Open Thread: February 26th Camp Notes

Earlier today the Yankees beat the Blue Jays by the score of eh who really cares. Starlin Castro smacked a three-run homer and Billy McKinney came off the bench to hit a two-run shot. I am all about the #TooManyHomers we’ve seen early in camp. Gary Sanchez went 0-for-3 at the plate but did throw out two runners trying to steal. That’s what you get for running on February 26th.

Rotation candidate Luis Severino started and walked one in two otherwise uneventful innings. He threw a few changeups, some good (like this one) and some not so good. That’s the pitch to watch this spring. J.P. Feyereisen, the fourth piece in the Andrew Miller trade, looked pretty good in his two innings of work. He struck out three. Here is the box score, here are the video highlights, and here are the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Bryan Hoch provided the pitching assignments and hitting/fielding groups for everyone who didn’t play in today’s game. James Kaprielian, Justus Sheffield, and Chance Adams all threw bullpen sessions, which means they won’t pitch in an actual game for a few days. Alas.
  • Dellin Betances threw a simulated game today and will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday. The plan is to make two or three appearances with the Yankees before leaving for the World Baseball Classic. The Dominican Republic plays their first game March 9th. [Hoch]
  • The MLBPA folks were in camp for their annual song and dance this morning. Union chief Tony Clark declined to rehash the Betances arbitration nonsense. It seems everyone has moved on. [Erik Boland]

This is the open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES on 11pm ET, if you missed it earlier. MLB Network is showing several games on tape delay throughout the evening, plus the (hockey) Rangers are in action too. And there’s some college hoops on as well. Talk about whatever here, as long as it’s not religion or politics. Get that outta here.

Open Thread: February 25th Camp Notes

The Yankees suffered their first spring loss today, though they showed some #FightingSpirit by rallying to tie the game in the top of the ninth. The Phillies then came back to win in the bottom half. Womp womp. Gleyber Torres had a double to left, a double to right, and he scored from second on a wild pitch. That was fun. Chris Carter, Clint Frazier, and Miguel Andujar each had a single.

Adam Warren started and threw two perfect innings. It was a very ho hum, Adam Warren-like outing. Dietrich Enns and Daniel Camarena threw two innings each and combined to allow five runs. Ben Heller struck out the side in an impressive inning, though it was against a bunch of minor league kids. Jonathan Holder fanned two in his perfect inning. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here are the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

This is the open thread for the rest of the day. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on MLB Network at 11pm ET, if you’re interested. (MLB Network will be showing games the rest of the day, though all will be on tape delay.) All the local hockey and basketball teams are in action, and there’s more college basketball on the schedule than any one person could possible watch. Talk about those games or anything else right here, as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Good Cause: The Trenton Thunder have teamed up with Vs. Cancer to help fight pediatric cancer. Doug Hall has all the details. The Thunder will hold a fundraising event at the ballpark on August 22nd, though you could make a donation right now at their Vs. Cancer page. They’re hoping to raise $20,000 this year. If you’ve got a few extra bucks burning a hole in your pocket, here’s a good cause.

Open Thread: February 24th Camp Notes

The Yankees played and won their first Grapefruit League game of the year this afternoon. We play today, we win today, das it. Aaron Judge hit the monster home run you see in the video above. What a shot. Didi Gregorius and Kyle Higashioka also went deep. Clint Frazier and Dustin Fowler both tripled, and Miguel Andujar doubled and tripled. The kids, they’re fun.

