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- Matt Holliday a Yankee come 2010 (or late-2009)?:
There are certain requirements that come with this job, and one is this: Whenever you’re interviewing a big-name, impending free agent, you must ask him whether he would consider playing in New York.
“Yeah, I would play here,” Matt Holliday told Midweek Insider Tuesday night, before his A’s 5-3 loss to the Yankees. “I’d have no problem playing here.” . . .
When this winter arrives, Holliday will have at least one good adviser, in addition to Boras. Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is also a Boras client, and the two men became friendly while they were teammates on Team USA in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
“I consider (Teixeira) a good enough friend to talk about decisions,” Holliday said. “His situation obviously is similar to mine. He’s a year ahead of me in all of the things that have kind of happened. He’s definitely a good resource.”
- If you are “flush” with cash, you can “flush” in private at the Stadium, reports PeteAbe:
How far does the class warfare extend in Yankee Stadium? All the way to the men’s room.
According to the charmingly titled Fack Youk blog, there are dividers between the urinals in the field level bathrooms but not in the bathrooms elsewhere in the stadium.
- Is there NOTHING Nick Swisher can’t do?:
Nick Swisher will ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange (Friday) at 9:30 a.m. according to the Yankees.
The market has to go up, right? Either that or Swish will try to talk to every trader, they’ll forget their jobs and the we’ll all be lining up for government cheese in a week.
- The A.P. (as reported in the Boston Herald) has some pretty depressing seating figures from the first homestand:
A count by The Associated Press totaled 1,895 seats in the Legends Suite, of which 146 were in the front row from dugout to dugout, costing $2,500 as season tickets and $2,625 individually.
— On Tuesday night, only 64 of the 146 seats at the top price level were occupied in the bottom of the second inning. The outermost Legends Suite sections, which each contain 90 seats, were entirely empty until two fans finally emerged to sit in them during the late innings.
— On Wednesday, in the third inning, just 37 of the highest-priced, front-row seats were occupied, although it was impossible to know if some fans had taken shelter in stadium restaurants.
Yet another sign of how the best seats have been overpriced is their resale level.
Legends Suite seats in section 27B, row 2, down the left-field line that originally sold for $500 were available for $225 early Wednesday on the online ticket broker StubHub.com. Tickets in section 23, row 7, behind the visitors’ dugout could be had for $263, down from their $850 original price.
- Despite the down economy, SI.com reports (via Forbes magazine) that the Yanks franchise is doing fine:
One-third of Major League Baseball teams declined in value over the past year while the New York Yankees’ worth increased 15 percent to $1.5 billion, according to the annual estimates by Forbes magazine. . . .
Bolstered by their new $1.5 billion stadium, the Yankees showed the top increase and remained the most valuable franchise in the majors. The New York Mets, also boosted by a new ballpark, were second in value ($912 million) and increase (11 percent).
- Here is the Yankees data sheet from the Forbes article.
- Minor league pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras has updates on the performances of three Yankee prospects (Horne, Sanchez and De La Rosa).
- ESPN has a bunch of Brian Cashman-generated news, including this:
Cashman, speaking at Southern Connecticut State University, said the sample is small because the season has just started.
“It’s something we’re going to have to keep our eye on because clearly the numbers don’t lie,” Cashman said.
But Cashman also said home runs are traveling about eight feet farther so far this year compared to last season.
“It’s possible that the ballpark is a home run-type park,” Cashman said in an interview before his talk. “We’ll see. The ball is going farther in every park, not just ours.”
- Alex Rodriguez is just workin’ his way back to us, babe . . .:
Alex Rodriguez’s target return date of May 15 keeps getting closer, and the rehabilitation on his surgically repaired hip continues to grow more intense.
While training at the Yankees’ Spring Training home in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, the All-Star third baseman ran the bases for the first time since undergoing right hip surgery on March 9, according to The Associated Press.
Rodriguez ran 10 times between first and second base — including twice with a trainer pulling on a strap around his waist — and also increased his defensive drills, the AP said. Rodriguez charged slow rollers for the first time and extended his range while going after grounders.
- MLBTradeRumors notes that the Yanks have no one with an option for the 2010 season.
- Sean Henn turns 28 today. Henn never could find the plate for the Bombers, walking 43 (and allowing 73 hits, including 11 homers) in 57.1 innings of work over three seasons from ’04 to ’06.
- On this date in 1903, behind the pitching of Harry Howell, the New York Highlanders win their first major league game, 7 – 2, over the Washington Senators.
- On this date in 1975, Roy White again hit home runs from both sides of the plate, this time in an 11 – 7 loss to the Boston Red Sox. White last switch-hit home runs on August 13, 1973.
- On this date in 2000, in a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada become the first teammates to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game.
- We lost “Summer of ’49″ author David Halberstam on this date two years ago. He was 72 and died from injuries sustained in a car crash.