Open Thread: 2/14 Camp Notes

Pineda dropped 20 pounds, will face hitters next month
Heyman: There's a "significant difference" in valuation during Cano talks
It rained. They ran anyway. (Star-Ledger)
It rained. They ran anyway. (Star-Ledger)

It was raining in parts of Florida today, so a bunch of teams had to limit or flat-out cancel today’s workouts. The Yankees managed to get some work in though, but there’s not much to update…

Here’s your open thread for the evening. The Rangers and Islanders are playing (each other!), and that’s pretty much it for local sports. Talk about that game or anything else here. Enjoy.

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Pineda dropped 20 pounds, will face hitters next month
Heyman: There's a "significant difference" in valuation during Cano talks
  • http://Twitter.com/nebkreb Nebkreb

    Thought that said ‘contusion-related’ and thought CC had a contusion on his arm. Freaked out for 3 seconds.

  • Pat D
    • kenthadley

      thanks for this…stirs up lots of good vibes….same as the beginning of spring training….hope springs eternal.

  • Pat D

    My very quick summation of A Good Day to Die Hard: A shining example of why franchises are probably best to stop at 3.

    • Bob Buttons

      I just go with the 20 years rule. If something is a direct sequel to something made 20 years earlier, don’t bother with it.

      • Pat D

        I’m assuming you mean from the first installment?

        • Bob Buttons

          Ah yes 20 years after the first movie. “direct” as in not a different band of people.

          • MannyGeee

            That said, remakes with a different band of people… usually a little rough on the senses. Exceptions to the rule exist (Oceans 11 is passable), but the rule still applies…

            *looking at you, Jaden Smith*

            • Pat D

              Well that’s a combination of remakes and nepotism, so it’s in a league by itself.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Live Free or Die Hard was damned good.

        • Havok9120

          Agreed. I liked it a lot.

        • RetroRob

          Good to hear. I heard some mediocre reviews so hoping they were just typical film critics who like to trash movies.

    • vin

      or 1.

      • Pat D

        That’s a movie, not a franchise.

    • OldYanksFan

      Don’t be silly.
      They are already working on the next sequel…
      “A Good Day to Get hard… but I can’t”
      In it, Bruce Willis, in his wheelchair, is airdropped into Afghanistan, and singlehandedly either kills, or runs over, all the remaining al-Qaeda members.
      (And the last 2 were with 2 flat tires!!!).

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      And no second Trilogies allowed (looking at you Star Wars and Lord of the Rings).

  • Dalek Jeter

    So instead of doing the safe thing and waiting for a degree before applying to work on a congressman or senator’s campaign and hopefully then getting a job after said congressman or senator won, I’ve just applied to work on NJ’s future democratic nomaniee for governor, State Senator Barbara Buono. Early polls say she’s going to get destroyed next fall by Christie, but the connections I can make w/ the D-Triple-C as well as the position I could potentially be offered by applying this early to such a small campaign make it worth it for me.

    Honestly, if this works out, I could look back at this as the biggest career move of my life…wish me luck guys.

    • Dalek Jeter

      nominee*

    • jjyank

      Awesome man, love the initiative. Good luck!

    • Bob Buttons

      GLHF

    • Who hates bunts more? Axisa or Earl Weaver?

      Sounds like a great plan. Good luck!

    • Deep Thoughts

      Anything could happen. Maybe FEMA Director Christie’s appointment will necessitate a new Republican primary. Follow your passion. School will still be there. Good luck!

    • bobtaco

      *nominee

      Make sure to spell check, or they will won’t take you seriously… (not trying to be a dick)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Awesome to hear. Just awesome. Fingers crossed for you.

    • vicki

      im not trying to be a jerk, but isnt chris christie the next dnc candidate? what am i missing?

      • Who hates bunts more? Axisa or Earl Weaver? (Formerly Austin Aunelowitzky)

        Christie is republican. Our friend is working for the doomed campaign of his democratic challenger, but maybe he can leverage it for a role on Corey Booker’s Senate campaign in the future.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      Josh Liman ftw.

  • jjyank

    That’s an awesome picture. They look like little kids, I love it.

    • Joltin’ Joe

      I wish they we’re kids

      • jjyank

        I assume that’s an “old age” jab. Would’ve worked better with decent grammar.

        • MannyGeee

          I would LOVE to see a Padres-caliber team in Pinstripes for just one season, if for no other reason so the bridge jumpers and doomsday preppers would finally fuck off for getting EXACTLY what they asked for.

      • Govin

        I’ve always wanted to see what yould happen if the Yankees didn’t allow anyone over eighteen on their team. They would be the most exciting hundred loss team in all of baseball history.

        • Deep Thoughts
          • Govin

            I’m sold. they might not be able to throw ninety feet.
            but theyve got the most important baseball character quality,
            grit. I’m also updating how many games they win, if they had that team, to one.(thank goodness the Astros moved to the AL)

    • vicki

      saved. wallpaper.

  • art vandelay

    Hey Mike – Or anyone for that matter –

    I noticed somewhere (lohud maybe?) that it seems like a lot of people, hughes, phelps, some minor leaguers, are throwing a lot earlier than normal to prepare for spring training. Do you think this is something coming from the new minor league pitching coordinator ? They replaced him right? Just something I noticed. It’ll be interesting to see if some of these guys wear down or if it strengthens them.

    • Havok9120

      It was LoHud. Jennings said the whole minor league training schedule started pretty early in the calendar year. Hughes wasn’t mentioned as I recall. He didn’t say whether this was a Yankee phenomenon or not.

  • Ethan

    Despite the fact that most of you are hundreds of miles away, would anyone like to write my multivariate calculus midterm tomorrow for me?

