Apr
19

Mailbag: Wang, Outfield, Pastornicky, Pitching

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(Koji Watanabe/Getty)

(Koji Watanabe/Getty)

Nathan asks: Do you think Chien-Ming Wang can be more effective than either Ivan Nova or Phil Hughes (especially Nova)?

No, I don’t. Not at all. Wang, who turned 33 in March, hasn’t been an effective pitcher since hurting his foot in Houston in 2008. He’s managed a 6.39 ERA (5.12 FIP) with a 53.2% ground ball rate in 136.2 innings since then, and most of that came in the NL East with the Nationals. Wang looked great in the World Baseball Classic, almost like his old self, but he faced two teams (Australia and Japan) with a combined zero big leaguers on the roster. It doesn’t mean much.

The guy the Yankees had from 2005-2008 is long gone by now. Wang has had some very serious injuries since then, most notably the dreaded torn shoulder capsule. Guys who have had that surgery never come back the same. I’m talking Rich Harden, Johan Santana, Mark Prior, Chris Young, John Maine, and others. They never come back the same. Wang will join the Triple-A rotation today and if things go his way, maybe we’ll see him in the big leagues at some point. I don’t see any way he is better than Nova or Hughes right now. No chance at all.

Mark asks: Care to take a crack at predicting the 2014 outfield?

Unless Ichiro Suzuki manages to play his way off the roster this year — I don’t think it will happen, but it’s possible — I’m pretty sure it will be the same outfield they have now. Vernon Wells in left, Brett Gardner in center, and Ichiro in right. I think they’ll let Curtis Granderson walk as a free agent and find a better right-handed hitting platoon guy than Ben Francisco. Brennan Boesch could also be in the mix if he impresses this year.

In a perfect world, some of the kids in the minors will start to push those guys for spots next year. Zoilo Almonte has had an insane start to his Triple-A career these last few weeks, but let’s see how things play out this summer before ticketing him for the Hall of Fame. Tyler Austin, Slade Heathcott, and Ramon Flores could all wind up outfield options at some point in 2014, just probably not on Opening Day. I do think they’ll start the year with the veterans though, they always do.

(Scott Cunningham/Getty)

(Scott Cunningham/Getty)

Taylor asks: With Jeter’s injury and eventual retirement looming, would the Braves Tyler Pastornicky be a reasonable target to take over shortstop in the next few seasons? Blocked in Atlanta by Andrelton Simmons.

Pastornicky, 23, was originally drafted by the Blue Jays before going to the Braves in the Yunel Escobar trade. He opened last year as Atlanta’s everyday shortstop before playing his way back to the minors (65 wRC+) and opening the door for Simmons. It’s early, but he’s raked in Triple-A so far this year (160 wRC+).

Baseball America ranked Pastornicky as the seventh best prospect in the Braves system prior to last year (he wasn’t eligible for this year’s list). Here’s a snippet of the subscriber-only scouting report

He has a good feel for hitting and makes consistent line-drive contact, though he could stand to draw a few more walks. He doesn’t have a lot of strength, but he has a quick bat and could develop some gap power. Pastornicky has plus speed and the aptitude to steal bases. He has above-average range at shortstop, and he could get more out of his average arm with a more consistent arm slot.

They also note he’s exceeded expectations during his march to the big leagues and is a big-time competitor with good baseball instincts.

I’m not sure if Pastornicky will ever hit enough to be a big league regular, even at shortstop, but I do think he has a better chance of playing the position everyday than Eduardo Nunez just because of his defense. Nunez’s throws have been greatly improved in the early going, but he’s still a below-average defender overall. They’re very similar offensively players — contact guys with speed — but the defense separates them. I like both guys as stopgaps more than long-term shortstop solutions.

Justin asks: I know this question may lend itself to a long post, but can you address possible options for the Yankees to build/maintain a strong pitching staff for 2014-2016? Given the impending retirements of Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda and the lack of impact free agents, they’ve got a lot of eggs in the Michael Pineda/Manny Banuelos basket.

