Kennedy's journey to stardom was a long one and it came via the take-no-prisoners New York Yankees.
Once upon a time, Kennedy was part of a trio of young and talented pitchers who were supposed to blossom and lead the Yankees pitching staff for the next decade. The trio were: Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. These three youngsters were once considered, quote, UNTRADEABLE. But as is usually the case with the win-now Yankees, an enormous amount of pressure was put on the young trio. Of the three only Hughes was able to develop into a good starter.
As for Hughes and Chamberlain, well, both are on the disabled list. Hughes went on the 15-day DL on April 15 and was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 25 with arm fatigue. Coincidence? I think not. The Yankees are hoping that Hughes can return to the rotation in late-July. Chamberlain's case is much worse. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery on June 16 and is done for 2011. And quite possibly done for all or most of 2012 also.
Personally, I always believed that of the three, Chamberlain had the best stuff and the most potential. But now the dreadful Tommy John surgery has put his future in jeopardy and no one knows what kind of stuff he'll have when he returns. All I know is-- if the kid's career has been ruined, the New York Yankees should get 100% of the blame for it.
No doubt about it!
This notion that "anything less than a World Series title is a disappointment" is HOGWASH when you're trying to develop a young pitching staff from within. And as we can see, it has blown up in the Yankees faces-- BIG TIME! Yes, they'll win but with experienced veterans and free agents NOT youngsters.
See you in the All-Star Game, Ian!