Good evening, Yankee fans! There are two days until the Grapefruit league starts! My cousin's husband and I just had a conversation about how long we have until the games begin. If you're wondering, all of the games are going to take place on MLB Network and of course, the YES Network. Most of the games will be shown on MLB TV & not YES, but you'll have to check the labeled website below for more information. There are three things I'm reporting on tonight -- Chan Ho Park, CC Sabathia, and the competition between Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain!
Chan Ho Park officially sealed the deal with the New York Yankees this weekend and signed a contract for $1,2 Million. The Steinbrenner family informed Park that in order to be on the Yankees, he had to be clean shaven and he had to get a haircut. Park, as of right now, is going to work out of the bullpen. In the contract that he signed, it said that Park would be working from the bullpen. Two people that were questioned about Park today were Brian Cashman (yours truly) and Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod commented that Park was a dangerous weapon for the Phillies in 2009. He's happy to have him on our side. Brian Cashman said that he's happy that Park is with us. He also commented on the way that Park pitches. He throws harder when he's coming out of the bullpen. Although he did not stay with the Phillies (which was also an option for him), he was happy with the time that he had there. He admitted that the Phillies helped him, and he helped the younger pitchers on the team. Throughout the winter, he was training with two minor league Korean baseball teams, and he also threw batting practice to a high school team. Very good, Park. Already getting involved! Good luck this season, I can't wait to see what you've got!
CC Sabathia is beginning to pitch to the batters during batting practice. Sabathia admits that he feels fine, and he's ready for the 2010 season. Sabathia (along with Pettitte and Burnett) would have to pitch three bullpen sessions and one batting practice before pitching in a Spring Training game. The pitching staff, along with Joe Girardi, thinks that it's the best option for the three veterans. Although Sunday's bullpen session was cancelled due to inclement weather, he was still lights out for batting practice!
Hughes and Chamberlain's battle for the fifth spot in the rotation continued today. They also threw a batting practice session. Phil and A-Rod were having some laughs today. Hughes said that whenever A-Rod hit it deep, he tried not to look. A-Rod thinks that the competition between Hughes and Chamberlain is going to really benefit the Yankees for the 2010 season.
Alright folks! Wish me luck -- tomorrow night I'm going to see the Black Eyed Peas with my best friend, my mother and my godmother! I am so excited! It's going to be the concert of THE YEAR! I will be blogging tomorrow night, also. Goodnight, Yankee fans!
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=nyy&m=3&y=2010 (Time Schedule for the Spring Training games)
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100228&content_id=8621746&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy (Chan Ho Park update)
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100228&content_id=8631638&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy (CC Sabathia update & the competition between Chamberlain & Hughes heats up)