Tag:Joe Girardi
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:26 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 9:04 pm

Benches clear in New York

Mark Teixeira

By C. Trent Rosecrans

While there was plenty of talk about batters being plunked during the recently completed Yankees-Red Sox series, there wasn't much done about it besides talking to reporters.

Well, with the Red Sox safely out of town, the Yankees got bent out of shape when Fausto Carmona hit Mark Teixeira in the second inning and the benches cleared. Sure, it wasn't much more than a basic baseball millabout, but it could be worth watching in the next couple of days.

On the first pitch after Curtis Granderson launched a homer to make it 4-0 Yankees, Carmona hit Teixeira between the shoulder blades. Teixeira got up yelling at Carmona, and manager Joe Girardi joined him.

Girardi and Indians manager Manny Acta also had a prolonged discussion about the day's events.

Carmona has now hit seven batters this season, and Teixeira has been hit seven times this season, including Tuesday against the Red Sox when he had to leave the game.

Carmona struck out Teixeira in the fourth in their next meeting.

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:43 am
Edited on: June 8, 2011 11:24 am

Pepper: Papi bat flip angers Girardi

By Evan Brunell

BASEBALL TODAY: What is the latest with the knee of Mark Teixeira? Is Jered Weaver back on track for the Angels? Lauren Shehadi and C. Trent Rosecrans answer those questions and more. Click the video to play.

BOSOX-YANKS SPICE: While the Red Sox and Yankees remain appointment viewing, there hasn't been much of a rivalry in recent years, especially with Boston winning most of the games in 2010 and so far in 2011. The rivalry got spiced up a bit Monday night when David Ortiz crushed a two-run home run off of Hector Noesi to finish off the scoring in a 6-3 victory. Noesi, a rookie pitcher, had tossed a pitch at Big Papi just before the home run, causing some to wonder if it was an attempted hit-by-pitch to make up for Mark Teixeira's plunking earlier in the game.

Big Papi says no, but that didn't stop him from flipping his bat with a flourish after his home run in the fifth, drawing the ire of manager Joe Girardi of the Yankees, who said he didn't care for it.

"I never had a problem with David," Girardi said. "David has always played the game hard. I’m just protecting my young kid."

For Ortiz's part, he played it off lightly, which should kill any possible controversy.

“That’s Papi style,’’ kidded Ortiz. “It’s not the first time and it’s not my last one. I’m a home run hitter. It’s not like I do it all the time. What can I tell you? Just another homer for Papi.’’ (Boston Globe)

MARQUIS UPSET: Nationals pitcher Jason Marquis, who claims he has never thrown at a batter in his 12-year career, is fuming over his five-game suspension for hitting Justin Upton with a pitch Sunday. It was Upton's fourth beanball of the series and came after Jayson Werth's plunking in the game -- his third of the series.

"Never been ejected, never been fined, never been suspended," Marquis said. "I don’t understand why I would start now. I’ve been in games where there have been games getting hit back and forth. It’s a 1-0 game. We’re trying to put something together here. The game is 1-0. You don’t want it to get away from you just because you’re trying to show your manhood. I’m out there trying to win as many games as possible.”

Marquis added that the heat in Arizona is difficult, as the dryness of it doesn't produce enough sweat for the hand to grip the baseball properly. Plus, Marquis claims the pitch was supposed to be outside and moved inside.

“If you actually watch where that pitch started, it started on the outer third and moved three feet,” Marquis said. “I mean, can I control, ‘I’m going to throw a three-foot sinker, and hopefully it hits him?’ Most guys take a four-seamer and usually drill a guy. The catcher set up away. My ball moved three feet if you watch the film.” (Washington Post)

WERTH SCRATCHED: Jayson Werth did not play in Tuesday's game after being scratched from the lineup with a sore ankle. Laynce Nix replaced Werth in right field, and the new Nats star is day-to-day with the injury. (Washington Post)

