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Andy Kindler took his annual visit to Yankees Spring Training camp in Florida. He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and shared his experiences. Here’s a look back at at 2010.

Andy Kindler: (wondering how you work in a baseball glove) “Do you suck it….uh….soak it…”  David Wells: “I don’t suck anything, buddy. You might want to suck it.”

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I was at the Friday taping of The Late Show with David Letterman last night. (yeah, he doesn’t tape his show on Friday’s so he does two shows in one day) I wound up seeing Nicole Richie and Tom Papa instead of Tracy Morgan, Jamie McMurray and Fanfarlo.

It was still a great experience, as I’ve never been inside the Ed Sullivan Theater before. In his opening monolouge Dave released a few Yankee jokes. (since it was a Friday taping..he was already talking about Spring Training) Talking about how Alex has already gotten his off-season work out with Cameron Diaz, and was wondering why they let go of Matsui. He was like…he was the World Series MVP…doesn’t that answer the big question: What have you done for me lately?

Anyway, I dug up this old clip from 1998. Some funny stuff.

1998 – Biff at The World Series

“I’d like to give you a congratulatory pat on the ass” ~Biff

If you haven’t seen this yet, here is Biff reporting from Yankee Stadium after the Yankees won their 27th World Series in 2009.

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Recently Dave Eiland was speaking about the competition for the Yankees 5th starter slot when he said this:

“We want 200 innings in all five of our guys,” Eiland said.

Now, upon reading this, his statement made me a little bit curious as to whether this has been done, so I turned to our trustworthy friends over at Baseball-Reference. Upon extensive searching on Baseball-Reference for teams with pitchers with equal or greater than 200 Innings Pitched and at least 20 Games Started only 15 instances of such were found. The last occurrence of this was in 1923 when the Yankees had the rotation of Joe Bush, Waite Hoyt, Sam Jones, Herb Pennock, and Bob Shawkey did this. The last Yankees team to come close to this was the rotation of Mike Mussina, David Wells, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Jeff Weaver in 2003. Weaver was 40.2 innings away from hitting the 200 IP mark.

For the Yankees to have all five of their starters to hit the magical mark of 200 IP there are a handful of things that have to happen in their favor.

  • If CC Sabathia pitches the same as last year, you can easily count him in for 200, however, it isn’t necessarily guaranteed.
  • AJ Burnett, while is no virtual lock to hit 200 innings, has proven if he is healthy, which is a big if, can hit 200 innings as he has the last two seasons.
  • While Andy Pettitte throughout his career could be penciled in for 200 innings usually, however he is turning 38 during this season. In 2009, he logged 194.1 innings and one has to wonder how many innings he has left on his left arm.
  • Javy Vazquez has pitched over 200 innings 9 out of the last 10 years, so theoretically he is a virtual lock. The only year he did not pitch 200 innings? 2004 with the Yankees when he logged 198 innings. During his time pitching in the American League, Javy has amassed an average ERA above 4.50.
  • Joba Chamberlain/Phil Hughes will have to up their game to reach 200 innings as neither of them have pitched this much in a single season. While Joba has been under the Joba rules, there is no telling how his arm will react when he hits 180, 190 or even 200 innings. Hughes on the other hand has not pitched more than 130 innings since 2006 in the minors when he pitched 146. If Hughes becomes the 5th starter it is unknown how his arm will react to the increase of innings.

So, while it is possible for each the Yankees starters to log 200 IP, it is highly unlikely. While I would like to see all five rotation spots hit 200 innings, truth be told, I can see 3 or 4 pitchers hit 200 innings. At this current time, I don’t have faith in Joba or Phil to be able to pitch 200 innings this year, maybe 170 or 180, but not 200.

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The Boss is already looking forward to the start of the upcoming baseball season.

“I am. Aren’t you?” the 79-year-old New York Yankees owner said with a smile on Friday.

George spent four hours in his office at the team’s complex in Florida yesterday, where individual spring training game tickets went on sale.

The Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship trophy actually took a trip to Steinbrenner’s home for him to see earlier this week. Yesterday, it was displayed outside of George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Steinbrenner said the Yankees are in position for what could be another “special” season this year, and that he is “feeling good.”

