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?
Johnny Barbato? Luis Cessa? Kirby Yates? Ronald Torreyes?
Talk about being cheap.
And, what are the odds that Hicks, Ackley and Romine do anything positive this year?
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?
This morning, I just realized it.
I had season tickets from 2001 through 2014. So, if I was to go last year, I would have needed to buy a single game on its own.
In any event, this morning, I was trying to remember the last time I did not make a trip to Yankee Stadium during the season. And, I can remember being there for particular games – for sure – prior to being a season ticket holder. Recalling those, I suspect that it was probably the early 90′s where I went a full season and never got to a game. Maybe it was 1994? If not, it was around that time…at least 20 years ago, maybe more?
The better question may be: When will I attend a Yankees game in person again?
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?
Via the Post:
Lonn Trost has a message for certain Yankees fans: Some people just don’t belong!
In trying to defend the team’s new home ticket policy — which is the Yankees’ latest salvo in its war with StubHub — the Bombers COO ended up sounding like an out-of-touch elitist on Thursday.
“The problem below market at a certain point is that if you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money,” Trost said on WFAN Thursday morning. “It’s not that we don’t want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for a ticket and (another) fan picks it up for a buck-and-a-half and sits there, and it’s frustrating to the purchaser of the full amount.
“And quite frankly,” he added, “the fan may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that’s a frustration to our existing fan base.”
Trost dropped a nuclear bomb in the Bombers/Ticketmaster battle royal with StubHub while — judging from the outrage on social media — insulting a good portion of the team’s ticket buying public.
The flub even inspired a fake Lonn Trost Twitter account (@LonnTrost), launched Thursday evening, which included the bio: “I have experience sitting in premium locations. Yankees Chief Operating Officer”
One post on the account read: “Other baseball organizations in New York City do not have premium products. #Yankees #Ticketing #SladeHeathcott”
A Yankee spokesman said Trost meant no offense by the comment.
I see what Trost is trying to do here. But, it’s flawed.
Now, if I paid $90 for a ticket to a Yankees game and the guy sitting next to me paid $2 for it, would I be pissed? Sure…but, only if that means the Yankees charged him $2 and they charged me $90 for the same seat. It doesn’t matter to me if the Yankees charged me $90 and they charged some other guy $90 – and then that other guy went out and decided to sell his ticket for $2. That’s his problem, not mine.
In fact, it’s REALLY not my problem. I had season tickets to the Yankees from 2001 through 2014. And, a big part of why I gave them up after FOURTEEN YEARS was the fact that no one wants to pay face value for a Yankees ticket anymore and I was taking a beating on games where I couldn’t attend.
And, that’s probably the Yankees real problem. People like me will no longer buy their tickets because of the secondary market. That’s why they want to shut down the secondary market.
The answer? Don’t charge so much for tickets that it makes it so attractive to buy them on the secondary market at such a cheap rate. Or, put a product on the field that makes people want to see the games so bad that they would never consider selling their tickets. It’s all about supply and demand. Create the demand for the supply and the market will take care of itself.
Was it worth it? $206 million for four good years.
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!
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.
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?
Yankees pitchers to have 30+ games started in the last 3 years:
|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|
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?