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Girardi hits 1,000

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 02, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe GirardiThis is a rather tough to place to work, even with owners who throw many millions around to solve problems for you.

But Joe Girardi has lasted for 999 games as the Yankees’ manager. Friday night against the Rays, he hits 1,000.

“It just tells me I’ve been fortunate in my life to have this opportunity to be here for that long,” Girardi said, “to be around an organization that does everything in its power to win and be around players that give you effort every day.”

Girardi will become only the seventh active manager to work at least 1,000 games with his current team. When he reaches No. 1,000, he will have the top winning percentage among those active managers. In a run that began in 2008, he’s at .580 (579-420).

He will be fifth in percentage among the six Yankees managers with at least 1,000 games to their credit, standing behind Joe McCarthy (.627), Casey Stengel (.623), Joe Torre (.605) and Miller Huggins (.597). Ralph Houk finished at .539.

Hiroki Kuroda and the offense didn’t help Girardi’s winning percentage Thursday night. Here’s a link to my story on what went on in that 4-2 loss to the Mariners. Michael Pineda isn’t exactly in a great mood after his latest setback. Here’s a link my story on his downward spiral the last few weeks. And I spoke with David Phelps about taking over for Pineda in the rotation. Here’s my feature story on Phelps that’s running now on Lohud.com.

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172 Responses to “Girardi hits 1,000”

  1. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Last year’s team was also in 1st place in April and by a win more.

    The problems with the team are real. It’s just a matter of whether or not they react to them this time as opposed to last year when they sat on their hands for the duration.

    Can’t believe Girardi’s been here so long already, btw.

  2. alabamayankee May 2nd, 2014 at 8:44 am

    If he doesn’t figure something out quick, he won’t hit 2,000. If The Boss were alive, he wouldn’t even hit 1,001.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 2nd, 2014 at 8:45 am

    “The problems with the team are real.”

    The problems with teams are real, not just our team. And I definitely believe it’s tied into backing off PEDS, league wise.

    We aren’t going to know the ramifications until we do. That simple. So stay tuned.

    (I’m not surprised that the AL East is in the greatest amount of flux. After all, it has been the toughest division for the longest time…)

  4. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Well sure, by why would I care about the problems other teams have?

    Also, your posts seem to imply a bunch of Yankee players have been on PEDs in the recent past.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 2nd, 2014 at 8:47 am

    To me, this season is a total crap shoot. We’ll see who survives it and who doesn’t.

  6. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I like those Yankee windbreaker jackets. I saw a young guy here with one of those late seventies Yankee jackets, complete with cap and dark aviator glasses. All he needed was some bee gees music. It was if he fell out of a worm hole.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 2nd, 2014 at 8:49 am

    “Also, your posts seem to imply a bunch of Yankee players have been on PEDs in the recent past.”

    My post implies that I’m willing to buy into Tar’s theory that many players have been on something. I don’t exempt my own team. At the same time, I haven’t drawn up a mental list. Just an acknowledgement of what appears to be a baseball reality.

  8. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Given the past 20 years, I’ll take a crap shoot. Go Buehrle, I guess. Anthony Gose had a good return last night, and the Royals were stupid enough to send somebody from second on him with nobody out. Game changing.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 2nd, 2014 at 8:53 am

    ‘Well sure, by why would I care about the problems other teams have?”

    It isn’t really about caring about other teams’ problems but to me recognizing that this may be a totally bizarre season in baseball, and pretty unpredictable. I believe, especially in the AL East, we may be seeing the ramifications of backing away from PEDS, and I also believe that seeing what happened with Arod and the new penalties have caused a lot of religion getting.

    If I am onto something – and I believe that I am – I think we’re into a total realm of the unknown for a period of time because it will be hard to gauge what players are actually capable of, and maybe going on past seasons will become an impossibility.

    Something to think about.

  10. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 8:53 am

    My post implies that I’m willing to buy into Tar’s theory that many players have been on something. I don’t exempt my own team. At the same time, I haven’t drawn up a mental list. Just an acknowledgement of what appears to be a baseball reality.

    —————-

    And I agree.. it just seems to be a shift in your thought process prior. That being said, the best part about opinions is how easily they can change.

  11. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I think many players have tried additives despite the unfortunate self altering effects.

  12. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Offensive numbers have been in decline for a few years now.. so we’re not in uncharted territory.

  13. Doreen May 2nd, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I’m bothered by all the striking out. And often not even working up the count. I can respect a strikeout after you’ve battled the pitcher and he wins that particular at bat. But where are all the foul balls? Where is trying to eke out a hit, or at the very least, making contact.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 2nd, 2014 at 8:57 am

    “And I agree.. it just seems to be a shift in your thought process prior. That being said, the best part about opinions is how easily they can change.”

    I think with enough evidence, anyone with a modicum of intelligence is forced to take additional looks at things. The ungodly numbers of injuries throughout the league, coupled with everything happening with PEDS penalties, and especially the total flux in the AL East, has forced me to take another look. It certainly wasn’t enough for me to go on someone’s sayso. But observable factors are different.

  15. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I think Fred McGriff was clean, and should get in the hall with his 493 homers. Used to be that kind of # was pretty automatic. Eddie Murray made me wonder.

  16. Against All Odds May 2nd, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Maybe the league should have their players go back on PEDs. Can anyone the deny that the game was more interesting back then.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 2nd, 2014 at 8:59 am

    “Offensive numbers have been in decline for a few years now.. so we’re not in uncharted territory.”

    We may be in unchartered territory with HGH use, or disuse, and that is extremely relevant since it is instrumental in body repair. And breaking down from steroid use will no longer have its partner to help things along.

    It’s why Manny Ramirez took two different sets of PEDS – one to help with strength and the other to help keep the body from breaking down.

  18. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Are the Yanks not grinding out at bats? This was always such an exhaustive factor in facing them.