Former Yankees, David Wells, Lee Mazzilli and Mickey Rivers are currently involved in the Yankees fantasy camp, and they took the time to stop by Steinbrenner’s office to talk.

It’s nice to hear that Mr. Steinbrenner is felling well and that he already has his sights set on #28. (more…)

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Jimmy Rollins stated before the World Series that the Phillies would win in five games. That didn’t happen. The Yankees wound up taking the series in six games and really shut him up.

I heard things about Philadelphia fans before this series, but I had no idea how bad they really were. I thought Red Sox fans were bad, (okay..they are) but it seems to me that Philly fans are just as bad..if not worse. Former Yankee, David Wells put it best when he said, “The people in that town would give The Finger to their own mom.”

They showed just how classy they are by flipping cars, causing riots in the streets, jumping on moving cabs and almost dropping their own babies when they celebrated their World Series victory last year. The Chicago Cubs fans have been suffering a lot longer than them, and the excuse they can come up with was that they haven’t won in so long?

I hear that they are very bad to other fans and to their own players. They cheer when opposing players are injured and boo their own players when they fail to accomplish a play properly. The Phillies fans booed the kids on an easter egg hunt, booed the Phillie Phanatic for not catching a foul ball, and booed Glee for their performance before the WS.

I know the Yankees and Red Sox fans have their share of rowdy, obnoxious and unruly fans…I just didn’t realize that the Phillies were viewed like this from the rest fo the sports world.

Is Charlie Manuel helping the case when he says something like this? It’s like he wants them to boo everyone.

“I notice sometimes if fans are near our dugout and talking to our players, they always want to talk about last year, and that’s good; I want them to keep coming to the games,” Manuel said. “But I want the fans to start telling them they want to win this year, too. Of course they love us and everything, but maybe they should get on them a little bit.”

It also didn’t help their case, when Macy’s ran an ad celebrating the Philadelphia Phillies victory over the Yankees in the World Series prematurely. Now those shirts will go to a poor country and they will wear them. It would be pretty funny to see that.

They seem to talk a lot also…Cole Hamels calling the Mets choke artists (even though they really are) and Jimmy Rollins predicting that they were going to take the World Series in five games. Don’t talk if you can’t back it up. You’re not Mark Messier.

I don’t want to be stereotypical and say that all Philadelphia fans are like this, because they’re not. I just found that I learned a lot about the Philadelphia sports scene from this Fall Classic.

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     This off-season is one for the ages. The Yankees made headlines day in and day out. This team makes news 365 days a year, and it just amazes me. Let’s go take a look at what went on this off-season:

  1. Giambi, Pavano, & Abreu, Betemit, I-Rod, Rasner, & Ponson leave the Yankees.
  2. The Yankees bring in CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Mark Teixeira, & Nick Swisher.
  3. Joe Torre published a new book, called “The Yankee Years”. A-Rod is called “A-Fraud”.
  4. Alex Rodriguez allegedly used steroids back in 2003.
  5. Joba Chamberlain will be a starter in 2009.
  6. The Yankees bring back Pettitte for another year.
  7. The New Yankee Stadium is going to be unbelievable.
  8. David Wells thinks Torre is a Punk and he wants to knock him out. Haha
  9. The Yankees have a new inaugural season stadium patch
  10. Bernie Williams still wants to play baseball.
  11. The Yankees are the favorites to win the 2009 World Series
  12. The Yankees have the best rotation and overall team on paper.
  13. Jeter will face his own team in the WBC.
  14. Ajack & Montero make the Top 50 Prospects in MLB
  15. Joba Chamberlain arrested on DUI charge

I’m sure I’m missing some stuff, but that pretty much sums up the Yankees crazy off-season.

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YANKEES HAVE TO REGRET KEEPING A-ROD NOW / Minor Developments

A-Mess / The First 1,820 Days Of A-Rod In Pinstripes / A-Rod should come clean

How about Rich Aurilia for the bench? / A-Rod needs to come clean

A-Rod’s Honesty Can Help League Move Past Steroid Era / Tarnished forever?

