Back to reality

September 27, 2014 | 17 comments | in Featured | by SJK

While we all still suffer from a Jeter Walkoff hangover and we’re sure the Yankees would like the masses to keep focusing on Derek, the fact remains that the Yankees will be missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

And it’s not the ‘missing of the playoffs’ that is most frustrating. The Yankees have had an amazing run of making the postseason and we certainly appreciate that. What is most frustrating is that this descent into mediocrity was predictable as early as 2012, while those paid to run the team never adjusted, modified, or refined their team building strategies.

From 2012-2013, the main goal of the ownership group was to cut payroll to under $189 million and the team was constructed around that concept (refusing to sign anyone for more than one year – except Ichiro!). Then, on the heels of a poor 2013 season, the $189 million goal was completely scrapped. In the meantime, the quality of the farm system declined heavily, failing to produce particularly on the position player side — yet, the same minor league leadership was kept around (until very recently).

In both 2013 & 2014, when the team was clearly not destined for October baseball, the General Manager failed to trade away the team’s few attractive assets, which could have help bolstered the club in future seasons. In recent years, it seems like the only thing this General Manager does is either sign or trade for has-beens, who predictably perform miserably. In fact, when the Yankees do have the rare position player prospect that looks to have a future with the club, the GM still prefers the grizzly veteran over giving the youngster a chance. What kind of message is that sending to the kids in this organization? We’ve already seen reports that morale is low on the farm.

Unfortunately, this lack of vision and gross neglect over the past few seasons have set up next season to be a lousy one as well (our forecast coming soon). And equally unfortunate, it seems like most of the same personalities will be in charge for the indefinite future.

We look forward to Jeff Nelson Day next year.

Farewell, Captain

September 25, 2014 | 16 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Derek Jeter on December 7, 2010:

“I’ve been photoshopped in a lot worse pictures than other teams’ uniforms.”


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Outcome of this year’s Yankees was entirely predictable

September 25, 2014 | 12 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Two weeks ago, Brian Cashman stated the team’s disappointment this season was something the front office “didn’t anticipate.

And that’s the problem with the personnel that runs this club. The Yankees plunge into mediocrity is something that was clearly brewing as early as two years ago. And guess what NoMaas haters — we called it out early and often, with the first alarm being sounded in March 2012.



It’s rather sad that a group of Hot Pocket-eating, mother’s basement-living bloggers were able to predict the plunge of one of the world’s most iconic sports franchises, while those paid to run the team remained oblivious to it.

And 2015 isn’t going to be much better either. Massive change is needed at the top of the club.

Better late than never

September 23, 2014 | 24 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

It was in June when we called for the Yankees to call up Jose Pirela. Well, three months later, when the Yanks are on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention, he finally gets his chance:

Who would have thought? Inject some youth into the team and you get some energy! And it’s more fun for the fans than seeing recycled bums!

A little E. Coli never hurt anyone

September 20, 2014 | 28 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Wade Garrett

You’ll just have to read this Deadspin story for yourself (not suitable for your work computers).

Hint: Yeah Jeets.

VOTE: 2014 Quote of the Year

September 16, 2014 | 39 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Can Hal Steibrenner retain his title after winning our ‘Quote of the Year’ in 2013?? We’ll our visitors decide who takes home the trophy.

And the nominees for 2014 ‘Quote of the Year’ are:

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And the winner is…

Daily News: “Fairly certain Cashman will be back”

September 15, 2014 | 11 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

It’s from Bill Madden and not Mark Feinsand, but here’s what Madden wrote over the weekend:

It’s looking fairly certain GM Brian Cashman will be back — it’s hard to fault him for any of the moves he made in an effort to improve the team this year

But what Madden reveals next is news to us, in that the minor league system is truly dysfunctional.

Where Cashman can be faulted, however, is the minor league system. Back in 2005, he threatened to leave as GM if Yankee owner George Steinbrenner didn’t put an end to the longstanding separate fiefdoms in both Tampa and New York and give him control over the entire baseball operation. But once in charge, Cashman did nothing to change the way the minor league system was run. Newman remained and was allowed to continue hiring his cronies as scouts and coaches, many of whom never even played professionally (while at the same time running off, among others, Dick Groch, the scout who signed Derek Jeter, and Fred Ferreira, the scout who signed Bernie Williams), and Damon Oppenheimer continued as scouting director.

I’m told the morale throughout the Yankees’ minor league system was at an all-time low this year as Newman had minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson calling minor league managers in the middle of ballgames and ordering them to remove pitchers with rising pitch counts. Yet in spite of all the failed draft picks, and pitchers who were never allowed to pitch out of jams, and the absence of any impact position players coming through the system, Cashman nevertheless approved Newman’s policies and all his hires — which makes you wonder about his own judgment and whether he should be the one to conduct the needed overhaul of the Yankee player development and scouting systems.

Good job, good effort

September 14, 2014 | 24 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


Derek Jeter is hitless in 20 at-bats and is having a terrible second half to what will be his final season.

But manager Joe Girardi said he’s not looking so much at the numbers when it comes to Yankees hitters.

“You look at at-bats,” he said after Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Orioles. “We don’t get so caught up in what the numbers are. You look at the at-bats

Well, that’s just swell, Joe.

At -0.3 WAR, Derek Jeter is the 10th-worst player in the major leagues. But his effort is off the charts!

This whole organization needs a lobotomy.

Off with their heads!

September 13, 2014 | 6 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Louis Winthorpe III

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But you predicted 90 wins this season

September 12, 2014 | 16 comments | in Mediot Observation | by SJK

Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY who drank the Kool-Aid last offseason and predicted the Yankees would win 90 games, has now changed his tune:

The Yankees look as if they will not make the playoffs this year. Next year — no matter what they do this offseason — they will start with a bunch of question marks. Maybe they become very creative this winter, but they are working with an inflexible roster and not much ready-to-go talent at the top of the minor leagues.

So when you think about what the Yankees may be able to count on in 2015, the list is not a particularly long one.

Gotta love the MSM.

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