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News Update – 3/8/10

Posted By Diane Firstman On March 8, 2010 @ 7:47 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled

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Q. You were a starter and reliever before you settled on closing games. What roles do you think Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes should have on the Yankees staff?

A. I think Phil Hughes is a starter for sure. He can go deep into games. He’s a power pitcher and he also knows how to pitch, with a nice curveball. He’s got a good head on his shoulders. Personally, I think Joba is a relief pitcher. He’s got that makeup, that aggressiveness. I think that he is more valuable in the bullpen. I think that he would be a great relief pitcher.

Q. Do you think Mariano Rivera is the best closer in baseball history?

A. I think that he is a tremendous relief pitcher. He’s the best current-day, modern reliever. But it’s just like you can’t compare the 500-home-run club today to the old 500-home-run club. When I was inducted into the Hall of Fame, I was told that I had 53 saves with seven-plus outs. I was told that Mariano had one and Trevor Hoffman had two. So I think that says it in a nutshell.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Goose Gossage: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/sports/baseball/07seconds.html?ref=sports

[2] Rule 5 veteran: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/life-for-a-rule-5-pick-thanks-for-coming-now-leave-your-cap/

[3] Lance McCullers: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcculla01.shtml

[4] Mark Salas: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/salasma01.shtml?redir

[5] Jim Bouton: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/boutoji01.shtml?redir

[6] Joe DiMaggio: http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Joe_DiMaggio

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