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    The Official 2015 Everything Yankees Spring Training Thread

    Title says it all. Now that the offseason is over, we need to have one of these. Discuss:

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    The Yankees have announced their list of non-roster invitees, the players who will be in big league spring training who are not already on the 40-man roster. For the first time in awhile, the team signed only a minimal amount of free agents and will instead mostly rely on internal minor league prospects this year for a total of 26 additional players.

    The players signed to minor league deals include RHP Scott Baker, INF Cole Figueroa, INF Jonathan Galvez, C Juan Graterol, INF Nick Noonan, C Eddy Rodriguez, as well as reliever Andrew Bailey. The internal invitees include starting pitchers Luis Severino and "Vicente" (Jose) Campos, and when you include Baker and Bryan Mitchell, they will have very little in the way of rotation depth. Relievers Jacob Lindgren, Nick Rumbelow, Tyler Webb, Nick Goody, and James Pazos all have a shot at making the major league roster, while Diego Moreno and Wilking Rodriguez likely don't. The position players include top prospects Aaron Judge, Rob Refsnyder, Greg Bird, and Jake Cave, but also intriguing power bat Kyle Roller. They have also invited Cito Culver (lulz), Slade Heathcott, and catchers Trent Garrison, Kyle Higashioka, and Francisco Arcia.

    As always, we will be keeping track of which players have the best shot at making the major league roster as we go through spring training. Right now I am identifying four 40-man roster spots that can be cleared if they designate any of Jose De Paula, Chris Martin, or Brendan Ryan for assignment, as well if they trade Austin Romine, since he will be out of options this season. Refsnyder might have an outside shot at making the team, since Stephen Drew allows the Yankees to take their time with him, but any spots that open up will be going to relievers like Lindgren, Rumbelow, and Webb. Leaving off Eric Jagielo and Ian Clarkin is not a huge deal, since they still have plenty of time in the minors ahead of them. At the moment, the only noticeable absence I see is the lack of Mark Montgomery, which essentially confirms just how far he has fallen in the eyes of the Yankees.
    http://www.pinstripealley.com/2015/2...rino-refsnyder

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    It is almost here!

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    Ny Times Bestseller in the making:

    The 2015 Leo Scouting Report.

    Hits the shelves in March!

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    I can't wait for *** hat Arod and all his asshattedness
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    Arod will be the most fun we've had since 2009.

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    Yep. No more farewell tour crap. Just drama every day. Whether he hits 3hrs or rides the pine. He will have a camera on him every minute.

    Weeeeeeeeeee

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    Brian McCann’s plan to beat shift that’s killing his average

    SUWANEE, Ga. — Seventy-six players qualified for the 2014 American League batting title. Of that group, Brian McCann placed 76th, dead-last, in batting average on balls in play.
    That speaks somewhat to his lack of speed running from home to first base. It speaks a great deal to opponents’ abilities to properly defense the pull-prone McCann in this shift-prone era. So this offseason, in preparation for his second season as the Yankees’ catcher, McCann is ready to take on the challenge of the shift.

    “Now that the shifting’s involved, it’s time for me to take a step back and figure out. Now I’ve got to beat the shift,” McCann said Wednesday. “I’ve hit a certain way for nine years. The shift obviously is more advanced. So hits that I’ve always had in the past are now outs. I hit .290, .280, now you’re hitting .240, .230. It’s time for me to make that adjustment, and I went into this offseason, and that’s where I’m at.”
    In the first seven years of his major league career, McCann produced a .286/.358/486 slash line. In his last three seasons, he dropped to .238/.305/.419; he started his Yankees career with a .232 batting average.
    McCann spends his winters working at an indoor batting cage, in a house on his block that used to be owned by former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. The current owner, Ed Cook, lets McCann and his brother Brad, a former minor league player, come and go as they please. This offseason, McCann has worked to tweak his hitting approach.
    “I’m trying to shorten my swing up a little bit, trying to use the whole field,” McCann said. “Not just go up there and look for my pitch. Shorten up sometimes and take that hit to left. The more times you do that, they’ll stop shifting.”

