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Moving on with A.J. Burnett

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 18, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Orioles BaseballOn the Yankees last day in Tampa, Joe Girardi and A.J. Burnett sat together in Girardi’s office for quite a while. It wasn’t a secret meeting. People were walking back and forth and could see the two of them sitting across from one another talking, but Girardi didn’t say much about it. Only said he was checking in with his player, something he does from time to time.

Burnett said a little more about it last night.

He said Girardi wanted to make sure he’d turned the page. It’s been a bad season for Burnett — one that has included some incredibly good stretches — and Girardi wanted to make sure Burnett wasn’t dwelling on the past.

“I can’t erase my record or my ERA, stuff like that,” Burnett said. “But I can definitely get to where I’m supposed to go.”

The Yankees are going to need Burnett. They’re going to need him to pitch like he did last night in Baltimore. A couple of one-run home runs, they can live with. Complete implosions — like a few of Burnett’s August starts — won’t help them much.

“I made two mistakes,” Burnett said. “I had the one walk. I did hit my normal guy with the curveball, so it’s good to know that’s back. Just delivery-wise, I leaked out on a couple of pitches, but I was able to correct them.

“I guess the main thing of I felt as good as I’ve felt is that whether I hit the guy or gave up the hit or I gave up the homer, it was the next pitch, it was the next hitter. Nothing built up. Nothing escalated. I was very focused on what my job was tonight.”

That’s the Good A.J. Black eye and all.

Associated Press photo

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66 Responses to “Moving on with A.J. Burnett”

  1. MTU September 18th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Good job AJ.

    It is no longer necessary for you to punch yourself in the face like in the movie “Fight club”.

    You are indeed a “box of chocalates” but yesterday you were Ghiradelli.

    Please keep it up. :)

  2. Yogi Mantle September 18th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    MTU, a calendar would be pretty sweet. I never get to see too many pictures of natural beauty like the ones you post.

    I knew that Girardi clocked AJ. lol. He was trying to knock some sense into him. Or knock the bad game memories from AJ’s head.

    Seriously though, the above comment makes me wonder if there are outside issues that AJ is dealing with that might have him less focused on the field. That might explain his bruises and ineffectiveness.

  3. MTU September 18th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Yogi-

    That’s always a possibility.

    Ballplayer’s aren’t immune from the problems of daily living we all face.

    They just get paid more. :)

  4. Yogi Mantle September 18th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Agreed, MTU. Money can relieve some problems in life, but it can also create other problems. Just look at Tiger Woods or Vick or the countless other sports stars that have gotten themselves into trouble.

    Not that I would exactly MIND having that kind of bank account, though.

  5. 108 stitches September 18th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    The days of Burnett being listed as the No. 2 starter behind C.C. are gone. Rotation spots are earned – not awarded.
    Unless Burnett re-invents himself and uses an effective changeup in his arsenal of pitches, he could come out of spring training in 2011 as low as the No. 5 starter.

  6. pat September 18th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Charleston Manager will be with the NYY team for the next week or so.

    There to teach someone something or learn something from someone?

  7. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    pat, unless Colbrunn is being brought up to help Long with batting instruction, I would think that it’s as a reward. His first year as manager. They brought Torre Tyson up last year to help with the infielders.

    Tyson is the guy to watch in the system, though.

  8. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    The odds of a New York Yankee starting pitcher keeping the cause of a mysterious black-eye secret for very long…zero.

  9. jacksquat September 18th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    In case anyone missed it last night, it wasn’t just the eye.

    I found this from his previous start:

    http://i53.tinypic.com/2exa5nc.jpg
    (check his right ear)

    Really makes you wonder what is going on. Maybe he is doing some MMA. :D

  10. Dylan September 18th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    To be honest, I don’t want to see Burnett in the playoffs. He is too unpredictable, and he has done nothing to earn the job this year. I hope he can turn it around eventually, but I don’t think there is anything he can do to make Yankees fans have any faith in him during the post season. I would rather see Nova out there, or we should just use a 3-man rotation with C.C., Pettite, and Hughes.

  11. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    So we’re willing to give up on Granderson already? I admit that we now have no idea what he’s going to do next year, if Long’s work with him will stick – and that could be a problem given that the lineup is old (I think Jeter will bounce back, but who knows? I didn’t think he’d have a bad year this year), flawed (the #3 hitter is awful for major parts of the season) injury prone. I like Granderson – but boy, trading him would be a major admission that Cash was dead wrong to get rid of his young players. To not even give Curtis another year? I don’t see it happening.

  12. RhapsodyInBlue September 18th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Girardi is pretty good with keeping the lid on things, if it was an altercation with one of teammates I’ll bet in this particular case the press doesn’t uncover the source of AJ’s shiner.

