So far, this season, the Yankees are 12-5 in games started by Masahiro Tanaka. In games started by anyone else, they are 29-38.
Murray Chass talks about the Yankees – with a h/t to Ben M!
Brian Cashman is in his 19th season as general manager and has been incapable of using an asset that, until recently, no other team has had. He has been allowed to spend outrageous amounts of money, and he has squandered millions and millions of dollars.
All right, it’s not my money or yours. Why should I or we care how much money Cashman squanders? I suppose it’s the feeling of fairness in us. It’s also the incredulity. How can one man have so much money to spend and not be able to produce a consistent contender, if not winner?
The Yankees have spent a total of $679 million on their payrolls the previous three years, but they have reached the playoffs only once in that period, and then only for a cup of coffee, going down meekly in the American League wild-card game last season without scoring a run.
With Cashman’s $225 million payroll this year, the Yankees have shown no indication that they can attain a post-season perch. A contender? They’ve had trouble maintaining a .500 record. After two losses in San Diego they went into Sunday’s game with a 39-41 record.
The Yankees have no such pitching depth. They don’t have much depth at all because they have done a poor job of developing players. Renowned for the Core Four of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada, the Yankees cannot claim credit for developing top major league prospects since.
Any team that has had the same general manager for 19 years and has not developed a strong minor league system has to be suspect. Cashman had the same development executive for 15 years and never saw the need to replace Mark Newman, who finally retired two years ago.
Newman owed his extended employment to Cashman. Cashman, who did not respond to telephone requests for an interview, owes his extended employment to Hal Steinbrenner, son of George, who is the Yankees’ managing partner.
The Steinbrenner son seems to be intent to run the Yankees 180 degrees from the way his father operated. If the elder Steinbrenner were alive and operating the team, he would have fired Cashman long ago. No Steinbrenner general manager survived if he didn’t produce a championship team in a period of a few years, if that long.
You tell me.
|1||Joe McCarthy HOF||16||1931||1946||1460||867||.627||21||593||2348||1||4||1.7|
|2||Joe Torre HOF||12||1996||2007||1173||767||.605||2||406||1942||1||2||1.2|
|3||Casey Stengel HOF||12||1949||1960||1149||696||.623||6||453||1851||1||3||1.3|
|4||Miller Huggins HOF||12||1918||1929||1067||719||.597||10||348||1796||1||7||2.2|
|8||Clark Griffith HOF||6||1903||1908||419||370||.531||18||49||807||2||8||4.1|
|12||Yogi Berra HOF||3||1964||1985||192||148||.565||2||44||342||1||3||2.0|
|13||Bucky Harris HOF||2||1947||1948||191||117||.620||1||74||309||1||3||2.0|
There’s probably 10 teams out there who would want to trade for him. Maybe 15? A smart GM would leverage those teams against each other and get one great package in return. There’s no need to keep him. He’s a free agent at the end of the season. You just going to let him walk in 3 months? Plus, the Yankees are not going anywhere. (Please, stop with those fantasies of getting the 2nd wildcard!) Then again, I did say “Smart GM.”
…was 1982. That season, the Yankees went 79-83, and finished 5th in AL East.
Will the Yankees lose 42 of their first 81 games in 2016? We’ll have that answer later today.
Yup, that’s what the Yankees record should be, today, based on the runs they score and the amount they let up.
And, as bad as their are (37-39), they are better than that record. Credit Joe Girardi. It’s not the first time he’s gotten the Yankees to win more games than their Pythagorean record forecasts.
|1||2016||New York Yankees||37||39||.487||.453||4th of 5||9.0||J.Girardi (37-39)|
|2||2015||New York Yankees||87||75||.537||.541||2nd of 5||6.0||J.Girardi (87-75)|
|3||2014||New York Yankees||84||78||.519||.478||2nd of 5||12.0||J.Girardi (84-78)|
|4||2013||New York Yankees||85||77||.525||.485||3rd of 5||12.0||J.Girardi (85-77)|
|5||2012||New York Yankees||95||67||.586||.584||1st of 5||–||J.Girardi (95-67)|
|6||2011||New York Yankees||97||65||.599||.624||1st of 5||–||J.Girardi (97-65)|
|7||2010||New York Yankees||95||67||.586||.597||2nd of 5||1.0||J.Girardi (95-67)|
|8||2009||New York Yankees||103||59||.636||.588||1st of 5||–||J.Girardi (103-59)|
|9||2008||New York Yankees||89||73||.549||.537||3rd of 5||8.0||J.Girardi (89-73)|
This was a cluster bleep, and, that’s being polite.
It would send a message to the team and the fans, and, a much needed one.
Right now, I am hooked on the College World Series. I stayed up to midnight to watch the whole Coastal Carolina – TCU game last night. And, I am really looking forward to watching the Little League World Series this summer. I’ve been hooked on that for a few years now.
