Reading the recent edition of Tim Kuhls’ That’s Kuhls, Baby got me wondering.
The White Sox might win the World Series this year – with Ozzie Guillen in just his 2nd year as their manager. (If the Astros win, they will win with Phil Garner also in his 2nd year with the club.)
The Red Sox won the World Series last year – in Terry Francona’s first year as their skipper. The Marlins won the World Series in 2003 – in manager Jack McKeon’s first year with the team. The Angels won in 2002 – in Mike Scioscia’s 3rd year with the club. The Diamondbacks won in 2001 – with rookie manager Bob Brenly.
Maybe there is something to this new blood theory? Michael Kay always likes to talk about the Jeff Van Gundy line of ‘You can only tell the same speech so many times before it loses impact – then it’s time to get a whole new audience for it to work.’ By this, he means that either it’s time for the coach to move to a new team – or to replace all his players – after being in one spot for a long time.
Ah, but, Torre did keep the team focused this year after the bad start – and, he got them to within one win from reaching the ALCS.
Plus, most of the guys on the Yankees have been with New York less than four years. So, it is basically a new team (since the last Torre ring teams).
So, I don’t think that Tim Kuhls’ theory holds anything here.