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    by Published on 07-20-12 12:25 PM

    Tommy John pitched eight seasons for the New York Yankees and won 91 games for the team with a winning percentage over .600. He also won three of his five Yankee post season decisions. Since then, several Yankee pitchers have had the surgery that is named after him. A website celebrating its fifth anniversary is honoring John as the first inductee into the Hall of Very Good. The site has been celebrating its five years with five weeks of guest posts called “HOVG Heroes.” The climax of that series was inducting the site’s first member. If you have–like so many of us–fond memories of Tommy John as a Yankee, check it out.

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    by Published on 07-20-12 10:45 AM

    Writing this post after writing a couple of weeks ago that Freddy Garcia could surprise us is a bit humbling. And to that commenter who responded to that post about when pigs fly, aces, dude, aces. Let’s face it, Garcia’s last two game scores were 44 and 39 respectively. He has thrown 203 pitches in just ten and two-thirds innings. In those innings, he has allowed fourteen hits and seven walks for a hefty WHIP of 1.97. Those numbers are cringe-worthy. His strikeout rate is up but the truth of the matter is that Garcia does not scare anyone or fool that many batters. Having a weak link as your fifth starter while Andy Pettitte nurses his broken ankle is not an overly big deal. The fifth starter around baseball is a wasteland. Garcia might even be better than most fifth starters. But it is difficult to watch. And the thing is, he might not be the Yankees’ best option.

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