Via Paul White’s ORGANIZATIONAL REPORT on the Yankees in Sports Weekly:
Two years ago, when New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman signed a three-year contract, he said, “We have three years to try to deliver a championship and try to rebuild the system.”
With a year left, Cashman can claim to have succeeded on one count, but it’s not the one that seemed more likely back then.
They’re still the Yankees — as Cashman says, “still the Steinbrenner Yankees” — with the offense that scored 76 more runs than any other team in the major leagues in 2007. They have the game’s best player in third baseman Alex Rodriguez and arguably its best leader in team captain and shortstop Derek Jeter.
They have been in the playoffs 13 consecutive seasons, but is the streak in jeopardy? Possibly, with the Boston Red Sox having ended the Yankees’ run of nine division titles in a row on the way to a second World Series win in four years and an improved Detroit Tigers team combining with the Cleveland Indians for a potent 1-2 punch in the AL Central.
Those three teams will likely make winning the AL East or repeating as the wild-card team more difficult for the Yankees.
It’s an interesting thought: That the teams who Yankees might have to worry about this season are the Indians and Mariners (in a fight for the Wildcard). This assumes that the Red Sox, Tigers and Angels will be as good as people say they will be in 2008.
So, what do you say Yankees fans, are the M’s and Tribe no match for New York? Or, does Seattle have a leg up on this since they get to play the A’s and the Rangers 38 times this season?