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Stop the madness, please

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 02, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Things that drive me crazy:

The Joba debate: Why does this still continue in some quarters? He had a 2.76 ERA in 12 starts last season. He struck out 74 batters in 60 innings. He’s a really, really good starter and he’s 23. Do the math: It’s better to have a great pitcher throw 200 innings instead of 70.

The idea that Joba should go back to the bullpen because the Yankees signed CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett is inane. The best, most efficient way to win baseball games is to have as many games as possible started by good pitchers. The eighth inning is not as important as innings one through six.

Greed: Those of you who insist the Yankees should sign Manny Ramirez need to get a grip. The offense is just fine. The Yankees need young, versatile, cost-effective position players who can catch the ball and will buy into Joe Girardi’s vision. Not old, expensive, one-dimensional selfish DH types. The idea should be to pay players for what they will do for you, not for what they did for their former team.

Over-thinking: People have told me Orlando Hudson could play center. Robinson Cano should play left. Derek Jeter can play center. Use Hideki Matsui at first base. This is a major league baseball team, not the second game of a American Legion doubleheader. Good teams don’t experiment like that unless there is no other choice. The Yankees always have another choice.

Hating on young players: To read some comments on the blog, people think Cano, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy has bad seasons on purpose. Mickey Mantle hit .267 in his first 341 ABs and struck out 74 times. Tom Glavine was 9-21, 4.76 in the first two seasons. How about waiting a bit before deciding somebody isn’t any good?

Suspending reality: A rumor flew around this week that the Yankees might have interest in Erik Bedard. Never mind that he has a bad shoulder, a bad hip and a bad personality. He’s a perfect No. 5 starter! At some point, some things don’t make sense no matter how much you try.

and finally …

Leave Hideki Matsui alone: Now that the Yankees have an extra player, some folks want Hideki shipped out of town for most anything. Lest you forget, Godzilla has a .371 career OBP and has driven in 103+ plus runs every year he was healthy. He’s also 34, not 44. When A-Rod had his monster 2007, you know who hit behind him most days? Matsui, that’s who.




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