Open Thread: 2/16 Camp Notes


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)


  1. Monterowasdinero says:

    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.

  2. RRRRRRandy says:

    Heart-warming video of Michael Pineda slaying everybody: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......8;c_id=mlb

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

  3. Rey22 says:

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

  4. Eirias says:

    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!

  5. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

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

  6. Eirias says:

    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?

  7. Mattchu12 says:

    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.

  8. Grit for Brains says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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?

  9. handtius says:

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

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