Monday, February 20, 2012- This is a story you can't help but love for obvious reasons. The New York Yankees have asked CC Sabathia to lose weight despite the fact he has already lost 15lbs reducing himself to a peckish 290. The club has suggested that the 19 game winner may have been fatigued in the season's second half, but would not say exactly that Sabathia's weight was the cause, only suggested it may have been possible, and the club would like to eliminate each possibility.
Sabathia has always been a power pitcher whose size has often been pointed to as an ingredient of the formula that makes him as successful as he is. Since 2007 Sabathia has lost 0 games to injury and has not gotten any thinner.
This is not an unusual move for the Yankees as David Wells, of large frame fame, was hounded about his weight despite his success. Traditionally, this fits a pattern for the Yankee front office. Even though a player has been successful, if he was not raised in the Yankee system, then he must naturally do everything wrong and must now conform to the whims of a general manager that is under fire from every direction due to many poor non-baseball choices.
Historically, Mr. Steinbrenner filled the role of Yankee intimidator/cop/the Boss, showing up in Spring to announce his presence with authority, letting everyone associated with field product know that the players may be paid an irresponsible sum to play a kids game, but that doesn't mean you get to act like irresponsible kids.
GM Brian Cashman telling CC Sabathia to lose weight looks like a desperate man trying to deflect attention from himself and his poor choices.
More from Legend's Field and the "I love my Momma" File: The New York Yankees have signed utility player Bill Hall to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Put a pink bat in his hands and tell him its Mother's Day.
Legend's Field Redux: Raul Ibanez has agreed to a one year contract worth $1.1 million to be what's being termed a "platoon DH". With his splits, any AL team that had a need should have brought him in and invented a new term for can't hit lefties. No clarity as to why Matsui-san who can hit lefties and righties was not brought back. I'm sure Johnny Damon has a theory.
From the "what's in the water cooler" file: Two separate ESPN employees have been disciplined for using the term "***** in the armor" when referring to NY Knick and Asian-American Jeremy Lin in their various media outlets, one of them on air. The inevitable spin-doctoring here has everything from age to time of day to cough syrup or haircuts as possible excuses for the racial gaffs. they even trotted out "I didn't know." The company may look ridiculous but judgement must be reserved until proof of malice. After all, one of these crisis managers is married to an Asian woman. Not kidding.