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Swept: Orioles knock Yankees into fourth place

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Hiroki Kuroda

Halfway through the season, the Yankees are now a fourth-place team. Tonight’s 4-2 loss to the Orioles dumped the Yankees a half game below Tampa Bay in the American League East standings. The Yankees now two games ahead of last-place Toronto and six-and-a-half behind first-place Boston. The Orioles are hitting the ball the way the Yankees used to. They lead the Majors in home runs, and tonight they hit three solo shots; one each by Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Nate McLouth. Robinson Cano’s 17th homer of the year temporarily pulled the Yankees within a run — and continued his strong performance here in Baltimore – but the Orioles tacked on an insurance run in the seventh and handed the Yankees their third five-game losing streak in the past five weeks.

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74 Responses to “Swept: Orioles knock Yankees into fourth place”

  1. Captain Clutch June 30th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Yeah Gardner keep hacking away at the 1st pitch. He and Ichiro had absolutely zero patience tonight.

  2. sunny615 June 30th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    And the suck keeps coming.

  3. Shame Spencer June 30th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Ohhhh Danny boy, the pipes the pipes are calling…

  4. Rich in NJ June 30th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Roster construction fail.

  5. jlyanks85 June 30th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    It will be last place pretty soon since this offense isn’t exactly going to break out in a hot streak.

    Can’t remember the last time Yankees were in 4th place this late in a season.

  6. pkyankfan69 June 30th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    As a 28 year old fan who has never really experienced awful Yankee years except when I was too young to really comprehend, this is really difficult baseball to watch.

    Please sell and build for the future… I could deal with losing if we were at least working in a few young – exciting players.

    Sell Cano – Kuroda – Grandy – Hughes – Logan – Joba (Joba for farts) and bring in some young Milb talent… This team is going nowhere.

  7. DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    As I said, you give up 3 and it’s Game Over at that point.

  8. Ys Guy June 30th, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    racist ahole needs to go

  9. Hans Davenport June 30th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Rich in NJ June 30th, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    Roster construction fail.

    The bench tonight was Wells, Romine and Gonzalez. Why on earth do they carry 13 pitchers? Would keeping Neal have been that bad? He had 12 at bats. They shouldn’t need more then 11 pitchers anyway.

  10. sunny615 June 30th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Blow it up.

  11. Captain Clutch June 30th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Girardi has to leave Hafner in these games and whatever happens, happens.

    Does he really think that Wells gives him a better chance at the plate?

    The opposing manager is thanking Girardi when he brings in Wells.

    Stop the lefty righty crap already especially when it’s Wells who is cooked.

  12. Hans Davenport June 30th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Ys Guy June 30th, 2013 at 11:27 pm
    racist ahole needs to go

    Huh?

  13. DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Neal is More of what we just witnessed. I find it hard to believe we trade for Wells, and let Ibanez walk.

  14. Ys Guy June 30th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    hiro is the same guy who used slany (eye) and enola gay

  15. I Am Winning June 30th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    pkyankfan69,

    More than half the team is MILB players, who else do you want to be brought up? We have the best minor leaguers up, and all of the newer guys, except for Caliborne has been awful. I can agree that something needs to be done, but bringing up more garbage from the minors isn’t the answer.

  16. Hans Davenport June 30th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I started fearing the death of GMS III 13 years ago. I knew once he was gone, nobody would care like he did. His sons are disgraces to everything their father stood for.

    I always say him as an obsessive, overbearing, overspending megalomaniac that continued the devastation of the farm system Mike Burke had begun. I was hoping when he died his sons would sell the team to someone who actually knew how to run a baseball team.
    His grandiosity was amusing to New Yorkers but to me he was a buffoon.

  17. yankeepankee June 30th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Cashman needs to go.
    With all the new cap rules and draft penalties etc. he’s shown he can’t do it without big bucks spending.
    Mediocre farm system, more farm pitching arm injuries than any system, bad scouting, getting beat by A’s (!!!) with international signings..
    Yanks franchise with worth $2 billion and Cashman does horrid job with all the advantages.
    Get Billy Bean in here ASAP…

  18. Barry June 30th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    If anyone believes the Orioles could withstand the loss of their first baseman, Shortstop, Third Baseman, Centerfielder and starting catcher, they shouod rethink their premise. This team could come right back.

