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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Bronx, NY (Nov 8) – This season marks the second-earliest start to the Yankees’ spring training game schedule in the last 60 years behind only 2009, when they played their first game on February 25 due to the World Baseball Classic.
The Yankees will play a 32-game Grapefruit League schedule that will include 16 home games, including four Saturday contests – all slated to start at 1:05 p.m. The Yankees will wrap up their spring schedule playing five of their final six games at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Included in the Yankees’ home exhibition games are seven home night contests (7:05 p.m. start time):
Friday, March 4 vs. Boston
Wednesday, March 9 vs. Pittsburgh
Wednesday, March 16 vs. Baltimore
Thursday, March 17 vs. Tampa Bay
Wednesday, March 23 vs. Toronto
Friday, March 25 vs. Houston
Monday, March 28 vs. Tampa Bay
In addition, George M. Steinbrenner Field will once again host the “Florida Four,” featuring matchups of four Florida universities on Tuesday, March 1. The University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Miami (UM) will go head-to-head in the first game scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by the University of Florida (UF) against Florida State University (FSU) in the second contest to begin one half-hour after the conclusion of the first game.
Season tickets for the Yankees’ 2011 Spring Training are on sale now at www.steinbrennerfield.com or www.yankees.com.
Individual-game spring tickets will go on sale on December 3 at 10:00 a.m. at the Steinbrenner Field box office, online at www.yankees.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Monday, February 14, with the first workout scheduled for Tuesday, February 15. The Yankees’ first full-squad workout is scheduled for Sunday, February 20.
The free agent market will seem slow this year because there really are not great names out there. Cliff Lee is by far the best pitcher out there, the second best is Carl Pavano, and that is a huge difference.
The best position players are Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are free agents but no one expects them to go anywhere so they really are not free agents.
It will be interesting to see how much Lee gets and for how long and if it is just the Yankees and Rangers bidding as expected. Is there another team out there that will get involved?
It remains to be seen and probably will not happen quickly, I would say maybe by the middle of December he will sign. I heard today that the Boston Red Sox are interested in Jayson Werth and I think that is his most likely destination.
Crawford will probably go to the Angels but that also will take some time. There are a lot of players out there after that but no marquee names. The other big story out there will be who do the Mets hire as their new manager and how long will that take.
They have started the interview process and that could take at least a few weeks. This evening ESPN announced that it is breaking up the long time team of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan from Sunday Night Baseball.
Morgan has been fired and Miller will get a chance to stay and be the radio voice. It will be slow now until the GM Meetings in Orlando although that is usually just a precursor to the Winter Meetings, which is usually where the most action is.