  19. pat May 2nd, 2014 at 9:01 am

    MLB firing the investigative unit gave the wink and the nod to players it was safe to use again. :wink:

  20. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Against, do we really want to go back to Sosa and McGuire?

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 2nd, 2014 at 9:04 am

    But their upping penalties and the most recent example of “we mean business” – Arod out for a season – just may have scared them enough not to take the chance. And don’t forget, with the new penalties, they also lose pay.

    Have a good day all. Hopefully Nuno has a good night and the bats wake up. I agree this isn’t exciting baseball to watch right now.

    :)

  22. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 9:04 am

    What I understood about MLB’s testing system is that tests could only be conducted at certain times, meaning a player could ingest and then time out negative. I can’t remember who said it, but the comment was that individuals such as Cabrera literally had to be fools to get caught.

  23. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:09 am

    MLB did a piece last night on the decline of O in baseball in general.

    They attributed it to 2 factors:

    1) The increased use of the shift.

    2) The higher incidence of strikeout type pitching.

    As a 3rd factor I might cite Trisha’s theory on the reduced use of PED’s.

    ;)

  24. Against All Odds May 2nd, 2014 at 9:09 am

    @mills they may have no choice lol

  25. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 9:10 am

    You don’t hear about drugs in hockey, but come on, they have to be there, as much as drinking a 2-4 was on the bus between Buffalo and Toronto in the seventies. And then, there was Guy LaFleur chain smoking at the end of the bench between shifts.

  26. pat May 2nd, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Increasing penalties is Darwins Law. Only the painfully stupid have been caught with a positive test.

    The guys who hand out briecases of cash in diners are gone. Back to business as usual for the PED users.

  27. Against All Odds May 2nd, 2014 at 9:13 am

    @MTU didn’t one of the pat’s can’t remember which one also said they did something to the baseball to suppress offense

  28. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:15 am

    AAO-

    Don’t recall that.

    Might also be true.

  29. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 9:15 am

    The HGH testing is still very limited, though. They aren’t blood testing players more than once a year (I think) and I don’t believe they’re specifically testing guys recovering from injuries any more than other players. My understanding had been they’d only do the HGH blood test in ST. That stuff has limited staying power in a person’s system.

    The testing has been improved but not enough that work-arounds aren’t possible/commonly used.

    It’s an interesting theory about the injury rate and HGH testing, but many of the injuries we’ve seen in the pitching department specifically appear totally unrelated. Also injuries to guys like Hamilton and Harper are very clearly not related. What we have been seeing more of over the last few years are muscle strains, and that’s hard to pinpoint a cause for. Generally this isn’t an area where you’d think steroids or HGH would directly help players (in fact, some believe these supplements hinder guys and result in more muscle strains/pulls/tears).

  30. Chip May 2nd, 2014 at 9:16 am

    The difference between this year’s team and last year’s team is talent level.

    Last year’s squad was in first place with guys like Lyle Overbay, Pronk, Cervelli and Vernon Wells performing over their heads. This year’s team is in first place without a bunch of guys hitting their strides yet.

    Do I expect great things from Brian Roberts or Yangervis Solarte? No, and I think at some point the Yankees will look to upgrade those spots – but I also believe that McCann, Beltran, Tex and Soriano will perform better as the season moves on.

    Ellsbury is really the only player that has been consistent right out of the gate. The others will come along. On the other hand, last year’s squad were a bunch of retreads who we knew couldn’t sustain the production they put together in April.

    Two teams at the same place heading in opposite directions.

  31. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:17 am

    The number of TJ cases this season appears to be off the charts.

    It cries out for an explanation.

  32. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Doreen May 2nd, 2014 at 8:55 am
    I’m bothered by all the striking out. And often not even working up the count. I can respect a strikeout after you’ve battled the pitcher and he wins that particular at bat. But where are all the foul balls? Where is trying to eke out a hit, or at the very least, making contact.

    ——————-

    Strike out rates keep rising… I dont know if it’s been philosophical or what, but I’d also like to see hitters schooled in the importance of making contact. At least you can get more productive outs that way. This is a league/sport-wide thing. I think maybe the emphasis on power in the late 90s influenced it, but I’d like to see it begin to trend in the other direction. Now it seems not uncommon at all for guys to strike out 150-200 times per season.

  33. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:20 am

    One thing I like about Solarte is his ability to make contact.

  34. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 9:22 am

    MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:17 am
    The number of TJ cases this season appears to be off the charts.

    It cries out for an explanation.

    —————

    True, but there are a host of variables more likely to account for this than PEDs. Like Dr. Andrews speculated, it probably has more to do with an emphasis on throwing harder, the number of pitchers throwing year round, and the fact that kids younger and younger are throwing off speed stuff.

  35. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Chip-

    Good points.

    Our biggest problem right now is our SP.

    Losing Nova and now Pineda (I’m thinking more like 2 months) coupled w the subpar beginnings from CC and Kuroda could really hurt if it continues.

    We were always going to live and die by our SP.

    I hope we can catch some lightning in a bottle w Nuno and/or Phelps.

  36. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Shame-

    Whatever the cause it is alarming.

  37. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I never really liked the big, hairy approach anyway.

    ;)

  38. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Greg Zaun is adament that young pitchers should focus more on fastball location rather than stressful cutters etc.. Fergie Jenkins thinks the pitch counts are ridiculous.

  39. austinmac May 2nd, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Mills,

    I think there is a rule prohibiting traded former Yankees from making the Hall. It would too depressing for us. I am sure you understand.

  40. mick May 2nd, 2014 at 9:28 am

    The Yanks are never boring as someone here said.
    If they are stop watching.
    To categorize a team this early is ludicrous.
    What have you done for the blog lately?

  41. Chip May 2nd, 2014 at 9:31 am

    MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:20 am

    One thing I like about Solarte is his ability to make contact.
    ——————–

    Agreed – he’s not a guy who is going to provide prototypical 3b power, but he puts the ball in play.

