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38Special
05-08-06, 06:51 PM
They're all in the lineup. Pena isn't, not that it matters

IronCaballo4
05-08-06, 06:55 PM
man that sucks

YanksForLife
05-08-06, 06:59 PM
Melky is in RF tonight for the Clippers...

http://clippersbaseball.com/team/statistics/index.php?autoload=boxscore&gid=2006_05_08_ricaaa_colaaa_1&sportcode=aaa

Jaeho
05-08-06, 07:13 PM
He has played all year in CF, so that tells you they are considering it. It will be Melky and not KT.


man that sucks

Why? I would hate to bring him up against the Sox without having played at least a game in RF.

38Special
05-08-06, 07:32 PM
Oh crap, he is in RF. Great news!!

1 for 1 so far :cool:

ICEBERG18
05-08-06, 07:37 PM
Related to Williams' hot streak/Sheffield's absence. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported Sunday that if Sheffield needs to be disabled, the player that comes up from Columbus could play every day. "If somebody is playing every day at the Minor League level, you probably should try to play them every day here," Joe Torre said. "We'll decide when we see who that person is." That's very good news for Melky Cabrera, who went 2-for-3 with a home run on Sunday, capping another torrid week. Cabrera is now batting .376/.423/.564 with four home runs. Given Cabrera's track record, one must look at his performance with suspicion, if not outright pessimism. Still, given his age, a Great Leap Forward was not out of the question. If Sheffield does have to sit down for another week or 10 days and Cabrera is called up, the Yankees owe it to themselves and the player to see if the Melkman really can deliver.

There is a counter-argument to be made here, one that says that Cabrera should not be called up, that he should be allowed to solidify his progress before being thrown back in with the bullies in the big leagues. This is not unreasonable. In that case, Kevin Thompson (.294/.381/.441) would be the most likely candidate for promotion. Though Thompson's future in the majors is that of a fourth outfielder, he too could benefit the Yankees by playing frequently, as it is almost certain that he would out-hit Bubba Crosby. His weighted mean PECOTA forecast was .263/.333/.426, which seems dead on.

http://www.yesnetwork.com/yankees/pinstripedblog.asp (http://www.yesnetwork.com/yankees/pinstripedblog.asp)

YanksForLife
05-08-06, 07:38 PM
Oh crap, he is in RF. Great news!!

1 for 1 so far :cool:

:gulp:

38Special
05-08-06, 07:51 PM
oh god this sucks he's 2-2

South Facing Epitaph
05-08-06, 08:00 PM
oh god this sucks he's 2-2

Is there a site where you can follow the game online?

Yankeeah
05-08-06, 08:00 PM
http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/index.jsp

South Facing Epitaph
05-08-06, 08:03 PM
Thanks

shroud
05-08-06, 08:09 PM
Anybody else getting goosebumps while watching Melky hit right now?

IronCaballo4
05-08-06, 08:11 PM
nice to see mitch jones having a consistent game :rolleyes:

YanksForLife
05-08-06, 08:20 PM
http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/index.jsp

Thanks for that site. Damn, its 355 down the LF line in Columbus?

silverdsl
05-08-06, 08:20 PM
This is not the thread for a discussion of Melky Cabrera and how he might be doing in a minor league game. Folks are going to be checking this thread for updates on Sheff and it's long enough without them having to shift through off-topic posts too. Please feel free to start a new thread in the minor league forum to discuss how he's doing in the minor league game. Thanks. :)

the_coach
05-08-06, 09:15 PM
Sheffield to see hand specialist...

http://www.fanball.com

EDIT: Click on MLB under 'Newsbreakers'...Sheff article is 5/8 12:52 PM




Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield is frustrated with his latest injury. "I know how to deal with it," Sheffield told the New York Post. When it's right, I'll play. Until then, I'm not going to play. I'm not going to play injured anymore. I've been there and done that." The veteran outfielder is expected to get treatment and see a hand specialist today in New York. He has not ruled out traveling to Miami to see his personal hand specialist.

Our View
Sheffield probably isn't real happy that an injury is biting into his chance to make the most of a contract year. Expect Mr. Volatile attitude to take his time returning to the lineup, which means that fantasy owners need to employ a replacement for the next couple weeks.

