The best athlete on the Yankees…

… is Cody Ransom.

At least, that’s the opinion of Johnny Damon, who dropped that one on the beat writers in the dugout here in Orlando. He was discussing how no one can replace what Alex Rodriguez means to the Yankees, but then touted Ransom’s athletic abilities as being tops on the team.

“If Alex couldn’t go, we have a kid named Cody Ransom who is probably the best athlete on this team,” Damon was saying. “He can throw, he’s got power. No one can really do what Alex does, but we’d just have to switch around the lineup and move forward.”

A few more questions followed, and Tyler Kepner of the Times brought the conversation back.

“Have you gone to YouTube yet?” Damon said. “And tell him to put you in a headlock.”

I’ll pass on the headlock, but here’s the jump. Judge for yourself.

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That’s an impressive little hop there. You can be the best athlete without being able to place baseball worth a hill of beans. I doubt Kirby, Cecil, Papi, or Boomer were ever really considered athletic specimens and they all know how to play. I want to know if this kid can actually play!

Rosh Koch // http://roshkoch.mlblogs.com

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If Cody Ransom is the best athlete on this team, we are in some serious trouble.

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Unless they move him to the OF

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Miranda will need to learn how to play other IF positions or he’s gonna be gone.

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BP,
Miranda and Swisher both throw left handed so can only play 1B. The only time I saw a lefty at other than 1B was Mattingly playing 2B in the resumption of the pine tar game. Billy made a farce of it as he also played Guidry in CF. There were some others that I don’t remember.

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I mentioned Swisher because he can hit. Berroa will probably be gone, maybe Miranda makes a push?

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I was advocating for Durham, I was just asking your opinion because he was a Giant. I am not especially comfortable with Ransom. I thought the organization was high on Gonzalez and then they deleted him. Health wouldn’t be as important as a utility infielder but I was someone coming off the bench who can play all infield position, Swisher is not the guy.

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I wasn’t in favor of Manny.

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Matt-dawg,
I still think Chaz might be snowed in in Idahoe & his caribou jerkey is running out.
Julia,
A-Roid has a cyst on his hip. No surprise there. Syringes and toxins will do that.
Hey BPark,
You can quit dreaming of your boy Medusa Ramirez infecting our beloved Yankees. Ray Durham? He hasn’t retired yet?

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Mattress, what you think about Ray Durham? He’s 37 but he played for your Giants. What you think of him as a 2B and/or utility player. Ransom, Berroa currently are competing but Durham is still out there.

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Okay – that was impressive! And does Damon know something about A-Rod that we don’t?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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