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  • Posada at first?

    I saw this article on Yankees.com:

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/...=.jsp&c_id=nyy

    What do you think about it?

  • #2
    I don't like it. I say just put him on the bench and have him pinch hit for Nieves late in the game. I'd rather have a strong defense than a strong offense any day. Plus, we have so many weapons on offense we don't NEED Posada in the line up.
    Let's go Yankees!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by sanket View Post
      I don't like it. I say just put him on the bench and have him pinch hit for Nieves late in the game. I'd rather have a strong defense than a strong offense any day. Plus, we have so many weapons on offense we don't NEED Posada in the line up.
      That's exactly what I thought. You'll never know how this pans out, but I'd rather play Phelps or Cairo at first.

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      • #4
        I`d rather havr Damon play first to be honest
        2009 World Series Champions, The New York Yankees

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        • #5
          Originally posted by sanket View Post
          I don't like it. I say just put him on the bench and have him pinch hit for Nieves late in the game. I'd rather have a strong defense than a strong offense any day. Plus, we have so many weapons on offense we don't NEED Posada in the line up.
          Posada: .349/.407/.558

          Yeah, put him on the bench.
          Originally posted by Domenic
          The Yankees should see if Yogi Berra can still get behind the plate - he has ten World Series rings... he must be worth forty or fifty million a season.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mariano_Rivera View Post
            I`d rather havr Damon play first to be honest
            No thanks. Just keep it the way as it is. Posada/catcher, Damon/DH, Phelps or Cairo/1B.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Yankeebiscuitfan View Post
              No thanks. Just keep it the way as it is. Posada/catcher, Damon/DH, Phelps or Cairo/1B.
              Yeah, but with no DH wouldn't you rather keep Melky in the lineup than Nieves?
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              • #8
                Why in the world would you put Jorge @ 1st now?

                That means that you'd be putting Nieves bat into the lineup...this guy couldn't get a hit if Dice K was throwing basketballs from the windup.
                "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sanket View Post
                  I don't like it. I say just put him on the bench and have him pinch hit for Nieves late in the game. I'd rather have a strong defense than a strong offense any day. Plus, we have so many weapons on offense we don't NEED Posada in the line up.
                  Wow, did I just read this?

                  I'm not opposed to Po at first in the future but this season it wouldn't benefit the team. Once there's a young stud catcher(Cervelli, hopefully) and if the first base void still isn't filled with a young bat, Po could be a very servicable firstbaseman/ back-up catcher.
                  After an offseason scare with blood clots, Shelley Duncan said yesterday he feels "wonderful -- like a stallion"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sanket View Post
                    I don't like it. I say just put him on the bench and have him pinch hit for Nieves late in the game. I'd rather have a strong defense than a strong offense any day. Plus, we have so many weapons on offense we don't NEED Posada in the line up.
                    This had to be a joke. Right?

                    Why would you purposely take out one of your best bats...and the guy leading his league in AVG for a guy who's not even hitting his own weight?
                    Ain't even at the Mendoza line, I believe.

                    This had to be a joke.
                    "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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                    • #11
                      Two more Interleague starts in NL parks (vs Rockies and Giants) on Moose's schedule, soooooo ... does anyone know how well Posada's defense is at 1B? Is he training with Donnie Baseball?

                      Wouldn't have been an issue had Moose and Posada clicked recently, but nothing's perfect in baseball, as in life.

                      Posada May Start at First Base on Interleague Trip
                      Mike Mussina’s spot in the rotation comes up twice on the Yankees’ trip to National League parks at Colorado and San Francisco. That presents Manager Joe Torre with a problem.

                      Torre has made the light-hitting Wil Nieves (.122 batting average) the personal catcher for Mussina. But Jorge Posada, the regular catcher, is batting .347. With no designated hitter allowed, how could Torre get Posada’s bat into the lineup?

                      The answer may be to use Posada as the first baseman. Posada took grounders at first during batting practice yesterday and may start there when Mussina is scheduled to pitch, Tuesday in Colorado and Sunday in San Francisco.

                      Posada has played 17 career games at first base, including a three-inning appearance last June 4 at Baltimore. Before that, Posada had not played at first base since 2001.

                      “When you’ve been behind the plate for so long, things come instinctively,” Posada said. “When you’re at first base, you have to think about where you have to be. Instincts don’t play a role here. It’s not going to come easy.”

                      Posada sounded skeptical of the idea, which he learned about two days ago. He said that the Yankees would evaluate how he did in practice.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TonyStarks View Post
                        This had to be a joke. Right?

                        Why would you purposely take out one of your best bats...and the guy leading his league in AVG for a guy who's not even hitting his own weight?
                        Ain't even at the Mendoza line, I believe.

                        This had to be a joke.
                        I'd guess that either that was a joke or, since Posada only DHs in AL parks when Moose pitches, that 1B or late-inning offensive replacement may be an option when Moose pitches. Given that Moose goes no more than 7 innings, it could make sense.

                        For the NL parks, please see my last post above.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mattingly View Post
                          I'd guess that either that was a joke or, since Posada only DHs in AL parks when Moose pitches, that 1B or late-inning offensive replacement may be an option when Moose pitches. Given that Moose goes no more than 7 innings, it could make sense.

                          For the NL parks, please see my last post above.
                          Man, I don't like it.

                          Jorge could get hurt at 1B easier than @ C.
                          Don't we all remember about the debacle with Mike Piazza a few years back?

                          Put Nieves on the damn bench.
                          Let him be a late inning replacement if need be.
                          "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TonyStarks View Post
                            Man, I don't like it.

                            Jorge could get hurt at 1B easier than @ C.
                            Don't we all remember about the debacle with Mike Piazza a few years back?

                            Put Nieves on the damn bench.
                            Let him be a late inning replacement if need be.
                            How could Posada get hurt at 1B easier than catching? I remember once around 2003, he'd squatted for an entire 16-inning game. How that is humanly possible is beyond me.

                            You mean hurt by a line ball? By being spiked at 1B?

                            For Piazza, you mean when he was asked by Steve Phillips to go to 1B, but he'd said he didn't want to go? If so, Piazza impressed me as being more interested in his offense as a C than anything else. Phillips was only asking Piazza to help the team, since the Mets, per their low placing in the standings, had a few catchers from the farm who were ready to rock 'n' roll. Mikey seemed more interested in himself, at least to me, than benefitting the team.

                            I'd say that Nieves' place should be on the bench. When Jorge is pooped, double headers, etc. To me, Nieves' primary purpose is as Moose's personal catcher. I think we had one guy (can't remember his name) who was Unit's personal catcher for awhile, then Randy finally meshed with Jorge (double header or something like that).

                            If we're comfortably ahead by a few runs, I'd put him in. I'm not sure if it was Clemens' fault, but quite a few thefts off Posada on Friday. Perhaps other duties may await him.

                            Right now, unless Giambi goes, we've got one too many candidates for 1B and DH. With Tyler Clippard being sent down and Kevin Thompson being called up, we've also got a surplus of OFers too.
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                            • #15
                              I think the real reason behind is Mike Mussina. He can be very regimental and he is now accustomed to Wil Nieves catching (with good results in his past few outings). So the thinking here is that when playing in the NL parks with a shorter lineup, Mussina is appeased by having Nieves catching, but the team doesn't lose Posada's bat. So essentially the team would be trading Cairo for Nieves for those couple of games and that's not that big of a deal, IMO.

                              I also think Posada will be fine at 1B. I think he was originally a 2Bman in the minors, so he should have some natural skill to play the position. The future might have Posada at 1B at some point anyway.

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