  42. mick May 2nd, 2014 at 9:31 am

    True, but there are a host of variables more likely to account for this than PEDs.
    =============================
    You don’t think there will be a cost factor for using PEDS?
    Someone said they would bathe their kids in them here once.
    Without knowing the consequences?
    That’s just damn irresponsible…

  43. Doreen May 2nd, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Shame,

    what I don’t understand is the Yankees in particular with regard to strikeouts. They of all teams should understand the value of wearing down pitching. They thrived on that approach throughout the early 2000′s. I’ll allow that maybe it just isn’t as easy as those teams made it look, but there were multiple players in the lineup that could take long at bats. Even if the didn’t get on base (though many times they did walk), they drive the pitch count up. They got to the vulnerable middle inning pitchers. Thats why they were never out of a game, even if they fell behind. And the homeruns followed because pitchers tired, and/or were forced to throw strikes

    I do think it might be worth looking into, as well, as to the improvement of bullpens overall throughout baseball. Maybe those vulnerable middle innings guys are better than they see to be?

  44. austinmac May 2nd, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Two games obviously mean little in the long run, but these two games against the Mariners demonstated the teams shortcomings. They need at least one more starter. Good luck with that. They also need a bat.

    No additions will make any real difference if the guys we have don’t perform better, specifically CC, Kuroda, McCann and Beltran. Soriano, Roberts, Johnson and Solarte are doing as well as we can expect, or for Solarte, better.

    I never liked the all or nothing home runs players either, but they are better than the little or nothing many are giving us now. Strike outs without the power is even worse.

  45. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Yes, austin, Donna Mills concurs.

  46. mick May 2nd, 2014 at 9:34 am

    As Jeter said in the postgame, “Do you think we are bad?”
    We will miss his perspective.

  47. austinmac May 2nd, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Our valuable trade chip, Romine, actually got a hit yesterday to keep his average above .100. He is another miss in the draft or development phase.

    I watched a Trenton gmae the other day and came away believing Sanchez still has a lot of catching work to do. I saw him try to backhand a ball between his feet only to have it go through his legs since no efforts were made to block it. Very bad technique. I can’t say that is a regular event, but it caught my attenstion.

  48. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 9:39 am

    What a start Detroit had in ’84.

  49. Doreen May 2nd, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Austinmac,

    Both times I saw Sanchez catch last year it was the same as you saw.

  50. Chip May 2nd, 2014 at 9:41 am

    austinmac May 2nd, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Our valuable trade chip, Romine, actually got a hit yesterday to keep his average above .100. He is another miss in the draft or development phase.
    ———————

    Romine wasn’t a draft miss, he’s a development miss.

    After he hurt his back the Yankees essentially gave up on him. And then when they called him up last year Girardi put him in a position to fail by essentially having him waste a year of development sitting behind the immortal Chris Stewart.

  51. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 9:42 am

    My bullpen has largely sucked this year, could easily have 16 wins or so otherwise.

  52. willwill May 2nd, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Attention yankee advertisers, last year i watched games in condensed mode because i didn’t have time or the willingly abuse of my time to watch a shat show. So on days Tanaka or Pineda aren’t pitching… I may go to condensed game mode. This team is beyond sad. The stands every game show that. You have very mediocre hitters that under perform. You have a .220 catcher who typically hits .250 over the course of his career and you over pay him because of the work he does with the staff, very smart except your staff includes a pitcher in kuroda who for the last half year between this year and last has been nothing but mediocre if not bad, you have sabathia throwing 88mph fastballs and can’t go more than 4 maybe 5 innings before he gets shelled. The only positive with the new york yankees is Delin Betances and a reliever doesn’t make people want to watch the games or go to them, unless his # is 42

    Yes Jeter, you are bad.

  53. Chip May 2nd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I think Long’s approach to hitting is to stress aggressiveness. That pitchers will often try to get ahead by throwing a fast ball and so you should jump on it. It’s a deviation from the call for patience that made the Yankees great in the 90s but in fairness it’s not just a Yankee thing – teams are, on average, striking out 250 times more than they did 10 years ago.

  54. hardwired7 May 2nd, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Beltran, Soriano and McCann all have sub .300 OBPs. It’s hard to win when the middle of your order is giving you almost nothing but quick innings.

    McCann’s in particular is startlingly low: .266. Come on, man, you’re better than that.

  55. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Baby Bomber Recap

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....-riverdogs

    LF Ramon Flores 2-4, double, BB, K – batting .350/.435/.550 over his last 10 games
    3B Scott Sizemore 2-4, double, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K

    DH Aaron Judge 0-3 – batting .459/.512/.649 over his last 10 games

  56. mick May 2nd, 2014 at 9:55 am

    They are just pressing and will come around.
    The problem will be when they face good pitching every day in the playoffs, if hteir pitching doesn’t implode.
    I think it also lies in the type of high priced FA’s they have.
    There are no O’Neills to grind out each AB as if money were not an object.

  57. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Thanks YT.

  58. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Anybody seen Blake ?

    Seems like he hasn’t been around in a while.

  59. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I watched a Trenton gmae the other day and came away believing Sanchez still has a lot of catching work to do. I saw him try to backhand a ball between his feet only to have it go through his legs since no efforts were made to block it. Very bad technique. I can’t say that is a regular event, but it caught my attenstion.

    ——————-

    I really want to keep JR. Signing McCann should pay off this year and next… but JR seems like the real deal. I’d hate for him to be stuck.

  60. Mottsx May 2nd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    RF Aaron Judge 3-5 in Game 1.

  61. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Is Da’ Judge @ Charleston or Tampa ?

