Yankees News: Aaron Boone talks coaching staff, lockout
New York Post | Joel Sherman: As Aaron Boone patiently awaits the start of his fifth spring training as Yankees manager, the skipper took the time to chat about all things baseball with Joel Sherman — well, as much as he can, since it’s not supposed to. discuss current players during lockdown.
Although Sherman opens the article with Boone’s comments about the idea that he’s nothing more than a “data applicator” and front office puppet, what intrigues me most is this are his revelations about what the Yankees coaching staff did. Unable to actively work on preparing the current roster for the 2022 season, coaches have instead spent their time researching the strategy at play and organizing “informative zooms designed to increase knowledge” and allowing team coaches (many of whom are new to the organization) to better familiarize themselves with the latest innovations in skill sets that are not their own.
Unfortunately for Boone, like everyone else, none of this replaces what we all really want: the start of spring training.
NJ.com | Randy Miller: Ranked 19th among Yankees prospects by MLB Pipeline, 25-year-old outfielder Brandon Lockridge enters 2022 in a bit of limbo after a breakout season with the Hudson Valley Renegades and Somerset Patriots; known primarily for his immense speed, he showed real power in 2021, hitting 10 home runs in 43 games after his mid-season promotion to Somerset. Despite this performance, however, Lockridge was not added to the 40-man list in November, meaning he will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft in case it happens after the lockdown ends.
Speaking to NJ.com, Lockridge talked about all of these things and more — comparisons to Brett Gardner, the depth of the outfield in the Yankees organization, his college transition from infield to outfield and, more importantly, shark fishing in Florida.
Boston Globe | Alex Speier: Yes, I know, this piece is from enemy territory, but every now and then the other side says something good. In this case, they’re using the Nick Pivetta case to remind their readers why the Major League Baseball Players Association is so adamant about ending service time manipulation.
Quite often we hear about the manipulation of service time in relation to elite players, with Kris Bryant, George Springer, Carlos Correa and David Price among the players most frequently highlighted as the most affected by the practice. While that’s certainly unfair, however, these players don’t always get a lot of sympathy, because in the end they always got their big contracts (or in the case of Correa and Bryant, they will get once the lockout is over) . The case of Pivetta, a pitcher with a career 5.16 ERA, reminds us that teams not only manipulate the service time of elite prospects they hope will be stars, but also the players who will spend their careers in the roster bubble. In these cases, this manipulation could simply rob a player of their ability to strike free will.