Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Youbtube: Posada Family Harlem Shake

Jorge, Laura, and all of the Posada family doing the Harlem shake. This is just something we had to share here at TGP. Enjoy!

Yankees Draft Pool Cap Set at $7,957,400

The Yankees have a huge chunk of change to spend in the 2013 MLB First Year Players Draft as it was set at nearly $8 million today. The Astros obviously have the most money to spend because of having the worst record at $11.7 million for this years June draft. The Yankees have the eight most pool money in the draft to sign their 12 picks in the first 10 rounds. The Washington Nationals have the least amount of money at $2.7 million in the pool after having the best record in baseball last season and losing their first round pick to sign Rafael Soriano.

Cano Fires Boras

"Ronery. I'm so ronery."

This is hardly news that falls in the "ho hum" category. The biggest free agent to be has fired the agent known for getting his clients the most money. Robbie hasn't said why he made this decision, but it stands to reason that he wasn't liking the way talks between Boras and the Yankees were going. I mean, that was the only thing going on right now, so what else could it be? 

Mark Feinsand said that Cano has hired CAA Sports, who also represents stars such as Buster Posey, who just signed a huge contract extension with the Giants. Another good sign as far as I'm concerned. Oh, and CAA also handles Phil Hughes, which makes me feel even better about things, seeing as how I'd like Philthy to remain in New York with Robbie (at least for now). 

Another interesting bit surrounding this news is that Jay-Z's Roc Nation will handle the marketing surrounding Cano. Robbie is actually Roc Nation's first client. While some may find it interesting that Cano and Jay-Z are in business together, I find it interesting since Jay-Z has ties to New York, making me think that too will help keep Robinson in pinstripes for the rest of his career.

"What Jay-Z song should I use for my at-bat music?"

Cano Fires Boras, Signs With Jay-Z and CAA

Just seven months before hitting free agency with the potential to sign a mega contract, Robinson Cano has fired agent Scott Boras to sign with the Jaz Z's Roc Nation . Buster Olney of ESPN, had it first in a tweet.

Roc Nation announced Tuesday that it will be teaming up with Creative Arts Agency (CAA) and that Cano will be the agencies first client.

"At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors on and off the field," Cano said in a statement. "I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short- and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates."

This is outstanding news for the Yankees, as the likelihood of Cano signing an extension with the Yankees just went up greatly. Obviously nothing is guaranteed, but it was very clear that Boras wanted Cano to go to free agency to the highest bidder. It doesn't hurt that Jay-Z is a New York icon and a huge Yankees fan himself. He even coined the phrase in "Empire State of Mind" that he could "make the Yankee hat more famous than any Yankee can".

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, a friend close to Cano told him that Alex Rodriguez and LeBron James were in Cano's ear about switching to Jay-Z and that Cano wants to remain a Yankee.

"It's not a coincidence Jay Z is involved because Alex and him are friends and Alex is a guy Robbie has a lot of respect for,'' the friend said. "He didn't want the same situation as Albert Pujols. Robbie wants to be a Yankee.''

CAA baseball starts like Matt Cain, Ryan Braun, Buster Posey and Ryan Zimmerman have all signed extensions with their clubs before hitting free agency, which is more good news for the Yankees. Signing Cano would be a very good PR move for the Yankees, who at this point could really use one.  It is doubtful that Cano will take any discount to sign with the Yankees, but the fact that it appears that he wants to stay with the Yankees and that the Yankees appear to want him back is huge.

Morning Bits: C.C.'s velocity, A-Rod, & more...

mug3Well they got the first loss out of the way quickly.   Off day today.   Let's get started with some links...

-- Andy McCullough of The Star Ledger wonders if the Yankees should worry about C.C.'s velocity.

-- Danny Knobler of CBS writes that A-Rod sees return to Yankees as "year of opportunity."

-- Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY writes that is an opener to forget.

This Day In Yankees History : 4/2/13

This Day In Yankees History... April 2nd

The Yankees for the first time since 1962 started a rookie short stop to start a season and his name was Derek Jeter. Derek responded by hitting a home run off of Dennis Martinez in a 7-1 Yankees victory over the Cleveland Indians. He wen't on to hit a few more base hits in his career if I remember correctly.

In the same game of the Derek Jeter Opening Day home run the Yankees also trotted out a new manager, Joe Torre, after the Buck Schowalter fiasco. Joe would win his first game of 1173 victories with the Yankees in his 12 seasons as a Yankees manager. That included ten American League East titles, a post season birth all twelve seasons, six American League pennants, and four World Series rings.

Roger Clemens, also on opening day but this time in 2001, passed Walter Johnson to become the American League's all time strike out king when he sat down Kansas City's Joe Randa for his 3509th K of his career. This would put him at 7th all time on the Major League strike out list.

In 2003 Todd Zeile hit a home run in his first at bat as a Yankee which is obviously not that uncommon. What was uncommon was Todd became the first player in Major League history to hit a home run for ten different teams. Those teams were obviously the Yankees, Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies, Orioles, Dodgers, Marlins, Rangers, Mets, and Colorado Rockies.