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Surging Hughes comes home

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phil Hughes grew up in Orange County, and his parents still live just a few miles from Angel Stadium. But Hughes didn’t stay with them last night.

“I may go home after (tonight’s game),” Hughes said. “But I try to keep it to feel like a normal game and not anything out of the ordinary.”

Hughes has the start in tonight’s series opener against the Angels. Although he pitched at the stadium a few times in high school, he’s made only one professional start in Anaheim. It was 2007, his rookie year, and Hughes gave up five walks and five runs in 6.1 innings. Last time he pitched in Anaheim was the 2010 all-star game, when he took the loss. In between, he’s made two relief appearances, and gotten one win.

This time, Hughes is heading into Angel Stadium having won three of his past four starts, carrying a 2.81 ERA since May 6.

“It’s right next to home, just 10 minutes away, so it was easy to get to games there (as a kid),” Hughes said. “I’d go with my parents or buddies or whatever. It always brings back good memories just being there, even if I’m not pitching, just seeing the stadium. We don’t get to go out there very often, so it makes it a little more special.”

When CC Sabathia pitched in Oakland on Saturday, he bought 200 tickets for friends and family. Hughes said he’ll probably keep it closer to 20. Sabathia’s hometown crowd is a little out of Hughes’ price range.

“I can’t afford to do that,” he said.

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66 Responses to “Surging Hughes comes home”

  1. Melkmanisinhotlanta May 28th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hughes is making millions. Who is he kidding about not affording 200 tickets lol?

  2. I Am Winning May 28th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hughes can afford 1,000 tickets more easily than I can afford 1. Who does he think he’s kidding!?

  3. Rich in NJ May 28th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    To me, Hughes’ development is the most compelling reason to watch the Yankees right now.

  4. Against All Odds May 28th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Just to be clear no one is saying the evaluators have to be perfect

  5. blake May 28th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    “To me, Hughes’ development is the most compelling reason to watch the Yankees right now.”

    Its certainly one of them…..hope he keeps it up. Im excited for tonights game….hope Hughes is aggressive like he has been and goes right at them and hope they can scratch a few across against Weaver….

    Perfect start time for me tonight (kidos bed time) :)

  6. Melkmanisinhotlanta May 28th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Hughsie makes 3.2 million a year. Say he bought 200 tickets at (200 bucks a ticket) that’s pocket money of 40k. 40k is 2.5% of say take home income of 1.6 million (after taxes and agent fee). Too funny.

  7. randy l. May 28th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    On the FB ( and his CU) when he comes to his set, he bounces his glove-down-than up- it’s noticeable and almost exaggerated. On off speed stuff it’s not so pronounced of a bounce. It’s like he eases his glove down to the bottom spot.”

    tar

    the hitter could see it too then.interesting.

    i’ll watch for it.

    by the way, speaking of watching the game, i hate west coast night games.

  8. Stoneburner May 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Doesn’t seem like it. But hey these are the same evaluators that didn’t know how good Cano could be.

    ___________

    Or the Texas Rangers – their evaluators chose Joquian Arias over Robinson Cano in the ARod deal – - – - -you mean people make mistakes!!!!

  9. Against All Odds May 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    by the way, speaking of watching the game, i hate west coast night games.

    ———————-

    Welcome to the club especially when they lose on a walk off.

  10. Giuseppe Franco May 28th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    What’s really funny is people here who believe they have the right to tell Hughes (or anyone else for that matter) what he can afford.

    Takes a lot of gall to do that.

  11. Against All Odds May 28th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Stoneburner May 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Doesn’t seem like it. But hey these are the same evaluators that didn’t know how good Cano could be.

    ___________

    Or the Texas Rangers – their evaluators chose Joquian Arias over Robinson Cano in the ARod deal – – – – -you mean people make mistakes!!!!

    —————-

    The Yankees were dumb enough to put Cano on that list in the first place.

  12. Dionysius Thelxinoe May 28th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Giuseppe Franco says:
    May 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm
    What’s really funny is people here who believe they have the right to tell Hughes (or anyone else for that matter) what he can afford.