Bryan Mitchell and Luis Cessa both threw two perfect innings in their first outings of the spring. They’re competing for the two open rotation spots. The Yankees actually took a perfect game into the seventh inning before it got fudged up. Gio Gallegos had a tough time in the ninth inning. Here’s the box score and here are the video highlights. I recommend the highlights. It was a fun game. Here’s the rest of the day’s news from Tampa:

  • Bryan Hoch has the pitching assignments for those who didn’t play in today’s game, as well as the hitting/fielding groups. Luis Severino and Jon Niese threw bullpen sessions. That’s about it. Not a particularly busy day in camp.
  • Turns out Jorge Mateo will not play the outfield this spring. “In talking [within] the organization, we would like to get him more work out there before we put him in a game,” said Joe Girardi. Mateo has worked out in the outfield this spring and during Instructional League last year. That’s all so far. [George King]
  • Matt Holliday joined Frazier for breakfast yesterday and the two had a little veteran-to-prospect chat. “We talked about some things that can help me grow as a man. For him to kind of put his arm around me and put me under his wing … It’s a testimony to what kind of man he is,” said Frazier. [Randy Miller]
  • And finally, former infielder David Adams has joined the Yankees as a defensive coach for one of their two rookie Gulf Coast League affiliates. Adams was a pretty good prospect back in the day, though he was never quite the same after suffering a severe ankle injury sliding into a base in 2010. [Brendan Kuty]

Here is an open thread for the night. If you’re interested, this afternoon’s game will be replayed on MLB Network at 7pm ET and on YES at roughly 12am ET (after the Nets game). Otherwise the Nets are the only local team in action tonight. No college hoops either. Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Open Thread: February 23rd Camp Notes

Tomorrow afternoon the Yankees return to action with their first Grapefruit League game of the spring. Hooray for that. I’ve missed baseball an awful lot. Tomorrow’s game against the Phillies will begin at 1pm ET, and it will air on YES and MLB.tv. Here’s the latest from Spring Training:

Here is tonight’s open thread. The Knicks, Rangers, and Islanders are all playing tonight, and there are some college basketball games on as well. Talk about those games or anything else here, as long as it’s not politics or religion. Thanks.

Open Thread: February 22nd Camp Notes

The weather was decidedly un-baseball-like in Florida today. Several teams on the Gulf Coast, including the Yankees, had to move their workouts inside because it rained so much. Not a big deal, just a little inconvenient. Everyone was still able to get their work in. Here are the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • The upcoming starting pitchers: Bryan Mitchell (Friday), Adam Warren (Saturday), Luis Severino (Sunday), Chad Green (Monday), then Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Cessa (Tuesday split squad). Michael Pineda will start a game soon thereafter. All those games except the two games Tuesday will be broadcast somewhere. [Erik Boland, Billy Witz]
  • Aaron Hicks has tweaked his swing from both sides of the plate. “With my left-handed swing, I got shorter with my load and right-handed just getting the ball deeper and seeing it for a longer period of time and being able to drive it to all fields,” he said. Also, apparently Jacoby Ellsbury‘s swing looks better than last year. [Brendan Kuty, Marly Rivera]
  • The Yankees brought in an FBI team to meet with Latin American players about staying safe back home. The club did it on their own. It wasn’t part of a larger MLB effort. In many Latin American countries, especially Venezuela, players and their families are targeted in robberies and things like that. Wilson Ramos was held hostage a few years ago. [Marly Rivera]
  • And finally, Derek Jeter took 20 prospects out to dinner last night as part of his annual “take the kids to dinner” event during Captain’s Camp. They talked about baseball and life on-and-off the field, that sorta stuff. [George King, Corey Long]

Here is your open thread for the night. The NBA is still somehow in their middle of their All-Star break. Must be nice to have this much time off. None of the local hockey teams are playing tonight, so it’s college basketball or nothing. You folks know what to do with these threads by now, so do it.

Open Thread: February 21st Camp Notes

This completely slipped my mind, but yesterday was RAB’s tenth birthday. That is pretty crazy. Ben, Joe, and I started the site as a hobby and it’s grown into … this. RAB has been around for a World Series championship and more historic moments than I care to count. But best of all, RAB has led to some great friendships, and that’s what I value most. The site has been a life changer. Thanks to all of you for reading. It’s been a hell of a ride these last ten years.

