Posted on: June 24, 2008 10:56 am
Edited on: June 24, 2008 10:59 am

Hank needs to let George run the Yankees

So Mr. Wang got hurt running the bases. boo fricking hoo. He can't hit, he can't field, and he can't run bases. So now we need the National League to have DHs in order to abolish the idea of pitchers having to learn basic fundamentals and keep themselves in shape.

I've seen some pitchers hit better then some players. So to demoralize the value of a pitcher at the plate is completely asinine. Dontrelle Willis now sucks at pitching. So what? He is a good enough hitter to replace quite a few bench players and maybe pull a start at first base every now and then.

Livan Hernandez is another excellent hitter got to watch in Florida. Throw in Carl Pavano. He might not be healthy but he certainly hits better then most of the Yankees bench players. Josh Beckett doesn't have a clue at the plate, but at least he swings the bat with intent to make contact. Alex Fernandez and A.J. Burnett were excellent hitters too.

Rick Ankiel has converted from a pitcher to a position player that bats cleanup now.

Hey Felix Rodriguez hit a grand slam this week off of guess who? Johan Santana.

From Little League up, some leagues use DH, some leagues don't. One fact remains if you ever played from Little League to High school, there is players that pitched and played positions. A lot of major leaguers could pitch and hit, we see that even at the major league level.

Babe Ruth was an excellent pitcher, not just a hitter.

Jose Canseco pitched a few innings in his career.

Butch Henry is probably the name that I remember the most. Butch wa a pitcher that was often used for pinch hitting. I believehe is the all-time homerun leader among pitchers.

Then you got Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. Remember the old commercials "Chicks dig the long ball". Both were top pitchers in their prime and also very good hitters.

But the National League needs to get with the 21st century according to Hank Steinbrenner. By his belief I guess it is okay to be a fat ass pitcher that does nothing but pitch and get fat. Just ask Dontrelle Willis, Fernando Valenzuela, or Bartolo Colon.

Please. Half the league has pitched at one time or another when they played little league, high school, or college. How about management stop making excuses for their team sucking so much. Just accept the fact your team is weak conditionally, and the managers that you should have fired already is doing a horrid job.

Posted on: June 17, 2008 8:57 pm

Marlins pitching situation

I just noticed the Marlins have only 3 bench guys. That is the absolute minimum for the number of bench guys allowed in MLB. So far it has become clear only 3 guys in the current rotation is going to stick around. Ricky Nolasco, Andrew Miller, and Scott Olsen are the most consistent starters we have, and all 3 have been solid in the past month.

Mark Hendrickson, Burk Badenhop, and Ryan Tucker seem to be the likely men out. Josh Johnson, Anibel Sanchez, and Sergio Mitre could be around anytime starting aroud the All-Star break. Josh Johnson is the main guy that should give this team a major boost. Just a few seasons ago when he was healthy he won around 11 games. Anibel Sanchez came up with his stellar no-hitter and was serviceable for a while, though he lacks experience. I can see Mitre going to the bullpen.

Lee Gardner and Henry Owens won't be back this year it appears so a few guys in the Marlins pen are safe for now, but there is young elite pitching prospect Gaby Hernandez that could be up later this year. We have seen Ryan Tucker get called up after Tankersley got shipped down. Gaby Hernandez will be an interesting call up. He's a former met, Miami-Dade resident and UM-Hurricane star pitcher. He would fit perfectly in our rotation.

Right now the Marlins have the most options as far as pitching prospects. It is just a matter of who is ready to step up and lead this team. People say they are too young and inexperienced, but hey so was Josh Beckett and Dontrelle Willis in 2003. Neither of those pitchers ever pitched a complete season up to that point. Pavano was a trainwreck up to that year and Mark Redman had no experience in the NL, and only a few years in the majors prior, same with Brad Penny. Experience in the league is meaningless. That Marlins pitching staff was very young. Looper and Urbina was the only guys with 5+ years experience while the rest was late callups with just a couple year service time.

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Tags: Marlins, Pitching
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