The seemingly endless discussion of Joba vs. Phil is heating up again.
Last season this was a mess and solved nothing.
Joba’s restrictions (aka ‘joba rules’) limited the lad from learning to compete because you do not have to get up if there is always a responsibility to help.
Hughes was undoubtably the turning point of last season. Even with that success, it does not change my mind about Hughes role should remain a starter.
The characteristics of mature, calm and reliable are that of a starting pitcher. That demeanor will fare better for seven innings, and that is Hughes in a nutshell.
A closer absorbs the pressure, feeding off the game and can hardly contain himself. Joba has that fire. Everyone saw this in 2007 as if it was his job. That infamous ‘bug’ game in Cleveland, even if Torre had called the game I do not think Joba would have wanted it.
Nothing is set in stone, but at least fake it is for now.
Last year, Joba had his chance and it’s time to see if he is Mariano’s apprentice and let him soak up as much as possible from the best.
They’re are two talented young guns involved here. It is their futures that are getting taken advantage of, and it is not terribly pleasant.
Please, no ‘Hughes Rules’, just let the boys pitch. If it is a problem change it but at least we will see.
If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.