Alright guys, I'm back. I was going to do this last night, but it was too long! I was writing until 4:00 in the morning and I still wasn't done. I just finished my Roster of the 2010 Yankees, so I want to give a brief overview of what I think about them. I am not here to insult anyone, but I am here to express my point of view. If you have any comments, please add them below. Remember to keep them clean. I want to hear of all of your opinions.
Alfredo Aceves: A great pitcher! I think we should keep him as a reliever. I think that the Yanks should keep him as a reliever and not mess with the pitching experience that he already has. He has great control of the ball and he is such a zoned player. What I mean by a zoned player is that when he is in the zone, he's dangerous. Sometimes, he's not so in the zone...But that's besides the point. He's got a championship on his finger for something, right? He played a tremendous role in the bullpen this year.
Jonathan Albaladejo: I can't say that he didn't play a big part in the road to the championship this year, because everyone played a significant part. The kid didn't have a consistent year. Going back and forth from the minor leagues to the major leagues can definitely mess up your consistency. I think they should have trained him better. If they trained him better, he would be able to find his niche in the bullpen.
Andrew Brackman: Where is this kid?!?!?!? There is nothing but good things said about him, and I've been waiting patiently to see him pitch! Now I'm becoming impatient because it's been two years since this kid has had Tommy John surgery. STOP HIDING HIM AND BRING HIM OUT FOR THE 2010 SEASON!!!!!! PS) I've heard that this kid is absolutely GIGANTIC...Yeah, I'm not kidding. He's 6 feet 10 inches tall.
AJ Burnett: Oh, what can I say about AJ?! This guy is electric. He never loses his cool. Every baseball player should have the focus that this guy has. I'm not joking. I don't know what he does that keeps him so calm, but he is unbelievable. He made such strong starts for us throughout the year. Of course he had his bad outings, but we leave those behind in the dust and put the better starts in the light so everyone can watch them shine. Seriously, who could forget the game where he started a game that lasted 15 innings?! That was HANDS DOWN the battle of the two best pitchers in major league baseball. This is just one year of having this man in the organization. Behind pie-ing guys after they get the walk off home run, there was a sense of seriousness. There are more championships with this man on our roster.
Joba Chamberlain: Oh Joba, Joba, Joba...What a sophisticated pitcher. We don't know where we want him, do we? Here's my personal opinion - in the words of my grandfather, "IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!" Why did you have to move this kid into the rotation?! There was absolutely NO REASON to touch this kid from his 8th inning role. I can't stand how the Yankee organization damaged this kid. He will never pitch the same again! Minor league pitching and major league pitching are two totally different types of pitching. Just because someone is a starter in the minor leagues doesn't mean you need to keep him as a starter in the major leagues! It's too much of a toll on his arm. You had these Joba Rules, correct? YOU THROW THEM AWAY ONLY TO DAMAGE HIS ARM! How DARE you. Seriously. You could have really hurt him. I'm not saying we should have kept the Joba Rules, but you should have abided by them by one fact and one fact alone: LEAVE HIM IN THE BULLPEN. Jorge Posada even said it. ON INTERNATIONAL TV. SERIOUSLY. WHO ELSE DO YOU NEED TO HEAR IT FROM?! JOBA IS NOT GOING TO SAY NO! Okay, before I puncture my keyboard, I need to stop this rampage. Bottom line: KEEP HIM IN THE BULLPEN DON'T YOU DARE GIVE HIM THE 5TH SPOT IN THE ROTATION. I WILL GO ON A BIGGER RAMPAGE.
Wilkin De La Rosa: Didn't we see this kid during the season? I wasn't sure. Well, I don't know too much about him. I'd rather not speak on someone I don't know about. He was on the roster for the 2009 season. I guess we never brought him up. He's on the roster for the 2010 season, so the Yankee Organization must have something good in store for him (:
Christian Garcia: I don't know anything about this kid, either. He was on the roster for the 2009 season. Then again, I'm guessing the 2010 season has a lot in store for him.
Chad Gaudin: I can't believe he is back. I was shocked when I heard that the Yankees signed him again. I'm sorry. I just don't think that this man was going to stay with the Yankees, nor did I think that the Yankees would want him back. Of course he had a good stay with us. He pitched great innings for us and was a great filler for a spot in the rotation when we needed him in the 2009 season. Then again, there's a reason for everything, right? We'll just have to see how Spring Training treats Gaudin.