Okay, so now that the mushy stuff is out of the way, let’s get to today’s notes from Tampa, shall we?

  • Alex Rodriguez arrived today for his first stint as a guest instructor. He’ll be in Tampa for 4-5 days, and is expected to return for another stint next month. A-Rod also confirmed he’s retired. He doesn’t want to play anymore. A few teams called him last year after he was released, but Alex says the tank is empty. [Jack Curry, Ken Davidoff]
  • Bryan Hoch has the day’s pitching assignments, hitting groups, and fielding groups. Adam Warren and Luis Severino threw simulated games while Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, and Aroldis Chapman all threw bullpen sessions. Still no word on a starter for the Grapefruit League opener Friday.
  • Two relatively minor injuries: righty Ronald Herrera with miss two weeks with shoulder inflammation and lefty James Reeves will miss up to four weeks with an elbow sprain. Herrera is on the 40-man roster and could be part of the shuttle this season. [Hoch]
  • The Yankees are emphasizing pitchers’ fielding practice this spring. The drills are shorter and more intense, which better simulates game action. “It has been a focus of ours because we were not good, and that’s something we are focusing on in Spring Training,” said Joe Girardi. [Billy Witz]
  • Greg Bird feels great and not just hitting, but throwing as well. “It feels like I have something behind the ball. Not that I didn’t, but it’s nice to go out and throw the ball again,” he said. Bird was limited to DH duty in the Arizona Fall League as he returned from shoulder surgery. [George King]
  • Jorge Mateo said he expects to play several games in center field this spring. I kinda figured that was coming. “I like it. It’s not too hard,” he said. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Mateo is a full-time center fielder by the end of the season. [Brendan Kuty]
  • And finally, Jacoby Ellsbury was in camp for the first time today. He reported late because his wife gave birth to their second child over the weekend. [Mike Mazzeo]

This is tonight’s open thread. The NBA is still in the middle of their All-Star break, though all three local hockey teams are in action tonight, plus there’s a bunch of college basketball games on as well. Talk about that stuff or anything else here, as long as it’s not religion or politics. Thanks in advance.

Open Thread: February 20th Camp Notes

I missed this last week, but the Yankees have announced single-game tickets for the 2017 season go on sale next Monday, February 27th. The Mastercard pre-sale period begins this Wednesday, February 22nd. Baseball is coming, folks. Make sure you get your tickets. Here are the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Jon Niese passed his physical and his minor league deal is official, the Yankees announced. There are now 67 players in big league camp, though Richard Bleier remains in limbo after being designated for assignment. Niese said he was surprised he had to settle for a minor league deal, and added he signed with the Yankees because he sees a good opportunity to make the team. Joe Girardi said Niese is competing for a bullpen spot, not a rotation spot. [Jack Curry, Erik Boland]
  • One more note on Niese: he’s an Article XX(B) free agent because he has six years of service time and signed a minor league deal. That means two things. One, the Yankees have to pay him a $100,000 bonus at the end of Spring Training before sending him to the minors. And two, his contract automatically includes a June 1st opt-out if he is not on the big league roster.
  • Here, via Brendan Kuty, are the day’s pitching assignments, hitting groups, and fielding groups. Bryan Mitchell and Luis Cessa both threw simulated games while Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Justus Sheffield, and Chance Adams were among those to throw live batting practice. Greg Bird took someone deep during a sim game (video).
  • Hensley Meulens, the former Yankee, said Didi Gregorius is going to play second, short, and third with the Netherlands during the World Baseball Classic. He’ll also get at-bats as the DH. Meulens is the team’s manager. The Netherlands has Jonathan Schoop at second, Andrelton Simmons at short, and Xander Bogaerts at third. [Jon Morosi]

This is the open thread for the evening. The NBA is still in their All-Star break and none of the local hockey teams are in action, so all you’ve got tonight are a handful of college basketball games. Talk about anything here as long as it’s not religion or politics.