Posts Tagged ‘Spring Training’

 Jesus Montero #83 Of The New York Yankees Works

Francisco Cervelli fractured a bone in his foot and will be out for at least four weeks, leaving the backup catching position wide open for Jesus Montero. Yankees fans have anticipated his arrival at the major league level for a while now, but he won’t be handed the job. He’ll have to battle it out with Austin Romine during spring training, but he’ll definitely be the favorite to take the job. According to Bryan Hoch, there is no plans for Jorge Posada to strap on the gear and will remain the team’s designated hitter.

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This was the Top Ten List from last night’s Letterman show:

1.) “Why Is Tommy Lasorda Naked?”

2.) “Welcome To The Mets!”

3.) “Run for Your Lives! Sabathia’s Eating Again!”

4.) “You Just Tested Positive For Pine Tar”

5.) “You New Clean-Up Hitter, A-Rod–Adam Rothstein”

6.) “I Could Watch You Squat For Hours”

7.) “This Year, Everyone’s Being Paid In Gum”

8.) “Tickle Party!”

9.) “Instead Of ‘Tommy John Surgery’, I Had ‘Elton John Surgery’ “

10.) “My Fastball Is Up To 43 Miles-Per Hour”

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New York Yankees Pitcher Phil Hughes ThrowsNew York Yankees (1-2) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP  Phil Hughes (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP James McDonald (0-0, 0.00)


Gardner LF
Swisher RF
Granderson CF
Posada DH
Chavez 3B
Montero C
Nunez SS
Laird 1B
Pena 2B

The game will take place at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 1:05PM ET. This game will not be televised.

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New York Yankees (0-1) vs Philadelphia Phillies (1-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP  Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP  Joe Blanton (0-0, 0.00)


Gardner LF
Swisher RF
Granderson CF
Posada DH
Chavez 1B
Montero C
Nunez 2B
Laird 3B
Pena SS

The game will take place at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 1:05PM ET. The game is being televised on the YES Network.

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New York Yankees Pitcher Bartolo Colon RunsPhiladelphia Phillies (0-0) vs New York Yankees (0-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Bartolo Colon (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00)


Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1b
Rodriguez 3b
Cano 2b
Posada DH
Granderson CF
Cervelli C
Gardner LF

The game will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 1:05PM ET. The game is being televised on the YES & MLB Networks. (more…)

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Marty Appel took this great photo just a couple of days ago at Yankee Stadium. Spring Training is right around the corner. 20 days until pitchers and catchers report to Tampa.

Photo Courtesy of Marty Appel

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From the Yankees Official Website:

The Yankees put up a statue of late owner George Steinbrenner at their Spring Training complex in Tampa, Fla., on Friday.

The bronze, life-sized statue — a duplicate of the one that sits in the Gate 2 lobby at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx — weighs more than 600 pounds and has been placed on a three-ton granite base at the entrance of Steinbrenner Field, according to the Tampa Tribune. It depicts Steinbrenner in a suit, wearing his 2009 World Series championship ring, the 27th in the organization’s history and the seventh in an ownership stint that saw Steinbrenner return the Yankees to prominence.

The Tribune added that the statue cites the Yankees’ record under Steinbrenner and some of his other accomplishments, such as his tenure as vice president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, his time on the board of the NCAA Foundation Board of Trustees and his charitable donations.

An accompanying plaque reads: “A great philanthropist whose charitable efforts were mostly performed without fanfare, he followed a personal motto of the greatest form of charity is anonymity.”

The Yankees will have a public ceremony at the statue on Feb. 26, the opening home game of their Grapefruit League schedule.


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For all of you fans out there that are having a cold winter, here’s a post that should give you a warm fuzzy feeling.

The schedule is out for Spring Training 2011, which starts on February 26th for the Yankees. The prices are a little higher than I expected, but when else would you be able to see the Yankees this up close and personal for under $35 bucks?

