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Off day notes and links: Cousins, center fielders and clutch hits

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jun 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

First, a cool picture from Nick in San Francisco who went to see CC Sabathia toss out the first pitch for the North Vallejo Little League last night. Sabathia was joined by Joba Chamberlain for the event. I told CC to throw a slider and let the kid catching him really show what he could do. I strong doubt he took my advice.

Meanwhile, from the never-a-quiet-day file, Alex Rodriguez’s cousin Yuri popped back onto the radar today. The Daily News reported that Rodriguez’s steroid smuggling cousin was spotted at the team hotel this week. Brian Cashman told me basically the exact same thing he told every other writer: The team can’t keep a player from seeing his cousin outside of team functions and team facilities.

“It’s his cousin,” Cashman said. “He hasn’t been in any Yankee areas. We have nothing to do with any public areas.”

By the afternoon, Major League Baseball had finished investigating the issue and found that no violations occurred. Yuri Sucart is banned from team-controlled facilities, and joining his cousin on road trips doesn’t violate that ban.

Some other notes and links for the off day.

• Cashman also said there is “zero” new information on any of the injured Yankees. Phil Hughes is throwing batting practice on Saturday, but there’s nothing new on Eric Chavez, Pedro Feliciano, Damaso Marte or Rafael Soriano.

• Cashman also said Carlos Silva actually does not have an opt out date, so the Yankees have no reason to rush making that decision. I’d heard last week that he could opt out this month, but Cashman said that’s not the case.

• Kind of a strange story: Apparently the Angels flight from Kansas City made an emergency landing after some mechanical problems. Looks like everyone was fine, but that had to a pretty tense situation. The Yankees play the Angels tomorrow.

• Nice story by Wally Matthews, who looked that emergence of Curtis Granderson and the fact he could quickly become one of the most recognizable players in the game.

• Good stuff over at Bronx Banter, examining whether Rodriguez has been clutch since joining the Yankees. Spoiler alert, the answer is yes.

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90 Responses to “Off day notes and links: Cousins, center fielders and clutch hits”

  1. Chase June 2nd, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    A-God.

  2. Jerkface June 2nd, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Is that a nick pic?

  3. Against All Odds June 2nd, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Chase June 2nd, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    A-God.

    —————

    you call him that too

  4. Nick in SF June 2nd, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I did take that pic, but I didn’t mean to send to it to Chad.

    I must have accidentally attached it whem I emailed Chad some creative trade proposals I thought up to get us DeJesus. :oops:

  5. GreenBeret7 June 2nd, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    some whacky stuff going on in the world.

    Man gets arrested for selling a US military spy drone to feds on EVay. In London, a 7 year old won the bid to buy a harrier Jump jet for $113,000.

    A 17 year old in china sells a kidney to buy a IPad2

    And, don’t screw with old people.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43…..?GT1=43001

  6. LGY June 2nd, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I’m keeping with the cousins theme

    Buster_ESPN Sabean on Cousins, on KNBR:”If we never hear from him again and he never plays another day in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.”

  7. LGY June 2nd, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Salty Sabean’s full comments:

    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/e.....ues-again/

  8. RadioKev June 2nd, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    LGY June 2nd, 2011 at 10:11 pm
    I’m keeping with the cousins theme

    Buster_ESPN Sabean on Cousins, on KNBR:”If we never hear from him again and he never plays another day in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.”
    ——-

    That’s a pretty intense comment.

  9. BoJo June 2nd, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I love how Joba really gets involved in supporting any event that helps others. The young man is a credit to the team.

  10. Against All Odds June 2nd, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    # BoJo June 2nd, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I love how Joba really gets involved in supporting any event that helps others. The young man is a credit to the team.

    ——————————————–

    you would be surprised how many ppl can’t stand him.

  11. GreenBeret7 June 2nd, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Sabean and the other yammering jackasses never said a work 3 years ago when Johnson barrelled into Cervelli during a spring training game. They’re talking and complaining now because it was their player and it was Posey.

