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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 24, 2010 at 10:52:13 AM

NICK JOHNSON IS NOT KEVIN RUSSO, AND VICE VERSA
I wasn’t drunk in our last entry, I was half-asleep. I had just completely erased Nick the Greenstick from my mind. Won’t happen again. He won’t let me, as I spend the season counting up the walks. Yeesh. Egg … On my face … Running … That’s another shirt ruined.

Why is it I only get comments when I screw up?

A QUICK WORD ABOUT JESUS MONTERO AND BATTING PRACTICE
On Monday, Jesus Montero hit some monster shots in batting practice, making like Roy Hobbs in “The Natural,” or Bama Rowell in real life, whichever you prefer. Today, we can read a very similar story about the Braves' Jason Heyward, the consensus best prospect in baseball. As good as Montero is, as ready as he may be quite soon,

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 22, 2010 at 02:09:31 PM

Join me today at 12:30 p.m. for a live Yankees chat.

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:02:46 PM

Note: Some sources refute that Brian Roberts' discomfort could be from back spasms and not kidney stones, contrary to Buster Olney's initial report.

YOU GET OLDER, YOU LEARN
Word out of Baltimore Orioles camp today is that Brian Roberts is suffering with kidney stones. If you’ve ever suffered from that dreaded affliction, then you know that Robert Johnson was right when he sang that if you have stones in your passway, then your road seems dark at night. At one time, I was too ignorant to know this. Back in August, 1997, Tony Gwynn was enjoying his last great season. He was hitting .383, within striking distance of the .400 average that he just missed in the shortened 1994 season. I was rooting for him, so when he had to step out of the lineup with kidney stones, whatever they were,

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 9, 2010 at 10:48:38 PM

THE NRI GUYS, PART I
I was going to do a long rundown of the 20 non-roster invitees to Spring Training the Yankees announced on Monday, but the swell fellows at the LoHud blog have done that already, so instead I’ll pick out a single thought about each in alphabetical order:

Wilkins Arias, LHP: There will likely be two southpaws in the big league bullpen. Damaso Marte will be one (“if healthy” is the unstated premise to every evaluation of the Yankees roster), but anything can happen with the second spot -- it’s not like Boone Logan is Sparky Lyle. Arias is a 29 year old who just got established at Double A last year, but just because a pitcher’s career isn’t going to be long doesn’t mean it can’t be good. The problem with Arias is that a 3.65

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 21, 2009 at 07:05:05 PM

Rumors abound that the Yankees will be adding another starter before too long. One of the scarier possibilities was removed when the Nats got suckered in on Jason Marquis, but that doesn’t mean that the only moves left are pure positives. Before the Yankees go out and add another name to the roster, let’s consider what they presently have lined up for the starting rotation by considering the pitchers on the 40-man roster.

CC SABATHIA: Gee, he seems like a lock.

A.J. BURNETT: Another lock, though with him you always have to add “health permitting.” You have to add it with all pitchers, actually, even Sabathia, and the Yankees wanting to add a name pitcher might be in consideration of the injury risks to the staff given their history and the extra work required by

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 18, 2009 at 01:27:29 PM

Steve, it's always been obvious that you think Cabrera is limited offensively, but please don't ignore the positives. Accidentally or on purpose. Why ignore his production during the last 1/4 of last season? Production that illustrates his improvement. In the past you always made a point of emphasizing his horrible Septembers. Why not shed some light and admit he had a good one? In fact, his productive finish this past season encompassed roughly the last 38 games. That's more than just September. That's very close to 1/4 of a season. He batted .298, with 22 runs batted in during that period. You can twist and distort any way you want, but those are clearly positive numbers and to an objective observer would certainly illustrate progress and improvement. He's not 28. He's 25. There's room

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 11, 2009 at 04:23:09 PM

The Yankees presently have five outfielders on their 40-man roster: Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Jamie Hoffman, and Nick Swisher. That’s pretty much it as far as bullets the Yankees have in the outfield gun right now. Now that Austin Jackson is gone, the club’s best outfield prospects are far from the majors—if you’re excited by Colin Curtis, you need to get out more. No doubt there will be some non-roster invites to spring training eventually, just so the Yankees can get up a minyan when  spring training convenes, but we probably shouldn’t expect any real gems in that crowd.

It’s obvious that even if the Yankees are in a cost-cutting mode that something is going to have to happen to fill out left field, but before the

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 7, 2009 at 01:16:55 PM

FAREWELL, TOMMY HENRICH
One of the great Yankees passed away today. Tommy Henrich, an outfielder and first baseman with the Yankees from 1937 through 1950 (with a break for three years of World War II) has died at the age of 96. Mel Allen named him "Old Reliable" because of his reputation for delivering in the clutch. One of my favorite lines about Henrich was written by sportswriter Tom Meany during the 1949 season when for the first three quarters of the season Henrich was the only Yankee who stayed healthy -- then he got hurt too, having run into an outfield wall:

Tommy Henrich hit a home run for the Yankees to win the opening game of the 1949 season. Tommy Henrich hit a home run to win the pennant for the Yankees in the closing game of the season. Tommy Henrich hit a home run for the

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