2011 Home Spring Training Schedule

Below is the seating chart and prices for 2011 Spring Training in Tampa, Florida at Steinbrenner Field:

  • Level 1: 104-118 – $33
  • Level 2: 102-103, 119-120 – $31
  • Level 3: 203-219 – $29
  • Level 4: 201-202, 220-221 – $17
  • Level 5: First two levels of the Tampa Tribune Deck – $32
  • Level 6: Picnic Table bench areas – $27

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The New York Yankees have released the spring training schedule for the 2011 season. (Via The LoHud Yankees Blog)

2011 New York Yankees Spring Training Schedule

Sat., Feb. 26 PHILADELPHIA 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 27 Philadelphia at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 28 Detroit at Lakeland 1:05 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 1 Pittsburgh at Bradenton 1:05 p.m.
Florida 4 at GMS Field 4:00 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 2 HOUSTON 1:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 3 Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte 1:05 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 4 BOSTON 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 5 WASHINGTON 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 6 Houston at Kissimmee 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 7 PHILADELPHIA (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Baltimore at Sarasota (ss) 7:05 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 8 Atlanta at Lake Buena Vista 1:05 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 9 PITTSBURGH 7:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 10 Philadelphia at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 11 ATLANTA (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Toronto at Dunedin (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 12 Washington at Viera 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 13 MINNESOTA 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 14 Boston at Ft. Myers 7:05 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 15 Off Day
Wed., Mar. 16 BALTIMORE 7:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 17 TAMPA BAY 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 18 Toronto at Dunedin 1:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 19 TORONTO 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 20 Philadelphia at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 21 Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte 7:05 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 22 Baltimore at Sarasota 1:05 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 23 TORONTO 7:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 24 Off Day
Fri., Mar. 25 HOUSTON 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 26 PITTSBURGH 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 27 Minnesota at Ft. Myers 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 28 TAMPA BAY 7:05 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 29 DETROIT 1:05 p.m.

If you’re interested in tickets, please call (813) 879-2244 or visit the Yankees Official Website.


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Phil Hughes will make his first start on April 15th against the LA Angels in the Bronx. The Yankees don’t need to carry a 5th starter just yet, so management decided that he will remain on the club’s active roster and pitch in a couple of extended Spring Training games in Tampa. Phil is scheduled to throw in his first extended spring training game tomorrow (and toss 90-100 pitches), and he will join the Yankees in Boston for the second and third game of the series. He will than take a flight back to Tampa, to throw in another extended spring game on April 10th (where he will throw 70 pitches), while the Yankees visit the Rays at Tropicana Field.

I like the way the Yankees are thinking here. It’s not necessary to have him on the team, and it’s important they do this because they have an innings limitation with Hughes. This is a lot better than having to send Hughes to the minor leagues and carry an extra reliever until he was needed.

What does Hughes think about all of this?

“It gives me time to work on some more things — basically like two extra spring starts,” Hughes said. “It’ll be fine. I’m looking forward to the 15th. It’s the first step of this year, and I’m looking forward to starting off well and keeping it going.”

“I’d still like to improve on it, even if I have to go out there and maybe throw some in counts where I normally wouldn’t do it,” Hughes said. “I feel like I still need that comfort level, where it’s going to come later in the year. (more…)

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Yankees vs. Future Stars

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Javier Vazquez vs RHP Jonathan Albaladejo


Yankees: Jeter SS, Posada C, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Cano 2B, Swisher DH, Granderson CF, Winn RF, Gardner LF

Future Stars: Heathcott CF, Joseph 3B, Montero C, Adams 2B, Murphy DH, Curtis LF, Suttle 1B, Nunez SS, Mesa RF (more…)

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Yankees (13-15) vs. Orioles (11-17)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Andy Pettitte (0-0, 4.50) vs RHP Alfredo Simon (0-1, 9.00)


Jeter SS
Johnson DH
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Granderson CF
Gardner LF
Rivera C (more…)

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