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MLB Rumors: Andy Pettitte’s Top 9 Motivations To Return Mid-Season Rather Than Retire

New York Yankee Southpaw Andy Pettitte is turning into MLB’s humbler version of Brett Favre.

Pettitte differs from Favre because he not had a press conference for every thought that goes on in his head; Pettitte has not had one at all.
Clearly, the ace is struggling to give up his job instead of making his retirement official.

That is why Pettitte’s days in pinstripes are not over and here are 7 motivations why he will be back in 2011. The question is just when…

1) Family

It has been said that the Pettitte family is officially on board with the Southpaw pitching in 2011, so he the guilt of that weighing on him is not an issue.

This makes allows for Pettitte to make a clear decision. Maybe his son will make an official statement like last season, as this family takes the decision seriously and if they give Dad the nod then they mean it.

2) School’s Out For Summer

No, Pettitte is not going to school but his three kids do.

School’s out for summer by end of May – beginning of June, so his kids can come to any game because they won’t have to be absent and selfish Dad can fly them to anywhere he is pitching.

3) Spring Training

Spring Training starts mid-February and goes right up till opening day. It tacks on an extra two-months.

Veterans, like Pettitte are not featured in because it is mainly a tryout to fill team’s holes and the 25 roaster spots. A team’s regulars use it to warm-up for the season.

Pettitte probably dreads this time away, as he knows what has to be done. Pettitte will be required to jump in a few minor league starts before heading to the Bronx anyway.

4) Injuries To The DL

In 2010, Pettitte spent the majority of the second half of the season on the DL with a groin injury. Pettitte was very vocal that he did not expect his left leg to keep him out for long, but the groin took a lot longer to heal than he initially thought, as he was out for over two months.

Returning mid-season allows Pettitte to pitch in the more exciting half of the season that he watched from the DL in 2010.

Another point in favor of Pettitte returning is that his injury in 2010 was a groin injury. It had nothing to do with his previous elbow injury or left shoulder injury.

Even though the groin prevented him from pitching for two months, it has nothing to do with his arm again, so consider it more of a fluke that should not recur again.

Returning mid-season allows Pettitte to pitch in the more exciting half of the season that he watched from the DL in 2010.

Also, coming in later cuts odds of getting this kind if an injury in half….

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New York Yankees: Cashman Signs Another ‘Maybe’ Pitcher Freddy Garcia

In 14 days, pitchers and catchers will report to their respective camps as 2011 spring training means baseball is finally back again.

For the New York Yankees, it means pitching tryouts will begin, as there are two big holes that need to be filled in the starting rotation.

GM Brain Cashman is trying to fill the fourth and fifth spots, while Yankees fans are holding their breath hoping southpaw Andy Pettitte will appear.

For now the auditions are among Sergio Mitre, Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon and newly signed right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia. This is presuming Mark Prior is only trying out for the bullpen.

Who is Freddy Garcia?

Garcia is a 35-year-old, right-handed pitcher who used to have a lot of promise. Debuting in 1999 with the Seattle Mariners, Garcia was considered one top youngster in the league. In his five seasons in Seattle, Garcia was voted to two All-Star teams, came in second for Rookie of the Year and almost won the Cy Young in 2001.

That is not the Garcia the Yankees just signed for $.1.5 million, with another $3.6M in incentives pending on number of starts he makes.

This Garcia was traded in 2004 to the White Sox and played in Chicago for the next two seasons. Then it was the Phillies in 2007, where he had season-ending surgery after going making 11 starts, winning just one and posting an ERA just shy of 6.00. In 2008, Garcia made three starts as a Detroit Tiger, before heading back to the White Sox where he pitched the last two seasons.

The only promise Garcia has shown was last season, making 28 starts, posting a 12-6 record with a 4.64 ERA over 157 innings pitched.

It’s not great but the Yankees need to weigh all their options.

