Is Robby Cano ready for the spotlight?…
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There has been much talk in recent days about Manager Joe Girardi’s expressed belief that Robinson Cano may be ready to move up to fifth in the batting order behind Alex Rodriguez. I agree with those who feel that 2010 will be a breakout season for Cano. So, I am in favor of the move. I do feel that Curtis Granderson will see marked improvement against lefties thanks to the tutelage of batting coach Kevin Long, however, it is now time for Cano to shine. I think Robby will prosper in the middle of the order, and A-Rod, Tex and others will be very appreciative…
Well, it appears that Alfredo Aceves has become the frontrunner for the back end of the starting rotation. I like Aceves and there is no question that he’s pitched marvelously this spring. He would be fine as the #5 starter, however, I still think the Yankees should give the job to Phil Hughes. If Hughes fails during the season, then switch to Aceves. Nothing against Ace, but I feel that Hughes has ‘front of the rotation’ stuff. He might not be the ace, but he can certainly be a solid #2 or #3 if he realizes his potential. Regardless of how this plays out, it appears that Joba Chamberlain is headed back to the pen and I think that’s a huge plus for the Yankees. As Julia Roberts would say, “HUGE!”…
The Yankees have experimented a couple of times with Curtis Granderson in left, and Brett Gardner in center. Assuming that Gardner can hit well enough to hold the position, that’s the alignment I like most (with Nick Swisher in right). But if Gardner fails, the next best thing would be Randy Winn in left, Grandy in center, and Swish in right. I like Gardner’s speed and how disruptive he can be on base, so hopefully, his bat catches up with the rest of his game this year.
It has been rumored for weeks but it was good to see Kevin Towers join the Evil Empire as a special assignment scout. I held Towers in high regard when he was GM of the San Diego Padres. There is no doubt he’ll get another GM opportunity but until then, the Yankees can leverage his talent, knowledge and expertise. It’s a win-win situation for both sides. Welcome to New York, Kevin! We’re glad to have you on our side!
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My friend Julia alerted me to a sad story. Good for her; bad for me. I have always had much respect for Irish tenor Ronan Tynan. There was nothing like hearing his rendition of ‘God Bless America’ at Yankee Stadium. Dismissed by the Yankees in the post-season after he allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks, Ronan relocated to Boston earlier this month. At a gathering of Boston politicians on Sunday, Tynan pulled on a Red Sox jersey. I was dismayed at the news but I do hope that Ronan finds happiness and respect in Beantown. He’ll be missed…
Speaking of Julia, it seems that our first wager might involve a book assignment. If I were to lose…which of course won’t happen…I would have to read a Red Sox-themed book chosen by Julia. After reading the book within a preset time period, I would have to devote a blog to writing a review of the book. We’ll work out the details in the coming weeks but it should be a fun year in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Well, at least until the Tampa Bay Rays kick both of our teams’ “arses”! 😉
I was a bit disappointed when LaDainian Tomlinson spurned the Minnesota Vikings to sign with the New York Jets. However, how can I argue with LT’s logic when he says that he wants to live and win in New York City. That sounds like a terrific combination to me!
I went to see the Ides of March taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Burbank, CA. It was a fun experience. I went to see The Late Show with David Letterman last May, and I’d have to say that The Tonight Show feels less like a cattle call than The Late Show. Also, Jay is much more personable than Dave, and more willing to laugh at himself. The Tonight Show set is also more intimate than The Ed Sullivan Theater. The wait was long (three hours) but it was worth it. The guests were Terry Bradshaw (so energetic and entertaining, as usual); Kara DioGuardi (much more beautiful and engaging than she appears to be on American Idol); and Ziggy Marley (he does his father proud!). The only thing that would be better? Why a repeat Yankees World Championship, of course!
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