Hard to believe this will be ten years old on June 6th.
The Yankees have had 3 different managers in the last 25 years. How many other teams can say that?
I’m starting to think it’s possible.
The last time that happened was 1991.
The Yankees are 1-7 in the 8 games started by Michael Pineda and Luis Severino this season.
Over his last 20 starts of 2015, Michael Pineda’s ERA was 5.04 (in 114.3 IP). This season, in his first 4 starts, his ERA is 6.95 (in 22 IP).
How much more do we need to see before people figure out that he’s not good?
The Yankees have lost 9 of their first 14 games this season. The last time they had a start this bad was 2005 – when they also started the year at 5-9.
That season, on April 30th 2005, Chien-Ming Wang made his big league debut. And, on May 3rd 2005, he was followed by Robinson Cano (when he got into his first major league game). That boost turned it around for the Yankees and they went on to win 95 games in 2005.
How are the Yankees going to call up this year to give the team a much needed spark? Anthony Swarzak and Nick Swisher? And, yes, I am kidding.
Yes, 2016 is worse than last year. It’s worse than 2008. It’s worse by far than the slow start those years. In fact, it’s the only time a Girardi Yankees team has had a losing record at this point, starting the season.
Now, it’s not his fault. Girardi didn’t build this team. However, we all know the person who constructed this roster will never be held accountable for this mess. He’s never had his feet held to the fire – albeit longer overdue.
So, here’s the question: If it’s Memorial Day and this thing hasn’t turned around, will the Yankees lame blame and give General Joe his walking papers? He’s only got one year left on his contract after this season.
At this point, I would call up Ben Gamel, cut Dustin Ackley – who serves no purpose, and have Gamel play right, move Beltran to DH and bench A-Rod.
In August 2015, A-Rod batted .153 in 99 PA. In September last year, he batted .224 in 114 PA.
This season, in the Yankees first 10 games, he’s batting .100 (in 35 PA and 8 games played).
They only thing that can save A-Rod now whomever’s next after Anthony Galea and Anthony Bosch.
In their last 99 games of 2013, the Yankees went 48-51.
In their last 108 games of 2014, the Yankees went 55-53.
In their last 63 games of 2015, the Yankees went 30-33.
It’s a fact that the Yankees have not finished strong in the last 3 years. And, we’re not talking about a week or a month here. It’s more like the last 2-3 months of the season.
Why will this year be any different? You tell me.
Yeah, it’s early. But, concerning nonetheless.
Someone I know – who doesn’t follow the Yankees at all – asked me to explain the Mutant Ninja Turtles at the game thing (yesterday). So, I started with John Oliver and worked my way backwards to the “no print at home” ground zero…including the Lonn Trost on Boomer and Carton mess. In addition to the surface facts, I explained the veiled realities of what was the truth.
The more I got into it, the wider their mouth dropped. At each disclosure and turn, I got a “Are you kidding me?”
Once done, their reaction was “What a joke. The Yankees deserve to get fried for this. What an embarrassment.”
As a Yankees fan, it was impossible to defend the Yankees here. Granted, it’s the suits and not the players. But, to the man in the street, there’s no separation between the two.
How can someone walk down the street wearing a Yankees cap with pride when these bozos are always mucking it up?
Yeah, I know what some are going to say “Dude, do you remember some of the stuff Big Stein did?” Well…of course…however, at that time, at least people pushed back. Steinbrenner was booed at Yankee Stadium in every decade of the last Yankee Stadium. While he may have done something stupid at times, at least the public perception was that Yankees fans were not in line with him when he was an embarrassment.
That really doesn’t happen today. For some reason, the suits seem to get a buddy-pass in public. (The media tries to fillet them. But, it never creates a groundswell like in the days of “The Boss.”) And, it really makes it hard to be a Yankees fan these days.
My soon-to-be 14-year old daughter asked me that the other morning.
And, for the first time in my entire life, I stalled.
“THAT’S a GOOD question! Honestly, I do not know. Usually, I don’t even have to think about it! I really don’t have an answer for you now.”
I guess it would be Andrew Miller. Mostly because he seems to have a great attitude.
This used to be so easy.
- From 1973 through 1979, it was Thurman Munson.
- It was no one special from 1980 through 1982. But, there were many who I liked a lot.
- From 1983 through 1995, it was Don Mattingly.
- From 1996 through 2001, it was Paul O’Neill.
- From 2002 through recently, I had Andy Pettitte, Mo Rivera and Derek Jeter.
- Heck, even last year, I rooted for John Ryan Murphy.
This year…I dunno? Miller, for now…I guess?