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The Rules That Saved An Arm But Hurt A Head

The impression that the Yankee organization has portrayed in their actions with Joba Chamberlain is starting to look desperate.

Desperate because it makes no sense more than ever after observing tonight’s wash-out while facing Roy Halladay, the Toronto Blue Jay ace. Joba cannot go into the game with the knowledge that by the fourth inning his job is done.

At least by the standards Joba, which are expected by the way he is treated with such concern by the Yanks.

Joba has made it clear that he goes out there, gets through his innings dictated to him and that is fine. The element of not knowing might make this kid succeed more because the goal is to win. Right now the goal seems to focus on the number of innings or how many pitches he is allowed to throw; instead of going deep into games, hopefully leading your team to a win.

It can be compared to letting kids go to school still sucking their thumbs. Then going as far in making sure they washed their hands with soap so the thumb tastes extra good in their mouthes. If we started encouraging child-like behaviors it takes away from the process of growing-up.

Joba was moved from normal fifth day start to every eighth day, only to flip it again a week later, back to regular five-day rotation again. That is entails three to four innings most for the kid in each start.

That puts a lot of pressure for the bullpen to carry games and innings. And for now, closing the game as well is on the middle-men’s shoulders with Mo resting his leg.

Where does that leave Chamberlain for the rest of the season? He will not be ready for a starting role in the post season. The kid was struggling most of the season with getting deep into games already.

Facing Holladay tonight, one of the best pitchers who was on fire it was almost a given that he was going to take the loss. Not smart because it has to mentally mess with his young and budding confidence level.

The Joba rules are turning into a mess because the Yanks don’t seem to know what this is leading to down the road. The result or the goal would help me understand where this is all leading too.

The commotion better be worth it because it could go badly and the person who gets affected is Joba. The Yankees will always be the Yankees.

Where is Sergio Mitre? He got hit on his left arm, not his pitching arm and the x-rays were negative in the first game he pitched really well in. Wouldn’t that seem to be a possibility that showed some promise, finally?

Guess it is just frustrating to watch because it makes no sense. Hey I will be the first one to say I am wrong if something worth while comes out of this. Maybe it’s the Yankee genius that has such an incredible outcome that no one saw coming?

I won’t hold my breath but an explanation would be appreciated so I can stop pondering Joba all the time.

The Yankees have always had the motto that the current season is the focus, not next year or the following but now. So, how is Joba going to help this season?

Let’s just hope Joba gets it because it will be his downfall if this keeps up longer.

Now the “Hughes Rules” will be starting next season from what I have read. I know he has more than two pitches but so did Mariano when he was a rookie. Hughes is already good where he is so why not have the great Rivera mentor him next season, and hopefully another.

Guess we will all start playing the waiting game, now.

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Mo Problems

In typical circumstances whenever anyone has shoulder surgery, it is only natural to employ on the sturdiness of your legs. It is a subconscious way in which the body reacts, giving some relief to the injured and recently tender area.

Imagine you are a pitcher in the majors and just came off shoulder surgery. Just throwing off a mound at the speeds and velocity needed to accomplish the outcome, which is a strike, is not typical to begin with.

So, as with anything else you use the strength of your legs to balance or attempt too. Because you have to play and will make it through the pain whatever way you can.

That is why I am trying not to worry too much about Mariano Rivera. His hamstring has been sore since his surgery so he sat out tonight in the win against Toronto Blue Jays.

Mariano is like Jeter; he does not miss a game. Any Yankee fan or player knows this and it puts concern out there.

Mo is a veteran, with experience and talent with the best of anyone in the history of the game. Rivera has been through it all, he knows what it takes to finish the long season and how deep a player has to dig to win in the post season.

The Yankees won again tonight and are in a great spot right now. Rivera knows this and he would never risk his role, because it is a critical one that is for sure.

Clearly in order for a team to compete in the post season they have to have a dominant closer. At least a team that wants to win, to be clearer

For the Yankees, Rivera is that guy.

The set-up now, with the rock solid bullpen or the pre-Rivera club that precedes hearing Enter Sandman, which means Mo, is a major key in this team’s success.

Let’s see how the next few days play out regarding the situation for Mo.

I would dread to have to start posting the other options that have to be taken into account if Mo is more hurt than he is letting onto.

No Mo could mean big trouble for the Yanks.

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3 Players Who Might Get Dumped

It’s safe to say that the Yankees look like a team on the way to the post season.

Other than winning the World Series, the question on the mind of many Yankee fans are will some of these guys not be back in pinstripes next year?

Maybe he is your hero. And looking at your jersey that might don an #18 or #55 on the back, wondering if this player did well enough for the Yanks to keep him?

Quotes like, “passed his prime” or “not the player he once was” is the common theme when these veteran players are in contract years.

