Breakfast Links: A Quick Wind Sprint Around Spring Training
February 24, 2011 by williamnyy23
- In the New York Times, Harvey Araton has an outstanding profile of Yogi Berra’s and Ron Guidry’s annual rites of spring, frogs legs and all.
Over the years, Guidry and Berra have developed a unique relationship during their time together at spring training (Photo: NY Times).
- Yogi’s teammate Phil Rizzuto would undoubtedly be glad to hear that Brett Gardner has been working on his bunting skills. Newsday dug up an old conversation with the Scooter on the lost art of laying one down.
- With the starting lineup all but set, Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman will likely focus much of their attention on building the team’s bench. Eric Chavez is perhaps the highest profile candidate for a backup role, but Brandon Laird is gradually building a case for himself.
- The Yankees will also have plenty of chances to evaluate their backup catcher options because Russell Martin, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery, is not expected to play in the first week of spring training games.
- Pedro Feliciano will play an important role in the Yankees’ bullpen, but he isn’t likely to see the same workload as in the past. Meanwhile, no one knows what to expect from Mark Prior, not even Prior.
- Brian Cashman has stated all winter that he believes the Red Sox are the favorites to win the A.L. East, but does Hank Steinbrenner agree?
- The most significant news of the day came from Jupiter, where the Cardinals announced that ace righty Adam Wainwright’s elbow will likely require reconstructive surgery. The move is a huge blow to the Cardinals, but is it a death sentence in the N.L. Central?