As it stands right now, the Yankees will go into opening day with the following rotation: CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez. Not bad for the first four. But the number five spot remains open.
The Yankees have choices. They can go with Joba, they can go with Hughes, or they could slip in Serigo Mitre, who just yesterday signed a one-year $850,000 deal, according to the Associated Press.
If you have read anything I have written, you will notice a hatred of mine for the idea of putting Joba in the rotation. Hughes is a better starter and Joba is a far better reliever. So it seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Just put Hughes in the rotation and Joba in the bullpen. It would work as both a long term and shor term solution. But, the ridiculous Yankee coaching staff philosophy has me backed in a corner.
First off, let’s just remove Mitre, who most certainly does not deserve a spot over Hughes or Joba.
Who should be the fifth starter for the Yankees?(polling)
But back to the issue. Just as the Yankees had a “Joba Rule” thing in effect, you can bet your dollar they would have some “Hughes Rules” as well. Which makes me very skeptical. There is no doubt that you can attribute Chamberlains atrocious starting pitching to the fact that he was constantly on a pitch count. It made him always think about the pitch count, which took his focus away from being aggressive.
In 2010, the wheels would be off for Joba, so maybe he would be a better starter. I’m afraid that the same thing that happened to Joba will happen to Hughes, should they put him in the rotation.
But either way, you go with the better option. Like I said, Hughes is a better starter, and Chamberlain is a better reliever. Long term, Hughes can be the next Pettitte, and Chamberlain can be the next Rivera (maybe a bit worse.) You might as well set up for that now, rather than screwing stuff up. ⧫
Best Moment: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Derek Jeter becomes “Mr. November”
Derek Jeter earned his pinstripes by walking off against the Diamondbacks in the 2001 world series with a home run over the right field wall. Still one of the most iconic scenes in Yankee history.
Honorable mention: Aaron Boone walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS vs Boston.
Worst Moment: 2004 ALCS vs Red Sox: Damon’s Grand Slam
Honorable mention: Rivera throws potential double play ball into center field in the bottom of the ninth in game 7 of the 2001 WS.
Honorable mention: 8/7/09: A-Rod walk-off home run in scoreless, 15 inning affair vs Red Sox.
Worst Game: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzalez blooper
A story book series and a near comeback win for the Yankees was gone with the wind after Luis Gonzalez blooped a walk off single over the drawn in infield. Had the infield played back, the Yankees would have 28 world championships.
Honorable mention: 4/25/09: Yankees blow huge lead vs Red Sox.
Biggest Bust: Carl Pavano comes to the Yankees, but doesn’t pitch
Honorable mention: Chein-Ming Wang collapses in 2009 season.
Best play: 2001 ALDS vs A’s: The Jeter “flip play”
Honorable mention: 7/1/04: Jeter dives into the stands.
Team of the decade:
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Alfonso Soriano
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
LF: Johnny Damon
CF: Bernie Williams
RF: Paul O’Neil
C: Jorge Posada
SP: Andy Pettitte
RP: Mariano Rivera
Manager: Joe Torre
Yankees leaders of the decade:
Most Games: Derek Jeter (1500)
Most Home Runs: Alex Rodriguez (238)
Most Hits: Derek Jeter (1940)
Most Walks: Jorge Posada (707)
Most Wins: Mike Mussina (123)
Most Saves: Mariano Rivera (397)
Most Strikeouts: Mike Mussina (1278)
Most Pitches: Mike Mussina (24120)
Here are the top 5 dumbest results on google.com for the Yankees.
It’s the free agents that nobody talks about that can make a big difference. Rafael Soriano is one of them. I had no idea he was even out there until the NY Post reported a couple of days ago that the Yankees were interested in him. For a guy that nobody has talked about, he can make a big difference. Lets take a look:
Age/Type FA: 29/A
Last season: (1-6) 2.97 ERA 27 SV 3.78 SO/BB 1.057 WHIP
Career (8 seasons): (8-18) 2.92 ERA 43 SV 3.51 SO/BB 1.037 WHIP
- He is only 29 years old and will be 30 by the beginning of next season.
- He has had an ERA below three in his last two seasons.
- He had a 12.1 SO/9 ratio last season.
- He can be a solid set-up man for Rivera.
- If you put him in the bullpen, then Hughes can focus more on starting.
- He is a type A that was offered arbitration. That means the only way the Yankees can get him is if he turns it down, in which case they would also lose a first round draft pick.
- He walks a lot of people, with a 3.2 BB/9 ratio last season and a 5.8 ratio the year before.
