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Burnett: “It would be silly for Hughesy not to start”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Oct 05, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The Yankees have arrived at Target Field. The workout just started here in Minnesota, and our own Sam Borden is playing the part of photographer. The clubhouse was open to the media for a little more than half an hour before the players took the field.

In that time, most of the focus was on what’s not going to happen in the Division Series. Javier Vazquez is not going to be on the roster, and A.J. Burnett is not lined up to make a start. Burnett will be in the bullpen while CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes fill the rotation.

“Those three have been our horses all year,” Burnett said. “It would be silly for Hughesy not to start.”

As you might expect, both Burnett and Vazquez said they were disappointed but not surprised. Burnett obviously could still play a role this postseason, especially beyond this series. We’ve seen in the past that some managers, when they’ve made decisions like this one, have lost the player. Some players feel slighted, not taken care of.

“Joe’s the best manager I ever played for,” Burnett said. “He’s done more for me this year probably than any manager has ever done. He cares about me as a person and as a player. I’ll be down in that pen and be ready to get one out or two outs or whatever I’ve got to do for him.”

• There might be more, but I saw three non-roster players still with the team here in Minneapolis: Vazquez, Chad Gaudin and Chad Moeller.

• Vazquez on being left off the roster: “It’s nobody’s fault. It’s my fault.” Vazquez said he was only told that he won’t be on the Division Series roster. He’s still holding out some hope that he might eventually be active for a series.

• Hughes said he threw a bullpen on Sunday and he’ll throw another either tomorrow or Thursday. “I feel like that inning in Fenway helped,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be ready when the time comes.”

• The bubble players found out whether they made the roster on Saturday. Vazquez said Girardi called to give him the news.

• Brian Cashman is here. Butch Wynegar is also still here. Last I knew, he was fully expecting to go home after the Boston series.

• Girardi is addressing the media after the workout, so we should have more notes whenever the Yankees finish taking batting practice.

• Just to kind of set the scene right now: Alex Rodriguez just finished taking ground balls at third. Ramiro Pena was working on turning double plays at second, now he’s taking balls at third base. Curtis Granderson is in center and Brett Gardner is in left, both taking turns fielding bouncing balls in the outfield grass and throwing to a cutoff man behind second.

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140 Responses to “Burnett: “It would be silly for Hughesy not to start””

  1. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I gotta say -

    AJ’s quote is making me cry.

    Say what you will about Girardi, but it is obvious to me he has the respect of his players.

  2. CR9 October 5th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Love AJ! Love Girardi! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Love Kearnsie too, but also hope he remains on the benchie!

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/ho.....China.html

  3. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 October 5th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    This is why its hard to hate AJ Burnett. He’s a good guy.

  4. MTU October 5th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    There isn’t much left to say except good luck Team.

  5. Erin October 5th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Wow-love AJ’s quote. I can’t help but like the guy. :)

  6. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I hope kearnsie hitsy onsy squaresy when he comesy offey da benchie.

    Burnetsie soundsie realsy in proping Hughesy, who wilsy winsy in hisey starties.

  7. Erin October 5th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Yankees Vote ROBINSON CANO for the 2010 Hank Aaron Award as AL outstanding offensive player! | http://bit.ly/adeDrk

  8. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    don’t let his honey tipped tongue fool you Erin…

  9. Erin October 5th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    KenDavidoff #Yankees opted for Pena over Nunez because of coaching staff’s comfort with Pena (more versatile defensively).

    KenDavidoff The #Yankees have sent Nova, Nunez and Ring to Tampa to condition for potential future usage.

  10. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Cashmoney -

    Ease up. C’mon. :)

    (But that WAS funny!!!!)

  11. Erin October 5th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    don’t let his honey tipped tongue fool you Erin…

    *****************************
    LOL

    I actually do really like AJ (have ever since he became a Yankee). He hasn’t made it easy this year though, that’s for sure. ;)

  12. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Burnett: “It would be silly for Hughesy not to start. After all he leads me in every category except for, wild pitches, hit batsman, walks. I’m here for pie. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”

  13. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Erin –

    That’s pretty interesting. So, yeah, I guess they can tweak the roster in between rounds?

  14. Yankee Trader October 5th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Erin

    Cano should get Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards for AL 2nd basemen. Hope he gets AL MVP, but if he doesn’t WS MVP would be fine!

  15. pat October 5th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Kim said Girardi has not confirmed it but clubhouse feedback is Kearns will not be in LF tomorrow.

