Catching up with Hal

If you were sitting in the press dining room this morning, your meal would have been interrupted by eight reporters charging through to try and catch Hal Steinbrenner on his way up to the elevators. Luckily for us, Hal slowed down and spent five minutes discussing various issues around the team, fresh from spending an hour with Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi.

Steinbrenner visits Girardi’s office every other week to touch on matters, but with July 31st right around the corner, you’d better believe trades were discussed behind closed doors. Here’s some of the highlights:

On current plans: “Right now we’re trying to get everybody healthy. We’re trying to get the guys that aren’t healthy back into the lineup, and we’re trying to win a championship. We’re analyzing trades and not getting into that [the offseason] yet. … I want a good mix, and Hank wants a good mix, of youth and veterans to mentor the youth. That’s the way it has to be.”

Disappointing season so far?: “There’s been times that the hitting has been disappointing to all of us. There’s been times that the starting pitching has been disappointing. There’s no doubt that the young pitchers at the beginning of the year, it was upsetting at times. It wasn’t what we thought and it didn’t go the way we thought it would go. That’s the way it is – we’re highly confident in (Ian) Kennedy and (Phil) Hughes and that they’re going to come back strong when they do come back.”

On plans for ’09: “This is New York and the fans deserve a team with marquee players. We all understand that. I think where we want to end up is a tremendous mix of young talent and veterans. The veterans, the free agents, they cost money, and we realize that. We are going to have a lot of money coming off the payroll, and that’s going to give us some options. Believe me, we’re going to use a good portion of it to get this city the team it deserves and to try to improve in the areas that we need.”

And on those pesky upstart Rays:
“I’m hearing my fair share of all that. They’re just a great team. They’re going to be tough and they’re going to be in there until the end, I’m sure, and for many years to come. We’ve got another good rival to worry about in the division.”

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The only thing I really take exception to in Hal’s comments is the notion that the fans want “marquee” names. While on the surface everyone would say, well sure Roc, who wouldn’t want Marquee names on the squad?

We have those already for the most part. We’ll likely have quite a few even after we dump a lot of salary. We’ll still have Jete, Po, Mo and A-Rod. You could even make the case for a few other guys, but their longevity with the team may be in doubt. Point being, it’s not really marquee players that I think this team needs. How many ‘marquee’ guys did the Lou have on its squad a couple of years ago when LaRussa finally got them off the schnide? Pujols, Edmonds, Rolen, Isringhausen, Carpenter? A handful at best. What we really need and I’d suspect most fans would agree with; are players that can fill their role(s) and do so adequately. They don’t have to be all-stars, they don’t have to be marquee names, as long as they can do their job, I could care more if the name is a household one or not. We don’t “need” a marquee name in the setup role so much as we need someone that will hold it down well. We don’t need a marquee name for a bench spot (Sierra); we need someone that has the ability to cover a couple-few positions, play good defense and can bring a bat to a game now and then; or at least then we need a quality pinch-hitter as well. It goes on down the line. Now that the Sabathia deal can be discarded, we can get on to looking at not-so-well known but evident talent.

Other than that, yeah, good rah-rah speech Hal, it’s nice to know that someone can admit that they see the same thing(s) the fans do… many of which need fixed!

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Next 4 days could be a good time for the offense to get it’s timing back. A makeup game against the dreadful Pirates and a weekend set at the dome against the equally dreadful Toronto. Then 3 days off (except for A-Rod, Jeter, Mo and Big G – don’t forget to vote) . . and a fresh start in the second half.

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Matt . . .dude. . . The glass is half-full today.

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And in case anyone has forgotten . . . SUPPORT THE ‘STACHE. I know there’s a bunch of East Coasters out there who are finished with a work project and it’s too damn close to 5 o’clock to start something new. Do something productive with your last 10 minutes and Vote GIAMBI. I timed it and I can vote about 6 times a minute. That’s 60 votes until I leave work!

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Can you imagine if we hit like last year, while we pitched like this year? We would be 20 games over .500 EASY.

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For the record Aussie Bryan . . . I’m on board the Farnsworth Express . . .A little confidence goes a long way!

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To piggyback on Chaz’ earlier point about Mo going two innings again . . .
I get that Ponson isn’t exactly “trusted” by the coaching staff, but he came out after 6 innings having thrown 87 pitches. Would it REALLY be considered pushing your luck to trot him out there to at least START the 7th and save the bullpen another inning? I’m glad Girardi has finally grasped the concept of “use-your-closer-in-a-tie-game-in-the-ninth-at-home! Once the game is tied in the 9th, the home team can’t earn a save anymore. Might as well use your bullets to get you to extra innings instead of relying on a secondary arm (normally I’d take a shot at Kyle Farnsworth here, but I don’t feel like it today).
Never thought the pitching would be bailing out the hitting with this club.

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Getting up at 0300 hours to watch this game rivoted to it from pitch 1 to the last many an anxious MO MO MO ment, frustrating in the eighth stranding a runner at third but all is forgiven with Abreu in the ninth. Sure not many hits for the offence but it was a quality win against a quality team making for a quality sweep.
How about some further credit for Farnsworth worth worth worth. What more has he got to do guys. Todays game was a huge test but he came through AGAIN. How many more games has he got to perform for him to get the kudos he deserves. If nothing else Giradi and the pitching staff have turned him around, he looks relaxed focused and calm, all attributes they say are missing. What about the steal from Christian in the eigth. That has been the most significant change under Giradi, it would never have occurred under Torre.

Again a quality win against a quality team for 4 in a row now hetting to Pittsburg.

The only down side being The Red Sox came back from 0-3 to win 14-5.

Aussie Bryan

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Now then, I hope we celebrate this win like TB did us early in the Year. Show them how it tastes.

