• What I Took Away From The Boone Presser

    Posted by on December 8th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    One thing above all else stood out to me. And, I wasn’t the only one to note it:

    Boone … conceded that he was at his son’s football game when general manager Brian Cashman called to ask if he wanted to interview for the job.

    THIS, to me, speaks VOLUMES on what went down here.

    Boone didn’t throw his hat in the ring. Cashman asked him to do it. My guess is that Cash has been watching Boone on ESPN for years and building a big chubby for him. On the flip side, Boone was probably watching layoff after layoff at ESPN and thought “Here’s a possible landing spot for me. Even if I fail, I’m going to get paid for the next three years.”

    This whole thing is going to go up in flames, mark my words.

    The other thing I took away from the presser is that Aaron Boone does not give off a commanding vibe. Hell, for a guy whose media-ability was supposed to be a strength, he seems like he was out of his league speaking at the presser.

    Maybe I am wrong here? Time will tell. But, I sincerely feel that this was a mistake. Of course, it will never stick on Cashman – it never does.

    Joe Girardi

    Posted by on October 26th, 2017 · Comments (10)

    He managed the team for 10 full seasons and averaged 91 wins a year. He was never an embarrassment to the franchise off the field.

    Good luck finding someone better than that…

    Eric Jagielo

    Posted by on June 30th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    The Yankees drafted him BEFORE Aaron Judge. Just saying…

    Ben Gamel

    Posted by on June 17th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    Dude is killing it. OPS is .888 in 199 PA.

    Tito Polo & Stephen Tarpley

    Posted by on April 24th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    Right now, Ivan Nova is looking better.  But, there’s still time on the clock.

    Kaprielian Out (Again) With Elbow Pain

    Posted by on April 6th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    Move over, Ty Hensley, Ian Clarkin, Jeremy Bleich and Andrew Brackman. Company is coming!

    Chase Headley

    Posted by on March 5th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    In his last 1,702 big league plate appearances, Chase Headley has an OPS+ of 94. Last year, his OPS+ was 91. The season before that it was 90.

    Gee, what do you think it will be this year?

    Meanwhile, Yangervis Solarte has out played him since they were swapped for each other. And, the Yankees also threw in Rafael De Paula – who could be a useful bullpen piece this year or next.

    Oh, and, by the way, the Yankees have Headley this year and next year at $13 million each season.

    Brilliant trade by Cashman. NOT.

    If Headley has another below average season this year, will he be the Yankees 3B in 2018? That would be a joke.

    Cashman Is Still Talking…

    Posted by on February 20th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    And he says the Yankees are done being big spenders –

    Surely, more grandiose competitions await in free agency for the old stalwarts of spending.

    “I know one thing. We’re not planning that way,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the Herald. “We’re waiting to transition out of some contracts and some older players and then eventually I’m hoping that we develop enough young players that would prevent us from having to go crazy in the free agent market. Because that’s . . . you get slaughtered doing that. Doesn’t mean we won’t participate in free agency, but we’re hoping to develop.”

    If the GM of the Yankees, a man who worked under late owner George Steinbrenner, thinks free agency can be tantamount to slaughter, everyone else is doomed.

    “Just pure dollars,” Cashman said. “Bottom line is free agency creates an open competition, so that’s why players come out of free agency so much more financially higher than when you’re in the arbitration arena or in the control arena. It’s just a huge — completely different animal.”

    Cashman’s not wrong. But Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper are set to hit the market after the 2018 season. Surely, then the big-boy bidding starts anew. Exceptions to be made.

    “I know a lot of people are speculating about some of these young, some of these superstars that are with other clubs currently that their contracts are expiring and potentially could be free agents in years in the future,” Cashman said. “And my attitude is, I’d rather develop our own so I don’t have to go to marketplace to spend $100 million plus to go get somebody else. Somebody else’s asset that’s now older and got some wear and tear on ’em.

    “So our hope is that some of our young talent can emerge like (catcher) Gary Sanchez just did. But I mean, the Yankees and Red Sox have been knocking heads in international and the draft as well as free agency for decades, and that will always be the case, but the way the game’s set up now too, Toronto, Baltimore, Tampa (Bay), anybody can compete.”

    Here’s the joke – Cashman, because of his talent and skills, and lack thereof, will never be able to build a championship team with a payroll under $200 million. Never…ever. Not…going…to…happen.

    Chris Carter

    Posted by on February 7th, 2017 · Comments (15)

    Brian Cashman, making the Yankees not great again.

    I just don’t get this one. When there are more reasons for something not making sense than there are for it making sense, why do it?

    You’ve got Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, Greg Bird, Matt Holliday and Aaron Hicks all fighting for time at RF, 1B and DH. That’s five into three. And, now, it’s six into three.

    Maybe they have no faith in Judge, Austin and/or Bird? But, if you’re ever going to try and find out, this is the year for it.

    Best case scenario? Judge, Bird, Austin AND Carter each bat .600 this spring training with 8 home runs…and then you trade Carter to someone who is stupid enough to take him. Otherwise, this will go down with the signings of Ike Davis, Mark Bellhorn, Travis Lee, Angel Berroa, Richie Sexson, Travis Haffner, Brennan Boesch, Casey McGehee, Matt Lawton, Randy Winn, Bubba Trammell, Morgan Ensberg, Josh Phelps, Eric Hinske, Kevin Youkilis…well, you get the idea.