  12. GreenBeret7 June 2nd, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    said a ***word*** 3 years

  13. tyanksfan36 June 2nd, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    That Sabean comment is crazy. I read the whole thing. I don’t think there was any problem with what Cousins did, if Mike Fontenot slammed into John Buck to score the winning run in that game and he got hurt like Buster did, no one on the Giants would have a problem with it. I’m a big Buster Posey fan and I feel bad about what happened to him but that’s what you get when you catch.

  14. Tarheel In NYC June 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    GreenBeret7 June 2nd, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    “Sabean and the other yammering jackasses never said a work 3 years ago when Johnson barrelled into Cervelli during a spring training game. They’re talking and complaining now because it was their player and it was Posey.”

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

    Precisely. He wouldn’t give a rat’s a$$ if it were anyone except his marquee player and cash cow.

  15. blake June 2nd, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Posey got hurt to a large degree because of bad technique on his part….I hate it like crazy and it stinks but it wasn’t a dirty play and the Giants need to be quite and move on.

  16. G. Love June 2nd, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Nick,

    You do realize the guy in the white shirt and black knit cap was taking pictures of you. M

  17. G. Love June 2nd, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Love when the phone posts before I get to finish my “funny”.

  18. GreenBeret7 June 2nd, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Tarheel In NYC June 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 pm
    GreenBeret7 June 2nd, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    “Sabean and the other yammering jackasses never said a work 3 years ago when Johnson barrelled into Cervelli during a spring training game. They’re talking and complaining now because it was their player and it was Posey.”

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

    Precisely. He wouldn’t give a rat’s a$$ if it were anyone except his marquee player and cash cow.

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

    They don’t seem to have a problem knocking middle infielders into left field on takeout slides. A lot more of them get hurt than catchers. Ask Willie Randolph if he would have liked rules to protect them.

  19. blake June 2nd, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    good basketball game going….

  20. Bx is Burning June 2nd, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Blake -

    Wonder if Dallas has a run in them.

  21. Nick in SF June 2nd, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I didn’t notice, I wonder if he got any pics of me with CC or Joba.

  22. MTU June 2nd, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Seattle is smokin’ the Rays 5 zip.

    What happened to ole’ Big game James Shields ?

    Game over since the opposing pitcher is he King.

    :)

  23. MTU June 2nd, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    edit: “The King”.

  24. blake June 2nd, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    “Wonder if Dallas has a run in them.”

    I’m pulling for Dallas but I’m really not confident…Miami looks like the superior team and Wade and Lebron look like they finally figured things out.

  25. blake June 2nd, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Big game James pitched way over his head at the start of the season…..he’s ok but nothing special…..middle to back end guy in the AL

  26. Bx is Burning June 2nd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Agreed, Blake.
    As a fan of the game, just hoping Dallas can make it a series.
    Dirk and his fingers need to show up in the 4th.

  27. MTU June 2nd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Blake-

    Fat chance Shields was gonna pitch to a 2.0 ERA all season.

    Just like Joyce and Kotchman ain’t gonna hit .350.

    ;)

  28. MTU June 2nd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Looks like Dice-BB is walking off into the setting Sun.

    He’s going for TJ surgery.

    Lackey is next.

    :)

  29. blake June 2nd, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    MTU,

    the Rays don’t have the talent or Mojo they had last year. Their rotation is solid but everywhere else they are worse…..I think the Sox will be in the market for a starter at the deadline

  30. MTU June 2nd, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Blake-

    I absolutely agree.

    Can’t count on lackey, wakefield and Aceves.

    Great thing from our perspective is that they don’t have he chips to land a quality starter.

    They’ll be looking for a #4/5 type guy.

    Whoopee.

    If we get someone I hope it’s a difference maker otherwise I say we stick with what we’ve got.

    Hughes might just be our ticket anyway.

    I would love to add a quality lefty though.

  31. blake June 2nd, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    MTU,

    I don’t think they have the pieces to land a frontline guy….but if they were able to deal for Lowe, or Liriano, or somebody like that then it would help them. I agree that the Yanks shouldn’t make a lateral move or anything that’s close to one….

