• Starlin Castro Must Go

    Posted by on September 4th, 2016 · Comments (16)

    In the last 4 years, covering 2,391 Plate Appearances, Starlin Castro has an OPS+ of 90.

    An OPS+ of 100, would mean “a league average hitter.” Translated, that means for the last FOUR YEARS, Castro is 10% worse than a league average hitter.

    He is also the 2nd worst fielding 2B in the American League this year:

    Rk Player dWAR G Year Age Tm
    1 Jed Lowrie -0.7 87 2016 32 OAK
    2 Starlin Castro -0.5 132 2016 26 NYY
    3 Rougned Odor -0.4 127 2016 22 TEX
    4 Brett Lawrie -0.2 94 2016 26 CHW
    5 Gregorio Petit -0.1 72 2016 31 LAA
    6 Jonathan Schoop 0.1 135 2016 24 BAL
    7 Max Muncy 0.1 40 2016 25 OAK
    8 Johnny Giavotella 0.2 99 2016 28 LAA
    9 Tyler Ladendorf 0.2 45 2016 28 OAK
    10 Jose Altuve 0.3 134 2016 26 HOU
    11 Logan Forsythe 0.3 100 2016 29 TBR
    12 Ryan Goins 0.3 64 2016 28 TOR
    13 Devon Travis 0.5 76 2016 25 TOR
    14 Whit Merrifield 0.6 54 2016 27 KCR
    15 Brian Dozier 0.7 131 2016 29 MIN
    16 Cliff Pennington 0.7 52 2016 32 LAA
    17 Christian Colon 0.8 47 2016 27 KCR
    18 Jason Kipnis 0.8 131 2016 29 CLE
    19 Robinson Cano 1.3 134 2016 33 SEA
    20 Dustin Pedroia 1.6 129 2016 32 BOS
    21 Ian Kinsler 1.7 131 2016 34 DET
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    Another brilliant trade by Cashman – taking on 4 years of his contract from the Cubs

    The Chapman Deal

    Posted by on July 25th, 2016 · Comments (58)

    I am concerned about Torres strikeout rate and McKinney’s lack of power.

    If Torres is going to swing and miss that much at High A, what’s going to happen when he gets to more advanced levels? And, McKinney is now on his third organization in a very short period of time.

    It seems that the Yankees could have done better, in my opinion.

    I would have rather seen one solid prospect in return who was proven at the Double- or Triple-A level and just about ready for the big leagues – rather than a package of four players that only contained two reach prospects.

    Let us see if the Royals trade Wade Davis and see what they get in return. That might be an interesting yardstick.

    Chass On Cashman

    Posted by on July 4th, 2016 · Comments (25)

    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.

    Amen Murray.

    The 1st 68 Games Each Season With Cashman As GM

    Posted by on June 20th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    With 34 losses in their first 68 games this season, this year is the worst start of a Cashman Yankees team ever.

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    Put that in your spreadsheet, Hal.

    Cashman’s Draft Report Card

    Posted by on June 8th, 2016 · Comments (11)

    Just another reminder not to get your hopes up tomorrow.

    Year Rnd OvPck Name Pos WAR
    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
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    Year Rnd OvPck Name Pos WAR
    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
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    Year Rnd OvPck Name Pos WAR
    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
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    This Is The 8th WORST Start In Yankees HISTORY

    Posted by on June 4th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    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.

    Rk Year #Matching L
    1 1913 39 39 Ind. Games
    2 1990 35 35 Ind. Games
    3 1914 33 33 Ind. Games
    4 1984 31 31 Ind. Games
    5 2007 30 30 Ind. Games
    6 1971 30 30 Ind. Games
    7 1925 30 30 Ind. Games
    8 2016 29 29 Ind. Games
    9 1995 29 29 Ind. Games
    10 1991 29 29 Ind. Games
    11 1989 29 29 Ind. Games
    12 1974 29 29 Ind. Games
    13 1972 29 29 Ind. Games
    14 1968 29 29 Ind. Games
    15 1967 29 29 Ind. Games
    16 1966 29 29 Ind. Games
    17 1965 29 29 Ind. Games
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    Here’s the bad news: It’s not going to get better any time soon.

    I’m Sorry…But, THIS Is A Joke…

    Posted by on May 31st, 2016 · Comments (10)

    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.

    Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age G BA OBP SLG
    1 Dustin Ackley 12 70 2016 28 28 .148 .243 .148
    2 Aaron Hicks 56 116 2016 26 43 .198 .270 .297
    3 Mark Teixeira 60 175 2016 36 44 .195 .291 .286
    4 Chase Headley 72 160 2016 32 44 .229 .313 .307
    5 Alex Rodriguez 74 96 2016 40 24 .170 .240 .409
    6 Didi Gregorius 82 167 2016 26 46 .261 .291 .376
    7 Brett Gardner 91 189 2016 32 46 .217 .346 .344
    8 Starlin Castro 93 199 2016 26 49 .250 .291 .420
    9 Brian McCann 101 163 2016 32 42 .231 .325 .413
    10 Jacoby Ellsbury 109 178 2016 32 43 .280 .343 .420
    11 Carlos Beltran 121 190 2016 39 49 .264 .295 .534
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    Rk Player ERA+ IP Year Age G GS W L ERA FIP HR
    1 Luis Severino 56 35.0 2016 22 7 7 0 6 7.46 5.48 8
    2 Michael Pineda 60 53.1 2016 27 10 10 2 6 6.92 4.65 11
    3 Ivan Nova 104 43.0 2016 29 11 5 3 3 3.98 4.30 6
    4 Nathan Eovaldi 112 60.2 2016 26 10 10 6 2 3.71 3.52 7
    5 Masahiro Tanaka 143 65.1 2016 27 10 10 3 0 2.89 3.25 6
    6 CC Sabathia 147 41.1 2016 35 7 7 3 3 2.83 2.99 1
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    Slade Heathcott

    Posted by on May 27th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    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.

    Cash Babbles, Takes No Responsibility For Yanks Start

    Posted by on May 3rd, 2016 · Comments (10)

    Via the Post:

    “We urgently need to stop the bleeding now,” [Yankees GM Brian] Cashman said Monday in a telephone interview. “We’ve been saying that. We’re working towards that.”

    “We’ll continue to do the work necessary to put ourselves in position to succeed, and eventually that worm will turn. In the event things don’t turn, I’m going to have to make it turn and be forced to do things that weren’t part of the game plan, whatever that would be,” Cashman said. “The best answer would come from this mix of players.”

    This mix of players has largely been terrible, as Cashman acknowledged.

    “It was a horrific month of April,” he said. “In almost every category, we underperformed individually and collectively. Most of the players have not reached their expectations. That’s why our record is one of the worst in the game.”

    The players are failing. Yet, Cashman takes no ownership on being the one who chose these players. The game plan has failed. Yet, Cashman doesn’t take ownership for being the craftsman of that game plan. All Cashman does is point fingers and make excuses. The Teflon GM strikes again.

    The Sabathia Contract

    Posted by on February 5th, 2016 · Comments (13)

    Was it worth it?  $206 million for four good years.

    When Was The Last Time The Yankees Had 4 Full Seasons In A Row With 87 Or Less Wins?

    Posted by on January 29th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    In a “full season,” the answer is: 1989-1992. (Actually, that was a five year run from 1988-1992. And, that 1989-1991 team was one of the worst in Yankees history.)

    Of course, with 87 wins or less in 2016, the new answer would be 2013-2016.

    If that happens, let’s please be sure to get that on Cashman’s Monument Park plaque.

    Where Are The Horses?

    Posted by on January 26th, 2016 · Comments (0)

    Yankees pitchers to have 30+ games started in the last 3 years:

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Hiroki Kuroda 2 2013 2014 38-39 Ind. Seasons
    2 CC Sabathia 1 2013 2013 32-32 Ind. Seasons
    3 Andy Pettitte 1 2013 2013 41-41 Ind. Seasons
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    That’s it. And, for the record, the Yankees used 19 different starting pitchers in the last 3 years.

    Then again, what else can you expect from the G.M. who brought you Kei Igawa, Sidney Ponson, Carl Pavano, Javier Vazquez and Sergio Mitre?

    Yes, Cashman Called Him A Hall Of Fame Candidate

    Posted by on January 19th, 2016 · Comments (4)

    Remember this?

    This season, Brian McCann has a chance to become only the second Yankees player in franchise history to have 3 years in a row where he qualified for the batting title while batting less than .235:

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Tom Tresh 3 1966 1968 27-29 Ind. Seasons
    2 Frankie Crosetti 3 1937 1940 26-29 Ind. Seasons
    3 Roger Peckinpaugh 3 1914 1918 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    4 Brian McCann 2 2014 2015 30-31 Ind. Seasons
    5 Clete Boyer 2 1961 1964 24-27 Ind. Seasons
    6 Luke Boone 2 1914 1915 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    7 Jimmy Austin 2 1909 1910 29-30 Ind. Seasons
    8 Red Kleinow 2 1906 1908 28-30 Ind. Seasons
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    Aroldis Chapman

    Posted by on December 28th, 2015 · Comments (16)

    Another high character guy…not.