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     Did Joe Torre break the code of what happens in the clubhouse should stay int he clubhouse? Jim Bouton doesn’t think there is any clubhouse sanctity anyway. When you become a professional baseball player..you are open to criticism and you will be written about. Bouton believes that most of the things being said in the book is stuff fans already know. He was also laughing at the diea that a player would actually feel violated by the book. Can anybody tell me what we learned from the book? If you think about it..most of this stuff we already knew. Wells and Torre clashed, Brown and Pavano were bums, Steinbrenner was crazy and Cashman and Torre had different views on some topics.

     Joe Torre seemed like the same classy guy on Larry King that he was when he was the Yankees manager. The book doesn’t change my opinion of him. Feel free to bash away though…

And to anyone offended that unflattering accounts of his behavior landed in a book, Bouton offered simple advice: “Books are going to be written. Therefore, don’t act like a jerk.”

“It is almost 40 years later,” he said. “Why in the world anyone is still talking about the sanctity of the clubhouse is beyond me. Baseball and the Yankees should feel lucky that this book is generating so much attention in January… there is no job hitting a ball with a stick unless a lot of people are convinced it’s important.”

“These guys have voluntarily gone into a business where people know that everything that they do or say is subject to being written about. They act as if they’re surprised when somebody tells what they do. Roger Maris always wanted to be a private person. Well, get into the shoe business if that’s what you want.”

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Citi Field, the David Wells/Kevin Brown debate and some old quotes

Damon weighs in on Torre’s book  /  Banks facing blowback over NY stadium deals

Mariano Rivera – The best ever and not even debatable  

Yanks considered Matsui for Washburn 

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     I just watched Joe Torre on ‘Larry King Live’ and I thought Joe put things in perspective. If you listen to what he says..it really seems like the media blew the book out of proportion. He wasn’t really attacking anyone, but he wanted the readers to further understand what was really going on during those 12 years. Doesn’t mean it’s not a good book, or it’s not interesting, but everyone jumped on Torre and started bashing him. I took notes on the interview, so those who missed it can see what Larry and Joe talked about.

 CNN also had live blogging of the interview where people were submitting questions to Joe.

Here we go….

  • Tom Verducci and Joe decided to write this book two years ago. This was all decided before he left the Yankees organization. He wrote it to encompass the 12 years he spent in New York. Both the good times and the bad.
  • The book tells people the changes that went on. How the Red Sox changed their style of business and the steroid era.
  • He didn’t want to shock people with the book. He thinks that people will always resent some of the things said, but it’s the truth. Joe wanted to share his story and feelings during his tenure with the Yanks. He says that he wants his reputation to be honest, and that is exactly what the book is.

he was asked…

Why soil your own legacy?

Joe said he doesn’t think the book takes anything away from his legacy. If you keep it in context..you will appreciate the book. It was just an inside peak of what went on. He thought it added personality to the players, and helped the readers relive those golden years.

Did leaving the Yankees make you feel bitter?

He said he can’t look back on those years with the Yankees and be bitter. The years he spent with the club was wonderful.

Did you violate “the code”?

 He really dodged this question. He went on to talk about Boomer, and how he felt about the comments he made. Joe said that David and him always had that sort of relationship. They respected each other professionally. Joe asked him to come to his dinner which honored the 1998 Yankees..and he David responded by saying: I don’t like you, but I’ll go. Haha. That’s Boomer for ya.

  • Joe talks how Kevin Brown and David Wells drove him crazy. He said he didnt’ have anything against Brown, and that he actually liked him because he tried to do well. Torre said that Brown didn’t leave room for any mistakes and was hard on himself.
  • He then started to talk about A-Rod. He said that Alex is a special player, and that there is no other person more talented then him. Baseball is A-Rod’s life. He didn’t want Alex to be “the guy”  all the time. He wanted Rodriguez to be himself. Fans were only interested in wins, while Alex wants records and statistics.

– Joe said that he puts a great deal of pressure on himself, and he tried to help him out.

– Alex didn’t have problems with teammates.

– Torre said that the A-Fraud thing was more of a joke..that was said right in front of him and not behind his back.

Did Rodriguez have a conflict with Jeter?

Joe said no. They weren’t best friends, but they acted like professionals.

