• 2008 Opening Day Roster

    Posted by on March 28th, 2008 · Comments (10)

    According to Peter Abraham, the Yankees have now cut down to 25 players on their active big league roster.

    The pitchers:

    Jonathan Albaladejo
    Brian Bruney
    Joba Chamberlain
    Kyle Farnsworth
    LaTroy Hawkins
    Phil Hughes
    Ian Kennedy
    Mike Mussina
    Ross Ohlendorf
    Mariano Rivera
    Billy Traber
    Chien-Ming Wang

    The position players:

    Bobby Abreu
    Wilson Betemit
    Melky Cabrera
    Robinson Cano
    Johnny Damon
    Shelley Duncan
    Morgan Ensberg
    Jason Giambi
    Derek Jeter
    Hideki Matsui
    Jose Molina
    Jorge Posada
    Alex Rodriguez

    When Andy Pettitte comes off the D.L. next weekend, either Albaladejo, Bruney or Ohlendorf will come off the roster. My money is on Albaladejo.

    The Yankees are covered when it comes to having nine sticks to put in the line-up.

    It will be interesting to see how Girardi handles the infield if something happens to Jeter and Cano in the same game. Granted, the odds are against something happening to both in the same contest – but, it’s not impossible. Either Betemit plays SS and Ensberg will be pressed into duty at second, or, Betemit plays second, A-Rod moves over to short, and Ensberg plays third. So, there’s some coverage there – albeit just unconventional.

    It will also be interesting to see what happens with Posada and Giambi if they’re on base late in a close game. Do you pinch run for them? If so, do you use Betemit? For Giambi, probably – sure – as Betemit can then play first and you don’t lose him. But, if you run Betemit for Posada and then Molina comes in to catch, you’re without that true back-up middle infielder for the rest of the game. So, look for Duncan or Ensberg to run for Posada in those spots.

    On the whole, the Yankees took most of the players that one would expect. Albaladejo, Bruney and Ohlendorf will need to pitch well, from day one, and keep it up, to stick around – after we know which of the two survive Pettitte’s return. In any event, the bullpen does not look terrible.

    The big trick is the starting rotation – as, for the most part, they did not have the greatest spring training in history (as a group). It’s old news, but, as the starters go, so will this team.

    Comments on 2008 Opening Day Roster

    1. baileywalk
      March 28th, 2008 | 11:54 pm

      It’s good to know Joe Girardi is just as full of crap as everyone else in baseball. His “I’m not a big believer that you have to have big-league experience to succeed” quickly went by the wayside with Patterson. He clearly outperformed Albaladejo. What would have been the crime to give him the job, especially since it had a built-in failsafe?

    2. Pete
      March 29th, 2008 | 12:05 am

      >> It’s good to know Joe Girardi is just as full of crap as everyone else in baseball. >>

      Are you serious? Pettitte’s coming off the DL like, 3 days into the season, no?

    3. Rich
      March 29th, 2008 | 12:06 am

      Albaladejo will likely only pitch if a game is out of reach one way or another.

      They need to stretch out Patterson and make him the long reliever.

    4. David
      March 29th, 2008 | 12:37 am

      I give Joe credit for changing his mind and not going with a long man in the pen. That’s the right decision, given that Albaladejo, Bruney, and Ohlendorf out-pitched Rasner, Karstans and Igawa by a wide margin. In fact, the potential long relievers were also outpitched by several guys who didn’t make the team.

    5. March 29th, 2008 | 1:01 am

      “They need to stretch out Patterson and make him the long reliever.”

      Could the fact that Patterson has never pitched a AAA game factor in Joe’s decision as well? How about the Brett Gardner effect: keeping him in AAA to get consistent work instead of putting him in the MLB when (as Rich said) “a game is out of reach one way or another”?

    6. March 29th, 2008 | 2:34 am

      * … in the MLB where he will only pitch when (as Rich said)

      My apologies on the mistake.

    7. baileywalk
      March 29th, 2008 | 10:02 am

      Are you serious? Pettitte’s coming off the DL like, 3 days into the season, no?

      What part of “especially since it had a built-in failsafe” didn’t you understand?

      There’s no reason to turn Patterson into a longman. But if spring training “competition” is supposed to mean anything, then Patterson should have made the team. Basically you earn the job — but only if you’ve pitched above AA, apparently. I can’t remember which blog it was, but I said “Don’t expect Patterson to make the team — when asked about him Girardi’s first response was ‘He hasn’t pitched in AAA yet.'” People shouted this down, said it didn’t matter, Girardi wouldn’t be swayed by it, etc. Yeah, well, how’d that work out?

    8. Pete
      March 29th, 2008 | 10:14 am

      I understood you fine. It’s just disgusting behavior is all – we’re not even at Day One of 2008 and you’re already trashing the new manager.

      Did he ever say he *wouldn’t* use major league experience as part of his decision? All he said was that he wasn’t a ‘big believer’ that major league experience had everything to do with success.

      Give it a rest already. Let’s play a few friggin’ games first.

    9. baileywalk
      March 29th, 2008 | 12:43 pm

      There must be something about the name Pete…

      You need to live a little if you categorize saying someone is full of crap as “disgusting behavior.” I wasn’t trashing Girardi. I like him as a manager. All I said is that he was dishonest — or at least being dishonest in this situation.

      But feel free to overreact again.

    10. Pete
      March 29th, 2008 | 7:21 pm

      >> But feel free to overreact again. >>

      Oh, you mean like you did?

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