Apr
20

Positive report from Hughes’s first workout

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For anyone looking for the latest on Phil Hughes throwing a baseball, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York has a tidbit on his first throwing session. According to Larry Rothschild, relayed through Joe Girardi, Hughes “had some life on the ball when he was long tossing.” I’m not sure exactly how one shows life during long tosses, and the PR skeptic in me thinks this is just Rothschild saying what people want to hear. He probably could have said, “It’s tough to tell anything from one long toss session,” but that’s not going to sate anyone’s hunger for updates on the situation.

If you’re a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, you can get a further glimpse into Rothschild’s personality in his Q&A with David Laurila. He comes off as a humble man, but he also clearly watches his words with the media. That only further plays into my skepticism of his report on Hughes. He also makes some general statements on how stats have affected his job, which is probably the most interesting part of the interview.

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  • daddy

    joba: and you guys were worried about my weight.

    • Mike HC

      What, did you wake up today and decide to mess around with Yankee fans?

      ha, comment was kind of funny though, not that I want to encourage this type of yankee hating behavior.

      • Sabermetrically Challenged

        mets have the worst record, we can always joke about them

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Who are the Mets? :D

  • Sabermetrically Challenged

    If only being pretty helped you pitch well….

  • A.D.

    Pretty sure Wang looked good when he was coming back, that hasn’t panned out

  • Steve P

    Did you guys see this article in ESPN the magazine a few months ago? It dealt with how certain pitchers who had high velocity in HS or College suddenly lost it in the minors or in the majors. They seemed to think that those pitchers stopped using long toss programs that they had done while their velocity was high. I wish I could remember when it was so I could link to it.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

      I’ve seen a fair amount of articles and arguments along these lines. It jibes with what we’re told when we’re younger, that the best way to build arm strength is to long toss.

  • reed

    no one picked up on the fact that hughes one arms the ball man.
    please tell me why nobody tells rothschild to correct that before hughes needs tommy john surgery. somebody do something!!!!!!

  • Neil

    The Yankee organization puts out more propaganda then the US government. It would have been refreshing to hear Rothschild say you can’t tell much from long tossing. That’s why it’s so great to have Cone back in the booth. Some unfiltered commentary from a pitcher who knew how to pitch.

  • Dan

    Some more details on the topic:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....Id=rss_nyy