Spring training is just days away. We’re on the verge of a whole new year of baseball with amazing potential, and we’re starting to get a glimpse of what each team will look like for the 2015 season.
No team is exactly the same from year to year. Even with a returning core of players, there will inevitably be trades, free agency, or retirements that change the makeup of the team. Change is part of life, and baseball life is no exception. Maybe one of the downfalls of being a female fan is becoming too attached to one favorite player, or a player on one specific team. Still, life goes on and we adapt to the change.
Earlier this winter I wrote about my off season thoughts. Most of the moves I’ve seen for my favorite teams have been disappointing. Some of my favorite players left for other teams – but at the same time, my favorite teams have acquired a few new players I am excited to see. Again, adapt to the changes.
But there’s one move I’m still not comfortable with, and that’s Shane Greene going to Detroit. Is he the best pitcher MLB ever saw? Absolutely not – and he’s not even the best pitchers the Yankees have ever had. But from the very first time I saw him pitch, I liked him.
I’ve mentioned before that I was lucky enough to be in Cleveland on July 7, Green’s first start after being called up the majors. He remained in the Yankees rotation for the remainder of the 2014 season, finishing the season with a 5-4 record and 3.78 ERA. Those aren’t jaw-dropping stats, but for a 25-year-old rookie, who had previously lost a pitching scholarship and transferred to a community college when after had to undergo Tommy John surgery, it was respectable. And enough to catch the attention of the Detroit Tigers.
Like with any rookie, things weren’t always perfect. There were innings where the pitching simply fell apart. There was a game he seemed to forget how to field anything. But for the most part, the kid walked out to pitchers mound, took a deep breath, focused – and got to work.
(Losing Greene doesn’t mean I’m not excited for the acquisition of Didi Gregorius, who came to the Yankees in the same three-team trade. Considering the moves two separate events, I would have loved to somehow get the young shortstop and keep the young pitcher.)
For all the injuries and uncertainties for the 2014 Yankees, pitching became the team’s strength. Going into 2015, pitching is much less secure – primarily due to injuries. Having Greene in the rotation wouldn’t necessarily solidify the team, but as a fan I would feel more confident than I do going into the upcoming season.
While it may suck to see him with another team, I hope Shane Greene continues to grow and develop into a solid pitcher. My fear is he does exactly that, and the Yankees are left kicking themselves for letting him go. He likely doesn’t have a Hall of Fame career ahead of him, but you never know. Regardless of where his career takes him, I can honestly see him being a productive pitcher for the Tigers, and any other teams he may pitch for.
Good luck Shane Greene – it was a great to witness the start of your career.