The Joba Rules & The 4 Man Rotation

So in one of the Sunday papers someone wrote a letter with the follow observation: Little League pitchers who are 10 and under are allowed to throw 75 pitches. 11 year olds can throw 85. If a player throws more than 61 pitches he has to wait three days.

We’re told that poor fragile joba will melt if he throws too much and needs to be “conditioned.” Ok fine.

While the Yankees are conditioning him (by throwing 75 to 77 pitches) why not condition him to throw every fourth day? For years and years and years pitchers were able to throw in a four man rotation. No really. Guys did this for twenty year careers!

When I was a lad pitchers were able to throw complete games! No, really! Pitchers would regularly throw 7, 8 sometimes even 9 innings. If you had an ERA over 3 you weren’t that good and if you had an ERA over 4 you “sucked.” No, really – look it up.

So how about it Yankees? Have him throw every fourth day and just announce that it was the plan all along!

Yeah NYers Are Tough – We Boo The %#$% Sun

This is just too funny not to comment on.

In the 5th inning of the Yankees-Royals game at Yankee Stadium on Monday, with the temperature in the mid 90’s, a cloud passed in front of the sun, at which point the crowd cheered the brief respit.

When the cloud moved, and the sun came back out, the crowd responded by doing what New York crowds do – they booed loudly.

Yankee fans have a reputation for being quite obnoxious at times (I was there when they booed the Canadian National Anthem) – but this is classicly funny.

Junior Joins Babe, Hank, & Willie (oh yeah – and 2 other guys too)

Congratulations to Ken Griffey, Jr. who hit his 600th career home run tonight in Florida – cause we know that Junior reads the Mets Police.

A few thoughts on Junior hitting this milestone:

– Take a look at the “crowd” at Dolphins Stadium. This is a team that is in contention (in 2nd place, 4 games back) with the possibility of seeing an historic home run, yet the announced attendance was only 16,003. Yes it was a Monday game, but still, it’s yet another example that baseball in south florida cannot work – at least not in that stadium and not in Miami either.

– The steroid era – which MLB and Bud Selig are as equally complicit as the players that took them – has truly diminished how special an accomplishment that hitting 600 homeruns is. MLB has tried to change that by ignoring the accomplishments of Bonds and Sosa when they promoting Griffey’s march towards 600 – something that only makes them look even worse.

– Griffey does become the first non-tainted player to reach this milestone and it should only enhance how good a player he has been over the last 20 years. He will probably end his career in the neighnorhood of 650 and will be the subject of countless debates over what might have been had he stayed healthy