This Sunday, pitchers and catchers report to 2012 Spring Training, and like most baseball fans, I feel like a kid on the night before Christmas.
The New York Yankees might not be able to top the Lin-sanity going on at Madison Square Garden, but you’d be hard pressed to find anything that could.
Still, one week of Lin-somnia doesn’t change a century in pinstripes, or the unrelenting anticipations put on the boys in the Bronx each season.
So, what will I be watching for this Spring Training?
1) As I said before the pitching rotation competition looks to be a dogfight. For now, all we know is pitching coach Larry Rothschild clearly stated that CC Sabathia is No. 1 and after that is a toss-up, literally. Also, skipper Joe Girardi told MLB.com that Sabathia would pitch the first game of season for the Yankees, as he is the team’s ace. After Sabathia, the other four spots will be determined this spring between Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Hiroki Kuroda, Freddy Garcia, Phil Hughes and AJ Burnett.
2) How will AJ Burnett be affected by the inundated, almost borderline psychotic obsession everyone had with the Yankees getting rid of the righty? I have never seen such mayhem caused by a just a trade rumor. The talk has gotten pretty nasty. The only real deal, reported on MLB Trade Rumors, was from the Angels who wanted to send Bobby Abreu back to New York for the pitcher, but Burnett nixed that and rightly so as his wife doesn’t fly and everyone knows they live in Maryland. So, for now it doesn’t look like Burnett is going anywhere. I just try to picture how badly the situation would make me feel.
3) Alex Rodriguez is coming off an injury riddle 2011, and Yankee fans will be watching the slugger closely. According to the NY Post on Kobe Bryant’s recommendation, A-rod went as far as Germany to have an innovative procedure called the Orthokine treatment on both his right knee and left shoulder. It certainly helped the NBA star get fixed, and the Yankees GM Brian Cashman said A-rod is “100 percent” and has “no red-flags” so I guess so far so good. Still A-rod has to prove his healthy to Yankee fans and that can only be determined once he gets on a competitive baseball field.
PLEASE tell me…what will you be watching closely come Spring Training?
You can share your opinions in the comments section below.
- New York Yankees: 2012 Spring Training Schedule (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- New York Yankees News and Notes (pinstripealley.com)
- Yankees’ moves have CC energized (nydailynews.com)
- Should The New York Yankees Trade From Their Pitching Depth? (pinstripealley.com)
- New York Yankees News – February 15, 2012 (pinstripealley.com)
- Burnett Botched It (welcometothe716.com)
- New York Yankees: You Want Answers I Got 3 Questions (ladylovespinstripes.com)