  19. DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    This roster is Exactly why Yankee fans should Not be paying MLB Ticket prices to watch games at Yankee Stadium. This is a Bush League roster for the most part.

  20. Hans Davenport June 30th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Ys Guy June 30th, 2013 at 11:33 pm
    hiro is the same guy who used slany (eye) and enola gay

    That’s kind of creepy.

  21. jlyanks85 June 30th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    The only answer if they want to contend this year is get jeter, Grandy and even arod back and hope they play at a high level and make trades for quality bats. If those things don’t happen we most likely won’t make the playoffs since this lineup just will not get it done.

  22. pkyankfan69 June 30th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    IAW,

    Huh?

    Obviously with the guys I would trade I am punting this season and building for the future… IMO not much can be done to save this season. It’s time to bring in as much top Milb talent and build for future years… Just because we don’t have much of anything ready in the top levels of our minor league system does not mean we will not be able to acquire some with out top expiring contracts (esp Cano and Kuroda)

  23. G. Love June 30th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    To the younger fans or the older one’s who are bandwagoners but pretend they’ve been Yankee fans all along, this is what the Yankees looked like in 1990.

    The great thing about 1990 was for $20 to an usher you could sit behind the dugout and talk to the players.

    I’ve never seen a Yankee offense this inept although our recent playoff rosters were pretty horrendous.

    Blame the injuries, but this season was lost in November when the last season ended and Cashman/Hal came up with the 1 at a time spend no money past this year plan.

    We’re in free fall mode now. Not sure we have the brains upstairs to get us out of this.

    If I was Jeter, I’d retire. It will kill that man to come back and play with this group. This is, quite honestly, the worst Yankee team since 1994.

    Didn’t have to be, but them’s the breaks.

    And anyone defending the moves of Cashman and Hal sincerely has a screw loose. They ran the team into the ground just to see what would happen.

    Stay away from the park fans. Stop watching YES.

    I know I sound like Randy, but that’s the only way this team will ever try to win again. They think they had the new Moneyball getting washed up vets for low dollars. Seriously. They thought they had this thing licked.

    We’re not beating Baltimore, Boston, Tampa or Toronto unless moves are made and made quickly.

    Because the walking wounded in Tampa ain’t gonna fix this mess.

    Poor Mo. But if this continues, at least he’ll be leaving a sinking ship.

    Your NY Yankees, brought to you by Groupon.

  24. Hans Davenport June 30th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:31 pm
    Neal is More of what we just witnessed. I find it hard to believe we trade for Wells, and let Ibanez walk.

    I’m not certain Neal can’t hit, nor do I know he can. It’s just ridiculous to have 13 pitchers.

  25. DONNYBROOK June 30th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Well, when your scouts recommend trading for Wells, I shudder to think what they Might trade for at the Trade Deadline.

  26. Ys Guy June 30th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    a racist stalker is a disgrace to humanity.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 30th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    “If anyone believes the Orioles could withstand the loss of their first baseman, Shortstop, Third Baseman, Centerfielder and starting catcher, they shouod rethink their premise. This team could come right back.”

    EXCELLENT point Barry. Show me ANY team who could do that and be lighting up the sky.

    You’re right. This team could come right back. And I think they will.

  28. Ys Guy June 30th, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    gms won 2 WS in 27 seasons of doing things ‘his way.’ before he was banned the second time.

    losingest period in yankees history.

    night all!

  29. Rich in NJ June 30th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    If anyone believes the Orioles could withstand the loss of their first baseman, Shortstop, Third Baseman, Centerfielder and starting catcher, they shouod rethink their premise. This team could come right back.
    _

    $230m and a mL system should provide some quality depth, don’t you think?