Oh don’t worry, the Yankees will just sign some veteran pitchers to one-year deals and get crazy unexpected production. I’m thinking one-year deals worth $10M for Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum this offseason, putting them in line for about 6 WAR in 2014. It is the Yankees way and it is their destiny.

In all seriousness, I do think veterans on one-year deals will be the crutch they lean on to fill out the roster while waiting (hoping) for some young players emerge from the farm system. The Yankees do the one-year veteran thing better than anyone, and as long as they use it as a way to supplement the roster rather than employ it as a core-building strategy, it works for me. It’s tough to see them finding veteran pitchers as productive as Kuroda and Pettitte on a one-year deals, but who knows? Maybe Halladay or Lincecum will be that guy.

Mark asks: Single biggest reason attendance appears to be lagging over the last two years?

Probably ticket prices. It costs a family of four about $100 just to sit in the grandstand, and that doesn’t include food and parking and all that. Suddenly a family outing to the ballpark on a weekend is a $200 event. There are countless other ways to spend that $200 and get more entertainment bang of the buck. So yeah, I do think they priced out a portion of the fan base and that’s a big reason why attendance is lagging. Obviously there is more going on here than just that. Eventually the Yankees will come up with a solution (dynamic pricing? hello???) that doesn’t involve blaming StubHub.

Categories : Mailbag
  • Eddard

    1. Wang is an AAA pitcher. He was good until he broke his foot running the bases. Poor guy, but his ML career is over.

    2. Gardner should be in CF. Granderson won’t fit under next year’s cap so he’s gone. Wells will be in LF. Ichiro should be cut and not in next year’s plans at all. Give the job to one of the kids.

    3. When has Jeter hinted at retirement? And we need to sit back a couple months and see what Nuney can do before we start naming replacements.

    4. What you see is what you get under Hal’s austerity budget and that’s just reality. CC, Nova, Pineda, Phelps, not sure who else will be in the rotation. This is Kuroda’s last year. This is Andy’s last year. They’d have to get another cheap veteran. Hughes will go to the NL where he can give up flyballs and they’ll be outs instead of HRs. And where he doesn’t get booed off the field in his 2nd start of the season.

    5. If the payroll budget is being cut then not one penny should be raised in ticket prices. Not one penny. But you know they will raise revenues. Raising revenues and cutting budgets never works but that’s exactly what they’ll do.

    • mitch

      3. I don’t think they need to go out and trade for Jeter’s replacement, but they definitely could use an upgrade over Nix. I wouldn’t mind seeing a defense-first SS in place of him.

      • Jim Is Bored

        Completely agree with this. If Nunez can stay healthy I am perfectly OK with him as our starter. But we totally need a defensive guy backing him up.

    • MannyGeee

      hehehe… you were sucking Ichiros dick so hard last October, your lips were A-Rod purple. But now, meh, shouldn’t be on ANY roster in the history of baseball ever!

      The winds blow quickly and vigorously in EddardWorld

    • Mattinglyfan03

      2. In a perfect world, A-Rod’s injury is career ending, meaning the insurance picks up the majority of the remainder of the money due him and the Yankees bring back Granderson on a 2 year, $30 million contract. Of course, as long as we’re talking about a perfect world, Eduardo Nunez becomes a Alfonso Soriano clone with the bat but with a better glove and I win the lottery and since giving billionaires bail outs while completely ignoring the common man who could really use a helping hand right now is the new American way (I’ll be careful here since I’m verging on the taboo subject of politics) and donate good bunch to the Steinbrenner brothers so they can afford to keep Grandy Man.

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

    Ticket prices for sure. I used to go to a lot of games. A lot. In fairness I’m now a family of 4 whereas I used to go as a single person part of a larger group, but in YS3 for decent seats for 4, parking, and food it’s $500 and we’ve spent $1000 to sit at field level in the infield. For regular season games. Preposterous.

    • trr

      I’ve been calling for that since the start of S/T…
      Yeah, it would have to be a defense-first guy, there just aren’t any goos hitting SS’s available.

