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Edwar, Yogi, and Me

The big news out of Yankee camp today is that Edwar Ramirez was designated for assignment to make room for Chan Ho Park. Ramirez was out of options and a long-shot at best for a spot on the Opening Day roster, so the Yankees were going to have to do something with him by the end of spring training. This takes care of that bit of business early.

The big news yesterday was that Joe Girardi has set his pitching rotation for the first week and a half of the exhibition schedule. Chad Jennings has the full details, and I’ve updated our sidebar with the first week’s action. CC Sabathia will start the second game to put him on schedule for the season opener. Barring injury or setback, the regular season rotation will start with CC followed by A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, and then Javier Vazquez. Pettitte won’t pitch in a spring training game until March 12, but will throw a simulated game on March 7 to get his work in and stay on schedule while Gaudin and Sergio Mitre work in the actual game.

Programing note: I’ll be doing my annual live blog on Friday, covering the third game of the spring, which will feature both Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, in that order, on the mound.

Shameless self-promotion: This afternoon at 3pm I will be appearing at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center for an extended Q&A with Steven Goldman, Jay Jaffe, Kevin Goldstein, and Christina Kahrl to promote Baseball Prospectus 2010.

Tags:  Edwar Ramirez  Starting Rotation

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1 The Hawk   ~  Feb 28, 2010 1:26 pm

I am so so so so so ready for televised spring training games to start.

2 Mattpat11   ~  Feb 28, 2010 1:32 pm

Good Luck to Edwar where ever he goes, as long as its not the Yankees system.

3 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Feb 28, 2010 2:03 pm

[1] Wednesday, 1:05, YES. Set your DVR!

4 rbj   ~  Feb 28, 2010 5:31 pm

Heckuva good hockey game. It should go to overtime.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 28, 2010 5:37 pm

OT it is!

6 Just Fair   ~  Feb 28, 2010 5:55 pm

Storybook ending for Sid the Kid.

7 RIYank   ~  Feb 28, 2010 5:56 pm

Another great one.
I can't feel too bad that the US lost. The Canadians are better, deserved to win, and it would have been kind of pathetic and sad if they'd lost.

8 rbj   ~  Feb 28, 2010 6:07 pm

Congrats to Canada. Can't feel bad, both teams played well.

9 Evil Empire   ~  Feb 28, 2010 6:46 pm

Does anyone feel like maybe the US even playing Canada today was horseshit? The US was unbeaten and had already beaten them. Canada had a loss.

Duke only had to beat UNLV once in 1991 to get to the finals, not twice. The US only had to beat the Soviets once in 1980. After the Super Bowl, I don't remember the Colts getting a second chance at the "real" title the following week...

I realize the rules were laid out a long time ago, and weren't designed for Canada. BUT something about this format just irks the hell out of me. If you're going to give them another chance then do it round-robin style where the US would now get a 3rd game against Canada, since they're tied at 1 apiece.

10 monkeypants   ~  Feb 28, 2010 7:27 pm

[9] I think the entire Olympics are horseshit, but that's another story. Also, I would have loved the wailing and gnashing of teeth had Canada lost [7], given the absurd amount of financial and emotional resources this gofy country put into the games, and especially into binding their sense of self worth and national pride to a silly game.

God, I hate the Olympics.

But, I am so, so, so happy they are now over and we can focus on BASEBALL!!

11 monkeypants   ~  Feb 28, 2010 7:31 pm

[9] More seriously, you're various analogies are flawed because you assume that the preliminary round and medal round of the Olympics correspond to the NCCA tournament or NFL playoffs, etc. The more appropriate analogy is to see the preliminary round as corresponding to the regular season, and the medal round corresponding to the playoffs. To make this more tangible, just think of the NY Giants Superbowl run from a few years ago: they lost to the Pats in the regular season, which had a bearing on playoff seeding (the regular season, that is, that individual game as it worked out had no bearing on seeding), but then the Giants won in the final game. Would you argue that the Pats should not have had to play the Giants in the SB because they beat them earlier?

So too this Olympics with the US and Canada.

12 williamnyy23   ~  Feb 28, 2010 9:00 pm

[7] It was a great game, and Canada probably is still better, but not by much. This was a very young U.S. team that went 1-1 against an A1 Canadian team. Fresh off a victory over Canada in the world juniors, I think it's safe to say that the U.S. is catching up. After all, it isn't that long ago when the best U.S. team couldn't have even skated with the best Canadian team.

[9] By losing to the U.S. the first time, Canada had a much more difficult road to the final. As in any sport, the champion doesn't always wind up with more wins than the team they beat...the rules are the rules going into it, so you can't complain.

[10] I absolutely love the Olympics...aside from baseball, it is my favorite sports experience. To each his own I guess.

14 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Mar 1, 2010 2:16 am

I don't think Joba has the intellectual capacity to go through a lineup three times

From an un-named "scout", over at ESPN...I never knew you had to know who Mencius was, or to understand "Ulysses" to throw a complete game...

why do i stil read ESPN??

15 RIYank   ~  Mar 1, 2010 5:08 am

and especially into binding their sense of self worth and national pride to a silly game.

Yeah! Instead of what we do here at Bronx Banter, which is sophisticated and appropriate!

Hitting a cylinder with sticks: silly. Hitting a sphere: sublime.
Wearing funny pants: dignified. Wearing funny pants with shorts over them: clownish.
One guy wrapped in latter-day armor with a huge glove and wearing a mask: very cool, as long as he doesn't also have a stick.

16 monkeypants   ~  Mar 1, 2010 6:46 am

[15] What I do here is indeed silly. It's a diversion, and indeed baseball is my own obsession. But I don't bind my own sense of self-worth to it. More importantly, I do not feel that my nation's value or dignity is bound up with a goddamn game. It's just not healthy, I tell ya'.

17 RIYank   ~  Mar 1, 2010 7:54 am

[16] Damn.

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