• Yankees Bad Starts Since 1996

    Posted by on June 5th, 2014 · Comments (9)

    The least amount of wins by a Yankees team, through the first 58 games of the season, since 1996:

    Rk Tm Year W ▾ L W-L%
    1 NYY 2007 27 31 Ind. Games .466
    2 NYY 2008 28 30 Ind. Games .483
    3 NYY 2005 28 30 Ind. Games .483
    4 NYY 2014 29 29 Ind. Games .500
    5 NYY 1997 31 27 Ind. Games .534
    6 NYY 2001 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    7 NYY 2013 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    8 NYY 2000 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    9 NYY 2012 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    10 NYY 2011 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    11 NYY 2003 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    12 NYY 1999 34 24 Ind. Games .586
    13 NYY 2009 34 24 Ind. Games .586
    14 NYY 1996 34 24 Ind. Games .586
    15 NYY 2006 35 23 Ind. Games .603
    16 NYY 2010 36 22 Ind. Games .621
    17 NYY 2002 37 21 Ind. Games .638
    18 NYY 2004 38 20 Ind. Games .655
    19 NYY 1998 45 13 Ind. Games .776
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 6/5/2014.

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    This is the fourth time since 2005 where the Yankees have not been above .500 after 58 games.  Didn’t Cashman get total control around 2005…and the non-core-four players that Michael/Watson brought in were mostly gone by then?

    Comments on Yankees Bad Starts Since 1996

    1. Scout
      June 5th, 2014 | 1:46 pm

      And yet the Sporting News just ranked our GM as the 8th best in baseball, crediitng him with restraining ownership in its reckless impulses to spend money foolishly. Go figure. Some in the media keep drinking the Cashman Kool-Aid.

    2. June 5th, 2014 | 4:02 pm

      Scout wrote:

      And yet the Sporting News just ranked our GM as the 8th best in baseball, crediitng him with restraining ownership in its reckless impulses to spend money foolishly. Go figure. Some in the media keep drinking the Cashman Kool-Aid.

      I have a theory on this…
      Most of these Best GM polls are done by asking other GMs, Scouts, et al.
      And, I think they all say “Cashman” – knowing that he’s overrated – with the hope that the Yankees are reading the press clippings and that keeps him in power…and thus making it easier on the other teams.

    3. EHawk
      June 6th, 2014 | 7:47 am

      Well and the Rays GM Andrew Friedman is often thought of as one of the best GM’s in baseball yet right now the Rays are the worst team in baseball and on a 10 game losing streak while spending more money on their roster this season then ever before. I live in Tampa and the fans are pissed especially since many picked them to win the World Series this year. Yet I don’t hear a peep from people blaming the GM.

    4. Raf
      June 7th, 2014 | 8:20 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      And, I think they all say “Cashman” – knowing that he’s overrated – with the hope that the Yankees are reading the press clippings and that keeps him in power…and thus making it easier on the other teams.

      That’s quite the stretch. Cashman as Yankees GM doesn’t make it harder or easier on other teams. Cashman isn’t the reason the Rays are in last place, nor is he the reason the Jays are in first. Cashman also isn’t the reason the Royals or the Mariners haven’t broken through, despite the reputations of their GM’s for drafting and developing players.

    5. Raf
      June 7th, 2014 | 8:27 am

      EHawk wrote:

      Well and the Rays GM Andrew Friedman is often thought of as one of the best GM’s in baseball yet right now the Rays are the worst team in baseball and on a 10 game losing streak while spending more money on their roster this season then ever before. I live in Tampa and the fans are pissed especially since many picked them to win the World Series this year. Yet I don’t hear a peep from people blaming the GM.

      Fans? Or fan? :P

      Seriously, the Rays have had a lot of injuries this year. I’d blame them before I’d blame Friedman, and I imagine that’s what they’re doing over there.

    6. Raf
      June 7th, 2014 | 9:12 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      This is the fourth time since 2005 where the Yankees have not been above .500 after 58 games. 

      2007: 94 wins, 2 games behind the Red Sox, won the wild card
      2008: 89 wins, 8 games behind the Rays, missed the playoffs for the first time since 1995
      2005: 95 wins, tied for 1st with the Red Sox, “won” AL East (for seeding purposes) based on winning the season series against the Red Sox

      2014: ?? – Bookmark and we’ll see after the season.

    7. LMJ229
      June 7th, 2014 | 1:13 pm

      Scout wrote:

      And yet the Sporting News just ranked our GM as the 8th best in baseball, crediitng him with restraining ownership in its reckless impulses to spend money foolishly. Go figure. Some in the media keep drinking the Cashman Kool-Aid.

      “Crediting him with restraining ownership in its reckless impulses to spend money foolishly …”
      Well when did George rise from the dead?! I don’t know how they can credit Cashman for that. Wasn’t it Hal that put all of Yankeeland into a panic when he said that he believes the Yankees can build a championship team for under $200 million? Every NY newspaper questioned his commitment to winning.

      And didn’t we constantly hear that Cashman had to go back to ownership to get permission to spend? Isn’t that why Russell Martin wasn’t re-signed – a guy Cashman clearly wanted? So how does Cashman get credit for restraining ownership? Sounds to me like its the other way around …

    8. LMJ229
      June 7th, 2014 | 1:15 pm

      @ Raf:
      Love the optimism, thanks Raf! :)

    9. Raf
      June 7th, 2014 | 2:03 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Wasn’t it Hal that put all of Yankeeland into a panic when he said that he believes the Yankees can build a championship team for under $200 million?

      By focusing so much on plan $189 million, the franchise has effectively defined payroll expectations down. Instead of being judged against their past efforts (which have been rewarded with perennial success on the field), the Yankees have lowered the bar. That’s why the team should not be heralded for going $16 million over the luxury tax limit when/if they sign Tanaka. On the contrary, fans and media should be asking why the Yankees are under spending their historical means by about $50 million.

      http://www.captainsblog.info/2014/01/20/is-tanaka-part-of-the-yankees-189-million-bluff-masahiro-tanaka-hal-steinbrenner-japan-payroll-brian-cashman/21209/

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