Thursday Night Open Thread

Update: MLB announces Yankees-Marlins exhibition games in Panama
Yankees announce single-game tickets go on sale Feb. 24th

Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow, so this is officially the last open thread of the offseason. Thank goodness for that. The camp notes start tomorrow but there is already some news worth passing along now, specifically Masahiro Tanaka throwing his first bullpen session this morning. Erik Boland says he threw 23 pitches to Frankie Cervelli. Tanaka and pitching coach Larry Rothschild spent time hashing out a Spring Training program yesterday, according to Dan Martin. Baseball … it’s a comin’.

Here is your nightly open thread. The Nets are playing tonight plus the Olympics are still going on, so talk about any of that stuff and more right here. Have at it.

Update: MLB announces Yankees-Marlins exhibition games in Panama
Yankees announce single-game tickets go on sale Feb. 24th
  • Alex Rodriguez

    Prepare for the A-Rod for SS 2015-2017 train!

    • LitFig

      A-Rod / Brett Gardner double play combo.

      (Someone suggested Gardner to 2B in the live chat today)

  • Darren

    That was a fun 5 minutes, can we have a Jeter highlight film every day until he retires?

  • Alkaline

    Almost there.

  • Now Batting

    I can’t wait to complain about how hot this summer is.

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    What the Hell was “Over the Monster” talking about today? I mean was it dissing Jeter? Pumping up Bogarts? or what exactly was that shit?

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      I would just assume it was shit.

      I say this with an absolute refusal to actually go read it.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Rambling. Continuously rambling. That’s all the writer was doing.

  • TWTR

    The NY Post at it’s batshit crazy headline best:

    Tanaka’s 1st bullpen session doesn’t wow

    In the body of the article:

    Rothschild said he didn’t want Tanaka throwing too many splitters because of the weather and Cervelli added Tanaka threw at only about 60 percent effort as the Yankees bring him along slowly in their attempt to ease his transition to pitching every five days instead of every seven.

    • Dalek Jeter

      It seems like this entire article was written to take backhanded shots at Cervelli and scare people into thinking Tanaka is doomed to fail. My favorite bit is “That process will include not only a new schedule, but a different sized ball and different mounds.” When anybody who does any research or has even a little bit of journalistic integrity knows and would say that Tanaka has been throwing all of his bullpens for at least the past season with an MLB ball.

      • LitFig

        Journalistic Integrity >>>>>>> NY Post

      • stuckey

        In the last 24 hours, we’ve been firsthand witness to Derek Jeter’s retirement announcement inspiring people to theorize this rehabilitation isn’t going well, his farewell tour will distract the rest of the the team, and more calls for Stephen Drew.

        The point being publications like the Post and ESPN have ASTUTELY concluded that ‘fans’ are attracted to that sort of spin like flies to honey.

        Handwringing has become the predominent sport among hardcore ‘fans’ and venues like the Post know how to exploit it.

        Wringers are going to wring.

        • TWTR

          Nah, it’s just the Post being the Post, and me pointing that out. Don’t overthink it.

          • stuckey

            I’m not, I’m saying that’s why the Post is that way.

            Receptive audience.

            • TWTR

              It’s really just another example of their usual distortion of the journalistic maxim: If it bleeds, it leads.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Always has been. That’s why they’re the tabloids.

              Sports fans love their trash as much as celebrity gossip fans do.

              • stuckey


                The NY Post’s journalistic tact doesn’t exist in a vacuum nor is it counterproductive to their goals.

                They’re filling a market.

                • TWTR

                  Well yeah, but that really has nothing to with calling them out on their idiocy.

        • vicki

          haha, you wringing your hands about hand-wringing. you.

  • Steve_Balboni

    I hope Tanaka is ready for the nonsense of the NY media.

  • Get Phelps Up

    “so this is officially the last open thread of the offseason”

    I was very excited to read that.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Love the countdown.

  • mustang

    “Yankees were among teams scouting Cuban free agent shortstop Aledmys Diaz at his showcase today, sources say. @FOXSports1”

    “We’re told Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz could get deal around $20-$30M. Serious money and interest.”


    The Yankees Express Card don’t go to a tryout without it.

    • Lukaszek

      If you see something you like, you have to go after it

    • TWTR

      It’s Hal’s call.

      • Bo Knows

        They already blown project 189, and they really need a SS with Jeter retiring after this season. Do it Hal

  • CashmanNinja

    I’d honestly rather invest the money in him than Drew. I guess I’m just not a fan of Drew; or his ability to stay healthy. But something about Diaz really intrigues me. They say his defense is really good and his bat looks like it could be decent. The power probably won’t ever come, but if he can go 5-10 HR and put the bat on the ball and get on base…I’m ok with that. He sort of reminds me of Nunez (offensively), but with an actual great glove, at least according to the things I’ve read about him, which can obviously be written up in order to inflate his value. I hope he’s as good as advertised though. And apparently Despaigne pitched and was hitting 96 mph. That’s rather interesting, but I just don’t view him as a legitimate starter and feel he wouldn’t fit the bullpen since his price tag will probably be fairly high. Apparently El Duque was his idol though so maybe he’d take lots less to be in NY. I doubt it.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Do people think Diaz will ever develop any sort of bat? I know little about him.

      I guess a guy who is more glove than bat would be valuable, but if the potential for him developing into a decent hitter isn’t there, then he’s a dime a dozen.

      • TWTR

        I don’t know if there are CLEs (Cuban League Equivalencies), but:

        Diaz, 23, hit .315/.404/.500 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 313 plate appearances at-bats during his last season in Cuba from 2011-2012. There are questions about his defense, so his future might actually be at second base.


        • W.B. Mason Williams

          Puig hit something like .330 in Cuba, so you figure there is a significant but not tremendous falloff. If you had to guess, maybe Diaz could hit .290 best case scenario? I’d take that in a heartbeat, even if he ends up at like .270.

      • Dalek Jeter
        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Thank you, kind sir.

          I wonder if they take a closer look now that they’ll be embarking on the “R U The Next Derek” tour.

          As with Tanaka, I think we’re safer taking the field there for now.

  • BFDeal

    Sure you guys have seen the Derek Jeter Dating Diamond, but if not:

    • CashmanNinja

      Dear lord…and he got them in their prime too. That lucky son of a bitch.

    • Dalek Jeter

      To be young, attractive, successful, rich, and charismatic in NYC…

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        1 3/4 out of 5 ain’t bad.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Jeter tackled Cano early into the video making a spectacular catch in shallow CF, good stuff.