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Perspectives: March 11, 2023

By Paul Semendinger

March 11, 2023

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Happy Saturday.


I have lots to share here!


PROGRAMMING NOTE:

  • Once the season begins, we'll be back to no fewer than four articles a day here at SSTN. These will be as follows:

    • 6:00 am- About Last Night (Game summary from the previous day/night)

    • 10:00 am - Article

    • 2:00 pm - Article

    • 6:00 pm (approx.) - Game Thread

    • 11:00 pm (approx.) - Quick Hit

  • Also, please know that the regular articles such as the Tuesday Discussion and the Friday Mailbag will, of course, continue.

  • We might have even more surprises in store...

  • Over the winter, the New York Post began putting some articles behind a paywall. They join the growing list of sites that ask you for your money to read their content.

  • I used to create a Saturday Links article each week for this site. That went away because most of the sites I'd try to read to find Yankees news went completely (or partially) behind pay walls.

  • SSTN has been on-line and live every day since October 23, 2017. We've been at this for 1,972 days. In that time, we've provided at least 8,000 articles to our reading audience. And, no, we're not going behind a paywall.

YANKEES STUFF:

  • Carlos Rodon is injured. Something is wrong somewhere. This just happens too often to too many Yankees pitchers.

  • Harrison Bader is hurt. Here we go again.

  • Yankees fans should appreciate Gerrit Cole for going out there every fifth day. He's among the last of a dying breed.

  • Without Rodon, the Yankees starting staff looks a lot less impressive. A lot less impressive.

  • Last year, the Yankees traded away the bulk of their highest level minor league starting pitcher depth along with Jordan Montgomery. Boy, Montgomery and those other pitchers would look good in pinstripes.

  • I know most people love the Harrison Bader trade. To get a centerfielder, as good as he might be, the Yankees gave up a solid lefty starter. I think quality lefty starters are more difficult to come by than centerfielders. That's just my perspective. Bader, throughout his career, has also not been an example of a player who stays healthy.

  • Mike Whiteman had an article last week where he put to bed the idea that Giancarlo Stanton hits better when he plays defense and doesn't DH. Thank you Mike!

  • If I'm the Yankees, I keep Giancarlo Stanton as far away from the field as I can, except in rare cases. I also wouldn't move my $40 million right fielder to a different spot to accommodate Giancarlo Stanton on defense. To me, that makes no sense. Moving Judge to left field is one of those things that sounds okay, maybe could be okay, but is just bad thinking. It just is.

  • Judge should be left in the position where he excels.

  • The Yankees need to determine who of Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza is the shortstop of the future and keep that guy there and let him become the player they hope he becomes. Don't move that player all over the place. Let him play at shortstop and develop there. That player need to stay in one spot. Moving him doesn't serve his long-term interest. If they believe in the player, then believe in him, and leave him in his position.

A CRAZY IDEA:

  • I don't like alternate Yankees uniforms. I don't even like the Spring Training uniforms. I am a traditionalist. Leave the Yankees uniform alone. No Names. Just the road greys and the home pinstripes. No city uniform or whatever it is that teams are doing. No Player's Weekend uniforms. No special hats for holidays. Leave it alone. It's enough. It's too much. BUT.... All that being said, I would love it if the Yankees had the player's names on the back of the uniforms for Spring Training only. I sometimes watch the games while running on my treadmill across the room. I watch with no sound and when all the kids are playing, I have no idea who they are.

BOOKS:

  • I have a host of in-person and on-line meetings set-up to discuss my writings, my books, and specifically the new Roy White book. You can see all of these events HERE. Note, Roy White will be at some of these events as noted. This page is updated in real time with every new event that is scheduled.



19 Comments


etbkarate
Mar 12, 2023

Doing some Stanton number crunching. He became a primary DH in 2019. His average season as a DH is .248, 18 HR and 50 RBI. As an outfielder 2010-2018 he hit .268 with 34 HR and 86 RBI. Of course we can throw Covid 2020 considerations into the mix, but overall there is a pretty telling difference, in my opinion.

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Mar 12, 2023
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Sorry, the thread must of disappeared off my radar before I returned to check. Thanks for reposting.

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fuster
Mar 11, 2023
  • Carlos Rodon is injured. Something is wrong somewhere. This just happens too often to too many Yankees pitchers.


tell us how Rodon's forearm muscle strain indicates that the pitching regimen that the staff imposes upon the pitchers is injurious.


does Rodon's claim of experiencing a similar claim during last season's spring training have any bearing on your thoughts and fears?

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Mar 12, 2023
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FWIW, I read it as meaning the Yankees get guys who are injury prone.


And FWIW, I think top pitchers particularly are injury-prone -- Verlander had TJS, Sale had TJS, deGrom started just 26 games over the last two years. So Rodon may just be par for the course in MLB rather than a misread of his medicals by the Yankees.

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yankeesblog
Mar 11, 2023

I'm with you on the holiday caps and I would add all of the holiday gear especially the camo unis since they wear them for a whole weekend. I cant wait until the regular unis return on those occasions. Of course its all about more overpriced merch for fans to throw money away on so I dont see it going away.

The Player's Weekend unis were especially bad as were most of the "alternate" names the players chose. I mean there were some humorous ones like Brad Boxberger putting pictures of a box and a hamburger on the back of his jersey but most of them seemed forced. The ASG unis have gotten really bad too. Just wear your regular…


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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Mar 12, 2023
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But if he were in the '70s, it would be different. I had a qiana print shirt and pants with wide orange vertical stripes. It was a different time (as surely you must remember).

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jjw49
Mar 11, 2023

If Yankee fans are getting their daily Yankee fix via NY newspapers then good luck with that...... Obviously biased information for the most part and along with YEs network Michael Kay and Jack Curry its about as bad as one would expect. SSNews ... keep up the excellent work! Thanks

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Mar 11, 2023
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Thank you!

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