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Q&A With Peter Abraham
[ February 19, 2008 at 7:58 AM ] [ Leave a Comment ] [ Full Story ]  [ Filed under: Features | Yankees ]
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I don't think there's any question that Peter Abraham has set himself apart as the hardest working beat writer in New York (my distinction, not his). Along with the demands of being the Journal News' Yankees beat writer, he writes, moderates and maintains the most-popular Yankees blog in the land, The LoHud Yankees Blog. His Yankee blog is so popular, in fact, that the Journal News had to move it to a dedicated server to handle the intense traffic during the season last year.

Peter is down in Tampa following the trials and tribulations from the newly coined George M. Steinbrenner Field, he'll be there for the duration and if you're itching for an insider's perspective on Yankee camp, you have to check out his blog.

I sent Peter an e-mail the other day and asked if he'd spare some time to answer a few questions about the life of a beat writer during Spring Training and the Yankees in general. He was kind enough to agree. The transcript follows after the jump.
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Brian Ward: Spring Training is the best time to be a beat writer, or the worst time to be a beat writer, and why?

Peter Abraham: I personally think it's the best time. You get to know the players better. Plus I like the weather.

BW: In the early days of camp, have you noticed a tangible difference between the way Joe Girardi is running things and the way Joe Torre ran things in the past? What kind of differences?

PA: I haven't. PFP (Pitchers' fielding practice) is PFP no matter who is running it. This idea that the Yankees were lazy under Torre is unfounded. As Girardi himself said, they worked hard under Joe when he was a player and coach.

BW: A big draw for fans during Spring Training is the lowering of the barrier between the players and the fans. Do you find that the same holds true for the writers? Is it easier to sit down with the players, are they more accessible during the Spring?

PA: Yes, very much so. They haven't seen us for a few months. But usually good guys are good guys and bad guys are bad guys no matter what the time of the year.

BW: Do you ever run into problems because you're a blogger and a beat writer? Has a player ever said anything to you about an opinion you expressed on your blog that they took offense to?

PA: Never once. A few guys have said they thought something was funny. A few of the younger guys read it. I don't think many of the older guys do.

BW: With Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain probably working with innings limitations, do you think the Yanks will be able to make it through the season without trading for starting pitching help? Do you expect to see Kei Igawa making spot starts this year?

PA: I think as always you'll see assorted guys make spot starts including Igawa. A trade would probably happen only if there was a injury.

I'd like to thank Peter for taking part, and please make sure to check out the Yankees LoHud Blog for dispatches from Tampa throughout the Spring.

Brian covers the Yankees, Eagles and 76ers on his blog, Depressed Fan.

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