Astorian
05-08-06, 09:29 PM
This is not the thread for a discussion of Melky Cabrera and how he might be doing in a minor league game. Folks are going to be checking this thread for updates on Sheff and it's long enough without them having to shift through off-topic posts too. Please feel free to start a new thread in the minor league forum to discuss how he's doing in the minor league game. Thanks. :)


With all due respect, I actually DID come to this thread for the Melky/KT updates because they're the most likely to replace Sheff when and if he goes on the DL. Sure, I could have checked the "All Purpose Prospect Progress Report for May" thread, but then I'd have to sift through posts about what Jon Poterson had for lunch today, no thanks...

Updates on possible replacements for Gary Sheffield in a Gary Sheffield injury update thread are not only relevant, but are also welcomed, imo... :)

JeffWeaverFan
05-09-06, 02:06 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/08/sports/baseball/08sheffield.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Sheffield Says He Won't Play While Injured Anymore
I know I'm way late on this as I was away for the last 4 days or so, but are you kidding me? I see the following quotes:
"When it's right, then I'll play," he told the newspaper. "Until then, I'm not playing... I'm just not going to go out there and play injured any more. Been there, done that, not doing it again. It's just that simple."

You're getting paid $13 million this year to play through some pain... This is obviously 100% about the option and it's a disgrace IMHO. We have a big series this week, he can obviously still hit, and he won't play because he is worried about next years option which he is proving right now that we shouldn't pick up... Maybe I'm a fool, but I thought he was better than that.

Bob Saccomano
05-09-06, 02:11 AM
Maybe I'm a fool, but I thought he was better than that.

He's kind of had a bad history with that sort of thing. However, I too shared your hopes because he's said that the Yankees are the only team that keeps him motivated to keep trying. He certainly doesn't appear all that motivated right now, but maybe he can't really play right now. He did go 0-5 in his last game.

Either way, if his message is, "I'm injury prone and a liability," then that's not a strong reason to pick up his 07 option.

JeffWeaverFan
05-09-06, 02:19 AM
He's kind of had a bad history with that sort of thing. However, I too shared your hopes because he's said that the Yankees are the only team that keeps him motivated to keep trying. He certainly doesn't appear all that motivated right now, but maybe he can't really play right now. He did go 0-5 in his last game.

Either way, if his message is, "I'm injury prone and a liability," then that's not a strong reason to pick up his 07 option.
Yeah, but I figured he had matured. He played through pain in 2004 and I was loving him... Even bought his jersey which was idiotic.


I have missed the last 4 games but saw he got the pinch hit single a few games ago. Didn't even know he had played since then.

That's what I don't get. Prove that you will play through the pain, suck it up, and produce, and you're going to get your money. Doing this "I'm going to wait until I'm 100% sh*t because I'm worried more about next year than this year" is going to lose you money. I haven't been around for long enough to watch guys like Mantle, but can anyone imagine someone like that doing this? And now that these guys are making millions of dollars they should just stop giving it their all...

Enter_Sandman_42
05-09-06, 02:35 AM
http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyanks0509,0,5104066.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines

Sheffield out two weeks

The Yankees, while refusing to comment on Sheffield's latest diagnosis, spent the day making plans to put him on the 15-day disabled list and likely call up Melky Cabrera.

If Cabrera is called up for Sheffield, as expected, it will happen at an interesting time of the season, as the Yankees open a three-game series against the Red Sox tonight in the Bronx.

JeffWeaverFan
05-09-06, 02:40 AM
http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyanks0509,0,5104066.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines

Sheffield out two weeks

The Yankees, while refusing to comment on Sheffield's latest diagnosis, spent the day making plans to put him on the 15-day disabled list and likely call up Melky Cabrera.

If Cabrera is called up for Sheffield, as expected, it will happen at an interesting time of the season, as the Yankees open a three-game series against the Red Sox tonight in the Bronx.
Melky has to start in RF until Sheff comes back. Bernie or Giambi DH's (if Andy is playing 1B) and there we go.

dabomb2045
05-09-06, 02:44 AM
Melky has to start in RF until Sheff comes back. Bernie or Giambi DH's (if Andy is playing 1B) and there we go.

