Hangin' with Michael Pineda

February, 22, 2012
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In a new feature of the blog, we have started Hangin', where we go off the field with the Yankees and learn a little more about them.

In the Yankees clubhouse, there is a big sign over the doorway that says, "Compete." Tucked in one corner of the room is the locker for CC Sabathia. Purposely, the Yankees have placed Manny Banuelos next to him on one side and Michael Pineda on the other.

Pineda has watched CC since he was a young kid. When asked who else he has followed, Pineda mentioned Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez. His favorite all-time pitcher is by far his fellow Dominican, Martinez.

"Pedro Martinez," Pineda said, smiling and gushing. "He is my best pitcher. I like his emotion when he is on the mound. He attacked the hitter. I loved him."

When it was pointed out to the 6-foot-7 Pineda that he is nothing like Martinez because of his size, Pineda said, "Pedro's a little guy, but on the mound he is a big guy."

Pineda has never met Martinez, but the two have spoken once on the phone.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .275
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 54
RB. Gardner 76
OPSB. Gardner .784
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135