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- As Alex mentioned yesterday, Hideki Matsui will be limited to DH and PH duties until at least June, as per Joe Girardi.
- BP.com’s Kevin Goldstein ranks the Yanks as the 13th best organization (talent-wise) this year (down from 6th last year):
Why They Might Be Better Than This: Who knows? Maybe Jesus Montero really can catch after all; Andrew Brackman has breakout potential; so does lanky, ultra-projectable righty Dellin Betances; as always, there are plenty of young Latin American talents in the system.
Why They Might Be Worse: Austin Jackson is solid across the board, but he doesn’t really have any star-level tools; Brackman’s had breakout potential for six years without the breakout; after Montero and Jackson, there’s not much to talk about when it comes to position players.
Outlook For 2010: Lots of risk, and lots of upside; this one could go anywhere.
- The Yankees are opening the Stadium up to residents of Bronx communities on April 2:
The New York Yankees will welcome thousands of their fellow Bronx neighbors for a special preview of the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, April 2nd at 11 AM. Fifteen thousand free tickets will be distributed by local Bronx Community Boards and the New York Yankees.
Gates open at 11 AM and ticketed fans will have the chance to walk around and explore all areas of the new stadium including Monument Park. At 1:30 PM, fans will get the opportunity to sit and watch the first workout and batting practice in the new Stadium. All ticketed guests will also receive free lunch vouchers which are good for a beverage and their choice of pizza or hotdog.
- Ian O’Connor has had enough of A-Rod, on the heels of the slugger’s DETAILS photo shoot:
A-Rod is seen kissing his own buffed-out reflection in a mirror in the latest issue of Details. Remarkably enough, he struck this pose while knowing Sports Illustrated was about to drop a hammer that would leave his legacy in a million little pieces.
And there are people who still argue the Yankees are better off with him?
The signatures on his $305 million deal say Rodriguez is scheduled to be a Yankee after President Obama completes a possible second term in office. That would be another nine years of hard living with a diva who makes Whitney Houston look like a low-maintenance act.
A-Rod has admitted to being a steroid-pumped hoax, and yet the fallout from his drug use won’t be the biggest long-term hurdle his employer has to clear. The Yankees have built their future around a selfish and misguided man, and the bimbo eruptions (with the slugger assuming the role of bimbo) keep coming whether A-Rod is playing a healthy third base in the Bronx or rehabbing a surgically repaired hip in Vail, Colo.
- PeteAbe has a slightly different take on the DETAILS fallout:
Several Yankees, sources said, were scouring Tampa for copies for the Details photos to paper his locker with at some future date. You can bet the boys will have some fun with this. At this point, Alex’s clownish behavior is more amusing than anything else and amusing is good.
[My take: Dennis Rodman called ... he wants his "schtick" back.]
- 2003 ALCS hero Aaron Boone will be undergoing open heart surgery for an aortic valve replacement.
- Tyler Kepner has some reflections on the Boone news.
- On this date in 1974, in a five-player three-team deal involving the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and New York Yankees, pitcher Jim Perry joins his pitching brother, Gaylord, in Cleveland. Detroit send Perry to Cleveland and Ed Farmer to the Yankees, who send Jerry Moses to Detroit, and Cleveland send Rick Sawyer and Walt Williams to the Yankees.
- On this date in 1989, with outfielder Dave Winfield sidelined, the Yankees trade catcher Joel Skinner and a minor leaguer to the Indians for outfielder Mel Hall. Winfield will miss all of the 1989 season after undergoing back surgery for central disc herniation.