GM Brian Cashman gave the impression that these rules were set guidelines for rookie pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes, with the intent to make their transition’s smooth, while allowing them to develop efficiently to elude injuries.
Ackert’s closing line was: There were no real answers coming from the Yankees Thursday. “You’ll have to stay tuned,” Cashman, said.
From what I saw neither Joba nor Hughes ever was allowed to pitch pass the fifth or sixth innings due to these supposed limitations, regardless of how either was pitching that day.
Another pattern that formed was if either Joba or Hughes got into trouble early in a game, they were immediately yanked and what I thought the majority of the time was too soon.
Experiencing failures is what builds character, grows confidence; not babying the person who makes the mess by having someone else clean it up every time.
Looking back, all the fuss was more for the Yankees who constantly did what they perceived good for the team, not what was best for the Joba or Hughes, and you can also add Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy to the list.
Kennedy was traded because they Yankees grew unfairly impatient and now they are kicking themselves because Kennedy star is now shining brightly.
PROOF IS IN THE RESULTS:
How are Kennedy, Joba and Hughes doing today?
Ian Kennedy was traded in December of 2009 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the three-team Curtis Granderson deal. Kennedy is having a career year, posting a 7-2, with a 3,23 ERA, threw a complete game and has gone 100 innings in total over 14 starts. He is finally turning into the pitcher the Yankees were hoping to see, but impatience got in the way of growth and the D-backs are the recipients.
Phil Hughes was stellar in 2009 coming out of the bullpen, playing a big part the team’s success. In 2010, Hughes won a spot back in the rotation, went on the win 18 games and named to his first All-Star team. Following playing in the 2010 All-Star Game, Hughes started to decline in the second-half of the season, but that he got more run support than any other MLB starter covered up just how bad it was. This season, Hughes couldn’t hide his lack of speed and control any longer. In three starts he went 0-1, with an ERA of 13.94, with just three strikeouts and batters were hitting just shy of .400 against him. Since, Hughes has been on the DL in hopes of waking-up what has been diagnosed as a “dead arm.” Whether Hughes can be effective is TBD.
Joba Chamberlain went from struggling as starter into the bullpen in 2011, where he was kicking butt posting a 2-0 record, with an ERA of 2.83 in 27 appearances. Suffering from some what was thought to be mild elbow discomfort, a pre-cautionary MRI revealed he needed Tommy John surgery. Joba won’t be pitch till about two months into 2012 season. This was a huge blow for the Yankees, who have the majority of the bullpen on the DL already.
The New York Yankees home-stand nightmare continued on Monday night in the fifth inning.
On a hit fly out, CaptainDerek Jeter suffered obvious calf pain in his right leg as he was running out of the batter’s box. Jeter immediately went straight down the stairs into the clubhouse with the Yankees trainer, Gene Monahan and that was enough to send Yankee Universe into panic mode.
Earlier in the first inning, Jeter got a hit, moving him just six shy of making history as the first New York Yankee to ever reach 3000 hits and 28th in the history of the game.
Jeter and Yankee fans were hoping to see the Captain accomplish this moment at home. Before the injury Jeter had the remainder of Monday’s 1-0 loss against the Cleveland Indians, as well as a three-game set against the Texas Rangers to try and do this at home, in New York.
My guess is Jeter will not play in the Rangers series at all, but could be back in the Yankees line-up in a week.
How do I know this?
I don’t; and I am absolutely NOT asserting otherwise regarding Jeter’s condition, other than it is a Grade I calf strain and I wanted to learn about it.
Still, it is the Captain so I did some research on the web to find out what and how severe this injury can be regarding limiting of activity etc.
Here are two must-reads, which helped me attempt to remotely understand what is going on with the Captain:
First checkout, Dr. Jonathan Cluett, a top orthopedic surgeon’s article on About.com called Calf Strain – - A Common Sports Injurythat gives a complete rundown of typical calf strain. Dr. Cluett defines a Grade I, which is what Jeter was diagnosed with as:
Grade I Calf Strain: Mild discomfort, often-minimal disability. Usually minimal or no limits to activity.
After being swept by the Boston Red Sox, reliever Joba Chamberlain found out that he needed Tommy John surgery. The next day, starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was added to the Yankees ever-growing disabled list initially for just 15 days, but with a strained left hamstring and being 38-years-old it could take Colon longer, as it is a tricky injury to heal.
In the wake of a second Red Sox embarrassment in a month, the Yankees decided to play baseball again and the perfect time for the stumbling Cleveland Indians to come to the Bronx for a four game set.
The Indians had a hot start about two seasons too early. Now that reality has set in and the Tigers and White Sox have woken up the Indians reign atop the AL Central is about to end.
The Yankees have smacked the Tribe around, winning three in a row, and hoping to complete a four-game sweep on Monday night. The Yankees need to stay in the hunt, as they stay two games behind Boston and don’t want that gap to grow.
There are four games left in this home-stand, one remaining against the Tribe, followed by three games against the Texas Rangers and all eyes will be on the Captain Derek Jeter.
As any sports fan knows, Jeter is seven hits (2993) away from joining the elite 3000-hits club. Jeter’s name will be added to a list that dons just 27 other players in the history of the game, but what makes this more meaningful is he will be the first Yankee to do it.
How badly do Jeter, his teammates and especially the Yankee fans want the Captain to get his 3000th hit at home?
To say severely would be an understatement, because it should really happen in the Bronx where Jeter has played his entire career and in front of the city that worships him.
In addition, Yankee Stadium could use a boost because unlike in the past, “home” has not been much of an advantage in 2011 like it has in the past.
After Thursday afternoon’s match-up against the Rangers the Yankees hit the road for some inter-league play against the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds, so it is now or never for the Captain.
Can Jeter get seven hits in four games to reach 3000 at Yankee Stadium?
Well, forecasting the mental aspect is something Jeter himself probably doesn’t know, but why not try to see if history equates into predicting the future.
Looking back on September 2009, when Jeter passed Lou Gehrig for most Yankee hits, he went cold for three games in a row, at home and all three were team wins before he tied it.
Here is a quick reference chart I made after reading stats on my favorite stats site BaseballReference.com:
September 6, 2009
8-14 vs. Blue Jays (L)
September 7, 2009 (1)
4-1 vs. Rays (W)
September 7, 2009 (2)
11-2 vs. Rays (W)
September 8, 2009
3-2 vs. Rays (W)
September 9, 2009
4-2 vs. Rays (W)
September 11, 2009
4-10 vs. Orioles (L
*ties record on 3rd hit** breaks record by 2 hits
The above shows that the Captain is human and got nervous at four hits away, but once that passed he did it without a hitch. So, if this indicates anything his 3000th hit will happen Saturday, June 18th in Chicago.
Please note that comparing breaking Gehrig’s record is a far-fetched measure to what will happen this week with Jeter. You have to realize that it is not common for a player to have one milestone in his career, so with Jeter having one less than two years ago is remarkable.
Indeed Colon looked as if he hurt his left hamstring in the seventh inning on Saturday afternoon. Colon was in the midst of another scoreless preformance, giving up just two hits to the Cleveland Indians.
The DL looks to be inevitable for Colon at this point, but another one bites the dust in the Bronx.