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Of HBPs and Phil Franchise

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 23, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Two things that drive me crazy:

1. The idea that the Yankees should throw at David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. This makes no sense whatsoever. Matsuzaka hit A-Rod with the breaking pitch last night and what happened? He scored on a double. Jeter got hit by a pitch in the third inning? That pushed Damon into scoring position and he scored on a bloop single.

So, Mike Francesa and Co., you want the Yankees to put players from the other team on base? The Red Sox are a lineup built around OBP. Putting them on base does nothing except give them runs. Meanwhile, David Ortiz weighs about 250 pounds and wears a helmet and assorted protective gear. You really think getting hit with the baseball is going to intimidate him?

2. The idea that Phil Hughes need to be called up now. By all means, the Yankees are 8-9 in April. Let’s abandon the development plan of the organization’s best pitching prospect in 15 years. Hughes is 20. Do you really want him to load up on innings now so he blows out his elbow within two years? Because the odds of such a thing increase with workload at a young age. That is a fact. His arm is still developing. Here is how many innings he has thrown in pro ball:

2004: 5.0
2005: 86.1
2006: 152

So in 2007 let’s just load him up and hope for the best. Is that the idea? Never mind that he had a poor spring training with the Major League team and so far in AAA he is 2-1, 3.94. Let’s rush him to the big leagues because the team is off to a slow start.

OK, rant over.

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