Gut Check Time For Phil Hughes

No, not that gut

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Cue the John Cena music, because Phil Hughes‘ time is up and his time is now.  In his 7-year professional career, Hughes has been a 1st-round draft pick, a top-flight Yankee prospect, a top 5 blue chip prospect in all of baseball, a future ace, a promising young arm, an injury-prone question mark, a dominant reliever, an encouraging project, an out-of-shape failure, and now a solid middle-of-the-rotation contributor.  He’s had enough ups and downs, changes to his role and pitching style, and injury problems to last an entire career and yet he’s still only 26 years old.  Hughes has bounced back nicely in 2012 after last year’s disaster, and he now finds himself rapidly approaching a crossroads in his career path as it relates to being a New York Yankee.

If the playoffs started today, Hughes would be the no-doubt 3rd starter for the Yankees. … Click here to read the rest

Exciting group of prospects headed to the Arizona Fall League

David Adams (2B/3B) will also take some hacks in Scottsdale this fall, in an attempt to catch him up after what amounts to two lost seasons. Adams played only 39 games in 2010 and 29 in 2011, as he recovered from an ankle injury that famously resulted in the disintegration of the Jesus MonteroCliff Lee trade with Seattle. It has been a long road back for the highly touted infielder, but he seems well on his way back after a strong showing in Trenton this year. He is hitting .309/.390/.456 with eight homers over 84 games. The AzFL  has often been used to give players changing positions extra time in their new spot, and that might also be the case with Adams. After playing second base for virtually his entire professional career (he played third for fourteen games in Charleston in 2009), Adams has been at third since July.

Slade Heathcott (OF) will also head to Arizona this fall, after a pair of shoulder surgeries slowed him down.… Click here to read the rest

Here Come The Most Important Games Of The Year

Today is the last day of August. We’re down to one more month of baseball, 32 games in total. The Yankees have controlled the American League East since June 12th, and were once 10 games up in the standings. Now we’re down to just a 4.5 game lead to the Rays and a 3.0 game lead to the Orioles. Last year, it felt like every important game came down to the last day of the year, when the Rays and Cardinals overtook the Red Sox and Braves for the Wild Card position in a spectacular fashion. This year, the AL East could very well be decided in the next two weeks.

#131 Friday, August 31st BAL  7:05 PM
#132 Saturday, September 1st BAL  1:05 PM
#133 Sunday, September 2nd BAL  1:05 PM
#134 Monday, September 3rd @ TBR  1:10 PM
#135 Tuesday, September 4th @ TBR  7:10 PM
#136 Wednesday, September 5th @ TBR  7:10 PM
#137 Thursday, September 6th @ BAL  7:05 PM
#138 Friday, September 7th @ BAL  7:05 PM
#139 Saturday, September 8th @ BAL  7:05 PM
#140 Sunday, September 9th @ BAL  1:35 PM
#141 Tuesday, September 11th @ BOS  7:10 PM
#142 Wednesday, September 12th @ BOS  7:10 PM
#143 Thursday, September 13th @ BOS  7:10 PM
#144 Friday, September 14th TBR  7:05 PM
#145 Saturday, September 15th TBR  4:05 PM
#146 Sunday, September 16th TBR  1:05 PM

The Yankees have now enjoyed their last off-day before an important 10 game stretch between the second and third place Orioles and Rays.… Click here to read the rest

Dick Howser and the 1980 Yankees

That is quite a first paragraph. But Howser was quite a story. Howser lived through the craziest years of the George Steinbrenner era. He was there during the ups and downs of the Billy Martin tenures mixed in with the Bob Lemon and Bill Virdon tenures. He finished his playing days and starting his coaching duties during the Ralph Houk era, an era that ended when Steinbrenner purchased the club. And through it all, Dick Howser kept coaching third. He did manage one game in 1978 after Billy Martin was fired and before Bob Lemon could take over. And he got his chance in 1980 to run the team himself.

The 1980 Yankees were quite an outfit. Reggie Jackson was still there along with a group of position players in their mid-thirties like Lou Piniella, Bobby Murcer, Graig Nettles and Bob Watson. But there was also an infusion of some young players like Rick Cerone at catcher and Willie Randolph at second.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 8/30/12

Almonte went 2-4 with a run scored. Kevin Mahoney went 2-4 with two doubles. Maruszak went 1-4 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Shaeffer Hall went five and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, three walks and three Ks. Graham Stoneburner threw a perfect inning. Lee Hyde pitched two hitless innings, striking out two.

Tampa came back and beat Lakeland 5-4:
After three scoreless innings, Lakeland broke through in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, James Robbins singled to center and Hernan Perez doubled him in. In the bottom of the eighth, Wade Gaynor and Dean Green hit back-to-back singles and Robbins tripled them in for the 3-0 lead. The Yankees needed to rally in the ninth and they did in a big way. Kelvin De Leon singled and Jose Toussen and Ramon Flores drew walks, loading the bases. Slade Heathcott singled in De Leon, for Tampa’s first run of the day. Tyler Austin then launched a grand slam to left, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead.… Click here to read the rest

Ain’t No Party Like a Link Drop Party – August 30th Edition


From “the” Bronx

Alex Rodriguez and David Aardsma will begin rehabbing with High-A Tampa quite soon, though the latter is unlikely to be ready for the show until fairly late in the season (if that). Aardsma last pitched in the Majors on September 19 … 2010.

Mike Ashmore (among others) spoke with Brian Cashman about both the Trenton Thunder and the Yankees as a whole. My favorite tidbit is Cashman’s line about prospects being suspects, and I have been pondering for what they are suspected. In the case of Betances, perhaps it is a Benjamin Button’d Daniel Cabrera (who is, amazingly, still only 31).

Jim Leyritz, best known for either Game 4 of the 1996 World Series or some very damning legal issues, hopes to delve into coaching someday. Am I the only Yankee fan that finds it very difficult to root for this man, in any capacity?

From around the league(s)

Jack Moore of FanGraphs posted some pure, unadulterated baseball pornography, featuring Brett Anderson.… Click here to read the rest