Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Yankees Should Send Joba To Winter Ball

Yankees Rumors & News

This season the Yankees used Joba Chamberlain out of the bullpen to start the season before switching him to the rotation in order to keep his arm healthy.
The idea behind it was to limit his innings so that he wouldn’t end up throwing more than 150 innings total thus putting his arm in jeopardy. The idea failed when when Joba was diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis in August and he had to be shut down for about a month.
Now instead of just finishing up the season around 150 innings he is just reaching 96 innings now and it could be the same thing all over again next season, bullpen before rotation.
Instead the Yankees are formulating another plan, according to Joel Sherman’s blog, and could send him to pitch in a winter league to extend his innings to a number more to their liking. Hopefully around 150.
Apparently they are most concerned with which league to send him to, the Arizona Fall League …

Schedule Set For New Yankee Stadium

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The Yankees might not be playing October baseball in 2008, but they will be in 2009. I guarantee it.

I can make that guarantee because the Yankees revealed their regular season schedule for the 2009 season today. The schedule includes three regular season games to be played on the road against the Tampa Rays from October 2-3.

The new House That Arod Built will open April 16 as the Yankees open a four game series against the Cleveland Indians. The time is yet to be announced. That will be part of a seven-game homstand which will also feature three games against the Oakland Athletics. Their first game of the season will be a week and a half earlier April 6 against the Orioles in Baltimore.

The first time the big Red Sox rivalry comes to town will be a two-game weekday series starting Monday May 4 and wrapping up the next day May 5. The two teams won’t meet up again at …

Is Girardi Afraid to Shake Things Up?

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From 1996 to 2007 Joe Torre took the Yankees to the playoffs every single year and took the team as far as the World Series an amazing six times while managing to win it four of those six.

He did it will a style where he made everything from dealing with stars with inflated egos to George Steinbrenner to the media look easy. His style was so laid back that it looked like it was his fault the Yankees were getting off to slow starts and his fault that the team kept getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

So the team decided to make a change and go with someone with a little more fire and they turned to Joe Girardi. As a second year manager Girardi already had high expectations. He had won manager of the year in his very first year and had done it dealing with a very young Florida Marlins team.

Fans, myself included, all …

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Which Yankee Coach Will Get The Axe?

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It has become almost a certainty that the Yankees will be missing the playoffs for the first time since 1993 and there will obviously be changes to the roster, but what about the coaching staff?
Hank Steinbrenner made a statement recently to let everyone know that manager Joe Girardi will return for another season. It also appears that they are interested in seeing general manager Brian Cashman return, but this is the Yankees and obviously somebody has to go. Who will it be?
It is almost certain to be at least one member of the coaching staff and perhaps more than that. So who are the culprits most likely to be let go? Girardi acknowledged that there could be a staff change when he talked to the Journal News, but he was reluctant to name any names.
“I don’t anticipate anyone being a scapegoat,” Girardi said. “But, I mean, I think we all understand the pressures of working in New York.”
Here is …

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Yankees Call-up Hughes, Could Start Wed

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As a 20-year-old pitching in Trenton Phil Hughes made a name for himself as he completely dominated hitters at the double-A level.

Last season Hughes was rushed up to the major leagues and impressed right away as he nearly threw a no-hitter in his very first start. Everything after that was a different story as Hughes dealt with random injuries and ineffectiveness.

This season has also been injury marred and out of focus, but after rehabbing from a rib injury Hughes made a risky decision to stop throwing his slider and instead has begun to throw a cutter. He has also renewed his focus on improving his changeup.

It is likely the decision to change his repertoire that kept Hughes in the minor leagues after his rehab stint ended. That would give him time to work on the pitches in a no pressure situation and the move seems to be paying off.

Lately Hughes has regained his dominant form in triple-A …

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Yankees Get Set For Final Homestand

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The Yankees returned home from a mediocre road trip which all but sealed their playoff hopes and took a lot of the excitement out of what is the final home stand ever at the “House that Ruth Built.”

With 16 games left going into the final week at the stadium, the Yankees playoff hopes aren’t technically dead but it would take a miracle to save them now. Unfortunately for the Yankees their offense has sputtered, their pitching has been inconsistent, and their injuries have piled up and this doesn’t look like a team capable of those types of miracles.

So instead they will try to put on happy faces and make excuses as to why this isn’t an amazing disappointment to be playing insignificant games during the final week of the old stadium’s existence.