The Yankees? I really don’t go out of my way to watch them now. And, often, when I turn on one of their games, it doesn’t take long for me to click on to something else.
Going to a Yankees game? At this point, I would only go if I had free tickets and they would have to be good seats.
Oh, by the way, it’s June 22nd. That didn’t take long.
With 34 losses in their first 68 games this season, this year is the worst start of a Cashman Yankees team ever.
Put that in your spreadsheet, Hal.
This Ike Davis thing reminds me of 1982, when the Yankees gave everyone and their brother a shot at 1B while wearing the pinstripes. (See below.) The team was not that good in ’82, either.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present your 2016 last place Yankees.
Two Yankees players 2016 season total stats, as of this morning:
The one on the bottom is Didi Gregorius. The one on the top is Starlin Castro. With the bat, as they are in age, they are the same. And, neither one of them can hit for bleep.
If they are willing to take on half or more of his remaining contract, do it and take any warm blooded body in return.
If they are only willing to take on, say, 25% of his remaining contract, do it and ask for a decent prospect in return.
But, do it now while he’s hot and his value is high. He will waive his no-trade to go back to the Bay Area and play for a winner. The stars are aligned. This is what a thinking GM does…
Read the market. Sell high. It’s not rocket science.
For sure, I see Paul O’Neill in terms of the body and actions. Now, the Yankees just need to sign him. And, we have to see what his attitude is like…before we start calling him Warrior Jr.
17-12 at home and 13-18 on the road.
Longest winning streak this year is 6 games. Longest losing streak is also 6 games.
How many times will they win in the next 102 games? It will be between 50 and 60. The question is – low 50′s or high? You tell me.
Just another reminder not to get your hopes up tomorrow.
|2015||1||16||James Kaprielian (minors)||RHP|
|2015||1||30||Kyle Holder (minors)||SS|
|2013||1||26||Eric Jagielo (minors)||3B|
|2013||1||32||*Aaron Judge (minors)||CF|
|2013||1||33||*Ian Clarkin (minors)||LHP|
|2012||1||30||Ty Hensley (minors)||RHP|
|2011||1s||51||*Dante Bichette (minors)||3B|
|2010||1||32||Cito Culver (minors)||RHP|
|2009||1s||29||*Slade Heathcott (minors)||CF||0.4|
|2008||1||28||Gerrit Cole (minors)||RHP||9.2|
|2008||1s||44||*Jeremy Bleich (minors)||LHP|
|2007||1||30||Andrew Brackman (minors)||RHP||0.1|
|2006||1||21||*Ian Kennedy (minors)||RHP||11.7|
|2006||1s||41||*Joba Chamberlain (minors)||RHP||7.9|
|2005||1||17||*C.J. Henry (minors)||SS|
|2004||1||23||*Phil Hughes (minors)||RHP||12.2|
|2004||1s||37||*Jon Poterson (minors)||C|
|2004||1s||41||*Jeff Marquez (minors)||RHP||0.0|
|2003||1||27||Eric Duncan (minors)||3B|
|2001||1||23||*John-Ford Griffin (minors)||OF||0.2|
|2001||1s||34||*Bronson Sardinha (minors)||SS||0.0|
|2001||1s||42||*Jon Skaggs (minors)||RHP|
|2000||1||28||Dave Parrish (minors)||C|
|1999||1||27||Dave Walling (minors)||RHP|
|1998||1||24||Andy Brown (minors)||OF|
|1998||1s||43||*Mark Prior (minors)||RHP||16.5|
|2015||2||57||Jeff Degano (minors)||LHP|
|2014||2||55||Jacob Lindgren (minors)||LHP||-0.0|
|2013||2||66||Gosuke Katoh (minors)||2B|
|2012||2||89||*Austin Aune (minors)||CF|
|2012||2||94||Peter O’Brien (minors)||C||0.1|
|2011||2||88||Sam Stafford (minors)||LHP|
|2010||2||82||Angelo Gumbs (minors)||SS|
|2009||2s||76||*John Ryan Murphy (minors)||C||0.3|
|2008||2||75||Scott Bittle (minors)||RHP|
|2007||2||94||Austin Romine (minors)||C||-0.9|
|2005||2||63||*J.B. Cox (minors)||RHP|
|2004||2||42||*Brett Smith (minors)||RHP|
|2003||2||64||Estee Harris (minors)||OF|
|2002||2||71||*Brandon Weeden (minors)||RHP|
|2001||2||62||*Jason Arnold (minors)||RHP|
|2001||2||63||Shelley Duncan (minors)||OF||0.9|
|2000||2||68||Danny Borrell (minors)||LHP|
|1999||2||78||Tommy Winrow (minors)||OF|
|1998||2||67||Randy Keisler (minors)||LHP||-1.5|
|2015||3||92||Drew Finley (minors)||RHP|
|2014||3||91||Austin DeCarr (minors)||RHP|
|2013||3||103||Michael O’Neill (minors)||CF|
|2012||3||124||Nathan Mikolas (minors)||OF|
|2011||3||118||Jordan Cote (minors)||RHP|
|2010||3||112||Rob Segedin (minors)||3B|
|2008||3||106||David Adams (minors)||2B||-0.2|
|2007||3||124||Ryan Pope (minors)||RHP|
|2006||3||104||Zach McAllister (minors)||RHP||1.3|
|2005||3||109||Brett Gardner (minors)||OF||28.2|
|2004||3||99||Christian Garcia (minors)||RHP||0.3|
|2003||3||94||Tim Battle (minors)||OF|
|2001||3||95||Chase Wright (minors)||LHP||-0.1|
|2000||3||98||Jason Grove (minors)||OF|
|1999||3||111||Alex Graman (minors)||LHP||-0.5|
|1998||3||97||Drew Henson (minors)||3B||-0.0|
Damn, I am old.
