• Your Yankees Fan Perspective Today

    Posted by on May 29th, 2012 · Comments (23)

    Heading into tonight’s game, the New York Yankees are 2.5 games out of first place and 2.0 games out of last place. Are you happy about the former or concerned about the latter?

    Comments on Your Yankees Fan Perspective Today

    1. MJ Recanati
      May 29th, 2012 | 2:17 pm

      I’m neither happy nor concerned. The Yankees haven’t played great baseball to this point but they’re very much in the hunt for the division so there’s really nothing to be upset about.

      It would be great if the team could win 100 games every year and lock up the division by mid-September on an annual basis. That’s just not realistic or possible so if their road to October means that they have to fight in August and September, so be it.

      The Yankees are a good team. They have their flaws but so does everyone else in their division (or in baseball, for that matter).

    2. Greg H.
      May 29th, 2012 | 4:20 pm

      I saw them play in Oakland on Friday and was happy. I listened to them last night and was concerned. I think they will have their challenges this year, especially if all 5 teams in the division play at or about the same level most of the season. In that case anything could happen.

      I’ll feel better once Gardner is back and we see how Robertson’s return goes. Given they come back healthy and productive, they make us a better team.

      I was an Ibanez skeptic, and he’s done his part. I was ready to get crazy about Tex, and then he started ripping the cover off the ball. Hughes is the only one really frustrating me right now. I’m starting to think we need to find him a nice quiet place in the other league.

    3. MJ Recanati
      May 29th, 2012 | 4:24 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      I’m starting to think we need to find him a nice quiet place in the other league.

      Good luck with that one. We’d get nothing back for him so there’s really no sense jettisoning a crappy #5 starter that makes no money. If he were expensive and crappy, maybe I could see it. But for as long as he’s cheap, he’s valuable to us in that he doesn’t cost us $10M to suck ass.

    4. redbug
      May 29th, 2012 | 5:11 pm

      Their major flaw has not been hitting w/ runners in scoring position. If they don’t fix that, they will not make the playoffs.

    5. Raf
      May 29th, 2012 | 7:21 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      I’m neither happy nor concerned. The Yankees haven’t played great baseball to this point but they’re very much in the hunt for the division so there’s really nothing to be upset about.

      Works for me!

      2.5 out of 1st, and 2 out of last merely suggests that the division race up to this point has been tight. Nothing more, nothing less.

    6. KPOcala
      May 29th, 2012 | 8:18 pm

      Funny about the notion of “clutch hitting”. It doesn’t exist untill it’s your player/team that has you pulling your hair out. Boy the outfield suddenly got thin when Gardner went down, no? What concerns me most is the lack of minor league development. It’s great to have names, but too many seem to vaporize when they reach AAA or it looks as though they are about to get called up. Cashman’s fault? Contreras? Someone else? I don’t know what’s going on, but it has me uneasy/queasy…At least we didn’t empty the minors for King Felix, he’s had a hell of an early workload, and maybe it’s starting to show….

    7. LMJ229
      May 29th, 2012 | 8:27 pm

      Well right now the Yankees are essentially tied with the White Sox for the final wild card spot so I guess we can’t complain too much. That being said, they are frustrating the hell out of me with their utter futility with RISP and the inconsistency of their starters.

    8. LMJ229
      May 29th, 2012 | 8:48 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      What concerns me most is the lack of minor league development.

      I couldn’t agree more. The Yankees were envisioning a future rotation of Sabathia, Hughes, Nova, Pineda, and Banuelos/Betances. Aside from Sabathia, they desperately need a salary cap friendly rotation in order to be able to sign Granderson and Cano to long-term deals. Hughes is barely hanging onto the #5 spot, Nova has been just OK, Pineda has a serious (potentially career threatening) shoulder injury, Banuelos is hurt (again), and Betances has gotten lit up in the minors. Seriously folks, who do you envision in our 2013 or 2014 rotation? We can’t keep riding the Petitte/Kuroda/Garcia bus.

    9. Raf
      May 29th, 2012 | 10:48 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Seriously folks, who do you envision in our 2013 or 2014 rotation? We can’t keep riding the Petitte/Kuroda/Garcia bus.

      People have been saying this for how many years now?

    10. #15
      May 30th, 2012 | 11:26 am

      Really pretty sad that we don’t appear to have even one, count ‘em one, stud outfield prospect that needed a cup of coffee while Gardy healed up. So they bring in the well traveled, but not very exciting super-sub type in Nix. Meeh… A patch at best. He’ll never develop into an everyday player and he’s not above average at any aspect of the game.

      That suggests to me that there are a lot of minor league outfielders that aren’t knocking on the door. That ought to make Gardner’s, Swisher’s and Granderson’s agents happy.

      I think the shaky outfield play of Raul and Nunex probably cost us a game or two.