- I want Chamberlain to be the set-up man.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chat. Soriano was a pretty dominant pitcher with the Braves. You just need to hope that the Yankees can work out some of that walks problem. Other than that, he is pretty dominant. As for the draft pick — which to me is the only problem — the Yankees aren’t going to get much anyway this year, having the last pick. The bottom line is that the Yankees bullpen needs improvements, and Soriano provides that. If he works out, you can also put Hughes where he belongs: As a starter.
Interesting question, Jeff. With all the free agent talks and trade talks that the Yankees are always involved in, very seldom do we get to step back and speak about the legends. Your right, Jeter is a given. But who else?
When a first saw this question, I thought about the core four. Jeter, Rivera, Posada and Pettitte. Jeter’s in. Rivera — who’s number is already retired for Jackie Robinson — is in as well. As for Posada, I don’t think he has a real Yankee legacy like Rivera and Jeter. Pettitte, though, with all of those domianant years, does deserve it. Although I doubt that will happen.
Who else? Well, you have to think about the Yankees that will be around forever, guys who the Yankees would never let go. To me, those are Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Robinson Cano. Of those, I think Cano will do it. He is an MVP type player, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will win multiple batting titles. Hughes and Chamberlain are iffy.
Then A-Rod. I say no. To me, it won’t be the controversy that will keep A-Rod’s number out, it will be the fact that his greatness had already been defined when he came to the Yankees. For that reason, the number 13 on pinstripes isn’t so iconic. Free agents that come to the Yankees don’t leave behind the legacy that the lifetimes do, like a Jeter or a Pettitte. But it’s still possible. Think of other free agents that came to the Yankees. Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth both didn’t start with the Yankees and both had their numbers retired. But, then again, A-Rods no Babe. Jeffery Lung is a writer for Red State Blue State
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I was not able to attend today’s Yankee ticker tape parade due to my Algebra teacher. But, regardless, a million New Yorkers crowded the streets of Broadway as the Yankees floated by in the chilly, windy weather. An estimated 33% of the fans were from outside the five boroughs. For many of the Yankee players — including playoff star Alex Rodriguez — it was their first time taking the victory ride. Here are some quotes and reactions from the parade.
“We welcome you all to the biggest party in town!”
– Michael Bloomberg
“Just incredible. A magical day; it’s hard not to enjoy that. New York has the best fans in the world.”
– Hal Steinbrenner
“They never get old. It’s been 10 years. It’s amazing. The
parade is extra special because everybody is celebrating with you.”
– Joe Girardi
“You feel like the president waving to everyone. You wish you could
thank everyone. I think they know we appreciate it.”
– Derek Jeter
“I’m so overjoyed. You don’t know how many times you’re going to
get the opportunity to be in a tickertape parade in New York City.”
– Johnny Damon
“Andy told me it’d be a mob scene. It’s amazing, the amount of people who are out there celebrating what we do.”
– CC Sabathia
“It was something special. You never take it for granted when you have the chance. I thank God.”
– Mariano Rivera
Poll of the Day:
How does this championship rank among others you have seen?(poll)
Best closer of all time may go for three.
If there is a recurring theme in this series, it’s the inability for either team to put it away. Up and down each of these teams, there have been holes in this series. It’s fair to say that whoever manages to plug those holes up, will win the series.
It’s also fair to say that the Yankees have the clear advantage regardless of anything else. There at home where they had more success than any team in baseball, and, they have control over the only sure thing left in this series: Mariano Rivera.
So, we are left with yet another issue. How do you use the one sure thing left in the series to win the series. With a lead in the latter part of the game, Rivera is a sure go.
Whether that situation will present itself is yet to be seen. But, assuming it does, I think it is fair to say that the Yankees will, under no circumstances, watch a late inning lead get blown with Rivera sitting out in the bullpen.
In the seventh inning tonight, the stage will be set. With a two or one Yankee lead, the decision will begin to mount upon Girardi’s shoulders. Do you give the ball to the greatest reliever of all time and say, “bring us home”? Or do you play the safe route, and ensure yourself that you will have him in game 7?
The last time Rivera pitched more than two innings in a postseason game was just a few weeks ago. Rivera pitched 2.1 innings against the Angels and gave up no runs and one hit in game 2 of the ALCS. He has pitched three innings in a postseason game twice, the last coming in 2003 against the Red Sox, another scoreless performance.
So, you can ensure the champagne, or you can ensure that you will have Rivera for as long as you want in a potential game 7.
But, the decision won’t be made by us. Here is a recent update from Yankee reporter @BryanHoch via Twitter.com: “Joe Girardi believes the Yankees have Mariano Rivera for at least two innings tonight — “Maybe a litter more,” he said.
Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees use Rivera for more than 2 innings?(survey software)