Hey Yankees! Why not bring back Ron Guidry?

Seriously! Why not?
He’s left handed.
He’s a great Yankee.
He’s won big games.

And like Andy Pettitte, he didn’t pitch a single inning in 2011.
If the Yankees are bringing back players for purely sentimental reasons, why not Louisiana Lightning?

Cashman needed to make the rotation younger, and what better sign of that than a pitcher who will turn 40 this season and the team already gave a big send off?

I have already written about this subject this year
. The Yankees and their fans can’t say good bye to their team. That’s why players return to the Yankees over and over again.

But if you are going to let sentimentality rule, why not let Guidry have a shot?

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Pettitte to retire? Now Cashman’s failure is complete

One of the most disastrous off season in recent Yankee history will reach its mindboggling conclusion.
The Yankees, in desperate need for pitching depth and starters who can eat innings, are going to enter spring training with a worse rotation than the one they had last year and a pitcher in Bartolo Colon who can evidently eat everything EXCEPT innings.
And who can blame him? He doesn’t have a lot to play for. He has his rings, his fortune, his adoration of New York fans and his integrity for actually saying “Yeah, I used the stuff.”
And that admission will probably end whatever slim Hall of Fame hopes he had so why not stay home and retire the way Mike Mussina did? Still a good pitcher and not embarrassing himself.
But Cashman and company can not POSSIBLY spin this into a good winter.
With the Yankees you ASSUME your own stars will come back.
Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter returning doesn’t make this a positive winter.
And now one of the key parts and links to the championship years are gone.
Pettitte was the middle square on the bingo card for the rotation. You ASSUMED he was going to be there. Add in Cliff Lee and you have CC Sabathia, Pettitte and Lee… BOOM! The A.L. Pennant is won.
Now, the Yankees will have A. J. Burnett as the #3 starter. Ivan Nova at #4. And the “Hey we were good in 2005” bunch for #5.
Plus a bullpen with Rivera, Rafael Soriano (with 2 elbow surgeries in the last few years) and the artist formerly known as Joba Chamberlain.

How the Yankees with their budget and prestige and near lock on a post season berth whiffed so badly in building up their rotation is nothing short of amazing.

And, as Subway Squawker Lisa Swan pointed out, Hal Steinbrenner has offered Brian Cashman a vote of confidence, which must be as reassuring as Michael’s kiss of Fredo.

At this point I am not even sure a World Series victory will save Brian Cashman’s job.
They don’t have the prospects to trade for a big pitcher.
And there is nobody left on the market.

The music stopped and the Yankees are left without a seat.

Not that I am gloating.

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I hate to say "I told you so"… no wait! I LOVE saying "I told you so"

10 days ago I wrote a blog post… basically calling Joe Girardi’s pitching rotation for the ALCS insane.

I thought that lining up the rotation so Sabathia would not be available to pitch Game 7, flip flopping Hughes and Pettitte so Andy faced Cliff Lee and throwing A. J. Burnett in Game 4 gave the Rangers a clear and almost unfair advantage in Games 3, 4 and 7.

In other words, Girardi had set up the rotation so the Yankees had no margin for error in Games 1, 2, 5 and 6.

I said that Sabathia needed to throw games 1, 4 and 7. (Spare me the “he’s tired” act. He had thrown 6 innings over 2 weeks.)

They needed Pettitte to throw game 2 (because he was their second best option) and start A. J. Burnett against Cliff Lee (consolidating their miserable match ups).

Hughes (available for bullpen work in Games 1 and 2) would be on full rest for Game 5… Pettitte 6 and Sabathia 7th.

Instead they sent out the mismatched 3 and 4 games and lost by a combination of 18-3 in those two games.

The fact that the Yankees were outscored 31-6 in the four losses shows that the pitching kinda sorta favored the Yankees.

It didn’t have to be that bad.

I told them so.

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