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Old 03-18-2017, 12:25 PM   #141
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Based on his terrific ST performance: Masahiro Tanaka, Cy Young candidate in 2017?

If it happens, remember I said it here first! If it doesn't happen, forget I said anything.
He was a Cy Young candidate last year for me. I would've put him 4th had I had a vote.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:29 PM   #142
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As much as I love the option to add tournaments in OOTP, I wish there was a tickable option to remove them from real life.

Didi's shoulder injury is the first major glitch of an otherwise unusually positive, productive & optimistic Yankee camp this spring. Bam Bam Meulens actually appeared to be taking great pains not to endanger Gregorius by DHing him. Maybe he didn't get enough work in the field to stay sharp.

At any rate, if I knew the Dutch or Papiamento word for "bummer", I'd use it here.
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Old 03-21-2017, 02:11 PM   #143
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As much as I love the option to add tournaments in OOTP, I wish there was a tickable option to remove them from real life.

Didi's shoulder injury is the first major glitch of an otherwise unusually positive, productive & optimistic Yankee camp this spring. Bam Bam Meulens actually appeared to be taking great pains not to endanger Gregorius by DHing him. Maybe he didn't get enough work in the field to stay sharp.

At any rate, if I knew the Dutch or Papiamento word for "bummer", I'd use it here.
Thank goodness for Gleyber Torres. What a luxury to have him at a time like this. We'll see whether his Yankees career is about to begin ahead of schedule.
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:59 PM   #144
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Thank goodness for Gleyber Torres. What a luxury to have him at a time like this. We'll see whether his Yankees career is about to begin ahead of schedule.
Agreed, but remember, despite the media already anointing this kid as the next Derek Jeter, he's still only 20-years-old and hasn't played above A-ball. There's a lot of pressure being placed on this kid (unnecessarily I think) to be the next Yankee great. Ideally, Torres will be given at least one more year of seasoning in the minors before everyone starts looking to him to part the Red Sea.

Besides, it just flat out sucks losing Didi until May. Gregorius is on the cusp of becoming an elite player. He's gotten significantly better in each of his first two seasons with the Yanks and still hasn't reached his development ceiling yet. Hopefully, this injury won't have any long-term deleterious effects on his development. As cool as it would be to have Manny Machado, I'd rather see the Yanks pursue pitching (Kershaw anyone?) in the FA market and move Didi to Third. He played some third for the D-Backs, and certainly has the arm, range (and now) the power to be considered a viable candidate to fill that position.
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Cashman's taking the high road in not criticizing the WBC even though Gregorius supposedly injured his shoulder playing "out of position" at 2B. He's right, of course, in that Didi could have suffered the same injury, or another, right here in spring training. It's the luck of the draw.

You were right about Torres, of course. The Yankees have no intention of bringing him up to the parent club to start the season. From what I just read over at ESPN, it looks like Ronald Torreyes and/or Tyler Wade will get a chance.

'Course, if they stink, Torres will be a powerful temptation.
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Cashman's taking the high road in not criticizing the WBC even though Gregorius supposedly injured his shoulder playing "out of position" at 2B. He's right, of course, in that Didi could have suffered the same injury, or another, right here in spring training. It's the luck of the draw.

You were right about Torres, of course. The Yankees have no intention of bringing him up to the parent club to start the season. From what I just read over at ESPN, it looks like Ronald Torreyes and/or Tyler Wade will get a chance.

'Course, if they stink, Torres will be a powerful temptation.
Torreyes was impressive last year. He seems like a really versatile and scrappy player who has all the makings of a big league super-sub. Wade has looked pretty good this spring, but judging by his minor league numbers, he's likely little more than a career backup player (if that).

Bottom line: We need Didi back ASAP.
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This fellow Jordan Montgomery, a 4th round draft pick in 2014, may have more of a claim to a rotation slot than ANY pitcher on the Yankees roster right now whose first name is not Masahiro.
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Don't look now (oh, alright, go ahead and look) but Aaron Judge is hitting for average, not just power.
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This post will get us to #149. Two more posts and Levine's ugly mug will be banished forever (unless I go back in the thread) for me.
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I am more excited about this upcoming Yankees season than I have been in years (post #150).

I challenge you, aj, to either support or refute my assertion! (post #151).
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I am more excited about this upcoming Yankees season than I have been in years (post #150).

I challenge you, aj, to either support or refute my assertion! (post #151).
You should be more excited about this upcoming season than you have been in years. There are young guns everywhere. The minor league system is chock full with supposed studs, and you've got a war chest set aside for the 2018-2019 free agent class. What a spot to be in. Goodbye Randy Levine. Please nobody else post a picture of that grinchy looking fellow.
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Don't look now (oh, alright, go ahead and look) but Aaron Judge is hitting for average, not just power.
I'm excited about the Birdman too. He's having a great spring. Wasn't expecting much from him coming back.

I'll go a step further beyond the Yankees being exciting for Yankee fans. I'd say they are actually likeable for the average fan. The exact opposite of what they have been for the last 20 years. They should be fun to watch.

Especially if Gary Sanchez hits 80 HRs
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I think the Red Sox will be hard to beat for the division. The Yankees are among the large cast who should contend for a wild card.
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Tanaka has a wonderful spring training, then gives up 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings today.
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Tanaka has a wonderful spring training, then gives up 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings today.
Just as 30ish Spring Training games don't amount to a hill of beans, neither does one regular season game. You've got a good team to root for. They finally let their GM be a GM instead of Mr. Endless Moneybags and it'll pay off for them.
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Just as 30ish Spring Training games don't amount to a hill of beans, neither does one regular season game. You've got a good team to root for. They finally let their GM be a GM instead of Mr. Endless Moneybags and it'll pay off for them.
24-9-1, the best record in Spring Training. Yeah, usually I don't pay attention to ST, but this has my hopes up.

Speaking of Tanaka, he usually bombs on Opening Day - see below. Still, the guy just got done pitching 23 2/3 innings and allowing only one run! Then, flip the switch.

"Uh-oh. This counts now? I'd better be careful . . . [boom]"
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Ever since Mike Humphreys hit .472 in ST in 1993, I've learned to take all ST stats with a heavy grain of salt.
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Wow, you have some memory. I had to look this guy up! Heh, I see what you mean. They don't even have a picture of him in a Yankees cap (or they made Baseball-Reference photoshop it out ).
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Torreyes, who is 5-7 and 150 pounds, hammered the first pitch from Jake Odorizzi deep over the leftfield wall. How many feet was Toe’s homer? Four-hundred and two, according to MLB.com. Toe really nailed it. Torreyes drove in Aaron Judge, which led to the wondrous scene at home plate of Torreyes reaching way up to two-hand high-five the 6-7 Judge. If you haven’t seen a picture of this moment, find it. It’s worth it.
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Wow, you have some memory. I had to look this guy up! Heh, I see what you mean. They don't even have a picture of him in a Yankees cap (or they made Baseball-Reference photoshop it out ).
He actually won James P. Dawson award in 1993. I'm a little surprised you don't remember him. He was the talk of ST camp that year. However, as those numbers you posted clearly show, the mighty tide of reality soon caught up with him and swept him back into obscurity along with other past winners of that prestigious award, like Tom Buskey, Paul Mirabella and George Zeber.
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