Aug
17

RAB Exclusive: Hughes pitching with … glasses!

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Long time RAB reader and commentor Adam Puzio (aka Lancer) was down in Allentown today to check out Phil Hughes and the Triple-A Scranton Yanks take on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, and he was kind enough to take a whole bunch of pictures. As you can see, Phil’s rockin’ his new specs on the mound, but considering the results, maybe they’re not all they’re cracked up to be. You can check out of the pics on Adam’s server.

Categories : Minors
  • Manimal

    Well theres the problem…

  • http://www.mvn.com/milb-yankees Ashish Skaria

    Somebody looks like an idiot. Lose the specs dude.

    • Manimal

      Seriously, are contacts not good enough? Only Betemit would get Pink eye from Contacts….

    • eVizions

      If he actually pitched well today, I would say keep ‘em, but since he pitched like shit, I couldn’t agree more. Hughes is no Ricky Vaughn.

  • Guiseppe Franco

    I think Hughes should keep wearing the glasses. It’s a more intimidating look. Well, maybe.

    Kind of like closers who wear ugly-looking goatees or their caps all the way down so the hitter can barely see his eyes.

    Probably has no bearing on how he can throw the ball over the plate, but hey, it’s not like he was having a lot of luck before the injury.

    • Manimal

      The only pitcher with glasses that WAS intimidating was Gagne but that was wayyyy back when.

      • Mike R.

        Don’t forget Rick Vaughn.

        • Manimal

          Wel how could I forget him :D

      • Guiseppe Franco

        There aren’t many players who wear glasses at all. So I wouldn’t expect a long list of pitchers who intimidated with that look.

        Maybe I’m wrong, but didn’t Roy Halladay wear glasses at one point?

        Seems like I remember he did.

        But that mofo would be intimidating on the mound if he wore a clown suit with rainbow colored hair and spraying seltzer at the hitters.

      • Old Ranger

        Bob Turly (’50s – 60s) he wore very thick glasses and hit high (very) 90s. He would sometimes warm up and step to the front of the mound adjust his glasses… then proceed to throw one of his pitches, all the way back to the back stop on the fly. Also, was known to throw inside to guys, at 95+ he was scary and conveniently wild. 27/09?

        • Guiseppe Franco

          I remember the Jays’ closer Tom Henke wore glasses on the mound and he was one of the most underrated closers of his era – perhaps a borderline Hall of Famer if he had pitched in a big market like NY, LA, or Chicago.

          It had nothing to do with his glasses, obviously, but the guy was a great pitcher.

  • Stryker

    aw phil four eyes!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Heh.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Considering the results today, perhaps Phil should leave his glasses at home next week? And as a one-time wearer of these back in my catching days, I’m disappointed that Phil didn’t go the Rec Specs route.

  • Joey H

    if u remember i did ask about his specs.

  • Mike

    2 words:
    KYLE FARNSWORTH.

  • steve

    gotta lose the glasses mr hughes. rock some contacts.

  • Reggie C.

    This dude has got money in the bank. Why doesn’t he just go Lasik and forget about this glasses business. i went under the lazer myself. though the procedure went wrong… i’ve got to monitor my heart rate these days … docs no longer use gamma rays , but the normal kind.

  • JohnC

    Ah Tom Henke, the Terminator. He was a great closer. I will never forget the game in 1985 though in old Exhibition Stadium when the Yanks were down 4-3 in the 9th against Henke, 1 strike away from elimination, and Butch Wynegar hits a game tying homer and the Yanks won in extra innings, only to be eliminated the next day by Doyle Alexander. That same year, Dave Winfield’s grand slam off Henke caps a big rally to beat Toronto 15-14 after the Yanks had blown an 11-4 lead. Always wish they would put that game on Yankees Classics.

  • bill

    Hughes will not be a succcessfull major league pitcher until he develops a consistent changeup to use against lefties. Shit, he isnt even a successfull minor league pitcher right now. I think lefties were batting well over .300 against him this year with a high slugging percentage. If he learned Edwar Ramirez’s circle change, Hughes would be nasty.