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Girardi: Kennedy has to earn his way back

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 29, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_453178.jpgDid you know that Ian Kennedy was activated off the disabled list on Wednesday? He was – and at the same time was optioned to Single-A Tampa.

Kennedy has to prove himself all over again in the eyes of Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland. His performance in the majors this season (a 7.41 ERA in nine games) didn’t come with an automatic return trip when he got hurt.

Kennedy pitched for Tampa on Saturday and may stay there for another start before going back to Triple-A Scranton.

Joe Girardi eschewed his usual positive patter when discussing Kennedy.

“Right now we’re not really thinking of him,” he said. “We like the way our other (starters) are throwing the ball. I mean, you have to earn your call-up. … You have to earn your spot back. You have to pitch well to earn your spot back. He has to pitch well. He was optioned out, this is him getting right. This is like the other 175 players in the minor leagues, or however many there are.”

Just like the other players in the minor leagues? Yikes. There’s a message being sent there.

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Some bad news at AAA: Alan Horne left today’s game in the first inning. He was shaking his arm and threw only 12 of 32 pitches for strikes before the manager and trainer came and got him, Chad Jennings reported.

Those are very, very bad signs. Horne told Chad he wasn’t hurt, but clearly something is going on.

Meanwhile, our man Alfredo Aceves is on the seven-day DL with a groin strain. His AAA debut has been delayed.

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90 Responses to “Girardi: Kennedy has to earn his way back”

  1. Eugie June 29th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Interesting stuff. I wonder if they’ll do the same with Hughes?

  2. ERâ„¢ (The Last Yankee Fanâ„¢) June 29th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Damn it

    Bad new all around

  3. Rishi June 29th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Hey – makes sense to me…there are no free lunches and no free passes to the bigs if you can’t win a game

  4. ERâ„¢ (The Last Yankee Fanâ„¢) June 29th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Bad news all around

    Ron Howard should stay in AAAA

  5. jennifer- I got your back Girardi June 29th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Eugie

    I don’t think so, I think they were pretty upset with the way that Ian pitched. They know he is better than he showed. Maybe if you knock someone down a bit, it makes them hungrier.

  6. JoeT 28 in 09!! June 29th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    when I saw IPK pitch last night he honestly didn’t look like anything special. He had some real good pop but I really wouldnt have said “wow this guy is great and should go up” if I didn’t know who he was

  7. jennifer- I got your back Girardi June 29th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Maybe the problem with Ian this year, was the spot was handed to him, he didn’t’ have to earn it?

  8. joe June 29th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I alreary miss Wang

  9. Eugie June 29th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Hughes wasn’t exactly been lights out either. He only had 1 good start and the rest was like short relief.. so you have to wonder.

  10. Steve Dave June 29th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    They are hoping the little stint in Tampa getting his mental issues figured out will work for Kennedy.

    They are in shock about how mentally weak he was this season.

  11. E-Dog June 29th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Kennedy and Hughes just shows you that you can’t overrate your own prospects. They are just prospects. They won’t all turn out to be good. The key is to flip the average ones for proven major leaguers who can help.

  12. Glenn June 29th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    I agree with Girardi’s take on Kennedy. The manager learned from what he did in the spring by handing rotation spots to Hughes and Kennedy. He should have told them both that they had to earn their way out of spring training and Kennedy in particular thought nothing could go wrong.

  13. jay destro June 29th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    this is different than hughes

    even when he got a chance to go to the minors and work it out, he came up and had a bad attitude and his performance matched.

    dude needs some serious humbling, maybe being on a bus will give him it.

  14. S.A.- No pain..no gain! I still believe in this team June 29th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I think this will be very good for Ian.

  15. mark June 29th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    what mental issues?

  16. Christopher June 29th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    175 other players in their system?

  17. Fredo Corleone June 29th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    IPK was never a top flight pitcher in the 1st place. He’s a #4 if all goes well. Think whoever said he was handed a rotation spot without earning it is accurate. Not entirely his fault though. I think Cash and Co. moved him far too quickly through the system and bought into a relatively strong but statistically insignificant stint in the bigs last season.