Phil Hughes: What can I say about this kid?! Number one, HE IS THE FIFTH STARTER. THERE ARE NO ARGUMENTS HERE. JOBA IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A STARTER IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES. PHILLIP J. HUGHES IS SUPPOSED TO BE A STARTER AND JOBA CHAMBERLAIN IS SUPPOSED TO BE A RELIEVER *heavy sigh* Okay, I need to stop. Continuing about Phil, I think that this kid should be a Yankee for the rest of his career. I don't care what anyone says. The 2009 season for Phil Hughes was HANDS DOWN remarkable. The 2009 season was the beautiful start to his career. I wish this kid all of the luck in the world. If the Yanks deal their cards right, they have a picture perfect 5th starter. Phil Hughes is the spice that the Yankees need in their starting rotation. Am I wrong?
Boone Logan: I know absolutely NOTHING about this man. I am going to hold back my comment until I know more about him.
Damaso Marte: DON'T START ME ON THIS MAN. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE COME ONTO THE YANKEES IN THE FIRST PLACE. I CAN'T BELIEVE THE YANKEES EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT SIGNING HIM. ASDFGHJKL Okay I'm going to stop and be reasonable. Damaso Marte did OKAY for the last few games that he pitched. The other games that he pitched ABSOLUTELY INFURIATED ME. We should have let him go or traded him for someone better. This man was one of the most USELESS players on the New York Yankees. This was a poor choice for a trade.
Mark Melancon: I LOVE THIS KID! He's young, new, fresh, and something different to add to the bullpen. This kid is the future Mariano Rivera. I would be SO HAPPY that if Rivera was to retire (may that be a long, long, LONG time from now), this kid would take over. I would be SO happy. He would be such a great reliever. He has great control of the ball and is such an amazing team player. The Yanks should have given him a bigger chance for the 2009 season. The 2010 season should be a season so that Mark Melancon can prove himself to the Yankee Organization!
Sergio Mitre: I am not the biggest fan of Mitre. I don't like his attitude towards the game. He was an OKAY starter. He had a few good days, but more bad days than good days. He came from Tommy John, he's not supposed to be lights out, I TOTALLY understand. I just don't believe that he should have come back this year. That spot that he had in the rotation last year could have gone to a better pitcher. Maybe he will do better this year. If he doesn't, I don't believe that he will have a good future with the Yankees.
Hector Noesi: I know absolutely nothing about this kid. Sorry.
Ivan Nova: Don't know much about him, either. More to come when I do...?
Andy Pettitte: Remember how I said before how things happen for a reason? Yeah. THERE IS NO REASON THAT ANDY PETTITTE SHOULD BE BACK ON THE YANKEES THIS YEAR. I'm sorry. He is a GREAT pitcher. No wait, scratch that -- an AMAZING pitcher. I just think that his spot in the rotation could have gone to another person this year. Andy Pettitte is not getting any younger. His health is deteriorating because the Yankees are working him TOO HARD. He needs to retire. If he comes back next year, I am going to go on another rampage, similar to the one I had about Joba Chamberlain and the bullpen -___- I need to get off that topic.
Edwar Ramirez: Edwar Ramirez! A talented kid that has come a long way since he first came up in the 2007 season, when he first came up. He was always the "go to" guy whenever you needed a few outs. I am so happy that the Yankees are keeping him and I'm even happier that he may be getting a bigger role than he did last year. Since he has really improved, hopefully the Yankees will trust him more and give him more outings!
Mariano Rivera: There's nothing to say about Mariano Rivera. The name says it all. This man is THE BEST CLOSER IN ALL OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. But that's an understatement, and we all knew that. Forget about Papelbon and BJ Ryan! Mariano Rivera has made an impression on the world that NO OTHER PITCHER has. He is a legend all by himself. He deserves to be in the hall of fame THE YEAR AFTER HE RETIRES. Forget about waiting for a number of years -- he needs to be immediately recognized!
David Robertson: David Robertson! I don't know about you, but I 100% trust this kid to carry us through the second half of the season to gain more wins. This kid should be tried as a starter. I'm not sure if they tried before to make him a starter, but he should be tried again! He has amazing control of the ball. His pitches whisper "alright I want you to hit the corner of the plate" or whatever other demand he wants the ball to do. It sounds silly, but it's true! This kid has the mentality of a starter! He'll pitch fast when you want him to, but he can control it to the point where the speed is not 100mph. He can pitch a good, controlled 70mph pitch. I can rant and rave about him all day. Bottom line, STARTER!
CC Sabathia: AYYYYYY CC! The ABSOLUTE bomb. I am so happy that he signed with the Yankees for the 2009 season. He is such a chill human being that loves to play the sport. His love for the game is something I truly appreciate. He had a VERY good season with the Yankees. Of course, there were the downsides, but forget about them. When CC dominates, HE TAKES OVER THE WORLD. There's no way of breaking him. Those are the moments that I am honored to be a Yankee fan. Showing dedication and pride like that makes me glow. I love this guy. In the words of Joe Girardi, he's a gigantic teddy bear. I appreciate his presence on the team. I can't wait to see him get better in the 2010 season!
