The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News

Tabata returns from suspension

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 03, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Have this going in the paper tomorrow. I’m sure some of you have heard the news already.

Double-A outfielder Jose Tabata, considered one of the organization’s top prospects, was suspended for three games last week and considered asking the Yankees for his release before returning to the team.

A 19-year-old from Venezuela, Tabata left last Saturday’s game without permission, fleeing the ballpark after striking out in the seventh inning. That led to a three-game suspension.

Tabata is hitting .186 with no home runs and 12 RBI over 26 games for Trenton.

“The expectations of who I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to do finally got to me,” Tabata told The Trenton Times through a translator. “I made an irrational decision. Maybe it was immaturity, inexperience or just that I didn’t know how to handle what was happening. I just kept thinking I am not producing the way I should be and maybe I didn’t belong here.”

Tabata was No. 37 on Baseball America’s list of the top 100 prospects in the game before the season started.

“I just felt like I had to go,” Tabata said. “It was a rash decision. … I thought about it a little and realized I am not a quitter.”

I spoke to Brian Cashman about the situation. He supported the decision to suspend Tabata. He believes it came out of frustration.

Obviously, it’s a setback in Tabata’s development. Double-A is a make-of-break level for a lot of players. Tabata will get every chance with the Yankees, but it’s premature to expect him in the majors any time soon, if ever.




Sponsored by:





    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.


Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581