Open Thread: 2/15 Camp Notes

Bench option off the board: Bonifacio signs with Cubs
Inside the A-Rod trade
Baseball activities! (Presswire)
Baseball activities! (Presswire)

With all the pomp and circumstance surrounding pitchers and catchers reporting now in the rear-view mirror, the Yankees held their first official workout today. Here is a recap of the day’s news from Tampa:

  • Chad Jennings has the day’s bullpen and and batting practice groups. CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka, and Ivan Nova were among those to throw off a mound with various coaches and front office staff watching. Tanaka and Kuroda are catch partners and appear to have struck up a friendship already. Neato. [Meredith Marakovits, Dan Barbarisi]
  • Joe Girardi and the rest of the staff are very pleased with how Tanaka how adjusted so far and were impressed with his bullpen session. Tanaka said he was surprised by how much running they do, however. “The four laps we did at the end were pretty hard,” he joked. [Bob Nightengale, Marakovits, Bryan Hoch]
  • Manny Banuelos‘ elbow feels great and he expects to make his MLB debut at some point this year. He was touching 94 mph during simulated games late last year. “It’s been a long time and I’m happy to be back,” he said. Banuelos will throw live batting practice on Wednesday. [Hoch, Marakovits, Jennings]
  • Nova said he views Sabathia, Kuroda, and Tanaka as the only rotation locks and will treat this spring as if he’s competing for a job. “I’m still in a competition. Nothing is sure … I’m one of the young guys. I’ve got to be doing the best out there in the competition,” he said. [Hoch, Jennings]
  • Mark Teixeira went through some infield drills with first base coach Mick Kelleher and then did some work in the batting cage with hitting coach Kevin Long. He’s working his way back from season-ending wrist surgery. [Wally Matthews]
  • J.R. Murphy is going by John Ryan Murphy now. Apparently he had always gone by John Ryan, but people started calling him J.R. after he was drafted and he never bothered to correct anyone. [Sweeny Murti]
  • Right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama is not yet in camp because of a visa issue. He is a long shot to make the bullpen anyway. [Jennings]
  • And finally, there have been a number of upgrades made at George M. Steinbrenner Field. A new high-definition video board has been installed in left field and there’s a new scoreboard as well. [Hoch]

Here is tonight’s open thread. The NBA All-Star Skills Competition is on, as are the Olympics. You folks know how this stuff works by now, so have at it.

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  • Vinny Bag-a-donuts

    Looks like this is the team we are going in with. Being Jeter’s last year, he has to start the season at the top of the lineup, no? What is everyone’s prediction of the starting lineup?

    • jjyank

      I’m not gonna fill out a line up, but you’re right. Jeter is going to start at the top of the line up. Anyone who says otherwise is living in a video game world. This is Derek Jeter we’re talking about. Right or wrong, he’s gonna get a long leash at his line up spot.

      • RetroRob

        …as he should.

        • Doc Ellis on Acid

          If they want to end 2014 the same way they ended 2013. The difference is Mo and Pettitte were both still really good. Jeter? Not so much, and Jeter playing SS everyday may just be the reason they miss the playoffs.

          • Mr. Roth

            “The difference is Mo and Pettitte were both still really good. Jeter? Not so much”

            Right, because during Jeter’s last healthy season he was so terrible. .316/.362/.429, 117wRC+…..What a washed up scrub.

          • jjyank

            Even if he’s no great shakes anymore, he’s still Derek Jeter. You’re a fool if you think he’s not at the top of the line up with an incredibly long leash.

            • Adam

              I’d be very surprised if Jeter leads off, I think they will lead off Ellsbury and bat Jeter 2nd and yes, he will get a very long leash with that second spot, as he should. But I bet you see it with Ellsbury first and Gardner ninth. Historically, Jeter’s best offensive numbers come when he bats second. This will not be lost on The Binder.

  • vicki

    okay, but if you name your kid john ryan he’s going to get called JR.

    • jjyank

      My name is first and middle name is Justin Robert. I don’t go by JR. People just call me Justin. It’s pretty reasonable to think he could have just gone by John.

      Or, take my roommate’s lead. His name is Joe, but goes by Jay.

      • Bo Knows

        He probably went his entire life being called explicitly “John-Ryan” so it just got shortened naturally to J.R. by the staff. just like if say someone’s name was Jean Claude, they may go by the entire name.

        • jjyank

          Perhaps. I grew up in a culture where people didn’t do that though. One name per person. So I may be just ignorant here.

          • Slu

            I’m with you. If he wants to go by John, fine. But two names is pushing it.

            • Havok9120

              Pushing…what, exactly? It’s his name.

              • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

                He’s pushing the agenda of the nefarious Big Name lobby.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Your having one name is pushing it.

