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.

Spring Training Game Thread: A Prospect-Laden Lineup

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Yesterday’s Grapefruit League opener sure was fun, wasn’t it? Aaron Judge cranked a monster homer, Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar both did some exciting things, and of course the Yankees won. That’s always cool, even in Spring Training. This afternoon the Yankees are on the road for the first time this spring, and they brought some big time prospect firepower with them to Clearwater.

A few things to watch today: Greg Bird! He’s playing again. First base too. The shoulder must be feeling good if he’s playing back-to-back days in the field. We’ll also get to see Chris Carter in a Yankees uniform for the first time. Will he be able to one-up Judge’s homer from yesterday? That’d be cool. Also, natural shortstop Tyler Wade will play center field off the bench as the Yankees continue to turn him into a super utility player. Here is the Phillies lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. 2B Ronald Torreyes
  2. C Austin Romine
  3. 1B Greg Bird
  4. DH Chris Carter
  5. RF Aaron Judge
  6. LF Clint Frazier
  7. 3B Miguel Andujar
  8. SS Gleyber Torres
  9. CF Dustin Fowler
    RHP Adam Warren

Available Pitchers: LHP Dietrich Enns, LHP Daniel Camarena, RHP Ben Heller, LHP Joe Mantiply, and RHP Jonathan Holder are all scheduled to pitch after Warren. RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP J.P. Feyereisen, RHP Brady Lail, and RHP J.R. Graham are also available.

Available Position Players: C Kellin Deglan, 1B Rob Refsnyder, 2B Jorge Mateo, SS Pete Kozma, 3B Donovan Solano, LF Ji-Man Choi, CF Tyler Wade, RF Billy McKinney, and DH Jorge Saez will be the second string off the bench. UTIL Wilkin Castillo and C Francisco Diaz drew the short straws and had to make the road trip even though they aren’t scheduled to play.

The weather is pretty excellent in Clearwater. A little cloudy with temperatures in the mid-70s and a cool breeze. Can’t beat it. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET today. If you’re in the Phillies’ home market, you can watch the game on CSN Philly. Otherwise MLB.tv is your only option. There’s no YES broadcast and MLB Network isn’t showing the game live either. Enjoy.

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.

Spring Training Game Thread: Baseball Returns!

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For the first time since October 2nd of last year, the Yankees will play a baseball game today. Not a meaningful one, of course, but a game nonetheless. The Yankees open the 2017 Grapefruit League schedule with a home game against the Phillies at renovated George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa this afternoon. Welcome back, baseball. I’ve missed you.

A few things to watch today: Greg Bird! We haven’t seen him since the 2015 Wild Card Game. He is in today’s lineup. So is Aaron Judge, who is competing for the right field job. I’m curious to see what his mechanics look like these days. There’s been some confusion of late (which is my fault). And, of course, the fourth and fifth starter competition is beginning. Here is the cast of characters the Phillies sent across the causeway, and here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is sending out there in the exhibition opener:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Didi Gregorius
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 1B Greg Bird
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. LF Aaron Hicks
  9. RF Aaron Judge
    RHP Bryan Mitchell

Available Pitchers: RHP Tyler Clippard, LHP Tommy Layne, RHP Luis Cessa, LHP Jordan Montgomery, and RHP Gio Gallegos are all expected to pitch today, assuming I’m reading the lineup card correctly. LHP Daniel Camarena, LHP Dietrich Enns, RHP Ben Heller, RHP Jonathan Holder, and LHP Joe Mantiply are also listed as available.

Available Position Players: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Ruben Tejada, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Miguel Andujar, LF Clint Frazier, CF Dustin Fowler, RF Rob Refsnyder, and DH Wilkin Castillo will be the second string off the bench. That’ll be fun. C Kellin Deglan, C Francisco Diaz, C Jorge Saez, SS Jorge Mateo, OF Billy McKinney, and UTIL Tyler Wade are also available today.

The internet tells me the weather in Tampa is pretty much perfect for baseball. Sunny and warm but not oppressively hot and humid. I want to go to there. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and both MLB Network and MLB.tv nationally. There’s also the FOX Sports Go app. Over the last few years MLB.tv blackout rules have not applied during Spring Training, and hopefully that is still the case. Enjoy the game, folks.

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.