  32. MTU June 2nd, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Blake-

    I hope they don’t get either of those 2.

    Have a good evening.

  33. blake June 2nd, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    night all.

  34. blake June 2nd, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    you too MTU

  35. Against All Odds June 2nd, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    # Bx is Burning June 2nd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Agreed, Blake.
    As a fan of the game, just hoping Dallas can make it a series.
    Dirk and his fingers need to show up in the 4th.

    —————————————

    I’m not a Heat fan but Dallas can’t do it. They can’t hang with Lebron and Wade.

  36. Nick in SF June 2nd, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Maybe Dallas can do it.

  37. CompassRosy June 2nd, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    some whacky stuff going on in the world.
    *******************************

    And nothing whackier than the M’s hitting 4 home runs in one game (in 4 innings) at Safeco Field.

    8Ks for Felix (nothing new)
    8Rs for the bats (who ARE these guys?)

    I hope they save some for tomorrow and Saturday when I’ll be in attendance.

    Remember our deal Yank fans …
    my guys beat up the ALE, your guys beat up the ALW

    :)

  38. Bx is Burning June 2nd, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Against All Odds June 2nd, 2011 at 11:30 pm
    # Bx is Burning June 2nd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Agreed, Blake.
    As a fan of the game, just hoping Dallas can make it a series.
    Dirk and his fingers need to show up in the 4th.

    —————————————

    I’m not a Heat fan but Dallas can’t do it. They can’t hang with Lebron and Wade.

    ——————————

    I’m a Knicks fan, AAO, but that was a ball game any basketball fan should want to see.
    Hloy sh*t.

  39. West Coast Yankee Fan June 2nd, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Who says the Sux need a top starter? They don’t. They need a four and or five and they certainly have the trade bait to go after that.

  40. Against All Odds June 2nd, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    # Bx is Burning June 2nd, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Against All Odds June 2nd, 2011 at 11:30 pm
    # Bx is Burning June 2nd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Agreed, Blake.
    As a fan of the game, just hoping Dallas can make it a series.
    Dirk and his fingers need to show up in the 4th.

    —————————————

    I’m not a Heat fan but Dallas can’t do it. They can’t hang with Lebron and Wade.

    ——————————

    I’m a Knicks fan, AAO, but that was a ball game any basketball fan should want to see.
    Hloy sh*t.

    ———————————-

    yea it was great lots of drama and excitement. Big lead blown, big 3 point shots on both ends, Dirk stepping up, etc. Msg to David Stern your league is once again popular do whatever you have to to get a new CBA done. Locking out is not smart

  41. Jackson June 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 am

    The last 5 minutes proved crucial

  42. Jackson June 3rd, 2011 at 12:07 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan June 2nd, 2011 at 9:41 pm
    You sure do enough of it Manni.

    -

    Can I ask who Manni is?

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan June 3rd, 2011 at 12:11 am

    You can ask anything.

  44. Jackson June 3rd, 2011 at 12:14 am

    And the answer is…..?

  45. Jackson June 3rd, 2011 at 12:33 am

    bruceb June 2nd, 2011 at 1:41 pm
    They should rename this site the Irreverent Discourse Yankees Blog but I guess if they did, no one would bother logging on to read his daily diarrhea.
    ———-
    West Coast Yankee Fan June 2nd, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    ID – you should have a blog of your own. You can talk all day long about statistics. I’m sure you would need to expand to accommodate all your dedicated patrons

  46. Jackson June 3rd, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Sabean on catching collisions, consistent?

    -
    Sandoval was clearly going for Doumit’s body in an effort to dislodge the ball and he passed up a very obvious hook slide opportunity to do so. The only difference is that Doumit played his position better, not only retrieving the ball quicker but also positioning himself into a safer position

    http://www.baseballprospectus......leid=14128

  47. West Coast Yankee Fan June 3rd, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Bruce B. seems to have a point.

  48. UnKnown June 3rd, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Rays are losing a bunch lately. It seems anyways. I like that. Be nice to get them out of there and make it a two team race.

