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Pinch hitting: Pinstripes Published

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 27, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

January is traditionally a slow month for baseball news. So for the second year in a row, we will showcase other blogs with a series of pinch hitters.

Next up is Chris from Pinstripes Published.

Chris is from Evansvillem Ind. He is in high school and plans to major in mechanical engineering next year at the University of Evansville. He started his blog in July of 2008 and his favorite player is Derek Jeter.

Heres his post:


The year is 2004 and the Yankees have just announced a trade that will bring Alex Rodriguez to the Bronx. Rodriguez, arguably the best player in baseball at the time, is a huge addition for the Yankees. Later in the year, the Yankees sign free agent pitcher Carl Pavano, who just came off of a huge season for the Florida Marlins, to a lucrative four-year contract, which seemed to be a bit of a stretch due to Pavano’s injury history.

Now let’s get back to the present. Rodriguez, although good, has not lived up to the expectations and is jeered by a large majority of fans while Pavano is public enemy No. 1 due to the fact that he played only a few games in pinstripes.

Following the 2008 season, a disappointing one for the Yankees, the team went out and acquired two more big-name players in CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. Much like Rodriguez, Sabathia is arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball and, like Pavano, Burnett just came off of a great year. Also, each of these additions was expected to bring another World Series championship back to the Yankees.

However, both Sabathia and Burnett share many negative aspects of their 2004 counterparts. Sabathia, like Rodriguez, has yet to play in a media-crazy city such as New York. Also, both Sabathia and Rodriguez have the highest contracts in baseball at pitcher and position player (respectively) in history. Next, both Burnett and Pavano have a long history of injuries, yet came off of healthy seasons. Also like Pavano, Burnett just received a deal that seemed to be too long after looking at his history of injury.

Yes, yes, Sabathia is not a position player like Rodriguez and, of course, Burnett has claimed that he has learned how to avoid injury, but my point still stands. What if Sabathia, like Rodriguez, ends up crumbling under the media’s pressure in New York and Burnett, like Pavano, becomes one of the most hated players in Yankees’ history? Such tragic events would, of course, deeply upset fans and could shift the Yankees’ focus from buying up all of the free agents to taking the time to develop their own talent.

With Sabathia and Burnett now Yankees, all fans can do is hope that the two will continue to play like they did for their previous homes, otherwise we are in for yet another long season.


Thanks, Chris. Coming tomorrow: Jason from Heartland Pinstripes.




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