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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 07, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Kyle Farnsworth is happy Joe Torre is gone. Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman have his back this year. But can the Yankees really trust him in a tight spot?

Chien-Ming Wang got blasted yesterday. This notebook also has an update from old friend Andy Phillips, an update on Mariano Rivera and another good outing for Billy Traber.

The Yankees host the Houston Astros today. Andy Pettitte will pitch and Mariano Rivera is set to go one inning. Back later with some updates.





14 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Florida Yank March 7th, 2008 at 8:07 am

    70% chance of rain – high winds. They’ll be windblown everything assuming today’s game is played.
    Hold on to your hats if you’re wearing one.

  2. TomTom March 7th, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Joe Torre leaves and all of a sudden Kyle Farnsworth thinks he fix his problem, what crappy a&& person why dont he take responsibility for what he did in the mount and not say. Now that Joe Torre is gone am going to do my job now, like Joe Torre made him to be one of the worst signings of the Cashman era.

  3. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 7th, 2008 at 8:36 am

    update on Kevin Thompson. He might land a backup role

  4. John in Ohio March 7th, 2008 at 8:39 am


    Regarding this comment from today’s notebook:

    “Rivera does not overburden himself during spring training.”

    Is Mo “unofficially” excused from all the running too?

  5. Jim in CT March 7th, 2008 at 8:50 am

    A question, Pete or others:
    Is Billy Traber related to Jim Traber, who showed flashes of power but flamed out with the Orioles back in the mid-80s?

  6. Joe from Long Island March 7th, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Good to see an update about Andy Phillips. Though I understand why he was let go, I was still disappointed. He seemed like a good guy. I hope he gets his career going and sticks in the majors. He deserves success.

  7. Stephen March 7th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    But what did Torre have to do with Farnsworth’s flat slider and fastball when he was with the Tigers, Cubs or Braves? Or showing up Posada on the mound? Or tackling opposing pitchers on the field?

    He’s a bad dude and a mediocre pitcher. And that isn’t Torre’s fault.

  8. Jesse March 7th, 2008 at 9:10 am

    I love Cashman but he continues to wear those rose colored glasses when it comes to Farnsworth.

    Now by ‘ample opportunities to trade him’ did he mean someone offered him a quality player/prospect or two in return?? or were there a lot of offers of a bag of balls and ‘oh by the way we want you to eat half his salary in return for us taking him off your hands??

    Time will tell.

  9. Patrick March 7th, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Stephen you are woefully misinformed with regards to Farnsworth.

  10. Patrick March 7th, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Did Farnsworth actually blame Torre for his performance? The only quote I saw in Pete’s article was

    “It’s tough when you do lose the confidence of your manager to prepare yourself day in and day out when you have no clue about anything,” he said. “They decided not to use me back-to-back days. They never came up to me and asked me. I don’t know where that came about.”

    If he did blame Torre somewhere else can someone link me?

  11. Florida Yank March 7th, 2008 at 9:21 am

    John in Ohio -

    Mo does everything all pitchers do except his mound appearances in exhibition games and that includes all the running. No player is exempt from running except Pavano.
    Mo’s preparation has worked well and nobody knows what it takes for him to be ready but Mo himself.

  12. Jeremy March 7th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    It’s funny that Farnsworth thinks he was underused. If anything, Torre trusted Farnsworth too much, putting him into close-and-late situations when it seemed like every fan had lost confidence in him.

    I firmly believe Torre didn’t know how to manage the Yankees’ pen over the last several years. But Farnsworth’s complaints, like Bruney’s, provide little support for that.

  13. SJ44 March 7th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Farnsworth didn’t badmouth Torre. He didn’t get along with him and didn’t like the way he was used. Whether he’s right or wrong doesn’t make much difference. It happens. There are other players still on the team that didn’t get along with Torre.

    Newsflash. There will be players on the team that don’t get along with Girardi. That’s life in the big leagues.

    No manager gets along with every player. Its just like your workplace in your job. There are some folks you don’t see eye to eye with on issues. But, you have to work together to get the job done.

    Cashman doesn’t have “rose colored glasses” when it comes to Farnsworth.

    Its really quite simple. Farnsworth is still on the team.

    The GM and the manager aren’t going to publicly badmouth a guy on their own team. They are well aware of his shortcomings. However, their shared goal is to get the most out of him and perhaps they feel you do that with praise rather than whacking him around.

    Its easy for fans to say, “trade him”, “don’t pitch him”, etc.

    The GM and manager don’t have that option. If he’s on the team, you have to use him.

    You do what you can to prop him up and hope it works. If it doesn’t, you go onto Plan B.

  14. De March 7th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Kyle never said he hated Torre. He just said that Torre lost confidence in him, which is true!!

    He’s just looking forward to a new start… something Girardi has been preaching to everyone this year! Give Kyle a break, and let’s hope he turns his Yankee career around!!

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