Images of Spring: Masahiro Tanaka Takes the Mound for the Yankees

Feb 14, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Friday was pitchers and catchers reporting day at Yankees spring training in Florida.

First chance for the Yanks to get a look at Masahiro Tanaka, their new $155 million #3 starter.

Tanaka’s not an ace, he’s just paid like one.

Here’s a shot of the ace, CC Sabathia, now with less CC Sabathia.

Feb 14, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) and pitching coach Larry Rothschild (58) talk as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

He’s so skinny he’s gonna have to drop a C. From now on he’ll just be C Sabathia.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of these spring training images. It’s cold where I am. Very cold and dark and snowy and sad.

Feb 14, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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  • New_Core

    No film?

  • Jim Harper

    Gadzooks! C.C. looks almost gaunt! This really concerns me. I was one who subscribed to the weight loss being responsible for the loss of mph on his fastball and fading in September, and now he looks even slimmer. I hope what I am seeing is the result of buildup in a bunch of muscle and not just loss of fat.

    • JoeDaBeast

      I think he prepared differently this off season to be ready for August and September. Of course, people will doubt the weight loss if CC struggles early.

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