  62. DONNYBROOK May 2nd, 2014 at 10:05 am

    - FRIDAY MORNING MUSINGS -

    (1) WORST game I have seen Gardner play in a Long time. Both sides of the ball. No way with 2 outs an OF’er can pull up on that dinker and permit a run with 2 outs. The following hitter doubled for a 2nd run in the inning. Shows he was Not anticipating various scenarios Before the pitch. Gardner’s Head was obviously Not in the game, which also applies to his going down Looking for the Final out of the game, when he represented the Tying run.

    (2) Kuroda and CC = “2 peas in a pod.” Aging Chuckers attempting Houdini like escapes every 5th game.

    (3) No way I bat McCann and TEX back-to-back. DP possibilities too great.

    (4) Extra Credit for TEX and his hustling on the Cano Boner = a Run a batter later.

    (5) Solarte batting his way Back into a Reserve role.

    (6) Johnson a Forgotten man with a track record.

    (7) Roberts a man that Should be Forgotten.

    (8) What happened to Paul O’Neil? I thought he was supposed to fly back and do Tues game

  63. Chip May 2nd, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I watched a Trenton gmae the other day and came away believing Sanchez still has a lot of catching work to do. I saw him try to backhand a ball between his feet only to have it go through his legs since no efforts were made to block it. Very bad technique. I can’t say that is a regular event, but it caught my attenstion.

    ——————-

    I really want to keep JR. Signing McCann should pay off this year and next… but JR seems like the real deal. I’d hate for him to be stuck.
    ———————

    I like JR too but ultimately his value to the Yankees will be with what he brings back in a trade.

  64. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    At one point Kelly Johnson was leading the team in homeruns. Now he is just an afterthought while Roberts plays.

  65. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I like JR too but ultimately his value to the Yankees will be with what he brings back in a trade.

    ——————

    Based on some reports though, we might have gone from being one of the most catching rich orgs in the league to having no viable everyday starting catcher (assuming Sanchez doesn’t come around on his defense).

    I think the longer McCann struggles the more we’ll keep looking at the wisdom in signing him vs. Salty. Then again, McCann can just replace Tex with his low average/high power bat at 1B soon, and there will be plenty of room for JR and Sanchez.

  66. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Judge is at Charleston

  67. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    YT-

    He’s way too good for that level.

  68. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    @NateSilver538 MLB managers are misusing their 2-holes. http://53eig.ht/1fE6hwd

  69. DONNYBROOK May 2nd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I believe McCann and Beltran deserve 1 trip around the AL. The 2nd time around batting against these AL Chuckers is the time to render judgement. Same goes for Tanaka’s 2nd time facing teams.

  70. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I’m not worried about Beltran.

    He’ll hit.

  71. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 10:18 am

    When I say ‘no viable every day catcher’ btw, I’m talking about the system, not including McCann, who has been very good behind the plate.

  72. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Line from NY Post

    “Lefty Roenis Elias looked like what Manny Banuelos was supposed to be by now.”

    :(

  73. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:20 am

    YT-

    :(

    Banuelos is still very young.

  74. 86w183 May 2nd, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Donnybrook —

    I think you nailed it this time. Bench Roberts immediately for Kelly Johnson. More Ichiro and less Soriano until he gets a lighter bat.

    Aaron Judge should be in Tampa if not Trenton. He’s too good for low-A ball.

  75. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I’ll be on the move again so I may not be posting as much.

    I have definitely enjoyed checking in again.

  76. tomingeorgia May 2nd, 2014 at 10:26 am

    See you around, Mister MTU. Bon chance!

  77. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:28 am

    1.) Yangerivs Solarte, 143 wRC+ in 89 PA: Anyone who thought Solarate would put up numbers like this should be promptly canonized for miraculous deeds. The replacement to everyone’s favorite backup infielder has been remarkable, with a wRC+ that places him in the Top 20 of the AL. While Solarte has undoubtedly benefited from a high BABIP (.349), his plate discipline has been a strong positive to date: his .404 OBP is currently 9th-best in the AL. As unlikely as it is for Solarte to be in this top slot at year end, his showing so far has been a very welcome surprise.

    Read the rest:

    http://nomaas.org/2014/05/offe.....t-did-not/

  78. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Thanks Tom.

    Running from the law ain’t easy.

    :)

  79. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:29 am

    MTU

    Have a good hike!

  80. Doreen May 2nd, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Be well, MTU.

  81. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:30 am

    YT-

    Solarte seems to be a much better hitter from the left side.

  82. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:31 am

    YT-

    I wish that’s what it was.

    Thanks Doreen. You too.

  83. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:33 am

    3.) Derek Jeter, 88 wRC+ in 92 PAs: The Captain’s swan song has been a mixed bag at the plate. The patience is still there as Jeter’s OBP is a passable .352, though there is still room for improvement relative to his career averages. The power is most definitely not. Jeter’s current SLG (.306) and ISO (0.37) are outrageously far removed from his career marks in those categories (.364 and .133, respectively). Jeter’s current SLG is the 8th-worst in the American League, just barely ahead of noted big bats Elvis Andrus and Abraham Almonte (yes, that guy). There’s little to be said here…age had to take it’s toll sometime.

  84. bbb51 May 2nd, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Last two weeks Solarte has hit .160 .300 .240. Play Johnson, he has only 14 pa in the last two weeks. He’s going to rot on the vine.

  85. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    MTU

    Well if not a hike, hope everything is OK.

    Be well.

    Always enjoy your smiling face.

  86. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Squat-

    I’d rather see Johnson fill in for Roberts.

    But yes he should get more playing time.

  87. 86w183 May 2nd, 2014 at 10:36 am

    All the best, MTU

  88. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:36 am

    bbb51

    I’d like to see Johnson and Solarte playing with Roberts DFA’d

  89. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 10:37 am

    ?@ChrisCotillo #Tigers say Dombrowski is having a conference call at noon. No details given. Move may be coming.

  90. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Thanks YT.

    Just some tough times to get thru.

    It’s been that way for a while.

    I’m getting used to it.