  16. Erin October 5th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Yankee Trader October 5th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Erin

    Cano should get Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards for AL 2nd basemen. Hope he gets AL MVP, but if he doesn’t WS MVP would be fine!

    ************************************
    Preaching to the choir, my friend. :)

  17. TR10 October 5th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Doreen,

    It’s a fairly new rule that clubs can do that between the ALDS and ALCS.

  18. CR9 October 5th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    If you ever read this blog AJ, remember that everyone here loves you! And that you can do anything that you are determined to do! And if that means coming in from the bullpen and sitting ‘em all down via the K, then that’s what you’ll do! If you believe, it will happen! ♥

  19. TR10 October 5th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    To add to pat’s point, Joe also noted the expansive Target field. Much ado about nothing if you ask me. Gardner gets the start.

  20. Tar October 5th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I am actually looking forward to seeing AJ come out of the pen.

    A bulldog mentality, with an amped up 96mph FB and an occasional knee buckler.

    That’s the script, now if AJ will just cooperate.

  21. m October 5th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Doreen,

    I’m tearing up, too. That word Hughesy makes me want to cry.

    Just kidding!

    AJ’s a mess right now, but it’s hard to hate him.

  22. MTU October 5th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Tar-

    With AJ’s propensity towards wildness and meltdowns you want to see him come in out the pen to help ?

  23. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    “Joe’s the best manager I ever played for,” Burnett said. “He’s done more for me this year probably than any manager has ever done. He cares about me as a person and as a player. I’ll be down in that pen and be ready to get one out or two outs or whatever I’ve got to do for him.”

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

    Nice sentiment, too bad you can’t do your job AJ.

  24. TR10 October 5th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Michael Kay, for what it’s worth, has mentioned all season that AJ pitched better from the stretch.

  25. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    MLB trade rumors has posted their type A & B free agents.

    Yanks type A:

    Jeter
    Mariano
    Andy Pettitte

    Type B

    Javy
    Berkman
    Kerry Wood

    It’s a pretty safe bet that the Yanks will not get a single draft pick out of this although they could conceivably offer arb. to Jeter and Mo without much risk.

    Not that I can see them doing that.

  26. jacksquat October 5th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I think AJ needs to completely redo his mechanics in the offseason. His pitching motion is like Granderson’s old swing.

  27. Tar October 5th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    “With AJ’s propensity towards wildness and meltdowns you want to see him come in out the pen to help ?”

    MTU

    A little bit of wildness is not always a bad thing.

    In a post -season releif role he should not face enough batters to have a meltdown. He gets the job done, or you bring in the next guy.

    So yes, I stand by what I said.

  28. MTU October 5th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    My attitude about AJ is that I do not want to see him near a mound in the ALDS unless it’s with a mop and a pail, and preferably not at all.

    This is no time for tryouts. He is way too unpredictable to trust. He’ll just have to enjoy the view from the bench.

  29. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 7:00 pm
    MLB trade rumors has posted their type A & B free agents.
    ———————————
    where is Sergio Leone Mitre in this pic?

  30. Erin October 5th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Alex and Swish:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....?q=Yankees

  31. Crawdaddy October 5th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    The Yankees will be offering arbitration to Pettitte too.

  32. blake October 5th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Sounds like AJ has the right attitude here. Was nice of him to say those things about Girardiie.

    Obviously if he could throw the thing over the plate then he could be a weapon out of the bullpen….we shall see. I would guess if he’s used it will be in a long man role where he would give them some length….hopefully that won’t happen because it would mean either someone got shelled or injured.

  33. BIG AL October 5th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    MTU -

    You might think I’m crazy, sometimes I really am, but, AJ coming out of the pen to pitch to 1-3 batters could work, like it did for Hughes. Think about it, he can come out knowing he’ll picth 1 inning, and throw as hard as he can to 3 batters or less. He will not throw the same as he would as a SP. Look how much harder Hughes threw out of the pen vs. being a starter. Hey, stranger things have happened, and as some one else said, it’s baseball, you never know.

  34. Kelvin October 5th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Nice YES coverage right now folks.

  35. Erin October 5th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    OK, I’m out of here (lots of TV to watch!!)

    Everybody have a good night. :)

  36. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    AJ Burnett, the prototype for the ideal relief pitcher:

    Mentally fragile, can’t hold runners close, throws fifty foot breaking balls in the dirt, hits batters, can’t throw strikes, poor mechanics, poor command, ERA over 5.

    Yup. That’s the ticket!

