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Yanks have no glove for Hafner: 'He's a field goal kicker'

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08:14 AM ET 03.07 | Brian Cashman, injured himself, has a host of injury issues with which to contend on the field, too -- most recently to Mark Teixeira. Cashman nixed the idea of making any major trades, although some players tend to be available at the end of spring training. ... One player who won't be in the mix is Travis Hafner, whom the Yankees view strictly as a designated hitter. "He's a field goal kicker," Cashman said. "I know what I've got and I want him to be that. He hasn't picked up a glove in seven years. I'm not making fun of him. He's just someone that is an amazing hitter, but he has a history of injuries. We're not going to put him in a position by trying to put a glove on him and getting him hurt. He's our DH."

New York Daily News

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March 7, 2013  08:30 AM ET

Good decision not using him at 1b. Boy it's going to be a rough year. Even our GM is hurt.

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March 7, 2013  08:42 AM ET

#1 on 5 threads....that's a first for me. Wonder if Clem ever did that?

March 7, 2013  08:47 AM ET

There are no sure-fire candidates but the good news is that Teixeria was only hitting .220 in mid May last year so it may not be so hard to replace.

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March 7, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

he can't be any worse than nunez -and NY has some idiotic pipe dream that he is Jeters heir-apparent at shortHonestly speaking- there is no reason the guy can play 1ball he has to do is catch the ballno one bunts anymore we have far too many old, injured guys for him to be clogging up a roster spot at DH

Sorry, first base ain't exactly that simple. Remember Jason Giambi? Case closed.
A first basemen does not only save teammates from throwing errors but he can literally save games if he can actually field his position. That is why people like Tino Martinez, Keith Hernandez, Don MaAttingly, and, yes, Texeira were/are invaluable components to their teams.
Watching Hernandez field a bunt and throw a guy out at second or third was truly a joy to watch.

March 7, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Sorry, first base ain't exactly that simple. Remember Jason Giambi? Case closed. A first basemen does not only save teammates from throwing errors but he can literally save games if he can actually field his position. That is why people like Tino Martinez, Keith Hernandez, Don MaAttingly, and, yes, Texeira were/are invaluable components to their teams. Watching Hernandez field a bunt and throw a guy out at second or third was truly a joy to watch.

Also, remember there will be many more interleague games this year because of the damn Astros moving to the AL. Which means there will, in fact, be more games invovling AL pitchers in lineups and, ergo, more bunting.

March 7, 2013  09:35 AM ET

"Hafner, hasn't picked up a glove in seven years"!!! All he does is sit on the bench and come up to the plate and bat 4/5 times a game!!! Damn, some people don't understand, why I don't like the DH?????

March 7, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

#1 on 5 threads....that's a first for me. Wonder if Clem ever did that?

Nope.

March 7, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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Also, remember there will be many more interleague games this year because of the damn Astros moving to the AL. Which means there will, in fact, be more games invovling AL pitchers in lineups and, ergo, more bunting.

And fewer games involving the DH.

March 7, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

And fewer games involving the DH.

hmmmm...... where is Moose when I need him?

March 7, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good decision not using him at 1b. Boy it's going to be a rough year. Even our GM is hurt.

Hafner will hit well for NY. It always seems like the Yanks can acquire talented ball players that are finished in other places but become revived in the Bronx.

March 7, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

"Hafner, hasn't picked up a glove in seven years"!!! All he does is sit on the bench and come up to the plate and bat 4/5 times a game!!! Damn, some people don't understand, why I don't like the DH?????

I know, oldtimer. You're Old School. A good thing.

March 7, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Also, remember there will be many more interleague games this year because of the damn Astros moving to the AL. Which means there will, in fact, be more games invovling AL pitchers in lineups and, ergo, more bunting.

Some of those guys can swing the bat.

March 7, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Some of those guys can swing the bat.

Wait, a segment of players in Major League Baseball can put wood on the ball?????

Stop the presses.

Oh, I get it QUANTITY over QUALITY.......

<looks at brotha's comment count>

March 7, 2013  09:59 AM ET

I find it more depressing that Hafner is even the LH DH. Personally, I would rather see Ronnier Mustelier be the everyday DH. That guy is "hitterish."

March 7, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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The Yankees knew what they were getting when they signed him. Doesn't make sense to put him into a position to things he does not have the skills for

Hafner is made of glass. He'll still get hurt and spend time on the D/L this season.

March 7, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Sorry, first base ain't exactly that simple. Remember Jason Giambi? Case closed. A first basemen does not only save teammates from throwing errors but he can literally save games if he can actually field his position. That is why people like Tino Martinez, Keith Hernandez, Don MaAttingly, and, yes, Texeira were/are invaluable components to their teams. Watching Hernandez field a bunt and throw a guy out at second or third was truly a joy to watch.

Correct. A firstbaseman that can dig throws out is very valuable.

March 7, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Some of those guys can swing the bat.

but can they execute a hit run, a sac bunt? there is mor to batting than just swinging a baseball bat.
And, can they run the bases (Remember what happened to Wang in his 2008 season ??? he injured his foot running the bases during interleague play)?

 
March 7, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Didn't realized NY had picked him up. Used to love me some Pronk but he is a mere shell of his former self.

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