But how many players has this been said about in which I am the first to say I was wrong or underestimated someone. For example, Jeter, Abreau, Mussina are a few that come to mind.

It is fact that how far the Yanks take this season; meaning if they go to the post-season (not assuming anything till it happens) is as significant for jobs to be continued. It’s the Yanks and heads will role if the team bombs.

Let’s explore three current Yankees who are playing for more than just the World Series this season.

1) “Positively Damonic” – #18

A Boston Red Sox, who had just come off winning the World Series, breaking the curse of 1918 was going to be a Yankee?

In 2005 Johnny Damon became a Yankee. He was on the top of his game and was going to his rival team where I guess the only thing took away from him was his long hair.

Described as a positive guy who treats everyone from the bat boy to the valet parking his car with complete kindness. Damon was embraced by the Yank fans immediately. His teammates liked him; regardless of the shameless Torre stories that claim differently.
The honest truth is that Damon’s best years might be behind this champ. Damon is still a darn good player and offers a lot.

Plain and simple Damon has a bad arm but that is not new news. It got overlooked because he made dynamic plays in the outfield. It was pure talent and athleticism displayed in everyday but age and injuries inevitably have taken some toll on him.

Clearly Damon can hit and is still one of the best, no doubt. He is good in the post season; just watch game seven of the 2004 World Series to see him at his best.

Damon can rob bases with the best and he is having a good year. I think he will still be good for two more seasons and the Yanks should offer him two years for less money.

We let Abreau go a little to soon. He is worse then Damon ever was in the outfield. Now, as a Angel is getting MVP Award talk, something that the Yanks were sure was over.

If Damon gets another year it gives out young prospect Austin Jackson another season in the minors. Which can help his growth and ease him up to the Majors.

Damon wants to stay a Yankee and I want him in pinstripes again.

2) “It‘s A Thilla For Godzilla” – #55

Hideki Matsui will not comment on what will happen about next year, till this season is over.

He has made it clear he is comfortable in New York. And the Yankee players’ have clearly spoken on the respect they have for his continued professionalism.

The fans adore Matsui. He is a true gentleman and the country of Japan should be proud to have Matsui represent them.

This athlete respects baseball, his teammates and works hard. Yes, Matsui has bad knees but they are improving.
Regardless, Matsui can hit ridiculously well and consistently can be relied on to do so.

Other then Jeter, he is the only other hitter on the Yankees, that is confident in the clutch and with a game’s result on his bat.

The National league will not be jumping to sign him because the DH is not a position.

Stupid for the Yanks to let him face them next season.

Give him one more year for much less money is the option if the season is considered a successful one.

3) Andy Pettitte – #46

This will be short and sweet.

Andy Pettitte will be a Yankee nest year. It will be his choice because this pitcher can still throw and Cashman knows it.

Andy says he has never felt better.

All I can say to that is……“HEY ANDY, it shows!!!”
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Mitre Is Meger No More, As Yanks Slam The White Sox

Since becoming the fifth pitcher in the Yankee rotation, Sergio Mitre seemed to be the desperate fill that the team could afford to deal with.

In the 10-0 hosing of the White Sox today is also the game that changed it all for Mitre. His sinkerball was sharp, causing the White Sox hitters to 13 groundouts and with some solid defensive plays by Arod and Cano to go with it.

The bats were hot too ,but Chicago’s Jose Contreras pitching made it pretty hard for them not to be. The Yanks slammed out nine hits for eight runs in the first four innings.

This all happening the day after another Yankee walk-off win in the tenth inning with a “Robbie Cano, Don’t You Know” homer.

Taking the first two from Chicago was needed payback by Yankees for almost being swept by the White Sox in their last series not so long ago.

Mitre caused a not-so-long-ago memory to flash into my head. One of Wang, the old ace who’s sinkerball was just as effective as the Yankees fifth starter was today.

His best performance was short-lived. For Mitre, had to leave the game in the sixth with two outs, as ball slammed into his forearm causing him to immediately leave the game.

How unfortunate but at least he did it on the one start that he can actually be proud of. Mitre still will have to produce a few more outings like today’s but he has shown he does have a good arm. Let’s just hope it is still in tack after that line drive hit he took.

With two wins against the White Sox, an announcement that the burning of the Joba Rules had taken place. It actually made me sad as if our little boy was almost all grown-up now. It was going to happen because it was starting to hurt more than help.

Mitre could be a solid cushion to have behind Joba. Mitre has now become a desperate once again. This time not as a filler but a guy to keep because I have a thinking that Joba has to have his assumed adjustment time.

Why?

It’s Joba and there is always a reason for everything this young talent does.

Fine with me, while Joba pitches well more than not, he can adjust whatever he needs too.

