• Huh?

    Posted by on June 19th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    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.

    Comments on Huh?

    1. JohnnyC
      June 19th, 2006 | 12:32 pm

      In point of fact, the Yankees have been late to the table in terms of signing Latin ballplayers. Many NL teams, such as the Dodgers, Pirates, Reds, Cardinals, etc., were reaping the benefits of the Caribbean axis as early as the late ’60s and ’70s. The Yankees have belatedly opened a “baseball academy” in the Dominican…something the Dodgers, for example, had in place for over a decade. Indeed, other teams have become annoyed by the Yankees’ johnny-come-lately incursion into their scouting territories…to the point where they’ll routinely disparage Yankees’ signings and then pounce on them after the Yankees’ ineffective developmental program spits them out (see Wily Mo Pena…Rudy Guillen will probably be next). Thankfully, with Nardi Contreras helming the pitching program now and the academy in the D.R. opened, this is getting better. Jose Tabata and others like him are the first fruits of this, hopefully.

    2. June 19th, 2006 | 1:21 pm

      he’s trying to make it a negative story also.

      However, listing all those players, wouldn’t the better story be home grown talent over the “ringers?”

      Of course not…that isn’t a damning story.

      Of course, I don’t see how the Latin story is damning either…

    3. rbj
      June 19th, 2006 | 1:41 pm

      Isn’t every team required to have a player from San Pedro de Macaros, or whatever that town in D.R. is named?

      And why isn’t Bernie Williams on that list?

    4. June 19th, 2006 | 1:46 pm

      Or A-Rod.

    5. Scott Coulter
      June 19th, 2006 | 3:12 pm

      He’s a newspaper reporter, right? He’s just doing his job, writing nothing, about nothing. Maybe he should do a tv show, about nothing.

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