  37. Vineyard Yankee October 5th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Repost:

    Also from BoDog, misc. over and unders.

    Total Home Runs in Series
    Over/Under 9.5

    Total Strikeouts in Game 1 – CC Sabathia
    Over/Under 5.5

    Total Strikeouts in Game 1 – Francisco Liriano
    Over/Under 6

    Total Hits in Series – Alex Rodriguez
    Over/Under 4.5

    Total RBI in Series – Alex Rodriguez
    Over/Under 3.5

    Total RBI in Series – Robinson Cano
    Over/Under 2.5

    Total RBI in Series – Derek Jeter
    Over/Under 2.5

    Total Hits in Series – Joe Mauer
    Over/Under 5

    Total RBI in Series – Joe Mauer
    Over/Under 3

    Total RBI in Series – Delmon Young
    Over/Under 3

    Looks like you can bet on almost anything.

  38. Tar October 5th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    MTU

    If the Yankees need a K, and circumstance dictates that it’s between Mitre, Mosely and AJ. I am all in on an AJ “tryout”.

  39. MTU October 5th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Al-

    You and Tar are entitled to your opinions. I’m just not buying it. AJ is just too erratic for my taste right now. He doesn’t have one thing Hughes always was noted for. Good control.

    He might come in and do as you say, or he could just as easily hit a batter or not be able to find the plate. His stuff is good enough it’s the other parts that would concern me.

    I would like to see guys that are reliable. It’s the post season. No margin for error.

  40. blake October 5th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    It would be tough to bring AJ in with runners on as bad as he is at holding them and as many wild pitches as he throws….

  41. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    AJ will not throw one pitch in relief. He is on the roster only in case Sabathia or Pettitte gets hurt.

  42. BIG AL October 5th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    MTU & blake -

    My thought was of bring AJ in at the beginning of an inning, or to pitch to 1 batter where you needed a strikeout. No breaking balls in the dirt, just hugh, hard, country fastballs.

    Most likely never to happen any way. If we see AJ, it means we’re losing big, and he’s eating innings as a mop-up.

  43. BIG AL October 5th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Good night folks, here’s to a new season.

  44. jpb173 October 5th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I think AJ needs to completely redo his mechanics in the offseason. His pitching motion is like Granderson’s old swing.

    ————————————————————————————

    AJ isn’t a young man…I don’t think that he can “start all over”. I would expect them to change his selection of pitches. Right now, AJ is a power pitcher who only throws 2 pitches (fastball and curve). If either of those pitches is “off” then hitters can sit on the other. Even with both pitches working, AJ must locate them perfectly because he is aging and those pitches are no longer overpowering.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if AJ toyed with a splitter or a circle change in spring training to see if either would work out as a third pitch.

  45. MTU October 5th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Al-

    With AJ’s stuff the temptation will always be there to use him as you suggest. To get you a SO. Thing is his command is poor. That’s dangerous. Hit batsman, walk, FB that leaks back over the heart of the plate. Too scary for me. Maybe Girardi has nerves of steel, or maybe he has been staring into the Sun too long. It’s his call. I just hope he make the right choice at the right time.

  46. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Hughesy? LOL

    Doreen, you should have heard AJ speak about Joe last year after the WS – I think the players, no matter what you hear in the media, really believe Joe has their backs and they respect him a great deal.

    I wish Phil had been able to pitch more than 1 inning, but that one inning is better than nothing and clearly it helps even just his mindset. I think he was bored with plain old bullpens.

  47. MTU October 5th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I gotta run too. See you all tomorrow. Have a good evening. :)

  48. m October 5th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    A clean inning would be best for AJ, but I don’t see him getting much action this round.

  49. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    AJ makes me want to tear my hair out, but I can not get personal in my criticisms of him because he’s a good guy and a very good teammate.

    I know he and Phil talk a lot; maybe he should learn from the kid, lol

  50. CR9 October 5th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Im starting to get the chills, baby! The journey begins! If Phil’s mother’s name was Susie, she’d be Susie Hughesie! :lol:

  51. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Girardiie, lol…………I like Girardio

  52. pat October 5th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Wally Matthews annoys Girardi as much as he annoys me. :smile:

  53. blake October 5th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    “Girardiie, lol…………I like Girardio”

    Joey Girardiie will makes the right calls.

  54. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    LOL Yay CC!