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Check that, we just got a fresh shipment of walk off double? Would you like that?

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Welcome to HitDonald’s may I take your order?
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Yes, thank you, I would like a Yankee hitter that can get around on a fastball?
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Ooooo, sorry, Sir, we are fresh out.

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ALL YANKEE RALLIES START WITH A WALK! GO YANKEES!

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Some of you were saying that we can afford to lose Melky because we have Gardner? Um………OK!!!!!!!!!

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Nice hat trick, Gardner. Go back to AAA.

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Upton, Pena, Logoria if we don’t score.

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Me say 30+ pitches too many for closer. Chaz angry! Chaz smash!

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Here we are counting on Mo to go 2 innings again. So far so good, but why can’t we put runs on the board? Argghhh!

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Is there anything else that sums up the offense so far game on the line one out runner on third and bang bang innings over. This will be a tough one from here. They have to pick themselves up.

AB

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Have to admit a little nervous though if My Man goes up again in the ninth which I think they will unless Giambi can go deep.

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There we go Fartnsy 3 up 3 down although you could have made the third out a little easier. Perhaps it won’t get everyone off his back just yet but surely he is getting a few more of you onside.

Aussie Bryan

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Aussie Bryan has been unashamedly the biggest supporter of My Man Farnsy. At 1-1 he faces his biggest test so far , stay tuned.

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I would put Cano on the #1 spot. He has been hitting up latetly and has been known to heat up after the all star break. The only issue with that is that he does not see many pitches, and that’s not good for the #2, 3 and, 4 hitters who want to see pitches so they can adjust their hitting.

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I don’t care how fast a guy is…if he is not hitting the ball, he should not be leading off. True, he has really good at bats, but the leadoff spot is not a spot for people to turn those good at bats into hits. Let him get productive out of the 9 hole…That’s where a fast runner, with poor avg should be hitting.

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DAAAAAAAAAMN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Why exactly is a daisy fresh ROOKIE leading off? Is Girardi on crack?

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Captain clutch time.

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Gardner, that stick you are carrying is meant to hit the ball when it comes toward you, loser.

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Come on Molina, move Cabrera to second.

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Veras has been brilliant all year long.

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LET’S GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Veras is turning out to be a pretty damn good choice out of the pen. He throws HARD.

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Even if the bullpen completely implodes, a loss in today’s game is solely on the OFFENSE. This is so frustrating!

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okay, that previous post was delayed about 20 minutes somehow.

let’s see if we can manufacture a run or two next time up. This sitting back, waiting for the long ball sickens me.

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Weird……Cano swings at the first pitch he sees? That almost never happens.

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Great. We once again fail to score. Now we need a scoreless inning from Ponson so we can turn this game over to our pen, which personally I have more confidence in than our lineup. Who would have thought.

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Ponson is pitching his guts out, why can’t we manage to score off a guy who throws 85% fastballs? Is there anyone on this team that can jump on a pitch? COME ON!!!!!!!!!!! GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!

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another 5 hit day so far. What the *ell is wrong with this offense?

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well there goes the shutout and the lead.

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Why is it that we didn’t steal Gardner over to second, and have Jeter bunt him to 3rd? Is this team to proud to manufacture a run? Fly out to right field, and that runner is STILL on first. Can we get a clue?

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That was a horrible spelling post. I really should start proofing before posting.

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Gardner is such a pest out there. If this kid can learn ho to hit, he’ll be one hell of a leadofan.

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After a shaky start Ponson has pitched incredibly well from 2 through to 5.

If only Mollina had the pop of Posada, he has been exceptional behind the plate aand his throw out on Upton was exceptional.

Now with Garder up in the fifth and now on at first, just the start needed now if he can steal second.

Aussie Bryan

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That knock just raise Gardner’s avg. to .154! He’s on his way!

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Counting on Ponson to pitch a shutout is just ridiculous. We need to rattle the bats!

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Someone needs to tell our offense that it isn’t Wang out there.That being said, Ponson has impressed me so far. He’s been pitching out of jams and keeping us in the lead despite our lineup forgetting to show up on time for the day game.

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I would feel a lot better if we could score more than 1 damn run.

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Nice to hear something from Hal. Obviously Hank’s had all the headlines so far, so nice to hear what Hal thinks of this season.

-EJ/Kid From New York
yankeesquad.mlblogs.com = Feel free to leave comments, Yankee fans.

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Good Morning and Good Afternoon Robert.

I have to say a much better effort for Ponson in the third with three strike outs, three more of those and we are on the way. But still a little anxious. Time for a 4AM coffee.

AB

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 9, 2008

Scranton/WB
Toledo (Tigers) 7p
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Altoona (Pirates) 7:05p
Trenton

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St. Lucie (Mets) 7p
Tampa

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Lexington (Astros) 12:05p
Charleston

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Oneonta (Tigers) 7p
Staten Island

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GCL Blue Jays 12p
GCLYankees

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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 8, 2008

Scranton/WB 2
Toledo (Tigers) 10
W: I. Ostlund (3-0, 2.95); L: I. Kennedy (1-1, 1.46)
HR: SWB: B. Broussard (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_08_swbaaa_tolaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Altoona (Pirates) 0
Trenton 8
W: J. Jones (10-3, 2.15); L: J. Hill (4-11, 4.99)
HR: TRE: E. Gonzalez (7).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_08_altaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
St. Lucie (Mets) POSTPONED
Tampa
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Lexington (Astros) 3
Charleston 1
W: A. Bello (3-5, 3.71); L: N. Castillo (7-5, 3.36); SV: J. Powell (4)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_08_lexafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
GCLYankees POSTPONED
GCL Blue Jays
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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