Freakin’ finally: Here’s Britton

16-0 looks ugly no matter what
Game 132: Hanging in the balance

I’m surprised we didn’t find this earlier. Buried at the bottom of Tyler Kepner’s game story:

The Yankees recalled the right-hander Chris Britton after the game. They needed a fresh pitcher after Sean Henn allowed nine runs on Monday.

Congratulations, Chris. You’ve overcome all the odds. Now languish in the bullpen like all of the other pitchers not in the circle of trust.

16-0 looks ugly no matter what
Game 132: Hanging in the balance
  • NYFan50

    I can’t remember where I heard it now, but I recall reading recently that Britton had some kind of incident with Torre in spring training. Wish I could remember where I saw that.

    • Joseph P.

      Various people on message boards have been spreading that rumor. It’s completely unfounded, though (not necessarily false, but unfounded).

    • NYFan50

      It’s also possible that was just conjecture. I just can’t remember where I read it.

  • Wordekemper = Wizard

    Something like that might explain it, but I’m wondering if there is a reason in his options, like he can only get sent back one more time and we lose him. Waiting to use him makes a little sense if that is true rather than being forced to pull the plug on him mid-season. Anybody know?

  • dan

    i think he can be sent up and down at will. theyve done it with henn all year this year and a few times in years past.

  • Mike A.

    Britton has 1 option left after this year. You can only use 1 option a year, regardless of how many times a player goes up & down. Britton already used up his option for this year when he was called up earlier, so he’s free to go up & down as many times as the team wants.

    Henn’s out of options next year, so he either has to make the club out of Spring Training or be placed on irrevocable waivers (whoever claims him gets him, no chance to pull him back) before going to the minors. Since he’s lefthanded & breathing, I suspent someone will claim him.

  • zack

    I assume you all noticed the article with it about Hughes and his velocity? So its not like the Yankees don’t notice it. A few blogs around these parts (I won’t name names) have literally been burying Hughes and capping his ceiling…

    • NYFan50

      Some blogs (and I think we both know which…) you have to take with a grain of salt. Some ‘fans’ seem like they root more against the team than for it.

    • dan
      • Mike A.

        Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see Hughes add 3 MPH to the fastball that he has now…I’m just not sold that it’s going to ever happen.

        Steve’s really starting to get on my nerves with hack comments like that. I forgot how highly fucking uncommon it is for a 21 yr old to add 2-3 mph on his fastball. Completely unheard of. Never happens.


        • Adam A

          To be honest Mike, even if Hughes doesn’t add any speed to his fastball, I’m not sure it’ll matter.

          I think the kid’s good, and will be great.

          • rbizzler

            Concern over Phil’s fastball right now is ridiculous. He is a 21 year-old kid, coming off of multiple leg injuries that kept him out for three months. He is not exactly a classic ‘drop and drive’ guy ala Clemens, but he is a power pitcher none the less, so leg strength is going to be an issue with all of the time off that he has had.

            The biggest naysayers will be the first to hop on the bandwagon, when Hughes puts it all together.

            • Mike A.

              Agreed. The knee-jerking has reached unprecedented levels.

              • dan p

                What did these idiots have to talk about before MPH were shown in parks and on TV?

        • zack

          Eh, I learned to ignore Steve L. and his Hughes naysaying awhile ago. He decided from day one to play the role of negative nancy, so let him have his fun. He’ll eat crow sooner or later. Of course, almost all of the people who seem to be frothing at the mouth to bury Hughes for some reason will most likely somehow change their tune mysteriously…

  • Thomas

    “circle of trust”…I think you have blown this way out of proportion. Torre has used Joba from the get go. Used Henn, Ramirez, Vizcaino, even Karstens. All these are new to the bullpen this year.

    And to tell you the truth, there should be some level of trust established before giving the ball in a tough situation to some newcomer, even if they did well in AAA.

    • Mike A.

      Heh, I lobbied Joe to edit the post to say Circle of Trustâ„¢

    • zack

      The circle of trust is most definitely NOT blown out of proportion. Its why Viz warms up in blowouts, why Farnsworth continued to be thrown out there (bafflingly), why Edwar rotted on the bench, why Britton, when called up for the first game of a doubleheader just so he could pitch and save the BP, sat on the bench while Proctor pitched AGAIN, yadda yadda yadda…And that’s just THIS season.

      I think what you are seeing is Cashman finally just overriding Joe’s habits, which really should be a sign Torre isn’t long for this job. When your manager can’t be trusted to run the team day to day, what point does he have?

  • Marc


    Joe didnt use Edwar for a month!

  • JohnnyC

    Zack, could it be Joe’s no longer in Cashman’s “circle of trust”? As Michael Kay would say, “Isn’t it ironic?”

  • Luddy Bazcej

    I suspect the big issue with using Britton is due to some conditioning concern.

    Regarding Torre’s circle of trust, I think if you are young and you pitch consistently well from the get go, you will be trusted out there in the tough spots. If you dont, or if Guidry or Torre sees something they dont care for, then you wont.

    Ramirez has alot of hype coming up but I dont think hes lived up to it. You cant blame Torre for his mixed results. Hes had more than 1 chance to show what he can do.

    Joba on the other hand came up and pitched very well, and I dont think Torre has a second thought about using him in a tight spot.

    • John

      Joe has used Joba, but Joba looks and acts like an ace pitcher. Perception is everything with Torre, so if Torre looks at Britton, sees an overweight ball player and remembers the Yanks hammering him last season that’s enough to prevent Britton from seeing any playing time.
      Results don’t matter to Joe, just appearances.

  • Luddy Bazcej

    John I think theres something to that, but if he has a few good outings from the get go, I think he can establish himself in the pen. If you are 280 and can get people out who cares?

    Wells was a physical mess when he played for us but pitched pretty well at the time. Perhaps Joe took something away from that experience that gives him an aversion to Britton.

  • brxbmrs


    I don’t think Torre remembers much of anything, except when his endorsement checks are due.

    He’s the same guy a few years ago who thought Wang was a junkballer and had a 88 mph fb and said he never saw him pitch – eventhough Wang pitched for Torre at spring training that year.

    I think the reason with Britton is probably that his out pitch is an 84 mph slider(?) (Yanks are power pitcher obsessed b\c the best of those make our old, broken down and overrated lineup look exactly that) – Britton seemed to be throwing that alot when he was up earlier this year – that and Torre’s general resisitance to giving anyone other than a “proven veteran” a real chance.

    Cash showed me something with getting rid of Proc and Meyers and forcing Torre’s hand with Joba and Edwar.

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  • Barry

    Joe needs to put the personal shit or feelings aside and do what he needs to do to win ball games. If the yankees don’t go to the playoffs this year I will be extremely disappointed.

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