Im sure Torre will put Bernie in RF for the Boston series due to his "experience"....*rolls eyes*

JeffWeaverFan
05-09-06, 02:47 AM
Im sure Torre will put Bernie in RF for the Boston series due to his "experience"....*rolls eyes*
My guess is Bernie will DH and Melky (if called up) will play RF. I'd be very excited to see Melky on the team when he's actually (at least close to) ready to be here, unlike last year.

dabomb2045
05-09-06, 02:48 AM
My guess is Bernie will DH and Melky (if called up) will play RF. I'd be very excited to see Melky on the team when he's actually (at least close to) ready to be here, unlike last year.

I hope you are right. I want to see Melky, he has been tearing it up in AAA. He obviously wasnt ready for the show last season....I would expect him to do much better this time around.

I just hope Torre doesnt staple him to the bench, and keep sending Bernie out to RF. And knowing how JFR operates....I wouldnt be shocked to see it happen.

JeffWeaverFan
05-09-06, 02:55 AM
I hope you are right. I want to see Melky, he has been tearing it up in AAA. He obviously wasnt ready for the show last season....I would expect him to do much better this time around.

I just hope Torre doesnt staple him to the bench, and keep sending Bernie out to RF. And knowing how JFR operates....I wouldnt be shocked to see it happen.
To be fair to Joe, he will give Melky a chance out there. He won't just put him on the bench. Maybe that is because it will be explained to him but you don't call up a prospect like Melky to put on the bench.

Bob Saccomano
05-09-06, 03:10 AM
I just hope Torre doesnt staple him to the bench, and keep sending Bernie out to RF. And knowing how JFR operates....I wouldnt be shocked to see it happen.

There were some quotes from Joe Torre himself that whoever gets called up will be getting regular ABs. They're not looking to interrupt the development of one of their best prospects by having him sit on the bench and not get regular cuts.

Those quotes are lurking around the forum somewhere, but in so many different threads that it's hard to keep track.

Brent
05-09-06, 03:51 AM
Id love to see Melky come up and stick in RF, with Sheff at DH an Bernie riding pine.

YankeePride1967
05-09-06, 04:52 AM
I think talk of Cabrera/Thompson here is very topical as if one/both did not play last night it would be an indication that Shef is headed for the DL.

Yankees1962
05-09-06, 05:20 AM
I think talk of Cabrera/Thompson here is very topical as if one/both did not play last night it would be an indication that Shef is headed for the DL.
Yes, indeed and it's looking like Cabrera will be the one to take Sheffield's place.




It appears that the top choice to replace Sheffield on the roster is Melky Cabrera, who had a short stint with the Yankees last season.

Although GM Brian Cashman wouldn't say last night whether Sheffield definitely would go on the DL, Cabrera - who normally plays center field - played right field for the Triple-A Clippers last night in Columbus, going 3-for-5 in a 7-3 loss to Richmond. It was his first game in right this season.

Cabrera originally was in the lineup in center field but was moved to right a few hours before first pitch, possibly so he could get some practice at that position. Yankees senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman also was on hand for the game against Richmond, ostensibly to report back to Cashman.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/416080p-351564c.html

ryanthe13th
05-09-06, 05:32 AM
I'll believe Joe giving Melky a starting role in RF when I see it.

Yankees1962
05-09-06, 05:34 AM
I'll believe Joe giving Melky a starting role in RF when I see it.
If that's the case then why did Joe start Melky last season in CF and the same with Cano at 2nd?

Anyhow, I heard Torre with his own words say that if they bring up one of their prospects who plays everyday in the minors that he will so the same for him. You might not like Torre, but he's not sitting some 21 year old outfielder, who's hitting almost .390 at Columbus, especially after being very impressed with him during this past spring training.

ryanthe13th
05-09-06, 05:51 AM
All I am saying is that I am not going to believe Torre until he actually does it. Joe Torre says things and has a tendency to go back on them at times. To be honest, I think Melky will be starting in RF when he comes up. However, I'm not going to put my confidence in it just yet. It's just an opinion for now.

GimeMoMuny
05-09-06, 05:53 AM
MELKY GETS READY TO SUB FOR SHEFFIELD (http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/63538.htm)


May 9, 2006 -- YANKEE NOTES Hours after Gary Sheffield's bothersome left hand was examined by a Manhattan specialist yesterday, Melky Cabrera was shifted from center to right field at Triple-A Columbus last night.