    • Sayid

      I understand this, but at the same time, when I want to go to a sporting event with my friends, spend as little money as possible, and have a good time, it’s always baseball. As expensive as Yankee tickets are, how the hell are you going to a Knicks, Giants or Rangers game if Yankee tickets are too expensive for you?

      As much shit as the Yankees get for ticket prices, they are still the cheapest seat in town. I understand this a result of 45,000 seats being available 81 times a year, but still, if all we are talking about is purely the cost of attending the event, you can’t find a cheaper sporting event in NY than the Yankees (non-Mets division.

  • trr

    Big “YES” on the ticket prices, Droids. Everyone knew this was coming at the new Stadium, it was well critiqued in advance, and they went ahead and did it anyway. “Dynamic Pricing”? I don’t care. If the teams’ bottom line suffers becuase of their greed and lack of market perspicacity, hey – that’s life in the Big City…

    • jsbrendog

      I had to look up perspicacity. nice

  • Bennett

    I kind of hope Wang does well and gets a chance to contribute for two reasons: one sentimental, one immature. You can probably guess what they are.

    Moving on, which veteran pitchers should be free agents worth a short deal in the upcoming offseasons (2014 and 2015)?

  • Slugger27

    1. ticket prices
    2. atlanta braves syndrome
    3. restaurants/clubs/bars

    the 3 primary reasons the stadium is only 2/3 full every night and legends is 1/2 full

    • mitch

      4. Home viewing experience – Pretty much anybody can sit at home and watch any baseball game they choose on an enormous HD TV. And they can do other stuff at the same time. And it takes a maximum of 3 hours out of their day (unless it’s NYY/BOS).

      • Slugger27

        yes, good point. but thats true of any other city in mlb and while i havent looked at the numbers, id be surprised if anyone outside of the marlins has seen as big of a change in attendance as the yankees compared to last year.

        • YanksFan

          The NYY would also be one of the biggest to drop since they’ve been top-3 in attendance for, IDK, forever.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      What’s Atlanta Braves syndrome? Forgive my ignorance.

      • Slugger27

        just apathy thats slowly evolved from winning so much. like last year in the alds, attendance was pathetic. in the winner take all game 5, the stadium was 1/3 empty at first pitch, and while it slowly got better until the 3rd inning, it was still pathetic.

        in my opinion its a sign that the same thing is happening that happened to the atlanta braves in the early 2000s regarding attendance. people just expect winning and not even the alds excites them anymore “wake me up when its the world series” kind of attitude.

        • jsbrendog

          you described my feeling. the alds to me is meh and the playoffs start if they make it to the alcs. you’re right. it’;s one of those they’ve been there so many times i just can’t get excited for it really, and a 5 game series is a crapshoot in general etc etc etc.

          i would not mind a couple years of exciting years where they come just short of making the playoffs. just to reboot the giving a number of F&%$s

          • Slugger27

            its how a lot of us feel. the alds almost feels like an extension of the regular season. not to mention the prices. if alds prices were lower, it would still sell out despite the apathy and entitledment involved with the fans. but at the prices theyre charging? get ready for even more empty seats than last years alds, which was already quite a lot.

            (if they make it)

  • Mscott

    Tabling the “what to do about shortstop – if anything” discussion for a moment, people seem to be ignoring the other impact of Jeter out 3+ months: no use of DJ as a Hafner platoon partner. Teix (hopefully) coming back in 3 weeks or so should take care of the “OMG Nix is at third vs. lefties” problem but they still don’t have a righty DH answer that’s better than Ben “.626 OPS vs. righties last year” Francisco. Was Mustelier’s leg injury fatal? He’d be useful as a fill in at third, DH, and outfield (he’s even played a tiny little bit of second).

    As for shortstop, we saw the return of Eduardo (one error, one error saved by a nice scoop, managing to overrun a ball one step to his right and a botched tag play at third) Scissorhands last night. Well at least he’s hitting .240 and getting on base at a .300 clip. With no homers and no stolen bases! Clearly there are no minor league options (or they’d be here already), we can’t trade for the Shortstop Of The Future™ because of Mr. Jeter’s Option (the little-know sequel to “Mr. Holland’s Opus”) and no one will trade us a three-month shortstop without demanding the family jewels. We are SO screwed at short….