  18. G. Love June 29th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Hallelujah. That’s all I have to say about Girardi and the organization sending this message to IPK.

    He was given a great amount of trust and responsibility and spit the bit this season. Even though it appeared the organization rushed him, he still seemed petulant about his AAA demotion earlier in the season. I didn’t want him to take it lying down, but some of the quotes were a bit too blustery for a guy who was getting his clocked cleaned start after start.

    He should have to earn his way back as should Hughes who was equally abysmal. If they are lights out in the minors over an extended period of time, they should get a shot if needed. Hughes should not be counted on for this season or next season in this rotation. If Cashman is fool enough to make the same mistake again and pencil either one of these guys in next year, he deserves all the criticism and more.

    Neither of them should ever be depended on or counted on out of the gate like they were by this entire fanbase and organization this off season. They are developing pitchers who don’t have a full arsenal to compete in the majors.

    Until they do, they need more time to develop.

  19. Joe June 29th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I dont think he needs humbling or time to clear his head. I think he needs better stuff.

    Check back in history the number of right handed finesse pitchers with below average command (dont listen to the hype, his walk numbers every season dating back to college are not very good) who have had great careers. I think fans have been the victim of the Yankee Prospect Hype Machine once again.

    Also, you can’t even compare Hughes and IPK, they are in different leagues as far as stuff.

  20. YankeeJosh June 29th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I don’t particularly like Girardi’s handling of Kennedy. Should he be in the minors? Probably. He certainly looked awful when he was here, that’s for sure. YES was speculating today that it was too easy for Kennedy, and he’s never struggled and had to pitch out of jams. Well, sending him to A ball isn’t going to help him with that.

    Kennedy seems to be a bit of a sensitive kid. Nothing wrong with that, Bernie Williams was too when he came up. I think the “tough love” approach however could lead to Kennedy imploding. I think a gentler approach would be better. I have no problem with the team telling Kennedy that he needs to work on things, pitch better, and earn his way back. But completely badmouthing him like they have sends him the wrong message and kills his trade value. This is an area where I think Joe Torre is missed, as he’d have been able to state this in a more diplomatic way.

  21. Brad June 29th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    The best hope for Kennedy is to have him continue to pitch well until the last week in July then lump him and others to be determined to Cleveland for Sabathia.
    It all hinges on where the Yankees are in the standings by then.

  22. nyyfaninlaaland June 29th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Well Glenn, Kennedy was 2nd on the team in IP in spring and had a 2.00 ERA. Next lowest starter candidate was Joba at 4.66. Seems he did earn it.

    Folks, kids have rough patches, but Kennedy didn’t have the year he had last year blowing through the minors and 3 good starts in the majors without talent. He was Baseball America’s Minors starter of the year! Did the poor performance early this year affect his confidence? Very likely it did. But that doesn’t mean he’s finished – I’d interpret Joe G’s remarks as a challenge to IPK too. I’m betting we’ll see more of him.

  23. jon June 29th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    the aspect here is Kennedy’s inability to deal with the pressure of NYC. I believe Kennedy’s statement earlier in the year to the effect of not being scrutinized on every pitch at scranton has hit a nerve with the yankees brass. this guy doesnt want to handle the pressure.

  24. #9 June 29th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    “Kennedy and Hughes just shows you that you can’t overrate your own prospects.”

    Yankees have been over hyping their prospects for years – but that was when the strategy was that they would eventually be traded for an established major leaguer.

  25. YankeeJosh June 29th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Jon,

    I think you’re spot on. And I believe that’s why the organization should do what they can to reduce the pressure on the kid instead of increasing it. I’m not suggesting they keep running him out there when he doesn’t pitch well, but give him positive reinforcement, instead of lumping him in with 175 other players. IMO, this could retard Kennedy’s progress greatly.

  26. Jeff NJ June 29th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    IPK will be just fine eventually. He reminds me a bit of Tyler Clippard. Both of which could be servicable 3rd starters, probably more so in the national league. I’m not convinced he’ll make it with the Yankees.

  27. PJH June 29th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Pete- When Girardi said the 175 players in the minor leagues, Im fairly certain he was giving a rough estimate of the amount of players in the Yankee’s minor league system. But I understand journalists think they know everything.

