• News On Current 4th Starter In Yanks ’07 Rotation

    Posted by on November 16th, 2006 · Comments (7)

    From Bob Klapisch

    The pitcher who’s been invisible for two years (while pocketing $20 million) is being touted by club officials as the rediscovered secret weapon. Pavano has a new attitude, the Yankees say, a new workout regimen, a new agent, all of which is supposed to make fans (and teammates) forget he’s been the greatest financial disaster in the club’s history.

    Whether Pavano can ever restore his reputation remains to be seen. One major league executive said this week at the general managers’ meetings, “For whatever reason, I don’t think [Pavano] can or wants to pitch in the American League.”

    He seemed like a perfect fit with the Yankees: tall and handsome, a Connecticut native who grew up rooting for the Bombers, he had the physical charisma and 90-something fastball to become a modern-day Mike Torrez.

    But the Yankees soon realized Pavano lived in an angry haze, emotionally separated from his teammates, disdainful of the press, not particularly fond or impressed with the energy of the Stadium.

    Indeed, on the day of his first start in pinstripes, Stadium employees were shocked to hear Pavano snap at his own mother for showing up at the ballpark with an “NY” painted on her cheek.

    “You’re embarrassing me,” Pavano said in front of others in the executive lobby.

    Yet, to this day, the Yankees continue to publicly support Pavano. GM Brian Cashman remains one of the pitcher’s strongest advocates, insisting, “every one of his injuries has been legitimate. He’s just been unbelievably unlucky.”

    Industry peers, however, say Cashman would trade Pavano in a moment — if only someone who take him. But even if the Yankees were to assume a portion of the $20 million still owed Pavano, there are many teams who still wouldn’t touch him.

    The agent keeps promising that Pavano will show up in spring training so completely remade, no one will recognize him, his mechanics, or his personality. Others disagree. One person close to the pitcher said, “Anyone who can sit around [on rehab] in Tampa and watch the Yankees on TV every night for two years, get paid, and not be bothered by it, there has to be something wrong there.”

    At least we now know that it is possible for Pavano to be embarrassed. It’s just too bad that it’s his mother’s actions that bring cause for it – and not his own.

    Comments on News On Current 4th Starter In Yanks ’07 Rotation

    1. Raf
      November 16th, 2006 | 9:39 am
    2. jonm
      November 16th, 2006 | 9:43 am

      Wow, that’s a real hit job. Klapisch can be real proud of that one; he’s doing a great service to the world by exposing that a Yankee actually yelled at his mother.

      What makes this article particularly trashy is the flagrant use of anonymous quotes. Hiding behind anonymity, an executive can use Klapisch to work out his own agenda. How do we know that the executive who spoke of Pavano not wanting to pitch in the AL was not the GM of the Rockies trying to bid down Pavano’s price?

    3. rbj
      November 16th, 2006 | 10:57 am

      I also have to question whether Pavano wants to pitch for the Yankees, in the AL, or at all, simply due to the last couple of years.
      If he comes into spring training with a new attitude, I am willing to give him a chance to prove himself; it is up to him though to earn my respect.

    4. November 16th, 2006 | 11:17 am

      Why would Pavano want to pitch? Why come out and actually do some work when he can sit on the couch all day watching TV and get payed millions?

    5. Dave Polands Gut
      November 16th, 2006 | 11:27 am

      Im sure Cash would like him to come in and compete before he decides to move him. Hes already signed and with guys like Lilly in line to make 10 a yr why not see what Band Aid Pavano has?

    6. Raf
      November 16th, 2006 | 11:27 am

      He was injury prone as an Expo and as a Marlin, why should we be suprised he’s injury prone as a Yank?

      He’s only had 2 injury free seasons in his 9 years in the bigs.

    7. baileywalk
      November 16th, 2006 | 1:10 pm

      Here’s something interesting from the article:

      “It was Clifton’s idea to send Pavano to a sports rehab facility in Phoenix to learn why he’s been hurt so often. For the last month, the pitcher has been working for four hours a day with trainer Brett Fischer, who discovered that Pavano suffered from hip dysfunction that made one of his legs an inch shorter than the other.

      Through intense flexibility exercises, Pavano’s legs are now equal in length. And that’s allowed Fischer to begin the secondary task of bolstering Pavano’s core muscles.

      These are brutally difficult drills, and Fischer said, ‘Carl walks out of here every day dripping in sweat. He’s totally into it.’ As any rehab patient will attest, repairing the body is only as successful as the willingness to suffer through it.”

      I agree with you guys about this article. It’s all anonymous and it’s also filled with semi-bullshit. He writes: “Things only got worse… On May 28, he was the losing pitcher in a 17-1 loss to the Red Sox, lasting only 32/3 innings after allowing five runs on 11 hits… The injuries arrived in a flurry after that: his shoulder, his back, his buttocks, his elbow.”

      Actually, his shoulder happened THAT year, and then the rest (from a fall we all saw and a bone chip) happened THE NEXT year. I’m not sure that’s a “flurry.”

      I would also understand Pavano being disdainful of the press, since they’ve been cooking his hide since he got here. And while I don’t know him at all, I find it strange to hear he lives in an “angry haze.”

      As for him not watching to pitch here, or not digging the atmosphere of the Stadium, all I can say is: he grew up a Yankee fan, he signed here as a free agent for less money (meaning HE chose THEM), and he’s been pitching his whole life (so the idea that he’s scared or unwilling to pitch is just silly).

      The guy is fragile. It’s that simple.

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