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The 50 highest-earning American athletes (#5 A-Rod, #8 Jeter, #13 Sabathia, #35 Teixeira, #50 Burnett)

Yankees, Chinese noodle firm reach deal The New York Yankees have reached a four-year sponsorship agreement with a Chinese instant-noodle company. Uni-President Enterprises will get field-level signage between first base and the right-field foul pole. The Yankees say the company will also have a full-page ad in the team’s game program.”

The New York Post reports that Doc Gooden has abandoned his family.

We Hear from the New York Post: “That Strawberry’s Sports Grill opened on August 5th in Queens with more than $300,000 worth of game-used memorabilia, World Series trophies, signed photos and even Darryl Strawberry’s old locker from Shea Stadium, donated by such friends as Alex Rodriguez, Michael Jordan and Chuck Knoblauch.”

Ben Nicholson-Smith over at  MLB Trade Rumors wanted readers to imagine where Derek Jeter would end up if he didn’t sign with the New York Yankees. In my opinion, almost every team in Major League Baseball would want him. Of course some teams are already set with an all-star caliber shortstop (Hanley, Reyes, Furcal), but let’s not forget that Jeter has ranked at the top of his position for years. I don’t see why people want to even talk about the situation, considering he is a Yankee For Life. (more…)

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I thought I would wrap up Spring Training before the game starts tonight. Here are some things you might have missed:

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     Joba was told back in November that he would be in the rotation. Joba was definitely pumped to hear the news. You can argue all you want about how he should be in the bullpen, but that won’t happen..well not now.

     The question now is how much of a workload Joba will have. He only pitched 10.1IP last year, so a limit on his innings is possible. Some people have even asked if he would go back to the bullpen to keep his innings under the limit. Maybe he will skip some starts and give Phil Hughes a shot. Who knows…

     Joba took part in a bullpen session today. He threw 30 pitches (only fastballs and changeups) and everything went well. He will start throwing his breaking pitches in his bullpen session on Monday.

This is what Joba had to say about his new role…

“That was a little calming to me because I know I’m going into that,” Chamberlain said Friday after throwing a bullpen session at the Yankees’ minor-league complex. “Physically, you’re not going to do anything differently, but the game is so hard mentally that it was nice to know that.

“You just prepare like you’re going to get 30 starts and pitch 200 innings. That’s my mindset and I got into it early.”

“I still hear it from people,” Chamberlain said. “Always. Oh, you should be in the bullpen, you should start. It’s going to be a debate for a long time.”

“Everything’s going good, just the few kinks you get in your first bullpens,” said Chamberlain, who has thrown four sessions since he arrived in Tampa last week. “You work on repeated your mechanics. But my arms, my legs, feel really good.”

Chamberlain’s off-season fitness program paid special attention to strengthening his shoulder, he said.


Spring training prep turns cold / Counting down / Relive Gooden’s 1996 no-hitter

My final (probably not) thoughts on the Torre book – and there’s a live chat today / The CF question / The New York Yankees Went After Kevin Millar

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