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Fan’s view: Really, the New York Yankees don’t have a pitching rotation yet?
Brian Cashman is taking his sweet time trying to decide what the New York Yankees starting pitching rotation is going to be. Half of his active roster, 20 players, are pitchers, he has the highest credit limit on his American Express card of any other baseball team, and he's acting like a 16-year-old trying to decide which dress to wear to the prom.
Well, now he's come out and said it: It'll be unlikely the Yankees will have their starting pitcher rotation before Opening Day. Now how the heck are we supposed to know what type of corsage to buy?
And while he's turned down my requests for an interview—well, actually, I couldn't even get through to his office—he has been interviewed by Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe, according to my friends at ProRumors.com. He tried to use some southern folksy excuse of being from Kentucky and thus having southern patience for this glaring omission in team management, but it falls flat because it's a lie. Cashman was born in New York and, after a time, grew up in Lexington, Ky. Lexington, Ky., is exclusive horse rearing and horse racing country, hardly a hardscrabble Appalachian hometown that would teach one some desired character trait.
So, the Yankees only have three accepted starters in time for opening day: C.C. Sabathia(notes), Phil Hughes(notes), and A.J. Burnett(notes). Cashman is saying that nothing is expected until mid-summer, after the June draft. So, the Yankees are going to play them on a three-day rotation or are they going to continue spring training-like tryouts for the rest of the pitching staff in real games?
Maybe we could even get Mo to start a game or two!
Even as Cashman is telling us that there will be no new infusion of outside pitching blood until mid-summer, Joe Girardi is dismissing members of the current staff or not even seriously trying out kids from their own farm system. On March 7, he crossed Andrew Brackman off of the dance card. Manny Banuelos is pitching magnificently with truly nasty stuff, yet manager Joe Girardi says he's too young—as if he'd be serving him beer instead the kid serving up breaking balls.
And still, A.J. is considered a starter, if only because of the obscene amount of money Cashman paid for him. A friend described the situation to me: "It's a business. If they have a big contract, they have to play them."
I disagree. The might have to pay them, but they don't have to play them. Learn your lesson and play someone else who's effective.
Susan Abe is a lifelong Yankees fan. She can't help herself.
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