If I would have told you, five years ago from today, that Andruw Jones and Eric Chavez would be bench players for the Yankees in five years, what would your reaction have been? Seriously, look at the careers of Jones and Chavez through 2005. How old were they? What did they accomplish to date at that time? Did anyone see this coming?
Ditto Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden at the end of the 1991 season. If I would have told you then, at that time, that they would be supporting players on the Yankees in five years, what would your reaction have been?
Makes you wonder where Phil Hughes and Robinson Cano will be five years from now.
Sometimes, in baseball, those who look like they’ll be around with your team, and stars, forever, don’t always work out that way.