    Takes a lot of gall to do that.

    ——

    Well put.

  13. Stoneburner May 28th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Against All Odds May 28th, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    Stoneburner May 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Doesn’t seem like it. But hey these are the same evaluators that didn’t know how good Cano could be.

    ___________

    Or the Texas Rangers – their evaluators chose Joquian Arias over Robinson Cano in the ARod deal – – – – -you mean people make mistakes!!!!

    —————-

    The Yankees were dumb enough to put Cano on that list in the first place.

    ___________________

    And those are NOT the same evaluators back in 2004 that are running the show now – or with the Randy Johnson trade – AND it was Cashman and his group that had Cano called up when Womack stunk (another non-Cashman signing) – - – - so your “same” is inaccurate – - – - -

  14. tomingeorgia May 28th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Dionysius,
    Then again, there are people here who will tell everybody what to do and to think, and don’t think a thing about it.

  15. Against All Odds May 28th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Stoneburner May 28th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Against All Odds May 28th, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    Stoneburner May 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Doesn’t seem like it. But hey these are the same evaluators that didn’t know how good Cano could be.

    ___________

    Or the Texas Rangers – their evaluators chose Joquian Arias over Robinson Cano in the ARod deal – – – – -you mean people make mistakes!!!!

    —————-

    The Yankees were dumb enough to put Cano on that list in the first place.

    ___________________

    And those are NOT the same evaluators back in 2004 that are running the show now – or with the Randy Johnson trade – AND it was Cashman and his group that had Cano called up when Womack stunk (another non-Cashman signing) – – – – so your “same” is inaccurate – – – – -

    ——————————-

    They were hired by the same ppl.

  16. Duh Innings May 28th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Melkmanisinhotlanta May 28th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hughes is making millions. Who is he kidding about not affording 200 tickets lol?
    I Am Winning May 28th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hughes can afford 1,000 tickets more easily than I can afford 1. Who does he think he’s kidding!?

    —————————————————————–

    Um, maybe Phil doesn’t want to give away more than 20 tickets and/or knows only 20 people including his parents and possibly his girl if she’s in town he wants at the game.

    I’m from NYC born and raised. If I was an MLB pitcher for the Detroit Tigers making my only start at Yankee Stadium for the year, the people I would buy tickets for would be as follows: my girlfriend, parents (divorced), parent’s spouses, brother plus one, aunt, best friend plus one for 10 people total.

    Why not 400 tickets for $80K you dolt?

  17. randy l. May 28th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    “Then again, there are people here who will tell everybody what to do and to think, and don’t think a thing about it”

    tomingeorgia-

    gee, i thought that was you telling me what to think back when i had a minority position last winter with montero/pineda.

    funny how everyone thinks they’re the tolerant ones.

  18. Stoneburner May 28th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Against All Odds May 28th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    Stoneburner May 28th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Against All Odds May 28th, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    Stoneburner May 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Doesn’t seem like it. But hey these are the same evaluators that didn’t know how good Cano could be.

    ___________

    Or the Texas Rangers – their evaluators chose Joquian Arias over Robinson Cano in the ARod deal – – – – -you mean people make mistakes!!!!

    —————-

    The Yankees were dumb enough to put Cano on that list in the first place.

    ___________________

    And those are NOT the same evaluators back in 2004 that are running the show now – or with the Randy Johnson trade – AND it was Cashman and his group that had Cano called up when Womack stunk (another non-Cashman signing) – – – – so your “same” is inaccurate – – – – -

    ——————————-

    They were hired by the same ppl.

    _________________

    If you mean George Steinbrenner – yeah – George owned the team – but not Cashman and current company – they had nothing to do with putting Cano on any list – actually they were champions of Cano:

    Read it and weep

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....Y7F0vTxyoM

    Relevant quotes:

    “Cashman has been the general manager since 1998, but it was not until the end of April 2005, with the team in crisis, that George Steinbrenner empowered Cashman to act like a traditional head of baseball operations.”

    Hmmmmm- right around the time Cano was eventually called up in May I believe in Tampa for Womack.

    More you say?

