasize their changeups in camp.

  • the creator

    i love the comment about Adams.

    • vin

      I laughed and was relieved at the same time.

  • Dropped Third

    Anyone else the the report the yankees have “serious interest” in jorge soler?

    • Rivera Venue Blues

      I think you accidentally a a word there.

    • jon

      heres hoping

      38th best propsect in the game for only money is too good to pass up

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Finally a “Little” buddy to replace Leche for Cano.

    • MannyGeee

      Pineda makes Cano lazy…

      jus sayin

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Thoughts on the Mystery team for Burnett? I’m gonna guess the Reds.

    • Daniel


    • Johnny


      They’d like to continue the tread of stupid offseason signings—Papelbon, Pierre et al just aren’t enough.

    • MannyGeee

      I love the thought that it could be Miami just because I would love to see Ozzie’s head explode when AJ has a BAD AJ day.

      that could be sooooooooo much goddam fun.

    • Garcia

      If Dave Duncan were still around, I’d say the Cardinals.

      But in all seriousness, I’m on board with the Reds. Jocketty has been pretty wily thus far this offseason, and they could use AJ as an insurance policy for Chapman’s rotation transition, Cueto’s fragility, Leake/Bailey’s development, and Latos’s ego.

      AJ would also make a legendary tandem with Bronson Arroyo if they both stayed in the rotation. I’d put the over/under at 80 HR allowed.

  • RetroRob

    Cano and Pineda friends.

    Roger Clemens has a problem with this.

    • Soriano Is A Liar

      Michael Kay doesn’t.


      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        They’re both Dominican, they’ve been friends since they were born.

  • Nick

    Hey guys I was wondering if anyone would be interested in joining a first year keeper league. I’m looking for 5 more active owners.
    Here are the league settings.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Montero in the Arizona sun: Oh the agony.

    • Greg

      Oh shut up.

      ITS OVER.

      Pitching wins championships

      • RetroRob

        We’ve missed you.

  • Slu

    Who in camp is in the best shape of their life?

  • Troy and Abed

    How can you post that picture? I was perfectly fine pretending Montero was not traded and perhaps he just never existed. In all seriousness though, I think I like the Pineda trade but that picture is depressing.

  •!/czm26 Craig

    Too soon to order my Pineda #35 shirsey?

  • Johnny

    By the way, how bad is it going to be when the Mariners come to the Bronx and Montero drops a bomb off Pineda into the right field stands

    • Slu

      Won’t bother me at all as long as the Yanks win the game.

    • Rey22

      9IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 9Ks. You wouldn’t take that line? I would.

      • Johnny

        Oh, I’m totally behind the trade. I just meant my original comment ironically.

    • Havok9120

      It’ll only suck the day after, when the “OH NOES!! MONTERO>PINATA” headlines come out and everyone uses it as proof that the Yankees have doomed themselves to eleventy-seven years of bad luck by trading away the next True Yankee™.

  • DR

    I have to present a potential topic for a paper in my Historical Methods class to my professor tomorrow. I want to do something baseball related. Does anyone have any suggestions on topics about baseball that relate to politics or U.S. history?

    • Mr. Green Jeans

      what about the free agent issues and curt flood. that is interesting stuff.

      • Johnny

        Curt Flood is totally a great call. Reserve clause sounds it would be good for what you’re looking for. Of course, Ken Burns’ Baseball and Lords of the Realm are probably good starting points.

    • Sarah

      Lots to choose from.

      Why baseball/pro-sports get an antitrust exemption.
      The labor movement and baseball/pro sports.
      You might be able to find good material on the Congressional investigation into steroids. Look at cultural/political influences on the feds being involved in a wholly private matter.

    • G

      This can get iffy, but I wrote a research paper on how baseball in the 1920s affected American life, focusing mainly on its power as a unifying force in a time of division.

      Baseball: The Golden Age has fantastic info that supported the paper really well. Got a 98 on it too, so I guess it’s a legitimate enough topic.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    just read that Henry and Werner are off to jolly ‘ol England to deal with their racist soccer player. i hope that investment continues to take his focus off the red sox.

  • Mr. Green Jeans

    Lin does it again…this is awesome…and I don’t think it has anything to do with race.

    • the creator

      this has everything to do with the fact that he is Asian. I know this casue I’m a lawyer.

      • Mr. Green Jeans

        you’re probably right. and Tebow got all that press b/c he’s filipino.

        • Havok9120

          I thought that was because he was religious?

  • Garcia

    I once wrote a paper about the beyond-baseball politics of the Negro Leagues, specifically about how Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was a very well connected man and was heavily influenced by segregationist national politicians of the day. I also spent a good deal of time talking about how NY State’s Fair Employment Practices Act and the Quinn-Ives Act basically forced Branch Rickey into integrated the Dodgers long before he planned to.

    Another interesting take would be the position that is taken by some African American historians – namely that integration was just another way for white business owners to oppress African Americans. The Negro Leagues/teams were arguably among the most prosperous black-owned business ventures of the early 20th century, and not everyone feels as though integration was a step in the right direction for racial equality in sports.

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    Mike, How does Justin Maxwell’s shoulder look?

    • G

      I hear it’s in the best shape of its life.