Open Thread: 2/20 Camp Notes

Ichiro Suzuki and the adjustment to his new role
Mailbag: Kimbrel, Robertson, Infield, Key, Wells
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For the first time this year, the entire Yankees team worked out on Thursday. Position players reported yesterday so the first full squad workout was held today, meaning the first Grapefruit League game is less than one week away. Hooray for that. Here’s a recap of the day in Tampa.

Here is your nightly open thread. Neither the Knicks or Nets are playing, so you’re left with the Olympics and whatever college basketball you can find. Talk about anything here, enjoy.

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Ichiro Suzuki and the adjustment to his new role
Mailbag: Kimbrel, Robertson, Infield, Key, Wells
  • Yankee$ (Formerly Pseudoyanks)

    No, no the flu is not an injury. I do not subscribe!

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    Not to be a jerk but how can Hideki be a guest instructor for American/Latino players—doesn’t he not speak English? “Hit barr hard.” Nice gesture by the Yankees though, I loved watching Godzilla play.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      My impression of Japanese players is that they want to have interpreters because they want to be fully understood and not because they aren’t, at least, proficient.

      The guys spent eight years in the Yankee locker room. He’ll do just fine. I assume he didn’t exactly sit in the corner the entire time.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Also, didn’t Matsui spend time over the past year as a “roaming instructor” in our minor league system? Thought Mike had mentioned that in the original post when they announced Matsui would be through. I’m sure he did a fine job.

        FWIW, I would take his advise in hot to approach hitting over many other guys that they could trot through there…

        And, if we want to play that game… there are a total of three Japanese born players on the 40 man roster, and only two black man on the roster (plus Jeter, as his father is black, so lets take 2.5). What is Willie Randolph doing at camp as a guest instructor, all things being equal?

      • Ed

        I think the interpreters are basically there to provide a little cultural sanitation on the answers. Basically to avoid having interviews that go like this:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GIEHPGj9sI

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          This would make non-Americans……..unsanitized?

          *walks away slowly*

          • Ed

            I think you know exactly what I mean, but just in case you don’t…

            Park gave an honest answer to the question and clearly had no idea why everyone in the room was laughing at him. An interpreter hired by the team would be trained in dealing with the press and would have known that “I had diarrhea” isn’t a good thing to say. It likely would’ve been toned down to something more like “I wasn’t feeling well,” which would’ve been an acceptable answer that would’ve been forgotten about by the next day.

    • Mr. Roth

      Did umpires need a translator to call balls and strikes when he was at bat?

  • Sportie

    if the yankees already have three outfielders , then why don’t they have Alfonso Soriano play second base?

    • hogsmog

      Because he hasn’t played there primarily in 9 years, at all in 5, and he was pretty bad even when he did play there.

      • Preston

        But he’ll be better now, haven’t you heard 38 is the new 28.

        • Deep Thoughts

          I will raise your Soriano one Randolph. D-Rob can switch to uni #21.

          • Preston

            He’s a special instructor at camp this year. So was Andy in 2012. I think you’re on to something.

  • Sportie

    how many wins do you think the yankees will get in 2013?

    • Preston

      I’m feeling especially optimistic lately. I’ll say 92.

  • BamBamMusings

    #DerekJeter #FaceOfMLB is trailing Joe Bats by 2 points.

    Lets pick up the slack! http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2014/faceofmlb/

    • Dalek Jeter

      I hate to sound rude, but dude. Shut the fuck up. this is at least the third consecutive thread. Nobody really gives a shit about this.

      • Old time yank

        This is a Yankees message board. He can post support for the team and incourage us to vote if he wants to. If you don’t like it, why don’t you just move on with your life instead of posting a tirade?

        • Preston

          Gotta agree. Especially since this is an open thread. No reason to tell someone to stfu.

          • Dalek Jeter

            This was more about the last 2 threads than the open thread.

            • BamBamMusings

              And its bothering you because?

      • Mo’sNose

        I care.

        Didn’t know we had a spokesperson for the message boards? Oh wait, is that you K-Long?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Other than Preston, that’s two screennames we’ve never heard of suddenly showing up in order to defend the integrity of the forum.

          I hadn’t noticed the posts Dalek was referring to either so, no, they didn’t bother me either, but are you here because you didn’t like Dalek’s comment, or are you really here to insult regular commenters? He’ll still be here tomorrow, and you’ll be under your twentieth screen name.

      • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

        Dude who do you think you are Cashman?

  • Dalek Jeter

    DOOOM (in the form of flu.)

  • Kiko Jones

    MLB dropped their lawsuit against Biogenesis/Tony Bosch…

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    How’s Gardner?

    Yesterday, during the news conference Gardner was the only one not in uniform.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Dude so fast, got changed and showered before everyone else…

  • LarryM Fl

    Jeter looks real slim in the picture. I hope he has enough body fat to make it through April.

  • MD

    Jeter looks slim. This guys doesn’t. Classic. And remember he used PEDs not for strength but to cut weight.

    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/.....s-montero/