The team that brought you the Yankees Annual (and before that Bombers Broadside) now brings you the newly revamped YANKEES YEARLY! With all the features that fans of the world’s greatest baseball team have come to love and crave every new season, including our Top Prospects List, Team Roster Preview, interviews with current players, former players, and up-and-coming prospects, analyses of the lineup and team strengths, and great historical articles.
The 2012 edition features:
* Robinson Cano on Hitting, interviewed by David Laurila
* Top Prospects, by Howard Megdal
* Jim Bouton on the 50th anniversary of 1962, interviewed by Chip Greene
* Dan McCourt’s wire-to-wire coverage of that exciting 1962 season
* Curtis Granderson’s grand 2011: stacking up against the great NYY center fielders of the past, by Dave Golebiewski
* 2011 Year in Review by Keith DeCandido
* E.J. Fagan profiles hot new pitcher Michael Pineda and number one draft pick Dante Bichette Jr. — and much more!
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St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla., March 13, 2012 –
Classic Mariano motion, classic Mariano result, in a scoreless fifth inning.
Our travel through baseball mecca, southeast style, continued on Tuesday, with games in St. Petersburg in the afternoon, and the bizarre 1-0 Yankee loss to the Red Sox later in the evening. Once again the afternoon sun was hot and mostly cloud-free, and the evening pleasant, although a little more humid and less kissed with a cool breeze than the night before.
I won’t take a lot of time discussing the latter tilt; many with YES coverage will have seen it, and for others, well, there really isn’t much to say. The pitching news continues to be very good, with the caveat that no pitcher on either side in this contest was much challenged by the hitters. Nine pitchers posted 23 strikes outs among them, 13 thrown by the visitors. Home plate ump Marty Foster was a factor; 12 Ks were of the swinging variety, but Foster called the last strike on the other 11. The two teams split just eight hits evenly, with Jacoby Ellsbury’s first-inning double being the only one for extra bases. The Yanks received the only walk, and both sides had a pitcher called for a balk. The game was decided on errors: Zoilo Almonte’s shoestring attempt on Pedro Ciriaco’s ninth-inning single, and David Adams’s bad relay throw on the same play. Continue reading
Dunedin and Tampa, Fla., March 12, 2012
Hiroki Kuroda threw eight first-pitch strikes to 12 batters, and struck out two in three scoreless innings.
- Another great day in West Florida, even if the second of two games we witnessed had the Yanks drop a 4-3 nail-biter. (Yes, I know they’re exhibitions, but I defy any true fan to see one like this in person and not get wrapped up in the outcome.) After watching the Blue Jays beat the Orioles under bright sunny low-eighties skies in Dunedin, we returned to Tampa for a three-hour-plus war of attrition between the Yankees and the Houston Astros. Continue reading
Tampa, Fla., March 11, 2012
Leading the way as you would expect him to, CC threw first-pitch strikes to 10 straight batters.
- A split squad of Yankees led by the staff ace and the starting infield treated a visiting split squad of Phillies pretty shabbily in a 3-0 shutout Sunday afternoon, while three hours south a traveling B squad dropped a game vs. the Twins. A day in Tampa that started with dark ominous clouds hanging over George M. Steinbrenner Field became a winner, as the intermittent cloud cover gave welcome periods of cool shade and little else.
Even though CC Sabathia walked shortstop Michael Martinez to begin the game, he set the tone by throwing strikes, finding the zone on the first pitch to the next 10 batters. Following his two-hit, three-inning outing, the Yanks kicked the stingy meter up a notch, beginning with Mariano Rivera’s first game action of the spring. Continue reading
March 10, 2012, Orlando, Fla. –
As the skies morphed from overcast to full-on sunshine hot, the entire visiting Yankee squad stretched and prepped for the game ahead.
Despite the threatening clouds that dominated the skyline Saturday morning, gorgeous Champion Field was open and ready for business early. The Braves were hard at batting practice pregame, then the Yankees, both cooking, as would the 10,000-plus fans in attendance at game time, under a glaring sun only intermittently interrupted by big puffy clouds. Continue reading
March 9, 2012, Tampa, Florida –
Daniel Burawa pauses in his morning throw session as David Phelps prepares to throw.
The sun was hot and unrelenting in Tampa Friday as the Yanks, led by three scoreless frames from veteran righty Freddy Garcia, cruised to victory against a visiting squad from the Atlanta Braves. The largely absent Yankee offense made an appearance and, even if 3-0 doesn’t sound that impressive, the home team did force outfielders Michael Bourn and Jose Constanza, in center and left respectively, to repetitively retreat to the wall on a series of well-launched missiles. Continue reading
March 2, 2012, Westchester County, NY –
This was Jorge Vasquez going yard in back-to-back games in 2011, but today he gave the Yanks the lead with a sixth-inning single.
It was terrific and cathartic, as it always is, when I watched the first game of the Yankees’ 2012 Spring Training season on MLB Saturday afternoon. Granted, I’ve become used to seeing these live, but I can adjust until we go down next week, and however you see it, the first game is the first game. I’ve been through this many, many times, and I know it’s not about winning these games; it’s about the sun, the grass, the field, the new players: Hope springs eternal. Continue reading