Still, Garcia is not going to be the permanent solution because he doesn’t strikeout enough batters and gives up too many home-runs. The AL East, especially the Boston Red Sox, could devourer Garcia for dinner. In 2010, Garcia only had 89 strikeouts, while giving up 23 home runs.

Earlier in his career, Garcia’s home run numbers were awful but his strikeout numbers were tremendous and that provided enough of a bolster.

Garcia wants to pitch for the Yankees and says it will motivate him, which are just words for now.

Garcia is a signing that could work out, but at the very least he could hold down the fort until the trade deadline.

So, What Are the Yankees’ Other Options?

With Cashman trying to make up for a mess of an offseason, Garcia doesn’t provide much comfort for Yankees fans. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: Cashman Signs Another ‘Maybe’ Pitcher Freddy Garcia’ »

MLB Trade Rumors: Jesus Montero and 8 Others Yankees Who Might Be Trade Bait

It is no secret that the New York Yankees were hoping that there 2011 starting rotation would include the names of Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte.

Moving forward, the Yankees have to fill the fourth and fifth spots, at least temporarily, until they make a trade for a legit arm before the July All-Star break.

Of course, this is contingent on a few factors:

Who is available?

Will A.J. Burnett right himself back to being a viable starter again?

What players are the Yankees willing to part with midseason?

And the biggest factor of all: Is the team is winning or losing?

No one can know for certain, but rumors are flying around about which players the Yankee will dangle in front of other teams.

Unlike in the past, the Yankees have talent down on the farm—in particular, a trio of catching prospects led by Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero.

This is a nice cushion to have a if the rotation needs a boost, as my bet is the Yankees make a go at King Felix again.

In no particular order, let’s look at Montero and eight other Yankee players rumored to be potential trade bait…that is if the price is right.

  1. Jesus Montero not only sits atop the Yankees prospect list but is also the top catcher in the minors. Scouts refer to Montero as having a “Mike Piazza” swing, but unfortunately Montero also struggles on defense like Piazza. At 6’5″, Montero’s days behind the plate could be numbered, as he has yet to prove he can catch every day. Still, his monster and mature bat is enough to make other teams drool. If the Yankees need another starter by midseason, Montero could command a nice return.
  2. What Montero lacks behind the plate, Austin Romine surely does not. Another top catching prospect throughout the minors, Romine doesn’t have the huge bat, but he is no slump either. Romine’s swing is improving nicely, and that should continue to improve over time. Romine is an everyday catcher with a strong throwing arm that can get out a ton of baserunners. With the Red Sox getting Carl Crawford, Romine’s arm might prove more valuable than Montero’s bat, but only time will tell.
  3. Gary Sanchez is the youngest of the Yankees’ stellar catching trio, and probably the most coveted. In 2009 the Yankees paid the then-16-year-old a record $3 million, and so far the money looks to be paying off. Sanchez has the best of both Montero’s bat and Romaine’s defense. Now, at age 18, Sanchez will play in his first full professional season either in Charleston (Low-A), as his age is too young for High-A Tampa just yet. Nothing is set in stone, but so far Sanchez is on the path to becoming superstar. It makes trading Montero a whole lot easier for the Yankees to swallow because of this kid’s potential. Continue reading ‘MLB Trade Rumors: Jesus Montero and 8 Others Yankees Who Might Be Trade Bait’ »

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2011 New York Yankees: Media Baiting The Bombers Right Into Winning No. 28

It’s September 17, 2011, the New York Yankees are playing a Saturday afternoon game up in Toronto, the second of a three game set against the Blue Jays.

Including this game, there are just 10 games left in the regular season.

The Yankees, who are leading 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth, are about to clinch the AL East.

Shocking to say the least, as no one predicted the Bombers to even be wildcard contenders. Unquestionably, this was not supposed to be happening.

I mean the Yankees were old, outdated, yesterday’s stars and age was supposed to come before beauty in 2011.

These statements were specified as facts that Yankee fans were told to deal with it back in April.

Why?