Romulo Sanchez: I don't know anything about him.
Javier Vazquez: Don't know anything about him either.
Francisco Cervelli: Oh, the presence of an Italian on this team makes a world of a difference! I love Francisco Cervelli. He brings the spice behind the plate that reminds the other team that he's there. Whenever he's behind the plate, he makes the pitcher shine. He is the other catcher for this year behind Jorge Posada? Don't worry. When Posada retires, this team is in good hands. He has a brilliant mind. It kind of reminds me of Joe Girardi. Studying Joe Girardi throughout the years that he was with the Yankees (as a catcher), I see Cervelli. I don't know why, but I do. I am so happy that this kid is on our side, let's just put it that way. If he could be a Yankee for the rest of his career, that'd be great (: I don't even wanna discuss if he'll ever be on another team...That'll be a bad day for the Yankees if that happens.
Jorge Posada: Jorge Posada, what would we have EVER done without you? I am so happy that you played for the Yankees your whole career. Throughout the years, you have done nothing but SHINE. You have carried us through the good times and the bad times. You will ALWAYS be remembered as the Yankee who challenged Pedro Martinez to throw the ball at your head. However, you were showing a side of you that everyone else knew -- sacrifice. You sacrificed a lot throughout the years. You were a true Baseball player at heart. I love how you have your priorities organized and how you are always putting people before yourself. I am so excited that we have another year with you. Francisco Cervelli is going to learn a lot from you.
Robinson Cano: Another star in the rising. Of course he's a star already, but he has improved since the 2008 season! I seriously thought that Cano would NOT be here for the 2009 season. I saw Melky go back down to the minor leagues, and I saw it as the beginning of the end for Cano. Then during the offseason 2008/2009, I heard from inside sources that he was getting better. He was constantly working out, constantly in the cage, working on his batting stance, working on location and zones, and everything else that he needed to work on. He needed to wake up in the infield a little bit, but I think he did that on his own. He was a great player this year. I was happy that he got better because if he didn't, he definitely would have had a one way ticket to another team. No doubt about it. I can't wait to see what other stuff he's got up his sleeve this season. There's definitely not a dull day without him.
Reegie Corona: I don't remember ever hearing about this guy getting signed.
Derek Jeter: Derek Jeter -- a legend that every little boy in America dreams about becoming. Every little leaguer wants to become a baseball player. I guarantee you that one out of every three of them will say he wants to become a baseball player because of Derek Jeter. There is so much to say about Derek Jeter, but at the same time, not enough to say. Although this season the Yanks worked on team playing, Derek hit a few milestones of his own. He passed Lou Gherig on the all time Yankees hit list, right? I mean, that's something to celebrate! His FATHER had to tell him to appreciate the moment when it came. Derek was so against celebrating for himself. That shows true spirit for the team. It really does. I can't describe Derek Jeter, but if you ever want to understand it, take this advice -- when you go to a Yankee game (in Yankee stadium, preferably), listen to the cheers around you when Derek Jeter is announced. You know that feeling? Yeah, that's what Derek Jeter is all about. It sounds silly, but if you think about it, you know it's true. Forget about the championships he has won and forget about all of the products he has out there on the market and all of the merchandise he sponsors, and listen to that feeling that you get when he runs out onto the field. That's what Derek Jeter is all about.
Nick Johnson: He was on the Yankees before! I remember when he was with us the last time. He was already a good player, but now that he's back on the Yanks, I have a feeling he's going to be a great addition to the 2010 season. He's a great influence on other team members and is a real team player. I can't wait to see how he has grown from the last time he was on the Yanks!
Juan Miranda: He came into the season last year towards the end of the year. To tell you the God's honest truth? I was NOT impressed with him. The farm system basically coughed him up when we needed another infielder. I think they could have fished through a lot better and brought someone else up. He probably has a good purpose up here, but there are better options that we could use. The Yankees are about the best of the best. He is the "okay" part of that. We have no room for that.
Eduardo Nunez: I don't know much about this kid. Hopefully the 2010 season will change that.
Ramiro Pena: This kid is so cool! He has made a good impression on the Yankee organization. I'm so happy that he played in the 2009 season. They moved him from the minor league team, to the major league team, to the minor league team, and then back up to the major leagues for the post season roster. Too much adjustment for a newbie can be positive and negative. He is one of the few players that wasn't impacted that much by too much by moving from the majors to the minors. I can't wait to see him this year!