  30. Rich in NJ June 30th, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    gms won 2 WS in 27 seasons of doing things ‘his way.’ before he was banned the second time.

    losingest period in yankees history.

    night all!
    _

    He keeps repeating the same bs, failing to mention the advent of the amateur draft.

    Unreal

  31. Rich in NJ June 30th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Hiro

    I have never been on FB.

    But…

    If you are demeaning Asians in any way, please stop.

  32. chicken_stanley June 30th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    G Love-

    This is, quite honestly, the worst Yankee team since 1994.

    The 94 team was actually damn good…. maybe since ’93. :)

  33. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I think from now on rather than access the pitcher’s performance in the postgame, we should access each hitter’s performance, analyzing the pitches they whiffed on and why they again couldn’t hit the baseball in critical situations. That would make much more sense with this team.

  34. yankeefeminista June 30th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    *assess should read.

  35. Pat M. June 30th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    This situation in The Bronx seems to be catching many LoHudders by surprise ??? It’s not like this disaster couldn’t be seen awhile back.

  36. Rich in NJ June 30th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Yet there are people who post here who have freaked out if you say anything negative about Cashman. At RAB, he’s a deity.

  37. Dill Pickler June 30th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    “If anyone believes the Orioles could withstand the loss of their first baseman, Shortstop, Third Baseman, Centerfielder and starting catcher, they shouod rethink their premise. This team could come right back.”

    The only way they can “come right back” is if they make some deals, and soon, to bring in at least 2 bats, maybe 3. They aren’t “coming right back” with this lineup. Not with David Adams at 3rd, Jayson Nix playing every day, Lyle Overbay at first, Vernon Wells and Hafner hitting cleanup or 5th. They’re overmatched. ARod and Jeter are still weeks away, and Granderson could be too. But even with those three, this is still a weak lineup. Because this lineup is so bad, that at least 5 of the 9 need to be replaced.

    David Adams has to go, now. He is 4 for his last 44 and 6 for his last 58, with 0 extra base hits. He just isn’t a big-league hitter, and neither is Romine or Wells anymore. They need a real third baseman and a real first baseman now, at least, and probably one more (right handed dh/corner outfielder with some pop). You just simply can’t compete with a lineup full of sub-.200 hitters and .220 hitters with virtually no power, unless you have the 1971 Orioles staff, and even then it would be iffy. And the only similarity we have to the ’71 Orioles staff is our lineup hits like the ’71 Orioles pitchers. (Actually, I think a couple of the ’71 Orioles pitchers were better hitters than most of our position players, if memory serves correctly).

    Does anyone really believe that these guys are suddenly going to catch fire and start raking? The problem isn’t that they’re slumping, it’s that they aren’t good hitters. They need to be replaced, or we just need to accept the fact that we’re going to have a last place team this year and we can all start wearing bags over our heads during the games.

  38. Against All Odds June 30th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    G Love-

    This is, quite honestly, the worst Yankee team since 1994.

    ————————-

    IDK 08 was pretty bad. I wasn’t on here then so I’m not sure how bad the mood was but it was a tough season.

  39. Captain Clutch June 30th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Hal better spend some money in the off season or it’s going to get ugly. This organization is
    sinking fast and they need more young and quality players. They can’t keep shopping in the bargain bin and expect to win. Considering the position that they are in with soo many old guys I don’t know how Cashman and Hal were thinking that they can win and not spend more money
    next year. If Hal stays with the $189m plan you know that he doesn’t care about winning.

  40. Against All Odds June 30th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    At RAB, he’s a deity.

    ———————-

    They love him over there. You can’t even talk bad about the farm or the wolves will rip you apart.

  41. pkyankfan69 June 30th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    ’08 won 89 games… It will be a miracle if this team wins that many.

  42. Rich in NJ June 30th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    “They love him over there. You can’t even talk bad about the farm or the wolves will rip you apart.”

    Except Axisa, He has been quite critical, because, you know, reality demands it, but doesn’t get the Ted Nelson-esque insanity.

  43. Tar July 1st, 2013 at 12:00 am

    “If you are demeaning Asians in any way, please stop.”

