It's almost here you guys!
Annual tweet: Welcome back to the six-week dry hump that is spring training.
— Emma Span (@emmaspan) February 15, 2016
Just kidding! I actually like Spring Training. I realize nothing counts and it's glorified practice, but I am still very excited because we're so much closer to actual baseball than we were a week ago.
So with that in mind, I have some thoughts floating around my head about this upcoming season and I figured I'd write them out for you all to read and to comment upon.
Here we go:
- I know the projections aren't great, but I'll still looking forward to 2016.
- In my mind, any baseball is good even if the actual baseball being played isn't very good. Catch my drift?
- I'd love for a repeat of 2015. Sure, it didn't end well, but there were a lot of fun games last summer and I enjoyed watching how the team played together.
- I'm also curious to see how the new guys adapt to playing in New York. Especially Starlin Castro. I think he'll do a nice job at second.
- Yesterday I listened to Brian Cashman on Buster Olney's podcast (if you haven't listened to it yet, you should because it was pretty interesting). Olney, of course, asked Cashman about the Yankees' relationship with A-Rod now compared to last season and when Cashman talked about Alex, he spoke about Alex's ability to take younger players until his wing. He also mentioned how Alex called him during the offseason to get all of the new guys' phone numbers so he could welcome them to the team.
- I'd love for Alex to have a repeat of 2015 because if he does it means he will have passed Babe Ruth on the All-Time home run list. He's 27 away right now. It's a tall order and he's another year older, but maybe staying off the field will help him stay healthy again.
- Andy Pettitte was in Tampa for the second annual Captains' Camp. The camp "focuses on teaching leadership, respect for the game and carrying a team-first attitude." It was created following Derek Jeter's retirement.
- Speaking of Jeter, he took some of the young prospects out for dinner the other night. It's good to see him with the Yankees again even if it's just in a mentor capacity.
- Back to Pettitte, he threw BP and Aaron Judge took him deep multiple times. Eh, he's rusty and almost 44. It happens.
- A lot of pitchers will probably be victimized by Judge in the years to come. Fingers crossed.
- I have to admit, I was very excited to see Pettitte even though I knew he wasn't going to be sticking around for long. He has things to do at home, like coach his kids' teams. And since his youngest is only 10, don't expect Pettitte to rejoin the Yankees in a official capacity for a long time.
- I thought it was interesting that the Captains' Camp was being framed as a way to develop the next "Core Four." What are the chances that any team in baseball can develop a core like that twice? What the Yankees did in the 90s and early 00s was special and probably won't be repeated. Sure, the Giants win every other year, but try doing it three years in a row, guys. Pffft.
- Just kidding.
- The Indians announced that they were going to have former Yank Jason Giambi in camp as a guest instructor. I love Giambi. I always have. And I hope he gets to coach in the big leagues at some point. I think he'd be great.
Here are some important dates for this month and beyond:
Pitchers and catchers report: TOMORROW First workout: February 19 Position players report: February 24 First full squad workout: February 25 First game: March 2