Open Thread: 2/16 Camp Notes

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Happy Thursday, here’s the latest from Tampa…

  • “His delivery’s really good right now. He’s way ahead of schedule,” said pitching coach Larry Rothschild about Ivan Nova. “There’s a quiet confidence to him.” Rothschild also said the rotation order behind CC Sabathia has not been determined, but that’s not surprising. (Erik Boland, Anthony McCarron & Dan Barbarisi)
  • Derek Jeter, Ramiro Pena, Frankie Cervelli, and Curtis Granderson were among those who took batting practice with hitting coach Kevin Long and Charlie Hayes in attendance. (Boland, Barbarisi & McCarron)
  • Hayes is in camp because his son threw for the Yankees brass today. Tyree Hayes, 23, spent the last six years in the Rays and Reds organizations, pitching to a 4.11 ERA with 6.6 K/9 (16.9 K%) and 3.4 BB/9 (8.7 BB%) in 341.2 IP. He never made it out of A-ball though. (McCarron)
  • Cervelli took some ground balls at third base, which is as much about shaking off rust as it is working towards becoming a legitimate option at the position. He’s already the emergency infielder, we know that. (McCarron)
  • Boone Logan showed up and did some work with strength and conditioning coach Dana Cavalea. (McCarron & Boland)

Also, condolences to Gary Carter’s family. The Hall of Fame backstop passed away at age 57 today following a bout with cancer. You couldn’t be a baseball loving kid in New York in the late-80’s without knowing who The Kid was. For shame.

Here is tonight’s open thread. The Rangers, Islanders, and Nets are all playing, but talk about whatever’s on your mind. enjoy.

(Heart-breaking video of Jesus Montero‘s recent batting practice session via Geoff Baker)

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  • Monterowasdinero

    Nice pic of Montero on page 20 of the current Sports Illustrated. I like all this RAB coverage of Jesus in the cage.

    In other news, Cervelli and Pena were hitting bombs today.

  • RRRRRRandy

    Heart-warming video of Michael Pineda slaying everybody:

    I’ll just watch that every time Jesus hits a bomb.

    • Monterowasdinero

      96 mph in the 7th and lots of K’s on offspeed pitches including an 86 mph change. Dominating stuff. I will enjoy Pineda/Montero highlights all year hopefully.

    • Rey22

      That slider is a thing of beauty.

    • Eirias

      That was night-making. Hey, I’m easily amused.

    • Johnny

      That changeup is cruel.

    • sprot


  • Rey22

    Dammit Mike, you’re killing us with the Montero stuff. You gotta let us move on a bit.

    • SKing

      my thought process: “Who’s that– he bats like Montero… Who is tha- oh.” (sadness)

  • Eirias

    From a slightly old, but still this offseason, post on Fangraphs, I learned that Freddy Garcia “had the second-worst swinging-strike rate (0.9%) while throwing 569 (!) fastballs.”

    Holy junkball pitchers, Batman!

    • Havok9120

      Smoke ‘n mirrors my friend….

      Smoke ‘n mirrors.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Gary Carter was a gentleman and a great ball player. Sad to hear about his passing.

    • Bob Stone

      Amen. God bless him and condolences to his family. He was a great ball player and a class guy.

      • jsbrendog

        how do you KNOW he was a class guy?
        (I couldn’t resist)

        • CMP


  • Eirias

    In a completely different vein than my astonishment about Freddy Garcia’s “Magical Trevor-like” success with a decidedly mundane fastball, I’ve a question:

    What is the name of the annoying TV mascot character, I can’t seem to remember the network, that demonstrates pitches? I remember it from postseason games gone by. It is named after a pitching term, like Shooter or Slider, though I know Slider is the Indian’s venerable mascot. It was terrible… any clues?

    • Steve

      Scooter on FOX I think

      • Eirias

        Scooter. That’s it, the fucker. Thanks.

  • Mattchu12

    Anybody else a little disappointed to see Ohlendorf land in Boston? I’ve always had a soft spot for him, I was hoping we’d pick him up on a minor league deal or something.

    • RetroRob

      Seems like the Red Sox are trying to build a bullpen around the Yankees AAA roster. Aceves, Melancon and now Ohlendorf.

      • Steve (different one)

        Cabral, Okajima, Delcarmen…

    • Jesse

      I wanted the Yanks to pick him up as a reclamation project. Oh well.

  • Grit for Brains

    If the O’s are the mystery team, I hope it’s Reynolds for AJ

    • RetroRob

      Today’s scary state:

      Eric Chavez, 2011: 0.6 fWAR (no, that’s not the scary part, it’s):
      Mark Reynolds, 2011: 0.3 fWAR.

      Yikes, Reynolds played fulltime and hit 37 bombs and produced less value than Chavez, who wasn’t really all that good.

      It’s all on the defensive side. Reynolds is a total butcher. As a DH, though, he could provide value, but why in the world would the Orioles negate what value he can bring by giving him a glove?

  • handtius

    sigh…i miss jesus (never thought i’d utter that phrase)