    What, No Cito Culver?

    Posted by on December 21st, 2015 · Comments (3)

    No Ty Hensley or Dante Bichette Jr. either.

    How About Change Just For The Sake Of Change?

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2015 · Comments (13)

    The only baseball G.M. who has been in his current job longer than Brian Cashman is Brian Sabean. (And, Sabean’s team has actually won some World Series lately.)

    There are 9 current baseball G.M. who were hired some time in 2015. And, there’s another 5 who were hired into their position in 2014. That’s almost half of the current baseball G.M.’s being hired in the last 2 years.

    And, the Marlins and Blue Jays are still looking for a G.M.

    So, in reality, it’s 53% of big league teams out there now with really fresh blood as their G.M.

    Brian Cashman became Yankees G.M. on February 3, 1998. Of all the current G.M.’s, outside of Sabean, who is the one with the hire date next closest to Cashman? That would be Jon Daniels who was hired by Texas on October 4, 2005.

    Yes, that’s a difference of EIGHT YEARS.

    Since Cashman has become the Yankees G.M., you’ve seen several of his peers get promoted from their G.M. position to something higher. See Billy Beane, Andrew Friedman and, of course, Theo Epstein. (Peter principle, anyone?)

    Oh, and, by the way, in the last 3 years, the Yankees have won 85-84-and-87 games. In fact, in the last 9 seasons, the Yankees have finished in first a grand total of 3 times.

    Isn’t it time for a change in the Yankees G.M. position? Haven’t we had enough of the same old, same old?

    The Yankees, Bringing You Mediocrity Since 2013

    Posted by on April 16th, 2015 · Comments (2)
    Rk Year Tm G pythW-L% R RA
    1 2015 New York Yankees 9 .461 45 49
    2 2014 New York Yankees 162 .478 633 664
    3 2013 New York Yankees 162 .485 650 671
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    Only the magic of Joe Girardi has transformed this mess into something slightly over a .500 ballclub.

    Of course, the idiocracy of the mediocrity is not holding those responsible for roster construction accountable.

    Counting For Starters

    Posted by on January 26th, 2015 · Comments (3)

    The 2015 Yankees are counting on CC Sabathia’s knee to hold up. And, they are counting on Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow not exploding. But, there’s more!

    The are also counting on Michael Pineda’s maturity, Ivan Nova’s recovery, and, some sort of Eliza Doolittle miracle with Nathan Eovaldi.

    Basically, their entire starting rotation is counting on something that’s not favorable.

    This may just be the season where Chris Capuano makes 25 starts for the Yankees and leads the team in that category for the season.

    Count on that.

    Are The Yankees Going Backwards?

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Just look at how the team is trending, in terms of results, over the last six years:

    2009: Won the World Series
    2010: Lost the ALCS.
    2011: Lost the ALDS.
    2012: Lost the ALCS, very badly – after just barely getting through the ALDS.
    2013: Won 85 and missed the playoffs completely.
    2014: On pace to only win 84 games.

    The trend line here is going downward, no? See:

    • In 2009, they were a powerhouse team who won 100+ games and a World Series ring.
    • In 2010, they are a near 100-win team who pushed the ALCS to six games.
    • In 2011, it was like 2010 – except that couldn’t get back to the ALCS.
    • In 2012, they won a lot during the regular season. But, in the playoffs, they were one of the worst teams in the A.L. group.
    • In 2013, they only won 85 games and deserved to win less.
    • And, we know about this year…

    Baseball is a results driven business, right? At some point, SOMEONE in the Yankees ownership team has to see this trend-line and make a change…or, is that never going to happen?

    Cashman: McCann Is A Potential Hall Of Famer

    Posted by on May 28th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Well, that’s what he said about 6 months ago. Via the Post, back in December of last year:

    The Yankees dropped $85 million across five years on catcher Brian McCann and didn’t waste a second letting everyone know what they expect.

    At a Yankee Stadium press conference Thursday to introduce McCann, manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman weren’t shy about what they purchased.

