Yanks Go Yard Radio Show Rewind: 2016 Spring Training Update

On this week’s episode, we discussed the latest news about what’s happening down at Yankees’ spring training in Tampa

On this week’s episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show (recorded Thursday), I was joined by one of our co-editors here at YGY, Michael Cambria, to talk about some of the major storylines that happened this past week at spring training. Of course, we are only a couple of days away from the first spring training game (Wednesday, 1:05 PM ET, YES) when Luis Severino will get the start against the Detroit Tigers.

After discussing the latest news involving new Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman, Michael and I talked about Brett Gardner, who is still recovering from a wrist injury from last October and he wasn’t a part of batting practice on Thursday. Should Yankees’ fans be concerned about Gardner’s injury and does that increase the importance of Aaron Hicks heading into the season?

Then, the conversation shifted to David Ortiz and whether or not Yankees fans should give him a standing ovation in his final visit to the Bronx. Mike gave his take as to why the Yankees fans should give that ovation while I say you shouldn’t boo, but I wouldn’t give him that ovation.

The next Yankees’ player that we focused on during this week’s episode was Mark Teixiera and how he said he wanted to play till he’s 40 years old. Should the Yankees look to bring back Tex next season if Bird’s rehab doesn’t go smooth from his torn labrum?

Plus, why third base is a bigger concern than first base for the Bronx Bombers? Should Rob Refsnyder take more reps at third this spring to have a better chance of making the team and should the Yankees look to sign David Freese, even though they only offered a minor league deal to Juan Uribe (now with the Indians)?

Finally, Mike and I talked more about the Yankees’ ticket situation and where the AL East stands after Yovani Gallardo signing with the Baltimore Orioles and Dexter Fowler going back to the Cubs instead of signing with the O’s.

As a reminder, be sure to tune in to the show Thursday night at 9 PM ET when we begin our State of the AL East series for the 2016 season. The first team that will be discussed is the Baltimore Orioles, with our special guest being the editor of Birds Watcher, Domenic Vadala.