"In the event Gary is not available to us, and we don't know that yet, it's good for Melky to get acclimated to right," GM Brian Cashman said of the 21-year-old Cabrera, who bombed in a six-game audition last year in center for the Yankees but who was hitting .376 (second in the International League) with four homers and 24 RBIs (tied for the league lead) for the Clippers going into last night's game against Richmond.

Sheffield opted to go outside the Yankees' circle of doctors and was examined by Dr. Charles Malone yesterday.

"I will not have anything until [today]," Cashman said early last night. "I haven't had a chance to talk to Dr. Malone or Gary Sheffield."

A decision to place Sheffield on the disabled list could come as soon as today. The Yankees also could wait a few more days to see if the problem progresses.

If Sheffield goes on the DL and Cabrera is recalled, he likely would be put in the starting lineup because Joe Torre said Sunday that it wouldn't be fair for a guy playing every day in the minors to come to the big leagues and sit.

Other options are Kevin Reese, Kevin Thompson and Mitch Jones, all at Columbus.

PoughVirginiaYankee
05-09-06, 06:07 AM
Well...if it is Melky..at least his first game back isn't at Fenway like last year...RF in Fenway would be RELENTLESS on him.

Shaun4013
05-09-06, 06:13 AM
I'll believe Joe giving Melky a starting role in RF when I see it.

EXACTLY.

AMYanks
05-09-06, 06:51 AM
If Cabrera is called up, I think Cashman will make it clear to Torre that he has to start every day in RF. Although, to give Joe SOME credit, I think he realizes that.

PoughVirginiaYankee
05-09-06, 07:10 AM
If Cabrera is called up, I think Cashman will make it clear to Torre that he has to start every day in RF. Although, to give Joe SOME credit, I think he realizes that.

Well...while more so with pitchers than position players - Joe does favor getting callups right into some action.

ieddyi
05-09-06, 08:10 AM
If that's the case then why did Joe start Melky last season in CF and the same with Cano at 2nd?

Anyhow, I heard Torre with his own words say that if they bring up one of their prospects who plays everyday in the minors that he will so the same for him. You might not like Torre, but he's not sitting some 21 year old outfielder, who's hitting almost .390 at Columbus, especially after being very impressed with him during this past spring training.

Because Cashman made him do it

Yankees1962
05-09-06, 08:41 AM
Because Cashman made him do it
How do you know that, were you privey to their discussions?

38Special
05-09-06, 08:46 AM
Because Cashman made him do it

IF that's the case, and there is no direct evidence of that, why would it be any different now?

seamusk
05-09-06, 08:53 AM
question: If Melky is going to be called up, what is the delay??? We had the day off and now is the time that we need another bat and glove. That Post article that talks about the call up suggests that there is a different RF plan for tonight.


With Sheffield likely out of tonight's game against right-hander Josh Beckett, Torre could play Bubba Crosby in right and use Bernie Williams (9-22, .409, four RBI in a five-game hit streak) as his designated hitter.

yanksrule69
05-09-06, 08:57 AM
question: If Melky is going to be called up, what is the delay??? We had the day off and now is the time that we need another bat and glove. That Post article that talks about the call up suggests that there is a different RF plan for tonight.

I'd assume they let him stay down last night so that he could play a game in RF before being thrown into RF at Yankee Stadium vs. the Sox. Also, they were probably waiting for the results of Sheff's appointment with the hand specialist.

silverdsl
05-09-06, 08:59 AM
Updates on possible replacements for Gary Sheffield in a Gary Sheffield injury update thread are not only relevant, but are also welcomed, imo... :)Let me clarify - it's fine to discuss Melky as it relates to him being called up to play for Sheffield. But this thread is not the place for a game thread on how he's doing in a specific game or anything that doesn't some how relate to the Sheffield situation.


All I am saying is that I am not going to believe Torre until he actually does it. Joe Torre says things and has a tendency to go back on them at times. To be honest, I think Melky will be starting in RF when he comes up. However, I'm not going to put my confidence in it just yet. It's just an opinion for now.Same here. I'd like to think that Melky would be starting in RF because that is the best way to go for a number of reasons. But we could just as likely see Melky on the bench and Bernie out there. All I know is that I don't want to see them call up Melky for two weeks to sit around and do nothing.

But my biggest hope is that Sheffield's injury isn't something that's going to linger all season long. I hope that a two week stay on the DL will take care of it.

