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Episode 28: Smokin’ Andujar

Jesse Spector

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Miguel Andujar is hitting all the dingers. (Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

While you were reading this sentence, Miguel Andujar hit another home run.

The Yankees’ former likely starting third baseman, who lost that non-job to Brandon Drury, is up to four dingers in the Grapefruit League now, and while that really doesn’t mean anything, the man who turns 23 years old today is showing that he won’t simply cede the hot corner to the new guy. Good for him for that.

Meanwhile, Clint Frazier remains sidelined by the concussion that he suffered on Saturday, and while it’s not something anyone wants to see, it is definitely a good thing that the Yankees are treating the brain injury with the caution that is necessary when it comes to effectively handling brain injuries.

The Yankees have continued to play exhibition games, winning six of their first seven. It’s kind of hilarious that their one loss was the game in which Aaron Boone rolled out what may well be his opening day lineup, although if Luis Cessa is the Yankees’ 2018 opening day starter, I will not do anything, because I’m not dumb enough to put some ridiculous activity on the internet as stakes.

What if everyone else got held up at the Canadian border because the Mounties were trying to help the Blue Jays with some of their typical Mounties shenanigans (not really, I love Canada, please don’t hold me up at the border next time I go), and Cessa had to pitch? Pretty sure that MLB would postpone the game in that scenario, but who knows what kind of bizarre hellscape the world might become in the next four weeks?

I sure don’t!

That’s a perfect way to tell you that this episode also brings us to Mailbag Friday, where I get the opportunity to speculate about Ronald Torreyes punching guys in the genitals. Yes, it is definitely still spring training.

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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