So Long, A.J.

February 17th, 2012 by Jane Heller

Well, he’s a Pirate. Not officially – there’s a physical scheduled for Sunday, I believe – but A. J. won’t be in the Yankees rotation anymore. I wish we’d gotten more out of the deal than a couple of low-level prospects, but whatever.

Now that he’s gone, I’m kind of sad. Who will be the new pie guy? I’d give the job to Swisher, but it really needs to go to a pitcher. Maybe Joba?

By all accounts, the players enjoyed having A.J. has a teammate (Nova, especially), and he did pitch a few spectacular games. I also have a fond memory of his participation in HOPE Week when he stayed up all night to hang out with the kids who can’t be out in the sun/daylight. And I wouldn’t be shocked if he throws a no-hitter as a Pirate; he does have the stuff.

The pressure in the Bronx now falls on the shoulders of Phil Hughes, in my opinion. Will he finally take his spot as the Prospect-Who-Made-Good? I sure hope so.



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5 Responses to “So Long, A.J.”

  1. Jeff says:

    As long as they don’t have to wait until Ian Kennedy becomes a free agent (wouldn’t THAT be a trip!) I think the Yanks will be fine as far as starting pitching goes. AJ had his moments, yes, but he’s been weighing the team down a while with that unpredictable arm/attitude.

  2. Jane Heller says:

    Haha, Jeff, about Ian Kennedy. I’m glad he’s done so well in the NL, but that’s probably where he should stay.

  3. Spazgoesyard says:

    If Joba claims the pie guy moniker I hope he is more accurate with them than his fastball, otherwise the on field reporter will have a hefty cleaning bill.

  4. Jane Heller says:

    I think Joba should concentrate on healing from surgery, Spazgoesyard. Maybe the pie job should go to Stevie Donahue, the trainer, in case somebody gets the shaving cream in his eyes.

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