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07:44 AM ET 04.18 | The days of a flame-throwing CC Sabathia may be over. For the past dozen years, the big lefthander has been one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation, using a fastball that averaged 92-94 mph that he would hump up to 96 or 97 when he needed a big out. That pitcher might no longer be with us. ... [On Wednesday,] Sabathia grinded out the type of outing the Yankees have grown accustomed to during his four-plus years in pinstripes: eight innings, three runs, another win. "Smoke and mirrors," he said with a laugh. But was it a joke with a trace of truth? Sabathia's fastball never topped 90 mph, a trend that has now lasted four starts into his age-32 season. "I'm hoping some more velocity comes back," Sabathia said. "If not, we'll work with this."

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April 18, 2013  08:08 AM ET

The final years of his contract will be another Yankee disaster.

April 18, 2013  08:16 AM ET

All he does is beat you. Batters would go back to the dug out shaking their head the same way against Catfish Hunter.

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April 18, 2013  08:25 AM ET

......me thinks he should have learned the knuckler.....

April 18, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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All he does is beat you. Batters would go back to the dug out shaking their head the same way against Catfish Hunter.

I think he'll be fine, he'll gain more arm strength and pick up a few more mph's. After all he did have elbow surgery and he didn't throw as much as he has in the past.

April 18, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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I think he'll be fine, he'll gain more arm strength and pick up a few more mph's. After all he did have elbow surgery and he didn't throw as much as he has in the past.

Exactly. As the year heats up it will improve. But it is about command and location. Period. MLB is loaded with guys who throw 95+, and hitters who love it when they do.

April 18, 2013  08:54 AM ET

So how fast does Pettite throw? Unless you have dynamite stuff, and few do for long, then pitching is an art. You can paint or you can't.

April 18, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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The final years of his contract will be another Yankee disaster.

A little melodramatic, no?

I hate the Yankees, but despite all the talk about how old they are and that they're going to collapse that has been going on for years, they sure seem to kick **** every year.

Given the Yankees' on-field performance over the last twenty years, I wish the Indians could have a few "Yankee disasters."

April 18, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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A little melodramatic, no?I hate the Yankees, but despite all the talk about how old they are and that they're going to collapse that has been going on for years, they sure seem to kick **** every year.Given the Yankees' on-field performance over the last twenty years, I wish the Indians could have a few "Yankee disasters."

They're Pronkalicous.

April 18, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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So how fast does Pettite throw? Unless you have dynamite stuff, and few do for long, then pitching is an art. You can paint or you can't.

The other day I was thinking about how you said there are no big or small market teams because revenue sharing had all but wiped it away. You mentioned that the only major difference between teams' revenues was their local TV contracts. Beyond the fact that that isn't true, even if it was, TV contracts make a HUGE difference. To illustrate:

LAD - $7B/25yr TV contract - $280M/yr
CLE - $400M/10yr TV contract - $40M/yr

The Dodgers' average annual TV revenue is six times that of the Indians.

April 18, 2013  09:17 AM ET

I kind of like that guy. I hope he does well. Too bad he either sucked it up or was broken for the Indians.

April 18, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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I kind of like that guy. I hope he does well. Too bad he either sucked it up or was broken for the Indians.

Pronk, that is.

Are they still calling him that in NY.

April 18, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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The other day I was thinking about how you said there are no big or small market teams because revenue sharing had all but wiped it away. You mentioned that the only major difference between teams' revenues was their local TV contracts. Beyond the fact that that isn't true, even if it was, TV contracts make a HUGE difference. To illustrate:LAD - $7B/25yr TV contract - $280M/yrCLE - $400M/10yr TV contract - $40M/yrThe Dodgers' average annual TV revenue is six times that of the Indians.

OK, but you have to send 30% of local revenue to the kitty too, just like luxury tax cap money.

The difference is not as great as it was, and every new rule is made to hurt the money team. Check out the draft rules and look at the lost pick for free agents that have been tendered rules. If you draft well , you can compete. And every team has enough money to jump in FA most of the time.

More importantly, since when does every city of any size deserve a MLB at all? And just because they get one, why should other teams prop them up?

April 18, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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I kind of like that guy. I hope he does well. Too bad he either sucked it up or was broken for the Indians.

He is a horse and he does not blink. Throwback for sure.

April 18, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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The other day I was thinking about how you said there are no big or small market teams because revenue sharing had all but wiped it away. You mentioned that the only major difference between teams' revenues was their local TV contracts. Beyond the fact that that isn't true, even if it was, TV contracts make a HUGE difference. To illustrate:LAD - $7B/25yr TV contract - $280M/yrCLE - $400M/10yr TV contract - $40M/yrThe Dodgers' average annual TV revenue is six times that of the Indians.

Gotta go slinky, things to do. You make good points and there is truth in what you say.

Used to go to the old municipal stadium in cleveland a few times every year and watch the Yankees play. One of my all time favorite places to watch a game. It was beautiful and easy to get to and park. Miss it.

April 18, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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Pronk, that is.Are they still calling him that in NY.

No that's just something I kinda made up.

April 18, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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The other day I was thinking about how you said there are no big or small market teams because revenue sharing had all but wiped it away. You mentioned that the only major difference between teams' revenues was their local TV contracts. Beyond the fact that that isn't true, even if it was, TV contracts make a HUGE difference. To illustrate:LAD - $7B/25yr TV contract - $280M/yrCLE - $400M/10yr TV contract - $40M/yrThe Dodgers' average annual TV revenue is six times that of the Indians.

BIG difference.

April 18, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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I kind of like that guy. I hope he does well. Too bad he either sucked it up or was broken for the Indians.

ARod hooked him up with his ... ah ... supplements dealer. He'll have a bounce back year.

April 18, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Interesting. There is a car parked right next to the station with fertilizer and compressed tanks in it. Unfortunately it is located just below our dispatch center and I am right next to that. I may have to leave the building. Hopefully in one piece.

 
April 18, 2013  09:51 AM ET

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