    11. MJ Recanati
      May 30th, 2012 | 2:29 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Really pretty sad that we don’t appear to have even one, count ‘em one, stud outfield prospect that needed a cup of coffee while Gardy healed up.

      Not a lot of teams have a viable MLB replacement at every position just waiting in the upper minors. Most teams have strengths and weakenesses in their farm system.

    12. redbug
      May 30th, 2012 | 5:56 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:

      Which position(s) are occupied by a stud in the Yankees farm?

    13. MJ Recanati
      May 30th, 2012 | 8:28 pm

      @ redbug:
      In the upper minors, the Yankees have no stud positional prospects. They have high-ceiling arms (Betances/Banuelos) and high floor arms (Warren/Mitchell) but the upper minors are mainly usable parts and not much more.

      In the lower minors, there are high ceiling positional prospects like Gary Sanchez, JR Murphy, Angelo Gumbs, Mason Williams, Ravel Santana and Dante Bichette (and others like Greg Bird/Matt Duran/Rookie Davis who will get their first taste of pro ball this year).

    14. LMJ229
      May 30th, 2012 | 11:11 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      In the upper minors, the Yankees have no stud positional prospects.

      Well #15 said it, that’s really pretty sad.

    15. MJ Recanati
      May 31st, 2012 | 7:50 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Well #15 said it, that’s really pretty sad.

      How so?

      Quick, tell me all the positional prospects in the upper minors for the Orioles, who have been picking in the top 5 for the past decade.

      Quick, tell me all the positional prospects in the upper minors for the Oakland A’s, who have been picking in the top 15 for the past decade.

      Quick, tell me all the positional prospects in the upper minors for the San Diego Padres, who have been picking in the top 15 for the past decade (and don’t tell me about Alonso (whom they traded for) nor Rizzo (whom they traded for and then traded away).

      The Yankees are but one of many teams that don’t have positional prospects in the upper minors. The other teams have been missing the playoffs with regularity and picking in the top half of the draft. What’s their excuse?

    16. LMJ229
      May 31st, 2012 | 9:04 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      I really don’t give a crap about the Orioles, the A’s and the Padres so I can’t tell you one thing about their minor leagues. If you want to tell me they suck, so be it, I will take you at your word. Defending the Yankees futility by pointing out the futility of others makes no sense to me. Not every guy who plays at the major league level is a top 15 first round pick so excusing the Yankees futility because they pick so late is just that – an excuse.

    17. LMJ229
      May 31st, 2012 | 9:05 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      The Yankees are but one of many teams that don’t have positional prospects in the upper minors. The other teams have been missing the playoffs with regularity and picking in the top half of the draft. What’s their excuse?

      I guess they suck at evaluating talent and don’t have the money to make up for their mistakes, like the Yankees do.

    18. Raf
      May 31st, 2012 | 9:39 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Defending the Yankees futility by pointing out the futility of others makes no sense to me.

      It adds context. The point is that if it were that easy, then teams like the O’s, A’s and Padres would have stacked minor leagues. Problem is that it doesn’t work that way. Great draft picks flame out, lousy picks work out and everything in between. Some teams draft on tools, other draft on need, others draft on availability, yet others draft on potential. And even when players make it to the majors anything can happen to render them ineffective.

      Yankee dollars and talent evaluation does not trump human nature and the nature of baseball.

    19. MJ Recanati
      June 1st, 2012 | 9:30 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      I guess they suck at evaluating talent and don’t have the money to make up for their mistakes, like the Yankees do.

      Actually, in the case of the Padres, they don’t suck at all at evaluating talent. They’re really quite good at it. The point is, as Raf alluded to, you can be a great evaluative team and still have little to show for it.

      Moreover, money has little to do with it. The Yankees can’t simply draft the best eligible outfielder just because they have the most money. It used to work like that to an extent but not to the extent people like to believe.

    20. MJ Recanati
      June 1st, 2012 | 9:30 am

      Raf wrote:

      It adds context. The point is that if it were that easy, then teams like the O’s, A’s and Padres would have stacked minor leagues. Problem is that it doesn’t work that way. Great draft picks flame out, lousy picks work out and everything in between. Some teams draft on tools, other draft on need, others draft on availability, yet others draft on potential. And even when players make it to the majors anything can happen to render them ineffective.Yankee dollars and talent evaluation does not trump human nature and the nature of baseball.

      This. Required reading.

    21. LMJ229
      June 1st, 2012 | 10:50 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Great draft picks flame out, lousy picks work out and everything in between. And even when players make it to the majors anything can happen to render them ineffective.

      @ Raf:
      @ MJ Recanati:
      You make it sound like a total crap shoot.

    22. Raf
      June 1st, 2012 | 11:36 pm

      @ LMJ229:
      That’s because it is.

      Take a look at the Yankees’ draft history. Take a look at any organization draft history. There are more players that washed out than have had a cup of coffee in the majors.

    23. Raf
      June 2nd, 2012 | 1:13 pm

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