Yankees1962
05-09-06, 08:59 AM
question: If Melky is going to be called up, what is the delay??? We had the day off and now is the time that we need another bat and glove. That Post article that talks about the call up suggests that there is a different RF plan for tonight.
Maybe, the Yankees didn't make up their mind to DL Sheffield until late yesterday afternoon and they wanted to watch Melky in RF before talking to him. I watched Cabrera in RF a couple of times during spring training games in March. If I had to venture a guess, Melky was probably told last night after the game and will probably be on a morning flight from Columbus to NY.

Yankees1962
05-09-06, 09:04 AM
Same here. I'd like to think that Melky would be starting in RF because that is the best way to go for a number of reasons. But we could just as likely see Melky on the bench and Bernie out there. All I know is that I don't want to see them call up Melky for two weeks to sit around and do nothing.

But my biggest hope is that Sheffield's injury isn't something that's going to linger all season long. I hope that a two week stay on the DL will take care of it.
The Yankees are not going to bring up one of their best hitting prospects, who's tearing up his minor league just to sit on the bench, thus, retard his development as a major league player. If that's the case, they would bring up a player that they consider less of a prospect to sit on the bench like Reese. By the way, didn't the Yanks bring up Reese last year?

YankeePride1967
05-09-06, 09:20 AM
Yes, indeed and it's looking like Cabrera will be the one to take Sheffield's place.



http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/416080p-351564c.html

Interesting. I think that is a very clear indication it will be him.

gdn
05-09-06, 09:27 AM
I bet they call up Mitch Jones.

Shaun4013
05-09-06, 09:41 AM
Looks like Sheff is headed to the DL, and if so, and IF ( and its a BIG IF) Joe is willing to play him everyday...THAN FREE MELKY!

trapper700
05-09-06, 09:42 AM
In the event that Melky does get called up to replace Sheff, I just hope that he's given a chance to show what he can do. If he plays in this series against boston, he's going to be facing some tough pitching in beckett, schilling and wakefield, so I don't really expect him to do too much, but if he goes hitless, i'm not going to hold it against him. That's a tough matchup for any hitter, let alone a 21 year old just being called up from the minors.

Jasbro
05-09-06, 10:14 AM
In the event that Melky does get called up to replace Sheff, I just hope that he's given a chance to show what he can do. If he plays in this series against boston, he's going to be facing some tough pitching in beckett, schilling and wakefield, so I don't really expect him to do too much, but if he goes hitless, i'm not going to hold it against him. That's a tough matchup for any hitter, let alone a 21 year old just being called up from the minors.

I think that if Melky is called up today or tomorrow, then he will be a reserve to Bernie -- at least against the Sox. Given his performance against them last year, I don't see us throwing him right back onto the frying pan as soon as he gets up.

Yankees1962
05-09-06, 10:17 AM
I think that if Melky is called up today or tomorrow, then he will be a reserve to Bernie -- at least against the Sox. Given his performance against them last year, I don't see us throwing him right back onto the frying pan as soon as he gets up.
I don't buy that assumption, I think Melky's problems last year were not due to the Red Sox perse, but more to do with him being nervous and a little unprepared for the ML.

Granted, if he travels to NY today, he might not play tonight, but I can see him in the lineup tomorrow.

NelsonMuntz
05-09-06, 10:21 AM
If Cabrera is called up, I think Cashman will make it clear to Torre that he has to start every day in RF. Although, to give Joe SOME credit, I think he realizes that.
It appears that he does:

Joe Torre said Sunday that if the Yankees called up a player who was playing every day in the minors, he'd try to keep him in the lineup.
http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyanks0509,0,5104066.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines

As others have noted, I'm worried that the "loyalty" factor with Bernie will cloud Torre's judgement but the above quote gives me some confidence that Joe will do the right thing if Melky is promoted.

Yankeeah
05-09-06, 10:42 AM
It appears that he does:

http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyanks0509,0,5104066.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines

As others have noted, I'm worried that the "loyalty" factor with Bernie will cloud Torre's judgement but the above quote gives me some confidence that Joe will do the right thing if Melky is promoted.

How about they do something soon. I'm too damn antsy

Maynerd
05-09-06, 10:59 AM
Melky had less than 20 At Bats last Spring. Certainly not enough exposure to make any sort of judgment about whether or not he's "ready" to play at this level. If we made any decisions after Robinson Cano's first 20 At Bats last year, he'd probably be playing in Trenton right now.

