The Yankees are finished, their 89-73 record not quite good enough to qualify for the postseason. They finished six games out of the wild card. In the newspaper of March 27, I predicted the Yankee would finish 87-75 and out of the playoffs. Not bad.
Joe Girardi: “It was a tough season for us. We weren’t where we want to be and didn’t reach our goals.”
Derek Jeter was a touch more harsh: “It was a failure. We did not do what we wanted to do, We did not accomplish any of our goals.”
Many teams fire coaches they don’t want on the last day of the season. Girardi was asked whether the Yankees let anybody go and he seem surprised to get the question. “No,” he said. “But we’ll have discussions about everything.” That’s not a good sign.
It’s always weird on the last day as everybody says good-bye. This could be the last time that Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte play for the Yankees. Guys like Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes and Melky Cabrera could get traded. While the Yankees won 89 games, clearly they need to make changes.
I would to sincerely thank all of you for reading and contributing since the start of spring training. We’ve had more than 12 million page views since Feb. 1 and nearly 250,000 comments.
Stick around. There will be plenty of blogging to come. Joe Girardi is holding a season-ending press conference tomorrow at the Stadium and there will be audio from that. We’ll be tracking the news on Brian Cashman, Mariano Rivera, the guys in the Arizona Fall League and everything else.
The plan is to hold another live chat this week. There will be some guest posts along the way and hopefully some sort of get together.
So come back tomorrow. The season is over but the hot stove is just getting warmed up.