    :)

  91. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Wait…. bbb is jacksquat?!

  92. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Thanks 86.

    Much appreciated.

    Glad your Wife is doing well.

  93. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Tigers have signed Hanrahan.

  94. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Shame the Tigers run scoring is near the bottom of the AL. Maybe a move? Then maybe they are signing Sherzer to an extension? Drew ?

  95. JCPD May 2nd, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Stay well Mike…..

  96. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Doreen May 2nd, 2014 at 8:55 amI’m bothered by all the striking out. And often not even working up the count. I can respect a strikeout after you’ve battled the pitcher and he wins that particular at bat. But where are all the foul balls? Where is trying to eke out a hit, or at the very least, making contact.

    We have not been having great AB’s of late, but when a pitcher is ahead on every hitter and if you don’t swing at the FB, he is going to obliterate you with a nasty curve, you do have to be aggressive. Yanks had no prayer on Elias’s curveball. He was also throwing his FB for strikes and slipped in a few CU. Elias had 10 Ks and I’ll bet most of them were on CB. Let’s face it, we have some hitters who still have problems with breaking stuff, but last night they had no chance hitting Elias’s curve once they were behind.

    As for Manny, his curveball can be filthy and often plus but it still needs to be more consistent. That was the one pitch that he was erratic with when I was seeing him a lot in Trenton. I will be curious to see how the curveball looks and what is FB command/velo is on Sunday.

    Gary Sanchez he is still a work in progress on the catching side, and as I have said in the past, with the Yanks’s thing with pitch framing and run saving, let’s see if Sanchez ever rates high enough on the D side to satisfy our catching D first brigade. The bat is worth it, but we’ll see. JR is more the new prototypical Yankee catcher model.

    As for IF D, yes it is not good. We knew that it wouldn’t be, but did nothing about it and used the money for OF instead which has been my big beef. It is what it is. And seeing Robi in the IF last night for the opposition made me sick. At least get a suitable replacement at 2B or 3B to complement Jeet.

  97. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Thanks Jim.

    I’ll try my best.

    :)

  98. bbb51 May 2nd, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 10:39 am
    Wait…. bbb is jacksquat?!

    Yes, I’ve said this a few times.

  99. bbb51 May 2nd, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Trying Johnson at 3B and Solarte at 2B would be fine with me.

  100. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 10:45 am

    MTU, sending you healing thoughts and prayers.

  101. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Jeter should really be a pinch hitter and a bench guy. He can’t field and is a single hitter. legends get old, the way yankees operates is vastly different than almost all the other teams of late.

    bottom line, Yankees have massive sunken cost and nowhere near the talent level to show for it. my assessment is that this is still an above average team but nothing special.

    cashman needs to go.

  102. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Line from NY Post

    “Lefty Roenis Elias looked like what Manny Banuelos was supposed to be by now.”

    :(
    ///

    The NY Post, i’m fairly certain, doesn’t have a single “reporter” (to use the term loosely) who has ever watched a single Banuelos start in milb.

    That’s a given – and I’ll even suggest they don’t know that he’s a full two years younger than Elias, and that he was in AAA at age 22 before getting hurt.

    The idea that Manny should be a mainstay in the big league rotation by now is fanciful.

    Could we maybe give him until age 24? All he has to do is build the arm back up.

  103. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    YF-

    Much appreciated as always.

    Please keep them coming.

    Hope all is well w you.

    :)

  104. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Well, they all thought Dellin was a bust without even ever having seen him pitch, so what else is new…

  105. Against All Odds May 2nd, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 10:39 am
    Wait…. bbb is jacksquat?!

    ——————–

    Yes this whole time he’s been hiding among us. Team Greedy has been infiltrated :)

  106. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:49 am

    YF

    Good morning. I posted this earlier- The Baby Bomber Recap

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....-riverdogs

    Which, if any, prospects might be fast tracked and be a potential call up should the Yankees need offensive help, if one of the starting position players are out on a long DL stint?

  107. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 10:49 am

    MTU, will do. I am doing fine, thank you! Just trying to follow the sun…

  108. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:50 am

    YF-

    U mean there is some.

    :)

  109. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Newman should be on the fast track.

    To nowhere.

    ;)

  110. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 10:52 am

    189 and 200 mil or whatever is not really the fundamental problem. problem is NYY have a GM who is incapable in operating under those dollar figure and come up with a championship caliber team. That takes creativity and balls to take certain IFA risks.

  111. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Talk about a clueless buzzard.

  112. Doreen May 2nd, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Yankeefeminista -

    Yes, Elias was certainly masterful last night. I do understand that those kinds of nights will happen. I’m speaking in generalities, I guess.

    Sometimes my patience with our Yankees fluctuates dependent upon where my personal mood is at, and right now, well…let’s just say, patience is wearing thin on all fronts.

  113. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 10:53 am

    From the article Silver has posted:

    “But research by Tango and his compatriots suggests teams have been doing it wrong. After examining how important each batting event (single, double, walk, etc.) is to each lineup slot — based on factors such as how many runners are likely to be on base and how many outs they’re likely to hit with — the data says a team ought to bat its three best hitters in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 slots, with the most balanced hitter occupying the two-hole. That’s a far cry from the conventional wisdom of slotting the best hitter either third or fourth, and putting a weak contact specialist at No. 2.”

    Essentially the article claims the team’s best hitter should be in the 2-spot. Thoughts?

  114. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 10:54 am

    YT, for this season? Beyond OF, no one. Obvious candidates would be Zoilo vs. RHP and Flores. No IF help in our current midsts. Judge looked good in the two games I saw him play, but I wouldn’t expect him anytime soon. I need to see Refsnyder in person more. A few of the bats like O’Brien lack a position. All the big bats are OF and first base and we have those covered. What I would give for a big IF bat with plus D like Cano’s…

  115. Yankee Trader May 2nd, 2014 at 10:55 am

    YF

    “One day you’ll look to see I’ve gone
    For tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun
    Some day you’ll know I was the one
    But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun

    And now the time has come
    And so my love I must go
    And though I lose a friend
    In the end you will know, oooh

    One day you’ll find that I have gone
    But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun.”