    I thought when Giambi was here he was the one leaking in-house confidentials to the press. Girardi’s rules, etc.

    The press loved Giambi for his accessibility, especially Pete Abraham.. I could be wrong, but since his (Giambi) departure things have seemed to calm down as far as Yankee locker room stories out in the public domain.

    Was interesting to me though that Cashman was in Baltimore last night. Related?

  13. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Incredibly good stretches? We’re talking one incredibly good stretch – at the beginning of the season. The other stretch of good pitching lasted for about 3 starts – and I wouldn’t call it incredible.

    That said, good job by Joe…………..It almost doesn’t matter what AJ did in the past; what matters is what he does now. If he pitches well, then no one will care how awful he’s been.

    We’ve got CC, Andy and huge question marks after them. The Yankees need AJ to be solid – he doesn’t even have to be great.

  14. CountryClub September 18th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I’m not going to go back to the last thread to see what comments Betsy is referencing, but people need to adjust their expectations. A CFer that plays good D and hits 20 plus hr’s a yr is a very rare thing. It appears the Granderson of a few years is gone, but the one playing now is plenty good.

  15. JM September 18th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Also not ready to give up on Granderson. He can be an incredibly dynamic player and I just have the feeling he is going to have a very big year next year. Without eating almost all of his salary, I don’t see how they could trade him anyway.

    MTU, those photos were just amazing! Thanks for posting.

    Aren’t mornings so much nicer around here the day after a Yankee win? :)

  16. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    You don’t have to be a psychologist to logically deduce that AJ Burnett is an immature, volatile human being with anger issues. Punching doors like a petulant child a la Kevin Brown, (and lying about it) black eyes that no one wants to talk about, his emotional makeup on the mound, how he deals with adversity, etc. If he ran into the end of a barbell – he would have said so. Although they are publiclly supportive, you have to wonder what his teammates think. Maybe the black eye provides that answer. And maybe not.

    Baseball aside, you just hope that he keeps it together and doesn’t make a really huge mistake someday. Eighty million dollars does one no good if they are …

  17. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Since when has Teixeira (#3 hitter) become injury prone? Because he has a broken toe as a result of being hit by a baseball?

  18. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Where did I say Tex was injury prone?

  19. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Anger issues? Because one time he lost his temper? You don’t even know how he acquired the black eye……………..

  20. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I don’t know how you spin Granderson’s performance as a Yankee so far to be anything other than mediocre.

    He is hitting in the .240′s against lefties and righties and his OBP is in the .330′s against righties and is .299 against lefties.

    When the Yankees are behind in the game he is hitting .168 with a .234 OBP and with runners in scoring position he is hitting .204 with a .323 OBP.

    Those are atrocious numbers.

  21. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Anger issues? Because one time he lost his temper? You don’t even know how he acquired the black eye.

    *****************

    AJ has a history of being emotionally “unique”. How many players slam doors in the clubhouse, cut their hands and then lie about it? Come on now.

  22. Rich in NJ September 18th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    That pitcher of AJ’s ear is real?

    If so, something troubling is probably going on.

  23. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I have more doubts about Gardner……………If I’m the Yankees, I think about upgrading the position.

  24. MTU September 18th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    JM-

    My pleasure. Glad you enjoyed them.

    Wait til you see the ones for CC’s 20th. ;)

  25. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    It was one time – you’re labeling him as having anger issues based on one incident. I don’t think that’s fair.

  26. RhapsodyInBlue September 18th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I wouldn’t say the defense Granderson provides is mediocre.

    He hasn’t hit as well as we would have liked but I’m not ready to throw in the towel after one season.

    Hitters slump all the time some years are better then others.

    He could light up in the post season.

  27. Rich in NJ September 18th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    As for Granderson, if you believe that Long’s fix will be enduring, as I do, then it’s likely that he will be pretty good for the next few years. Defensively, he has been stellar.

    I would trade any player if it improved the team both in the present (or near present) and the future, but all things being equal, I would like to keep Granderson.

  28. JM September 18th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    MTU,

    Looking forward to the pix for CC’s 20th! He will get it today.

    I am planning on a hike myself tomorrow and it would be quite nice to have CC’s 20th win to celebrate.

  29. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I would keep Granderson too. I don’t think he’s a lock to be good next year, but I think there is a very good chance. The problem is that Jeter and Po are older. Po is not such a big deal because we somehow made it through the season with him missing a substantial chunk of it, but Jeter is. I think he’ll be good, but who knows? I think Cano will obviously be good and probably Swisher..if this isn’t a career year. Alex? Tell me he’s healthy and I think he’ll be great. Tex is beyond streaky. So, it’s not like we can just say it’s not a big deal if Granderson doesn’t improve. This lineup absolutely needs him….