  49. Jackson June 3rd, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Child please. Who is Manni?

  50. West Coast Yankee Fan June 3rd, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Who is he princess?

  51. Jackson June 3rd, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Guy can’t answer a question

    Maybe Vineyard can? or bruceb?

  52. West Coast Yankee Fan June 3rd, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Looks like the DN has lost their idiot.

  53. RhapsodyInBlue June 3rd, 2011 at 6:41 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan June 2nd, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Who says the Sux need a top starter? They don’t. They need a four and or five and they certainly have the trade bait to go after that.
    **********************************************************************

    WCYF-Just curious. Who might those chip be that you believe that the Sox have and that they can part with?

  54. Wang IS Taiwan June 3rd, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Thanks for the pic, Nick. Those kids must have been thrilled to have met both you and CC. ;)

  55. RhapsodyInBlue June 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 am

    So the blundering Yankees lose their top three picks for Soriano (31, 38) and Feliciano (44) in Monday night’s college draft.

    Keep Levine out of the kitchen.

  56. blake June 3rd, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I went to bed mid way through the 4th quarter last night…..thought the game was over and probably the series as well. Then I wake today to find that the Mavs won…..that the Heat basically declared victory and quit right after I went to bed. That’s why sports are great….you can’t make this stuff up. Was looking like a sweep….now just like that home court changes hands and its a series again. Would MJ have let his team blow a 15 point lead half way through the 4th……? I think not.

    This Posey thing is devolving into a fiasco…..the initial incidient was very unfortunate but now the Giants are handling the situation very unprofessionally and in an immature way. They are quickly losing my simpathy by continuing to whine and wish ill on Cousins. News flash guys….Posey’s poor technique got him hurt as much as anything so that’s on the Giants….grow up and move on. Posey wouldn’t even take Cousins phone call. Cervelli got blasted last year in a ST game…..and nobody cared.

  57. blake June 3rd, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Both signings look like busts now…..but its only June….if those guys help the Yankees go deep in the playoffs then they’ll be worth the draft picks.

  58. upstate kate June 3rd, 2011 at 7:25 am

    it is upsetting to hear that Cousins is receiving death threats

  59. blake June 3rd, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Here’s hoping Nova can get back on track tonight.

  60. upstate kate June 3rd, 2011 at 7:49 am

    My fantasy opponent has Nova tonight. I am willing to take one for the team! GO NOVA!!

  61. blake June 3rd, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Kate,

    I had Gio and Anderson both last week and was very happy for them to get hammered :)

  62. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Blake-

    Agreed. Way to early to write off Soriano and Feliciano.

    Remember how great Marte was in the series ?

    Kate-

    Good to see you around. Hope all is well.

  63. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Blake-

    Several guys are on the clock.

    Posada, Cervelli, and Nova to name a few.

    Nova’s fate is tied to Hughes.

    If Phil comes back strong Nova will be moved out IMO.

    Nova will become the reserve starter in that case.

    We need to start doing something with the excess we have at AAA.

  64. blake June 3rd, 2011 at 8:07 am

    MTU,

    true….Marte basically earned his keep just with the 2009 post season. It would be nice to get both he and Feliciano back at some point. I don’t trust Boonie all that much…..

  65. blake June 3rd, 2011 at 8:10 am

    MTU,

    I agree. I think if Hughes is ready to return to the rotation then the most likely guy he replaces right now is Nova…..however a lot could change between now and then…..Nova could get it together and improve….injury could strike (please no)….etc. I think there is a chance Nova is moved at the deadline if something makes sense. I like him and I think he could be a solid big league starter….but as we’ve discussed before, they really can’t keep them all and there are more talented guys in the system.

  66. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Blake-

    It seems to be in the nature of most relievers not named Mo to be inconsistent.

    My personal favorite. D-Rob. He’s just a coonhound tick away from
    greatness. If he ever gets the command thing going look out.

  67. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Blake-

    Nova would have to put on one heck of a show in June to prevent Phil from taking his spot if he returns to form.

    I like Nova too but I like a healthy and effective Phil Hughes even more.

