Tag:CC Sabathia
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:54 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am

Sabathia thinks Lee will still wear pinstripes

CC Sabathia One fan said on a Seattle radio show Friday that Cliff Lee was basically flying cross-country to New York with a three-month layover at D/FW.

Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia, a friend of Lee's, agrees: Lee's trade to the Rangers doesn't mean he won't be a Yankee, it just means he has to wait until after the season to do it as a free agent.

"I don't think we have to do much recruiting," Sabathia said. "He knows what it's like over here. I've talked to him a bunch about being in the clubhouse and being part of the team. Hopefully it works out."

Sabathia, who played with Lee in Cleveland, said his wife and Lee's even went so far as to discuss where they might live in the New York area.

"We were pretty excited," Sabathia said. "Hopefully we'll get him next year."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:50 am

Baseball reacts to LeBron news ... sort of

LeBron James Since the world apparently revolves around LeBron James, the basketball star who now plays for ... was it Vitamin Water? ESPN? It all seemed like a blur. Anyway, here is your obligatory "baseball players react to news" item:

* The Marlins are happy. Hanley Ramirez held up a "Welcome LeBron" sign for TV cameras. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said, "It's going to be big. It's going to be huge ... I'm not a big [NBA] fan."

* The Indians are ... actually the Indians don't seem to care much.

"It's crazy; it's going to change up a lot of stuff," reliever Chris Perez said. "I'm sure Cleveland's not very happy about it -- it's a hometown guy that's leaving -- but it's a business. And he left money on the table, so obviously it's not all about the money, it was about winning, and Miami gave him the best chance, I guess."

"I don't even know what happened," center fielder Michael Brantley said. "[Miami's] a good choice for him, I guess."

* Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is one of James' close friends, and James angered fans in Cleveland by frequently being seen in a Yankees cap (though, as seen in this photo, he gave the Indians some love as well). He reportedly worked hard to try to convince James to join the Knicks, but to no avail.

"I'm happy for him," Sabathia said in a statement (seriously, there might be no better example of how ridiculous this thing became than the fact that a baseball pitcher was called upon to release a statement with his reaction to a basketball player choosing what team to play for). "He made a decision and it had a lot to do with trying to win a championship. You can't fault him for that. I do feel bad for the city of Cleveland, though. He meant a lot to that city and the people there."

More reactions as they become available. OK, probably not.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 7:07 pm

Weaver gets All-Star nod

Jered Weaver Joe Girardi has righted one of the All-Star wrongs, naming Angeles right-hander Jered Weaver as the replacement for CC Sabathia, the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand tweets .

Sabathia is starting Sunday, meaning he won't be eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game two days later. The rule should also make Oakland's Trevor Cahill ineligible to pitch in the game, meaning another pitcher will be added in the next week.

Cahill and Sabathia will pitch against each other tonight in Oakland.

Besides being the hometown pick, Weaver has been the Angels' ace this season, going 8-3 with a 2.82 ERA and an American League-best 124 strikeouts.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 8:22 pm

Pettitte added to All-Star team

Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte is officially an All-Star. Joe Girardi announced the move after Boston Clay Buchholz was put on the disabled list on Monday.

Girardi told reporters that Pettitte was the next pitcher on the players' ballot.

It's Pettitte's first All-Star selection since 2001.

With CC Sabathia and Oakland's Trevor Cahill out of the game because he'll start on Sunday, here's hoping Girardi has taken care of "his guy" (as Charlie Manuel would say) with Pettitte and adds Anaheim's Jered Weaver to the staff when it's time to finish filling out the roster.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 5:45 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 7:40 pm

Injuries taking toll on All-Star rosters

Mat Latos As happens every year, injuries will make several snubs All-Stars anyway.

SoCal's aces should get a chance to play in Anaheim based on recent injuries.

Boston's Clay Buchholz is headed to the 15-day disabled list, while Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo is not going on the DL yet, he will not be available to pitch in next Tuesday's All-Star Game, Brewers manager Ken Macha told MLB.com's Adam McCalvy .

"Throwing in the All-Star Game? No," Macha said. "I'm saying that, best-case scenario, he's probably going to be doing no baseball activities for a least 10 days. … He's not going to pitch in the All-Star Game. You can't have a guy walk off the mound one week and then put him in [the All-Star] Game the next. No."

Gallardo could still go on the disabled list, though, with his strained left rib-cage muscle. He is scheduled to see the team's doctor on Monday. The Brewers brought outfielder Lorenzo Cain up from Triple-A Nashville to be at the park in case Gallardo is put on the disabled list.

Gallardo, certainly deserving of his All-Star spot, could make way for Mat Latos. The Padres' right-hander is 9-4 with a  2.62 ERA and leads the National League with a .963 WHIP.

On the American League side, there are at least thee spots on the pitching staff because of Buchholz's injury and the new rule stating that keeps pitchers from starting on the Sunday before the All-Star Game and in the game itself. That rule will take the Yankees' CC Sabathia and the A's Trevor Cahill from pitching in Anaheim.

Joe Girardi will reportedly replace Sabathia with Andy Pettitte, while Anaheim's Jered Weaver should get one of the spots to appear in his home park. Weaver leads the AL in strikeouts with 124 and is 8-3 with a 2.72 ERA. Other possibilities are Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and Andrew Bailey.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2010 7:44 pm

Girardi's made his All-Star decisions

Joe Girardi Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that he's finished his All-Star selections.

"I think my work is pretty much basically done at this point," Girardi told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch . "I've made my decisions for the most part. The hardest part is that you know that some people are going to be disappointed, and you hate to be the person that disappoints them. But if I could choose 50 people, the 51st person would be disappointed."

Managers' decisions are less than they used to be because of the fans' vote, the players' vote and the fact that each team needs to be represented (more on that, later).

Girardi did say he did not let the new rule that doesn't allow pitchers who throw on the Sunday before the game appear in the game influence his picks.

"I don't think that a player should be penalized for pitching on Sunday," Girardi said. "If he's an All-Star, he's an All-Star. That's my thought process behind it, and if you deceive to go, you deserve to go."

That could come in to play with his own player, starter CC Sabathia.

That will me more All-Star selections for players (and money for some who have those kind of clauses in their contracts) beyond the set roster of 33 (plus the final vote for one more player, chosen by on-line fan voting).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 9:07 pm

Padilla: 'I'm not the bad guy'

It's kind of a double-edged sword for a pitcher to use "I have lousy control" as a defense, but it works for Vicente Padilla.

The Dodgers pitcher downplayed an incident Friday night in which Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia might or might not have plunked Padilla on purpose in retaliation for Padilla hitting Robinson Cano with a pitch. For his part, Padilla said he was innocent.

"I'm not the bad guy in this movie," Padilla told MLB.com on Saturday.

The stats support Padilla. He is sixth among active players in hit batters with 103, and in considerably fewer innings than anyone else in the top 10.

Padilla hit Cano in the backside in the fourth inning, and when he came to bat in the fifth Sabathia hit him in the leg with the first pitch. Warnings were issued to both teams by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. Padilla and Sabathia, who had never before faced each other, exchanged tough-guy stares as Padilla walked to first base.

"If it makes him happy to hit me," said Padilla, "that's OK."

-- David Andriesen

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