What do you think of A-Rod’s divorce and Madonna?

The divorce surprises him. He also understands that he’s a lightning rod, and that gives him a great deal of attention.

Is Alex Rodriguez a  minus to the Yankees?

Joe said no. He spoke about Alex coming into NY, and how everything he does draws attention.

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some other tidbits…

– He thinks the ’01 World Series was the greatest of all the ones he managed. With those 3 amazing nights..and especially since it was after 9/11.

– Joe gets along fine with Many Ramirez. He described him as a fun loving guy. He spoke about how Manny scared him to death when he was the manager of the Yankees. He hopes Ramirez returns to the Dodgers this upcoming season.

-Torre’s name is on top of Verducci’s because T goes before V. Haha

Think it will effect your players right now?

He said no.

Do you think you were burning any bridges?

No. He didn’t think there was any sensitive material in the book that he felt shouldn’t have been in there.

– Watching some of the World Series clips gave him goosebumps. He wanted to share those moments. Joe said that without the bad times..it wouldn’t be an honest book.

– His last year with the Yankees was very difficult. He said it was mutual and he needed to move on.

When did you last speak to Alex Rodriguez?

He hasn’t spoken to him since he left NY. He said that nothing in his book should make Alex angry.

You never got trust from the front office? That bothered you. Are you angry inside?

He said the front office didn’t trust him, but he isn’t angry inside. Joe said that Steinbrenner was always cracking the whip and he wanted to be in control. He wasn’t able to enjoy what he did for very long, because Steinbrenner was always thinking about the next thing. Joe went on to say that it’s worth the price you have to pay. When you get an opportunity to win..you pay the price for it.

Did you feel betrayed when you left the Yankees?

No. What bothered him was that they gave him a one-year deal with incentives. He felt that it wouldn’t change anything, and the club thought it would make him a better manager. It wasn’t about the money, but the thought that he needed motivation bothered him.

Did you sign an agreement with the Dodgers since the book has come out?

No he hasn’t. Torre says that this isn’t the first time this idea has come up. The Yankees have asked him before about not writing a book. He never agreed to anything. Torre likes to believe that it is only retracing his years spent with the Yankees. Joe is shocked by the initial reaction, but he’s not upset. He thinks that once people read the book..people will further understand exactly what went on.

What did you say about Steinbrenner?

Joe said that George would be proud of things he said. Georgie was proud to be the boss. It wasn’t criticism, but he was  just describing him. Torre said that George got him the players, and that he couldn’t have done it without him.

-Steinbrenner talked about giving out no bonuses to the coaches after the Yanks beat the Mets in the WS. After new years eve…he called them and changed his mind. Joe said that Steinbrenner just wanted to get their attention..

What are your thoughts of a Yankees/Dodgers World Series?

He said it would be wonderful to play in a World Series again. He smiled at the idea of Manny facing the Yankees again.

Betrayed by Cashman not in the book, but was implicated…?

His perspective..doesn’t mean everyone will agree that that’s the case. Joe said that he had disagreements with Brian, and he didn’t have his support at the end. Torre said that Cashman “saved his bacon” a time or two. He said that Cashman was ready for a change. Not just that..but Brian changed as well. Joe said he did things differently. His last year with the Yankees was the worst year of his 12 year tenure. He didn’t want to be asked everyday on his current status. Joe wanted a two-year contract, and he didn’t care about the terms. Torre said that if he was fired in the first year of the two-year contract that he would be paid for both years. He wanted one year to concentrate on baseball, but he couldn’t get the Yankees to agree with him

-Joe gave Larry King a Dodgers cup. Larry than poured his drink into the new cup and drank from it. Haha

How do Dodgers fans compare to Yankees fans?

He said it is hard to duplicate what went on in NY, and that you could feel the heartbeat in the Bronx. He said Dodgers fans were Lukewarm in the beginning, but when they went on to beat the Cubs..they got very excited. Joe put Yankee Stadium in a class by itself.

Joe was asked if he would run for President?

He didn’t say no. Haha. He likes Obama. He thinks he is very bright, but people need to have patience.

Was the book purely monetary? Will money go to charity work?

Not monetary. They were both paid for writing the book.

