The starting rotation starts with Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who will be followed by AJ Burnett and then Phil Hughes.
Anthony Mccarron of the NY Daily News quoted the skipper after this was announcement was confirmed:
“That’s what we brought A.J. here to do, bottom line,” Girardi said. “In 2009, he was very, very important for us and pitched very well for us, playoffs, World Series, you name it. He struggled last year, but we believe he’s going to be back.”
I have touched on the Burnett subject a couple of times and this was the right move. Not only logical, but Burnett has worked his butt off and it shows.
Nothing is more inspiring than to see a pro-athlete, at Burnett’s level to still care with so much determination. Burnett loves the game of baseball and he well deserves to be right the team’s second ace.
I have faith that Burnett will prevail and have a solid 2011 season.
The players are working their butts off to make sure that 2011 is a season with no regrets in New York. All I can say is I like what is going on down in Tampa.
- Spring training 2011: A.J. Burnett No. 2, Phil Hughes No. 3 behind CC Sabathia in New York Yankees’ rotation (sports.espn.go.com)
- New York Yankees: What’s AJ Burnett Up To This Off-Season? He’s Fixing Himself. (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- New York Yankees: Finally Baseball Starts On Saturday (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Who Said New York Has Pitching Problems? Projecting Yankees Starting Rotation (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- 2011 MLB Team Preview: New York Yankees (ladylovespinstripes.com)