To read the comments on this blog (and others) and listen to WFAN, an unknowing observer would think that the Yankees won 69 games this season, not 89.
This just in: Only six teams in baseball won more games than the Yankees.
People also seem to have forgotten that Chien-Ming Wang started 15 games. Or that Jorge Posada had 168 at-bats. Or that Hideki Matsui had 337 at-bats. Or that they changed managers for the first time since 1996. Or that Joba Chamberlain pitched only 100 innings. Or that Phil Hughes pitched only 34.
Darrell Rasner and Sidney Ponson started 35 games. That’s 22 percent of the season.
To be sure, the Yankees have issues. They need at least two starters and a first baseman and maybe a center fielder. They need Joe Girardi to relax a bit. They need far more attention paid to defense.
But they do not need to move Robbie Cano to center field, which somebody just suggested on the WFAN. Or spend $90 million or trade all of their prospects.
If this panic-in-the-streets attitude was in place in the mid-90s, the Yankees would have given up on Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte and a sore-armed kid named Mariano Rivera.
It’s October 23. The season starts in 168 days – about six months. Trust me, the Yankees will have a contending team by then.
There was a bit of news today:
The Yankees have hired Bill Livesey as a pro scout. Livesey worked with the Yankees from 1977-95 as a minor league manager, area scout, national crosschecker and farm director. He served as the Yankeesâ€™ Vice President of Player Development and Scouting from 1992-95. He has since worked with the Tampa Bay, Toronto and New York Mets organizations.