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…
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.
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.
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.
7-3, can’t ask for more than that, right? And, it’s against good teams (this year): Red Sox, Royals and White Sox.
What’s the secret? Well, the bullpen has been a huge help. And, in their last 10 games, the Yankees have allowed ZERO unearned runs. So, the defense has a big hand here as well. Lastly, believe it or not, Chase Headley has been a huge part of it. In this run, his OPS is close to 1.000, and, that’s amazing. Ditto Aaron Hicks. Throw in a bunch of walks for Gardner, a lot of RBI for McCann and Didi, and some homers from Beltran.
Can they keep it up? Time will tell.
Mark Teixeira has 3 homeruns in his first 30 games for the Yankees this season.
My 12-year old son has 3 homeruns in his first 8 games of his Little League season this year.
Tex has 123 PA in his first 30 games. My son has 30 PA in his first 8 games.
I’m just saying…
The Yankees 10th win this season or their 20th loss of the year? Which will come first?
One win needed. Three losses to go.
They almost have to win ten before they lose twenty, right?
Yes, in his last 790 big league At Bats, Alex Rodriguez has a batting average of .242.
That’s his new benchmark. Nearly 800 ABs is a fair sample size.
That’s the best you can expect from A-Rod these days. He’s a two-forty hitter.
Why the Yankees don’t bat him lower in the line-up is because they have so many other guys who stink. But, in reality, on a good team, he should be batting 7th in the line-up (and not batting 3rd or 5th, where they usually have him hit).
Of course, it’s all moot now since he’s disabled.
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.
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.
Yeah, it’s early. But, concerning nonetheless.
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?
A-Rod is slugging .394 so far this spring.
Yeah, it’s only Spring Training. But, in the same Spring Training, Aaron Hicks is slugging .500. And, Brian McCann is slugging .484. Starlin Castro is at .657 as of this morning. Heck, even Austin Romine is higher than A-Rod, albeit barely, at .400.
Oh, and, let’s not forget this is the A-Rod who slugged .383 in his last 227 PA of 2015.
A-Rod has one job on this team: To Slug. He doesn’t play the field…at all.
It’s sort of a wasted roster spot to have a guy who is only there to hit, and not field whatsoever, if the guy doesn’t hit, right?
So, if it’s May 30th 2016 and A-Rod is slugging a sub four hundred, will the Yankees pluck him from the roster and say “Bye, bye!” to Mr. Rodriguez? After all, it’s about winning, no? And, you can’t carry dead weight on your roster and win.
I just read that, over the calendar year of 2015, the Yankees signed more talent from outside the United States — 57 players in all — than any team in baseball.
I assume most of them were from Latin American countries.
Opening Day is not far away. Are you excited?
No, I don’t mean are you excited for baseball. What I mean is…are you excited for YANKEES baseball?
Does this current Yankees team and/or their chances thrill you? Be honest.
Looks like no one wants this year, huh?
Nice guy. Hard worker. Bad fielder. Not much power – in reality. Under contract for 2 more years after 2016.
Happy with this, Yankees fans?
He seems like a good guy. And, I want to like him. But, the next time he wins more than 13 games in a season and/or pitches more than 155 innings, it will be the first time he’s ever done it.
Even when he was in Japan, he averaged just about 25 starts per season. (Granted, over there, he only pitched once a week.)
I really don’t know what to expect from him this season. Do you?
I never thought that much about John Smoltz when he was a player – despite his Hall of Fame career. (Although, his second half in 1991 really saved my fantasy baseball team that season.) But, then, I read his book. And, recently, I see A LOT of him on the MLB Network.
That said, I would hire him in a heartbeat to be the General Manager of my baseball team. Shoot, I might even go up a level and make him President of Baseball Operations overseeing the General Manager.
Just wanted to throw that out there in case the Brothers Stein are listening.
Dude is not willing to quit. Gotta love the attitude!
Everyone assumes he will be a Yankee in 2019. (Then again, many assumed that Carl Crawford would be a Yankee after the 2010 season.)
Harper may come to the Yankees when he can walk away from the Nationals. But, at what cost? Maybe four hundred million? Maybe more? At that price, is it worth it?
Billy Martin, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Roger Maris, Phil Rizzuto, Thurman Munson, Elston Howard and Casey Stengel are all dead. Whitey Ford is 87 years old and can’t be counted on to be around forever.
Derek Jeter, since retired, doesn’t make many Yankees related appearances. Most Yankees fans want Reggie Jackson to make less appearances. Don Mattingly seems more like a Dodger or Marlin these days than a former Yankee. Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson are not wearing Yankees caps on their Cooperstown plaques.
Who does that leave? Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Willie Randolph, Roy White, Bernie Williams, Graig Nettles, Jorge Posada, Paul O’Neill, Ron Guidry and Mel Stottlemyre? Someone else?
For me, the gold standard will always be Ruth-Gehrig-DiMaggio-Mantle-Berra. They were great baseball legends…period. The only still around former Yankees that can get in that team picture are Jeter and Rivera. (And, for the record, Paul O’Neill and Andy Pettitte are two of my all-time favorite Yankees. There’s nothing that I don’t love about them. But, they are not in the class of Jeter or Rivera with respect to standing among baseball’s greats.)
In reality, the Yankees great past has really taken a hit in the last 50 years or so.
In 1965, sure, you could stand there and say “Just look at what the Yankees did in the last 44 years! That’s 29 pennants and TWENTY RINGS!” But, to be truthful, from 1965 through 2015, the Yankees were awesome twice – in the late 70′s and late 90′s. That’s it. That’s 51 years and 7 rings. See the difference?
Granted, yeah, the playoff format is different. There was less rounds before 1973, yadda-yadda. But, still, seven for fifty one is a lot different than twenty for forty four. Right?
He has a great swing and the talent is there. Yet, the last three years his numbers have been trending in the wrong direction. And, there’s no sense of urgency for him – as he’s getting a ton of money this season and in the three that follow.
He’ll never be what he was in 2011. Something was up that year.
To be candid, I am not even sure he will play in 140 games in 2016.
If he does bat .260 and misses 50 games this year, he’ll be a whipping boy…deservedly so.