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Episode 33: Judged Inappropriate

Jesse Spector

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Austin Romine is having a fantastic Grapefruit League. (Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge had no intention of really tampering when he told Manny Machado that he would look good in pinstripes, but it’s still a no-no, especially to reveal those comments publicly, so the reigning Rookie of the Year got a talking-to from the Yankees at the request of Major League Baseball.

To be fair to Judge, though, a lot of people need to hear a few words about not making assumptions about who the Yankees will add to their team and when they will do so.

Did we all learn nothing from this offseason? Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee, for crying out loud. Who saw that coming?

Then Neil Walker signed after the Yankees already had traded for Brandon Drury, presumably at the expense of the idea of signing Neil Walker. For a team that’s covered as closely as the Yankees are, they sure manage to do a lot of things quickly and under the radar, while also bucking expectations for moves.

That’s not to say Machado won’t eventually wind up in the Bronx, just that in a world where the Yankees have Drury and Miguel Andujar, not to mention Didi Gregorius at the position that’s Machado’s natural spot, it’s not a gimme by any stretch.

All of that talk about Machado is just an appetizer for the best part of the show, which is the first Locked On Yankees appearance of new contributor Britt Huber, whose passion for backup catching matches up well with a topic that I wanted to discuss anyway, which is Austin Romine having a marvelous spring training (yes, it’s spring training, but still) at a time when he has something to prove.

It’s not like Romine is going to take Gary Sanchez’s job, but keeping his own and building his own future stock while providing capable backup play for the Yankees are important things.

Last but not least, it’s Mailbag Friday! Yay!

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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