    “Cashman had nothing to do with the acquisitions in free agency or trade of Randy Johnson, Gary Sheffield, Tony Womack and Jaret Wright.”

    WHAT? Wait a minute – but you just said Cashman and his evaluators are the SAME that put Cano on a list – a LIST for Randy Johnson along with Wang??? WHAT?

    I end with the only way I can:

    “How can I just let you walk away,
    just let you leave without a trace
    When I stand here taking every breath with you, ooh
    You’re the only one who really knew me at all

    How can you just walk away from me,
    when all I can do is watch you leave
    Cos we’ve shared the laughter and the pain,
    and even shared the tears
    You’re the only one who really knew me at all

    So take a look at me now,
    ‘cos there’s just an empty space
    And there’s nothing left here to remind me,
    just the memory of your face
    Take a look at me now,
    ‘cos there’s just an empty space
    And you coming back to me
    is AGAINST ALL ODDS and that’s what I’ve got to face”

    Stay classy with the conspiracy theories and treating it all black and white with no shades of grey when evaluating the Yankees and the management – - – - -On this note – I bid you adieu – - – -

  19. tomingeorgia May 28th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    randy,
    Never said you were wrong, I just said I’d prefer to wait and see. I appreciated you input, still do, but absolutes about the future have never been my bag.

  20. Dionysius Thelxinoe May 28th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    tomingeorgia says:
    May 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    Dionysius,
    Then again, there are people here who will tell everybody what to do and to think, and don’t think a thing about it.

    ———

    I say, let ‘me have it their way. Makes this place less enjoyable for them, I’d think.

    The main reason I don’t comment alot even though I’m hereevery day is cause I’d rather enjoy gleaning information from the other posters. From GB’s minor
    league updates to Rosy’s takes (she’s a sweetheart) to Trisha’s positive vibes (AND hating the Red Sox, like me), I feel like I get more than I give here.

  21. randy l. May 28th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    tomingeorgia-

    …so who are you talking about when you say “Then again, there are people here who will tell everybody what to do and to think, and don’t think a thing about it.” ?

    if we are going to raise the level of the baseball conversation around here, i think comments like the above don’t help.

    i would have swore that was intended for say me, j.a.p., luis, etc. who are on a different side of the fence than you’re on montero/pineda and some other issues.

    now maybe i’m wrong on that, but it’s easy enough for you to clear up.

  22. Melkmanisinhotlanta May 28th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    “What’s really funny is people here who believe they have the right to tell Hughes (or anyone else for that matter) what he can afford.

    Takes a lot of gall to do that.”

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

    Sounds like we hit a nerve. Cheap Hughsie, the millionaire, can’t afford 200 tickets! lolololo. Pathetic!

  23. Melkmanisinhotlanta May 28th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    “Um, maybe Phil doesn’t want to give away more than 20 tickets and/or knows only 20 people including his parents and possibly his girl if she’s in town he wants at the game.

    I’m from NYC born and raised. If I was an MLB pitcher for the Detroit Tigers making my only start at Yankee Stadium for the year, the people I would buy tickets for would be as follows: my girlfriend, parents (divorced), parent’s spouses, brother plus one, aunt, best friend plus one for 10 people total.

    Why not 400 tickets for $80K you dolt?”
    ———————————————————————————————————-

    First of all, anybody that says “um” is a total loser and a child lol. Who cares where you were raised. Just as ignorant as the shampoo loser lolololol.

  24. Bo knows May 28th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Almost immediately upon having his powers broadened in 2005, Cashman created a statistical analytics department and gave it great influence

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z1wBztph66

    Now that’s interesting – missed that piece the first time I skimmed through it.

    An analytics dept since 2005. – Go figure

  25. yankee21 May 28th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    The most important thing for Hughes isn’t how many tickets to buy for his friends but his game plan against the Angels. This team is red-hot with a resurgent Pujols and they always get energized playing at home against NYY. On top of that he is facing Jeff Weaver.

    He will have to bring his A game to stand any chance of coming out on top with a W.