    Rich

    Its C R 9

  44. Against All Odds July 1st, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Hal better spend some money in the off season or it’s going to get ugly.

    —————————–

    I think this season is showing them they can’t go into next season piecing the O together. Or it could go the other way and they could say we didn’t play with our entire team for the whole yr.

  45. ron July 1st, 2013 at 12:02 am

    The players ops,position,by position is dreadfull.
    I don’t think there is one .800 ops player on the team with a certain minimum ab.
    I think only almonte and he only has 33 ab.
    Also the split stats are terrible.
    We need immediate replacements for 3b,ss,1b,c,and still have to monitor lf,rf.
    So extremely weak at 4 positions,well below league average,and very shaky at 2 others.

    Losing too much ground too fast,wich will put a ton of pressure on everybody when they come back,and also make it very hard too rest players that simply can’t play as much as we will need them too.

  46. Triple Short of a Cycle July 1st, 2013 at 12:02 am

    They will do nothing this off season and explain the bad season was because of injuries

  47. Against All Odds July 1st, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Rich in NJ June 30th, 2013 at 11:58 pm
    “They love him over there. You can’t even talk bad about the farm or the wolves will rip you apart.”

    Except Axisa, He has been quite critical, because, you know, reality demands it, but doesn’t get the Ted Nelson-esque insanity.

    —————————–

    Axisa has kept it real and was attacked for it. “I’ve lost respect for you” LOL wtf I couldn’t believe ppl on there said that.

  48. Pat M. July 1st, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Rich in NJ……I’ve mentioned this before but not all the blame should be dumped on Cashman. This elevator stops at the top floor, executive offices !!!!! There’s no plan

  49. Against All Odds July 1st, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Triple Short of a Cycle July 1st, 2013 at 12:02 am
    They will do nothing this off season and explain the bad season was because of injuries

    ——————–

    That’s the thing. I mean this season will either force them to make moves or they will use the injuries and say if we had our full team things would have been different.

  50. pkyankfan69 July 1st, 2013 at 12:05 am

    There’s no plan
    —————
    Aside from saving money long term.

  51. Against All Odds July 1st, 2013 at 12:05 am

    There’s no plan

    ———————–

    There was a plan but I think they never thought they would be in this position.

  52. chicken_stanley July 1st, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Goodnight all… as frustrated as I am, I’ll continue to burn hilton honors points to watch the yanks until they are mathmatically eliminated (and maybe even after).

  53. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Pat

    Of course, not all, but enough so that it’s time for him and his people to go.

  54. Captain Clutch July 1st, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Even if the Yanks were 100% healthy they were due for a decline. Cashman has ignored the offense for the last 3 years. It’s not smart to count on a middle of the order of:

    39 year old Jeter
    37 year old Arod who has been breaking down
    Tex who is in decline also and gets hurt every year and can’t hit lefties
    Granderson who hits a homerun or strikes out

    Let me guess after this year Cashman will say that the offense will fine next year because everyone will be healthy. He probably won’t even upgrade the offense at all because Hal is so cheap.

  55. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2013 at 12:07 am

    “Axisa has kept it real and was attacked for it. “I’ve lost respect for you” LOL wtf I couldn’t believe ppl on there said that.”

    Really? As I have said here, I have never seen such loyalty to mediocrity.

  56. G. Love July 1st, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Odds,

    The difference, for me, in ’08 was the pitching was much worse. That plus the injuries mounted and our 7-9 were automatic outs.

    This season, our 4-9 are automatic outs. This is the worst lineup they’ve ever put out there.

    Yes, injuries played a part in this but the Yankees knew Jeter had a broken ankle, Arod needed hip surgery again and they had no catcher who could hit and they walked through the off season like all of those things didn’t matter and could be patched with spackel.

    And please don’t give me Youk. The Red Sox knew he was a medical liability and couldn’t be relied on. Only the Yankees didn’t know that.

    This is as bad an offensive group right now as I can remember. There were lean years where it was Donnie and maybe Tartabull or Roberto Kelly and not much else.

