Monday, April 9, 2012
Any trade involving Phil is premature, his talent is very well documented. When he is healthy (and in shape) he can be a strong #2 or #3. It seems like many fans are way to demanding of our pitchers. If they have trouble and don’t pitch as we think they should after much hype, we want to trade them.
There are guys that have so much talent they fly thru the minors with very little trouble and don’t keep themselves in top shape.Ergo, Joba and Phil, Joba came up and pitched real well in the BP. Phil had one heck of a game going in Texas. The big thing is, both of them were out of shape, when one is out of playing shape, bad things happen like…injuries, which did happen to them both.We have some guys in the minors that I hear fans saying; “trade Dillin and so and so for this guy or that guy”.I understand the idea behind a trade of some of our best pitchers but, one must understand, of the five or so top rated pitchers we have in the minors only one or two will be good enough to stick in the Yankees rotation. The others will be good enough for trade bait or BP service. Don’t forget what Nova did last year, he was not expected to pitch as well as he did because, he was not one of the higher rated guys. He was one of the guys that was closer to the show, that was one of the main reasons he was pitching last year. So ones position on the 100 list is no free ticket to the show and success.Pitching is the name of the game fans, we have and will have hitting for long enough to wait for our bats in the minors.Maybe some of you will remember before IPK was traded, many fans were up in arms because he made a comment that fans thought were a bit on the egotistical side. Well, look at him now! I said at the time IPK could be one of the better pitchers of the three but, he was better suited for the NL. One thing fans must get through their heads is…without the self confidence (or ego) shown by IPK, one will never be the best one can be.There was shock the day Mickey was answering questions on TV….there shouldn’t have because he always told the truth when asked but, they never published his quotes when he was playing…he was asked about his work ethic, he said “what work ethic!” This from a guy that just played on his God given talents without putting in the hard work every other player has to put in to reach the top.So, bottom line, players like Jeter, A-Rod, Cano, Tex and CC don’t get to be the best without the ego, determination and hard work to refine their God given talent. This is also why so many of the best players stay to long.
We will soon see if our young pitchers have these things that are needed to make the transition to the big show.