Via Pete Caldera –
In just their second season in the last 19 without a playoff appearance, the 2013 Yankees established a club record by using 56 players due to a host of various physical issues.
Twenty-one of those players spent a total of 28 stints on the disabled list.
Many of those players were over age 30 and suffered the types of injuries – such as broken bones – that could not have been prevented. But it didn’t prevent the Yanks from sacking their strength and conditioning coordinator.
Dana Cavalea was let go by the club, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. He’d spent the last seven seasons as strength coach, replacing Marty Miller – dismissed in May 2007 after a spate of team hamstring injuries.
Earlier this month, the Yankees eliminated the position of well-liked advance scout/head video coordinator Charlie Wonsowicz, who had been in the organization for 21 years.
Personnel changes may yet be coming to the player development side, where baseball operations senior VP Mark Newman and amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer have come under increased scrutiny.
“We’ve got some concerns [about the farm system operation],” managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner told ESPN Radio two weeks ago. “We’re going to get to the bottom of it, believe me. Because everybody knows it’s unacceptable.”
Yes, it was all Charlie Wonsowicz’ fault…
…oh, my, god…