Alex Rodriguez: Hm...There isn't enough to say about Alex Rodriguez. He is a phenom, don't get me wrong. He is just not my favorite player. I respect him only as a baseball player. Nothing more. I can't respect him as a person. I'm sorry. I just can't. I will not sit here and waste my time to bash someone's reputation just to have someone comment on it and start an uproar. Alex Rodriguez had a few skeletons in his closet that he chose not to reveal to everyone, and it got him in trouble. He had a great season. He has had a picture perfect career -- the youngest player to hit 500 home runs in his career? That's pretty magical. He is a great infielder. The things he does out there is nothing to be compared to. He is a picture perfect baseball player. I'll never bash the way he plays. I just hope to never see him walking on the streets as an average person. Because I'm not going to look at him the same.
Kevin Russo: I don't remember anyone mentioning another Italian coming on the Yanks. Not such a bad thing (:
Mark Teixeira: As in the words of John Sterling, he surely did send us a "Tex Message" throughout the season. That message clearly stated "I'm here to help the Yanks. I'm here to get a ring. We will conquer the 2009 world series!" Was Teixeira wrong about that? (: Generally, Teixeira is a good guy. He is a team player with a few personal goals of his own throughout the season. However, he's not the kind that will put the personal goals before his team. He's concerned about the team as a whole. He believed in playing a team sport. Personally, I think that Teixeira showed the Yanks that we needed to play as a team. The 2008 Yankees were all about playing for themselves. That was not a team effort. I really don't think that the 2008 season was such a great season. Let's face it -- WE SUCKED. Teixeira showed the guys there from the 2008 season that we needed to play as one to get the #1 goal. I applaud him for that.
Brett Gardner: Brett Gardner, the fastest guy on the Yankees. I remember going to a baseball game for my 15th birthday. It was June 30, 2008. I'll never forget it. That was the first game that Brett Gardner came up from the minor leagues. He was the lead off hitter for the bottom of the first inning. I remember thinking "I remember this kid from Spring Training! I am so happy that he's up in the major leagues. I wanna see what he can do." As soon as I said that, he grounded a ball to the second baseman of the Tigers. My dad and I rolled our eyes, but then we saw this flash of white RACE to the bag. My dad and I both stood up at the same time and screamed "HOLY CRAP!" We thought that he beat the second baseman to the bag. I was like "was he safe? I missed that. DAD DID YOU SEE THAT?!" I was so stunned by the rate that this man was running. I was in shock. I've never seen a person run that fast before. Other than his speed, Brett Gardner is such a good baseball player. The way he fields is incredible. He never lets you down. He is so eager to get out there and play! That's what I admire about him. He has the mentality of "can I play now? Now? Now? What about now? Okay you're pulling him out, can I go in?" It's like the little kid asking "are we there yet?" on a five hour car ride. I love Brett Gardner. I can't wait to see the bigger parts that the Yankees are going to give him in the 2010 season.
Greg Golson: Don't really know much about this guy. We just signed him this year.
Curtis Granderson: Another newbie! When we signed Granderson, I wasn't so sure if I was going to like him right away. I really didn't want to sign him because I wanted Johnny Damon to stay with us. However, I'm reading up on this guy, and I really and truly believe that he is a GREAT addition to the team. He's equivalent to the signing of Mark Teixeira from last year. Mark Teixeira led us to victory in 2009? Granderson will be an unbelievable addition to the Yankees for the 2010 season. I can't wait to see what he's got and what chemistry he's got between our guys.
Jamie Hoffman: I don't know much about this guy, either...
Nick Swisher: Nick Swisher is probably one of the most loudest Italians I've ever met (if you're wondering why I'm commenting on Italian men so much, just take it that I'm a proud Italian girl, eh?). He is one of the greatest guys ever! He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He seems like a genuine person to me. He is a great baseball player, but he's not too consistent. But that's alright, we can help him with that. Hopefully over the offseason, he was working out and batting here and there to keep on top of his game. I think the 2010 season is going to be the best season of Swisher's career. I don't know why, but I just have that feeling. I'm pullin' for ya, Nicky! Show 'em what you've got!
Randy Winn: Don't know much about him.
Okay, Yankee fans, this is all I'm writing for today. I am most likely going to post another blog tonight on other baseball players. Some people that I'll be discussing tonight will include Joe Girardi, Melky Cabrera, Ian Kennedy, and Phil Coke. I have to gather some more names and free agents that we should have acquired this off season but didn't. Yes, and I will be talking about Brian Cashman. This will be VERY eventful. If I were you, I'd stay tuned for tonight's edition of the Small Window into the Yankee World.