Open Thread: Humberto Sanchez

Yankees eyeing two more Cuban defectors
Sanchez makes winter ball debut

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years already, but after the 2006 season the Yankees dumped Gary Sheffield on the Tigers, receiving three minor league pitchers in return. The headliner for the Yankees was the Dominican Republic-born and New York City-raised righty Humberto Sanchez, who Baseball America would rank as the 57th best prospect in the game just a few months later. Unfortunately, he never delivered on that promise.

A few weeks after Baseball America’s rankings came out, Sanchez went down with a torn elbow ligament in Spring Training and had Tommy John surgery. A prolonged rehab kept him on the shelf until the second half of the 2008 season. After 14.2 minor league innings across three levels, Sanchez got his first taste of the big leagues, allowing one run in two innings as a September call-up. The Yankees released Sanchez in April 2009 but quickly re-signed him to a minor league pact. He never resurfaced as a Major Leaguer, and two years ago today, the Yankees officially cut ties with the one affectionately known as Hungry Hungry Humberto. Two years and 364 days after the trade, he’d been released for good.

Unable to land a job with one of the 30 clubs, Sanchez headed to Asia for the 2010 season, signing with the since renamed La New Bears of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He returned to the States this past season with the independent Camden River Sharks, though he also pitched for a pair of Mexican League teams. Now 28, Humberto gave the Yankees just 50.1 minor league innings and eight big league batters faced following the trade. Prospects eh? They’ll break your heart time and time again.

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Here is tonight’s open thread. The Rangers are the only local sports team team in action, but I trust that you folks will find ways to occupy yourselves. Talk about anything you like here, the thread is yours.

Yankees eyeing two more Cuban defectors
Sanchez makes winter ball debut
  • RRRRRRandy

    I consider this the “Glory Days”.

    Along with the debuts of Colter Bean and TJ Beam.

    • Phife Dawg

      Dont forget about Chase Wright, Sean Henn, and Matt DeSalvo.

      Holy crap were they awful.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Ugh. I hated Sean Henn.

      • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

        Wright got “rewarded” for a solid spring training effort with a callup from AA which led to him giving up the saddest back-to-back-to-back HRs to the Red Sox I’ve ever seen. With rewards like that….

        I rooted for Disalvo to be serviceable and thought he was going to hang on, but it never happened. Henn is what used to pass for a Yankee pitching prospect, but injury probably led to the team never seeing what the somewhat-big deal was.

        • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily,com Alex Taffet

          Haha it was back-to-back-to-back-to-back. You missed one.

          • SteveD

            seriously. how the hell does that even happen? you would think after back to back maybe keep things away for a batter. let alone another 2. sickening.

            • Jesse

              I nearly threw up after those homers.

              DeSalvo, Henn, and Wright were putrid. I’m glad the Yankees have focused more on developing pitching rather than always depending on FA’s. Sure it’s not a guarantee that the guys down on the farm will pan out, but there’s promise.

            • JohnnyC

              Small Sample Size. 4 batters. Come on, give the kid a break.

              /agent for CJ Wilson

  • Mike HC

    St. John’s Red Storm vs. Lehigh also on tonight. ESPN2.

  • mbonzo

    Speaking of the Sheffield trade, do you think Whelan makes the major league roster in 2012? He seems like a good fit to replace Ayala.

  • Urban

    I see a quote from Jorge at some event tonight that he sees zero chance of a return to the Yankees and is now considering between retirement or playing for another team.

    I think he plays elsewhere. He’s a man who is not ready to call it quits.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped in the Winter League.

    • YankeesJunkie

      For realz! That is terrible

      • Thomas Cassidy

        Four gunmen grabbed him from outside his house in Venezuela.

  • Robert

    They never gave guys like Sanchez,Clippard and Chris Gracia a real chance in the big leagues . Relief pitchers some times they struggle, look at Robertson .

    • JohnnyC

      Considering all the injuries that Sanchez and Garcia had, how were the Yankees supposed to give them a “real chance”? It’s difficult to throw a baseball when various limbs are in casts.

    • Thomas Cassidy

      Clippard had a chance. He wasn’t very good. Garcia and Sanchez were never healthy. They did everything right.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      revisionist history…Clippard, like Ohlendorf and Karstens, had plenty of opportunities…they just stunk in NY.

      • Kosmo

        Clippard had all of 6 appearances for the Yanks. I wouldn´t consider that much of anything.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    damn…i was pretty excited about this trade. dumping sheffield and getting some young arms. But it just didn’t work out…

  • Robert

    Rumor on twitter is that if Joe PA is out they fear riots in state Collage.

    • Jesse

      I don’t give a fuck about the riots (of course they’re not ideal) but it has to be done. Joe Pa has to go.

      • jon

        I really dont understand how anyone can support the guy

    • The Big City of Dreams

      An ESPN reporter was hit in the head with a rock.

  • Plank
    • Jesse

      I laughed during the bear cardboard cutout bit.

  • Benjamin

    I remember the Daily News running a daily column right around this time basically entitled “Who the hell is this guy”, profiling the latest future insurance salesman coming out of the bullpen that night. Anyone else remember Tim Redding’s moment in the sun?

  • Pat D

    I have been to State College a few times. The streets are narrow and can be blocked off easily.

    Seeing some of this footage, and hearing this guy on ESPN in the middle of it, if some of these kids lose their minds, all hell is going to break loose.

  • Elmgrovegnome

    Anyone here believe that Humberto Sanchez was damaged goods and the Tigers knew it?

    • Jesse


      But, yeah, it could have been a possibility. And it can also be a possibility that the Braves are thinking the same thing with Jurrjens.

      • Kosmo

        Teams are not going to trade for damage goods. MRIs and physicals are normal preconditions in this day and age.

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    Since this is an open thread and probably no one will read this, I will say it anyway. Here is the thing. Did you know that Bucky Harris the manager from 46 to 48 thought that Yogi was too awkward looking to be a catcher. So he had him for four years playing outfield sometimes and mostly on the bench until Casey Stengel arrived in 1949.

    • BigDavey88

      Don’t worry buddy! I read it!