Was it worth it? $206 million for four good years.
I never thought that much about John Smoltz when he was a player – despite his Hall of Fame career. (Although, his second half in 1991 really saved my fantasy baseball team that season.) But, then, I read his book. And, recently, I see A LOT of him on the MLB Network.
That said, I would hire him in a heartbeat to be the General Manager of my baseball team. Shoot, I might even go up a level and make him President of Baseball Operations overseeing the General Manager.
Just wanted to throw that out there in case the Brothers Stein are listening.
Dude is not willing to quit. Gotta love the attitude!
In a “full season,” the answer is: 1989-1992. (Actually, that was a five year run from 1988-1992. And, that 1989-1991 team was one of the worst in Yankees history.)
Of course, with 87 wins or less in 2016, the new answer would be 2013-2016.
If that happens, let’s please be sure to get that on Cashman’s Monument Park plaque.
Everyone assumes he will be a Yankee in 2019. (Then again, many assumed that Carl Crawford would be a Yankee after the 2010 season.)
Harper may come to the Yankees when he can walk away from the Nationals. But, at what cost? Maybe four hundred million? Maybe more? At that price, is it worth it?
Billy Martin, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Roger Maris, Phil Rizzuto, Thurman Munson, Elston Howard and Casey Stengel are all dead. Whitey Ford is 87 years old and can’t be counted on to be around forever.
Derek Jeter, since retired, doesn’t make many Yankees related appearances. Most Yankees fans want Reggie Jackson to make less appearances. Don Mattingly seems more like a Dodger or Marlin these days than a former Yankee. Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson are not wearing Yankees caps on their Cooperstown plaques.
Who does that leave? Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Willie Randolph, Roy White, Bernie Williams, Graig Nettles, Jorge Posada, Paul O’Neill, Ron Guidry and Mel Stottlemyre? Someone else?
For me, the gold standard will always be Ruth-Gehrig-DiMaggio-Mantle-Berra. They were great baseball legends…period. The only still around former Yankees that can get in that team picture are Jeter and Rivera. (And, for the record, Paul O’Neill and Andy Pettitte are two of my all-time favorite Yankees. There’s nothing that I don’t love about them. But, they are not in the class of Jeter or Rivera with respect to standing among baseball’s greats.)
In reality, the Yankees great past has really taken a hit in the last 50 years or so.
In 1965, sure, you could stand there and say “Just look at what the Yankees did in the last 44 years! That’s 29 pennants and TWENTY RINGS!” But, to be truthful, from 1965 through 2015, the Yankees were awesome twice – in the late 70′s and late 90′s. That’s it. That’s 51 years and 7 rings. See the difference?
Granted, yeah, the playoff format is different. There was less rounds before 1973, yadda-yadda. But, still, seven for fifty one is a lot different than twenty for forty four. Right?
Yankees pitchers to have 30+ games started in the last 3 years:
|1||Hiroki Kuroda||2||2013||2014||38-39||Ind. Seasons|
|2||CC Sabathia||1||2013||2013||32-32||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Andy Pettitte||1||2013||2013||41-41||Ind. Seasons|
That’s it. And, for the record, the Yankees used 19 different starting pitchers in the last 3 years.
Then again, what else can you expect from the G.M. who brought you Kei Igawa, Sidney Ponson, Carl Pavano, Javier Vazquez and Sergio Mitre?
He has a great swing and the talent is there. Yet, the last three years his numbers have been trending in the wrong direction. And, there’s no sense of urgency for him – as he’s getting a ton of money this season and in the three that follow.
He’ll never be what he was in 2011. Something was up that year.
To be candid, I am not even sure he will play in 140 games in 2016.
If he does bat .260 and misses 50 games this year, he’ll be a whipping boy…deservedly so.
