• Hughes Facing Long Odds – Because Of His Age

    Posted by on April 24th, 2007 · Comments (6)

    What do Jose Rijo (1984), Don Johnson (1947), Bill Stafford (1960), Gene Nelson (1981) and Ray Keating (1912) have in common?

    These five are the only Yankees in history to make 5+ starts in a season (for New York) during a year where they started the season as a 20-year old (or younger).

    What do Jose Rijo (1984), Hank Johnson (1925), Don Johnson (1947), and Bill Stafford (1960) have in common?

    These four are the only Yankees in history to throw 50+ innings in a season (for New York) during a year where they started the season as a 20-year old (or younger).

    However, there’s never been a pitcher in New York Yankees history to have a season of 9+ games started or (not “and” – it’s “or”) a season where he’s thrown 68+ IP during a year where he started the season as a 20-year old (or younger).

    Therefore, if Phil Hughes makes 9+ starts for the Yankees this season – or – if Hughes throws 68+ innings this year for New York – it will be a record for someone under the age of twenty-one.

    I don’t think he’s going to do it. And, that’s no knock on his talent…it’s just based on his age and inexperience.

    Comments on Hughes Facing Long Odds – Because Of His Age

    1. rbj
      April 24th, 2007 | 11:00 am

      He won’t do it because the Yanks rotation will stabilize with Wang, Moose, Pettitte, Clemens, and er, um, ah, Karstens, um Rasner, er, Igawa, oh, a trade.

      And dancing unicorns will bring us all lollipop trees.

      Hughes in ’08.

    2. JJay
      April 24th, 2007 | 11:09 am

      LOL – I’m not going to point out the obvious because I think bailey will do a much better job than I will.

    3. April 24th, 2007 | 1:04 pm

      Bert Blyleven, Dwight Gooden and Fernando Venezuela wish to have a word with you.

    4. April 24th, 2007 | 1:19 pm

      Ben – I’ll talk to them right after you speak to Dave Rozema, Rick Ankiel, and Mike Witt.

    5. JeterReggieGuidry
      April 24th, 2007 | 2:36 pm

      Okay, this is a bit of a shallow point but…

      I think Hughes needs to have a cool number. The way Jeter was given #2 because… somebody just knew…

      Does anyone know what he number was in spring training?

      the lower the better I think, although if Guidry would like to loan him #49 that would suffice :-)

    6. April 24th, 2007 | 3:41 pm

      ~~~Does anyone know what he number was in spring training?~~~

      65.

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