  26. Against All Odds May 28th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    – George owned the team – but not Cashman and current company – they had nothing to do with putting Cano on any list –

    WHAT? Wait a minute – but you just said Cashman and his evaluators are the SAME that put Cano on a list – a LIST for Randy Johnson along with Wang??? WHAT?

    —————————

    Lol so you mean to tell me the GM of the team had zero input what so ever when it came to trading players he signed/drafted. Lol

    SMH you’re confusing the list of players the Rangers chose from with a potential package for RJ.

  27. tomingeorgia May 28th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    randy,
    I, and everyone else here, knows your opinion of the trade. Same goes for everyone else you mention. I have no opinion on the trade, even post-injuries, after two months of the regular season. You may prove to be 100% correct. If so, praise to you and woe to the Yankees. If not, its you who have some ‘splainin to do. I won’t demand that you do, though. You made an educated guess, and I appreciate it for what it is. Good enough for me, but the polls haven’t closed. My position still is wait and see.

  28. Dionysius Thelxinoe May 28th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    randy l. says:
    May 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    tomingeorgia-

    …so who are you talking about when you say “Then again, there are people here who will tell everybody what to do and to think, and don’t think a thing about it.” ?

    if we are going to raise the level of the baseball conversation around here, i think comments like the above don’t help.

    i would have swore that was intended for say me, j.a.p., luis, etc. who are on a different side of the fence than you’re on montero/pineda and some other issues.

    now maybe i’m wrong on that, but it’s easy enough for you to clear up.

    ———-

    In the past, when someone here has been right, they mention it, maybe even gloat for a moment, and move on. Same has pretty much been true when someone was wrong.

    Yours is the first I’ve seen to continue harping on it for days, maybe even weeks (haven’t kept count), even to the point of almost stalking Trisha and her opinions about Kuroda.

    People who have the courage of their convictions don’t feel a need to CONSTANTLY tell the world how right they are.

    FWIW to you.

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock May 28th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Yours is the first I’ve seen to continue harping on it for days, maybe even weeks (haven’t kept count), even to the point of almost stalking Trisha and her opinions about Kuroda.

    People who have the courage of their convictions don’t feel a need to CONSTANTLY tell the world how right they are.
    ////

    Searing irony here.

    Happy Memorial Day :D

  30. randy l. May 28th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    “Yours is the first I’ve seen to continue harping on it for days, maybe even weeks (haven’t kept count), even to the point of almost stalking Trisha and her opinions about Kuroda.”

    yup when someone runs their mouth nonstop about something like kuroda they are going to hear it from me when they are clearly wrong.

  31. ctyankeefan. May 28th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Melkman says those who say “um” is a total loser and child, while going on to finish his post with a “lolololol.” That doesn’t seem right.

  32. randy l. May 28th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    speaking of irony, i am aware that in a reversal of positions , i’m saying a cashman signing has been a good one in kuroda.

    seriously, where would the yankee be had they not signed kuroda ? that was the move to make and be done with it back in january.

  33. Bo knows May 28th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    This place would be a great place for snipe hunting. Snippy and snipey.

    - “Is too”
    - “Is not”
    - and repeat.

  34. Bo knows May 28th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Trout was almost a Yankee, the damn Halos got in and snuck him out.

    Another of Teix’s faults for the draft pick.

  35. Duh Innings May 28th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    First of all, anybody that says “um” is a total loser and a child lol. Who cares where you were raised. Just as ignorant as the shampoo loser lolololol.

    ———————————————————————————–

    That the best you can come up with?

    If anyone is the “total loser” and “a child” it’s you babbling on with inane ideas of what Hughes should do for his game ticket arrangements.

    I mentioned where I am from born and raised to make a point your dumba ss missed which is what I wrote, re-read it, but since you probably won’t, I’ll make it even clearer:

    I WOULD INVITE ONLY THOSE WHO ARE NEAR AND DEAR TO ME TO WATCH ME PITCH A GAME.

    There. I’m sure Hughes thinks the same way, with 20 being the number of game tickets he chose to buy. You think it’s too little, too bad. Become an MLB pitcher and then you can decide how many game tickets you want to buy for your hometown / home area start, or whatever.

