• Has Phil Hughes Been Lazy?

    Posted by on January 31st, 2008 · Comments (14)

    Two months ago, Joel Sherman wrote that Phil Hughes “has a questionable work ethic and more of an injury history at 21 than [Johan] Santana at 28.” At the same time, reportedly, Sherman said, on ESPN Radio 1050 (in NYC) with Max Kellerman, that Hughes’ conditioning was a poorly kept secret within the Yankees’ organization. And, that’s why they had Clemens and Pettitte work with Hughes.

    Now, today, via the AP, we see this from Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland (on Hughes):

    “He’s been very diligent in his work this offseason, more so than he has in the past,” Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland said. “But he’s human as well. He hears the rumors. But like I tell him, all he can control is how he prepares and gets himself ready to pitch.”

    “He’s starting to figure out some things as far as work ethic goes and what it takes to get ready for spring training,” Eiland said. “This is his third major league camp. Now he’s going in as a member of the pitching staff rather than just a top prospect trying to get a couple looks and being sent out. He’s getting himself ready to pitch in a major league season.”

    …he’s been very diligent in his work this offseason, more so than he has in the past…

    …he’s starting to figure out some things as far as work ethic goes…

    Is Eiland confirming what Sherman claimed with these statements? It’s hard to say, yes, or no, either way, for sure, right?

    Comments on Has Phil Hughes Been Lazy?

    1. baileywalk
      January 31st, 2008 | 3:47 pm

      I think it’s more about being ready and prepared to break camp with the big-league club, which is what Hughes is doing. Also, Hughes has, this year and last, gotten to Tampa early and started working out long before the regulars arrived. Hughes’ full year in AA was without injury and he certainly didn’t slow down late in the year, as bad conditioning would suggest.

      Joel Sherman is the only one who has suggested this, and he does have a long history of being a bean-shooter. The guy whose weight and conditioning that has to be monitored is Joba, who’s had issues in the past.

    2. Rich
      January 31st, 2008 | 3:52 pm

      Patrick Teale was on ESPN 1050 and said that Hughes has a reputation for having a great work ethic in the Yankee organization, and that is what he has observed when he has been around him.

      Once again. Sherman is an idiot or worse.

    3. gphunt
      January 31st, 2008 | 4:29 pm

      The guys whose weight needs to monitored are Damon, Abreu, Betemit, Cano, Joba, and Tabata.

    4. SteveB
      January 31st, 2008 | 4:37 pm

      Also, I heard that Phil Hughes likes to sell heroin to babies and that he’s in the mafia, and that he DOESN’T think Tom Brady is handsome, and that he cheats on his taxes, and sometimes he doesn’t finish all his vegetables, and sometimes he screens his phone calls, and he once killed a guy just to watch him die.

      Bad Phil Hughes!! How can a root for a devil like you?

    5. Pete
      January 31st, 2008 | 4:38 pm

      Holy crap, Joel Sherman must have REALLY wanted Hughes to go to Minnesota.

    6. gphunt
      January 31st, 2008 | 4:52 pm

      Jeter cheats on his taxes.

    7. B
      January 31st, 2008 | 5:01 pm

      If it wasn’t clear before, it is now that Hughes is definitely Steve’s new A-Rod.

      Good company, at least.

    8. baileywalk
      January 31st, 2008 | 5:17 pm

      Also, I heard that Phil Hughes likes to sell heroin to babies and that he’s in the mafia, and that he DOESN’T think Tom Brady is handsome, and that he cheats on his taxes, and sometimes he doesn’t finish all his vegetables, and sometimes he screens his phone calls, and he once killed a guy just to watch him die.
      —-

      I just wrote in the Mets/Yankees prospect comparison post that I was going to even my tone and try to get away from these confrontational posts and everything, but…

      Seriously. That is effin’ hilarious.

      “…and sometimes he screens his phone calls.” That’s the one that made me laugh out loud.

    9. yankeesrule2413
      January 31st, 2008 | 5:18 pm

      Just wondering, but it seems like you’re not a big Hughes fan . . . why?

      You probably are, but it just doesn’t show in your posts.

    10. January 31st, 2008 | 10:12 pm

      anyone catch tonight’s Yankees Hot Stove?

    11. January 31st, 2008 | 10:25 pm

      Not me – they say something note worthy?

    12. January 31st, 2008 | 11:07 pm

      Why does this matter?

      Answer: It doesn’t.

    13. Josh
      February 1st, 2008 | 11:42 am

      The dude was 19 yrs old.

      What 19 yr old has Clemens type work ethic especially when things comes so easy?

      He wouldnt be in the majors at 21 if he was lazy

    14. October 25th, 2013 | 9:37 am

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