Via the Post -
Long the team America loved — and loved to hate — the Bronx Bombers over the last couple of years have not just stumbled on the field but are also losing fans across the country, according to several baseball metrics.
The Yanks are no longer a top attendance draw on the road and have seen their YES Network ratings tumble. They haven’t had a single player’s jersey crack the Top 20 in sales since Derek Jeter retired in 2014.
Even worse, the crosstown rival Mets — fresh off winning the 2015 National League pennant and with a roster studded with young pitching stars and the slugger Yoenis Cespedes — have passed the Yanks as an attraction on the road, in jersey sales and in local TV ratings.
“When the Mets started winning last July, we saw an explosion in fan avidity,” said Woody Thompson, who specializes in baseball sponsorships at sports market firm Octagon. “There were so many latent followers who wanted to let their freak flags fly — and then the Mets gave them a reason to do so.”
On the YES network, Yankees viewership is down 10 percent this year, to an average of 233,403 per game, compared to last season.
On May 2, Yanks GM Brian Cashman even admitted, “I’m getting tired of watching this.”
From their peak, YES ratings of Yanks’ games have dropped 50 percent.
From 2002, when YES was launched, through 2011, the Yanks consistently drew an average of more than 400,000 viewers a game.
Mets’ viewership on SNY, meanwhile, is up 16 percent over last year, to 280,588 — leapfrogging over the Yanks.
Thompson predicted the Mets’s SNY ratings will benefit from the halo effect of last season’s World Series appearance for several years.
Maybe now that this is starting to show up where Hal lives – in his spreadsheets – it will bring cause for some much needed change in how the Yankees are operating? One can only hope…
One third of the season down. Two thirds to go. Most losses for the Yankees, since 1913, in their 1st 54 games of the season.
Here’s the bad news: It’s not going to get better any time soon.
If the Yankees don’t trade Beltran and Chapman before the trading deadline this year, then they are not trying.
At this point, I would say trade Gardner and Miller as well – and they are two of my favorite current Yankees!
The Yankees farm system is a JOKE!
Mateo is too far away. Judge has holes in his swing that big leaguers will carve up. Sanchez is the next Jesus Montero. Kaprielian is a Tommy John in waiting. Refsnyder has no position. Fowler, Cave and Gamel are Ricky Ledee’s. Shoot, some say that Mason Williams is still one of the Yankees 20 best prospects. Mason…Williams…
The Yankees need to trade and get some guys like Austin Meadows, Victor Robles, Billy McKinney, Lewis Brinson or Cody Bellinger. And, not just one. They need to get one of these marque prospects along with some pitching prospects included in the deal. You can’t tell me that Chapman and Miller would not be the most wanted commodities for a contending team at the trading deadline this year. Any and every contending team would want either one of them.
And, it’s a bad one. Embarrassing. Look at the OPS+ and ERA+ numbers. This is why the Yankees suck. They have 6 batters who can’t even hit close to league average and two starting pitchers who have been total busts this year.
Just for the record, the Yankees passed on Nolan Arenado, Jason Kipnis, DJ LeMahieu, Billy Hamilton, Steven Matz, Garrett Richards and Kyle Seager in 2009 to draft this guy.
Not now…not yet.
But, if his numbers at the end of June are the same as they are now, I would consider it. The money is already wasted.
I suppose you lose the pick…if there will still be picks. But, are the Yankees really going to risk making him a qualifying offer?
Of course, the issue is that the Yankees have NO ONE ready to step in and take over first. Not on the big club or the minors.
That’s going to be an issue after this season. It assumes that Bird is the word. And, no one knows how he will come back or be able to perform over a full season.
Thank you, Oakland.
Over his last 158 regular season innings, Michael Pineda has an ERA of 5.47 (in 28 games).
The guy is not good.
Goodness, if you are not going to send him down, at the least, make him wear his cap correctly.
Same thing happened last year:
No, it’s not “What four people have never been in my kitchen?”
It’s the Yankees pitchers used in a game on May 16th 2016.
Seriously. Those four names. Half way into the second month of the season. Ouch.