  36. Dionysius Thelxinoe May 28th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    randy l. says:
    May 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    yup when someone runs their mouth nonstop about something like kuroda they are going to hear it from me when they are clearly wrong.

    ——

    “when someone runs their mouth”?

    “they are going to hear it from me”?

    Dude, it’s a blog. We post opinions. There’s gonna be plenty that turn out to be wrong. So you better clear your calendar.

    You know, having opinions and being a gentleman are not mutually exclusive.

  37. RSM May 28th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Hughsie makes 3.2 million a year. Say he bought 200 tickets at (200 bucks a ticket) that’s pocket money of 40k. 40k is 2.5% of say take home income of 1.6 million (after taxes and agent fee). Too funny.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    I’m sure I will regret this, but just to play devils advocate…
    You can’t really go by this year’s salary, as he didn’t actually collect most of that money yet. So, last year he made 2.7 million. Probably about 1.4 +/- after agent and taxes. Also, keep in mind that was the first year he made substantial money. The year before that, he made a tick above league minimum. The point being that he hasn’t made big money for multiple years yet to have much saved and invested.
    So could Hughes afford to purchase 200 tickets? Probably, but it would highly irresponsible, and not nearly as easy for him as you think. It would be like someone making 80K dropping 2 grand on tickets – doable, but not too smart. CC on the other hand has made big bucks for multiple years, and that’s an entirely different story.

  38. Duh Innings May 28th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    BTW the Kuroda signing was inane for the following reasons:

    1. The Yanks paid him over ELEVEN TIMES what they paid Colon for 2011 and FIVE TIMES what the As paid Colon for this season (Kuroda’s $10M to Colon’s $900K for 2011 and $2M for 2012.)

    2. Chances are Kuroda will not be as good as 2011 Garcia or Colon.

    3. Kuroda’s 2012 ERA is skewed by a pair of shutouts against teams he’s faced in interleague play (Angels and As) including one who can’t hit their way out of a paper bag (the .210-.211 hitting, Cespedes-and-Inge-less As who would’ve scored even less runs this past weekend without their only good hitter Reddick who they were lucky to steal from Boston who ridiculously traded him for a downgrade from Paplebon.) Also he faced the Angels when they were struggling and didn’t have the pressure of drawing Weaver or Haren who the Yanks avoided.

    4. Kuroda has been total what I call “3.5 starter” good: Not as bad as a #4 but not quite a #3 and nowhere close to being a #2.

    Bottom line is the Yanks could’ve re-signed Colon for $2M and they’d be no worse for it. They would have $8M more to spend.

    I’ll go a step further: they should’ve re-signed Colon for $2M then offered Kuroda $8M firm, and had Kuroda taken that, that would’ve been two starters for $10M not one starter.

    Sabathia/Pettitte/Nova/Two from Hughes, Kuroda, Colon, and Garcia

    If Hughes and Kuroda were still the starters, Colon and Garcia in the pen.

    The bullpen to start 2012 would’ve been Rivera/Robertson/Soriano/Logan/Wade/Colon/Garcia (no Rapada, big deal as the Yanks have righties who can get out lefties.)

  39. jpmatrixfan88 May 28th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Oh my freaking GOD. Who cares, seriously, who gives a RATS ASS what hughes can or can not afford? Melkman, you’re an idiot and a dumb troll, shutup.

    We don’t know Hughes’ financial situation. Yes, he makes great money but spending tens of thousands of dollars is not financially responsible. CC has made way more money in his career, so it’s easier for him. It’d be equivalent of someone that makes $40,000 a year dropping a grand on tickets. Can they afford it? Probably, but it’s still a lot of money.

    This blog is ridiculous with some of the people on here…..wow….

  40. Pat M. May 28th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Scoring tickets at The Oakland Alameda Crater is so much easier than scoring tickets in Anaheim……I doubt Phillip Hughes would have put his old Connie Mack infield coach on his guest list for todays game……..Hughes was actually a pretty good hitter….When ever NL scouts would ask about certain pitchers ( who were DH’d for ) we’d let them take a round of BP before their next start or even the next game if they were with the club…….Hughes could hit, couldn’t run though

  41. Tar May 28th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Pat M

    Whats the key for Phil tonight? The Angels hit him kind of hard last time, what’s he have to do to get a QS?

