A full day off

The Yankees had their first of two spring days off on Thursday, as the gates at George M. Steinbrenner Field remained shuttered. No batting practice, no bullpens, no nothing.

Joe Girardi said that the day off was as much for the players as it was for the coaches, who deserved one — the players come and go during the day, with some at the ballpark for as few as three hours a day. But the coaches are among the first to arrive and the last to leave, and they deserved a day to kick back and relax a little.

Yankees at Red Sox tonight in Fort Myers. Back with more updates later. Here’s what’s held the fort for the off-day yesterday…

Hughes, Kennedy again on outside

Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy are using terms like saying that they are “hungry” again after the Yankees essentially handed them starting jobs last season, and that should make fans happy. Brian Cashman won’t commit to it, but you’d have to think Hughes and Kennedy are like the 6th and 7th starters, should anything happen in the big leagues. They’ll get a chance eventually, but no one knows when it will be.

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You can’t get rid of him because he has an exoskeleton. And what 30 yr old man still has adolescent acne?

I want him gone just so i don’t have to look at his ugly face any more.

I think he should play QB for the Jets. They’ll take him…anything is better then Kellen Clemens!

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The sad thing about Igawa is he could have been helpful, had he not turned out to be such a head case. Look at his AAA and Japan League (Widely regarded as the equivalent of a 4A league) numbers and they indicate a player who really should be Major League level. But whenever he gets brought up he tries to do too much, leaves balls up in the strike zone, and watches them get clubbed for doubles, triples and of course home runs.

We can’t get rid of him because no one will take him. Maybe if we ate his salary some team despeate for pitching will give us a prospect for a tryout, in the hope that taking him out of the bright New York lights will help. You got to believe though, if that were the case Cashman would have already pulled the trigger.

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Japan doesn’t even want him. The problem with Ig-ow-a is that he is actually a crab people sent to from below the Earth’s surface to corrupt our society and to turn our pitching staff into metrosexuals.

CRAB PEOPLE
CRAB PEOPLE
CRAB PEOPLE

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Igawa will be entering 3rd year of 5 year contract with nothing to show for it. Yanks don’t need to show anymore patience with this chump. They’ve shown more than enough patience for this loser let him go back to Japan.

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That has to be the dumbest thing anyone has ever said on this post!!!! get rid of that scrub Igawa. He is wasting this organization’s juice when it could be actually used for something useful, like maintaining the bathrooms at the new stadium. He has never shown he was worth the contract the Yanks signed him to. This pile of crap is only good for pitching against minor leaguers and washed up scrubs as we constantly have seen year after year. You idiots who think that he is going to be a spot starter or a starter this season have ****forbrains. Yeah, sounds like I just described keyswahili perfectly. Get rid of this no-talent as soon as possible, if no team wants him, which there obviously isn’t then keep him in the minors he will never be able to pitch in the majors.

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Yanks just need to be patient with Igawa and resist any desire to trade him…He has pitched well this spring and looked sharp last nite…may end up being in the starting rotation or contributing signifigantly from the bull pen

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I’d agree that Igawa has no future as a starter but–assuming that there continues to be no trade market for him–I wonder if they might want to have him work out at AAA as a situational reliever.

The guy I’m not sold on is Marte. He looks to be another in a long line of guys who simply can’t pitch in the AL (plus he may be hurt). If used correctly I suspect that Igawa could be just as effective as Marte and, if need be, he could spot start–something Marte can’t do.

In addition, Marte would be easier to trade than Igawa, hence Cashman could salvage something from the panic contract he gave Igawa.

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Igawa isn’t going anywhere. We are going to pay him 4 million a year to win every AAA pitcher honour. Of course, let him pitch in the bigs and we’ll have a home run derby in Yankee Stadium. The one good thing for me is someone might just hit one across the pond and Id get a game ball delivered to me here in London, but yeah……………..

Thankfully the Yankees do have pitching depth in the form of Hughes who is incredibly talented and has a great future ahead of him. Kennedy is young enough to get another shot, even greats have had bad rookie seasons. And from Bryan’s statement on Aceves, he might win the spot starter/long relief spot on the roster.

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I’m looking forward to the game tonight!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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Depth is something that is necessary for a championship calibur ballclub. Be glad you have some just in case something happens.
Aaron
http://mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

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and Bryan from down-unda…don’t get me riled up about Joshypoo, the media Darling who was so inspriational in losing the home run derby and tanking the second half of the season.

He will fizzle out like year-old pop rocks. And he holds the new worlds record for the UGLIEST Tattoos. His arm looks like a 5 year old on qualudes went nuts with an ink-gun.

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I don’t think he’d be able to catch tuna-have you seen his snaggle-toothed face? What woman would want to touch him?

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Sadly Igawa may be best suited as both a minor league pitcher, doubly also as the pitcher for Josh Hamilton in the annual home run derby during the All Star break. If he would have pitched to Hamilton in 2008 he would have hit 35 home runs in total. When it comes to the majors he is Superman, Up Up and away. He just cannot keep the ball down at all.

Aussie Bryan

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Funny, I look at Kennedy more like he sucks.

And the only trade bait Igawa is going to be used for is to catch Hammerhead Sharks.

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Igawa has been decent this spring. Maybe trade bait?

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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Funny, I look at Kennadia more like Igawa.

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Seems like they look at Aceves as more of a spot starter and long reliever, kind of like what Darrell Rasner was. They don’t see Kennedy that way – he’s strictly a starter.

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So Aceves is not ahead of Kennadia? Even with what Cashman thought about him and his performance late in the year.

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