  116. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Doreen-

    The season is about 1/6th exhausted so I reckon your patience should be about 1/6th exhausted too.

    ;)

  117. Poetkiosk May 2nd, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I have been thinking about why the Yankees are so boring this year. Here’s what I have come up with:

    1) We are hitting very few homeruns and so do have that big run to get us all excited.
    2) We don’t have a young phenom allstar like a lot of teams do (we don’t a Mike Trout)
    3) While we don’t hit home runs, we also don’t generate offense from small balls – like bunts, steals, etc, so we are basically waiting for a single or a double. Yawn.
    4) Its hard to get excited about players that are in decline and under-performing (Tex, Kuroda, CC, Jeter, Roberts)
    5) We don’t have that fiery type of player we have usually had in Posada, O’Neill, etc. Everyone said McCann would fill that role he hasn’t.
    6) Girardi’s moves are almost always by the book, so we as fans can pretty much always predict whats going to happen. Again a big yawn.
    7) Pineda made the organization look really stupid with the pine tar, that’s taken some of the varnish off.
    8) We never retaliate – EVER. so when something bush league happens to us, we can’t anticipate any kind of response. That’s always fun.
    9) A lot of our at bats look really bad. A lot of swinging and missing and getting down in the count early.
    10) We almost never come back when we are down AND we often get down by a lot in the early innings (this is a holdover from last year.

    I’ll leave this list at an even 10 – but there are some pretty solid reasons as to why a lot of fans are turning the channel this year and why the seats are empty.

    The Steinbrenner’s better take notice and think about making this a team that people crave to watch again because currently it looks like a pretty downward progression of revenue for them.

  118. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Doreen, I hear you. We’ve made some improvements, but deleted others; I am not too crazy about this lineup, and I have been advocating for a true #4 hitter to support Cano since 2010. But it is what it is. I’m interested to see what kind of stuff Price has tonight. Last time he really wasn’t locating well and we took advantage. Are you planning on making it to any Trenton games this weekend? Manny pitches Sunday.

  119. Doreen May 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Oh, MTU,

    You know I’m usually very forgiving of my Yankees and perhaps it’s my fault for depending on them to be a pleasant distraction.

    :)

  120. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:01 am

    YT, thanks for that. I will follow with “Here Comes the Sun” and “The Sun King.” ;) I will say it was beautiful weather at NYS last night in spite of the defeat… Hoping the bats warm up eventually.

  121. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2014 at 11:02 am

    yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Well, they all thought Dellin was a bust without even ever having seen him pitch, so what else is new…
    ///

    Dellin is the obvious answer to “what’ll we do about the SP?”.

    It’s interesting how a guy with his repertoire and talent, at 26, is presumed as anathema to a starting rotation, even after having made adjustments and having proven for over a year and a half now, that he can not only find the strike zone, but that he can consistently hit pound the lower strike zone at 96 mph, hypnotize hitters with that slurvy curve, and get them to fall down swinging when he drops the hammer, but somehow that won’t play in a starting role….

    Listen, man, if Chris Archer were a Yankee?

    He’d already had been thrown in the BP and the key would be in the Harlem River, and most of the people who post here would be shouting those of us down who would be calling for what he brings not to be wasting in one to two inning stints every few days.

    To me, it’s mystifying to have a daily “what’ll we do about the SP” discussion and not see what’s there in broad daylight as a potentially overwhelming solution.

    But Joe Girardi has said: “Some guys are born to be relievers.”

    Oh, well, you’re as good, creative and inventive as your “leaders” are, I guess

  122. MTU May 2nd, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Doreen-

    Absolutely.

    Few as reasonable and compassionate.

    Just kidding you.

    Take care.

    :)

  123. Doreen May 2nd, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Yankeefeminista -

    If we go to any, it will be Sunday. We’ll have to play it by ear, though, as life is getting in the way again.

  124. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:05 am

    In spite of that one hit last night, Sori’s swing is so long. In person the swing looks downright silly. I know he is a streak hitter and when he is making contact, watch out, but in person especially that swing makes you groan; it looks comically long.

    As for Gardner, he has been K’ing too much, but he was robbed on that Seager play last night, and had pretty good ABs early in the season. Ditto McCann early. We need those two to have quality ABs. Scarily Teix has looked better than most… At least he is hitting RH vs. Price tonight. Hoping to see bad David Price a la the lines of the last game and the Jeet 3,000 hit game. :)

  125. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Doreen, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other [baseball] plans…” is what John Lennon meant. ;) That at least will be the game to go to with Manny scheduled to start. Hope you make it there.

  126. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Yes, I’ve said this a few times.

    ————

    Aw man, I missed it! And here I was thinking jacksquat had abandoned us. Glad you’re still around!

  127. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:10 am

    https://twitter.com/AROD/status/462246632202199040/photo/1
    ______

    Future Olympians?

  128. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2014 at 11:10 am

    yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 10:54 am

    YT, for this season? Beyond OF, no one. Obvious candidates would be Zoilo vs. RHP and Flores. No IF help in our current midsts.
    ///

    I have given up on Zoilo ever being given a chance here, after the Ellsbury and Beltran signings.

    Should have let him have LF, left Gardner in CF, signed Beltran for RF, signed McCann and re-signed the best player on either team last night by a landslide: Robinson Cano, the glue of the Yankee infield for several years and middle of the batting order.

    The Yankees decision makers are short-sighted in the extreme, with no feel for what their team really needs, and this is going on the fifth straight year now of bad decisions.