    “We are hoping he clearly continues the type of production on the offensive and defensive side he provided in Atlanta. If he continues to do that, we are talking about a potential Hall of Famer,’’ Cashman said. “We are buying someone with that type of reputation. We have a lot of needs, and this fills one of them.’’

    McCann’s BA/OBA/SLG line this morning is .218/.275/.370 (in 178 PA).

    But, if Cashman had been paying attention, he should have seen this coming.

    Cashman’s Latest Spending Spree A Bust So Far

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2014 · Comments (20)

    Via Ken Davidoff -

    Consider the Yankees, now 24-21, have scored 193 runs and allowed 204, an underwhelming run differential. The 16-28 Cubs? They have scored 174 and allowed 174. They are woefully underperforming their own mathematical expectations.

    And if you wonder why that is, all you had to do was endure this contest, when Cubs ace — and likely Yankees trade target — Jeff Samardzija dominated the Yankees’ lineup for seven shutout innings, lowering his ERA to a major-league-leading 1.46, only to see his closer Hector Rondon blow a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning thanks in part to a throwing error by Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney. Samardzija has zero wins in 10 starts, which tells you all you need to know about the useless measure of pitchers’ wins.

    These Yankees aren’t the scrappy bunch that we witnessed in their immediate predecessors, when a bunch of replacement-level players accompanied Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner (and late-season reinforcement Alfonso Soriano) on an unlikely ride to late-season contention.

    The Steinbrenners spent nearly $300 million to re-energize their team’s offense, even while allowing Cano to go to the Mariners, and so far, that reboot hasn’t paid many dividends. The Yankees rank eighth in the American League in runs scored.

    Most responsible for that mediocrity are the three highly compensated newcomers in the lineup. Carlos Beltran (.234/.286/.430) resides on the disabled list with a right elbow injury, Jacoby Ellsbury (.272/.346/.389) cooled down after a blazing start, and Brian McCann (.224/.274/.367) has just been awful. The Yankees’ three best offensive players have been the resurgent Mark Teixeira (.264/.372/.527), unheralded rookie Yangervis Solarte (.317/.394/.493) and blossoming pillar Brett Gardner (.304/.379/.424).

    But, hey, if the free agents don’t work out, it’s alright…after all, we have Cito Culver, Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott, Dante Bichette Jr., and Ty Hensley down on the farm, right?

    Hal: Yanks Will Spend To Cover Mistakes & Flaws

    Posted by on May 16th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    Via Ken Davidoff -

    With the Yankees’ pitching staff in tatters, a midseason import seems increasingly likely. Hal Steinbrenner strongly intimated Thursday he’d be willing to pay the import fees.

    “[We’re] always willing to look at options come July. Come the trade deadline,” Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ managing general partner, said as he departed the quarterly owners’ meetings at Major League Baseball’s Manhattan headquarters. “And I think we’ve shown that. Some years we’ve done stuff, like last year with [Alfonso] Soriano. Some years we haven’t. But we’re not going to ever lay down and die. We’re going to do what we need to do to stay in.”

    The Yankees have seen three of the five members of their original 2014 starting rotation — Ivan Nova (Tommy John surgery), Michael Pineda (right shoulder blade) and CC Sabathia (right knee) go on the disabled list.

    “That’s been a big concern,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ve got to get Pineda back. We’ve got to get CC back. We’ve had some bright spots in the bullpen. We’ve got some concerns in the bullpen.”

    The Yankees’ older players have proven especially vulnerable this season; on Thursday, the team placed 37-year-old Carlos Beltran on the disabled list with a right elbow injury that ultimately could sideline him for three months.

    “Age is always a concern,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ve got some bright spots that we’ve seen. [Adam] Warren, [Dellin] Betances, [John Ryan] Murphy. Going out and getting younger players like [Jacoby] Ellsbury, [Brian] McCann. …I’ve always believed in that balance between young guys and veterans. Because the veterans lead, teach. “

    His endorsement of the team’s minor-league development speaks volumes, as Steinbrenner has repeatedly expressed his unhappiness with the way the farm system didn’t deliver in 2013.

    “Clearly, in the offseason, we recognized we had some positions to improve. Catching was one of them. So we went out and got the guy we wanted,” Steinbrenner said. “He [McCann] is going to be great for us. He is great for us.

    “… Our minor leagues didn’t provide the players that we needed, so when that’s the case, obviously you’ve got to go out on the free agent market and make your improvements there. And we did.”

