Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Like the stock market bubble, the housing bubble, the bond bubble, the precious metals bubble, Alan Greenspan's prostate problems and Trump's flip-flop on supporting the official GOP nominee, nobody could have seen this one coming

Pardon the references to the financial markets, but now that I'm retired I spend much of the day following the markets and "managing" my pitifully inadequate retirement account. (The Trump reference was just something I couldn't resist.)
Anyway....Wallace Matthews laid it out on ESPN, and even though he works at the Gammonite Rezidentura, you can't fault his accuracy but you can -- oh, brother, can you ever -- fault the decision-making process of the Yankees:
If it was based strictly on the numbers, the New York Yankees' fifth starter competition would have been no contest. 
Bryan Mitchell, with a 2-0 spring training record and 0.61 ERA in 14 2/3 innings, would have been the hands-down winner. 
But as many suspected, the contest really was decided by other numbers, such as years of service, World Series rings, Cy Young Awards and yes, zeroes on the paycheck. 
So while the 24-year-old Mitchell will be coming north with the Yankees when they break camp this weekend -- manager Joe Girardi said "he'll be with us, one way or the other" -- the No. 5 starter's job Mitchell was supposedly competing for along with Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia has apparently been won by Sabathia.

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