    This group is not fit to put out most nights.

    And I’m tired of the “well who do you want them to play” excuse. That’s their job and they’re sitting on their collective behinds watching this crumble.

    I think it’s worth saving, but I’m getting the distinct impression that the front office doesn’t agree with me yet won’t declare it a lost season and trade anyone not named Mo or Jeter.

    Jeter’s fortunate he’s not here for this. I can’t imagine him having to answer questions every night about this group’s futility.

    The Cashman rent a legend plan has blown up in our faces and the next stop is the cellar.

    Give these guys credit for hanging on this long, but we’re totally outclassed most nights where it’s gotten to the point that Yankee fans have to blame drugs, conspiracies or umpires instead of looking in the mirror.

    Bad team. We’re gonna keep losing unless something major happens.

  57. Against All Odds July 1st, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Rich in NJ July 1st, 2013 at 12:07 am
    “Axisa has kept it real and was attacked for it. “I’ve lost respect for you” LOL wtf I couldn’t believe ppl on there said that.”

    Really? As I have said here, I have never seen such loyalty to mediocrity.

    ——————–

    Yes really. You had posters talking about not posting there anymore because of his article. Some even accused him of doing it to get more hits on his website.

  58. CompassRosy July 1st, 2013 at 12:12 am

    ron July 1st, 2013 at 12:02 am
    The players ops,position,by position is dreadfull.
    I don’t think there is one .800 ops player on the team with a certain minimum ab.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    methinks it’s a not a real good sign if your team is OPS’ing less than the M’s . . .

  59. Against All Odds July 1st, 2013 at 12:14 am

    As always G. Love you offer a well thought and excellent breakdown. You’re right every night the team steps on the field they are at a disadvantage. They are outclassed at many positions outside of 2nd base. When was the last time the Yankees only edge was at one position.

  60. jacksquat July 1st, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Rich in NJ June 30th, 2013 at 11:54 pm
    Yet there are people who post here who have freaked out if you say anything negative about Cashman.

    Who?

    The only extremists here are some who criticize just about anything they can when it comes to Cashman.

  61. G. Love July 1st, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Odds,

    The Mattingly years. He was our only player for awhile there. Roberto Kelly came up and we had guys like Jesse Barfield who would have decent seasons, but there wasn’t much else. The most we’d get excited about were guys like Pat Kelly for some reason in those days.

    It was this bad. The only difference is we have a lot of guys on the DL which those teams did not have.

    Those were the days when the thought was George was intentionally losing to lower interest so he could move the team to NJ.

    It was bad – this bad. We just have better pitching now and a vintage Donnie dwarfs this version of Cano.

  62. G. Love July 1st, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Right now, the first moves I’d make by tomorrow? Send Adams & Romine down. DFA Wells.

    Bring up JR Murphy or sign Shoppach or a real big league catcher if he’s still out there.

    Find a 3b somewhere – if it’s Ian Stewart from the Cubs who’s free, sign him, give him a uniform and try him. We have nothing to lose.

    Then bring up Fernando Martinez and see what he can do here. No Thomas Neal. He can’t hit off speed and is another empty at bat.

    Churn the roster. Adams and Romine aren’t major league hitters and Wells is not worth the roster spot any longer.

    I’d also consider finding a better 1b than Overbay who lost the magic the minute Tex came back.

    You can’t keep putting this group out there. There aren’t great pieces here you should be scared of losing on waivers/DFA any longer.

    It’s time to turn the roster over and try some new blood.

    This is like watching a college team face a pro team in spring training. A couple college guys luck into hits, but they get dominated for the most part against the big leaguers.

    This is bad and waiting till the break for the wounded will result in us being in last place by a ton of games.

    If that happens, they must deal Cano, Hughes, Joba and any player they can and try to start over next year with an actual plan that involves scouting and talent and not buying the last breath of veterans who can’t get big money anymore.

  63. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Who?

    The only extremists here are some who criticize just about anything they can when it comes to Cashman.
    _

    Not you, jack!

    Even if I grant yourpoint for the sake argument, it’s time for him, Eppler, etc. to go.