    New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, best known in Yankees circles as Alex Rodriguez’s former nemesis, has a fan in McCann. Manfred recently told ESPN he would be open to the idea of banning defensive shifts, and McCann not surprisingly loves that idea.
    “I think the one thing that you get is pace of play. That’s the one thing everybody’s trying to get better at,” McCann said.

    He raised the idea of the Yankees, for instance, shifting the defensively superior Brett Gardner from left field to right field when a lefty pull hitter is up, then back to left field for a righty hitter.
    “You want to make it a five-hour game? Let’s go ahead and start doing that,” he said. “Eventually, that’s what it’s going to be. Someone’s going to do that. You’re already taking the third baseman and putting him on the other side of second base, and you’re calling time to make that happen. That’s eventually going to be the issue, for me.”
    http://nypost.com/2015/02/12/brian-m...g-his-average/

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    Looking forward to:

    - Doom and gloom threads after the first week
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    - Trade for Felix thread
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    Not looking forward to:

    - RCS going on and on about how nugget broke his heart
    - gf28 - getting a hard on every time he sees A-Rod
    - Mushed mashed potatoes
    - Mazda and the creepy basement
    - Y90 talking about water polo
    - JD crying about the Chiefs
    - Thump hating our best players
    - Costanza's jerk face




    To be continued ...

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    That's good news from Mr. McCann. Now go and execute, that's how to deal with the shift. Not thru legislation. Maybe you could whisper in the big guy at 1B ear as well.
    Last edited by drt1010; 02-12-2015 at 07:37 PM.
    "While I still believed that numbers could reveal things about the game that were invisible to the naked eye, my own eyes had glazed over as the combination of fantasy baseball and mathematical arcana conspired to squeeze the life from the game I loved.” John Thorn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees 1903 View Post
    looking forward to:

    - doom and gloom threads after the first week
    - hilarious arguments in the igt
    - leo and i agreeing on nothing yet still being the best looking posters
    - trade for felix thread
    - bizzle (hope he posts more)
    - dk because he is batman
    - klown and his ****ed up posts
    - my incredible posts
    - hawks detailed posts
    - slicks witty posts
    - leo and his hilarious posts
    - owning sauron in 3-4 threads during the season

    not looking forward to:

    - rcs going on and on about how nugget broke his heart
    - gf28 - getting a hard on every time he sees a-rod
    - mushed mashed potatoes
    - mazda and the creepy basement
    - y90 talking about water polo
    - jd crying about the chiefs
    - thump hating our best players
    - costanza's jerk face




    to be continued ...
    LET'S GO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankees 1903 View Post
    Looking forward to:

    - Doom and gloom threads after the first week
    - Hilarious arguments in the IGT
    - Leo and I agreeing on nothing yet still being the best looking posters
    - Trade for Felix thread
    - Bizzle (hope he posts more)
    - DK because he is Batman
    - Klown and his ****ed up posts
    - My incredible posts
    - Hawks detailed posts
    - Slicks witty posts
    - Leo and his hilarious posts
    - Owning Sauron in 3-4 threads during the season

    Not looking forward to:

    - RCS going on and on about how nugget broke his heart
    - gf28 - getting a hard on every time he sees A-Rod
    - Mushed mashed potatoes
    - Mazda and the creepy basement
    - Y90 talking about water polo
    - JD crying about the Chiefs
    - Thump hating our best players
    - Costanza's jerk face




    To be continued ...
    Best post of the month , well done

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    Quote Originally Posted by drt1010 View Post
    That's good news from Mr. McCann. Now go and execute, that's how to deal with the shift. Not thru legislation. Maybe you could whisper in the big guy at 1B ear as well.
    Maybe Mark should follow

















    Nah he'll just hit 240 baby!!

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    Well done, Canuck........I won't even try to out do that.

    Although I'm looking fwd to the daily Mazda Morning After Pill.

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