  28. PJH June 29th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I apologize Pete, I completeley misinterpeted your writing.

  29. darkmoonfire June 29th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Yankeejosh, I agree completely. Girardi needs to learn to watch his mouth. His people management skills are disgraceful — as demonstrated by his mishandled interviews.

    I think it’s further complicated by Cashman not having a Plan B (as always). This put more stress on both IPK and Hughes. It seemed clear that IPK should have gone back down earlier in the season to work on stuff, since he wasn’t going after guys. He needed to work on things and get his confidence back.

    If that had been done earlier maybe IPK would be back and winning by now — then perhaps we’d not be losing shamefully to the Mets, like we did on Friday afternoon.

    Considering how much we are supposed to be needing these guys for years to come, the whole situation has been handled unbelievably badly by Cashman and Girardi.

  30. Clare June 29th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I totally don’t understand the reasoning behind Joe’s remarks. That seems to me to be the type of thing you might say privately to a player, but to say it publicly seems way too harsh. Those remarks might be justified if they were trying to send a message to someone with an attitude, who was ignoring what they said to him privately, but I’ve never seen anything to suggest he had an attitude problem. He’s a rookie who struggled, which should have been expected.

  31. PJH June 29th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    If Horne said he wasnt hurt, why did he come out of the game?

  32. yankee lover June 29th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Kennedy should be traded and lets get someone for him. He doesnt throw hard enough where he can miss his spots and be successful. We need an experienced starter, start a package with him.
    Does anyone know how hard on the gun Robertson threw today? just curious

  33. PJH June 29th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I dont think the Yankees have overhyped their prospects. The main reason every thinks this is they have not had success. Outside of Joba, the Yankees rushed their prospects along in their development. Looking back, Hughes and Kennedy (especially) could have used some more time in the minors

  34. Bombshell June 29th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    That’s right #9, it has been the Yankees M.O. to hype their mid-high range prospects so they can be bigger trade chips. Now its coming back to bite them unless someone will take a chance with a couple of them, i.e. Shapiro up there in Indian country.

    Horne was hitting low 90s by the way, topped out at 92-93.

  35. Bombshell June 29th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    *Robertson* BTW not Horne haha.

  36. PJH June 29th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Yankee lover- I think if Kennedy gets to last year’s form he could be effective. For whatever reason (Lack of confidence???) he was scared to throw strikes and missed his spots.

    Robertson was at 88-92 consistently on the YES radar gun.

  37. tonyb June 29th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Chad Jennings is reporting that Alan Horne’s arm is structurally fine and that it appears he is just dealing with a “dead arm” due to his rehab work earlier in the year.

    Good News.

    On Kennedy, this seems like the right move to me. He needs some time to get his head right and to learn to compete again. If he really is what he is supposed to be, he will work his way back. They needed to give him a challenge to rise to and this is a good way to teach him to battle. It’s all about mental toughness.

  38. jennifer- I got your back Girardi June 29th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    He didn’t feel like he could throw the ball, his arm felt dead.

  39. Tom June 29th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    anyone else notice how much better rasner pitches with moeller or molina behind the plate compared to when posada catches?

  40. Bombshell June 29th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    IPK has 2 main problems:

    1) His stuff is just not as good as Hughes’ or Joba’s
    2) Because he does not have a dominating pitch or two, he has to have great command to be successful. But he was scared to throw his breaking pitches over the plate, so when he went for the corners with his fastball he kept leaving them over the dish.

    You can’t do anything about #1 but if he gains confidence and gets some good coaching in Scranton then #2 can be fixed, either to elevate his trade value or maybe to keep him as a possible 3-4 starter.

  41. David June 29th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Where is SJ44? I need to read his comments on this.

  42. kasey June 29th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    here’s what this season boils down to for me: when does joba pitch next?

    that’s it.

    the rest will sort itself out. counting on kennedy to contribute this season looks pretty silly right now, but who knows what he’ll look like in a month or two.

    as for girardi, the guy is asinine. i don’t know what anybody expected, though. the guy took a bad FL team and made them into a mediocre FL team, completely alienating the media in the process, and subsequently lost his job.

