Cervelli, the man most likely to replace Martin, and a player known for his exuberance, would have had every right to pump a fist, point a finger to the sky, pound his chest. But the 26-year old Cervelli says he did nothing of that sort. He says he did nothing at all.
“I was happy for Russell because it was a good deal for him,” Cervelli said in a phone interview earlier this week. “But for myself, I’m not going to make any conclusions. I know I have a lot of work to do, and I am going to remain very focused on that work.
“The way I’m thinking, I’ve changed a little bit because of what happened last year,” Cervelli continued. “But I’m very positive and looking forward to being the starting catcher, but I don’t think too much about it. I keep my expectations low because a lot of things can happen. But I really want it and this is my dream. It’s always been my dream.”
...That seems to leave Cervelli, a career .271 hitter with a career .339 on-base percentage and solid defensive skills, as the leading candidate to be the starter. For a guy who has never had an opportunity to play regularly in the big leagues, that is a huge opportunity. Cervelli cannot deny that, but at the same time wants to let his game do the talking.
“I made a change this year and decided to play Winter Ball,” said Cervelli, who is hitting .305 with two homers and 14 RBI for Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. “I played really good baseball, I hit well, I caught well and I was working on all the little things that can make me better. I never stopped working hard. This is my passion and I’m going to do everything I can to be the starter for the Yankees.”
Posted: January 12, 2013 at 08:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
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