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New York Yankees Invite Eric Chavez To Spring Training Is One To Watch

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Third-baseman Eric Chavez is the latest player invited to the New York Yankees 2011 Spring Training.

Chavez has a potential contract ready to be signed if he lands on the Yankees 40-man roster at the end of camp; but for now he is another non-roster invite so it costs the Yankees nothing.

This is Chavez shot at making a comeback, as he has been plagued with injuries over the last three seasons. Chavez has undergone two back operations and three shoulder surgeries in his career; and the most current being bulging discs in his neck.

Once a great player before all the injuries, Chavez had won six Gold Gloves from 2001-06 and a 2002 Silver Slugger. Chavez has played all his 13-seasons with the Oakland A’s, but was let go resulting from inactivity. From 2007-10 he only appeared in 64 games.

Wow, is anyone else thinking this sounds like a broken record?

Look, no one is denying that Chavez is just another name on GM Brian Cashman’s growing list of free agent ex-stars.

Chavez also falls into the category of being plagued by injury, which has kept him from baseball in recent seasons; but this signing is one with potential and here is why:

3 reasons Chavez might work out the Yankees:

1) He is a great teammate, as Chavez gets all thumbs-up from baseball’s biggest critics. Susan Slusser who covers the Oakland A’s for the SF Chronicle wrote this about Chavez back in May 2010:

“Chavez is among my favorite players I’ve ever covered – and one of my favorite people, period. It’s impossible not to like him: He’s honest, he’s accessible, he’s quotable, he treats everyone around him with respect. He’s just a genuinely nice person, and I have seen how hard he’s tried to get onto the field and stay on the field over the years, much of it without ever even mentioning how much pain he was in.”

2) The job of backing Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira comes with minimal pressure and tear on the body; Chavez would make an overly solid substitute for A-rod or Tex on their occasional days off. He could also be penciled in at DH for Jorge Posada if he is behind the plate or needs a rest.

3) When healthy, Chavez can hit and he draws a lot of walks. Over his career, Chavez has a .267 batting average, with 282 doubles, 230 homeruns, 565 walks and an on-base percentage of .343. Chavez is a great defender when everything is feeling good.

3 reasons why Chavez might not work for the Yankees: Continue reading ‘New York Yankees Invite Eric Chavez To Spring Training Is One To Watch’ »

Pre-Spring Training Already Started For Derek Jeter and Phil Hughes

Just a quick update on the New York Yankees….

It was reported over at LoHud Yankees Blog, pitcher Phil Hughes and the Captain Derek Jeter are already down in

Tampa, Florida at the Yankees minor league facility.

Nothing wrong with a little pre-Spring Training and it is always great to know that the players are just as hungry as ever.

It is definitely getting me excited for the start of the 2011 baseball season, as with every off-season you start to get the baseball blues. Continue reading ‘Pre-Spring Training Already Started For Derek Jeter and Phil Hughes’ »

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New York Yankees: FOX’s Joe Buck Sticks It To A-Rod During SuperBowl

Late in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV, the camera flashed New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez sitting with his girlfriend Cameron Diaz.

Diaz was feeding A-Rod popcorn at the moment, and Fox’s Joe Buck was elated to have caught the slugger being feed like a baby. It was typical A-rod awkward.

At that moment in the broadcast, Buck was narrating around the box seats what celebrities were where, like Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, President George W. Bush, his wife and Ashton Kutcher. Buck obviously had direct video access of this feed as he was pointing out each star.

Buck is no dummy. He knows how to piss off Yankees fans and A-Rod is an easy target.

Admittedly, my first reaction was whatever the definition of ‘yuck’ is in the dictionary. It is so typical that A-rod has to be fed, but maybe because it was by Diaz that made it so gross.

Diaz serves right into A-rod’s want and joy of hanging with celebrities. This off-season A-rod has been photographed at parties in Miami, Las Vegas, New York, Mexico and most recently Paris and that is just off the top of my head.

This Diaz-A-Rod relationship is not sitting well with me, as she seems like more of a distraction than Kate Hudson or his ex-wife Cynthia or even his stripper friends. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: FOX’s Joe Buck Sticks It To A-Rod During SuperBowl’ »

Super Bowl XLV: Why Big Ben Roethlisberger Hasn’t Learned a Thing

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If you’re a football fan, the week before the Super Bowl is almost as fun as the game itself.

So, by now you have probably heard or seen the footage of Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates out on the town in Dallas, Texas this past Tuesday night.

Big Ben treated his O-line to dinner, but the group’s evening continued on at local karaoke bar and from the footage they seemed to be having a great time.

The group had a set curfew of 1 a.m., which wasn’t broken as far as we know. Still, it was a small group of players and they certainly are entitled to enjoy themselves.

I must admit that as a woman, seeing Roethlisberger singing Billy Joel, without a care in the world, stung.

Roethlisberger, not once, but twice has gotten in trouble for his off-field behavior and inappropriate conduct toward women.

Though no charges came about in either case, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him at the start of the 2010 season for six games, which later dropped to four games.

Why would Goodell feel the need to go above the law and punish Big Ben?

What came to my mind was the quote, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Continue reading ‘Super Bowl XLV: Why Big Ben Roethlisberger Hasn’t Learned a Thing’ »

Andy Pettitte Retires: Can the New York Yankees Win Without Him in 2011?

The news no New York Yankee fan wanted to hear came today, as pitcher Andy Pettitte is hanging up his pinstripes.

Not only is this a sad day because Pettitte is a legend, but it marks the end of an era, as fans will never see the Yankees‘ “Core Four” play together again.

Where does this leave the Yankees heading into the 2011 season?

Without Pettitte in the rotation, there is no doubt the pressure is on.

In his 16-year career, Pettitte has 240 career wins, 203 of which were won during his 13 seasons in pinstripes. He has made 42 playoff starts, winning 19 of them, making Pettitte the winningest pitcher in postseason history.

So how could a 38-year-old southpaw be such a season-changer?

In 2010, after winning the World Series in 2009, Pettitte was having a career year and was named to the All-Star team.

Prior to a groin injury that put Pettitte on the DL on July 19, 2010, he had made a total of 18 starts. Pettitte’s record was 11-3, but the team went 15-3 in his starts. Pettitte didn’t return for two months, and he did struggle for his first two starts back, but he won his final regular season start and once again was dominant in the postseason.

Pettitte was a rock in the Yankees’ rotation with a cemented reputation to come through when the team couldn’t. He provided a sigh of a relief when on the mound, because Pettitte was unswerving and reliable.

If anyone thinks that this is not a major blow to the Yankees, don’t listen because it is a complete lie. Pettitte’s absence will affect everything, from making the postseason to winning, if the team can qualify in the first place. Continue reading ‘Andy Pettitte Retires: Can the New York Yankees Win Without Him in 2011?’ »