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Careers of former pinstripe phenoms likely over

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07:23 AM ET 09.30 | What a difference a few years makes for the pair. They burst into the majors as hard-throwing, high-ceiling pitchers. When Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain arrived, it was hard not to think they would be a significant, and probably permanent, part of the Yankees' future. Now that the 2013 season has ended, the former phenoms are free agents and it seems unlikely either will ever don pinstripes again. Both pitchers have enjoyed success, including the high of the 2009 World Series title, and endured injuries and stinging failure -- Hughes was yanked from the rotation at one point this season, his worst in the majors, and Chamberlain was little more than a mop-up man late. When it all started, it was easy to assume it would be different.

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September 30, 2013  08:28 AM ET

Maybe they're done with the Yankees, but that doesn't mean that their baseball careers are over. Pitchers usually get about 15 chances to figure it out. Poor choice of title here.

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September 30, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Not one thread about a playoff team this morning? Are you kidding me?

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September 30, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Too bad they traded the only one of these guys who ended up doing anything in the majors, Ian Kennedy.

September 30, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Classic over-hyped Yankees prospects. Joba at least could throw fast at one point, but I never understood the hoopla around Phil Hughes. He was, at his best, low 90s with average command and marginal breaking stuff.

The funny thing is Brett Gardner, who came up around the same time, has the same career WAR as both Chamberlain and Hughes combined (17.8) and he gets no respect. The Yanks better lock him up because I'd love to see him in Boston, especially if Ellsbury leaves.

September 30, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Crazy.Nothing about the tie breaking game 163 between the Rays and Rangers, or the subsequent do-or-die Wild Card games tomorrow and Wednesday?Speaking of Wild Card Games, guess who's gonna be in section 156 at The Jake on Wednesday night?

I had tickets in section 123 in the Trop for Wednesday until the Rays choked this weekend.

September 30, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Congrats to all you Indian fans out there.

September 30, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Hughes was awful this year. Joba wasn't much better. They'll both get signed ... but not for much.

September 30, 2013  09:32 AM ET

BUSTS.

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September 30, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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Crazy.Nothing about the tie breaking game 163 between the Rays and Rangers, or the subsequent do-or-die Wild Card games tomorrow and Wednesday?Speaking of Wild Card Games, guess who's gonna be in section 156 at The Jake on Wednesday night?

Have fun Slink and good luck to your Indians.

September 30, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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Crazy.Nothing about the tie breaking game 163 between the Rays and Rangers, or the subsequent do-or-die Wild Card games tomorrow and Wednesday?Speaking of Wild Card Games, guess who's gonna be in section 156 at The Jake on Wednesday night?

Bring us home a winner, Slink!

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September 30, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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Hughes was awful this year. Joba wasn't much better. They'll both get signed ... but not for much.

Hughes, I hope finds a place and does well for somebody. He's not a good fit for Yankee Stadium. But Joba I could not care less what happens with that guy's career.

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September 30, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Too bad they traded the only one of these guys who ended up doing anything in the majors, Ian Kennedy.

7-10, 4.91 ERA, 163 SO,Career: 53-40, 4.00 ERA. That Ian Kennedy? They got the homerun leader in MLB for 2011 through 2012 for him. He would be out the door now too.

 
September 30, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Thanks, Yog.I'm so pumped. I got so lucky that they made the playoffs, that the wild card game is in town, that I snagged amazing seats and the weather is supposed to be fantastic. Hopefully there's a little more luck in the well for a win!

Congrats. Rooting for your team. And the Pirates. New blood.

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