Happy Pitchers & Catchers’ Reporting Day! (Also known as the day when the “Sidewalk Crew” is actually allowed in the Tampa complex to do viable interviews.)
- Pitchers from the 40-man roster (22): David Aardsma, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral, Joba Chamberlain, Cody Eppley, Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, Boone Logan, Brett Marshall, Ivan Nova, Andy Pettitte, David Phelps, Michael Pineda, Jose Ramirez, Clay Rapada, Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Francisco Rondon, CC Sabathia, Nik Turley, and Adam Warren.
- Pitchers invited to Spring Training (20): Corey Black, Juan Cedeno, Preston Claiborne, Matt Daley, Nick Goody, Shane Greene, David Herndon, Tom Kahnle, Jim Miller, Bryan Mitchell, Mark Montgomery, Zach Nuding, Vidal Nuno, Mike O’Brien, Kelvin Perez, Branden Pinder, Ryan Pope, Josh Spence, Matt Tracy, and Chase Whitley
- Battling out for Starting Catcher (3): Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine, and Chris Stewart
- Catchers invited this Spring (5): Francisco Arcia, Kyle Higashioka, JR Murphy, Gary Sanchez, and Bobby Wilson
Yes, that’s right, of the 83 people reporting to Spring Training this week (Joe Girardi made it clear in his press conference today that rehabbing Alex Rodriguez will not make an appearance in Florida due to his rehab schedule being top priority), 50 of them are checking in today (42 are pitchers).
There is always that debate whether it’s pitching or hitting that really makes a winning team. The Yankees have made it clear that pitching is a priority, perhaps because their hitting has been the stuff of legends. With the loss of some big power hitters in the off-season, I can imagine the Yankees big wigs must be trying to find that delicate balance between stellar pitching (which we have in spades), run-producers (which again we have), and teamwork (which once again we have).
This Spring we are looking at an already proven stellar roster, with 44 young-ish men in the waiting. So as all these men (plus all the coaches, front office, and hundreds of groundscrew and stadiums’ employees) are preparing for their Spring Training, we get to see a team find that delicate balance once again that makes a winning team, a team that has already won 27 World Championships. So many reporters and sports analysts behind a desk or computer screen have already discounted the “aging” roster as “over-the-hill” and celebrating the apparent virtues of the flash-in-the-pan hot shots on other teams, who might have some good numbers but lack the genuineness found so easily in Pinstripes. We Yankee fans, however, are watching with great interest as we are treated these next 8 weeks (up to Opening Day) to the intricacies that began at the end of last season to build yet another championship-caliber team.
I personally can’t wait for Spring.