• Boomer-Wang?

    Posted by on February 15th, 2013 · Comments (9)

    Via George King -

    Free-agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw off a mound at Billy Connors’ Tampa area home recently and impressed the spring training pitching instructor.

    According to Connors, Wang, who will pitch for Taiwan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, is looking for a major league contract.

    GM Brian Cashman said he hasn’t had contact with Wang’s representatives. However, the club will have scouts watching Wang during the WBC, despite having six candidates for five starting spots.

    Wang, whose Yankees career ended in 2009 after a shoulder problem, pitched for the Nationals last season and was 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA. In seven big-league seasons, the 32-year-old right-hander is 61-32. As a Yankee, he was 55-26. In 2006 and 2007, Wang went a combined 38-13.

    Nice guy and story. But, he’s got nothing left. It’s over.

    Comments on Boomer-Wang?

    1. K-V-C
      February 15th, 2013 | 3:08 pm

      It costs little to go look at him and if he has anything left sign him up!

    2. redbug
      February 15th, 2013 | 3:21 pm

      I’d give him a minor league contract w/ incentives for the majors.

    3. Corey
      February 15th, 2013 | 5:41 pm

      redbug wrote:

      I’d give him a minor league contract w/ incentives for the majors.

      Same. Nothing wrong with that.

      That said, I agree with Steve. He’s looked pretty toast the last 2 seasons so I expect nothing no matter what happens. One of my favorite pitchers all time, though.

    4. Raf
      February 15th, 2013 | 6:53 pm

      redbug wrote:

      I’d give him a minor league contract w/ incentives for the majors.

      Yeah. Can’t blame him for aiming high, though :)

    5. February 15th, 2013 | 7:12 pm

      Why don’t we ask Billy to head over to Nick Johnson’s house and see if he can’t talk him out of retirement.

    6. Corey
      February 16th, 2013 | 12:33 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Why don’t we ask Billy to head over to Nick Johnson’s house and see if he can’t talk him out of retirement.

      Not really the same thing……

    7. Evan3457
      February 16th, 2013 | 12:42 am

      Corey wrote:

      Joseph Maloney wrote:
      Why don’t we ask Billy to head over to Nick Johnson’s house and see if he can’t talk him out of retirement.
      Not really the same thing……

      Probably close to the same thing, but, what the heck. No harm in scouting him. Or signing him to a minor league deal, if it comes to that.

    8. natcol
      February 16th, 2013 | 1:40 am

      If you look into Wang’s PITCH f/x data for last September, you will find he’s back to his top form of 2008. In the 113 sinker pitches he made, the speed, vertical movement and rotational speed are all in par with his best in 2008.

      Unfortunately, the much ridiculed wild pitches he made in the beginning of the relief outings overshadowed his solid performances. In fact, if his Nats award winning teammate did not lose the flyout to the sun, and the umpires can be more accurate (check his called strike zone last Sept. to get amazed), he might have had a monthly ERA less than 3 in 8.2 MLB innings.

      According to WBC rules, Wang will make less than 65 pitches to a team with 2A-level playes. It seems to me that the Yankee scouting in WBC is unnecessary. Rewinding his video on mound last Sept. and watching carefully will make much more sense.

    9. Corey
      February 16th, 2013 | 10:40 am

      @ natcol:
      Did you see him pitch last year or the year before? The Pitch f/x data may say hes got the same speed and movement, but the effort in his delivery is way different. On the Yanks Wang hada free and easy delivery, the last 2 years it looked like he was trying to throw it through the catcher.

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