  42. Pat M. May 28th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Tar…….Hughes is about spotting and locating his heater, everything else falls into place after that…….He’s finally getting better with his punchout pitches which I think has lead to his effectiveness as of late

  43. Giuseppe Franco May 28th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I tend to stay away from telling people what to do with their money, regardless if the individual is an average Joe or a multi-millionaire.

    I’m not anyone’s accountant so I have no idea what investments or financial obligations one has to make that judgement.

    Besides, even if I did, it’s not my money so it’s none of my business how someone chooses to spend it.

  44. Pat M. May 28th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Punchout pitches….Curve and change

  45. Tar May 28th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    “Hughes is about spotting and locating his heater, everything else falls into place after that…….He’s finally getting better with his punchout pitches which I think has lead to his effectiveness as of late”

    That is a great answer, thanks.

    Anybody else have anything to add, or is it unaminous for Pat M.

  46. Tar May 28th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Pat

    What about the other side,what does the Yankee offense have to do to be successful vs Weaver?

    Aggressive— patient—small ball—-long ball— aggressive on the base paths—voodoo doll and poke needles in it’s arm…?

  47. theREALkevin May 28th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    “Why not 400 tickets for $80K you dolt?”

    The guy who posts rambling novels outlining the most idiotic, convoluted trades ever proposed has the nerve to call someone else a dolt. Unbelievable.

  48. Tar May 28th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I’m trying to keep it on baseball and tonight’s game specifically, I need a little help.

    Everybody likes to second guess Joe and staff, Here’s your chance. Pre- game meeting what do you tell the offense and what do you say to Phil?

  49. Pat M. May 28th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Tar….Weaver is tough and enjoys great success when he gets ahead especially to right handers with side 3/4 slider., and change of speeds to lefthanders……He’s a tough assignment

  50. RMS May 28th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    randy

    Name 1 team that has never made a bad trade.

    If the situation were reversed and Montero got hurt and missed the entire year and Pineda was pitching, what would you say about the trade?

    Be honest, you really miss trisha’s posts, don’t you?

  51. Duh Innings May 28th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    RSM May 28th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Hughsie makes 3.2 million a year. Say he bought 200 tickets at (200 bucks a ticket) that’s pocket money of 40k. 40k is 2.5% of say take home income of 1.6 million (after taxes and agent fee). Too funny.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    I’m sure I will regret this, but just to play devils advocate…
    You can’t really go by this year’s salary, as he didn’t actually collect most of that money yet. So, last year he made 2.7 million. Probably about 1.4 +/- after agent and taxes. Also, keep in mind that was the first year he made substantial money. The year before that, he made a tick above league minimum. The point being that he hasn’t made big money for multiple years yet to have much saved and invested.
    So could Hughes afford to purchase 200 tickets? Probably, but it would highly irresponsible, and not nearly as easy for him as you think. It would be like someone making 80K dropping 2 grand on tickets – doable, but not too smart. CC on the other hand has made big bucks for multiple years, and that’s an entirely different story.

    ——————————————————————————————————

    Hughes has grossed $8.561M as an MLB player including his signing bonus, so figure he’s netted $4.2805M as an MLB player.

    Unless he is a complete moron, he has probably set himself up for retirement already even if he put as little as $428,050 or just 10% of his post-tax-and-agent fees earnings through this season towards retirement.