    Some jerk asked CC about the uncertainty after him in the rotation and CC is like “I don’t know what you’re talking about, Andy is the best 2nd starter in baseball” (or something like that)

    Only the Yanks have ? in their rotation; no one else does, lol

  55. Vineyard Yankee October 5th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    AJ is going to have his contract sold so he can pitch in Japan. He will be in the spotlight there, in addition to having those fans try to read his many tattoos.

  56. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    All those “I’s” are swimming in front of my eyes, lol

  57. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    John Henry is making a bid for Liverpool AC.

    Weren’t the Steins interested in an EPL team not too long ago?

  58. Ruby Tuesday October 5th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Here are the current top headlines on nytimes.com/baseball:

    Power Still Off at Twins’ New Home

    Rays Run and Walk but Don’t Always Hit

    Twins Have a New Field and Better Bullpen Choices

    Giants-Braves Series to Show Off Pitching Staffs

    Despite Playoff Drought, Reds Have World Series Experience

    Mets Make Dismissals Official

    ————

    Base on these, you wouldn’t even know the Yankees are in the playoffs .

    Does the NY Times even cover the Yankees anymore ?

  59. Carl October 5th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    # Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    LOL Yay CC!

    Some jerk asked CC about the uncertainty after him in the rotation and CC is like “I don’t know what you’re talking about, Andy is the best 2nd starter in baseball” (or something like that)

    Only the Yanks have ? in their rotation; no one else does, lol

    Said he was the best pitcher in postseason history.

  60. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 October 5th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    CC is the man for saying that about Andy. ( i mean he was great before he said that, but really that was awesome)

  61. CR9 October 5th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Jeers –

    Yes. Yankees were (still are??) interested in Tottenham.

    That would – I think be excellent – if Henry owned Liverpool as well. Perfect, there could be even less $$$$ for the Red Sox, because it’s not easy to turn a profit and win in the EPL and the UEFA CL. He may become more stingy than the little $170 million he spends on the Sox now.

  62. Kelvin October 5th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Hank is interested in a specific split team.

    Apparently you can lose alot of money though, so idk if that went through.

  63. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve said this before Ruby but you’re really much more effective when you keep the comments short and light.

  64. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Carl, thanks – my father was making lots of noise and I couldn’t really hear the end of his comment

  65. Kelvin October 5th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    EPL not split. Damn android phone lol.

  66. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Alex sounds so completely at ease……

  67. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Yeah I’m sure Sox fans would love to see Henry dump near a half billion into a soccer team.

  68. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    So, my husband’s in Chicago and called and then my mom called,and I missed the press conference. It was on and I could see it, but heard nothing.

    All I can say is – ARod looks great! Relaxed, for sure.

    Anything interesting said?

  69. pat October 5th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    SamBorden Interesting: Now A-Rod is rolling balls on dirt of the 3b line; trying to see how balls curve (whether they stay fair or go foul) #Yankees

    Do little things right and big things happen.

  70. 108 stitches October 5th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    If Burnett wants to help himself, he can spend some time with Dave Eiland working on a changeup to keep hitters from sitting on his fastball and sometime erratic curveball in the dirt.

  71. CR9 October 5th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Jeers – I meant good for us. Reading some of the comments on Extra Bases blog, the people idiots seem to be Liverpool fans as well and want Henry to take them over and bring them out of their current phase of gloom.

    Be careful what you wish for, sox fans.

    And they have the audacity to call Man United and the Yankees “the evil empires.”

  72. pat October 5th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    SamBorden Also taking extra work: Robinson Cano, who is doing a hitting drill with Kevin Long (and raking balls over the RF fence) #Yankees

  73. Carl October 5th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Andrew Marchand

    A-Rod just said the Yankees are David in this matchup. Ha Ha Ha. #Yankees

    Andrew Marchand is gonna lie and act like A-Rod said that?

  74. Kelvin October 5th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Damn im missing whole YES conference.

    Trip to new Jersey with no YES feed on this lame cable provider.

    If anyone can summarize, I’d be appreciative of that.

  75. LGY October 5th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Just had a Carl’s cheesesteak and fries.

    Getting myself in game shape for the postseason.

  76. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Obviously, I missed CC’s comment.

    I love this team.

  77. pat October 5th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Carl

    Selective quoting.

    Alex did say that but the question asked of him was about being the underdog this year so David is a fair reference.

  78. TR10 October 5th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Carl, he did say that

  79. CR9 October 5th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    “I love this team.”

    As you should :)

  80. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Doreen, CC ripped into a jerk reporter who asked him about the uncertain rotaion behind him……

  81. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Will they relay this presser later?