    • Bob Buttons

      Writing it, sure. Can’t say I can ace it for you – or get even 10% for that matter.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        Same here. I can guarantee something higher than a 0, but can’t guarantee anything much higher than that.

  • You should have shot Arod

    Youlklis still a douche i will always be a Redsox and then stayed away from Joba in the clubhouse.
    This is not how Boggs or Damon even Clemens acted. Cant wait till he gets hurt and gets blasted by NY
    Sports stations.

  • https://twitter.com/czm26 Craig

    Thoughts on today, the most pointless holiday:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9sOkH8bhGA

    • Dalek Jeter

      I am Patrick.

      • jjyank

        …you’re a pink starfish? Fuck. I knew it was all a lie!!

        EVERYBODY, RUUUN!

        • Dalek Jeter

          Always remember the cake is a lie.

          • jjyank

            I like Half Life better.

          • MannyGeee

            Portal reference FTW!

      • Pat D

        No you’re not. That’s my name.

  • Alkaline

    Haven’t had time to keep up with the blog much due to work. I’m excited for the multiple posts per day with information on actual baseball stuff. Mike, thanks for making the off season easier to go through.

    I hope to keep up more with the game threads, etc. this year. I also love the fact Phelps is working hard to get ahead on that competition.

    • MannyGeee

      Then you missed the “Future Hall of Famer Abe Almonte has been traded” revolt thread. Probably for the best

      • Havok9120

        Now, now. Even Brian S only had a sad face to offer.

  • Now Batting

    The one day a year I’m absolutely ecstatic that I’m single.

    • Bob Buttons

      Pretty sure you’d save even more during Christmas/New Year.

      • Now Batting

        Na, the bars clean me out.

        • vicki

          youre welcome.

  • OldYanksFan

    As of the time of this post, the results of ‘Paying Robinson Cano’ are as follows:

    With 1946 votes counted:
    36% of RAB commenters said: 7 / $142m
    30% of RAB commenters said: Let him walk
    16% of RAB commenters said: 8 / $180m
    13% of RAB commenters said: 8 / $160m
    5% of RAB Are INSANE!!!!!!!!!!! (9 / $214m or ANYTHING!!! (Jetered)).

    So fully 2/3rds of us are prepared to say Goodbye to Mr. Cano…. because we all know 7/$142m won’t get it done.

    Interesting. The ‘Teix Rodriguez’ effect is in full force.

    • Bob Buttons

      I’d call it “Old guys gonna get old and make us cringe watching them take at bats because they won’t produce much and the damn NY media will remind us of their salary every single chance they got but that is still better than them missing 100 games due to injury because they are so damn old and they got brittle bones, and not the good brittle like peanut brittle” effect

      • MannyGeee

        Please backtrack and find the “Victory Lap Theory” that was posted back then. If memory serves, it surfaced somewhere around Cliff Lee. I will not bastardize it here by describing it… but it fits.

        • jjyank

          I think that was born out of a discussion from me and R-Tils. Any contract for a free agent star on the wrong side of 30 will include a Victory Lap. But sometimes, the Lap is worth it.

          • MannyGeee

            Yeah, I knew R-Tils was in play. Didn’t remember if it was you or Dalek that was part of it too.

            And fuck yes, Another 3-5 years of prime to still very goddam good Cano seasons would be worth 2-3 years of victory lap.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I’ll take full credit for the “Victory Lap” and stand by it.

              Suddenly it’s fashionable to hate all long-term deals. Fashion can go fuck itself.

        • Bob Buttons

          I still say no to Cano because yelling at a TV angrily for over 2-3 years isn’t good for my personal health.

          Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind paying Cano 25M a year. Just not for 7 or 8.

          • vicki

            alas.

    • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

      6/$130M is my final offer to you Mr. Cano, take it or leave it.

    • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

      I would give him 8/$180 in 5 seconds, why? Because I know he will get a bigger contract, not neccesarily in overall value but in AAV definately

  • Pat D

    Nothing screams Valentine’s Day like a Halloween-themed episode of Community.

  • http://www.timtebow.com Tim Tebow

    Who runs in the rain while wearing a shirt? #Amateurs

    • Bob Buttons

      Who runs in the public half naked? #PublicDecency

  • trr

    Damn, love that pic!

  • Govin

    Heres a hypothetical, There are two baseball teams playing against each other. One team has the best players over forty. The second has the best players under eighteen(or twenty you choose)which team would be better.
    The ages are as of this year.

    • Havok9120

      The 18 year olds would be my bet, and I’m not convinced it would be particularly close. I mean, do we have enough 40+ guys you can still play the field to put a team together?

      • RetroRob

        Does he mean the best 40-year-olds vs. the best 18-year-olds playing in professional baseball today? Or it all time?

        The main advantage the 40-year-old squad would be on the pitching side. A weak-ass, crafty 40-year-old would totally exploit the pitch recognition of the kid squad. A still-solid 40-year-old like Andy Pettitte, for example, would easily burn through the teenagers. They wouldn’t know what hit them.

        Beyond that, I have no idea!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      40 year olds REPRESENT!

    • Bob Buttons

      First I’ll assume that you mean current baseball players

      People under 20 are most often still in the minors learning the finer points of baseball (and how to hit a curve ball) so I’ll take the 40 year olds.

      Just have Andy go six innings, two more guys for two innings and Mo out for the last inning.

      • Jim Is Bored

        If they had to play 162 though, I’d take the 18 year olds.

        • Bob Buttons

          If they had to play more than 50 games I’ll take the 18 year olds.

          • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

            If they had to play extra innings I’d take the 18 year olds.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Widow Jane
    Larceny
    Bulliet 10 Yr.

    Bourbons you should try.

    • Bob Buttons

      Is there any reason why a bourbon is named after a crime?

  • vicki

    mike a, HOW do you top that picture tomorrow?

    (you don’t.)