    According to the Roth IRA calculator below, if Hughes made an initial deposit of $428,050 into a Roth IRA at age 26 then kicked in the maximum amount allowed every year until age 60, he would have earned $2,704,504 on the Roth IRA alone by age 60, which would give him an annual salary of $67,712.60 ages 60 through 100 plus Social Security, post-MLB career earnings (if he so chose to work), MLB pension if he gives at least a decade of service, investments, savings etc.

    http://www.moneychimp.com/arti.....ulator.htm

    Phil Hughes rhp
    1 year/$3.2M (2012)

    1 year/$3.2M (2012)
    re-signed by NY Yankees 1/13/12 (avoided arbitration)
    1 year/$2.7M (2011)
    re-signed by NY Yankees 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration)
    1 year/$0.447M (2010)
    re-signed by NY Yankees 3/12/10
    1 year/$407,650 (2009)
    re-signed by NY Yankees 2/09 ($213,218 in minors)
    1 year/$406,350 (2008)
    re-signed by NY Yankees 3/4/08
    1 year (2007)
    contract purchased by NY Yankees 4/07
    drafted 2004 (1-23) (Foothill HS, Santa Ana)
    $1.4M signing bonus
    agent: CAA Sports (Nez Balelo)
    ML service: 4.113

    Of course we have to factor in his life between MLB and retirement time/age, but it’s safe to say that the longer he plays, the more he’ll make as an MLB player and less time he’ll have to work between MLB and his retirement time/age. In the end, he will still have just over $2.7M plus whatever at age 60 provided he makes his annual Roth IRA contributions.

    If he’s smart he will pay for a house in full ASAP so he never has to rent from anyone or lose his house to foreclosure. He will not gamble, draw a gold-digger wife who will take him for half of what he owns, or be sued.

    Anything could happen but one thing which will never happen to Hughes is being wiped out by medical or hospital bills as he has lifetime full health benefits as per the CBA. As long as he owns his house, pays the property taxes on it, and stays out of trouble, he will be just fine.

  52. Giuseppe Franco May 28th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I’m not sure Girardi needs to say anything. These guys are vets and know what they need to do.

    Girardi to Hughes: “Keep doing what you’ve been doing the last several starts. Be aggressive and pound the zone.”

    Girardi to offense: “Weaver is good but so is Price and Verlander and you’ve beaten them this season.”

  53. Tar May 28th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    “He’s a tough assignment”

    Yeah I’m thinking voodoo doll myself. How’s their defense this year especially the OF, should the Yankees beat sciosca at his own first to third running game? Hope you don’t mind me asking, I know you see them a lot.

  54. Tar May 28th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    GF

    How did they beat those guys? We’re they aggressive, or patient or clutch hitting. I really don’t remember. I understand if you don’t rember either us old guys tend to forget easy. :wink:

  55. Giuseppe Franco May 28th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Can’t say that I recall the specifics against either Verlander or Price but I do think the offense forced them to throw a lot of pitches early.

  56. Pat M. May 28th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Tar…….Angels have speed in their Outfield and Tori Hunter could be reinserted into the lineup as soon as today….There’s speed in the lower end of the Angel lineup and for me the key is Morales…..His power hasn’t fully come back, but for me he’s the guy they must shutdown, even before Pujols who hits before him…..Albert has been heating up as well……Bullpen has been an issue for Scoscia but Downs is back and effective……

  57. Duh Innings May 28th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    theREALkevin May 28th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    “Why not 400 tickets for $80K you dolt?”

    The guy who posts rambling novels outlining the most idiotic, convoluted trades ever proposed has the nerve to call someone else a dolt. Unbelievable.

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    Oh you want to start with me? You know what’s idiotic besides you? Signing Teixiera through age 37 and A-Rod through age 42, especially after the Yanks blundered giving the 1B before Teixiera (Jason Giambi) eight years and A-Rod opted out of his record money-wise contract at age 32. Even more idiotic is keepng Teixiera through age 37 and A-Rod through age 42. So you should be calling Cashman the idiot, jer koff.

    Teixiera for Vernon Wells makes all the sense in the world cuz it clears $48M ($3M for 2013-14 + $45M owed 2015-16 Teixiera) and frees up 1B for 2013 on. Teixiera would move Pujols to DH so he can focus on what he was paid $250M for the most: HITTING.

    A-Rod and half his salary for Figgins makes all the sense in the world cuz it gets rid of 2013-17 A-Rod and the Yanks can chuck Figgins during or after 2013, or re-sign the guy for a year and $1.5M he’d be lucky to get as a free agent in 2013.

    Too bad you’re too fuc king stupid not to realize the Angels and Mariners would make those trades if offered.

