• Another Reason Why The Yankees Should Be Embarrassed

    Posted by on February 26th, 2014 · Comments (19)

    Every season, Baseball America lists their “Top 100 Prospects” in the game.  And, they do a pretty good job with it.  I would estimate that 90% of those who make their list go on to play in the major leagues.

    This season, the Boston Red Sox have 8 players in the Top 100.  The New York Yankees have 2 players -  and only the Angels, Giants and Rays have less than two players in the Top 100.

    Further, one of the Yankees two is Masahiro Tanaka – who really shouldn’t be considered as a “prospect find” by the Yankees.

    Why Brian Cashman still has a job is beyond me?

    Comments on Another Reason Why The Yankees Should Be Embarrassed

    1. K-V-C
      February 26th, 2014 | 10:52 am

      Lets see:

      Major League Baseball Executive of the Year for 2009 by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

      7 American League pennants
      5 World Series Championships

    2. February 26th, 2014 | 11:09 am

      @ K-V-C:
      How about since 2006?

    3. #15
      February 26th, 2014 | 11:55 am

      “This season, the Boston Red Sox have 8 players in the Top 100.”

      Yet they would still have been up a creek for years if the Dodgers hadn’t bailed them out of their “trifecta”, i.e., contracts to A-Gon, Crawford and Beckett.

      Now, if we can get someone to take A-Rod’s contract…. Hopefully CC and Tex bounce back or that could be our trifecta.

    4. KPOcala
      February 26th, 2014 | 12:26 pm

      Ever go down any of these publications’ top 100 lists, over a ten year period, and see how many actually make it? If their “talent evaluators” were in your (or mine) employee, they’d all be fired, no. Steve?

    5. #15
      February 26th, 2014 | 1:45 pm

      To remind you of a story I related a while back…

      Gene Michael told me that in all his years (say, up to 2000 at the time) watching new talent emerge, he saw 3 sure fire, can’t miss HOF’s… Derek Jeter, Donnie Baseball, and …. Yep, you guessed it… Ricky Ledee. It’s hard to project MLB talent, and injuries are a wildcard in the process. Throw in youngin’s getting contract-blocked and it’s very hard to know for sure how someone will work out.

      Still, there is no question the Yankees have not done a good job. A former Yankee org guy that I was friends with had a reputation for going against the in-house glowing endorsements on Yankee prospects. He hated the baseball skills of Montero (way over-rated and would never make it long term as a catcher, not the hitter everyone said he was), Tabata (bad work ethic and no plate discipline – unteachable), E. Duncan (love him, but he just can’t hit), Hughes (soft, chewy center) and Joba (a drunk), for example, and told me that before they flopped/failed to meet expectations. George used to go to him to get it unvarnished, so he made a lot of enemies along the way. Though he had ~ 20 years with the org and nearly 20 more with other teams, he predicted he wouldn’t be around long after George was gone… and he was right. Not sure who created/perpetuates the culture of “get with the program or get lost” with respect to the prospects but it needs to stop.

    6. February 26th, 2014 | 2:16 pm

      Have the Yankees, ever, at any time in the Cashman era, ever had a prospect as good as Xander Bogaerts?

    7. Raf
      February 26th, 2014 | 2:27 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Have the Yankees, ever, at any time in the Cashman era, ever had a prospect as good as Xander Bogaerts?

      https://www.baseballamerica.com/online/leagues/mlb/yankees/99top10.html

    8. Mr. October
      February 26th, 2014 | 4:01 pm

      K-V-C wrote:

      Lets see:
      Major League Baseball Executive of the Year for 2009 by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
      7 American League pennants
      5 World Series Championships

      Let’s see:

      1 American League Pennant, and 1 World Series championship, since 2005 when “everyone in the baseball operations departments” began reporting to this idiot:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/28/sports/baseball/28cashman.html?_r=0

      Or:

      0 Amnerican League Pennants, and 0 World Championships, with payrolls below $210 million since 2005, when “everyone in the baseball operations departments” began reporting to this idiot:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259036/Brian-Cashman-told-mistress-Louise-Neathway-Yankees-manager-help-child-custody-case.html

      One would think that the GM of an organization that “controls the universe” would have won more than the Boston Red Sox in The Cashman Autoeroticisim Era.

    9. Mr. October
      February 26th, 2014 | 4:21 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Yet they would still have been up a creek for years if the Dodgers hadn’t bailed them out of their “trifecta”, i.e., contracts to A-Gon, Crawford and Beckett.

      Yet, if the 3-time World Champion Boston Red Sox (since 2004) had the money The Cashman Yankees had, the defending champions would not have been up the creek at all…

      What ultimately happened with the contracts of Kei Igawa, Carl Pavano, Nick Johnson, AJ Burnett, etc.? How much money did the 45-year old Roger Clemens “earn” in the middle of the rotation for a few months of the failed 2007 season with his 4.18 ERA? $1 million per game?

      How much money will The Cashman Yankees be writing off on the A-Rod contract in 2015? $61 million? How many organizations can do that? 1. How many organizations have a better farm system than The Cashman Yankees? 20-25. There’s only 30 teams…

    10. K-V-C
      February 26th, 2014 | 4:37 pm

      @ Steve L.: You can’t pick and choose bits and pieces of a guys resume. You look at the total career.