  43. PJH June 29th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Tom- You are reaidng into it too much IMO.

    Rasner threw 8 innings, 2 earned to Jorge.

    He threw a 5.1 inning, 4 ER with Moeller the start before that.

    I think the main reason he has struggled is his location is off. He does not have close to the stuff needed to be able to get by with poor location

  44. Fredo Corleone June 29th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Robertson’s fastball was mostly 88-89 MPH according to the TV. His is not a dazzling fastball.

  45. Wouter June 29th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Mark,

    if it’s ok with you, I’d like to take you up on your offer. Got a reminder a bit earlier, and don’t know how else I could solve it. How should I contact you?

    My email address is professorsparkles(at)gmail.com

    Thanks in advance!

  46. yankee lover June 29th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    The futures game? Is that the best Players in the minor leagues? If so the Yankees have a grand total of 1 player playing in that game. Hes a catcher.

  47. rconn23 June 29th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    I really think it’s worth taking a flier on Freddy Garcia. All it will cost is bucks. Garcia has been a pretty-good pitcher in his career, and he’s playoff tested. Chalk up 2007 to injuries.

  48. MoBoy(aka McLovin) June 29th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Okay the Pen canbe replaced by minors J.B. Cox or Mark Melechon.But thats pushing it.

    But can we admit we need a trade for a starter.Horne and Alfredo Aceves are now hurt and Kennedy is overrated.How long does Ponson and Rasner have before they implode.

  49. 27 this year June 29th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    I love the Yankee fans here. Be excited when Kennedy and Hughes come up, yelling at the front office to bring prospects up quickly and then as soon as they struggle turn on Cashman and think everything he does is horrible, that he should have let them develop more, shouldn’t have given them a chance.

  50. Fredo Corleone June 29th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    USA team in the futures game is NOT the best of the minor leaguers, though many of them are. Rather it’s a collection of players slected for the US Olympic team.

  51. mel June 29th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Bad news about Horne, thinking good thoughts.

    As for Kennedy, he wasn’t overrated. He did well in his call up last year. He and Phil had enormous pressure to perform.

    I like the tough love approach that Girardi is taking.

    It’ll make Kennedy appreciate the call-up even more and do whatever it takes to keep the spot.

  52. rconn23 June 29th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    “The futures game? Is that the best Players in the minor leagues? If so the Yankees have a grand total of 1 player playing in that game. Hes a catcher.”

    Austin Jackson or Mark Melancon could have easily been on that roster.

  53. yankee lover June 29th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    two-seven,

    Heres the thing. Yes, develop those “prospects” in the minors. But, have a decent varsity team. Right now the starting pitching is weak, and has been since opening day, and the middle relief bullpen is garbage. If the yankees had a normal, or “league average” budget/payroll, I wouldnt say boo. But with the largets budget/payroll theyshould have better pieces in the starting rotation and in middle relief. I dont think we can ffarily complain about position players, bench??? yes, weak also, but you cant have everything.

  54. S.A.- No pain..no gain! I still believe in this team June 29th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Let’s see…the futures game…

    “Every organization is represented, with no more than two players from any organization, and 25 players per team, divided into U.S. and World teams based on place of birth”

    Dang it! Why do we only have 1 player representing the Yankees? Why isn’t it filled with Yankee prospects at every single position for both the US and World team?
    Why meanie baseball gods..why?

  55. yankee lover June 29th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    rconn,

    they arent on

  56. Guiseppe Franco June 29th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Fredo,

    If you check out GameDay, Robertson’s fastball was consistently hitting 90-92 MPH on the gun.

    It’s not blazing by any means. But it’s sufficient if he’s locating well and spotting his curve and change.

    We’ve already seen that location and command (Pettitte) is much more important than velocity (Farnsworth).

  57. Fredo Corleone June 29th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    “With the Olympic Games in Beijing in August, a new format has been adopted for the Futures Game. Instead of selecting the U.S. squad based solely on prospect status, players were chosen as part of the 2008 Team USA Olympic trial team. Also different from years past is the length of the game. This year’s contest will be nine innings and begins at 12:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN2. Prior to this season, the majority of the games were seven-inning affairs”

    This is from MLB.com and serves as an explanation why no Yankees are included on the US team.