    If the Yanks traded A-Rod to the Ms in the offseason where they paid half of A-Rod’s 2013 salary, the Ms would be paying only $6M more for A-Rod than the utterly useless Figgins in 2013 like this: $28M A-Rod is owed – 14M Yanks pay = $14M – 8M Figgins pay for 2013 = $6M.

    If the Ms said goodbye to Ichiro after this season for a $17M savings, they’d have $11M cleared even after paying $6M more for A-Rod than Figgins, and guess what Einstein? They could use that $11M towards the $12.5M they’d owe A-Rod for 2014 since he’s making $25M that season.

    So put that in your pipe and smoke it. And don’t run your mouth to me unless you post an email I can hit you up at so we can arrange for you to talk to my face as tough as you type to me in NYC where I am.

  58. Tar May 28th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks GF

    I would take that as being patient and working the count. If I’m not mistaken Weaver pounds the zone and early so not sure about that tonight.

    Have to run out for a little bit, But any scouting reports or what to watch out for would be appreciated.

    One more thing

    For all the Veterans, and to the family and service men and women, who made the ultimate sacrifice. My heartfelt gratiude and thanks. Your sacrifice has made this the greatest country ever. We are all forever in your debt.

  59. Tar May 28th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    That’s interesting Pat thanks again

    Wasn’t it Kendrick hitting after Pujols who killed us in the first series? Have to a better job with him as well. Check back later

  60. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Tar May 28th, 2012 at 4:30 pm
    Pat

    What about the other side,what does the Yankee offense have to do to be successful vs Weaver?

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    As far as I’m concerned, a quality start is allowing fewer runs than the other pitcher(s) allow in that game. That’s right…wins have more value than pretty ERAs.

  61. Melkmanisinhotlanta May 28th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    He’s made 8 plus million in his career. His “can’t afford” comment is really put into perspective. Unless he’s living a Mike Tyson lifestyle with the 10 monitors in the master bedroom and the disco down the hallway.

  62. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Hughes can win if he keeps the first 27 batters off of the bases.

  63. Melkmanisinhotlanta May 28th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I’m sure you mean’t some kind of investment vehicle that has similar capital gains protection since the Roth IRA doesn’t allow contributions for those making what Hughsie makes.

  64. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Pettitte’s got his hands full in his next two starts, too. He draws Verlander in his necx start on Sunday.

  65. Duh Innings May 28th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Oh BTW too bad if your Twitter-text generation brain can’t handle more than 140 characters.

    That goes for all of you.

    A-Rod is a hasbeen and Teixiera is on his way to being one. ‘Key is to get rid of them before they really suck. Enter trading them this offseason.

    Teams would love to fleece the Yanks. If the Ms lose Ichiro, they’ll need a gate draw especially when Mount Hernandez erupts with “TRADE ME!!!” talk.

    What if Pujols has an entire 2012 like his 2012 so far? I laughed when a newspaper said he was hitting .23X this month after hitting .21X last.

  66. Duh Innings May 28th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Melkmanisinhotlanta May 28th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I’m sure you mean’t some kind of investment vehicle that has similar capital gains protection since the Roth IRA doesn’t allow contributions for those making what Hughsie makes.

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    Yeah something.

    My problem with you is you telling people what Hughes can and can’t afford when you are in no position to say or judge. The dude can spend his money however he sees fit like you can spend your money how you see fit. If that makes him a cheapskate to you, so be it. 20 game tickets is a nice amount of tickets to get. You ever think assuming his parents and girl (plus sibling/s if he has one/several) attend, they want to sit with just people they’re close to not the friend of a friend of a third cousin who’s the barely known son of a barely known uncle? You assume Hughes has as big a social and familial circle as CC when it looks like he doesn’t. As far as I know, Hughes’ immediate family is his parents and his girl married to her or not as she’s essentially family at this point (some couples just want to be together before taking the official/legal plunge.) If Joba was pitching for the Yanks when they were in KC, I’d imagine his only game ticket guests would be his son, his father if his father was well enough to attend, and maybe a handful of relatives and friends.

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