    P.S. If we could trade for the Shortstop Of The Future™ should we do so and perhaps force Jeter to DECLINE his option? Blasphemy, I know….

    • Jim Is Bored

      Shortstop as a whole is a terribly thin position right now. I’m not sure what your point is, at all.

      WTF SS of the future is there to trade for, that we could realistically acquire, that would be worth the cost? There isn’t one. Get off your really bizarre soapbox.

      • jjyank

        This. It’s real easy to sit in front of your computer and bitch about it, but that’s not realistic. Short stops are one of the hardest positions to fill. Guys who can hit and defend are very rare and very valuable.

        So if the Yankees don’t acquire a “SS of the future” right now, I’m willing to bet it has everything to do with (1. The Yankees don’t have the pieces to acquire such talent, and/or (2. The team that has such a great SS isn’t willing to trade him.

        So yeah, not sure what the point here is. Jeter’s injury sucks, but there’s not much they can do about it other than look for someone better than Nix and hope Nunez can hold down the fort.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I snapped my fingers, and Jurickson Profar isn’t here. Cashman failed.

        • Jim Is Bored

          Whiners gonna whine.

      • Mscott

        Dear Jim is Obtuse (pause — see below):

        My real point was that everyone seems to be overlooking the fact that DJ’s prolonged absence does more harm at righty DH than it does at SS – that the vulnerability to left handed pitching was the worst impact of DJ being out until after the break. Don’t know why you had to get personal rather than discuss any of the issues pleasantly/intelligently (MannyGeee managed to do this), but since you started up:

        As to the clearly labeled digression (pause while you look that up):

        “Shortstop as a whole is a terribly thin position right now” WAS the de facto rhetorical (pause while you look those up) point, or is “We are SO screwed at short….” too ambiguous (pause) for Trolls? (I really must brush up on my Troll – sorry, I DO know Trolls have trouble with parenthetical – pause – insertions). I know we’re stuck at SS and I wasn’t attempting to initiate (pause) a colloquium (pause) to debate the ability and/or wisdom of attempting the acquisition (pau…nah I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt on that one) of a Shortstop Of The Future™ (akin to “future Yankee David Price” – we’re just aimin’ at some jollity – pause – here). I neither think nor recommend seeking a Shortstop Of The Future™ — I just considered it an interesting thought experiment to muse on whether the Yankees might conceivably be Machiavellian enough to handle the end of Jeter’s career that way.

        Time for you to put your OED (pause) down – another episode of “Trolling for Dollars” is about to air.

        • jjyank

          This might be the most obnoxious comment I’ve ever read.

          As far as your actual point, yes, I agree with you that Jeter’s setback/re-injury hurts at DH as well. Nobody actually wants to see Ben Francisco get DH reps. But the second half of your original comment seems divert from that point and call for a more permanent short stop solution. To which several people pointed out that this won’t happen. There’s really no need to drench your response in condescension and strange pausing.

          • Mscott

            “This might be the most obnoxious comment I’ve ever read.”

            Thank you. Did it with half my brain tied behind my back! Oh, no! Is THIS now “the most obnoxious comment I’ve ever read”?

            Sigh…all subtlety is lost. At least the TDL (Troll Defense League)is alive and well. And Jim remains obtuse.

            ‘Bye.

            • jjyank

              You won’t be missed.

              • Jim Is Bored

                He made fun of my handle! That means I’ve finally arrived as a regular RAB commenter.

                • jjyank

                  Heh. It’s kind of like a rite of passage I suppose. Now all you need is for someone to make gay sex jokes about you and another regular, and you’ll be all set :P

          • Jim Is Bored

            I didn’t read it. Didn’t deserve my attention.

    • Slugger27

      shortstop.

    • MannyGeee

      Ironically, Nunez IS the minor league option.

