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April 24, 2007

Hughes Facing Long Odds - Because Of His Age

What do Jose Rijo (1984), Don Johnson (1947), Bill Stafford (1960), Gene Nelson (1981) and Ray Keating (1912) have in common?

These five are the only Yankees in history to make 5+ starts in a season (for New York) during a year where they started the season as a 20-year old (or younger).

What do Jose Rijo (1984), Hank Johnson (1925), Don Johnson (1947), and Bill Stafford (1960) have in common?

These four are the only Yankees in history to throw 50+ innings in a season (for New York) during a year where they started the season as a 20-year old (or younger).

However, there's never been a pitcher in New York Yankees history to have a season of 9+ games started or (not "and" - it's "or") a season where he's thrown 68+ IP during a year where he started the season as a 20-year old (or younger).

Therefore, if Phil Hughes makes 9+ starts for the Yankees this season - or - if Hughes throws 68+ innings this year for New York - it will be a record for someone under the age of twenty-one.

I don't think he's going to do it. And, that's no knock on his talent...it's just based on his age and inexperience.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 24, 2007 10:33 AM

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He won't do it because the Yanks rotation will stabilize with Wang, Moose, Pettitte, Clemens, and er, um, ah, Karstens, um Rasner, er, Igawa, oh, a trade.

And dancing unicorns will bring us all lollipop trees.

Hughes in '08.

Posted by: rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2007 11:00 AM

LOL - I'm not going to point out the obvious because I think bailey will do a much better job than I will.

Posted by: JJay [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2007 11:09 AM

Bert Blyleven, Dwight Gooden and Fernando Venezuela wish to have a word with you.

Posted by: Ben K. [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2007 01:04 PM

Ben - I'll talk to them right after you speak to Dave Rozema, Rick Ankiel, and Mike Witt.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2007 01:19 PM

Okay, this is a bit of a shallow point but...

I think Hughes needs to have a cool number. The way Jeter was given #2 because... somebody just knew...

Does anyone know what he number was in spring training?

the lower the better I think, although if Guidry would like to loan him #49 that would suffice :-)

Posted by: JeterReggieGuidry [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2007 02:36 PM

~~~Does anyone know what he number was in spring training?~~~

65.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2007 03:41 PM