Open Thread: February 15th Camp Notes

The second day of Spring Training is in the books. The pitchers and catchers did what they do today and the position players aren’t due to arrive until Saturday. No news is good news. Here are today’s notes from camp:

Here is the open thread for the evening. Both the Knicks and Nets are playing, plus you’ve got some college hoops as well. Talk about any those games, the day in Spring Training, or anything here as long as it isn’t politics or religion. Thanks in advance.

Open Thread: February 14th Camp Notes

Spring Training has begun. Pitchers and catchers reported to Tampa today — the position players are due to arrive Saturday — and Joe Girardi held his annual start-of-spring press conference this morning. Part of the press conference is above. The rest of the videos are right here. As expected, Girardi all but confirmed Masahiro Tanaka will be the Opening Day starter. That was the only real news from the press conference. Otherwise it was the usual. Here is this year’s first set of camp notes:

  • Dellin Betances has been excused from workouts until his salary situation is resolved. He and the Yankees are scheduled to have their arbitration hearing Friday. The ruling is usually handed down the following day. Next Wednesday, February 22nd, is the mandatory reporting date for players participating in the World Baseball Classic, like Betances. [Brendan Kuty]
  • Luis Severino dropped ten pounds over the winter — the Yankees thought he was too bulky last year, remember — and acknowledged he needs to emphasize his changeup. He’s made a slight change to his mechanics and now breaks his hands closer to his body, which he said helps his changeup. “I came here to be a starter,” said Severino. [Jack Curry, Billy Witz]
  • CC Sabathia is perfectly healthy following his minor offseason knee surgery. It was a routine cleanup procedure that was scheduled well in advance. Sabathia reiterated he intends to continue pitching beyond this season as long as he’s healthy. “If I’m healthy, I’m going to play as long as I can,” he said. [Meredith Marakovits, Curry]
  • Since Chad Jennings is no longer covering the Yankees, we might not get daily reports on who is throwing bullpen sessions and hitting in the cage and whatnot. That’s a shame. Severino and Adam Warren threw live batting practice yesterday, so they’re ahead of schedule. (Warren seems to be ahead of schedule every year.) Tanaka threw a bullpen session. [George King]
  • The Yankees have added righty J.R. Graham and lefty James Reeves to their list of non-roster players, the team announced. I didn’t even realize Graham was still in the organization. I thought he became a minor league free agent after last season. Huh. Anyway, there are now 65 players in big league camp.
  • The Chris Carter signing is still not official — someone will have to be dropped from the 40-man roster to make room for him — but he is in camp and has a locker. He’ll wear No. 48. [Erik Boland]
  • Here are the Spring Training uniform numbers, via Bryan Hoch. Nos. 13, 21, and 25 were not issued. I have no idea what the Yankees are planning to do with No. 21 long-term.
  • Among this year’s guest instructors are Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, Hideki Matsui, Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph, Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, Lee Mazzilli, and Stump Merrill. [Hoch]
  • And finally, the renovations at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa are still underway. Here’s a photof the place at the moment, via Mike Mazzeo.

Good to have the camp notes back, isn’t it? They’ll get more exciting in the coming days and weeks, I promise. Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. Both the Devils and Islanders are playing, and there’s some college basketball on as well. Talk about anything that isn’t religion or politics right here.

Monday Night Open Thread

Some news on the eve of Spring Training: Derek Jeter is going to be a dad! Jeter’s wife Hannah Davis announced on the Players’ Tribune (of course) that she is pregnant with a baby girl. That kid is going to have some pretty good genes, eh? Congrats to the two of them. I fully expect that little girl to play shortstop for the Yankees from 2040 to 2060.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The (hockey) Rangers and Nets are playing, and there’s some college hoops on the schedule too. Talk about those games, baby Jeter, or anything else here as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Weekend Open Thread

PSA: The Yankees are holding a series of youth baseball camps this summer across New York and New Jersey. It’s not free (nor cheap), but it sure sounds like one heck of a four-day experience. All the information, including how to enroll, is right here. Check it out, moms and dads.

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It’s the final weekend of the offseason. Thank goodness for that. Pitchers and catchers report Tuesday, and two weeks from today, the Yankees will play their first Grapefruit League game. Two weeks until glorious baseball. Here are a few baseball and non-baseball links to check out this weekend:

Friday: This is tonight’s open thread. Baseball America’s annual top 100 prospects list will be unveiled during a live MLB Network broadcast at 9pm ET. Aside from that, the Knicks and Nets are both playing, and that’s it. Hopefully Charles Oakley gives James Dolan the business again. Talk about whatever here, just not religion or politics.

Saturday: Here’s the open thread again. The (hockey) Rangers are playing tonight and there’s a whole bunch of college basketball on the schedule too. Have at it.

Sunday: For the final time, this is the open thread. The Knicks are playing right now and the Islanders are playing later tonight. There’s also a few college basketball games on as well. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thursday Night Open Thread

How’s everyone out there doing with the snow? We got plenty of the white stuff here in NYC, though relative to other nor’easters, this wasn’t too bad. Hope you’re all safe and get a good night’s sleep after shoveling. Baseball will be back pretty soon. Only need to hang on a little longer.

Here is the open thread for the evening. Both the Rangers and Islanders are playing, and there’s some college basketball on too. Discuss those games, the snow, and anything else here as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

Less than a week until pitchers and catchers report to Tampa, folks. Of course, many players are there already. Erik Boland says Masahiro Tanaka threw a bullpen at the complex today. Remember, at this time last year Tanaka was coming back from surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow, and the Yankees had to bring him along slowly in camp. Now he’s already throwing bullpens before the official reporting date. Neat.

Anyway, this is tonight’s open thread. Both the Knicks and Nets are playing and there is some college basketball on the schedule too. You folks know how these thread work by now, so have it at. Anything goes aside from religion and politics.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Earlier today, ESPN announced Mark Teixeira has joined the network as a (duh) baseball analyst. He’ll do in-studio stuff on Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter, plus some radio. Teixeira and his family have lived in Connecticut full-time ever since he joined the Yankees, so making the trip up to Bristol won’t be onerous. He’s a funny and insightful guy, we’ve seen him on television plenty over the years, so I’m sure he’ll knock it out of the park with ESPN. It always felt like a matter of “when” Teixeira would land a TV gig, not “if.”

Anyway, here is your open thread for the evening. The (hockey) Rangers and Nets are both in action tonight, and there are a handful of college basketball games on the schedule. Talk about those games, Teixeira’s new job, or anything else right here. Just not religion or politics. Get that outta here.