  82. blake October 5th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Just so you guys know….My lucky green sweatpants that remain unworn and unwashed since the 2009 WS are ready to go for tomorrow night. Fear not :)

  83. CR9 October 5th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Leave it to Andrew Marchand to act with a lack of professionalism. Trying to create bulletin board material – if such a thing exists – for the Twins. :)

  84. TR10 October 5th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    pat is right

  85. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Alex is so smart……………..

  86. Carl October 5th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    # pat October 5th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Carl

    Selective quoting.

    Alex did say that but the question asked of him was about being the underdog this year so David is a fair reference.

    Alex said if people want to call us the underdog to win the world series, we don’t mind playing the roll as David.

    He didn’t say the Yankees are the underdog against the Twins.

  87. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Blake, we can’t lose now, lol

  88. CR9 October 5th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    lol blake! Ive got my unwashed and untouched “Hot Stuff” T-Shirt ready to go! :lol:

  89. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Alex is so smart……………..
    ———————-
    His IQ is 220 !

  90. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Betsy -

    Good for CC.

  91. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    we don’t mind playing the roll as David.
    ———————-
    except this David is equipped intercontinental Missile instead of a sling … Where is the Goliath at?

  92. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Doreen, but he only mentioned Andy, not Phil……….down with CC :mad:

    LOL j/k

    Cash, you’re kidding?

  93. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Yes Betsy, I got too excited while counting a lineup of Gardy, timmy, Hughesy , Roddy, Texy , Jetees and sadies , I mis-read Alex’s IQ.

  94. blake October 5th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Kruk, Valentine, and Nomar were asked which of the postseason pitchers they would take in a must win game 7. Two of the three took Sabathia (Kruk and Nomar)…Valentine took Halladay.

  95. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Wow -

    I missed a lot.

    :)

  96. Tar October 5th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    You guys are crazy sweatpants and t-shirts, like that will really work. Sheesh

    Of course as long as I am in my lucky chair sitting just right, we have nothing to worry about. :wink:

  97. blake October 5th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Tar,

    How can we expect the Yankees to step it up a notch if we don’t ;)

  98. Betsy October 5th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I have my lucky koala bear, lol. My uncle gave him to me when I was a year old and believe me …………that was a long time ago. I figure that since I’ve made it this far, he must be good luck.

  99. Noreaster October 5th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I can see the OCD really kicks in around the playoffs. Fear not, I’ll do everything in two’s during the games to ensure victory!

  100. Wang IS Taiwan October 5th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Sounds like the guys are very protective of each other — like that a lot.

  101. TR10 October 5th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    take note

  102. Wang IS Taiwan October 5th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Gotta say: AJ’s being really stand-up about not pitching. He could have been a jerk and caused some tension. I like this group a lot. Now, if they can just hit with RISP and stop the other team from scoring.

    I’m guessing Joe has probably been somewhat of a therapist for AJ this season with all this issues on and of the field. Nice for AJ to acknowledge that. Both of them are softies, really.

  103. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I am really rooting for an upset by the Reds starting tomorrow, I think it’s imminently doable.
    Volquez has better pure stuff than Halladay when he is right.

  104. Noreaster October 5th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    ‘Wang’, I have to agree. The missing piece the last few weeks has been the inability to get the big hit.

  105. Bret The Hitman October 5th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I’m HAPPY Vazquez and Gaudin didn’t make it.

    I did want to see Nova and Nunez but I understand Moseley and Pena over those 2.

    Moseley throws strikes. He’ll mop up and get outs. Even though he’ll give up runs he doesn’t impode.

    Pena is a plus defender anywhere you put him.

  106. YankFanCA October 5th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I think this is going to be a very close series. I do believe that playing the Twins represents the Yankees best chance of advancing to the ALCS.

  107. Erica in NY October 5th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    0 Days, 23 Hours, and 50 Minutes until Game 1 of the ALDS :grin:

  108. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    EST? Erica

  109. Noreaster October 5th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks Erica…now I can be nervous!

  110. Erica in NY October 5th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    EST? Erica
    **************

    Yes-

    Well, the game starts at 8:30 EST. I am in EST- but even if I were in CMT, the time between that point and now would still be 23 hours and 50 Minutes :-)

  111. Erica in NY October 5th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Noreaster October 5th, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    Thanks Erica…now I can be nervous!

