One of my favorite non Yankee sites is BBTIA, otherwise known as Baseball Time in Arlington. I’m going to completely rip off their wonderful leader Joey Matschulat here and post some questions of my own.
1. Although many games are televised during spring training, we still miss out on a lot of action, even more if you’re not around for 1pm games. So, who in camp have you not been able to see that you’re most looking forward too? For me, it’s Ryan Pope. He’s only pitched in two innings so far and was in camp last year as well, but I’m curious to see him now. He was converted to a reliever this year, throws a mid 90’s fastball and supposedly has a nasty slider. He figures to be in AAA for the start of the year meaning if all goes well, he could show up in the Bronx at some point.
2. One of the things I really love about spring training are the roving national columnists, traveling from camp to camp filling up my RSS feed with stories from each stop. My favorite column every day is Buster Olney’s. Sure he can swing and miss with analysis stuff, but he’s a great writer, is open to new ideas and always has good stuff to share. Out of the national columnist group (Olney, Heyman, Gammons, Rosenthal etc) who do you like reading the most? I place the odds at roughly +600 on Heyman getting any votes at all.
3. Which current starting Yankee are you watching the closest in camp outside of the obvious choices (cough AJ/Derek cough)? I’m watching Nick Swisher. As RLYW pointed out this morning and Joe Paw before him, Swisher cut down on his walks in 2010 but posted a very productive year none the less. He benefited from some BABIP luck however and it’s unlikely he’ll get the same bounces this year. So will he return to the selective 2009 version of Nick Swisher? Will he fall off from his 09/10 production? Will something else entirely happen?
4. In an interesting turn of events, we’ve seen a few columnists portray Alex Rodriguez in a positive light in the past few days (Gasp!). First it was Ian O’Connor with his LeBron James comparison and now Peter Gammons, much to the chagrin of Peter Abraham. I can also remember positive stories from Buster Olney and Joel Sherman in the recent past. This is in great contrast to how the beat writers handle Alex. Many of them clearly dislike him a great deal. What is that about? My theory is that after Arod rolled out his new “I’ll no longer put my foot in my own mouth” campaign, he does a lot less interviews which maybe rubs them the wrong way. I’m open to all your theories.
UPDATED- One more question.
On Friday, after watching Banuelos look terrific against the Red Sox, John Harper from the Daily News tweeted this:
“Russell Martin after catching Banuelos: his stuff is as good as kershaw. And he’s more polished than kershaw.”
I cannot tell you how ridiculous that is. It seems like Martin just taking a shot at the team he got cut loose from. Being able to watch Clayton Kershaw pitch frequently is a fantastic treat as a baseball fan. He’s 21 years old, has a 3.31 career FIP, a 9.26 career K/9 rate and throws a plus plus fastball, slider and curve. He’s one of the best young pitchers in baseball without any question. I think he gets overshadowed a lot because he’s on the west coast and in the national league. Plenty of east coast writers talk about him like he’s some prospect on the rise. Look at his numbers- he arrived two years ago. Any other candidates for most overlooked player in baseball?
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