Via David Lennon nine days ago:
The architect of these Yankees offers no apologies for the all-or-nothing attack of the 2012 Bronx Bombers . It’s no happy accident that they led the majors with 245 home runs (the most in franchise history), went deep in a major league- record 131 of 162 games and relied on the long ball for a third of their RBI production.
This is by design, and general manager Brian Cashman loves what he sees from this power-mad roster.
“I want a team that walks and mashes,” Cashman said. “And if you can mash and hit home runs, then you can hit singles and doubles, too. We’re not going to hit triples. But we’re built the way we are for a reason.
“I’m still using the Gene Michael playbook, and this is about getting big, hairy monsters that mash and are selective at the plate. There’s a reason we’re perennially at the top of runs scored.”
That’s the bottom line, right? There’s no extra credit for taking longer to get around the bases, no additional style points for nifty bunts or dramatic steals.
When Joe Girardi faced questions earlier this season about the Yankees’ occasional lapses with situational hitting– as he often does — he explained that home runs are just part of his team’s DNA.
As for runners in scoring position, well, Girardi pointed out that his players don’t need to be standing at second base for that. It happens as soon as they step into the batter’s box.
“Our bread-and-butter has been the long ball,” Nick Swisher said. “The Yankees have been doing that for years. On some teams, a guy may get a base hit, steal second and then there’s a single for him to score. With us, we might walk and then hit a two-run jack.”
Great plan. It’s working out really well this post-season…