• Thank You, Mr. FedEx Man…

    Posted by on March 23rd, 2011 · Comments (16)

    The eagle…has landed.

    Comments on Thank You, Mr. FedEx Man…

    1. March 23rd, 2011 | 1:26 pm

      For those wondering, on the full season ticket package, those Yankees appearing on tickets this year are:

      Hughes
      Granderson
      Swisher
      Sabathia
      Girardi
      Teixeira
      Jeter
      Rivera
      A-Rod
      Burnett
      Cano
      Posada

      Interesting – for all you can see their face. But, for A-Rod, you only see his back, number, and arm in the air. His face is not shown.

    2. #15
      March 23rd, 2011 | 1:37 pm

      Always a good day….

      Escuse me while I hi-jack the thread as I lack the patience to see if the topic arises… but I’ve seen enough to come to this bombshell conclusion – Montero’s bat looks horrible. He’s not just scuffling, he’s lost. He’s changing his stance 2 or 3 times within an AB, he’s displayed a major hole down and away, and he’s upper-cutting about 2/3′s of his cuts and chopping at the ball at other times. Forget about asking if he’s ready behind the plate (he’s not); he’s not ready at the plate. I’ve heard enough first hand comments from knowledgable organization guys to make me believe he’s much much better with the stick than he’s shown this Spring, but at the very least we are seeing a guy who isn’t ready for the pressure at the big league level. Enjoy AAA ball. See you next Spring, or in Sept. at the earliest.

    3. March 23rd, 2011 | 1:44 pm

      Jack Curry and Flash think Austin R will be the back-up in the Bronx while Cervelli is out.

    4. MJ Recanati
      March 23rd, 2011 | 2:10 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Don’t read too much into the pictures on the tickets.

    5. MJ Recanati
      March 23rd, 2011 | 2:13 pm

      #15 wrote:

      but at the very least we are seeing a guy who isn’t ready for the pressure at the big league level.

      Or, a guy that is just having a bad spring training and will be up in the big leagues when he gets his timing. There are plenty of big leaguers that have bad spring trainings too, or that tinker with their mechanics, and go on to figure it out a few weeks after camp ends. Not a big deal.

      #15 wrote:

      Enjoy AAA ball. See you next Spring, or in Sept. at the earliest.

      Between next year and September, there is a whole lot of time for players to come up, no? I mean, it’s not like players like Montero will be banished to the minors for having a bad spring. He’s clearly MLB ready based on how he has dominated minor league pitching. Whether he’s had a good spring or not, his hitting needs no further seasoning.

      Defensively, yes, there is an issue with him behind the plate. But I think the Yanks have known all along that Montero’s going to be a big leaguer because of his bat.

    6. MJ Recanati
      March 23rd, 2011 | 2:16 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Jack Curry and Flash think Austin R will be the back-up in the Bronx while Cervelli is out.

      I have a very hard time believing that the Yankees will let Romine get MLB AB’s when he hasn’t shown much aptitude with the bat at AA.

      I understand that Romine’s primary job would be to back up Martin but I don’t see what value he would add to the team catching once a week for the first month. That would cut into very valuable development time that he clearly needs at the AA or AAA level.

    7. Raf
      March 23rd, 2011 | 2:18 pm

      @ #15:
      Give Montero a couple of months at SWB, he should be up by the ASB. He has shown more behind the plate than I thought he would, I don’t see why he can’t be a generic catch and throw receiver.

      As for the offense, yeah, he’s going to struggle, that’s part of the learning curve.

      “A couple of years ago, I was hitting .170 and everyone was ready to kill me too. What happened? Laser show so relax.” – Dustin Pedroia

    8. MJ Recanati
      March 23rd, 2011 | 2:24 pm

      @ Raf:
      I don’t even think it’ll take until July to get him to the majors. He honestly has nothing left to prove in the minors when it comes to hitting.

      The Yanks should give him six weeks to get his timing back and then bring him up around Memorial Day.

    9. March 23rd, 2011 | 2:50 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      .I have a very hard time believing that the Yankees will let Romine get MLB AB’s when he hasn’t shown much aptitude with the bat at AA.

      Isn’t that exactly what they did with Cervelli?

    10. MJ Recanati
      March 23rd, 2011 | 3:08 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Isn’t that exactly what they did with Cervelli?

      First, Cervelli got a month of games at AAA in 2009 before making the big league team. That would be more than Romine if he comes north next week.

      Second, Romine is the far better prospect than Cervelli was. For that reason, you don’t just blow up his development for one month of bench duty at the big league level.

    11. March 23rd, 2011 | 3:24 pm

      According to the YES guys, Cashman and the Yankees brass thought Romine was ready to “catch” in the majors back when he was in the FSL. He’s that advanced behind the dish. It’s the bat that’s held him back. Don’t see how playing three or four games in April until Cervelli comes back will set him back all that much.

    12. MJ Recanati
      March 23rd, 2011 | 4:13 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Because the team sees Romine as an everyday type of catcher (good enough with the glove and projected to be an average bat), the team needs to get him the AB’s so that the bat catches up with the glove.

      Playing four games in April and taking cuts in the batting cage won’t help his cause any if he’d essentially be going back to the minors having taken a month off from hitting (the one thing he needs to work on).

      The Yankees don’t see Romine as a backup in the future so having him gather dust on the bench isn’t what I’d do. There are hundreds of BUC out there that can do what the Yanks would be asking Romine to do. No reason not to grab one of them for one month and then DFA him when Montero comes up or when Cervelli is ready.

    13. Corey Italiano
      March 23rd, 2011 | 6:44 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Isn’t that exactly what they did with Cervelli?

      The reason they brought Cervelli up is because of the collision at home plate during Spring Training that sidelined him for much of the year.

    14. Jim TreshFan
      March 24th, 2011 | 11:19 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:
      Interesting – for all you can see their face. But, for A-Rod, you only see his back, number, and arm in the air. His face is not shown.

      Well, if this were the cover of a Beatles album I’d say A-Rod is dead.

    15. MJ Recanati
      March 24th, 2011 | 11:50 am

      Jim TreshFan wrote:

      Well, if this were the cover of a Beatles album I’d say A-Rod is dead.

      Reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated, I’m glad to say.

    16. Evan3457
      March 24th, 2011 | 5:45 pm

      Jim TreshFan wrote:

      Steve Lombardi wrote:
      Interesting – for all you can see their face. But, for A-Rod, you only see his back, number, and arm in the air. His face is not shown.
      Well, if this were the cover of a Beatles album I’d say A-Rod is dead.

      Well, the walrus was not Paul…O’Neill.

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