          • Havok9120

            Not all parts of the country agree with that outlook.

            • jjyank

              I understand that. I just have never experienced it.

          • Bo Knows

            I’ve actually met several people named John-Ryan and they all went by the entire name, in fact for most of them
            John-Ryan was considered their entire first name and then they would have a middle name.

            • Farewell Mo

              I bet his teammates and coaches will just call him Murph anyway.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              As long as it’s not John-Ford. Those guys suck as baseball.

  • Steve (different one)

    He then added “I think this years rotation will be the best since we had Carston Charles and Allen James back in 2009″

    • The Troll Monger

      + twenty-four

    • Bavarian Yankee

      actually they’re called Carsten Charles and Allan James ;)

  • lightSABR

    12 days until I get to watch baseball… 12 days until I get to watch baseball…

    • mustang

      EXACTLY!!!

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Presented without comment:

    http://m.motherjones.com/blue-.....paths-lulz

    This should keep some of you busy tonight on here.

    • mustang

      Not surprised at all and very interesting.

    • mustang

      “sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others)”

      “Overall, the authors found that the relationship between sadism and trolling was the strongest, and that indeed, sadists appear to troll because they find it pleasurable. “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,” they wrote. “Sadists just want to have fun…and the Internet is their playground!”

      • jjyank

        So do trolls feel bad that the vast majority of us just laugh at their idiocy?

        • Farewell Mo

          No, I’d think they feel happiness for getting a rise out of you.

          • mustang

            THIS!!!!

          • jjyank

            It’s okay. I know you know not of the existence of our cabal.

        • mustang

          Probably not as long as they get some kind of reply the key is probably not to reply.

          O:S is the best way to deal with trolling in IMO.

          • jjyank

            You’re absolutely right. O:S is the way to go. And don’t turn the lens on me. It took this entire board like a year to finally start O:Sing Eddard.

            • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

              And see how often he posts now.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Why would we do that? Eddard is the best!

              (At least since Big Member stopped coming around these parts.)

          • RetroRob

            Never ceases to surprise me that people respond to trolls on this board even when it is quite obvious they’re trolls.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              It’s because I have no self-restraint.

      • mustang

        I also think that sometimes people mix strong opposing opinions as trolling.

        • mustang

          Now this an example:

          http://riveraveblues.com/2014/.....nt-8015511

          Now Farewell Mo thinks that I was trolling when I wasn’t I was just making light of the fact that he use Mike’s Drew thread as the end all of the Drew discussion. I Think Farewell Mo said something like “if you read Mike’s breakdown on Drew you would see he is the perfect fit”. I just found it funny because Mike’s thread is an educated opinion open to refute just like our comments.

          • Farewell Mo

            You didn’t voice any opinion at all with that comment in the last thread, you were just looking to tweak me which is essentially trolling.

            • mustang

              It wasn’t meant to tweak you it was meant to make light of your stand on Drew and more your opinion on the worth of Mike’s thread. Now if you took it as me trying to tweak you that on you.

              I didn’t take this :

              Mustang says:
              February 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm
              For another left-handed batter that mostly played SS and who numbers drop like rock outside of Fenway.
              REPLY
              Farewell Mo says:
              February 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm
              Because we all know that lefties in Yankee stadium are a bad fit, right?

              Ask tweak on me you were just making light on my opinion.

              • mustang

                Here is your full comment don’t want miss quote you dude:
                Farewell Mo says:
                February 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm
                ” Me want…. if it doesn’t fit lets make it fit …..at all cost… because me want”
                Where you are wrong is that Drew fits extremely well. Try reading Mike’s assessment of signing Drew anobit would make perfect sense to anyone open minded, more so if he’d opt out after 1 season and the Yankees could let someone else pay of some of his declining years.

                • Farewell Mo

                  Let’s just agree to disagree on Drew. It should all be over by next week anyway. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yanks sign that Cuban SS instead of Drew.

                  • mustang

                    Done. Sir
                    And tomorrow we will probably find something that we both agree on that usually the way it goes.
                    :)

                    • Jorge Steinbrenner

                      You both can lick my ass for turning my comment into a Drew thing.

                    • Farewell Mo

                      Who cares about the psychology of Trolls when Stephen Drew is still available? ????

                    • mustang

                      See I told you we would agree soon enough.

                      Farewell Mo WINS!

    • Chip Rodriguez

      So internet trolls are sadists, but non-internet trolls are Red Sox second basemen. Huh.

  • Farewell Mo

    I don’t know who I’m more psyched to see this year, ManBan or Pineda.
    Gotta love those young power arms.

    • jjyank

      Both? I’d lean Pineda though, just because he’s more likely to pitch in the majors.

