• Maybe McCann’t Should Be His Name?

    Posted by on May 2nd, 2014 · Comments (6)

    On March 19th, I wrote:

    Over His Last 889 MLB PA, Brian McCann Hit .242

    And, his OPS+ was 99.

    Lastly, in the second half of 2013, his BA/OBP/SLG line was .220/.296/.384 (in 196 PA).

    Hey, it’s always possible that the Braves let him walk for a reason…

    Well, in his first 94 PA this season, McCann’s BA/OBA/SLG line is .225/.266/.348 – which is an OPS+ of 70.

    How many more MLB PA do we need to tack on to this run before it’s time to raise the white flag and say this guy cannot hit anymore? Or, are his last near 1,000 MLB plate appearances not evidence enough?

    And, yes, Yankees GM Brian Cashman signed McCann to a $85 million, five-year, contract.

    So…get ready for the Cashman apologists to fire up the ol’ “It seemed like a good idea at the time” excuse machine (aka “Brian Cashman, He did Meanwell”).

    Seriously, did the Yankees even look at the numbers before signing this guy?  And, how many more PA have to flow under the bridge before the Yankees realize that the “bust” flood is happening?

    Comments on Maybe McCann’t Should Be His Name?

    1. JeremyM
      May 2nd, 2014 | 8:45 am

      Well, they had to let Russ Martin walk for the austerity budget.

      D’oh!

    2. May 2nd, 2014 | 8:56 am

      Basically, he’s been toast since he came back on August 14, 2011. From that time, through last night, he has a .232/.309/.409 slash line. And, that’s in close to (his last) 1,200 PA.

      http://tinyurl.com/lw3ewee

      He’s never been the same since this:
      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/26/brian-mccann-out-with-possible-oblique-injury/

    3. #15
      May 2nd, 2014 | 10:03 am

      The whole offense is sputtering. Very disappointing as they project to be a better contact team than we’ve had to suffer through during the “Granderson Era”. Ellsbury, despite the homer last night, has cooled off dramatically (every time I look up he’s in an 0-2 count), Jeter is lunging at balls out of the zone and then taking strikes, McCann keeps hitting thunderous foul balls – followed by weak ground outs to the right side, Beltran has lost that early shine, Sori is hacking like he does when he’s really going badly – kid of a lazy wave in his swing, Roberts can’t buy a hit (and I’m not liking his defense – at all), Tex shows some spark, but I still think no one is worried about facing him, Gardy has been inconsistent at best. It’s a collective slump and it will turn. There have been a lot of cold weather games on the schedule; can’t be helping. I thought the two Seattle pitchers threw very well. If we don’t hit better than we’ve shown lately, we are in for a long, long (minus Kevin Long) season.

    4. May 2nd, 2014 | 11:05 am

      I think we’ve seen this before – too many guys making a ton of money who assume that they automatically get a ring when they throw their glove on the field, just because they are the Yankees.

      At this point, it’s better to bottom out and rebuild, like they did when Showalter had the team, and come up with a new core to carry the team.

      Or course, they don’t have a GM, now, who can pull that off.

      That’s why, what you see, is what you will always get, with Cashman.

    5. Mr. October
      May 2nd, 2014 | 2:44 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      At this point, it’s better to bottom out and rebuild, like they did when Showalter had the team, and come up with a new core to carry the team.

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but Jeter was the only player of that core that was drafted in the 1st round (e.g. Davis 29th, Pettitte 22nd, Posada 24th, etc.; and Kelly, Rivera, and Williams were amateur free agents) – it wasn’t necessary to “bottom out” with Steinbrenner’s suspension in 1990 to rebuild; in other words, there was nothing to preclude the acquisition of the core players of 1996-2001 and beyond had the New York Yankees won four-out-of-five A.L. pennants from 1987-1991…

      Off-topic:
      Will the Steinbrenner and Cashman families have a runner at Churchill Downs this weekend, in the Kentucky Derby?

    6. Raf
      May 3rd, 2014 | 9:53 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      He’s never been the same since this:
      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/26/brian-mccann-out-with-possible-oblique-injury/

      I would say
      http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8513947/brian-mccann-atlanta-braves-surgery-torn-labrum

      Still, he posted a .256/.336/.461 line the season after, so let’s wait a while before writing him off.

      Steve L. wrote:

      I think we’ve seen this before – too many guys making a ton of money who assume that they automatically get a ring when they throw their glove on the field, just because they are the Yankees.

      I’m sure the players will take issue with that claim.

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