  58. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} June 29th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    “Neither of them should ever be depended on or counted on out of the gate like they were by this entire fanbase and organization this off season.”

    Your generalizations, and tendency to think that you speak and think for the entire fanbase are rather annoying.

  59. Joe from Long Island June 29th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    mel – I’m with you. IPK wasn’t overrated, he did remarkably well last year, and was named minor league starting pitcher of the year (or whatever the award is called). I guess what this shows is how truly special Joba is.

    The probable injury with Horne doesn’t sound good. What is it with our pitchers, they all seem to be snake-bit. What’s next, an attack of locusts on the bullpen?

  60. Rickshaw June 29th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Kennedy is a solid 4th starter.

    But that is nothing special. He can barely crack 90mph.

  61. Daniel Ast June 29th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    IPK should be pitching in Minneapolis right or Oakland right now.

  62. Daniel Ast June 29th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Good job by Girardi. Sitting all his grinding hitters when facing a pitcher who nibbles and can;t throw strikes.

    Wouldn’t want to get into that Mets bullpen in the 5th inning or anything.

  63. no name June 29th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I’m confused Andy P can barely crack 90 mph and he’s at least our #2 starter

  64. Tom June 29th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    PJH,
    not sure what stats you are looking at but check out the bottom of this link
    http://www.baseball-reference......=rasneda01

    his last start before today was vs pitt w/ posada catching
    5ip 10h 7er

    before that was vs sd; pitched ok w/ posada
    5ip 3h 2er

    vs oak w/ posada
    3.2ip 9h 6er

    his only bad start with a backup was vs the twins w/ moeller
    5.1 ip 8h 4er

    its not like other pitchers havent come in here before and requested that posada not catch them; posada is a terrible receiver of the ball and calls a brutal game imo

  65. rconn23 June 29th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    “rconn,

    they arent on”

    Whatever, dude. Those Futures Games rosters always have some notable deletions.

    So… You’re missing the point.

  66. RER - 98 June 29th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    NYC is a whole different thing. The media and fans overhype a young player like they’re the 2nd coming of the Babe. Many young players can’t handle it. The expectations are at times set beyond what their talent allows. The front office needs to know the player’s demeanor at signing time to see if he has the mental toughness to handle what NYC will demand otherwise the talent can be wasted.
    The only player in the system right now that has the makeup to succeed in NY is Jesus Montero. He’s well beyond his 19 years but the organization shouldn’t take it for granted.

  67. Joe from Long Island June 29th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    If anyone’s interested, check out Pete’s previous post. It seems NPR had a feature on the blog. I don’t usually listen to NPR, but this was pretty good. Pete has the link in his post.

  68. rconn23 June 29th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    “The only player in the system right now that has the makeup to succeed in NY is Jesus Montero. He’s well beyond his 19 years but the organization shouldn’t take it for granted.”

    There’s no way you can possibly know that.

  69. Tom June 29th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    PJH,
    that 8ip 2er game was w/ molina catching

    thanks for supporting my view

  70. jennifer- I got your back Girardi June 29th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    oh wow.

    David wells, perfect game Jorge Posada catching.

    Roger Clemens, one of the best pitchers in baseball history, wanted Jorge Posada as his catcher.

    Is it any surprise that Andy Pettitte turned it around when Jorge came back.

    He caught Mike Mussina’s almost perfect game in Boston, in playoffs. Same with Lieber.

  71. Fredo Corleone June 29th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    “He caught Mike Mussina’s almost perfect game in Boston, in playoffs. Same with Lieber.”

    Cuts both ways. Randy Johnson couldn’t stand pitching to him and Mussina now has Molina as his personal catcher.

  72. Astoria John June 29th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    i really don’t think of it as an insult to IPK.

    Joe is simply taking the microscope off of him.
    Cash did the same this week with Phil by saying he might be in the majors this year again.