GOOD ADVICE: With the No. 5 pick of the draft, the Royals snagged perhaps the best high-school bat in the draft with Bubba Starling. A local product, Starling needs to decide whether or not to play baseball or football in college and probably won't sign -- if at all -- until the Aug. 15 deadline. But Royals great Frank White has some words of advice for Starling, including signing as soon as possible. (Kansas City Star)

UNCLE JOE: One of Joe Girardi's good friends is Dante Bichette, a teammate way back in 1993 for the expansion Rockies. Now, Girardi has a chance to skipper Bichette's son, as the Yankees took Dante Bichette, Jr., with the No. 51 pick of the draft. The son calls Girardi "Uncle Joe," a practice he admitted he might have to stop. Meanwhile, Girardi marveles at how far Bichette, Jr. has come since Girardi and Bichette were taking Bichette Jr. on car rides as a baby to help him fall asleep. (New York Times)

BRUISED THUMB: There's been a lot of coverage of Anthony Rizzo's bruised thumb in San Diego. The 21-year-old is tearing Triple-A apart and was on the verge of a callup before bruising his left thumb and hand. He's on his way to San Diego to be evaluated by team physicians after a MRI came back negative. If everything checks out, the team could tell Rizzo to stay in San Diego and promote him immediately. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

SHARPEN THE SLIDER: The Cubs' Carlos Marmol has undergone a recent stretch of futility, blowing two games Sunday and last Tuesday. The culprit might be his slider, which has flattened out and removed perhaps his biggest weapon. (Chicago Tribune)

SCHERZER TOO: Max Scherzer is struggling with his slider as well, and skipper Jim Leyland says he'll turn to video along with Scherzer and pitching coach Rick Knapp to figure out the problem. Scherzer won his seventh game on Monday but was displeased with the amount of fastballs he left in the zone. (MLB.com)

RADIATION: Gary Carter underwent his first radiation treatment for his inoperable malignant brain tumors and came away "feeling good," his daughter said. (ESPN New York)

OZZIE'S MAD: Uh-oh. Better stay away from Ozzie Guillen for a week. "Iam in very very bad mood stay away from me the most you can," he tweeted after the White Sox's victory Tuesday night. "A lees for a week better tha way," he added. What's going on? No one quite knows, but he's likely unhappy that son Ozney Guillen has yet to be drafted with 30 rounds gone by. His son was picked in the 22nd round last year by the White Sox but did not sign.

SOCCER IN CITI: There was a soccer match at Citi Field Tuesday, with Ecuador taking Greece on. Check out the nice picture of the event. Seeing how baseball fields can convert and support a soccer game is always fascinating. (ESPN New York)

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:04 am

Are Posada's pinstripe days numbered?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

It seems pretty sure this is Jorge Posada's last season as a Yankee, and maybe as a big leaguer. But could his career be over before the end of the season?

According to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand, the Yankees are weighing their options on Posda. Although his source, "a baseball official with knowledge of the Yankees' thinking" said the team has had "zero discussion" about releasing Posada since his mea culpa over his argument with manager Joe Girardi, but that could change if he doesn't start hitting.

Jorge PosadaPosada, who didn't play in Wednesday's 15-inning victory over the Orioles, is hitting .179/.287/.366 with six home runs and 15 RBI this season.

As it stands, Posada is just a platoon DH who isn't doing much H. Against a left-handed starter on Wednesday, Girardi once again decided to sit the switch-hitting Posada, who is 0 for 24 as a right-handed batter this season.

The team does have über-prospect Jesus Montero waiting in Triple-A, where he's hitting well, but not great. Montero is hitting .318/.350/.417 for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, but has just six walks and two home runs. His May has been worse than his April in all three of the slash categories -- hitting .365/.360/.473 in April and .259/.338/.345 in May. If Montero were putting up Eric Hosmer-like numbers, it could make the Posada decision easier, but at this point, you don't know what you'll get from the 21-year old Montero, who still needs work in the minor leagues on defense.

Say by midseason, this could work itself out if Posada rebounds. But if he doesn't, well, it could be very interesting. If he's still hitting below the Mendoza line, his time in baseball could be short.