  30. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Right here, Betsy.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I didn’t think he’d have a bad year this year), flawed (the #3 hitter is awful for major parts of the season) injury prone.

  31. jacksquat September 18th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Rich in NJ September 18th, 2010 at 11:13 am
    That pitcher of AJ’s ear is real?

    If so, something troubling is probably going on.

    Yes, I took it from this video (1:48):

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......d=11984405

  32. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Betsy – July 17th, 2010

    “Girardi mentioned he’ll take a cautious approach to address his pitcher’s cuts and anger management issues”.

    mlb.com

  33. MTU September 18th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    JM-

    Let’s hope so.

    Have a great hike.

    Gotta run. :)

  34. Rich in NJ September 18th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Thanks Jack.

    You’re right, Betsy. Jeter is a huge concern for next season. By far the biggest on the team among the offensive players.

  35. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Personally, I don’t give a damned what happened to Burnett’s eye…or ear….it’s none of my business.

    It’s like Singleton said last night…if you have issues with someone on the team, at the end of the year, you can go home and pick your own friends.

    It doesn’t mean a thing as far as I’m concerned.

  36. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    GB, nope. The part in parentheses is about Tex (the #3 hitter disappears). The injury prone is outside the parentheses – I was referring to the whole lineup.

  37. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Rich, but I don’t feel like you do that he’s on the decline. I think he’s going to bounce back…………however, he’s no sure thing to do so. I’m a lot more concerned about Tex………..because he disappears for such long stretches. We needed him when Alex was MIA at the beginning of last year – didn’t come through. He was awful for 2 months at the beginning of the season and now this bad stretch. I admit that I don’t know how big of a part the toe is playing in this, but I’m not willing to just say it’s the toe.

  38. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I also don’t care about AJ’s black eye; it’s none of my business – and in fact, I don’t want to know. The only important thing is making sure this guy starts pitching well again.

  39. joeman September 18th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I have been a fan of AJ…you get what you see from him & he’ll drive you crazy because he should be a big time winner in this league, his stuff is as good as any SP in baseball….it would be a nice time to see him get on a month and a half run which I think you’ll see but watch for a stinker or two

  40. Rich in NJ September 18th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I care about what happened to Burnett’s eye because if the discoloration was an inch or two towards his nose instead of to the side by his ear, it would have been more swollen and he might not have been able to see out of it, which could affect him on the field.

    On second thought, that may have been a good thing because I have zero faith in him.

  41. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I’m not going to search out that quote…………..and I have no idea what it means. I doubt Joe used the term “anger management” because that would be throwing AJ under the bus – and it’s not like AJ is Albert Belle. Some moron writer at MLB probably just used the term.

  42. Bo knows September 18th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Yep, Gardner is the weak link. The guy that’s got a thumb that will require surgery in the off season and a wrist that needed a cortisone shot. The player that is the second most valuable on the team overall. Rated at 4.8 wins above average. All this at a salary of 400 M. I suggest people google Fangraphs and call up some names and check the ratings. Now maybe one can argue with the stats but you will get some indications of player value.

  43. Rich in NJ September 18th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    That’s the point , Betsy. We don’t know, which makes it a huge concern given his age and propensity to hit GBs this season.

    I’m not concerned about Teix at all, although I would bat him 5th.

  44. joeman September 18th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    AJ….doing UFC on the side

  45. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    OK Betsy. Slamming doors with both hands in a fit of rage causing lacerations and then lying about it to your manager and general manager does not indicate an anger issue.

  46. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Rich, that’s fair. I don’t mean to suggest Tex will have a bad year, but he has to be better than this otherwise his big contract is going to be an albatross at some point sooner than we think.

  47. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Rich’s point is well taken and that is why GB and Betsy are wrong IMO regarding AJ. Slamming doors and getting black eyes mysteriously potentionaly damages the club’s chance to win. He may be awful half the time but he gives you a better shot than Moseley or Mitre do. It lets his teammates down and in combination with his erratic (at best) emotional makeup on the mound is a detriment to the team. If he got his black eye innocently, say so and move on. The story would disappear instantly.

    I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Yankees would trade Burnett if they could. They can’t.

  48. SJ44 September 18th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Question of the day……

    Which guy on the team punched out AJ?

    It will be interesting if it ever comes out.

    A guy shows up with a black eye in a Yankee uniform, it’s going to take one heckuva PR job to keep what happened private.

    I don’t buy for a minute it wasn’t a teammate who punched him out.

    If it wasn’t, they would have said what happened to him.

    Just my take on it.

  49. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Wow, so you think I’m wrong. Well goody, West Coast – you have no proof either, so I think you’re wrong

  50. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    You can assume anything you want, but by the way, if it was a teammate, THAT teammate is the one with anger management problems.