The opponents for their final home stand include the Tampa Rays, who sit in their usual place atop the American League Eastern division, the Chicago White Sox, a …

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Pettitte Not Making A Good Case For 09

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A day after Hot Stove reported that Andy Pettitte would like a return to the Yankees in 2009, he goes out and has another shaky start and showed why there should be serious concern about his effectiveness next year.
Pettitte threw four and two-thirds innings and allowed four runs, three earned, during a stretch of time he says the team should be playing for pride.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” Pettitte said. “I would hope people play for pride and they get paid an awful lot of money to do a job. I hope that would account for something.”
He does get paid a lot of money, but it’s hard to say that he’s accounting for anything.
Over the years Pettitte has been a rock for the Yankees. A solid player who is always dependable when they needed it most. He built a reputation for being a big game starter by winning key world series games and seemingly always coming up with a big win to …

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Pettitte Looking For 09 Return

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This past off-season when Andy Pettitte rejected his $16 million player option there was speculation that he could be walking away from baseball for good.

That’s how Pettitte is, family and his personal life are important to him. Even though he is only 36-years-old and still has some innings left in his arm the lure of his Texan home life is strong.

This past winter once he decided to come back, on a sweet $16 million deal, the Mitchell Report was published shortly after and one had to wonder if Pettitte had any regrets. He’s not a man who has a lust for the spotlight and certainly not a negative one.

Almost a year later Pettitte is showing no regrets and is hinting at a 2009 return as well.

“I look at that ballpark next door, and it makes you want to play there,” said Pettitte. “It’s wonderful to look over there and think how special that would be.”…

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Pavano Has Not Earned 09 Comeback

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With the season winding down and the Yankees slowly, a little to slowly, are shifting gears toward the 2009 season and are trying some future pieces on for size today.

Alfredo Aceves is in the rotation and Phil Coke is in the bullpen getting good major league experience he can build on for next year. That’s a start. Brett Gardner was conspicuously absent from last night’s start however.

One piece of this year’s team who’s future remains to be seen is Carl Pavano. The other day I made a plea to take Sidney Ponson and Darrell Rasner out of the Yankee rotation, but I didn’t mention the need to take Pavano out as well because I didn’t initially write him out of the team’s 2009 plans.

It was mostly because he was showing some decent promise. In August he looked like he was behind Phil Hughes on the comeback trail until he turned it around with some pretty strong performances. Once in …

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Mussina Is Reason To Watch Yankees

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The Yankees are in fourth place. Their season is over and the focus is turning away from this season, but there is still one more reason to watch: Mike Mussina.
That’s because he has quietly been putting together a great season and what a story it would be if at the age of 39 he finally nabbed that elusive twentieth victory.
Mussina won 19 games twice, once in ’95 and again in ’96. He has won at least 17 games eight times and he’s won more games in baseball history among pitchers without a 20-win season.
In the past few years Mussina’s numbers had been dwindling. Once a dominant pitcher he looked like he was coming ever closer to retirement. Especially after being pulled from the Yankee rotation last season after a terrible month of August where opponents were batting .396 off him and he had a 8.87 ERA.
Despite the sour second half of 2007 Mussina was still to be included in the Yankees more …

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Yanks Remove Rasner, Put Aceves In Rotation

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Not more than two hours after my rant that the Yankees should stop playing players who aren’t expected to play a role in 2009 they announced that Alfredo Aceves will take Darrell Rasner’s spot in the rotation.

The move comes in response not to my article, but to Rasner’s last outing against the Tampa Rays. In that inspired performance where he couldn’t make it out of the second inning, Rasner threw 1.1 innings, gave up six hits, five runs, two walks, and only managed a single strike out.

The performance dropped his overall record to 5-10. On the season has a 5.43 ERA in 20 starts over 109.1 innings. He’s shown decent control with only 35 walks, but 65 strike outs hasn’t been enough and his 1.55 WHIP and .300 BAA are terrible.

“I know from Ras, the effort is always there,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I don’t worry. The kid has got a lot of heart.”

Rasner’s effort …

Friday, September 5th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

ESPN gives the Yankees a 1.4 percent chance of making the playoffs this season, that’s probably more than anybody else.

Now that it looks like the Yankees have missed the playoffs for the first time since 1993 you would think they would have begun gearing up for next season. Instead they continue to run the team like they’re going to fight this thing down to the last day when in reality they’ve been out of it for about two weeks.

Maybe it’s because they’re not used to packing it in so early. Another team would be a good time to give some of the rookies and minor leaguers who will be playing a bigger role next season a chance to show what they’ve got.

I’m not even talking about Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy who are likely to finish their seasons in the Bronx after Scranton is finish with the playoffs. Although they should be inserted into …

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