I'm excited about the idea of a red-hot Melky in Right Field. If he can sustain anything close to his AAA performance, he stays in pinstripes, Sheff becomes the full-time DH, Bernie becomes the bench player we were expecting him to be, and Bubba becomes..........well, he'll still be Bubba, but not on the Yankee bench. I'm not seeing a down-side here.

Usually, an injury hurts you. This one might be the start of something really, really good.

Beat Boston!

YankeeStripes
05-09-06, 11:10 AM
Well, missing Gary's bat for 2 weeks will hurt, but lets hope Melky can hit .280 or so. If he hits .280 and plays good defense, i see no reason not to keep him up...but there is that unwritten rule that you cant lose your job to an injury. So i doubt they would keep him up this season.

JeffWeaverFan
05-09-06, 11:11 AM
I think that if Melky is called up today or tomorrow, then he will be a reserve to Bernie -- at least against the Sox. Given his performance against them last year, I don't see us throwing him right back onto the frying pan as soon as he gets up.
Then they wouldn't call him up. You can't call him up to be a reserve. Kevin Thompson would have to get the call if it was for a reserve role.

JavyVazquezIsSick
05-09-06, 11:12 AM
I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if they call up Melky and Torre still puts Bernie in the outfield...

premct
05-09-06, 11:17 AM
Calling up Melky makes perfect baseball sense. If Melky does well in any extended period of time, it would provide the rationale for not picking up Sheffield's option and thus saving $17 million and getting younger in the OF. It may force Sheffield to re-think his attitude and force him to come back sooner than he wants to.

Maynerd
05-09-06, 11:18 AM
...but there is that unwritten rule that you cant lose your job to an injury. So i doubt they would keep him up this season.
Sheff wouldn't be losing his job -- just moving to DH. Less wear and tear on the injuries. Easier to heal. This would be easy to justify. The guy who would lose a job would be Bubba. And, he wouldn't be the first guy to lose a job based on somebody else's injury, and the way the cards played out in response to it.

If you call Melky up and play him regularly, you've got to keep him up IF HE PERFORMS.

Which is the better option?

Sheff in Right
Bernie, Andy DHing
Bubba on the benchOr...

Melky in Right
Sheff at DH
Bernie, Andy on the benchI'm liking Option Two.

SoCal Pinstriper
05-09-06, 11:37 AM
Melky had less than 20 At Bats last Spring. Certainly not enough exposure to make any sort of judgment about whether or not he's "ready" to play at this level. If we made any decisions after Robinson Cano's first 20 At Bats last year, he'd probably be playing in Trenton right now.

I'm excited about the idea of a red-hot Melky in Right Field. If he can sustain anything close to his AAA performance, he stays in pinstripes, Sheff becomes the full-time DH, Bernie becomes the bench player we were expecting him to be, and Bubba becomes..........well, he'll still be Bubba, but not on the Yankee bench. I'm not seeing a down-side here.

Usually, an injury hurts you. This one might be the start of something really, really good.

Beat Boston!Agreed, if Torre handles this properly, and Melky can step up, this could be a large net positive for the team.

aeromac76
05-09-06, 11:52 AM
Agreed, if Torre handles this properly, and Melky can step up, this could be a large net positive for the team.

Well hey it was baout this time last year two guys named Cano and Wang came up, and they turned out pretty good as I recall!!

So lets hope for lightning striking twice!!

Mr. Mxylsplk
05-09-06, 11:58 AM
Which is the better option?
Sheff in Right
Bernie, Andy DHing
Bubba on the benchOr...
Melky in Right
Sheff at DH
Bernie, Andy on the benchI'm liking Option Two.
Yep. Losing Sheff hurts, particularly with big games against Boston, but if Melky plays well and earns a chance to stay in right when Sheff returns, the injury could turn out to be a real benefit over the course of the season.

Yankees1962
05-09-06, 12:19 PM
Melky had less than 20 At Bats last Spring. Certainly not enough exposure to make any sort of judgment about whether or not he's "ready" to play at this level. If we made any decisions after Robinson Cano's first 20 At Bats last year, he'd probably be playing in Trenton right now.

