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The Yankees on making Joba and Phil super relievers: "No (bleeping) way"

Feb 4, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

That idea from Dave Pinto from this morning? That one about making Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes 100-inning a piece relievers, thereby allowing the team to have a 10-man staff and add a bench player or two? Well, Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll asked someone in the Yankees front office about it:

Pinto (@statsguru) mentions Yankees going with 10 pitchers. Talk with “high level source” said “no bleeping way.” Too bad.


  1. YX - Feb 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    It is always better to fail the conventional way than the original way.

  2. excatcher - Feb 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    So we’ve verified that the idea makes sense, then.

  3. Dan Whitney - Feb 4, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    YX, it’s always better to screw up by the book than stick your neck out there.
    Craig, commendable use of tags as always.

  4. JBerardi - Feb 4, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    A major league club refuses to consider being even slightly creative in the way it deploys it’s pitchers? Shocking!

  5. YX - Feb 5, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    This actually makes sense. Whatever advantage they gain by doing this probably not worth the risk of adverse reaction in case something went wrong, even if caused by completely unrelated reason.

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