This season, Brian McCann has a chance to become only the second Yankees player in franchise history to have 3 years in a row where he qualified for the batting title while batting less than .235:
|1||Tom Tresh||3||1966||1968||27-29||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Frankie Crosetti||3||1937||1940||26-29||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Roger Peckinpaugh||3||1914||1918||23-27||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Brian McCann||2||2014||2015||30-31||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Clete Boyer||2||1961||1964||24-27||Ind. Seasons|
|6||Luke Boone||2||1914||1915||24-25||Ind. Seasons|
|7||Jimmy Austin||2||1909||1910||29-30||Ind. Seasons|
|8||Red Kleinow||2||1906||1908||28-30||Ind. Seasons|
In 21 games last year from July 23rd through August 14th, he batted .389 (going 28 for 72).
On the rest of the season, he batted .245.
That one freaky hot streak was good for 20 points on his batting average.
What’s he going to hit in 2016? Will it be over or under .250?
In the last 3 years, the Yankees have won 85-84-and 87 games.
That’s an average of 85 wins a season, over the last 3 years.
Is there any reason to think this year’s team is going to be any better than an 85-win team, give or take 2 wins, either way? Why?
There’s no way Jeter would be this dumb. Of course, maybe I am wrong? But, given how protective he is regarding his image/brand, and knowing what happened with others, I just don’t see him taking a PED from this guy.
Another high character guy…not.
Yankees should have a day this year where they bring back Puff, Willow, Mick, Chambliss, Roy, Reggie, Bucky, Oscar and Lou.
A lot of these guys are in their mid 60′s or early 70′s. And, they will not be around forever. It was the late 70′s team that put the franchise back on the map.
Castro will be 26 years old next year and is owed like $41.4 million over the next 4 years. The Cubs have elected to replace him with a player who will be 35 years old next year and they will pay him $56 million over the next 4 years.
So, the Cubs, over the next four years, are replacing Castro with a player who is NINE YEARS older and who will make $15 million more (over that span).
Why would the Cubs do that? Sounds like they couldn’t wait to get rid of Castro…fast enough.
By the way, Castro’s lifetime OPS+ is 97 (meaning below league average). And, his lifetime OBA outside of Wrigley Field is .318 in 1,935 PA.
Granted, the Yankees did not give up much to acquire him. But, the question is: Is this their best option at 2B next year and beyond?
The only baseball G.M. who has been in his current job longer than Brian Cashman is Brian Sabean. (And, Sabean’s team has actually won some World Series lately.)
There are 9 current baseball G.M. who were hired some time in 2015. And, there’s another 5 who were hired into their position in 2014. That’s almost half of the current baseball G.M.’s being hired in the last 2 years.
And, the Marlins and Blue Jays are still looking for a G.M.
So, in reality, it’s 53% of big league teams out there now with really fresh blood as their G.M.
Brian Cashman became Yankees G.M. on February 3, 1998. Of all the current G.M.’s, outside of Sabean, who is the one with the hire date next closest to Cashman? That would be Jon Daniels who was hired by Texas on October 4, 2005.
Yes, that’s a difference of EIGHT YEARS.
Since Cashman has become the Yankees G.M., you’ve seen several of his peers get promoted from their G.M. position to something higher. See Billy Beane, Andrew Friedman and, of course, Theo Epstein. (Peter principle, anyone?)
Oh, and, by the way, in the last 3 years, the Yankees have won 85-84-and-87 games. In fact, in the last 9 seasons, the Yankees have finished in first a grand total of 3 times.
Isn’t it time for a change in the Yankees G.M. position? Haven’t we had enough of the same old, same old?
A person close to Comcast with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday that it was only the second time in Comcast’s history it has dropped a network. (The other was “Estrella,” a network broadcasted in Denver, Salt Lake and Houston.)
Comcast has cited low ratings for Yankees games as part of its reasoning for taking a hard line with the network.
“Even during baseball season, even in playoff hunt in August, [viewership] was just was minimal,” the person close to Comcast said. “Even less than Nets. It’s just not watched.”
Maybe, according to this report.
On November 26, 1962, Bill Skowron was traded by the New York Yankees to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Stan Williams.
That was probably the last time the Yankees traded a homegrown player with the resume and at the age that Brett Gardner has now. That transaction will be 53 years old later this month.
File this under: You don’t see that everyday…in Yankeeland.