  51. Bryan September 18th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Kim Burnett got jealous of everyone else beating up Burnett

    So she wanted to get in on the act

    Looks like she has a good hook… sign her up

    She can’t be worse than her husband

    Also:

    “I did hit my normal guy with the curveball, so it’s good to know that’s back.”

    So glad the mental midget thinks it is good to plunk people

  52. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Real smart for a teammate to punch out one of his teammates – a pitcher, no less. I still am not buying it, but if it’s true, that player is more to blame.

  53. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    You have the right to your opinion Betsy and I don’t disrespect you personally. That’s what a discussion blog is all about.

  54. Rich in NJ September 18th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    If you want a possible indicator if it was a teammate, check their hands. You hit someone like that and you are probably going to have a bruise.

  55. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    West Coast, I don’t think you’re interested in a discussion; that’s why you made that sarcastic response about AJ’s fit of temper that time indicating an anger management probleme. Look, as I already said, 1 time is not sufficient for me to start psychoanalyzing him. Milton Bradley has an anger management problem – so does/did Albert Belle. We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

  56. SJ44 September 18th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Betsy,

    Boys wil be boys. Stuff happens.

    Graig Nettles once punched out Reggie Jackson at a party celebrating winning the pennant! lol

    Posada and El Duque had a couple of good “tussles”.

    It happens. No big deal.

  57. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Betsy
    September 18th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Real smart for a teammate to punch out one of his teammates – a pitcher, no less. I still am not buying it, but if it’s true, that player is more to blame.

    ******************

    How can you say that without knowing the circumstances? (if it was a teammate) You have already come to a conclusion as to blame? What if AJ took a swing at someone or worse?

  58. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    SJ, I guess……and I guess after living with each other so closely for so long, fights are bound to happen. My point was that blaming AJ for getting a black eye (which is what people are doing) is unfair because someone punched him -and if AJ was really badly injured, that player would have a lot of explaining to do.

    I’ve just never been one to engage in much speculation or gossip. I don’t really want to know what’s going on in the clubhouse unless it’s good. If the Yankees are now unraveling personally, I’d rather not know that.

  59. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Betsy if you haven’t figured out yet that sarcasm is an appropriate and commonplace element in discussions on a sports blog, I can’t help you.

  60. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    West Coast, and you are already blaming AJ. You don’t even know if anything happened, for one thing. However, if it did, AJ is the one that got punched out – I’m sorry, but someone (if it happened) did it to him. You are willing to kill AJ for punching a plexiglass whatever it was, but you won’t criticize whoever it was who may have punched AJ? Totally inconsistent.

  61. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    All I can say is that if it was from somebody on the Yankees that hit Burnett, it had to be a manager/coach or a pitcher.

    It certainly wasn’t a hitter. They have hit anything in a month.

  62. Betsy September 18th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Oh please, WC – you were obnoxious to me because I don’t agree with you. Ok, I get it – you think AJ has anger management issues. Fine. There’s nothing else to say.

  63. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Hmmm – I am beginning to think someone else has anger management issues.

  64. Rich in NJ September 18th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    “It certainly wasn’t a hitter. They have hit anything in a month.”

    *rimshot*

  65. West Coast Yankee Fan September 18th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Betsy
    September 18th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    West Coast, and you are already blaming AJ. You don’t even know if anything happened, for one thing. However, if it did, AJ is the one that got punched out – I’m sorry, but someone (if it happened) did it to him. You are willing to kill AJ for punching a plexiglass whatever it was, but you won’t criticize whoever it was who may have punched AJ? Totally inconsistent.

    *************************

    I am speculating like many people are regarding AJ’s black eye. I am not “killing him” – when I mention his door slamming incident I am stating a fact, He did not manage his anger at that moment. That is not open for discussion. He did it and he lied about it.

    As to this imaginary person who may have punched AJ. How can you possible say that person, or AJ is to blame if you don’t know the circumstances? What if AJ was choking him and the guy swung in self defense? You cannot blame anyone without knowing the facts.

  66. Rich in NJ September 18th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    OT, a little Mets news:

    Fox: Bernie Madoff Derivatives Market Rises
    Posted by Tiernan Ray

    Large Wall Street firms are trading in legal claims to compensation from the Bernard Madoff’s investment firm, buying the claims at a discount to peddle them for a higher price down the road, reports Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino.

    Deutsche Bank (DB) is among those firms paying pennies on the dollar to take the claims off the hands of agrieved parties. Gasparino writes, citing anonymous sources. One claim for $250 million was sold this week for 20 cents on the dollar to a bunch of hedge funds, Gasparino writes, citing a Street executive. That claim is rumored to belong to New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon, who says he lost money investing with Madoff.

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