Open Thread: 2/25 Camp Notes

King: Johan Santana barely cracks 80 mph during workout with Yankees
Yankees sign Colombian right-hander Juan Escorcia
(Presswire)
(Presswire)

The Yankees played their first exhibition game of the year this afternoon, beating Florida State 8-3. Back-to-back doubles by Zoilo Almonte and Brendan Ryan created the first run while a Gary Sanchez sacrifice fly drove home the second. The sac fly was actually a foul pop-up near the on-deck circle, but no one bothered to cover the plate so the runner came home. Spring Training baseball against a college team, y’all.

The box score is right here. Vidal Nuno struck out three in two scoreless innings while Brett Gardner (infield single), Frankie Cervelli (5-4-3 double play), and Kelly Johnson (strikeout looking) got one at-bat apiece. Ramon Flores hit a solo homer, Dean Anna doubled once, and John Ryan Murphy doubled twice. Shane Greene allowed all three runs in his two innings of work. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston (above) went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a ground out to second. Here is everything else from Tampa.

This your open thread for the evening. None of the hockey or basketball locals are in action, so you’re on your own for entertainment. Talk about anything your heart desires right here. Have at it.

email
King: Johan Santana barely cracks 80 mph during workout with Yankees
Yankees sign Colombian right-hander Juan Escorcia
  • nycsportzfan

    Nice start to yr for Nuno and Murphy.

  • lightSABR

    Grantland has a good article about MLB doing more to prevent concussions: http://grantland.com/features/.....ions-rule/

    My favorite part? Four words: “Pirates catcher Chris Stewart”

    • I’m One

      My favorite part? Four words: “Pirates catcher Chris Stewart”

      Right where he belongs; backing up Russell Martin.

      • forensic

        Right where he belongs; any team but the Yankees.

        Sorry, I’m just Chris Stewart’d out after the last couple of years.

  • Mr. Roth

    I didn’t see it mentioned in the post, but Scott Sizemore hit for the cycle in his two plate appearances today. He also drew a pair of walks.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      He went 12 for 4 at the plate and turned a 5-5-5 unassisted triple play.

      • lightSABR

        Don’t you mean a 1-1-1 triple play? He threw an 81-pitch perfect game, you know – 27 strikeouts – but he let Nuno and the others put their names on the box score, ’cause he’s just a nice guy like that.

        • Darren

          Actually he didn’t need to throw any pitches. Every single FSU batter was in awe of his presence, batted out of order and was called out.

          • lightSABR

            Scott Sizemore: the illegitimate offspring of Chuck Norris and Wade Boggs.

          • lightSABR

            News flash: Babe Ruth rises from the grave to ask Scott Sizemore for an autograph and some help with his swing. (He’s not quite dominating the zombie leagues like he used to.)

            • lightSABR

              (Got carried away there – I thought the first one had disappeared.)

              • Mr. Roth

                Never apologize for sharing more than one interesting Scott Sizemore fact.

                Sizemore sizemore, “Sizemore sizemore. Sizemore sizemore sizemore.” Sizemore, sizemore sizemore?

                Sizemore sizemore.

                • Jorge Steinbrenner

                  Scott Sizemore once promised a kid with cancer he’d reach base on a two-base error twice in a game, and he did not let that kid down.

                • vicki

                  if you chant his name enough (SIZE! MORE!) it starts to sound like “more size!”

                  like when you do the same for jorgie it sounds like “hey, whore!”

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            The tomahawk chop is now replaced by the entire FSU student body just mouthing the name “Sizemore.” Native American groups everywhere rejoice.

          • lightSABR

            You make me curious. Anybody know when the last time was that someone got called out for batting out of order in the MLB?

            • forensic
              • lightSABR

                Sweet. I didn’t realize it had happened that often.

                Or that there had once been a team called the Rochester Hop Bitters. Awesome.

      • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

        Guess what number he’s wearing….

