Ichiro emerged unscathed from a car accident recently, and it is welcome news for the Yankees. Not just is Ichiro okay, but the fact that he didn't have a single injury speaks highly of his durability, and his potential to stay healthy this season. This is important seeing as the loss of Granderson leaves us with one less major league hitter in our lineup, who will be replaced by a minor league bat.
The good news from this spring training is that minor leaguers, for the first time in a long time, are finally seeing a path to the majors. The truth is, the Yankees built a dynasty by drafting, developing, and then trusting in, young players. After they started winning, the expectation became that they would win every year, and so the patience and trust needed for young players to the develop was cast aside for proven veterans that came with a high price tag. But at the end of the day, the players we remember are not the big free agents/block buster trades. We don't look back and think of Randy Johnson, Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, etc. and think of them as Yankee greats. We look at guys like Jeter, Mariano, Posada, and Pettitte, as the guys who made a difference.
It was recently reported that Hal may consider going against his payroll rule, but I think he should stay the course. Beginning this season, and going into next season, we need to give some minor leaguers a legitimate chance to develop and work through the kinks. Remember when Cano couldn't field at second? And now we see him as indispensable. Let's give the kids a chance, and see who rises to the surface.