Well, because the 2011 World Series was going to be between the Phillies and Red Sox. PERIOD.

The Yankees were assumed to be building a nursing home in October, not playing in it.

How could they win, with a below average shortstop, an overrated third baseman, a declining guy at first and a pitching staff that only had one certified ace.

So let’s say after clinching, the Yankees finished the 2011 season posting 103 wins. Continued onto the World Series, a rematch against the Phillies and the outcome was like déjà vu.

I can promise the players would jump onto the field at Yankee stadium as if this was their first championship, not the franchise’s 28th. Continue reading ‘2011 New York Yankees: Media Baiting The Bombers Right Into Winning No. 28’ »

Jumping The Gun: 7 MLB Headlines You Might Be Reading At 2011 All-Star Break

Every MLB season, the All-Star break is viewed as the halfway point of the 162 games season. Even with still a lot of baseball to play, this is the time when a team’s reputation and attitude have been backed by enough play on the field.

At this point, there are the obvious observations that only a miracle could change, but there are many more what if’s than anything.

Now, I have gotten way ahead of myself, in predicting seven headlines that fans might be reading at this 2011 season’s half-time. The headlines, in no specific order, are the forecasts, while the summaries below give the present reasons why each lead could be future news.

1. New York Mess: Finally Cleaning Up The Mets

No one from the fans to the players expect much out the New York Mets until 2012. Still, Citi-Field’s atmosphere certainly feels different, with a new GM and Skipper.

Even without Santana, the Mets have the pieces and it’s about time the puzzle started coming together.

The team should be more relaxed, respectful and the players’ natural competitiveness to win, as that’s what pro athletes like to do, could actually do just that. My bet is 2011 will be a nice surprise for Mets

fans, to finally get some genuine hope.

2. Twins, White Sox, Tigers – AL Central Looks To Be A Fight To The Finish

The AL Central will be a tight three-team race that should continue till the end. This division did have to have a tiebreaker back in 2009, when the Tigers lost to the Twins in a literal baseball dual.

Definitely throw the White Sox back in mix for 2011. If the AL Central didn’t house the Royals and Indians, it could rival the AL East for toughest division.

3. Perfection Or Bust: Philadelphia Phillies Aiming For Better Second Half

The moment the Phillies signed Cliff Lee expectations soared in Philadelphia.

Now, the 2011 season is a World Series or bust situation. Lee came to win; the Phillies broke the bank to get Lee in order to win; which makes leading the NL East at the All-Star break by a half-game completely

unacceptable. Phillies should only lose every fifth game and they might have to start to if they get behind the Marlins and Mets.

The Phillies should effortlessly win a minimum of 98 games or else the Lee signing will look like a failure. Lucky for Philly fans the team always plays better post-All-Star break.

4. Jeter Still Finished? No Way As The New York Yankee Captain Is Proving Everybody Wrong

I can guarantee what a bad idea mocking the Yankee Captain’s ability was this off-season. Jeter wills and hard work is going to shut-up his detractors in 2011.

Hopefully, Jeter will earn the well overdue respect from all who have criticized this man’s every move.

Jeter is moving all right, but it isn’t away from shortstop, as Jeter has taken his off-season workout up a few notches. He is already in Tampa, and amped-up for the start of Spring Training.

5. Giants Are Struggling Out In San Francisco

The Reigning Champs felt so good in 2010, that they did nothing in the off-season. Why mess up a good thing?

Well, reality bites and the Giants will realize that winning the World Series once is just good timing, but repeating is what makes a team truly worth keeping together. It is presumable that their young pitchers will have growing pains as a group. The bats can’t not score runs like last year, but Posey and Huff have to lead the way. Also, Cody Ross will prove to be a postseason fluke or a legit player??

Lucky the NL West is home to D-backs, Padres who pose no threat this season. Still, Giants are not in the clear as the Colorado Rockies have the complete package, while the Dodgers will either be much better than expected, or embarrassingly awful.

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