• Is 2013 The Yankees Worst Season Since 1992?

    Posted by on September 18th, 2013 · Comments (9)

    If the Yankees finish in 4th place, with less than 87 wins, this year – which it’s looking good that they will – then…yes.

    The last time the Yankees finished in 4th place was 1992.  And, the last time the Yankees had less than 87 wins in a full 162-game season was 1992.

    Those are hard, cold, facts.

    How long ago was 1992?  Well, in June of that year, the Yankees drafted some kid out of Kalamazoo named Derek Jeter. And, he’s now in his 22nd year of playing professional baseball.

    Comments on Is 2013 The Yankees Worst Season Since 1992?

    1. September 18th, 2013 | 6:58 am
    2. Kamieniecki
      September 18th, 2013 | 1:24 pm

      At the time of the Jul. 27 trade for Soriano:

      The team was playing .519 baseball, and was 8 games out of first and 3.5 games out of the wildcard. Granderson and Rodriguez returned to the lineup in the first week of August.

      Six weeks later the team was still playing only .521 baseball, and was 11.5 games out of first and 3.0 games out of the wildcard. The story in 2013 was pitching: 9th in the AL.

      The pitching has come full circle in the Autonomy Era from 2005-06 to 2012-13:

      2005: 9th in the AL
      2006: 6th in the AL
      2007: 8th in the AL
      2008: 8th in the AL
      2009: 4th in the AL ($243 million spent on starting pitching; World Series title)
      2010: 7th in the AL
      2011: 4th in the AL
      2012: 6th in the AL
      2013: 9th in the AL

    3. September 18th, 2013 | 2:32 pm

      Brian Cashman knows about as much on pitching as Bashar al-Assad knows about peace, love and understanding.

    4. Garcia
      September 18th, 2013 | 2:39 pm

      What difference does it make where they end up in the standings? I don’t get the logic here. The only thing I know is that they missed the playoffs because of a variety of factors, the biggest being injuries to key guys.

      Not making it to the playoffs automatically means (at least to me) that each person in the organization is assigned a grade, a grade worse than a B- means they either get rid of the person by firing them, if it’s a player you let them go, trade them or figure something out. All I take out of this season is that there’s a lot of work to be done by the executives and front office, the on-field management, and the players. Everyone is accountable!

      This team did not play like the 1993 San Francisco Giants and barely missed the playoffs. Why do you guys harp on the money the Yankees throw around so much? Is it your money? If they don’t spend it, the ticket prices don’t go down. They are paying big bucks because they are the NY eff’ing Yankees, not some podunk team in south Jersey. Get the f’ over that already!

    5. Sweet Lou
      September 18th, 2013 | 7:40 pm

      Name the MLB organization -

      As of Sep., 2013, the two most effective pitchers on the Major League team were drafted and signed in the early 1990s, are 41 years old and 43 years old, and will both be retiring at the end of the 2013 season.

      In 2014:

      the team will have a 38 year old third baseman;

      the team will have a 40 year old shortstop; and

      the team will have a 40 year old right fielder.

      The 40 year old right fielder was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in 2012 for a pitcher that is now the Mariners’ closer and who has converted 12 of his first 14 save opportunities with a 24-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 17.67 IP, and a .177 batting average against.

      Can you name the MLB organization?

      Hint: Its GM once said, “I don’t care if it’s old, I care if it’s good.”

    6. Kamieniecki
      September 18th, 2013 | 8:21 pm

      Sweet Lou wrote:

      Can you name the MLB organization?

      If the answer is Qashman’s Quadragenarians, formerly known as The Bronx Bombers, they also have a 38 year old left fielder.

    7. Mr. October
      September 18th, 2013 | 10:21 pm

      Kamieniecki wrote:

      2013: 9th in the AL

      2014: 10th in the AL or worse.

    8. Kamieniecki
      September 19th, 2013 | 3:08 pm

      Garcia wrote:

      The only thing I know is that they missed the playoffs because of a variety of factors, the biggest being injuries to key guys.

      The most obvious factor was injuries to key guys; the biggest factors were failures at every level of the organization from scouting and player development since 2005, to Cashman’s 2012-13 winter program.

      Garcia wrote:

      Everyone is accountable!

      Agreed.

      Garcia wrote:

      Why do you guys harp on the money the Yankees throw around so much?

      Because you guys harp on the playoff appearances so much.

      If this was some podunk, small-market team with payrolls less than $100 million, then playoff appearances in 7 out of 9 seasons would be significant; but this is the NY effing Yankees with payrolls of more than $200 million, and the highest paid GM in MLB, so playoff appearances in 7 out of 9 seasons with a 25-26 playoff record overall, and a possible 4th place finish as of mid-September, 2013, is ridiculous.

    9. Sweet Lou
      September 19th, 2013 | 4:32 pm

      Kamieniecki wrote:

      Cashman’s 2012-13 winter program.

      Yankees’ Woes Stem from a Wrong Winter

      “In diagnosing what has gone wrong for the Yankees this year, you can go big-picture, pointing to the huge commitments to Rodriguez, Sabathia and Teixeira; the Pineda trade; and the farm system not delivering…, to name three.

      … In addition to bringing back Kuroda last winter, the Yankees also re-signed Pettitte and Rivera… after that is when things turned south…

      What were the Yankees’ biggest mistakes last winter?

      1. Not re-signing Martin… Stewart, a solid backup, has been overexposed.

      2. Re-signing Suzuki… He’s turning 40 next month… they owe him another $6.5 million for next year.

      3. Signing Youkilis… the Yankees should’ve brought back Chavez instead — he was much cheaper ($3 million) and proved more durable (75 games to Youkilis’ 28)…

      4. Not doing more to insure against Jeter’s health problems… up until the middle of spring training, the Yankees were acting under the belief Jeter would be ready for Opening Day…

      The biggest negative about this situation is it seems likely to repeat this winter…It’s why the failure of Nunez to prove himself as a viable alternative really hurts…”

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