      • Farewell Mo

        I’d lean ManBan because he’s home grown, had an injury more likely not to be career ruining plus he’s a lefty but I’m pretty psyched for both guys.

        • jjyank

          Okay, well that’s a different reasoning though. I’d root for ManBan more because he’s a home grown guy myself, but I’m more psyched for Pineda because I think he has the higher upside for 2014.

          • Farewell Mo

            That’s true. Pineda’s ceiling is sky high and he’s definitely more likely to contribute in 2014.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          ManBan. I’ve been left wanting more a after that ST strikeout of Youk on a filthy change up with the bases loaded.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            How absurd is it that Youk was traded to the White Sox, hit FA, joined and left the Yankees in the time since ManBan last threw a professional pitch?

      • mustang

        Lean towards Pineda because I still want the Yankees to win the Pineda/Montero trade.
        :)

    • BigLoving

      I’m calling it now….Banuelos is going to be a big part of this pitching staff.

      • mustang

        Agree.

    • ALZ

      This can’t be true. Everyone knows the Yankees have no impact arms that could change the team this year.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    I’m afraid that I will keep referring to him as “J.R.”

    That’s the price he has to pay!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      John-Ryan Murphy is way too Irish a name to not wind up being an embedded Red Sock.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Fahk you! We ran NY almost as much as we did the Bean in the first half of the 20th century!

  • http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20140401T19&p0=179&msg=Opening+Day%21 Get Phelps Up

    So…would any of you fine folks be interested in possibly making an RAB fantasy league this year?

    • jjyank

      I can only handle one league, but my league is doing a $25 buy in this year, and there are two other RAB regulars in the league. If someone drops out, you’d be my first choice.

      • http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20140401T19&p0=179&msg=Opening+Day%21 Get Phelps Up

        OK, that’s cool.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Traitor.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I’m always down.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      I’m game.

  • Mister D

    Looks like somebody didn’t want to live up to TJ Oshie’s huge standards as an initialed player. What a choker. Way to draft, Cashman.

  • Farewell Mo

    Too bad about Mark Mulder blowing out his achilles on what, the 1st or 2nd day of his comeback. His son was apparently heartbroken that he won’t get a chance to see his father pitch in the majors.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Oh jeez. That sucks.

      Reminds me of my dad coming out to play football with me as a teen and breaking his collarbone on the first play.

  • PaulP

    I love the stuff about the pitchers…

    “J.R. Murphy is going by John Ryan Murphy now. Apparently he had always gone by John Ryan, but people started calling him J.R. after he was drafted and he never bothered to correct anyone. [Sweeny Murti]”

    So he’s going from a prospect to an assassin?

    • RetroRob

      Brian McCann ponders, and decides to hide under the bed.

  • Wheels

    heh, or an actor.

  • jim p

    About radio: so do I have this right? I’ll be able to hear Yankee games on FM, in English, now? It was always a drag when they played day games, because it’s hard to get an AM signal in an office building. Thanks.

    • Farewell Mo

      Yep.

      WFAN is 101.9 FM and 660 AM

      • jim p

        Oh Joy! Thank you.

  • RetroRob

    Sorry John Ryan, but you’re J.R.

    Deal with it.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Change approved!

      /Ellie’d

  • Joe

    Jeter will bat second. Thats if hes up to it. Hes the safety net for who bats third. Have to make sure someones on when the meat of the order comes to the plate.

  • Joe

    Jeter will bat second. Thats if hes up to it. Hes the safety net for who bats third. Have to make sure someones on when the meat of the order comes to the plate. Jeters going to bat .310 with 19 hrs this year

  • BigLoving

    Lineup could go a lot of different ways I’m anxious to see what Girardi decides. Considering who has the day off the lineup could really be based on whose bat is the hottest at the momen. Personally I’d go…..

    Jeter
    Ellsbury
    Beltran
    Soriano
    McCann
    Tex
    Roberts
    Johnson
    Gardner

  • Tanakapalooza Floozy

    Dumpster not pitching in 2014 for “medical reasons” but not retiring. So I guess his vagina is sore?

    • Mr. Roth

      This is confirmed. He just tweeted that it is in fact due to a sore vagina.

  • Doc Ellis on Acid

    It is amazing to me that Jeter playing SS most days and hitting atop the lineup could be the reason they miss the playoffs. If any thing, he should be a DH 80% of f the time and a SS maybe 10% of the time, when they don’t have a lefty or a groundballer on the mound.

    Instead, the captain will go down with the ship.

    • Mr. Roth

      You realize that if Jeter is DHing 80% of the time, then either Gardner, Beltran, or Soriano will most likely be on the bench a combined 80% of the time?

      Lay off the dirty acid, it’s ruining your mind.