Category Archives: Alex Rodriguez

YANKEES – SIT TIGHT AND WAIT IT OUT

If there is one thing the 2015 season demonstrated, it’s that younger (read athletically) constructed teams were the ones who played well into October. In essence, speed kills. Whether you’re talkingimages-1 about a fast ball consistently in the 95-97 mph range (Mets starters) or quick thinking and athleticism on the base paths, or swift and reliable ball tracking in the outfield (Royals on both counts)  – all winning teams (add the Cubs, Astros, and Pirates too) have speed as a common thread between them. Continue reading

GIRARDI’S EPITAPH MISSES THE MARK

New York Yankees manager Joe Girard’s press conference yesterday included a look forward to 2016 as well as a glance backward at ” what happened”. Most telling were his largely defensive comments explaining how he tried to give his aging lineup enough rest so they could limp to the finish line. Left unsaid, probably because he’s a true professional, is the question he must have been asking himself all season……..”Why do I even have to deal with this?”

The New York Yankees are old. Even Brett Gardner (left) who is considered “young” by team standards will be 33 next August. Along with Jacob Ellsbury, (below) he appeared to lose his legs down the stretch and both weighed heavily in the Yankee’s decline and inability to catch the Blue Jays. More telling, Ellsbury was sat by Girardi against Houston in favor of Chris Young. He may regret that decision now but it is indicative of the decisions Girardi had to cope with all year.

Even more baffling was Girardi’s insistence that the Yankees are good to go for next year. Again, he is not the type to put any of his players in harm’s way. But he could have deferred the question to Brian Cashman who will be weighing in soon and it is likely that he will have a entirely different take on next year’s roster. More importantly, ownership is likely to take notice of the continuing decline of TV ratings on YES. Even fans like myself found my way to SNY and the youthful and energetic Mets more often than not.  We’ve seen this cast before and watching Alex Rodriguez go 1-4 with three strikeouts and a home run is getting downright boring. And I sense that a good portion of the fan base agrees.

Some tough decisions need to be made quickly. CC Sabathia is one of them. As difficult as it would be (in light of his personal problems now), he needs to be cut loose and his salary eaten. Same with Teixeria who is a injury waiting to happen all year, every year. The kids the Yankees have need to be in the forefront of the lineup and in full view of the fans and media. Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Michael (above) Pineda (if he can stay healthy and grow up – pine tar?) and Rob Refsnyder are budding stars. Don’t let them wait for a spot to clear in the lineup when a aging “regular” goes down with injury. And for God sakes, do not sign David Price or any other veteran over the age of 26. 

In truth, the Yankees are no longer fun to watch. That needs to change………and while I’m thinking about it…….maybe a change at the helm needs to be made too.images-8 $$$ is always the big factor though and a year of Girardi’s contract would need to be eaten. We know what George would have done regardless of the cost. His son Hal moves to center stage now………it’s been six long years since the Yankees posted a Championship in 2009. The Boss would never have stood for that…..no way….no how.

 

The Yankees Should Pass And Stay Pat – No Moves Required

About this time during every baseball season the airwaves become filled with the anticipation of a brand new season – the one that occurs after the upcoming All Star Game break. Teams begin dreaming of a new lineup replete with the one big bat or starting pitcher that is going to make all the difference in the world – and erase the failures of the first half and jettison the team to see the playoffs and beyond.

All fine and dandy except for one thing………it rarely happens that way. Eighty-five percent of the time the teams sitting in first place now are the same teams that are there in October. There are exceptions of course and one needs only to go back to last year’s horrific collapse of the Milwaukee Brewers………..but generally whatever moves are made in the next couple of weeks are built on dreams and the hope of catching lightning in a bottle.

The New York Yankees images-1are a good solid team and they currently occupy first place in the American League East. They have a good manager in Joe Giraard (right) who handles a bullpen as well as anybody at the same time he neutralizes and protects his players ( A-Rod is just one example).

Their starting pitching Michael-Pineda-1may be fragile with Tanaka, Pineda (right), and Nova coming off arm surgeries. But whose pitching isn’t fragile these days? The pitching is fine. Leave it alone. They’ve gotten the team to where it is…..why mess with it and sell off your farm system for………let’s say 31 year old Cole Hamels who may or may not be able to adjust to American League lineups.

Ditto for the bats. Mark Teixeria imageshas been a one man wrecking crew leading the league in RBI. Behind and in front of him lie Alex Rodriguez and rebounding Brian McCann who are both having outstanding and clutch driven years. Could they add a bat for Stephen Drew? Sure they could but understand Drew’s presence is felt in the clubhouse and in the field every day…….again….Leave it alone.

The point is that the team in the Bronx is good enough. If they only play .500 baseball for the remainder of the season, they’ll finish with 87 wins………..which again should be “good enough” in the AL East. Forget the great teams nonsense (the Yankees have been there too)………..just be good enough to get into the crap-shoot playoffs.

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 And it’s not like we’re talking about their counterparts in Flushing where the struggling Mets can’t get by with what they have and indeed are (or should be) in “panic mode”. There’s a old worn out saying that happens to be true…..”If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.