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...

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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 Montero-Cliff 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.…

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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...

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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.…

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