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Hey Look: Another Best. Quote. Ever. By Hankster!
Monday, April 21, 2008
I don't know about y'all, but sometimes I forget what a nutcase Hank Steinbrother has proved himself to be. Without fail, though, he reminds me that he has that birth defect that prohibited the "crazy talk filter" from ever developing in his brain.

The latest catalyst for some sweet Hankster tiradin' comes courtesy of the failing starting rotation (not you, Dandy Andy and Wanginator) and the (always!) excellent performance of Jobamania. Like many Yanks fans, Hank wants to put to transition Joba into the rotation ASAP and let him supply the team with not just an inning here and there but six or seven every five days.

That position isn't scandalous in and of itself, obviously - in fact, most of Hank's great lines aren't awesome because of what he's saying but how he's saying it and the words he uses. This time, as he explains how badly he wants to put Joba in the rotation, he throws a little blame at the Cash Man and Torre for their decision to put him in the bullpen last year:
I want him as a starter and so does everyone else, including him, and that is what we are working toward and we need him there now. There is no question about it, you don't have a guy with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and keep him as a setup guy. You just don't do that. You have to be an idiot to do that... The mistake was already made last year switching him to the bullpen out of panic or whatever. I had no say in it last year and I wouldn't have allowed it.
An idiot? Is that really necessary? As far as I can see, the point of starting him in a relief capacity was two-fold: shore up the bullpen (what do you want, Hank? To rely on Farnsworthless to set up for Mariano?!) and save the arm of arguably the best young pitcher in the league. It seems to me that that move was extremely successful and not idiotic in the slightest.

But that's just me.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, April 21, 2008  
  • At 2:03 PM, Blogger Nick said…

    I really question Hank's knowledge of baseball the game. I have no doubt he fully understands baseball the business.

    Everything I've read about this points to the same reason why this is a bad idea. No middle relief. Sure, if our starting rotation could consistently go 7 or 8 innings, then I'd be all for Joba becoming a starter. However, with 1/2 the starting rotation all baby-faced (Kennedy, Hughes) and the other half a bit over the hill/on their way out (Pettite/Moose), there's no way we're going to be able to hand the ball over to Mo without relying heavily on Farnsworthless (which no one wants)..

    Plus, its WAY too early in the season to make such a dramatic change like this. I think we need to get everyone healthy, let the kids settle in and we'll be rolling along.

    (Oh, also..get rid of Giambi and bring back Duncan!)

  • At 10:05 PM, Blogger Kyle said…

    Farnsworth is only useful if the Yanks need to kick an opposing batter's ass. I don't see why Hank would be in such a hurry to move Joba. He's successful in the setup role right now, and this reeks of desparation at this juncture.

  • At 1:03 AM, Anonymous Chris said…

    You can't push Joba into the rotation at this point, and maybe not even this year because obviously, he'd need to go back to the minors to work things out. They should've decided what they wanted him to do before Spring Training began either start of relieve and go with that for the whole year.

    I understand why they want to give Joba a shot at the rotation though and I actually agree with Hank's thinking. To me, Joba needs to be given a chance, there is nothing like having an ace pitcher. What did having Papelbon in the bullpen do for the Red Sox in Games 2-4 of the ALCS last year? Nothing. Beckett turned that series around with dominant performances. It's simple math really, over the course of the year do you want 200 dominant innings or 70?

    It's win-win, if Joba succeeds we could have an ace for years to come. If not, just plug him back into the pen. For the rest of this season, I think Joba has to remain the setup man, but with the way Pussina, Hughes and Kennedy are pitching, I understand Hank's concern. This is looking like a lost season and not pulling the trigger on a Santana deal is looking really, really dumb.

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