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Yankees Spring Training News & Notes: February 24, 2021

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It was another full day of Yankee camp – and yet another day without an injury. That’s two days in a row now. As the old saying goes, three is a streak. So let’s make it a streak, shall we?

Despite the full day of camp, it was again a (relatively) light news day today, so I’ll try to keep this one as brief as possible. Here is today’s video, before we get to it. This time it is Jameson Taillon throwing live BP to his new teammates:

Here’s to a great year from Jameson Taillon. It all starts here. Anyway, news after the jump.

The Big Story: Giancarlo in the Outfield

Okay, let’s be real. This is probably not the biggest story of the day. That was almost certainly Domingo Germán’s press conference and the team’s reaction to his internal address, but I’ve said all I can say about that already. Everyone knows where we stand. We’ll have a bit more on that below, but first I wanted to discuss Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield for a minute.

The Yankees’ big man has a troubled injury history, as we all know. He has missed time in nearly all of his Major League seasons, playing in just 140 or more games in four of his eleven seasons. I did not count last season in that count, as it was a weird one, but he would not have exceeded 140 last year under normal circumstances, either. Giancarlo has earned his reputation as being injury-prone, like it or not. (I certainly do not.)

This history led to a number of fans responding negatively to Aaron Boone’s comments yesterday that Giancarlo may play the outfield at times throughout the 2021 season. (There was even some negative commentary on videos of him shagging fly balls.) That is ridiculous. Giancarlo Stanton is a 31-year-old professional athlete. Playing the outfield, even at the MLB level, involves standing around and occasionally running after, and then throwing, a baseball. It is not easy to play the outfield in a big league stadium. I could not do it. But I am not a professional athlete who has played more than 1,000 games in the outfield. Giancarlo is. He can do it without getting hurt. To suggest otherwise is ridiculous.

The point of this is to say that everyone is nervous that Stanton – and Judge, and Gary, and everyone else – is going to get hurt. That is understandable. What is not understandable is wanting to treat Giancarlo like a delicacy. He is an athlete. He can handle playing the outfield a little bit. If anything, swinging a bat is more likely to injure him anyway. Finally, the Yankees are better if he occasionally mans left. It means that they can keep his bat in the lineup and rotate other players into the half-day off that is the DH, as they like to do.

More flexibility is good, and maximizing that flexibility means allowing Big G to take the field, as a treat.

Leftovers

Alright, so that little rant is out of the way. Let’s get to today’s other news, shall we?

  • Pitching Assignments: As always, here is today’s pitching update courtesy of Bryan Hoch. I personally love these, for some reason. Eight Yanks threw live BP today: Deivi García, Luis Garcia, Chad Green, Nick Goody, Mike King, Jameson Taillon, Adam Warren, and Asher Wojciechowski. Three others threw at The Gas Station: Albert Abreu, Aroldis Chapman, and Yoendrys Gomez. It looks like Chad Green was looking pretty good, too:

Like I said, quiet day. There’s not else a whole lot to say about today’s news. Go check out Dom’s triumphant return instead. Now that you’re back, I leave you with this:

We’ll see you tomorrow, unless anything else significant happens today. Have a good night, everyone.

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5 Comments

  1. Troy

    Stanton should play the OF. He is a good OF. His injuries have almost all come at the plate. There is at least a reasonable chance that playing the OF may help him avoid injury by staying warm during games rather than coming off the bench cold.

    As an aside, I would really like to see him get some reps at 1B. With his size it would be a perfect way to give Voit a day off here and there.

    • Dani

      Didn’t most of his injuries come from running the bases? I’m pretty sure that he injured himself twice that way during the past 2 years and at least 1 of those was an attempted steal of 2nd. Didn’t he also injure his wrist once while trying to slide into 3rd?

      I don’t mind him playing the field because he’s a good defender and I think the majority of his injuries came in unnecessary situations (the attempted steal, the slide into 3rd) that a guy like him should be smart about and try to avoid.

      • Troy

        Or at the plate. Tough to tell players not to be aggressive but sometimes it is best.

  2. Mungo

    “Happy Thursday, everyone.”

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, Bobby, unless you’re in Europe.

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