        24

  • nycsportzfan

    Hey Mike, any chance you can find that Flores HR to show us?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      There’s no video of today’s game.

      • nycsportzfan

        Thanks

      • forensic

        Sportscenter actually had video of Winston taking strike 3 in his final AB. It was from about 300 feet behind and above homeplate and probably just a cell phone video from their interviewer, but it was there…

        I can’t believe they went so crazy over this. Photos of him with players, an amazingly blurry photo of his broken bat, footage of him in college games, and then a long interview with him afterward. Was that all really necessary??? It reminded me of why I don’t watch much of anything (other than games) on ESPN anymore).

  • Chip Rodriguez

    How long has this been going on with Austin’s wrist? I recall reading about this last year as well. Worrying.

    • Mr. Roth

      “Austin has been dealing with this issue since last April, so he’s not exactly out of the woods yet.”

      • Chip Rodriguez

        Gah. Going blind.

  • RetroRob

    I’d imagine the days of drafting a top football prospect into MLB are gone. Even if an MLB team wanted Winston, they’d have to take him as a 1st rounder to pay enough to get him away from the NFL, yet no MLB team could risk that in fear he wouldn’t sign. Plus, the NFL would still pay him more money up front. The new CBA prevents teams from taking chances on players like Winston…not that he would be signing with a MLB team. He’s NFL bound.

  • Kramerica Industries

    As some people here may recall, I am a pretty avid fan of University of Florida athletics (basketball #1, woo-hoo).

    On a totally unrelated note, I have an insatiable desire to kill Mike ATM.

    ok as you were.

    ;)

  • Robert

    Slade’s Knee, Austins Wrist thats why Gardy got a contract extension…Flores and Williams not setting the world on fire.No wonder all our minor league infielders are getting try outs in the outfield.
    Bring on the Judge the next outfield hopeful!!!

  • Tim D.

    There is no chance that Winston would consider playing baseball. Why would he give up a chance to be a starter in the NFL than be a fringe pitcher or a fourth outfielder in MLB?

    • hogsmog

      I dunno, there are a lot more health risks with football. At the end of the day it’s your whole life you have to think about- after your career you could end up with debilitating injuries, maybe even ones to your brain, and no income if you didn’t invest properly.

    • Mr. Roth

      A little different of a situation, but Jeff Samardzija would have almost definitely been a 1st round draft pick in the NFL but picked baseball instead. It could happen.

      • Tim D.

        Fair point in regards to the health issues in football. Do you guys think that he’d take less money and potentially less endorsement deals though to play baseball? Samardzjia has the talent no question but he wasn’t nearly the name that Winston has been.

        • hogsmog

          No, I don’t think Winston ever would. But if I could choose to be a baseball superstar or football superstar, I’d go for baseball. My career would most likely be longer and at a higher salary, and I wouldn’t have to worry about weighing 350 with blown out knees and a screwed up back with no health insurance (the NFL only gives 5 years post retirement) by the time I hit 40.

          • Havok9120

            Players have so many more rights in the MLB that if I were going to be drafted with a 7 figure signing bonus, I think baseball would be the way to go.

            No, you might not make it to the Show to earn those rights. But you still get a bigger payday than almost any regular person will ever get in their lives.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Baseball in a heartbeat for me as well.

            • Tanakapalooza Floozy

              Exactly. The 7-figure bonus guarantees that even if I flame out as a prospect I could – with proper planning – stretch that money for quite a long time.

              Baseball would be a no brainer choice for me in that case.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                The prorated version of the minimum you’d make bouncing around the waiver wire would probably come out to about 50-60K a year.

                Actually, that’d be interesting to look at.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              Winston isn’t nearly good enough of a baseball prospect to get drafted high enough for a $1M+ bonus.

  • vicki

    murph making his case day one. two doubles, and he was the heads-up baserunner scoring on sanchez’s “sac”.

    omigod omigod. it’s really happening.