  64. jacksquat July 1st, 2013 at 12:27 am

    The Cashman rent a legend plan has blown up in our faces and the next stop is the cellar.

    You really think that’s Cashman’s plan? He is saddled with Arod’s enormous contract by ownership, then they pull the rug out from under him by wanting to remove 30-40 mil off the payroll for 2014, and tell him not to sign payroll for 2014+. Except for Ichiro who they thought would be a gate booster, and Wells who costs almost nothing in 2014.

    What was he supposed to do at 3B? Who should he have signed? Some here liked to say he should have just gone with Adams. That’s working out well so far, isn’t it? Tex and Granderson got hurt in wbc/spring training, you think there is much left to sign at that point?

    Not saying Cashman is perfect because I question him at times as well, but you need to look further up the food chain.

  65. I Am Winning July 1st, 2013 at 12:27 am

    G Love,

    I agree Adams and Romine can’t hit. They aren’t major league hitters or defenders. They are terrible all around players. But what you mention won’t change much. They will continue to be a .500 ball club. For tw Yankees to be competitive they need consistent pitching and a better hitter at almost every position.

  66. Nick in SF July 1st, 2013 at 12:28 am

    We’re already firing our next GM??????

  67. Captain Clutch July 1st, 2013 at 12:29 am

    What a surprise…

    ————-

    Though they have scouted him in Tijuana, Mexico, the Yankees aren’t in on Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who is a free agent and not restricted to the same financial rules governing 16-year-olds.

    “That looks like the Dodgers,’’ said a scout who was on hand to watch the 26-year-old, who is waiting on the U.S. government to clear his paperwork in order to sign.

  68. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2013 at 12:30 am

    “We’re already firing our next GM??????”

    Andrew Friedman got fired?

  69. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2013 at 12:31 am

    “Not saying Cashman is perfect because I question him at times as well, but you need to look further up the food chain.”

    Take away A-Rod’s contract and you still have a $200m payroll.

    The people up the food chain aren’t drafting and developing.

  70. Nick in SF July 1st, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Andrew Friedman didn’t get fired, so he’s probably not our next GM.

  71. G. Love July 1st, 2013 at 12:33 am

    jacksquat,

    I do think Cashman liked all the praise he was getting for Chavez/Ibanez/Jones when they came through on occasions.

    Those moves call back to the Aaron Small/Shawn Chacon time period when the word was he could find scrap heap pitchers, put the pinstripes on them and win because we scored a ton of runs.

    I think there is a part of him that looks at those kind of moves as him doing serious GM work.

    His focus should’ve always been his minor league system and getting the best possible people to develop these guys for the majors.

    While Zoilo looks intriguing, he was a panic move and not considered much by the front office. I also don’t think he’s a keeper but a nice player-ish.

    If Cashman didn’t like the plan, he could leave the job if it was as horrible as it’s made to sound with an owner stepping all over him. He claims at every contract negotiation that other teams are nipping at his heels.

    I don’t think he’s as guilty as some of us make him out to be but I also don’t think he’s as innocent as a lot make him out to be. He’s picking these players over whatever other players he could’ve picked. He has ownership in this group whether he wants to distance himself from it or not.

  72. Nick in SF July 1st, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Fighters :arrow:

  73. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2013 at 12:37 am

    “Andrew Friedman didn’t get fired, so he’s probably not our next GM.”

    Let’s keep the seat open until he is.

  74. Hankflorida July 1st, 2013 at 1:16 am

    If the Yankees are under the impression that this line up can take advantage of the Twins and Royals as they did against the Mariners before the All Star break and still remain in contention, they maybe playing with fire because this miscalculation can end the season for them. Hal’s dictum of getting under the cap may be written in stone, and he is gambling that staying close in the next few weeks playing mediocre teams will give him leverage to stay competitive, and once the injured players come back, the team will be able to still remain in the race. In a few weeks before the ASB, we will know if the Yankees are still breathing, and if they are, we will then see if the replacements can keep the Yankees alive.

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