• Torre’s 1-2 Punch

    Posted by on October 24th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    In the Joe Torre Era, the Yankees have had four seasons where they had a great 1-2 punch at the start of their line-up:

    1999: Knoblauch & Jeter (113 RCAA)
    2002: Soriano & Jeter (57 RCAA)
    2003: Soriano & Jeter (56 RCAA)
    2006: Damon & Jeter (78 RCAA)

    Clearly, the Knoblauch & Jeter team of 1999 was the best of the bunch.

    It’s a shame that Knoblauch’s career ended the way that it did…and it would be very interesting to someday hear the true story behind all his issues. Was it HGH related? Was it the stress of his father’s condition? Both? Something else?

    Com’on Chuck – write a book for us. I would read it.

    Comments on Torre’s 1-2 Punch

    1. jonm
      October 24th, 2006 | 1:26 pm

      You’re right about that, Steve. It would be fascinating.

      Based on this list:
      http://tinyurl.com/yel7h4
      up until the age of 30, Knoblauch was on a career path that would have made him a borderline Hall of Fame candidate.

      Then, something happened. One factor is that he was a 2B and, for whatever reason, 2B don’t age well.

    2. Raf
      October 24th, 2006 | 1:36 pm

      Then, something happened. One factor is that he was a 2B and, for whatever reason, 2B don’t age well.
      ============
      Yah, Knobby got old quick. OPS dropped nearly 100 points from 1999-2000.

    3. MJ
      October 24th, 2006 | 2:30 pm

      Just a few days ago, you told us you wanted to see Brett Gardner batting leadoff. I hope your own research has shown you why Damon, and only Damon, should be hitting in front of Jeter in 2007.

    4. Pete
      October 24th, 2006 | 2:35 pm

      I also remember hearing something about his marriage. It could very well be that the combination of a bunch of personal problems just wouldn’t allow him to play the way he used to.

    5. October 24th, 2006 | 2:50 pm

      ~~~Just a few days ago, you told us you wanted to see Brett Gardner batting leadoff. I hope your own research has shown you why Damon, and only Damon, should be hitting in front of Jeter in 2007.~~~

      Moving Damon to 3rd and Gardner, once he’s ready, to lead-off, would only be because Gardner can only hit 1st or 9th – whereas Damon has the power to bat 3rd.

      Moving Damon is not a knock on Damon – it’s a compliment.

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