Friday, October 24, 2014
Despite a pair of down seasons, a loss of fastball velocity and a serious knee injury, CC Sabathia said still believes he can regain his Cy Young-caliber form.
Asked on ESPN Radio Wednesday whether he could come back in 2015 and pitch the way he did in 2009 — when his 19-8 record and 3.37 ERA helped lead the Yankees to a World Series title — Sabathia said he could.
“I think so,” he said. “It’s obviously six, seven years later now. But, yeah, I think I can definitely get back to being able to go out and dominate a game and just be myself.”
Sabathia added that he expects to have fully recovered from a serious right knee injury that cut his 2014 season to just eight starts. The 34-year-old said he feels “100 percent” now. He’s been playing catch at Yankee Stadium twice a week and working out at home.
I can’t shake the feeling that Sabathia is done accruing positive bWAR over the rest of his career. But I’m sure his fWAR will continue to be good.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Poor Hunter Strickland. Two months ago, pretty much nobody outside of the San Francisco Giants’ scouting department knew about him. He was pitching in Double-A Richmond when the Giants called him up at the end of August. He pitched all of seven innings in the majors before the postseason began. And there he was on the field in the World Series on Wednesday night, shouting at the Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez, clearing the dugouts and exploding the Twitter-verse.
Hunter Strickland has now pitched 5.1 postseason innings and allowed five home runs. Mariano Rivera pitched 141 postseason innings and allowed two.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The biggest issue facing the Yankees is that many of their highest-paid players can’t be counted on to stay healthy or play up to their usual standard in 2015. C.C. Sabathia is returning from knee surgery and has already suffered a decline in performance in recent years. Mark Teixeira managed to play in 123 games last year but his wrist problems will always require a backup option. McCann and Beltran could’ve just had off-years, or they could possibly be on the decline as well.
And then there’s Alex Rodriguez, returning from his year-long suspension as a complete mystery in terms of what he’ll be able to contribute. The plan for A-Rod seems to be a rotation between DH, third base and possibly first base, to spell Teixeira. Until the Yankees know if Rodriguez can handle regular time at third, however, it will somewhat hamstring their other winter plans. They have an interest in bringing back Chase Headley, though obviously Headley will want to play every day, and limiting Rodriguez to a 1B/DH role will cut down on the DH at-bats that might be needed for another aging players like Beltran or McCann.
Yes, finding plate appearances for aging and declining players is a serious problem that needs resolving.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Gary Denbo will assume many, though not all, of the responsibilities that had been held by Mark Newman, sources confirmed Monday, as the Yankees’ organizational overhaul continues. Newman, the club’s senior vice president of baseball operations, announced in September he is retiring after 26 years with the team, the last 15 in his current role.
Denbo, 53, formerly a hitting coach for the club who in recent years has been in player development and scouting, will oversee the farm system, which has received a good deal of criticism in recent years for not producing enough major league-caliber players, particularly position players.
I was thinking, the Yankees really should put a hitting coach in charge of their minor league system.
To be fair, Denbo has been working in a capacity more suited to directing the farm system over the least few seasons, and may end up being a good hire. I’m willing to wait and see.
As if I had a choice.
Monday, October 20, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With the Red Sox hiring Chili Davis as their hitting coach Sunday, it could mean Dave Magadan will be Kevin Long’s replacement as the Yankees’ hitting coach.
Magadan interviewed with Yankees brass Wednesday and Davis followed on Thursday. They were considered strong candidates for the job.
Chili Davis is a trader.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Yankees have interviewed or will talk to Magadan, 52, and ex-Yankee Chili Davis for the job that became open last week when Kevin Long was fired with a year left on his contract. Other candidates are likely to emerge as well.
If the Yankees are expecting better results just by changing hitting coaches, they are being foolish. But hey, it should trick enough people into thinking they’re being pro-active.
I don’t think hitting coaches really can have that much impact on players that are already established major leaguers, but Magadan and Davis had strong MLB careers and have received praise for their coaching so I think both are good candidates. Plus I always feel indebted to Davis for ruining what would have been a Pedro Martinez 17 strikeout no-walk no-hitter with a solo homer back in 1999.
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