Results tagged ‘ Melky Cabrera ’
Back in 2005, I was dabbling with shooting photos at the Minor League games I covered. I’m no professional and the camera certainly wasn’t great, but typically we’d be able to use them online. Sometimes they’d even make it into the magazines we produced. Anyway, I was going through some old files last night and plucked out a few faces that are now very familiar.
The Yankees were getting close to re-acquiring right-hander Javier Vazquez on Tuesday morning, reportedly agreeing to a trade with the Braves that would also net them left-hander Boone Logan.
New York would send outfielder Melky Cabrera, lefty Mike Dunn and a Minor Leaguer to the Braves in exchange, according to the New York Daily News. The Yankees’ interest in Vazquez was first reported by the New York Post.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been looking for another arm to add to the rotation, and Vazquez fits the bill in terms of being affordable as the club looks to come in under $200 million in payroll for 2010. Vazquez is owed $11.5 million for 2010 in the final year of his contract.
— Bryan Hoch
Major League Baseball has approved the Yankees’ request to replace the injured Melky Cabrera on the World Series roster with infielder Ramiro Pena.
The 25-year-old Cabrera suffered a slight strain of his left hamstring while running out a sixth-inning groundout in Game 4 of the Fall Classic on Sunday and manager Joe Girardi said he was “very limited” on Monday, as the Yankees look to defeat the Phillies and finalize their first title since 2000.
MLB postseason rules provide that injured players can be replaced during the World Series if the severity of the injury, as determined by MLB, is such that it would require a disabled list assignment during the regular season. Had this been the regular season, Girardi said that Cabrera would have been out of action for “maybe a couple of weeks.”
“He had an outstanding year,” Girardi said. “I thought he grew up a lot this year, he matured as a player and became dangerous from the right side as well as the left side. He did so many good things for us. He was the start of the walk-off hits, really. It’s unfortunate.”
Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Royals, the Yankees held a milestone ceremony honoring Melky Cabrera for his cycle, Mariano Rivera for his 500th save and Derek Jeter for his all-time hits record. Various Yankees past and present joined Hal Steinbrenner and company on the field, showering those three Yankees with gifts. Here’s what they received (info courtesy the Yankees’ media relations department):
- Custom-made ring honoring his cycle, presented by Felix Lopez
- Framed action picture of Jeter, presented by Catch 24 Design (Bill Goodspeed and Mike Macchione)
- The pair of seats that Jeter dove into at the original Yankee Stadium on July 1, 2004, presented by Brandon Steiner and Gene “Stick” Michael
- Home plate from the night Jeter got his record-breaking hit, presented by Tim Raines
- First base from the inning he got his record-breaking hit, presented by Tino Martinez
- “I want to Thank the Good Lord for Making Me a Yankee” (Joe DiMaggio quote) sign from the original Yankee Stadium, presented by Dave Winfield
- An official Derek Jeter Louisville Slugger bat, cast in iron to commemorate passing Lou Gehrig, presented by Hal and Christina Steinbrenner and Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal
- Baseball autographed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig from 1927, presented by Hal and Christina Steinbrenner and Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal
- Custom painting, commemorating his record-breaking hit, presented by the entire Yankees team
(Joined on field by Bernie Williams, wife Clara and three sons, Mariano Jr., Jafet and Jaziel)
- Framed, matted print of a commemorative 500th save poster, presented by Print International (Gene Manning and Joseph Cook)
- The Yankees bullpen bench from the original Yankee Stadium, presented by Brandon Steiner and David Cone
- Framed photo of the final pitch at the original Yankee Stadium, presented by Brandon Steiner and David Cone
- The rubber from Citi Field from game he recorded his 500th career save, a gift from the Mets along with a letter from Jeffrey Wilpon and Omar Minaya, presented by Reggie Jackson
- Custom rings for Rivera and his family, honoring his 500th save, presented by Hal and Christina Steinbrenner, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, Joe Girardi, Jorge Posada and Yogi Berra
- Custom painting, commemorating his 500th save, presented by the entire Yankees team
Continuing their season-long fan outreach initiative, the Yankees will be having CC Sabathia, Melky Cabrera and Jerry Hairston, Jr. meeting and greeting this afternoon at the Great Hall entrance beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
The Yankees do this once per homestand and the lines always begin to fill up pretty early. The players are happy to pose for photos and, in most cases, sign autographs when asked.
If you’re planning on trying to meet the players, be sure to get to Yankee Stadium early.