Who is the most purely gifted athlete?

A-Rod. He said that Alex can do it all..hit for power, hits to the opposite field, plays great defense, etc.

What went on with Gary Sheffield?

He said that Sheffield was always suspicious person and that he had mood swings. They had a good relationship, but he called him out once for not hustling. Joe said that he was treated fairly.

What did you know about steroids?

He said he never saw it..never talked or heard about it. Joe said he never went in a players locker and respected players privacy. Joe said that everyone is to blame for the steroid era.

Did you speak to Giambi about Steroids?

He said that they spoke around it. He was hesitant to approach him, but he wanted to make sure he was okay. He thought that he wasn’t the person who should be asking those questions, because they could have changed his livelihood. 

How are you doing Joe?

He talks about overcoming prostate cancer. He was first diagnosed in 1999..and 10 years later..he is doing fine. He said that cancer is not something you cure, but you try and extend your life as much as you can.

-He like LA. His daughter was first upset about the move, but she made adjustments.

-He said he doesn’t think he said anything bad about Bobby Abreu in the book. Haha.

UPDATE: 12:31AMET: Here is a transcript of the Larry King interview

 

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Other reactions to Torre  /  Logistically, Yanks can’t sign Dunn or others?

Joe Torre book fills the winter vacuum  /  SAY IT AIN’T SO, JOE!!!

SOFTBALL TOSSES FROM TORRE  /  The story behind The Yankee Years

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     Reports earlier today stated that the Yankees met their free agent quota, but that isn’t true according to Peter Abraham:

from The LoHud Yankees Blog:

Fear not, greedy Yankee fans, the Yankees can sign all the Type A free agents if they want.

A story on MLB.com today said the Yankees had reached the quota on Type A free agents.

This led to — seriously — a dozen e-mails from fans who want Juan Cruz, Adam Dunn and/or Manny Ramirez.

Turns out the story is wrong. Brian Cashman said the Yankees could sign up to eight if they want. “I’m not sure of the exact number, but it’s one we won’t worry about either way,” he said.

I’m not clear on the exact reasons. But the large pool of FAs led to an adjustment in the quota. I also think it has something to do with how many ranked FAs they had.

Panic over. Think big thoughts.

And, no, Cash wouldn’t way whether than plan to sign anybody else.

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Kicking off 2009 draft coverage with Damon Oppenheimer 

Torre to appear on Letterman show next week  

David Wells fires back at Torre for book comments 

Yankees don’t need legal protection  /  Playing in the dirt

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     Jason Giambi and his brother Jeremy Giambi may have to testify at Bonds’s  perjury trial in March.They want to use them both to help make a case against Bonds. They want to use their testimony to help prove that Greg Anderson (Bonds’s former trainer) made doping calendars for both of them. They have similar calendars with Bonds’s initials on them, and they think it was used for the same purpose.

     Giambi isn’t in New York any longer, so this isn’t the Yankees problem, but it may be a problem with his new team. It would be really bad if Pettitte had to get involved again in the Clemens investigation. It just wouldn’t be good for the team. Hopefully that doesn’t happen.

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Wells comments on Torre’s book 

Pettitte’s intangibles are as important as his arm

Yanks Need To Roll A Big 13 – Or A Nice 2, 20, 55 Combo In ‘09

Yankees’ potential silence clauses could have broad effects on players

David wells lowers the Boom(er) on Torre

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     It’s funny how a lot of fans are jumping all over Torre even before they read his book. It’ like all his history with the Yankees was forgotten in a  matter of seconds. This guy treated the fans, the media, and his team with respect. We knew this man as a guy of integrity, honesty, and class. He comes out with his new book, “The Yankeee Years” and from the excerpts it seems like he breaks his own rules. But before you bash him..just hear him out. That’s all I ask…

Have you guys forgotten everything…?

 

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David Wells calls Joe Torre a ‘punk’ for telling all in ‘The Yankee Years’

Feds question ex-Yankee, Mets pitcher C.J. Nitkowski in Clemens case

Joe puts Dodgers in an awkward situation  /  Foresight proved 20-20 with Joe

Live Chat: News discusses Joe Torre’s book and the future of the Yankees

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