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Poll: Is It Wrong To Play Dirty in Spring Training?
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Yesterday's game against the Rays turned out badly, and not because they lost or even because of another mediocre performance by anyone the Moose. No, the trouble was much worse than that - a busted up right wrist for young Yank catcher Francisco Cervelli. As Devil Ray Elliot Johnson attempted to score on a hit to left field by Willy Aybar, he threw himself full force into Cervelli, who was blocking the plate. By most accounts Johnson's smash into Cervelli was done with unnecessary force.

Girardi was obviously quite unhappy with the result of that run-in. With Jorgie and Molina both lined up to catch during the season it was unlikely that Cervelli would have been on the roster anyway, but the fact that it happened at all worries him - and I'm with him. What if it had been Jorgie Porgie Pudding and Pie? Or even Molina?
"You should play hard, but that's a play that there is no memo ... Cervelli didn't have a chance to do anything. But one thing that you teach catchers is that when you do have a chance to do something and there is going to be contact, try to be the one to initiate it instead of absorbing it."
As for Rays manager Joe Madden, he didn't seem too concerned, despite the fact that Johnson suffered a separated shoulder from the incident:
"We'd like to see more plays like that from our team."

What do you think?

Is It OK To Play Dirty in ST Games?
Surely, Shirely! Gotta Stay Sharp!
No Way - Keep it Classy. And safe.
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posted by Yankees Chick @ Sunday, March 09, 2008  
  • At 3:42 PM, Blogger Ian said…

    While you want your players to play hard and do things like that, it is spring training. Now whether or not he could have slide in is debatable.

    By him doing that, he does show his manager that he's ready to play.

    I feel bad for the Yanks catcher (yes a Red Sox fan said that) because he may or may not have seen the big leagues this year as he is the only catcher in the Yanks system that might be MLB ready.

  • At 5:14 PM, Blogger gcp said…

    I always iknew Reyes was "sweet"

  • At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Nick Kapur said…

    I have to say, Yankees Chick, I think your poll is worded poorly. I don't think it is at all accurate to say that running into a catcher blocking the plate is "playing dirty." That is a perfectly legitimate baseball play. If the catcher blocks the plate, before he has the ball, it is your job as a runner to run him over. That is how baseball is taught in every organization. What are you supposed to do, just stand around and wait to be tagged buy a guy who doesn't even have the ball yet? If you slide you could break your leg. Johnson made the right baseball play there.

  • At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the carvelli play at the plate was a good, clean, hard play. not dirty. arguably inappropriate.
    duncan's slide into iwamura was filthy. the yankees should be embarrased. duncan made girardi look like a hypocritical idiot. if girardi is going to call out maddon for not keeping his players in line, then he should be held accountable for duncan's disgusting behavior.

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