  129. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:12 am

    “2) We don’t have a young phenom allstar like a lot of teams do (we don’t a Mike Trout)”

    What, you don’t like dumpster diving or FA signings? Well, doesn’t even have to be at the level of Trout. Just a young player who is actually good (homegrown would be even better)… Someday….

  130. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Shame, link to Silver article?

  131. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 11:15 am

    @AROD Teaching the girls how to hit #fbf pic.twitter.com/Q2c42q356W

    These hitters might be better than Roberts…. :D

  132. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2014 at 11:16 am

    The Yankees got out-pitched last night by a wide margin.

    I’m not going to kill the hitters, but having Robinson Cano on their side certainly helped the Mariners’ cause.

    The impact of players of that magnitude tend to be felt in games such as yesterday’s: dominant SP and the superstar in the middle of the infield and the lineup.

    But, y’know, “he didn’t bust it out of the box”….

  133. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 11:16 am

    just a prospective, the 3 guys i want this OS were Abreu,infante and Balfour, most because they fit the idea of both present and future also in terms of needs. those 3 combine makes about what Ells make.

    it’s a mix bag of risk taking and certainties. but of course, cashman only knows how to operate in cookie cutter fashion.

  134. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 10:13 am
    @NateSilver538 MLB managers are misusing their 2-holes. http://53eig.ht/1fE6hwd

  135. austinmac May 2nd, 2014 at 11:17 am

    MTU,

    Keep on the move. Go dark. They’ll never catch up to you. :)

  136. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Gardner scorched the ball down the left-field line last night and Seager’s wing span and height hauled it in… too bad.

    With great SP, it’s not like you don’t get your chances, it’s that they’re limited and if you don’t cash in then and there, you lose, especially if you don’t have the Great Redeemer big bat any more.

  137. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    The gross thing about losing Cano in terms of the middle of the order is they downgraded one slot and didn’t upgrade another.

  138. 86w183 May 2nd, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Yanks are on a 90-72 pace… not great, but good enough to stay in contention.

    If they sit Roberts as they should I would assume Johnson plays 2B and Solarte 3B. Neither has played much 3B, but Solarte has been quite good there.

  139. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Shame, yep right off the bat (bad pun), didn’t get what that was about. Shows how we are knee-jerk reactionaries vs. long term planners. Team construction since 2010 has been my biggest peeve. They kind of make it up as they go along. Let too many walk for nada. Not an ideal way to build a baseball team in this new environment when teams mostly keep their own elite position players…

    Wow, Seattle agrees to raise minimum wage to $15/hour. Like it!

  140. austinmac May 2nd, 2014 at 11:23 am

    YT,

    Wouldn’t it be MTU’s smiling posts?

  141. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The gross thing about losing Cano in terms of the middle of the order is they downgraded one slot and didn’t upgrade another.
    ——–
    infante has outperformed cano in just about every categories and is a 16 mil cheaper and 6 years less in commitment. If yanks don’t want to sign cano then don’t sign ells either. reason, they had so many holes and needed to spread that money around in addressing it. Cashman and Hal are very aware the threshold that won’t cross, it’s just poor planning.

    now we still have a decent team, but it would be laughable if that is not the case when you have a 200 mil payroll

    cashman needs to go.

  142. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Losing Cano to FA is the worst fumble by the Yankee Ownership/FO of all… and that is saying a great deal.

    The whole “he doesn’t bust it down the line” distraction ploy has successfully obfuscated their failure to extend him and somehow has managed to mute that a nine-year OPS stud/GG MIF walked out the door for nothing at all.

    I guess the Levine train banks on the fanbase and media being easily gulled to swallow their bait…and actually advance their ridiculous memes…

    Hey, they’re right about something :)

  143. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Cano will become a colossal burden on a cash strapped Ms team in 4 years, that is my assessment. Ells most likely would be the same in 3.

  144. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Pruf, great play by Seager and we were definitely out-pitched. Kuroda is still mechanically out of whack, but quietly he had a quality start last night, 6IP, 3ER, 1BB, 7 K’s.

    As for this team this year, aside from obviously not re-signing Robi and getting virtually nothing for him, losing Nova is the biggest loss for this team…

  145. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Losing Cano to FA is the worst fumble by the Yankee Ownership/FO of all
    —–
    i will respectfully disagree. the worst fumble is the fact Yankees don’t have a GM is capable to spending Cano’s money wisely to address a team with multiple needs.

  146. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Cashmoney, Ells was a quick fix to attract fans, but if the team doesn’t win, no one will care. Again, we’ve added to a surplus area and weakened an already weak area. Seems to be the trend the last few years… We just make it up as we go along and again are relying on FA to construct our teams. Not a good long-term plan…

  147. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Of lesser importance, listening to Kay try and squirm back to a balanced viewpoint about Cano is really quite entertaining, because of course that is what he is doing.

    He doesn’t have to do Levine and Hal’s bidding anymore – worked like a charm, and the yes idiots who boo Cano with such a vengeance, and who call him a “punk” and other assorted epithets on the internet to demonstrate their “outrage” that he “sold out”, keep doing their jobs exonerating the woeful inept clownshow that let him walk for nothing.

    Cano’s gone, the media refrain is “good riddance.” Kay is doing is scramble to objectivity to try to quell and silence the faction that isn’t buying any of it, but that’s never going to sell because we know what’s up.

    Lots of people applauding Cano last night at NYS, incidentally. Bless those classy folks who know what’s been lost and who want to say “thanks, buddy, for nine awesome years.”

  148. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Not saying Ells hasn’t been great and is’t fun to watch, but he would have been a nicer piece on a team that had some balance, still lacking that one middle bat; that Ells deal could be some kind of albatross and was it money wisely spent? Can he stay on the field for seven years. Stay tuned.

  149. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:35 am

    “Yankees don’t have a GM is capable to spending Cano’s money wisely to address a team with multiple needs.”

