Ask Jason: On Yankees' 2B situation, food for baseball movies, and Cincinnati sports misery

This week's Ask Jason questions are all worthy of the last week of spring training. Take that however you want.

We're one week from Opening Day, which means everyone has officially stopped caring about spring training (if we even cared to begin with). Rosters are starting to finalize and our Great Baseball Adventure of 2018 is about to begin.

This week's Ask Jason questions are all worthy of the last week of spring training. Take that however you want. On to the questions.

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"Yankees infield ... Any chance Tyler Wade beats out Neil Walker for starting second base?" — @SizzleZee

Eventually, just not at the moment. We know this because, although Wade has made the team's Opening Day roster, manager Aaron Boone said he plans to platoon Wade and Walker depending on pitching matchups. I know there's a lot of fan support for Wade as the everyday starter, but it would be odd for the Yankees to sign Walker and then use him mostly as a bench player. That said, if Wade puts up good numbers in his starts, and Walker doesn't, expect Wade to become the everyday guy.

"Your thoughts on the Cardinals?" — @C70

The Cards are ready to make the playoffs again after a two-year absence. That might not seem like much to a general baseball fan, but two years without the playoffs is basically an eternity for the St. Louis faithful. The Cardinals have a strong lineup, particularly after the addition of slugger Marcell Ozuna. But on the pitching side, beyond Carlos Martinez, their starting rotation is questionable, and a lot hinges on Adam Wainwright making a return to form in his Age 36 season and Michael Wacha recapturing his 2015 self. The Cards aren't good enough to wrest the division from the Cubs, but they could compete for a wild card.

"Whatever do you eat while you watch baseball movies on TV?" — @SteveRood

I don't have special food for baseball movies. Although, when my wife and I were dating, we once rented several baseball movies and binged them all in one day while we ate a bunch of Hershey's miniatures. So I'll go with that. Because, really, you can't go wrong with Hershey's miniatures, no matter the occasion.

"Did Chipper Jones deserve the Rookie of the Year award over Hideo Nomo?" — @SeeWillTweet

As a 19-year-old Braves fan in 1995, I definitely wanted Chipper to win the award and would not accept the idea that Nomo had a better season. But given 23 years of hindsight, plus a better understanding of baseball analytics, I think Nomo was the deserving winner. He led the NL in strikeouts (236) and shutouts (3), both of which are impressive and rare for a rookie, and had a 2.54 ERA, which was third in the NL and pretty strong for the steroid era. Overall, Nomo was worth 4.7 WAR in 1995 to Chipper's 2.7. The voters got it right.

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"I may be in Charlotte on business soon. What’s a great local cheap eats place and what’s a favorite higher end non chain?" — @slightguy

If you need something local, quick and cheap, I'd recommend JJ's Red Hots, which is known for its specialty hot dogs. There are a few locations around town. If you've got time to sit down and happen to have a big appetite, I'd recommend Midwood Smokehouse, a fantastic barbecue place. Prices are plenty reasonable. And if you want truly high-end stuff, try Beef 'N Bottle, which is the best steak place in the city. It's pricey but delicious. Do not be fooled by its modest appearance. It's super-popular, so it's probably best to make a reservation. For a full list of other options and opinions, click here.

"Why would the Bengals keep (coach Marvin) Lewis and the Reds (manager Bryan) Price? What is wrong with Cincy pro sports???" — @smarmy81

First, answer: It's always popular to blame coaches and managers when teams play poorly, especially over multiple seasons. But the reality is, coaches and managers have to make do with what they have. And sometimes they just don't have much to work with. That's not to say there aren't bad coaches and bad managers, or those who consistently make questionable decisions and somehow remain employed. So, in the Bengals' case, it might just be that the franchise is broken. In the Reds' case, I'd assume they're waiting to hire a new manager until their latest rebuild is complete.

Second answer: I don't know that there's anything really "wrong" with Cincy pro sports. But if you want to wallow in Cincy fan misery, read this. In personal Cincy news, I recently started binge-watching "WKRP in Cincinnati."

"May I mambo dogface to the banana patch?" — @burritobelly

Wait until after class.

Thanks for the questions. As always, keep 'em coming. Email jfoster@sportingnews.com or follow me on Twitter @ByJasonFoster.