READ MORE: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ycn-10991774Now that the trade is official, A.J. Burnett is saying he is very glad to be getting away from the New York Yankees. Burnett is blaming the Yankees for the way he has pitched over the last two seasons, saying the team tinkered too much with him.
Link: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ycn-10991774A.J. Burnett said Tuesday that he thinks changes in his delivery resulted in a velocity drop last season. Burnett averaged 94.2 mph on his fastball in 2009, but the average velocity on his heater dropped all the way down to 92.7 mph last season. It's very possible that this is just the natural progression of a pitcher in their mid-30s, but Burnett seems to believe otherwise. "I had deception in my delivery in 2009 that made me successful," said Burnett. "It wasn’t anybody. They didn’t like the turn. They wanted me to be more of a strike thrower and try to get more consistent in the strike zone because I was wild in that delivery -- but then again I was more powerful and dominant in that delivery." Even if Burnett doesn't get back to his previous velocity, he should benefit by leaving the AL East and moving to the easier league.
Now I know the most of you have moved on from Burnett. However, I'd really like to know being an outsider if this is in fact true. Did any of you notice any changes to his mechanics and delivery from '09-11? Or is this Burnett being a bum always bashing his former teams?