Just as much fun 19 hours after it happened as it was when it happened live.
“If your team is out of it, and you’re a New Yorker (or, I suppose a Tri-State Area-e-r?) then you should get behind the Mets and root them on!”
You hear this, or something like it, a lot these days.
If I had a dime every time (over the last 15 years or so) someone in “our area” told me they were a Red Sox fan, and, after I said “WTF?” they clarified it by saying “Well, my team is the Mets. But, in the American league, I root for the Red Sox” then I would have a whole lotta dimes, for sure.
The majority of Mets fans don’t “get behind” the Yankees. At least not the ones that I always run into and know.
So, don’t ask me to root for the Mets.
If the Mets win a ring this year, they’ve earned it and deserve it. But, it will be without my “getting behind” them. I’m a Yankees fan and I just can’t do it.
Oh, the Mets caps and jerseys are coming out of the closets.
Why is it when the Yankees win, this town yawns; but, when the Mets win, it’s like man landed on the moon for the first time?
Personally, this puts me in a bad spot.
Last time the Yankees won a ring was 2009. At the time, my daughter was 7 and my son was 5 years old. Needless to say, neither of them really remember it.
Today, my daughter is 13 and my son is 11.
The girl? She really doesn’t care. Baseball is boring, according to her. And, while I took her to countless games between the age of one and eleven, back in 2013 she told me “I really don’t want to go to any more baseball games.”
My son, on the other hand, is a baseball guy. He works out for baseball, inside, from January through March. And, he’s on a baseball field 5 or 6 days a week between April and June. He also plays baseball in the fall. Basically, the only months he’s not doing much baseball related is November and December. Further, on the rare days where he’s not practicing or playing baseball, we go watch baseball games.
He’s been raised a Yankees fan. And, he’s really feeling it now. They have practically painted his school blue and orange this month. Worse, they actually play the Mets theme song over the school P.A. every morning. (Like I said, MAN ON THE MOON!)
The thing that really worries me is that these are different times – thanks to cable TV, the internet, and all the full-blown media coverage baseball gets today.
When I was a kid, it was just the local teams. I watched and/or listened to every Yankees game and I lived and died with each win and loss. For him, it’s different. He’s more of a global connoisseur of the game. If you asked him to name his five favorite players in the game today, I would bet that at least four, and maybe five, of them would not be Yankees.
If the Yankees continue to be O.K. but not great (or worse!) and the Mets continue to light the town on fire, how long will it be before he pulls a Harriet Bird and switches his gaze from the Whammer to Roy Hobbs? After all, he is just eleven. (For the record, I didn’t start following the Yankees closely until 1973…when I was 11!)
Remind me again, how long until Cashman’s contract is up?
Be honest. Right now, these four teams are playing baseball at a level that the 2015 Yankees were never capable of reaching.
This all goes back to the end of September 2008. That’s when Brian Cashman should have been given his walking papers. But, the Yankees extended his contract, again and again, and here we are in 2015.
Basically, if you are the usual age of a college senior, or younger, you have no actual memory of seeing the Yankees be a dominant, World Championship, type of team. (And, spare me the “What about 2009?” stuff. That was a gift. A perfect storm of things, including the chemistry or Anthony Bosch.)
Until the Yankees actually get an astute G.M., nothing will ever change. In baseball today, you can no longer outspend everyone – which is Cashman’s secret sauce. Other teams have money and are willing to spend these days.
Eighteen years of Cashman is enough. Need proof? Look at the last 15 years. Hey, look at the last NINE YEARS!
In those 9 years, the Yankees have finished first THREE TIMES. And, they’re not going to finish first next year either. Just watch.
Expect more of the same, or worse, in 2016. There’s really not going to be a lot of roster changes and/or movement among the position players.
By the way, tonight was only the 5th time in history that the Yankees played a home game at Yankee Stadium in the post-season and had 3 hits or less. And, it’s the only time its happened to them in a potential elimination game.
Yankees say CC Sabathia is checking into alcohol rehabilitation center. I wish him luck. Addiction is a terrible burden.