• The Melk Man Delivers

    Posted by on July 24th, 2006 · Comments (7)

    On June 20th, Joe Torre sat Melky Cabrera down for a game.

    From that time, coming into tonight, Cabrera has hit .311 (in 106 AB) with an OBA of .354 and a SLG of .453.

    Tonight, Melky went 3 for 4 – just needing a homer to hit for the cycle.

    Torre made a comment about Cabrera in the YES post-game tonight that went along the lines of ‘He likes to be the one that you’re counting on.’

    Back on June 6th, I wrote:

    You know, superstars post the sexy numbers – but, play-makers win games. Melky Cabrera is a play-maker. I’m so glad that he’s on this team. So many play-makers from the recent ring-run are gone. And, it’s good to see more come along.

    I still stand by that statement.

    In the YES coverage tonight, Ken Singleton said that the Yankees have the longest current streak of having a player start in an All-Star game: 2000 through 2006.

    Think about that: 2000 through 2006. This is when the Yankees added Mussina, Giambi, Matsui, Sheffield, Johnson, A-Rod, etc. It’s also the time where the Yankees have lost in the post-season every year (with the exception of 2000).

    If the Yankees win another ring soon, it will be because of players like Melky Cabrera – just like it was because of players like Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, etc., during 1996 through 2000.

    The “Team of All-Stars” didn’t work in New York during the days of Winfield-Baylor-Smalley-Griffey-Kemp-Mumphrey and it’s not working, with respect to rings, today either.

    Scott Brosius might have had an OPS in the .700′s, but, he was a winner in New York when it counted the most.

    I’m looking forward to the day when the Yankees get back to having a “team” – where the Melky Cabreras on the team out-number the guys who have it in their contract that they get a hotel suite on road.

    Comments on The Melk Man Delivers

    1. Don
      July 25th, 2006 | 1:11 am

      Amen Steve, amen!

    2. Raf
      July 25th, 2006 | 6:26 am

      The “Team of All-Stars” didn’t work in New York during the days of Winfield-Baylor-Smalley-Griffey-Kemp-Mumphrey and it’s not working, with respect to rings, today either.
      ========================
      It didn’t work because on the other side of the ball you had Dotson, John, Rhoden, Hudson, etc, etc, etc.

      You could argue that players like Melky are the reason the Yanks haven’t won since 2000, be it Bubba Crosby, Karim Garcia, Tony Clark, Tony Womack, Aaron Boone, etc, etc, etc

    3. MJ
      July 25th, 2006 | 8:44 am

      Raf, for every Karim Garcia, Tony Clark, Tony Womack, and Aaron Boone there was a Javier Vazquez, Tanyon Sturtze, Jeff Weaver, Kevin Brown, and Wayne Franklin waiting in the wings to screw things up.

    4. jonm
      July 25th, 2006 | 9:49 am

      Steve,
      I like Melky too and find him a joy to watch, but I can’t say that I agree with your analysis here.

      First, when we talk about the Yankees last period of dominance, we should talk about the 1996-1999 Yankees and not include 2000. That 2000 team only won 87 games and got a little lucky in the post-season. All in all, I think that every Yankee team since 2000 has been a better team than that team.

      What the 96-99 Yankee team had was a very strong bench of “former” all-stars (Strawberry, Raines, Davis) and useful role players like Leyritz. The teams since then have not had such a bench. Nor have they had a strong bullpen. The lack of a good bench and a good bullpen, I think, is what has caused the shortage of world championships since that time.

      Also, if anything the Yankees stuck with their “play-makers” too long. By the end of the run, the Yankees were getting below average production at both infield corners and RF. I can still remember my frustration with Martinez in particular. A forgotten mistake was over-reacting to Brosius’ 1998 career year and signing Brosius after 1998 while trading Mike Lowell. If they had kept Lowell, the team would have gotten younger and cheaper. That is the kind of cold-hearted move that the Yankees made in the 50s and that lack of sentimentality explains how that dynasty was able to last so long.

    5. July 25th, 2006 | 12:10 pm

      FWIW, I found the Torre quote on Melky:

      “He seems to really enjoy being the guy that you count on,”

      jon – good points. Maybe less $14-18 million players means more money for a bench and pen?

    6. jonm
      July 25th, 2006 | 2:05 pm

      Yeah, and it would be nice to see the Yankees develop some of their own pitchers to fill out the rotation and bullpen, too. That might be easier if they didn’t have to give up draft picks in order to sign players like Pavano and Wright.

    7. Raf
      July 25th, 2006 | 11:50 pm

      The lack of a good bench and a good bullpen, I think, is what has caused the shortage of world championships since that time.
      ++++++++++++++++++++++

      I think the breaks have gone against them.

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