Sam Donnellon is the Philly News has written the following:
Here they come: Cabrera, Cano, Cairo, Posada, Rivera, and their newest addition, Veras.
The 2006 New York Yankees. Latin chapter.
When people predicted a few years ago that the Yankees were headed south, this was not what they had in mind. They saw an aging ballclub built heavily through free-agent signings and contract-incurring trades, a club that had sacrificed draft choices and young talent for quick fixes too numerous to list.
Amid their insatiable and annual quest for a championship, the Yankees also had not drafted particularly well. Which left owner George Steinbrenner and his high-stakes players with one last resort:
Hit the resorts.
Sign players from such places as the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, who were exempt from the free-agent draft.
When I look at the Yankees current 25-man roster, I see 32% of it is players with a Latin-background. Is that more than most teams? I think Donnellon is confusing the Yankees with the Mets.
Hey, not that there’s anything wrong with having a mostly Latin team – it’s just that I think Donnellon is looking for a story where there isn’t one here.
Or, at the least, it’s the same story that most teams could tell.