What's also interesting is that according to a report from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Posada and Girardi's bad blood goes deeper than just the recent disagreement of where Posada should bat in the lineup. The report says the two have had issues since 2005 when Girardi was Joe Torre's bench coach and the two clashed over scouting reports.

"Girardi couldn't wait to get him out from behind the plate," the source told Feinsand. "He hated the way he called the game."

Feinsand's source added Posada didn't think much of Girardi's scouting reports while he was the team's bench coach, often deviating from Girardi's plans, while he felt he was being second-guessed by Girardi.

On Monday, Girardi stressed he and Posada have a good relationship, but sometimes these things go deep (like maybe even as far as 1998 when Posada beat out Girardi for the Yankees' catching job) and aren't patched up by a simple apology.

While the lineup flap and Posada's complaints (followed by an apology) have passed, the question of what to do with Posada is just starting. 

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Posted on: May 18, 2011 8:30 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 5:38 am

A-Rod to have hip examined

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Alex RodriguezAlex Rodriguez says he isn't hurt -- but the team seems to be concerned about his surgically repaired right hip.

Rodriguez will have the hip examined during the team's next home stand, starting Friday against the Mets.

Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long suggested to Rodriguez that he have the hip, which Rodriguez had surgery on in March 2009, looked at.

"Kevin's been working with me for a long time. He just felt that we want to make sure that we dot our I's and cross our T's and are diligent and think big picture," Rodriguez told reporters, including Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez has had checkups before, and Rodriguez said he'll continue to have it checked the rest of his career.

"I think you just want to make sure he's OK," Girardi said.

Rodriguez had two homers in Tuesday's win, but was hitting .171/.236/.232 in his previous 21 games. For the season, he's now hitting .250/.340/.492 with eight homers and 24 RBI.

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Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: May 18, 2011 9:59 am

Pepper: Peavy, Posada, Pudge and More

BASEBALL TODAY: What should White Sox fans expect from Jake Peavy tonight? Will Jered Weaver get back on track in Seattle? Tony Lee of NESN.com joins Lauren Shehadi with the latest edition of CBSSports.com's Baseball Today.

By Matt Snyder

MORE POSADA-GIRARDI FEUD: Evidently, the Jorge Posada-Joe Girardi issue Saturday night had been brewing for some time -- at least according to the New York Daily News. Reportedly, Posada and Girardi began to butt heads back in 2005 when Girardi was the Yankees' bench coach and Posada was the everyday catcher. Girardi was "heavily involved" in the game-planning in terms of how to work opposing hitters, but reportedly Posada would routinely deviate from the plans during games. So then Girardi would call Posada out, which made Posada angry.

"Jorge felt everything he did behind the plate was being second-guessed by Girardi on the bench," the Daily News' anonymous source said. "The way Jorge called a game was a big issue for Girardi."

The source went on: "Girardi couldn't wait to get him out from behind the plate," the source said. "He hated the way he called a game."

Whether or not this is true, I'm just ready for it to all be in the past. Permanently.

ON THE FLIP SIDE: With the whole Posada drama in New York, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post takes the time to point out that Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez could have very well done something similar considering his role has been severely downgraded this season as Wilson Ramos has taken over as the starter. It hasn't been lost on Rodriguez's teammates, either. “He comes in here, they hit him eighth, he doesn’t say a thing,” one Nationals player said, motioning toward Rodriguez. I believe the difference is that Rodriguez has had to bounce around from team to team, so he's had the chance to be humbled and avoid a sense of entitlement. But that doesn't make Posada right. He could learn a thing or two from one of the best catchers to ever play the game. (Nationals Journal)

SHAKEUP COMING: The Giants' offense is getting to be more and more of an issue with each passing day, as they've now scored the least amount of runs in the National League. There's talk of a shakeup coming with the starting lineup, specifically the infield, in an attempt to get more offense. In fact, the Giants might recall Brandon Belt, play him at first, and then move Aubrey Huff to third base until Pablo Sandoval is healthy again. That's a drastic move defensively, since Huff hasn't played third in a few years and wasn't good there to begin with. It's just how desperate they're getting for more punch. (Mercurynews.com)