  68. Betsy June 3rd, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I don’t think Nova deserves to lose his spot. Many thought Wang should have been sent to the pen in 2009 upon his return when Phil was doing well in the rotation and now I think the same thing – except that Phil should stay in AAA (no way should he be sent to the pen). Assuming he’s healthy (which is not a good assumption to make, but if he’s not, the point is moot anyway), I wouldn’t expect Phil to make a big difference upon his return because he’d be the same pitcher that he was for most of last year. LGY thought that maybe Phil would not be here past his FA year – and that’s something I thought at the beginning of the year. I think if the Yankees want this kid to be a part of their future, they need to build him back up as a starter – and that means keeping him in AAA until he develops further.

  69. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2011 at 8:15 am

    upstate kate June 3rd, 2011 at 7:49 am
    My fantasy opponent has Nova tonight. I am willing to take one for the team! GO NOVA!!

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

    Quite likely from SF fans. It’s like they say, “Living in California is like living in a box of granola. What ain’t fruits and nuts, is flakes.? There’s about three of them running loose on this board.

  70. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2011 at 8:18 am

    A little early to be writing Ivan Nova off….or anybody else, just yet. He only needs to run up a record of /500 or a little above and keep the tema in games without wrecking the bullpen, and, for the most part, he’s doing that.

  71. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Betsy-

    Hope you are well.

    Long time no see.

    I don’t think the Yankees will re-insert Hughes into the rotation unless he is back to form.

    I’m hoping we see the first half of last year Phil. Not the 2nd half one.

    Personally, I think Phil is more cabable than you do.

    Just look at how well Colon does with mainly good command and a FB.

    I know Phil’s velocity is not quite that high but I don’t think he needs to sit 94-95 with his command.

    I expect to see him with pinpoint control and a 92-94 FB at some point.

    He will keep working on his 2ndary stuff. no reason it can’t get better.

    I do understand where you are coming from though.

  72. 86w183 June 3rd, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Nova needs to pitch better and be more consistent, but once Hughes is healthy Nova will be the odd man out. They aren’t sending Garcia or Colon to the minors.

    If everyone is healthy and pitching well by the end of the month it will be a very good thing and give the Yanks plenty of options, but you don’t keep an 18-game winner in the minors if he’s healthy, that’s NOT an option.

  73. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 8:24 am

    GB-

    Not downgrading Nova.

    But to my way of thinking a healthy and effective Hughes, assuming that’s what we get, is better than Nova.

    Nothing wrong with having a guy like Nova as a reserve starter, or a long man IMO.

  74. Betsy June 3rd, 2011 at 8:25 am

    MTU, Thanks! I wonder, though, what is back to form for Phil? He’s not going to pitch like he did in the early part of last season because teams are on to him. I don’t believe in having blind faith – I think this is a kid who has a very hard time with secondary stuff. He used to have a very good curve – not the case anymore. I have no idea how good his change could be because he’s reluctant to use it. He hasn’t had pinpoint control in a long time – the only time I’ve seen it in the majors was when he was in the pen. I hope he succeeds in pinstripes, which is why I want him to stay in AAA for long as it takes. Once he hits the majors, games count and he’s not going to be working on things.

  75. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 am

    MTU, I;ll worry about Hughes place when he’s ready. His problem last year was that he was running out of gas. He hadn’t reached 100 innings in 3 years. He’ll be just fine. They’ll bring him in when he’s ready and it’ll be like making a good trade and not giving anything up. Contrary to what some believe, he doesn’t need to spend the year in the minors leagues.

  76. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Betsy-

    I don’t think it’s unrealistic or pie-in-the-sky to think that Hughes can be the dominating pitcher we saw in the first half of last season.

    IMO his 2ndary stuff isn’t as bad as you seem to think it is.

    Everything always has and probably always will work off of Hughes FB.

    If he has that working it makes everything else he uses more effective.

    I don’t think anybody is onto anything with him but that’s just my take.

    I think Phil threw to many innings last season. He seemed to tire in he 2nd half.

    He should comeback strong after this time off a rehab.

    We’ll see.