      In fairness that’s ONE booked error in 80 innings at SS in 2013, compared to 4 in 116 SS innings in 2012 (7 total errors in an injury shortened 2012 – 225 defensive innings).

      We’ve had the kid around so long we forget he’s only 25.

  • Laurent Bouzeraeu

    1995 Yankkes attendance – 1,705,263 (7th of 14)
    1996 Yankees attendance – 2,250,877 (7th of 14)
    1997 Yankees attendance – 2,580,325 (6th of 14)
    1998 Yankees attendance – 2,955,193 (3rd of 14)
    1999 Yankees attendance – 3,292,736 (3rd of 14)
    2000 Yankees attendance – 3,055,435 (3rd of 14)
    2001 Yankees attendance – 3,264,907 (2nd of 14)
    2002 Yankees attendance – 3,465,807 (2nd of 14)
    2003 Yankees attendance – 3,465,600 (1st of 14)
    2004 Yankees attendance – 3,775,292 (1st of 14)
    2005 Yankees attendance – 4,090,696 (1st of 14)
    2006 Yankees attendance – 4,248,067 (1st of 14)
    2007 Yankees attendance – 4,271,083 (1st of 14)
    2008 Yankees attendance – 4,298,655 (1st of 14)

    2009 Yankees attendance – 3,719,358 (1st of 14)
    2010 Yankees attendance – 3,765,807 (1st of 14)
    2011 Yankees attendance – 3,653,680 (1st of 14)
    2012 Yankees attendance – 3,542,406 (1st of 14)

    Not trying to make any point here, nor do I have any agenda in posting these figures. Just putting up the attendance figures for the past era of Yankee playoff teams (with 2008 in there as well for continuity sake). Interpret them however you like. The only thing I will say about it is that I find it interesting that even when the team was winning championships, they didn’t lead the league in attendance. And years when they didn’t win (or came off of years when they got ousted early in the playoffs), they soared in attendance. I just thought that was strange, that’s all. I do wonder what the circumstances might have been which led to these numbers and perhaps those with a better eye towards statistics or context of what was happening at the time could be of more assistance in extrapolating some meaning behind why these numbers trend upwards and downwards as they do. Anyway, I just thought it was interesting to look at.

    • Slugger27

      a couple things…. star power for one. the yankees became a team of collected established name brand stars starting in 2003. making them more compelling to non-diehard fans.

      its also right after YES network started, so marketing was certainly magnitudes better for the team than it was in the 90s.

      i would think the mini spike you see in 2006 is because people wanted to see the stadium one last time.

    • jsbrendog

      also the yankees led the league in attendance even after opening a new stadium with 5-10 thousand less seats than the old one…

    • Now Batting

      You’d be better served looking at % of seats sold.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Attendance at live sporting events as a whole has been falling. Especially across baseball. I see this discussion on every team’s message boards. It’s just the nature of our society, technology, the economy, etc.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    BUT WHAT ABOUT PASTOR ICKY?!?!

    While the Nix hate brigade is a bit undeserved, as the guy is who he is and didn’t exactly ask to be in such a pivotal role, I think they should be looking to upgrade. What that upgrade looks like, though, and what I’m willing to give up, is beyond me. Ideally there’d be some blocked guy somewhere close to running out of options we could swap Mesa for, but that guy probably doesn’t exist.

    Of course I’m rooting for Wang to be a feel-good story this season, but we’ve yet to see him in action. If Nova continues to falter, would I love to see him spell him for a bit while Nova, hopefully, finally gets it together? Sure. Am I putting money on it? Hell no. Frankly, I’m more hoping Pineda comes back and grabs that spot. One feel-good start for Wang, though? I’d love that.

    I’d love to see Zoilo force his way into the conversation, and for Austin and Slade to force their way into knocking on the door. How great would that be? Not far-fetched. I don’t think all three of Wells, Boesch, and Ichiro play well enough to be full-time pieces next year.