MORE JOHNSON, LESS BRIGNAC: Rays manager Joe Maddon said that Elliot Johnson is likely to see the majority of the playing time moving forward at shortstop while Reid Brignac will play less. Considering Johnson is a switch-hitter and Brignac swings lefty (with the majority of opposing starters being right-handed), it won't be a straight platoon in the least. "I don't want to be committed to that. You're going to see more of Elliot. Let's put it that way," Maddon said. "I think he's done a nice job." (TampaBay.com) Johnson is 3-7 with two home runs and a stolen base in his past two starts. Brignac is hitting just .179 with a dreadful .402 OPS this season.

GUT FEELING: The Mariners are about to receive a shot in the arm -- both offensively and defensively -- Wednesday, as Gold Glove center fielder Franklin Gutierrez will finally be activated from the disabled list. He'd been sidelined since the middle of spring training with a stomach ailment that had bothered him a good portion of 2010 as well. Expect Gutierrez to immediately take over in center for Mike Saunders, who has been fine in center but brutal offensively (.171/.222/.265). Gutierrez is superb in the outfield and a capable hitter. He hit .245 with 12 home runs and 64 RBI last season, but remember, he was plagued by the stomach issue. In 2009, he hit .283 with 18 homers, 70 RBI and a .764 OPS. (MLB.com)

REMEMBER ME? Dallas McPherson was once a top-20 prospect in all of baseball. He was the Brandon Wood of the early-to-mid 2000s -- expected to be a big power source for the Angels, only to flop several times before the Angels finally gave up on him. The difference was McPherson could blame some of his woes on injuries and he wasn't near as bad, sporting a .755 OPS in 117 games for the Angels in parts of three seasons. Still he hadn't been in the majors since 2008 ... until Tuesday night. McPherson is now a member of the White Sox and got a hit in his big-league at-bat in three seasons. It has been a long road back through a back surgery and lingering problems. "I've got to be honest, I wasn't sure I'd hear those words again," he said in discussing his promotion back to the majors. (Chicago Sun-Times)

FLASHBACK CAPS FOR SALE: The Angels are going to wear four different throwback jerseys this season on Friday home games, in what they're calling "Flashback Fridays." Well, the lids will be available for sale, which is sweet. I'd love to get the one with the lower-case "a" with a halo over it. Awesome. (The Ballcap Blog)

HIGH PRAISE: It's become pretty common knowledge at this point that Brandon Phillips is the best defensive second baseman in baseball, but that doesn't mean it hurts for him to hear the words from a former Reds second baseman -- one who is in the Hall of Fame. "He's unbelievable to me, with his range and everything," said Joe Morgan. "I think he's the best defensive second baseman in the game. He's athletic and he's willing to take chances, which I think is what separates him." (Cincinnati.com)

DREAM COME TRUE: Tony Campana grew up in the Cincinnati area and was able to make his major-league debut Tuesday night in Cincinnati -- only it was for the Cubs. He didn't disappoint his reported 50-plus friends and family in attendance, either, as Campana picked up an RBI double in his first big-league at-bat. He scored the go-ahead run an inning earlier when he had entered as a pinch-runner. "It's pretty much a dream come true, other than the outcome of the game," Campana said. "I couldn't be happier to come out, get a hit, score a run and get an RBI." Oh, yeah, that outcome. The Cubs blew the game again. This time in the eighth. (MLB.com)

RAIN DELAY FUN: All kinds of stuff happens when baseball players are waiting out rain delays. Here's a great video of some jousting with bats, courtesy of college teams Radford and High Point.

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:59 pm

Jeter did not have whole Posada story

By Evan Brunell

Girardi, Posada, JeterTime for one last volley in the Jorge Posada fiasco he found himself embroiled in with manager Joe Girardi.

Derek Jeter inserted himself into the controversy by defending Posada and saying he thought the longtime backstop, in his first year as a full-time DH, did not need to apologize to the team and that Posada should be allowed to take a day to gather himself.