  77. Betsy June 3rd, 2011 at 8:35 am

    MTU, I know we don’t agree……but let’s get him back healthy, first. His other injuries were flukish, but now he’s had arm issues and that’s a concern. For his sake, I hope this is the extent of it and that he never has to deal with this stuff again. He’s missed an awful lot of time in the majors since 2007.

    When I said teams are on to him, I meant that they’ve adjusted and he has to adjust back………….

  78. 86w183 June 3rd, 2011 at 8:38 am

    GB 7 is spot on….

    When you get tired your fastball loses movement thus you try to be too fine and lose command. Breaking pitches also flatten out.

    I’d love for Nova to be lights out and make it a tough call or even give the Yanks a chance to move Garcia or Colon for young talent. That would be the best of both worlds

  79. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 8:38 am

    GB-

    I always had my doubts about the way the Yanks looked at that.

    I think that particular interpretation of the verducci rules does not make sense to me.

    The innings should have to be more recent.

    That’s JMO.

  80. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Betsy-

    I’m fine with that. On that we do agree. He needs to stay healthy and have more good luck.

    :)

  81. blake June 3rd, 2011 at 8:44 am

    GB,

    I agree that’s its too early to write Nova off and I’m not. My point is that the Yankees generally do not have patience with these things and that if Nova isn’t progressing this season then they may try to move him with more talented guys behind him.

  82. blake June 3rd, 2011 at 8:48 am

    A lot of pitchers lose their velocity and come back strong as ever……Verlander is a good example of that a few years ago…..does that mean that Hughes will or that we should count on it….no….but it does give you hope that he will. He’s still a young guy….if there is no injury then he should bounce back at some point, might not be this year but he should get it back.

  83. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Blake-

    Precisely.

    ;)

  84. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2011 at 8:53 am

    MTU,
    Hughes last 100 innig season was in 2007 and that was with a long break in the season. The issue was that he was unable to pitch during that time, then, he missed most of 2008 and then pitched in relief for a year. Hardly a chance to stretch it out. He reached that 100 inning limit in 2 and a half months. As for his “secondary pitches”, that also takes arm strength to throw breaking pitches. It’s not like he was throwing a knuckle ball. I think that he’ll be just fine and should be ready for “The Great White Way” shortly after the ASB.

  85. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2011 at 8:59 am

    There are more talented than Nova, but, none quite ready, with the possible exceptions of Noesi and Mitchell. All the Yanks need from Nova is about 12 wins and an ERA of around 4.25 with about 6 innings a start and that’s close to what he giving them now. He’s pretty much a CMWang clone.

  86. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 9:01 am

    GB-

    I agree. Phil has had back luck in regards to his health so far.

    The hamstring, the stress fracture, and now the tendonitis all set him back.

    I wonder if you think, as I do, that the Yankees need to do a better job of preparing their young starters for the bigs both in terms of endurance as well as polish ?

    It seems to me that in some cases guys were rushed to the bigs, and that the quality of the teaching could be better ?

    Your thoughts ?

  87. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 9:02 am

    New thread =>

  88. GreenBeret7 June 3rd, 2011 at 9:08 am

    MTU, endurance isn’t the issue. It’s freak injuries that have nothing to do with conditioning. NYYs are doing that now. There’s now way that they need to bring Banuelos or Betances to NY this year. They have two very good and very fresh arms right now. NYYs have won titles with 2 rookies in the rotation before as have other teams.

  89. MTU June 3rd, 2011 at 9:14 am

    GB-

    I think the Yanks need to be more systematic in the way they develop young arms.

    FWIS they rushed several guys.

    I think it is more than just getting innings. It’s about polish.

    Expediency is a fact of life for all teams but more so for the Yankees than most.

    Some of these guys could have profited from more time at AAA.

    Kind of like the pitching equivalent of teaching the fundamentals to hitters.

    No one should graduate w/o certain prerequisites.

    Often they do. I hope they get better at it. I believe they will.

  90. longtimefan June 3rd, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Is Arod just stupid or arrogant. My guess is a little of both. If he wants attention how about trying to step up his game and get some positive press.

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