• LaTroy LaStory To Be LaShort One?

    Posted by on January 29th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    I’m starting to get very concerned about LaTroy Hawkins. Yes, he’s cheap and disposable. And, sure, from 2002 to 2004, he posted some solid pitching numbers. (And, since 2004, he’s been about a league-average performer.)

    But, I’m beginning to think the pressure of Yankeeland is going to eat him alive this season. He’s recently had issues in terms of dealing with the media (in Chicago). Plus, there’s some evidence that he (at least lately) does not excel under fire. (From 2005 to 2007, he’s blown 27 of 39 save opportunities – that’s a whopping 69%.) Also, he’s had some post-season meltdowns in the past. These types of things suggest that he doesn’t have the stomach for New York.

    Sure, the Yankees, reportedly, only want him to cover the 6th or 7th inning – and that should be less pressure. Still, I just have a feeling that, come that point in the season when it’s time for the team photo, Hawkins will be no where to be found in the Bronx.

    Comments on LaTroy LaStory To Be LaShort One?

    1. MJ
      January 29th, 2008 | 1:03 pm

      Best veteran option available that was willing to sign for one year. There’s not much here to really be that worried about, Steve. If he stinks, you can trade him easily (expiring contract). If he’s good, you use him up until his arm falls off.

      Sounds to me like you’re trying to find things to worry about and then working yourself up into a tizzy. Of all the things the Yanks have to figure out for 2008 — rookie pitching staff, rookie bullpen, too many DH types, a complete jackass of an owner — LaTroy Hawkins is hardly worth the stress.

    2. E-ROC
      January 29th, 2008 | 1:58 pm

      LaTroy Hawkins is a viable option. If anything, he’ll be readily available, unlike Farnsdearth. One year deal; no harm, no foul. Somebody in the National League will want him. But I think Hawkins will be slightly better than mediocre. His groundball tendencies should aide his adjustment back to the AL.

    3. Raf
      January 29th, 2008 | 2:56 pm

      His groundball tendencies should aide his adjustment back to the AL.
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      Depends on how the infield does defensively.

    4. Raf
      January 29th, 2008 | 4:06 pm

      Bronx Banter writeup
      http://tinyurl.com/2bxyn6

    5. brockdc
      January 29th, 2008 | 9:25 pm

      For the life of me, I cannot understand why otherwise knowledgeable Yankee fans are so up in arms over this LaTroy thing. The guy, on his worst day, is a league average known mediocrity; on his best, he’s a solid bullpen cog. His ERA+ generally hovers around 120, which is more than fine for the role he’s asking to play.

      As MJ mentioned above, with all the other question marks surrounding this team, why signing a league average relief pitcher to a one year deal – and receiving a second round pick in the process – would concern anyone is a mystery to me.

      Sorry, Steve. It’s just a pet peeve of mine.

      Incidentally, the FA options this off-season were worse than horrible. I’m just glad they didn’t go out and sign a guy like Jeremy Affeldt for 7 years.

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