• Burnett Job One For New Yanks Pitching Coach

    Posted by on October 29th, 2010 · Comments (8)

    Via Bill Madden

    Now that Joe Girardi is back in the fold, the Yankees turn their full attention to finding a new pitching coach – which, in the long run, may actually be a more important hire than the manager. Or as one baseball person observed at the World Series Thursday: “The Yankees can say all they want about (Dave) Eiland’s firing having nothing to do with A.J. Burnett’s collapse after he took that leave of absence, but whoever they hire to replace him had better have a comprehensive plan and idea for how to straighten Burnett out. You’re talking about a $50 million-$60 million investment left there – on a pitching staff that is already one top-of-the-rotation starter short – and if they don’t get Burnett straightened out, they’re gonna be in trouble, even if they are able to sign (Cliff) Lee.”

    Or, we can just add Burnett to the list of Brian Cashman failed pitching acquisitions and tell him to get in line behind Weaver, Vazquez, Brown, Pavano, and Igawa.

    Comments on Burnett Job One For New Yanks Pitching Coach

    1. Scout
      October 29th, 2010 | 9:00 am

      I have always regarded the Burnett signing not as a failure but as Cashman’a deal with the devil. We go back to fall 2008 after the Yankees miss the play-offs…

      Satan: OK, Brian, will you sell your soul for one world championship?

      Cashman: Yes.

      Satan: It is done. You will give A.J. Burnett $80 million for five years. In exchange you will receive one year of effective pitching that will help the Yankees win a world title. Then he will turn into a lump of very expensive coal. Deal?

      Cashman: [Gulp] Yes.

    2. October 29th, 2010 | 9:26 am

      I’m starting to think, more and more, the Yankees 2009 ring came down to three things:

      1. Whatever the hell got into A-Rod…whether it was the break of facing the Twins and Angels, two teams he owns, or something else (Dr. G?), his bat carried the Yankees.

      2. The luck of the schedule, and the ability of CC to go on 3-days rest, which allowed the Yankees to never use their 4th starter.

      3. The games where Burnett pitched in the post-season where he did not implode.

      Give the Yankees all three of those things again in 2010 and they’re probably still playing today.

    3. Scout
      October 29th, 2010 | 9:41 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Whatever the hell got into A-Rod

      Yes, precisely my point! :-)

    4. October 29th, 2010 | 9:47 am

      Alex Hardy!

    5. Scout
      October 29th, 2010 | 10:48 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Wasn’t his team the Washington Senators…now the Texas Rangers? Satan cut another deal this year, with Nolan Ryan.

    6. ken
      October 29th, 2010 | 11:08 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I’m starting to think, more and more, the Yankees 2009 ring came down to three things:

      Which is another way of saying what Billy Beane says: The playoffs are a crapshoot.

    7. ken
      October 29th, 2010 | 11:13 pm

      I would like to see Rick Peterson. I know he got a bad rap with the Mets but I think he has a good read on pitching. Actually, I think he would be better for younger guys like Hughes, Joba and D-Rob. But maybe he can do something with AJ.

    8. Raf
      October 29th, 2010 | 11:20 pm

      I don’t think the Yankees are ready to give up on Burnett. At any rate, it’s not like no one knew what to expect with him. Let him pitch his 150+ innings.

      Burnett’s problems predate Eiland; Eiland’s presence or lack thereof, or whatever, wasn’t the reason Burnett had a poor 2010.

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