Ouch. Who’s the batting coach again?
Gary Sanchez, in terms of his OPS+, is now hitting like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jason Giambi in their best seasons.
|1||Barry Bonds||4||2001||2004||36-39||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Mark McGwire||2||1998||2000||34-36||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Gary Sanchez||1||2016||2016||23-23||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Sammy Sosa||1||2001||2001||32-32||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Jason Giambi||1||2001||2001||30-30||Ind. Seasons|
Maybe not the company you want to keep?
Com’on Yankees. Just give me four more wins this year. After that, you can do whatever you want.
This team has the potential to be really good in 2018. But, with Cashman and Company at the helm, I am sure they will screw it up.
As far as the rest of this year, now it’s time to play spoiler and have some pride in doing it…
…much like the Yankees chances now.
Austin powers one! Yeah, baby!
Yanks are now 15-9 since A-Rod left. (Just saying!)
If two Martians landed today and asked “What’s baseball?,” I would tell them go watch THIS game. It’s a fun one.
In the last 4 years, covering 2,391 Plate Appearances, Starlin Castro has an OPS+ of 90.
An OPS+ of 100, would mean “a league average hitter.” Translated, that means for the last FOUR YEARS, Castro is 10% worse than a league average hitter.
He is also the 2nd worst fielding 2B in the American League this year:
Another brilliant trade by Cashman – taking on 4 years of his contract from the Cubs
Hands down the Yankees MVP this season?
If not him, who? Didi Gregorius?
Will that be the most important 10 games of the Yankees regular season? What’s the magic number? Have to win at least seven or more? Or, will it come down to running the table?
And, if the Yankees manage to get a home post-season game this year, do they have A-Rod come back and throw out the ceremonial first pitch?
Yeah, I am kidding there…
It’s September 1st and the Yankees are 2.5 games back in the wildcard chase.
I give much of the credit to Joe Girardi. He never stopped trying to win games. He never punted the season.
Of course, they don’t have a snowball in hell’s chance in the post-season. They are not Texas, Toronto, Boston or Cleveland. Those teams have more talent. But, just to be 2.5 back of a post-season berth now, after how the Yankees started this year, is a huge feather in the helmet of General Joe.
|1||Mandy Brooks||14||Ind. Games||61||9||21|
|2||Joe DiMaggio||14||Ind. Games||74||4||19|
|3||Gary Sanchez||13||Ind. Games||57||11||18|
|4||Roy Weatherly||12||Ind. Games||58||1||17|
|5||Trevor Story||12||Ind. Games||57||10||17|
|6||Chris Dickerson||12||Ind. Games||54||6||17|
|7||Josh Rutledge||11||Ind. Games||48||6||17|
|8||Johnny Mize||10||Ind. Games||42||5||17|
|9||Gus Zernial||13||Ind. Games||61||2||16|
|10||Jeff Francoeur||13||Ind. Games||53||8||16|
|11||Dick Allen||13||Ind. Games||56||6||16|
|12||George Scott||12||Ind. Games||55||10||16|
|13||Albert Pujols||12||Ind. Games||56||8||16|
|14||Alvin Davis||12||Ind. Games||54||9||16|
One better than Chris Dickerson, Mr. Sanchez.
|1||Trevor Story||8||Ind. Games||39||36||10|
|2||George Scott||8||Ind. Games||35||32||10|
|3||Alvin Davis||9||Ind. Games||41||34||9|
|4||Gary Sanchez||7||Ind. Games||30||27||9|
|5||Mandy Brooks||7||Ind. Games||30||28||9|
|6||Dusty Rhodes||8||Ind. Games||32||29||8|
|7||Carlos Delgado||7||Ind. Games||33||27||8|
|8||Orlando Cepeda||7||Ind. Games||32||29||8|
You all remember Mandy Brooks, I am sure.
I hope that the Yankees, the media, and, the fans, learned from that Joba Chamberlain experience and don’t put expectations on Gary Sanchez, going forward, that are going to impossible to meet.
I mean…if he plays 130 games next year and hits 20 homeruns and bats .280, PLEASE, be happy with THAT.
I am about half way done with this one and have been enjoying it. Very candid and totally unfiltered. If you like listening to ball players talk, you will like it. If you love listening to catcher’s insights, you will love it.