    Monitor the vets. See how they do, how they make adjustments, etc. See how Kuroda and Pettitte continue to look as the season wears on and what they’re willing to do next year. Hope Pineda and Banuelos come back strong. Maybe one of Warren, Phelps, or Marshall overachieve, although I’m not exactly counting on that.

    • Jim Is Bored

      The fortunate is the Yanks don’t need as many minor leaguers to pan out as the vast majority of teams do.

      Of course that also makes it more frustrating when we struggle to develop even the one’s we do need.

      I have to imagine one out of flores, zoilo, austin, slade, or mason will turn into a starting OF in 2-3 years. I’m not asking for any more than that.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Also, it’s ticket prices.

    • LK

      I also find it funny that in their effort to blame StubHub, the Yankees have actually made the situation even worse with the price floor/decrease in convenience.

      I think the apathy from all the winning is also part of the issue as someone mentioned above. It’s amazing to me that Hal was shocked by the reaction to this offseason – if you spoil people, they’re going to throw tantrums when they don’t get what they want.

      • Jim Is Bored

        Just the idea of a price floor makes me mad.

    • mitch

      I agree prices are a problem, but if you’re willing to sit in the bleachers/grandstands, use public transportation, and eat at home, you can go to pretty much any game at the same cost as going to a movie.

      It’s the entire experience including craft beers, lobel’s steak sandwiches, and Yankees merchandise that makes it so expensive. Most people think they’re entitled to that.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, I agree. I sit in the bleachers, and am willing to spend money on some things (I actually find Lobel’s soggy), but I also think some people don’t have that sort of disposable income, or just THINK it’s going to be worse.

        I also think a lot of empty seats are actually paid for, just not used.

        • Slugger27

          I also think a lot of empty seats are actually paid for, just not used.

          this is an important note as well. i hardly ever go to legends, but the few times i have, the restaurants and k1 clubs are PACKED. tons of people every time. of course, those places being packed means those people arent in their seats. its usually people in suits, usually older, that just dont mind sitting and chatting and watching on TV inside. its who the yankees catered to for financial reasons, and it worked. they got what they wanted. it being embarassing and an eyesore on TV is a small price theyre willing to pay for the corporate buyer.

      • jsbrendog

        you don’t even need to eat at home. I bring a deli hero everytime. you can bring food into the stadium. when we would go obver the summer we would bring in a big bag of chips, unopened of course, a hero each, and 2 sealed bottles of water and a bag of 99 cent duane reade shelled peanuts. you can bring all of that in.

    • Jim Is Bored

      This.

  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    Tyler’s last name reminded me of a kind of tacos called “Tacos al pastor”. If you haven’t tried those you should, it’s like the second best thing God put in this world, right behind women.

    • dkidd

      living in los angeles = happily drowning in tacos al pastor

    • Jim Is Bored

      Oh my god, I had those recently. I don’t think I can eat any other kind of taco again, because it would profane the memory.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Obviously one of the great shortstops of all time won’t immediately, if ever, be replaced by another. It was 40 years from Rizzuto to Jeter. If we can find an upgrade over Nunez, fine, but it won’t be Jeter quality. Nunez isn’t so bad, we’ve got to get used to the new era of less-than-Jeter.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Pretty much completely agree with this.

      Having a hall of famer man that position for 15 years makes it a lot harder to appreciate a league average player for who he is.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      Let’s not act like Rizzuto was anything close to a precursor for Jeter either. He was good, but it wasn’t exactly DiMaggio to Mantle out there.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Yeah, seriously. Rizzuto’s a HoFer because of his personality and because he was on winning teams, not because he was anywhere near the player Jeter is.

  • Preston

    I don’t see Pastornicky as any kind of upgrade. Nunez has proven to be able to hit somewhere approaching league average at the big league level, Pastornicky has not. He was below league average at AAA last season. And although he might be an upgrade with the glove, his UZR in his 76 big league games was -12. I know that half a season is way to small of a sample. But it’s fair to say his glove isn’t making up for his offensive deficiencies. Not to mention that we’d have to trade value to get him. I’d rather just stay with Nunez.