I'm excited about the idea of a red-hot Melky in Right Field. If he can sustain anything close to his AAA performance, he stays in pinstripes, Sheff becomes the full-time DH, Bernie becomes the bench player we were expecting him to be, and Bubba becomes..........well, he'll still be Bubba, but not on the Yankee bench. I'm not seeing a down-side here.

Usually, an injury hurts you. This one might be the start of something really, really good.

Beat Boston!
Melky had 43 at-bats this past spring and was very effective which he carried over into the regular season or are you talking about his time spent with the Yankees last June?

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/springStats?team=nyy&type=bat&year=2006

Maynerd
05-09-06, 03:07 PM
Melky had 43 at-bats this past spring and was very effective which he carried over into the regular season or are you talking about his time spent with the Yankees last June?

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/springStats?team=nyy&type=bat&year=2006

Last June.

Some people are wringing their hands over the horrible, horrible failure Melky turned out to be last year. He actually had little more than a cup of coffee. Six games. Nineteen At Bats. Robinson Cano had an equally bad start. The difference? We kept Cano in the bigs and let him get over the yips, and sent Melky back down for seasoning.

I honestly believe that Melky is the starting Right Fielder for this team for the next few years, at least (hopefully longer). Let's start that tonight!

MaineSoxFan
05-09-06, 03:14 PM
Last June.

Some people are wringing their hands over the horrible, horrible failure Melky turned out to be last year. He actually had little more than a cup of coffee. Six games. Nineteen At Bats. Robinson Cano had an equally bad start. The difference? We kept Cano in the bigs and let him get over the yips, and sent Melky back down for seasoning.

I honestly believe that Melky is the starting Right Fielder for this team for the next few years, at least (hopefully longer). Let's start that tonight!

It seemed like the bigger issue for Melky was the fielding, he had a lot of trouble in CF if I remember correctly.

Martini6196
05-09-06, 04:18 PM
Does everyone really think Sheffield is hurt or do you think he is doing this because the Yankees haven't picked up his option? I love Sheffield and the fear he puts into opposing teams and their fans but if this is about money and not being hurt I hope they dont pick up his option for next year. Hopefully Melky will turn out to as good as Cano and we won't need Sheffield.

goin for 27
05-09-06, 04:33 PM
Last June.

Some people are wringing their hands over the horrible, horrible failure Melky turned out to be last year. He actually had little more than a cup of coffee. Six games. Nineteen At Bats. Robinson Cano had an equally bad start. The difference? We kept Cano in the bigs and let him get over the yips, and sent Melky back down for seasoning.

I honestly believe that Melky is the starting Right Fielder for this team for the next few years, at least (hopefully longer). Let's start that tonight!

I hope so, but players don't just blossom because the Big League Club keeps them in the lineup. I want to see more of Cabrera, but unfair to say that Cano was allowed to stay so that is why he is here now. Cano is here now, because he belongs. Cabrera remains to be seen.

38Special
05-09-06, 04:48 PM
Does everyone really think Sheffield is hurt or do you think he is doing this because the Yankees haven't picked up his option? I love Sheffield and the fear he puts into opposing teams and their fans but if this is about money and not being hurt I hope they dont pick up his option for next year. Hopefully Melky will turn out to as good as Cano and we won't need Sheffield.

Sheffield has always been a brat but that would be pushing. We all saw the injury happen and the team sent him to a doctor who prescribed rest. So, no.

Spiker101
05-09-06, 05:48 PM
Does everyone really think Sheffield is hurt or do you think he is doing this because the Yankees haven't picked up his option? I love Sheffield and the fear he puts into opposing teams and their fans but if this is about money and not being hurt I hope they dont pick up his option for next year. Hopefully Melky will turn out to as good as Cano and we won't need Sheffield.

He's faking it. Because a 37-year-old in his walk year wants to get the message out that he's injury prone. Come on. Sheffield talks too much at times, but he's about as tough as any player in the game. He's hurting right now and the worst injury there is for a hitter, especially one who relies on bat speed, is to his hands or wrist.

goin for 27
05-09-06, 06:07 PM
I don't like Sheff's personality, but he is a hell of a player. I have seen him play injured both as a Yankee and a Brave. I think he simply has a dinged up wrist, and unlike a hamstring, or an ankle, he would be useless at the plate.

The contract MAY come into play just a touch, as he may be thinking that if he really does damage, he could be in trouble. However, I think if he was signed, he would still be out.