I want to write “I really hope a guy like Gary Sanchez pays attention to guys like this and learns from what happened to them.” But, then again, they all made A LOT of money doing what they did, right?
Anyway, Sanchez is in a good spot with the Yankees, having catchers like Joe Girardi and Tony Pena on the staff. I just hope he doesn’t turn out to be a jerk. I so badly want to root for this guy.
They must really hate this kid. Haven’t we seen enough of Aaron Hicks already?
Is it just me, or, was Yankee Stadium practically empty yesterday?
No more A-Rod. Revisiting the magic of 1996. And, of course, the Austin/Judge thing – which still has my jaw dropped wide open the day after it happened.
Hands down, the best Yankees day that I can remember in a long time. Maybe since the Boone homer?
The only thing missing was Kang and Kodos coming down in their ship and whisking away Cashman. Now, that would have made it a PERFECT day!
I’m calling it.
I remember all those reports on his poor attitude. Lazy. Slow. Defiant.
Also, a bad defender. Actual liability.
Now, he looks like Johnny Bench. That block and throw out the other day in Fenway made me cry, it was so freaking pretty.
Maturity is a good thing. I would really like to hear more about how this transformation took place. Who were his mentors? What was said that stuck? Stuff like that…
I guess A-Rod is the new Reggie?
Good job by the Yankees. I am all for getting rid of useless parts.
I wonder if we’ll see A-Rod, Bonds, Giambi and McGwire all managing in the majors someday?
I am concerned about Torres strikeout rate and McKinney’s lack of power.
If Torres is going to swing and miss that much at High A, what’s going to happen when he gets to more advanced levels? And, McKinney is now on his third organization in a very short period of time.
It seems that the Yankees could have done better, in my opinion.
I would have rather seen one solid prospect in return who was proven at the Double- or Triple-A level and just about ready for the big leagues – rather than a package of four players that only contained two reach prospects.
Let us see if the Royals trade Wade Davis and see what they get in return. That might be an interesting yardstick.
A younger Ken Phelps. Just what we need. No wonder Cashman lusts for him.
Yup, since August 1st of last year, the New York Yankees are 73-75.
In fact, since June of 2013, they are 269-251 (which is just .517 baseball).
So, yeah, they are 44-44 at the All-Star break of 2016. But, based on what we have seen in the past, combined with this year, why would a reasonable person expect them to win more than 37 more games this year?
Sell, Yankees. Sell.
So far, this season, the Yankees are 12-5 in games started by Masahiro Tanaka. In games started by anyone else, they are 29-38.
Murray Chass talks about the Yankees – with a h/t to Ben M!
Brian Cashman is in his 19th season as general manager and has been incapable of using an asset that, until recently, no other team has had. He has been allowed to spend outrageous amounts of money, and he has squandered millions and millions of dollars.
All right, it’s not my money or yours. Why should I or we care how much money Cashman squanders? I suppose it’s the feeling of fairness in us. It’s also the incredulity. How can one man have so much money to spend and not be able to produce a consistent contender, if not winner?
The Yankees have spent a total of $679 million on their payrolls the previous three years, but they have reached the playoffs only once in that period, and then only for a cup of coffee, going down meekly in the American League wild-card game last season without scoring a run.
With Cashman’s $225 million payroll this year, the Yankees have shown no indication that they can attain a post-season perch. A contender? They’ve had trouble maintaining a .500 record. After two losses in San Diego they went into Sunday’s game with a 39-41 record.
The Yankees have no such pitching depth. They don’t have much depth at all because they have done a poor job of developing players. Renowned for the Core Four of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada, the Yankees cannot claim credit for developing top major league prospects since.
Any team that has had the same general manager for 19 years and has not developed a strong minor league system has to be suspect. Cashman had the same development executive for 15 years and never saw the need to replace Mark Newman, who finally retired two years ago.
Newman owed his extended employment to Cashman. Cashman, who did not respond to telephone requests for an interview, owes his extended employment to Hal Steinbrenner, son of George, who is the Yankees’ managing partner.
The Steinbrenner son seems to be intent to run the Yankees 180 degrees from the way his father operated. If the elder Steinbrenner were alive and operating the team, he would have fired Cashman long ago. No Steinbrenner general manager survived if he didn’t produce a championship team in a period of a few years, if that long.