    So, Here’s The Biggest Question In Yankeeland This Year…

    Posted by on January 4th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    Will 2017 be the first time in the last 19 years that the Yankees fail to draw three million at home? I think they have a good shot at it – watching their attendance trend.

    Rk Year Tm G W L Ties W-L% Finish GB Playoffs Attendance
    1 2016 New York Yankees 162 84 78 0 .519 4th of 5 9.0 3,063,405
    2 2015 New York Yankees 162 87 75 0 .537 2nd of 5 6.0 Lost ALWC (1-0) 3,193,795
    3 2014 New York Yankees 162 84 78 0 .519 2nd of 5 12.0 3,401,624
    4 2013 New York Yankees 162 85 77 0 .525 3rd of 5 12.0 3,279,589
    5 2012 New York Yankees 162 95 67 0 .586 1st of 5 Lost ALCS (4-0) 3,542,406
    6 2011 New York Yankees 162 97 65 0 .599 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-2) 3,653,680
    7 2010 New York Yankees 162 95 67 0 .586 2nd of 5 1.0 Lost ALCS (4-2) 3,765,807
    8 2009 New York Yankees 162 103 59 0 .636 1st of 5 Won WS (4-2) 3,719,358
    9 2008 New York Yankees 162 89 73 0 .549 3rd of 5 8.0 4,298,655
    10 2007 New York Yankees 162 94 68 0 .580 2nd of 5 2.0 Lost LDS (3-1) 4,271,083
    11 2006 New York Yankees 162 97 65 0 .599 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-1) 4,248,067
    12 2005 New York Yankees 162 95 67 0 .586 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-2) 4,090,696
    13 2004 New York Yankees 162 101 61 0 .623 1st of 5 Lost ALCS (4-3) 3,775,292
    14 2003 New York Yankees 163 101 61 1 .623 1st of 5 Lost WS (4-2) 3,465,600
    15 2002 New York Yankees 161 103 58 0 .640 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-1) 3,465,807
    16 2001 New York Yankees 161 95 65 1 .594 1st of 5 Lost WS (4-3) 3,264,907
    17 2000 New York Yankees 161 87 74 0 .540 1st of 5 Won WS (4-1) 3,055,435
    18 1999 New York Yankees 162 98 64 0 .605 1st of 5 Won WS (4-0) 3,292,736
    19 1998 New York Yankees 162 114 48 0 .704 1st of 5 Won WS (4-0) 2,955,193
    20 1997 New York Yankees 162 96 66 0 .593 2nd of 5 2.0 Lost LDS (3-2) 2,580,325
    21 1996 New York Yankees 162 92 70 0 .568 1st of 5 Won WS (4-2) 2,250,877
    22 1995 New York Yankees 145 79 65 1 .549 2nd of 5 7.0 Lost LDS (3-2) 1,705,263
    23 1994 New York Yankees 113 70 43 0 .619 1st of 5 1,675,556
    24 1993 New York Yankees 162 88 74 0 .543 2nd of 7 7.0 2,416,942
    25 1992 New York Yankees 162 76 86 0 .469 4th of 7 20.0 1,748,737
    26 1991 New York Yankees 162 71 91 0 .438 5th of 7 20.0 1,863,733
    27 1990 New York Yankees 162 67 95 0 .414 7th of 7 21.0 2,006,436
    28 1989 New York Yankees 161 74 87 0 .460 5th of 7 14.5 2,170,485
    29 1988 New York Yankees 161 85 76 0 .528 5th of 7 3.5 2,633,701
    30 1987 New York Yankees 162 89 73 0 .549 4th of 7 9.0 2,427,672
    31 1986 New York Yankees 162 90 72 0 .556 2nd of 7 5.5 2,268,030
    32 1985 New York Yankees 161 97 64 0 .602 2nd of 7 2.0 2,214,587
    33 1984 New York Yankees 162 87 75 0 .537 3rd of 7 17.0 1,821,815
    34 1983 New York Yankees 162 91 71 0 .562 3rd of 7 7.0 2,257,976
    35 1982 New York Yankees 162 79 83 0 .488 5th of 7 16.0 2,041,219
    36 1981 New York Yankees 107 59 48 0 .551 4th of 7 2.0 Lost WS (4-2) 1,614,353
    37 1980 New York Yankees 162 103 59 0 .636 1st of 7 Lost ALCS (3-0) 2,627,417
    38 1979 New York Yankees 160 89 71 0 .556 4th of 7 13.5 2,537,765
    39 1978 New York Yankees 163 100 63 0 .613 1st of 7 Won WS (4-2) 2,335,871
    40 1977 New York Yankees 162 100 62 0 .617 1st of 7 Won WS (4-2) 2,103,092
    41 1976 New York Yankees 159 97 62 0 .610 1st of 6 Lost WS (4-0) 2,012,434
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    Generated 1/4/2017.

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    José Quintana

    Posted by on December 8th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    Everyone wants to trade for José Quintana. And, why not?

    He’s left-handed. He’s only 27 years old. And, for the last FOUR YEARS at the big league level, he’s been a lock for 32 starts, 200 innings, and an ERA+ around 120.

    Oh, and, by the way, Brian Cashman let him go for nothing when he was just 22-years old.

    Said Cashman: “We looked at him as a fringy prospect. We offered him a minor-league contract to stay, but not a 40-man roster position. We didn’t feel he was ahead of other guys we gave spots to.”

    This from the man who spent $46 million on Kei Igawa.

    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
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 4/16/2015.

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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?

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