As for today, not a ‘Mitre’ kind of day at all.

The Yankees continue to look as good as a team could ever hope too. The confidence is contagious all around that clubhouse. A virus that everyone wants to get sick with.

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The MVP Award

The MVP Award is given out each year.

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), a professional association for baseball journalists, votes for the recipient.

What qualities does a player have to have for the MVP?

Is there actually defined criteria or rules that have to be incorporated?

Shouldn’t the people who have baseball’s best interest at heart vote the award on?

These debates caused by unclear terms and outdated guidelines are headaches that are fully avoidable.

Baseball, America’s Pastime with so much history is being treated so carelessly it is sad for a fan like myself.

Baseball in itself as a sport has been nothing but selfless for our enjoyment.

It’s time to get that back. Here are my four thought:

1) The dictionary reads as follows:

Most, in the dictionary means in or to the highest degree or extent.

The definition of valuable is having admirable or esteemed qualities or characteristics.

An award is a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction.

Those three words, defined are what a player must represent to win.

2) “Most Outstanding Statistical Player.”

If you want to pick the MVP solely on statistics every year, appoint a statistical team.

Or even easier a computer can name the winner. Who cares about the person and how he represents the sport.

Stats are purely physical numbers.

Actually it must frustrate players who win this MVP award on a team that stinks. Alex Rodriguez won it while playing on the Texas Rangers who finished in last place that season. Talk about how confusing that must be, on top of beyond frustrating to be the best and stuck with the worst group.

Leadership, sportsmanship and respect for the game in general are what I consider to be includes as the player who is the Most Valuable.

Stats seem to dictate the outcome, as numbers hold players value back as an excuse or an answer or even better, the explanation.

MVP = stats = attention = HUGE contract = goals.

And we were all are so perturbed by the PED use in baseball.

3) The rules of the voting remain the same as they were written on the first ballot in 1931:

1. Actual value of a player to his team, that is, strength of offense and defense.
2. Number of games played.
3. General character, disposition, loyalty and effort.
4. Former winners are eligible.
5. Members of the committee may vote for more than one member of a team.

And can someone explain how Jeter shouldn’t be on the top of this list?

Joe Mauer also missed 22 games this season, which has to be incorporated.

Hey if you were home sick from school or work for 22 days, would you not be expelled or fired?

Even if you produced at a high level, showing up consistently has to play a part it is part of life.

4) I personally think that the players’ themselves should vote for the Most Valuable Player. The players play the game with each other day in and day out which gives them the insider knowledge of what really goes on. As it being their profession to be represented, why shouldn’t it be their choice of who is the most valuable.

The job the media has done portraying this era of baseball surely doesn’t deserve to be the ones voting for the award. They feed off these athletes mistakes and make more money exploiting baseball, so why are they the deciders?

The money being earned exploiting court sealed documents is not valuing anything but themselves and their respected publications.

As a fan, I think you have to value the game before you get to vote for it’s most prestigious award.

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A Yankee Story: The Joba Saga

Joba, is the topic of the baseball world once again, today. What should the Yankees do?

Maybe I stand alone by saying that I don’t think you should count Chamberlain out just yet.

Here is my view on this special young man and his situation:

- I think the “Joba Rules” have caused such a stir in the media world and with the fans that Joba gets criticized very easily. It seems that the boundaries of expectations are much higher for Joba. I am guilty myself as pouncing on his every pitch. Talk about the stress on a 23 year old that must bring.

- Joba does not need special treatment anymore. Specifically referring to the extra days off, as this kid is healthy and loves to get out there so let him.

- Regarding the post season, unlike most, I think this guy will thrive. Joba feeds off the pressure and the competition of those big game spots. Two seasons ago the only thing both the team and the fans had to hold onto was Joba because of his passion. Give him a chance.

- Last night Joba faced one of the toughest hitting team in baseball, the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are also in a tight Wild Card race and cannot really afford to lose even one game right now.

- If you read the stats from the game Joba main issue was in the 2nd and 4th innings. The hits came with two outs and no runners on base so at least it was a pattern. This seems to be Joba’s problem area so it needs to be worked on. His focus needs to elevate in those situations.

- At home, Joba seems to be pitching with the idea to strikeout every batter. At Yankee Stadium he has a high pitch count, high strikeout rate, high walk rate which can all be attributed to his possible closer mentality.

Joba is young and needs to just calm down in front of the Yankee crowd. This is evident from this road stats having a lower walk rate but it is the OBP that is what is killing him in the Bronx.

All the Yankees have to do is work to help Joba just grow. The problem is contained, as far as I can see so that is better than a pitcher who is so erratic you don’t even know where to begin.

This can only come with time but no one can deny his talent. The Yankees know it and trust me Joba has the best group to help him.

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