• The Bonus In The Yankees Tanking In ’14?

    Posted by on January 15th, 2014 · Comments (8)

    You know, 2014 is the last year of Brian Cashman’s contract.

    If the Yankees don’t finish in first this year – which is very probable – that would make it 5 times in the last 8 years where Brian Cashman’s Yankees failed to win the division.  Do we need any more evidence that the Yankees current G.M., when given total control over the team, doesn’t have what it takes to field a first-place team?

    Would another season, this year, like the one they had in 2013, bring cause for the team to finally consider someone else for G.M.?

    Personally, I doubt it.

    Cashman, Randy Levine and Lonn Trost are all in bed together.  They protect each other.  And, it’s going to be tough to get any of them out of there as long as the Steinbrenner family owns the team.

    And, that’s a shame.

    Comments on The Bonus In The Yankees Tanking In ’14?

    1. Mr. October
      January 15th, 2014 | 1:36 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      If the Yankees don’t finish in first this year – which is very probable – that would make it 5 times in the last 8 years where Brian Cashman’s Yankees failed to win the division [with the highest payrolls in baseball].

      If/When Tanaka decides to take The Steinbrenners’ money to pitch in The Bronx AND if he becomes a bona fide top-of-the-rotation starter, can or will this be considered a “contending” team in July without a lot of improvement from CC Sabathia? And the bullpen?

      Steve L. wrote:

      Do we need any more evidence that the Yankees current G.M., when given total control over the team, doesn’t have what it takes to field a first-place team?

      If the Steinbrenner family is willing to carry one of the top 3-5 payrolls in baseball, and winning more than 1 World Series championship every 10 years is not more of a priority to them than making the playoffs 8 out of every 10 years, then what is the incentive to get rid of Cashman?

    2. McMillan
      January 15th, 2014 | 2:04 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      If the Steinbrenner family is willing to carry one of the top 3-5 payrolls in baseball, and winning more than 1 World Series championship every 10 years is not more of a priority to them than making the playoffs 8 out of every 10 years, then what is the incentive to get rid of Cashman?

      Cashman brings such great publicity to this organization, too…

    3. KPOcala
      January 15th, 2014 | 5:31 pm

      This quote HAS to be from Hank. Sound just like the stuff the an elderly Steinbrenner used to get “quoted” from in “statements”:

      “Just because he had great success over there doesn’t mean he’s going to be lights out here,” one official said. “We’ll find out soon enough, but it’s not like he’s a sure-fire thing. I’d like to think so, but I’m not convinced.”

      Just what the team needs, “wisdom from a bottle”……..

    4. #15
      January 15th, 2014 | 5:35 pm

      I’d rather see: McCann hit 25 dingers and drive in 70 (not crazy in Yankee Stadium); Tex give us GG 1st base play for 140 games and hit .275 and drive in 100 (including hitting the ball to the opposite field a minimum of 3 times a week), CC go 18-11 with a 3.85 ERA and regain his ability to blow the ball past guys once in a while, or at least regain command of his fastball, a repeat of HK’s year, Nova get 30 starts and go 17-12 with a repeat of his 3.10 ERA!!!, Robertson emerge as a closer and cut down on pitches thrown, Gardner and Ellsburry combine for ~ 90 SB’s and a collective .360 OBP, with each scoring over 100 runs, Jeter get 550 AB’s and hit .275, Beltran hit 25 bombs and drive in 90 (more or less repeat last year), and Soriano hit 35 and drive in 100 (again, +/-, a repeat of last year)…. and yes, I’d rather see these happen, even if it means Cashman gets an extension.

    5. McMillan
      January 15th, 2014 | 5:45 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      If/When Tanaka decides to take The Steinbrenners’ money to pitch in The Bronx AND if he becomes a bona fide top-of-the-rotation starter, can or will this be considered a “contending” team in July without a lot of improvement from CC Sabathia?

      Kershaw has come off the board for Team Cashman as a potential free agent starter: 7 years/$215 mil.

    6. Kamieniecki
      January 15th, 2014 | 6:23 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      If/When Tanaka decides to take The Steinbrenners’ money to pitch in The Bronx AND if he becomes a bona fide top-of-the-rotation starter, can or will this be considered a “contending” team in July without a lot of improvement from CC Sabathia?

      A contending team for an American League Wild Card game, or Division series, perhaps…

      McMillan wrote:

      Kershaw has come off the board for Team Cashman as a potential free agent starter: 7 years/$215 mil.

      It’s a good thing a Mussina, Sabathia, Kershaw, or no. 1 starter is always available on the free agent market if Tanaka signs elsewhere or doesn’t turn out to be a true no. 1.

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Prove to me that it’s the pitching, and not the hitting, which determines who wins [in the postseason].

      Regular Season BAVG vs. Postseason BAVG
      A.L.:
      2013: .270 vs. .235
      2012: .257 vs. .218
      2011: .266 vs. .248
      2010: .269 vs. .250
      2009: .278 vs. .239
      2008: .268 vs. .237
      Total:
      2008-2013: .267 vs. .238

    7. McMillan
      January 15th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      2013 was an outlier! False erudition… pseudo-logic (sic)… crank opinions…

      Kamieniecki wrote:

      Regular Season BAVG vs. Postseason BAVG
      A.L.:
      2013: .270 vs. .235

      Total:
      2008-2013: .267 vs. .238

      @ Evan3457:
      I thought 2013 was an “outlier?” The numbers for 2013 and 2008-2013 are almost identical??

    8. Kamieniecki
      January 16th, 2014 | 6:19 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      I thought 2013 was an “outlier?” The numbers for 2013 [(.270 vs. .235)] and 2008-2013 [(.267 vs. .238)] are almost identical??

      @ Evan3457:
      For the Cashman Autonomy Era (2005-2013), the difference is even greater: the cumulative postseason BAVGs of all playoff teams is 31 points lower than their regular season BAVGs… It’s almost as if run prevention might be more significant to postseason success than offense… If so, that might explain, in part, why Team Cashman, with all of its 39-44 year old postseason starting pitchers, have had a .490 postseason WPCT in the Era. Another theory is that it’s been years of bad luck with RISP.

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