Except he didn't have the full story, so Jeter's comments only served to inflame Yankees brass, who held a conference call with Jeter recently to clear the air.

Jeter told his bosses, according to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman, that Posada had only told Jeter that he asked for a break -- not that he had refused to play. There's a difference between asking for a break and refusing to play, and Posada crossed that line. After being apprised of the real situation, Jeter was then absolved of any wrongdoing by the brass.

Heyman added that the "underlying issue" is that Posada does not like nor trust Girardi, stemming from when they were teammates. Girardi played for the Yankees from 1996-99, and in that time period was constantly jockeying for playing time with Posada, who was an up-and-coming catcher that eventually received the majority of playing time before Girardi departed. It's easy to see how there could be friction between two former teammates competing for the same job, and there is likely many behind-the-scenes stories we will never hear.

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Posted on: May 14, 2011 8:33 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2011 2:25 am

Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

By Evan Brunell

PosadaWhen Jorge Posada spoke to reporters after learning he would be batting ninth for Saturday's game, he was initially gracious, saying he deserved the demotion by batting .166/.272/.349 in 125 PA with an impressive six home runs but just 18 hits in all.

However, he yanked himself from the lineup later, telling manager Joe Girardi he was "insulted" about hitting ninth as Jack Curry of YES reported, with the source saying he "threw a hissy fit" about it.

The Yankees are considering docking Posada's pay for his refusal to play, and told the team he would address the media after the game. Is it possible Posada could retire rather than deal with the "insult" of batting ninth?

"No, no, no," Posada's father told Curry. "He will play all year. Sometimes, athletes have a bad decision," he added, saying he felt Posada should have played. "He feels bad. He's not hitting. The whole team isn't hitting."

A source told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, however, that Posada's back stiffened up and that is why he asked out of the lineup. It sounds like a pretty convenient excuse, as GM Brian Cashman said there was no injury. Still, you cannot rule out.

It's not easy for a former star on the downslope of his career to accept that he's no longer effective anymore and hitting ninth is a damning statement. That said, he needs to take a page from his former, clear-headed self. There's no way of getting around the fact Posada simply hasn't been productive and deserves to bat ninth until, or if, he turns it around.

If Posada isn't going to play ball, he no longer has the stature to force the team to put up with it. He will be summarily dispatched, especially with top prospect Jesus Montero waiting in the wings. In fact, the Yankees appear to be taking a hard stance against Posada's decision, and reasonably so. Rosenthal noted that the team would be able to dock Posada two days' pay with a breach of contract should they so choose, and if he asks out again Sunday, could move to terminate his contract. Bottom line: Posada is signed to a contract and is beholden to play, whether he wants to or not. The only way he can shirk his duties is to retire -- or have his contract terminated. Either way, he doesn't play.

Andruw Jones went go on to replace Posada at DH, batting ninth against the Red Sox.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:40 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:26 am

Yanks GM says Hughes will be out 'a while'

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Phil HughesBecause no day should pass without an update on Phil HughesYankees general manager Brian Cashman said he doesn't expect to see Hughes back pitching anytime soon.

Hughes underwent a dye MRI exam, a CT scan, nerve tests and other tests in the last two days. The most recent theory is that Hughes has Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve and circulatory condition, and will be sent to a specialist in St. Louis, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch writes.

"We can't tell you if he has it or if he doesn't have it," manager Joe Girardi said. "But we're sending him to a specialist."

Earlier in the day, Cashman wasn't optimistic about a quick return for Hughes.

"They are trying very hard to find out what is going on," Cashman told the New York Post. "It's always concerning when you don't have somebody pitching active for you. He's not active, and it doesn't look like he will be for a while."

Hughes went on the disabled list April 15 with "dead arm" but had been showing a dead arm all season. He cut short a bullpen session on Monday, leading to this round of tests.

In three starts this season, Hughes was 0-1 with a 13.94 ERA, allowing 16 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. Last season the 24-year-old right-hander was 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA.

Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook had surgery for TOS in 2004.

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