    “Tough times. We’ve been through them before,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ve got a veteran club. They’re going to keep grinding away.”

    …Tough times. We’ve been through them before…

    And, they will continue, as long as Brian Cashman is G.M. of this team, Steinbrenner Family Checkbook to bail him out, or not.

    Get The Injury Excuse Bandwagon Rolling

    Posted by on May 13th, 2014 · Comments (18)

    Beltran may land on DL. Ichiro’s back is stiff. Teixeira is running like he’s injured. Add that to Nova, Cervelli, Pineda, etc.

    And, soon, certain Yankees fans will start to say “It’s a curse. Just like last year!”

    But, the reality of it is, to be candid, this is what you get when you have a roster full of older players. Younger guys just to break down as often.

    It’s the planning to blame, not the players…and their injuries.

    Cashman Worships Billy Beane

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

    Via ESPN -

    “I don’t think there’s any doubt [Cashman] has always worshipped Billy Beane,” one former Cashman employee said, referring to the A’s general manager who was the star of Moneyball. “He’s so enthralled with Billy Beane, it’s unbelievable.”

    But, Beane never really did Meanwell.

    Seriously, does anyone else see this as a baseball version of a John Hughes movie where the school nerd wants to be like the quarterback prom king?

    Cashman Excuse Machine In Mid-Season Form Already

    Posted by on April 12th, 2014 · Comments (54)

    Via Bryan Hoch -

    With first baseman Mark Teixeira and closer David Robertson on the 15-day disabled list, manager Joe Girardi has been using Kelly Johnson as the regular first baseman while leaning mostly upon Shawn Kelley to close out games in the ninth inning.

    Cashman said that after the Yankees spent hundreds of millions on free-agent imports like Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, there was just not enough budgetary room to prepare for every possible scenario.

    “I think we were very open about our intentions,” Cashman said. “We wanted to fix as much as we could, but acknowledged that we couldn’t fix everything that needed to be addressed. That’s with the money we were in position to spend as well as the available talent. The better talent was really heavily in favor of the outfield rather than the infield.

    “I don’t have any regrets. We pulled down the players that we targeted and we were open with the infield and the bullpen would be unanswered questions that everyone would need to stay tuned with as a developing story. It’s the same verbiage I used in the winter time.”

    …we couldn’t fix everything that needed to be addressed…

    And, who hasn’t done their job correctly for years now, bringing cause for things needed to be fixed? ¡Ay, caramba!

    Yup

    Posted by on April 11th, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Brian MacPherson nails it -

    Years of coming up empty in the June draft — either by forfeiting picks to sign free agents or by misfiring on picks made — are starting to catch up. Since the departed Robinson Cano broke in with the Yankees in 2005, Brett Gardner and the erratic Ivan Nova are the only impact homegrown players the franchise has produced.

    The result is a roster advancing in age with little prospect of an infusion of youth.

    The only under-30 New York position player with at least 20 plate appearances this season is Yangervis Solarte, a former minor-league utilityman. Kelly Johnson is 32. Brian Roberts is 32. Sabathia is 33. Teixeira is 34. Carlos Beltran is 37. Alfonso Soriano is 38. Hiroki Kuroda is 39. Derek Jeter is 40.

    There was a time when that might have been OK. That time came to an abrupt end when baseball tightened its rules on amphetamines as well as steroids, greatly diminishing the ability of players to be productive beyond the age of 32 or so. Baseball is a young man’s game once again.

    Ten years ago, 49 hitters who were at least 32 years old slugged over .400 in at least 400 plate appearances — an all-time high. Not once in the last three seasons have even 30 players age 32 or older met those same criteria — a drop-off of almost 50 percent in a decade.

    The best way to acquire young players always has been through the June amateur draft. That’s how the Yankees landed Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada so long ago — three of the Core Four. But an entire generation’s worth of drafts has resulted mostly in whiffs for the Yankees.

    Since Jeter in 1992, the Yankees’ best first-round picks might be Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy. Even if Kennedy gets credit for being a trade chip that helped snag Curtis Granderson, those three only count for three All-Star appearances among them.

    Too many opportunities have been missed. In the first round of the 2005 draft — the historically deep draft in which the Red Sox added Clay Buchholz, Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie — the Yankees selected C.J. Henry, a shortstop who never even reached Double-A. They wound up snagging Gardner in the third round of that draft, then Doug Fister in the sixth round and Austin Jackson in the eighth. They failed to sign Fister, and they traded Jackson away in the deal that brought back Granderson.