    • Vern Sneaker

      One of the things that puzzles me about Nunez is that for someone with his bat speed and ability to make contact he doesn’t really get that many base hits, though it’s too early to come to conclusions because he doesn’t even have a full equivalent season.

      • shittyshittybangbang

        Seems to me as if Nunez suffers from mucho macho syndrome. Looks as if he borrowed paul bunyan’s bat up there. IMO, gets over-matched with good fastballs. Lighter bat hombre. Soriano finally relented. Dont wait so long nunez, you might not have that luxury.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    I think the overpriced seats/food/parking has really cost the Yanks the “hardcore” fan.

    Now maybe it was all part of their strategy to cater to a different clientele, but it’s pathetic watching and listening to Yankee games. The crowd has very little life. Even when there are exciting rallies and homers, it doesn’t sound as alive as the old place used to be.

    I do agree with above posters when it comes to “Altanta Braves Syndrome.” I think we just expect ALCS and WS appearances, and almost gloss over the journey of getting there, as if it’s some kind of formality.

    I’ll be interested to see if the not-as-powerful Yankees of 2013 bring fan interest back, particularly if they have to scratch and claw to make a spot.

    Ironic that for years, certain fans decried “TOO MANY STAHS!!!!”, but now are crying “NEED MOAR STAHS!!!!”

    I’m pulling for Almonte/Mesa to force their way into the 2014 OF equation, almost making Ichiro and Wells have to platoon.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    You can get bleacher seats, which are more than fine, for 5 dollars.

    People forget that in Yankee Stadium you can just walk down to the lower level and stand basically right next to the field. It’s awesome.

    What’s horrible is parking and concession costs. Now THOSE are a drain-but not tickets.

  • shittyshittybangbang

    Tilapia, i’ll ask you again…, what the heck did Mesa do to you ? You cant wait to get this guy off the team. Til not too long ago, he was a dotf high prospect, no ? He almost made the mlb club. Com’on, what was it ? An ill advised sodomy perhaps ?!!! Huh, huh, huh ?!

    • tilapia is pooh

      Tilapia is clueless.. Hes just here to down other peoples opinions like hes some genius or has a right because he’s been coming here for longer then some.. Hes wrong a ton to be honest..

      • Preston

        Anybody who ventures their opinion on things will be wrong from time to time. At least he has the courage to keep the same handle instead of slandering people from a BS one.

  • tilapia is pooh

    Hey mike, in case u haven’t noticed, Cervelli has hit every time hes been up here with the yanks, and always hit in the clutch as well.. What will it take to get u to realize the guy can hit, and his energy is clearly a strength, not to be ignored?

    Also, its way to early to say Ichiro is done.. Were not even 3wks into the season for god sakes.. This is a guy who raked the 2nd half of the season and hit very well in the postseason.. Just to let u know, that was less then a yr ago.. I doubt he just crumbled since then.. U go play for Seattle and continue putting up numbers ad staying motivated playing for that team!

    Ichiro will hit at least 280ba by seasons end, double digit HRs, and 60-70RBIs, and Cervelli will hit the entire season, and any way u cut the dice, hes a upgrade over what u would be getting over Russ Martin, whos terrible… Terrible is being nice, that guys toast.. So glad i don’t have to watch one ridiculous slump after another from Martin, and then he hits a HR or something, and its all forgotten.. I never wanted that guy back, and u can see why..

    This teams gonna be more then fine, there gonna make the postsesason, and then we’ll have to see excuses to why they made it, making almost all of mikes points look stupid..

    • WhittakerWalt

      I like how you’re convinced Cervelli will hit (based on an absurdly small sample size where his OPS is .915) but then turn around and say we can’t judge Ichiro because we’re “not even 3wks into the season for god sakes.”
      You have to make up your mind.
      I’d also like a clearer definition of your contention that “Cervelli has hit every time hes been up here with the yanks,” because the guy’s got a whopping career .707 OPS. That might be acceptable if Frankie played good defense, but that hasn’t shown up either.