    11. Mr. October
      February 26th, 2014 | 4:56 pm

      K-V-C wrote:

      You can’t pick and choose bits and pieces of a guys resume. You look at the total career.

      And when I look at the bits and pieces of Gene Michael’s resume, or Gene Michael’s total career, I look at the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, because Gene Michael is the person most responsible for the construction of those teams…

      Brian McGuire Cashman’s career isn’t much to speak of after 2005-06, is it? $2.25-2.50 billion spent, and only one AL Pennant? What happened with Cashman’s “Midas touch” after 2005-06?

    12. Mr. October
      February 26th, 2014 | 5:13 pm

      Raf wrote:

      https://www.baseballamerica.com/online/leagues/mlb/yankees/99top10.html

      Whatever happened to Mr. Mike Lowell?

      I know Brian Cashman convinced George M. Steinbrenner to turn down an offer of a pitcher named Randy Johnson for Lowell and Hideki Irabu from Seattle in July, 1998, before Johnson would go on to win FOUR CONSECUTIVE CY YOUNG AWARDS from 1999-2002 without Cashman attempting to negotiate a contract extension with Johnson, but I lost track of Lowell’s career after that…

      What kind of career did Lowell have? Did the Cashman pick up some talent for him?

      Isn’t Alfonso Soriano the same ballplayer Cashman offered a young prospect named Robinson Cano with in a proposed trade with the Texas Rangers in 2002 for a player named Alex Rodriguez or something, before Cashman offered Cano months later for the aforementioned Randy Johnson, who was 41 years old by that time, in 2004?

      What kind of career did Cano have?

      How was Nick Johnson’s career with the Yankees?

      Whatever happened with that great Cashman right-handed pitching prospect, Brian Keith? I lost track of him after CBS cancelled his series Family Affair.

    13. Mr. October
      February 26th, 2014 | 5:51 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      Did the Cashman pick up some talent for him?

      DId Cashman pick up some talent for [Lowell]?

      Mr. October wrote:

      Isn’t Alfonso Soriano the same ballplayer Cashman offered a young prospect named Robinson Cano with in a proposed trade with the Texas Rangers in 2002

      … with the Texas Rangers in 2004.

      It’s hard not to laugh when thinking about Brian Cashman’s record as GM, and hard to type when laughing so hard – hence the typos.

      K-V-C wrote:

      Major League Baseball Executive of the Year for 2009 by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

      One more question (as I hold my breath to refrain from laughing): How many times has Brian Cashman won this award spending less than $423.5 million in the previous offseason?

    14. Evan3457
      February 26th, 2014 | 6:33 pm

      And, they do a pretty good job with it. I would estimate that 90% of those who make their list go on to play in the major leagues.

      Correct. Actually, a little better than that.

      From 1990-2009, a little less than 92% of the BA Top 100 prospects have played at least one game in the majors.

      This season, the Boston Red Sox have 8 players in the Top 100. The New York Yankees have 2 players – and only the Angels, Giants and Rays have less than two players in the Top 100.

      Another Reason Why The Yankees Should Be Embarrassed

      Not so much. In the 2006-2013 BA Top 100 lists, the total scoreboard is: Red Sox, 29 prospects, Yankees, 30 prospects. In 4 of the 8 years, the Yanks had more prospects on the lists. In 3 years, the Sox had more. In one year, they had the same number of prospects.

    15. redbug
      February 26th, 2014 | 6:46 pm

      @ #15: Joba (a drunk)

      Ahhh, that explains a lot. I never heard that before.

    16. February 26th, 2014 | 7:29 pm

      @ #15:
      Can we get that guy back?

    17. Mr. October
      February 26th, 2014 | 7:45 pm

      With the way that Cashman & Co. handled Joba Chamberlain, it’s not surprising the guy developed a drinking problem…

    18. K-V-C
      February 26th, 2014 | 9:03 pm

      Yes we all know the Yankees spend money, so what they have it, should they pocket it like most of the other owners?

      Stop crying about the money. Are you guys RedSox fans?

    19. Mr. October
      February 27th, 2014 | 7:26 pm

      K-V-C wrote:

      Yes we all know the Yankees spend money, so what they have it, should they pocket it like most of the other owners?
      Stop crying about the money. Are you guys RedSox fans?

      Straw man… Straw man… Straw man!

      What the Yankees should do is employ executive management that is capable of fielding the type of team that $220-40 million should buy, and build the type of organization from top-to-bottom that a franchise with it’s revenues and operating income (and history and tradition) should be, and the Steinbrenners are not doing that by employing individuals such as this as Senior Vice President and General Manager Moron:

      http://deadspin.com/5845140/the-photos-of-yankees-gm-brian-cashman-that-broke-up-a-marriage

      That type of organization or franchise would have won a lot more than only five postseason series, and one A.L. Pennant, from 2005-2013, or The Cashman Autoeroticism Era, with the billions spent on player acquisition and development in that time.

      Red Sox fans?

      If “us guys” were Red Sox fans, we would be clamoring for Brian Cashman to be locked up contractually through the year 2050. The man is an embarrassment and a joke.

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