    In the similarly deep 2011 draft, the Yankees didn’t have a pick until No. 51 because they’d forfeited their No. 31 pick to sign reliever Rafael Soriano. Among the players who still were on the board when that forfeited No. 31 pick came around were Henry Owens and Jackie Bradley Jr., whom the Red Sox took at No. 36 and No. 40, respectively.

    What the Yankees have always leveraged in their favor has been their enormous financial advantage. But every revision of the rules that govern team-building in recent years has restricted the ability of deep-pocketed teams to acquire young players — from draft-pick compensation, to allotments for bonuses in the draft and on the international market, and steep penalties for those who exceed their allotments.

    Even worse for the Yankees, with every high-profile young player who signs an extension with his current team — from the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw to the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter and the Pirates’ Starling Marte — the pool of players at whom the Steinbrenners can throw their money is depleted. Players who once might have reached free agency at the age of 28 or 29 now are postponing free agency until their early 30s.

    Stars in their prime years, like Adam Jones and Justin Upton, might have been top targets for the Yankees last winter, just like Kershaw, Elvis Andrus, Jay Bruce and Evan Longoria might have been top targets this winter. All are great players still a year or two away from 30, still at least several years away from their inevitable downturn. All have signed lengthy extensions with their current teams that will keep them out of the Yankees’ reach until that downturn.

    Success in baseball always is cyclical. Teams that play to win now usually lose later. The Yankees spent years breaking that cycle through sheer power of finance, but even their money can’t save them anymore.

    And, this is why, for the next five years or so, the Yankees are going to struggle to win 90+ games in a season…maybe longer if they keep Cashman around.

    Brian Cashman’s Opening Day All-Stars

    Posted by on March 31st, 2014 · Comments (2)

    The Yankees Opening Day D.H. in 2013 was Ben Francisco.
    The Yankees Opening Day 3B in 2009 was Cody Ransom.
    The Yankees Opening Day 1B in 2007 was Josh Phelps.
    The Yankees Opening Day 2B in 2005 was Tony Womack.
    The Yankees Opening Day 2B in 2004 was Enrique Wilson.

    Good times.

    Another Reason Why Cashman Should Be Fired

    Posted by on March 24th, 2014 · Comments (11)

    In current edition of Baseball America, they list the “Top Organizations With 25-And-Under Talent.”

    And, of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball, who ranks DEAD LAST at #30?

    Why, it’s the New York Yankees.

    And, next to their name, here’s “the skinny” (or reason why) provided by BBA: Yankees have no 25U established regular big leaguers and only one entrant on this year’s Top 100 Prospects.

    Really? A team with resources such as the Yankees…and this is the best they can do?

    Someone should be held accountable for this, no?

    For the record, the Braves were #1, the Cardinals were #3, the Red Sox were #8, and, the Mets – yes, the Mets! – were #10 on the list.

    If Big Stein were alive, think he would be happy with seeing Boston at eight and the Mets at ten…with his team dead last at thirty? No…

    And, someone would have been held accountable for it…unlike today.

    Cashman: I Am Not Able To Address Yanks Problems On The Horizon

    Posted by on March 14th, 2014 · Comments (6)

    Well, that’s what I am hearing when I read this via Joel Sherman:

    In the here and now, Mark Teixeira, Brian Roberts and Derek Jeter are red-flag injury risks and Kelly Johnson is a neophyte third baseman. There is arguably no greater risk-reward infield in the whole sport than the Yankees’. They can have a high-production unit or a high-wire disaster.

    No matter the result, the Yankees are looking at a renovation for next season. Teixeira is signed through 2016, but Roberts and Johnson are on one-year contacts and Jeter already has announced this is his last season.

    In theory, the Yankees could re-sign Roberts and/or Johnson for a second tour of duty. But they know they will be lucky if both perform this season as one-and-dones.

    And the Yankees simply have no answers coming. Eduardo Nunez, Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna are even viewed internally by the Yankees as backups. Recent first-round picks, shortstop Cito Culver (2010) and third baseman Dante Bichette Jr. (2011), have lost prospect status. The Yankees have big hopes for last year’s first pick, third baseman Eric Jagielo, but he is years away.

    “I am very aware of [the coming crisis],” Brian Cashman said. “But being aware of it and being able to address it are very different.”

    Isn’t it his job to address it? And, if he cannot, isn’t it time to get someone in his place who can?

    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?

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