    The process of dehypifying these guys has begun.
    Everyone was expecting “generation trey” (yechh) to be our Lineceum, Volquez and Kershaw. and the fact is even excellent pitchers don’t always make an immediate splash like Joba has. Edinson had a couple of meh seasons with Texas for example.
    They just need to work it out and pitch, pitch, pitch the rest of the year, maybe do the fall or winter league to try and get their work in. You never stop learning. They have a lot to learn about themselves, their approach to pitching, focus, gameplan, conditioning etc.I have high hopes and confidence for the final big two, now that joba is taking off. Unfortunately we yankees fans are rabid and we are very impatient.

  73. jennifer- I got your back Girardi June 29th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    I guess we’ll see who catches tomorrow. It is Moose’s day. Also please Randy is a big *hole. He doesn’t like his mother.

  74. Tom June 29th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    jennifer

    first, those guys are all exp vets and call there own games and shake him off with ease

    also, ron hassey caught 2 perfect games…your point?

  75. Drive 4-5 June 29th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    It was a mistake from the beginning to hand IPK a spot in the rotation. That’s not how you develop a pitcher, especially one with very limited AAA experience. Everyone makes mistakes, and it looks like Cashman’s stance with Kennedy and sending Igawa back immediately are acknowledgements of 2 big blunders.

  76. jon June 29th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I happen to think that Girardi’s approach is spot-on, frankly. He is encountering a kid (IPK) who believed it was his “right” to be in the rotation, rather than a privilege. I am still high on his ability to be solid….but unfortunately, I do believe he showed his true colors earlier when he stated he didnt want to deal with the pressure of NYC. I think there is some credence to the Yankees trying to bring IPK back down to size…that being a Yankee requires hard work, not just talent.

  77. Chester June 29th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I saw IPK in Palm Beach on Saturday, and he didn’t impress me at all. His stat line was fine, two hits, no earned runs… but he didn’t throw very many first pitch strikes, had a bunch of throws in the dirt, and had one walk on four pitches.

    I sat right above the dugout and the kid looked pissed off the whole time until they yanked him after the sixth, when he finally cracked a smile. I know I should be less inclined to trust my own observations than his objective performance, but I didn’t like what I saw.

  78. Steve June 29th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    I can’t say this surprises me, I got the impression during his starts in April that Girardi doesn’t love Kennedy. He seemed to have a pretty quick hook with him and his post game comments directed at him were usually pretty terse. I never heard him have a similar tone or comments directed at Hughes (who was every bit as bad) so I think the message was pretty clear.

    It’s a shame, I’m a big Kennedy fan. You don’t find many guys with good command of 4 pitches every day. I don’t think he has anything left to learn or prove in the minors, and what he needs to learn can only happen on the MLB level. But at the same time I understand the priority at the big league level is to win games, not develop pitchers.

  79. Jorge Steinbrenner (Obama/Brett Gardner in the White House in '08) June 29th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I’m a big IPK fan as well. He needs his time in AAA, as does Phil, though. They were plain and simply rushed after showing signs of legit major league potential last year.

    Really, though, whoever said young pitchers usually don’t develop like Joba is correct. Not being Joba shouldn’t held against anyone.

    Patience and time. Patience and time. It’s not Phil Hughes’ and Ian Kennedy’s fault we do not have a 4th or 5th starter. We’ve been in that hole since we threw a ton of money at Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano. Why not start putting the blame there a bit more?

  80. farnsworthy June 30th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    hughes will be our #4 and pavano is #5 … stop making fun of pavano. he is a lot better than kennedy, who has cried in the locker room.

  81. Patrick Bateman June 30th, 2008 at 1:56 am

    I hope this is a sign that they are going to move Kennedy. With Gardner being promoted maybe thats a sign that a Melky/Kennedy package might be the start of a package for a starter.

  82. Streve June 30th, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Doesn’t matter. Girardi will be kicked out after this season, after Yankees saying good-bye to the playoff.
    This season is definitely disappointing for Yankees fans.

  83. jon June 30th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Steve…I hope you aren’t even close to being serious.

  84. kurtK June 30th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Ian K. is a beach boy who went to USC. What did you expect? No mental toughness to pitch in NYC. Girardi is a tough guy who understands what it takes.

  85. BillP July 2nd, 2008 at 9:19 am

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