    • Tanakapalooza Floozy

      Also, I refuse to call him anything other than JR. Sorry JR.

  • mustang

    Thank God

    Baseball Back!!!!!

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      TWSS

  • Jimmy McNulty

    So the season’s upon us, after that shit festival we were subjected to last season surely this one must go a little bit better, no? I’m concerned about the power, but the pitching should be legit. I liked the Tanaka signing even if I think they overpaid. I’m gonna miss Cano, but 10/240? Yeah take that shit if someone’s offering it, son. Excited for the season.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It was better until 9:04 PM today.

      • GreenArm

        Haha, aw c’mon. I get the Cano comment, but aren’t we all quite a bit overly excited for the season to start!

      • Havok9120

        Wait, this is already starting?

        Can’t we just have a week or so where all the regulars come back and join in a group hug before previous animosity is dredged up?

        • forensic

          Thank you!!!

          Not even just the regulars, but most everyone (other than the obvious Big John Stud AKA’s).

        • Jorge Steinnbrenner

          Sure. Let’s just pretend he won’t engage someone in some long argument about how they don’t bash forearms in baseball enough anymore by March.

        • Tanakapalooza Floozy

          Agreed. Flag on the play.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Illegal use of a McNulty. 10 yards. First down.

      • Lohud

        hardwired7 February 25th, 2014 at 4:00 pm
        It’s exponentially worse over at RAB. I’m thoroughly convinced that none of those guys have ever gotten laid.
        —————

        This guy must be referring to you.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I’m thoroughly convinced none of them have ever read a subject header.

        • Mr. Roth

          hardwired7 was probably a staunch supporter of a Gardner for Brandon Phillips trade.

        • The Great Gonzo

          Oh no he dinnn’t!

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            We need to establish that “you don’t get laid” putdowns geared at people over the age of 30 really miss the mark a good 80% of the time.

            If they wanted to be truthful, they’d said “you don’t get laid as much as you did when you were 20.”

  • forensic

    Saturday should be more fun than most very early ST games. We get the Yankees big 3 starters and the underwhelming and so-so Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will start for the Phillies.

    Good stuff.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Wow, a spring training with Alex’s Flying Circus to distract everyone.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      *without

    • forensic

      Just Derek’s Retirement Circus…

      • RetroRob

        I can’t wait for Mariano to arrive in camp. He’ll only need seven or eight innings to be ready for the season.

  • OldYanksFan

    http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12.....tml?src=pm

    Wow…. Michaels really screwed the pooch here.
    He would NOT give Bonds a 6th year (his age 33 season).
    In Bonds’ previous three years, he finished 1st, 2nd and 1st in the MVP, has 3 Silver Sluggers Awards and 3 Gold Gloves… and an average OPS+ of 178.

    But Gene wouldn’t give him a 6th year.

    • RetroRob

      Quite alright.

      Michaels was key in rebuilding the Yankees back into the 90s. Wouldn’t change a thing.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      Bonds would never been able to handle the NYC press scrutiny.

      He would have made Billy Martin look sane.

      • Jarak

        Think Randy Johnson’s first day

        • forensic

          He wasn’t all warm and fuzzy with everyone (which likely somewhat helped him become one of the best pitchers (certainly among lefties) ever), but in his defense I don’t agree with the media hunting him down for video, interviews, etc, when he’s just walking down the street.

          • Jorge Steinnbrenner

            He would have been just fine. Clearly, playing in that barren field in the middle of nowhere named “San Francisco” was difficult.

    • forensic

      Well, that was more than 20 years ago, it was a very different time. The 6th year then was probably somewhat analogous to a 10th or 12th year now, which most people wanted nothing to do with for a top echelon player like Cano.

  • OldYanksFan

    I miss ARod… but all is well.
    MLBPA, A-Rod moving forward on good terms
    http://philadelphia.phillies.m.....8;c_id=nyy

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      Who?