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Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 9, 2010 at 12:44:51 PM

Phil Hughes wasn’t supposed to be a pitcher at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California. He was a third baseman, a superb athlete who felt awkward while growing into his changing body as a freshman. Hughes had excruciating pain in his right elbow, the residue of expanding bones, ligaments and joints on a collision course.

Then, in a random summer game before Hughes started his sophomore year, his high school team needed some pitchers. A coach asked Hughes if he could help. Hughes quickly agreed to devour a few innings. A pitching career was born.
“All of a sudden, he started pitching,” said Gary Fishel, one of Hughes’s high school coaches. “All of a sudden, we realized that we had to watch this guy.”

Now the baseball world is watching Hughes.

Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 5, 2010 at 02:18:13 PM

When Brian Cashman sat in CC Sabathia’s home 22 months ago, the Yankees’ general manager offered him a massive free agent contract and a tremendous opportunity. If Sabathia signed with the Yankees, Cashman told him, he could be the man to help guide them to multiple championships.

“I wasn’t leaving that house without a deal,” Cashman recalled. “It was like recruiting a player for college. You don’t leave without knowing you’ve got the player.”

Cashman got the player, got one of the best pitchers in baseball for $161 million. In Sabathia’s first year with the Yankees, they also snagged a championship. Now, as the Yankees prepare for Game 1 of the Division Series against the Twins Wednesday night, Sabathia is the big man on campus

Posted by: Jack Curry on May 25, 2010 at 11:13:47 AM

Admit it. You wanted to see Joe Mauer in a Yankee uniform. You thought about it. If you are a hopeful Yankee fan, you probably thought about it a lot. How sweet would it have been to have Mauer catching for the Yankees in 2011? I know fans fantasized about that incredible possibility.

Even with Jorge Posada signed through next season and even with a bevy of talented young catchers behind him in Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero and Austin Romine, Mauer’s availability as a free agent could have superseded any plans. Mauer is the catcher from another baseball galaxy. He is too superb to bypass, especially since the Red Sox would have pursued him, too.

Before the Yankees or the Red Sox could get too enthused about possibly adding Mauer, he signed an eight-year, $184 million extension