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The Yankees: the worst case scenario Part II

Feb 4, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

On Tuesday Andrew from NYaT imagined what it would look like if every bat in the Yankee lineup went sideways.  Yesterday he moved on to the pitchers:

CC Sabathia: What it would look like: Alex Fernandez after Marlins won the 1997 World Series. In December of 1996,
the Florida Marlins General Manager Dave Dombrowski brought a big free
agent starter to the Marlins in Alex Fernandez. In his last year in
Chicago (where he was a workhorse), Fernandez made 35 starts, pitching
258 innings, and in his first season in Florida, he pitched 220.2
innings plus the playoffs. The Marlins won their World Series but
Fernandez couldn’t handle the pressure on his arm. He missed the 1998
season, and, despite winning Comeback Player of the Year in 1999, he was out of baseball after 2000.

Andrew then proceeds to run down just how much mileage is on CC’s arm.  It’s a lot. More than I realized, actually.  I’d be more worried about it if Sabathia wasn’t freakin’ huge, however, which I suspect allows him to do things most other pitchers can’t. But like Andrew says, this is an exercise in imagining the worst, so let’s allow our imaginations to run free, shall we?

  1. Jonny5 - Feb 4, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    What if???????????? Ahhh, what if…… Bret Favre became a pitcher instead of a Q.B.????? Just imagine it…… His durability would really come in handy , and his arm obviously has the strength…… Just imagine………
    Anyway, I don’t see C.C. breaking anytime soon. Like you said, He’s a bear with Nair, Huge!!!

  2. YankeesfanLen - Feb 4, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Guess the beauty of this lies in the fact that two or three of these things will happen. And that always leads to a creative, or at least passable solution through minor leagues or routine trades.
    Remember, there’s only about $150M worth of talent on the field at any point, we have KC and the Pirates at the ready. And the Universe doesn’t like playing in cold weather.

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