"Because its the impression I got of you from your posts in seasons past."
< Not to be an @ss, but you are the one who claimed Mo was done and has had some very bandwagon like comments.
That's just the impression I have gotten :-)
the problem is, anytime you hand hughes something he takes a gigantic dump all over it.
after showing some great stuff in his first turn with the Yankees, including notching the only win after he bailed out Clemens in a playoff game, he was handed a spot in the rotation. He finished the year 0-4 with an ERA over 6.
He was given another chance to start in 2009, and went 3-2 with an ERA of 5.45. He had to beg to remain on the team, and actually showed alot of stuff out of the BP
He was great in the first half of 2010 but unraveled after his blown save in the ASG and had a mediocre second half.
And then last season he was just god awful.
So no, i don't think he should be handed anything. He's been handed a rotation spot several times, and he's squandered every one of them. Maybe we don't give up on a 25 y/o quite yet, but it's time he show's that he can pitch for the Yankees or there's 3 other teams after Burnett who would love him
the Yankees' F.O. are caught in their own web of spinning the UEBER-HYPE of Phenom Phil, the man SURE to be our ace for > 10 years
now, they have to backtrack, BACKTRACK, **BACKTRACK** on their predictions -- and it's a bitter pill for them to swallow, so they give him chance after chance, even tho' he hasn't EARNED it
I agree he's definately be our # 1 starter in a year or two....all he needs to do is add 5 MPH to his fastball, add some movement to it and develop 3 more quality pitches that he can locate in any count.
This guy is NOTHING special, contrary to popular belief spawned by the Yankee public relations department and soaked up by naive fans.