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10 September 2010 @ 08:09 pm
For the first time in my short sport entertainment career (3 years), I finally got to work a big game. Last night Pettitte rehabbed with the Trenton Thunder. Preeeeetttty amazing stuff. Very chaotic and the most intense night of my life, but so much fun. It really added to what has been an amazing start to a great start to the Eastern League Playoff. BUT the entire thing brought up a good question: Is it fair for major league players to rehab during minor league playoffs? From the coverage of the game I've read, a lot of the players for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats have called foul on Pettitte's start; one went as far as saying it was a shameless move by the Yankees. On one hand, I understand where that feeling is coming from since it did put the Thunder at a possible advantage seeing how there was no need to worry about managing the bullpen. On the other, there is no way to predict how the game would have gone because Pettitte could have easily pitched his 4-innings and given up 12 runs.

My personal feelings on it is that the minors is about player development more than anything, yes, but with all the moves that happen, there is no way to really complain about the ones that favor a team. There are so many moves up and down that someone is going to have an advantage in a good system. For example, take the Yankee affiliate in Scranton: their playoff rotation came mostly from the Thunder by the way of September call-ups. It's the same rotation that won the Thunder the Eastern Division. On the same turn, the Blue Jays farm system, of which the Fisher Cats are a part of, has kept players who deserve to move up (and have even sent down) for the chance of winning a minor league championship. Of course, Pettitte is a bit different since he his arguably one of the best lefties in the game, but I still do not believe you can take a win away from a team because of a rehab ('specially when only one run was scored and that was on a walk-off solo bomb in the 12th).

What are your thoughts on it? Should MLB players be able to rehab during MiLB playoffs? Is it right? Does it even matter?
Danielletwinsfan33 on September 11th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
I don't have a problem with major leaguers rehabbing during the playoffs. I can understand where people might get miffed, but I mean, it's just another function that the minors serve.

I can appreciate the craziness you must have had in your pressbox; Strasburg pitched a game here with the Syracuse Chiefs and it was an absolute madhouse.
ensign_beedrill on September 11th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
I think you're right. I'm sure there are a number of players in the minors right now who are major league material, but aren't there for any number of reasons. There certainly are plenty in the minor leagues who've played at least a few games in the majors.

And one player does not make a team. I guess that argument doesn't hold as much water when the player in question is a pitcher, but it's still true. You can win a lot of games on the shoulders of one good player, but you really need a good team to win playoffs. I mean... look at the Cavaliers when they had LeBron. And how many championships did they win? Right.
Kristen: .:baseball: grassbanoodles on September 11th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
I think that they should because on the flip side, is it fair that a player won't be able to rehab BECAUSE it's the playoffs? Like you said, the minors are basically for player development. Not that they aren't important, but it's basically where you fine tune your chops before movin' on up, if you're so lucky.

So I say yes.
Ashley: beckham: buntingavecvu on September 11th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Well, okay. The whole point of the minor league system, essentially, is to build players who will be able to cut it in the majors. If minor league players cannot hold their own against a major league pitcher who is coming back from an injury and therefore probably not playing at 100%, then I think the team has bigger problems than facing the major league pitcher in the first place.

In any case, I was only vaguely aware that the minor leagues even had playoffs, so... no, I don't think it matters.
Lily: Yankees -- Andylady_lilith on September 11th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
I was thinking about this when they were talking about Andy's start and I posed the question to myself. The only sticking point I had was:

Imagine you are a hitter in AA. You are standing at the plate. And Andy flippin' Pettitte is standing on the mound. Sure you're being prepared for the majors someday, but you're in AA right now. And that's ANDY flippin' PETTITTE! You are nervous. You are ten times more nervous than if it was any other AA pitcher right up to if it were (college phenom) Matt Purke starting his career. No one has ever put "future Hall of Famer" in front of any AA pitcher's name while he was in AA. Now, you need to hit. Off Andy flippin' Pettitte. But keep calm and wait for your pitch.

Is that fair? I don't think so.
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