    They have never spent money wisely; instead they spend it unwisely, then cry frugality and have compensated by dumpster diving. Then they overspend on FA’s and again cry poverty when they don’t finish the job. A team with this kind of budget should be a much better constructed team. But they are always seemingly running to stand still.

  150. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Losing Cano to FA is the worst fumble by the Yankee Ownership/FO of all
    —–
    i will respectfully disagree. the worst fumble is the fact Yankees don’t have a GM is capable to spending Cano’s money wisely to address a team with multiple needs.
    ////

    Well I think I made it pretty clear that the reason I qualify as the WORST fumble is that they got nothing for him….?

  151. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Thanks, Shame. I will read it after breakfast. Still haven’t eaten.

  152. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 11:37 am

    YF, agree. that’s the thing, Yanks had a aging team that almost need to replace as a whole. what did they do, they spent on big ticket items while neglect multiple area of needs.

    you could do it 2 ways after last season, rebuild, get rid anyone who is decent and over 30 for prospects in which i don’t trush Cashman’s evaluation much.

    or
    you could spread it around and spend it more efficiently.

    I hate to see Cano go, but I already stated my reason.

  153. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Well I think I made it pretty clear that the reason I qualify as the WORST fumble is that they got nothing for him….?
    ——–
    agree.

  154. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2014 at 11:39 am

    No worries, Ellsbury is a “five-tool player”…

    It’s just that he’s been saving his great slugging and canon arm for age his age 31 season…it’s a-comin’ :D

    Joking aside, it was nice to see him get hist first NYS homer in pinstripes last night. He has enough power to get a few more of those, I would day.

  155. J. Alfred Prufrock May 2nd, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I would say..

    Good one, folks.

  156. yankeefeminista May 2nd, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Cashmoney, as I have said ad nauseum, they should have planned better after winning in 2009. They actually had some leeway, and some good young chips. However, they chose to stick with the old model. Sigh. Hoping some of these kids will contribute in a few years and we can reconfigure the business model… Hope we go crazy on IFA signings…

    NY didn’t follow suit in the case of spending on Cano, but hope they do RE: Seattle and minimum wage. Just do it, New York! ;)

  157. tomingeorgia May 2nd, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Watch Tacoma boom.

  158. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I enjoy watching homegrown young talents or just young talents, period. The idea that NYY can’t rebuild is absurd to me. you know what, have a less bloated payroll, crank up the talent pipe. sure you will have couple lean years in where you might break even or maybe even lose some money. but in the long term, YES entertainment will have a juggernaut to make more money on and fans will actually look at a team and think to themselves ‘hey we got a legit WS caliber team here.

    JMO.

  159. austinmac May 2nd, 2014 at 11:51 am

    The loss of Cano means for the first time in a very long time, we have no big position player stars . Ellsbury is the closest, but he lacks the power element. We have some good players and some who have been stars. I watch the team now and don’t look at our lineup hoping a certain player comes to bat. Likewise, the opposing teams have no indiviual they work around.

    It appears attendance, at least on the books is up, as are tv ratings. That is directly attributable to spending money. That positive vibe will disappear without success. I think Hal needs to monitor actual attendance very carefull to assess the economics of the team. I maintain, as always, they make money by spending it.

  160. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Mac, imaging we had abreu right now. would you watch his AB or rather looking forward to a talent who can hit the ball out anywhere and everywhere?

  161. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 11:57 am

    that is not only limited Abreu, Cepedes, Solar, Puig, gimme some star power and young power hitters. then NYY fans will have something to get excited about.

  162. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    you know what else is boring? Cashman! chasing tails aside, the man has little creativeness and baseball acumen, at least stick knows talent when he sees one.

  163. Shame Spencer May 2nd, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    you know what else is boring? Cashman! chasing tails aside, the man has little creativeness and baseball acumen, at least stick knows talent when he sees one.

    ————–

    His contract is up at the end of the season…I dunno that it’s too early to start discussing the merits of replacing him vs. retaining him.

  164. austinmac May 2nd, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Cash,

    Abreu would look good as would the other Cubans. George understood excitement means money. Excitement is created by athletic, exciting players like they seem to breed in Cuba. Hal or Cashman had(s) no vision.

  165. jmills May 2nd, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    yf, pretty much one night a week now, I don’t bother eating dinner, like last night. I’m tired from work, I stay up with the blog, and then, ” boom “, I fall asleep, usually with the blackbery in hand. It feels good to give the alimentary canal a break. This morning I ate lasagna for breakfast.

  166. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Mac, Hal gets excited by bottom line and gradual asset depreciation.

  167. austinmac May 2nd, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    It will be interesting to see what happens to Cashman. I expect he will return if he so desires. Heck, if we retain the developmental people, they will keep anyone.

    Cashman has strengths. He has found scrap heap players that provide some help. His biggest failure that can be laid clearly at his doorstep is the farm. The only caveat is we don’t know what restrcitions Hal may have put on him that led to skipping the Cubans, going cheaper on the international market over the last few years and getting draftees they knew would be easy and inexpensive signings.

    All I know is since CAshman declared he was in charge, things have not really progressed. We still have players only a few years away.

  168. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    shame, I think and to borrow from Chad, Cashman will look awfully good on another team.

  169. Hankflorida May 2nd, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I never liked the all or nothing home runs players either, but they are better than the little or nothing many are giving us now. Strike outs without the power is even worse.

    Austinmac, you hit the nail on the head as not being clutch with RISP will be detrimental to this club especially now that the pitching has become a question mark. “Murder’s Row and Cano” hid the blemishes of the pitchers.

  170. austinmac May 2nd, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Cash,

    I am getting excited just thinking about the accounting practices the team can use. Does the organization play baseball games too?

  171. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    ‘absolute filth’ was how a brit friend of mine used in addressing an attractive female, Chad’s awfully good is up there though, they both read and sound kind of funny.

  172. Cashmoney May 2nd, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    mac, that’s a fair assessment of Cashman.

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