Results for tag: Jesus Montero
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 6, 2011 at 12:24:01 AM

Everyone has dates in history they recall for certain reasons. For the international scouting department of the Yankees, it is fair to say they might have memories of the following dates:

January 5, 2001, July 15, 2004 and July 2, 2006.

Those are random dates and perhaps even somebody you know has that as their birthday. Those dates also represent when Robinson Cano, Ivan Nova and Jesus Montero became part of the Yankee organization in the international signing market.

Cano was the first to sign, becoming a Yankee on the first day of 2001 as the Yankees were three-time defending champions. That day several other players signed as free agents, including Bobby Bonilla, who signed a deal with the Cardinals that lasted 93 games.

Nova was second to become a Yankee, signing on the first Thursday

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Nov 11, 2010 at 10:12:04 AM

While whatever the Yankees are doing in their courtship of Cliff Lee dominates the talk shows and newspaper space, the transition of Jorge Posada to full-time designated hitter appears to have begun.

Posada, 39, has been a DH 90 times in his career. From that spot, he has batted .223 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. The reason could be those are days he is facing pitchers whom pitch him well but the more likely reason is that for some being a designated hitter is a bore.

Last year, Posada was the starting DH 30 times for a total of 117 plate appearances. During those games, he was at .245 with four home runs and 14 RBI. One of those was a grand slam against the Astros on June 12 and the next day when Posada returned behind the plate he hit another grand slam.

That made him the first Yankee