Last night, Jon Heyman Tweeted that the Yankee 5th starter race is over. The Yankee blog community was abuzz with the news, thinking that Hughes had won the competition and Joba will be heading to the bullpen. Here’s his Tweet:
Just one problem. It’s not even remotely true. Here’s the Jack Curry Tweet that Heyman based his report on:
No Joba-Hughes showdown vs Phils on Mon. Hughes will face Phils. Joba will work intrasquad game
Do you see anything there about the race being over? Any declarations from Girardi or the participants? I don’t. For background, Heyman is a long-standing B-Jobber. He’s a regular on Francesa’s WFAN radio show and has always been firmly in the camp that Joba was “born” to be a closer. So what we have here is a case study in media bias. No, check that. Bias would be the best case scenario. It’s just as likely he’s being sensational during a slow news time and knows exactly what he doing. In either case, don’t pay any attention to him. That’s what he wants.