    ***********

    I am SO excited

    Although, this is causing havoc on my Tv viewing schedule

  112. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 October 5th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......d=12745889

    if anyone wants to see the fistpump at home plate/gum chewing jeter moment i was talking about this morning, its on this video ( Yanks/Twins ALDS highlights…pretty cool)

  113. pat October 5th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I like that Javy is with the team and that the Yankees are letting him.

  114. CR9 October 5th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    lol Tar! You sit in that chair, baby!

  115. m October 5th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    We need some newsy!

  116. gamucf October 5th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Seems pretty clear to me that Burnett has had some fairly major off field issue(s) — remember the black eye? — Girardi knows all about it and has “taken care” of him on the professional side. That’s a great thing and it could pay dividends next year (assuming it clears up for Burnett).

  117. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Barry Zito for AJ Burnett

    Yay or Nay?

  118. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    IMO, our biggest failing as a team at the plate is the inability to “keep the line moving”. We depend too much on the home run and getting the “big hit” with RISP. More singles, doubles, patience at the plate and walks leading to three and four run innings – without depending on one player to beat the odds with two men out.

  119. xcv October 5th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    “Those three have been our horses all year,” Burnett said. “It would be silly for Hughesy not to start.”

    translation: i sucked so much this year that cashman would have had girardi committed to an insane asylum if i’m allowed to even come close to touching the baseball – let alone start a game in the playoffs

    ================================================================

    “Joe’s the best manager I ever played for,” Burnett said. “He’s done more for me this year probably than any manager has ever done…

    translation: what else was girardi going to do? give me the ollie perez treatment. i got another 3 yrs left on my contract and joe better be kissing my ass come next couple of yrs too. and to all the yankees fans who booed me this yr i have this message for you – suck it!

  120. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    pat -

    I agree.

    Javy worked hard, even if the results weren’t there.

  121. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Cashmoney
    October 5th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Barry Zito for AJ Burnett. Yay or Nay?

    *********

    You think Javy Vazquez was a mistake? Try Zito and his 85 MPH fastball in the AL East.

  122. m October 5th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Some of the people who post here are real tools.

  123. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    So what if Javy worked hard, of course he worked hard, he was paid $11 million a year to work hard. Everyone works hard. That’s what it’s come to? Applauding athletes that makes tens of millions of dollars for working hard?

  124. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Burnettsey finally said something I agree with.

  125. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    WCYF =

    I don’t think that was true for the entire season.

  126. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Try Zito and his 85 MPH fastball in the AL East.
    —————
    I got nothing on that . I was looking at similar magnitude of failures.

  127. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    “IMO, our biggest failing as a team at the plate is the inability to “keep the line moving””

    Yet they lead MLB in OBP.

  128. m October 5th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I have no doubt Javy will have a bounceback season next year. In the NL.

    But I want to know how he fell off the table like he did? Did all those years and innings catch up with him?

  129. m October 5th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I’d like to see improvement in one particular area: bases loaded, less than two outs.

  130. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Rich in NJ
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    “IMO, our biggest failing as a team at the plate is the inability to “keep the line moving””. Yet they lead MLB in OBP.

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

    Statistics are very misleading. OBP% doesn’t communicate how many of those guys getting on base are doing so in a row.

  131. Doreen October 5th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    WCYF -

    STFU.

  132. Cashmoney October 5th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I’d like to see improvement in one particular area: bases loaded, less than two outs
    —————–
    NY 48 percent of runner scored when calc with total PA. the league average 50 percent, so Yes.
    The Yanks are at the bottom of that.

  133. sunny615 October 5th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    :arrow: new post

  134. Rich in NJ October 5th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    “Statistics are very misleading. OBP% doesn’t communicate how many of those guys getting on base are doing so in a row.”

    The Yankees also lead MLB in runs scored, so one way or another, this is a very potent offense that gets a lot of runners on base and scores a lot of runs.

  135. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Doreen
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    WCYF – STFU.

    ***********

    Nice. What a poor excuse for a lady.

  136. West Coast Yankee Fan October 5th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    How typical of some “internet fans”. They have never played the game and think stats mean more than they do. Makes you wonder why pro teams have so many scouts, you would think they would just gather the stats and make decisions that way.

  137. Roy White Rules October 5th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Going back to the original post and the comments from our non-starting starters, we have a classy team, and that means a lot!

  138. Jerkface October 5th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Makes you wonder why pro teams have so many scouts

    Most scouts are just people that watch baseball, only some of them are ex-major leaguers.

  139. GoYanks October 6th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    test ♥

  140. GoYanks October 6th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

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    •  Yogi Berra

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