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:

Hal Mission Accomplished Championship Caliber NoMaas Yankees

NoMaas Yankees Girardi Shoeshine Jeter

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

Cashman Behead NoMaas Yankees

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.

And therein lies the problem…

September 12, 2014 | 9 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


Of course, Cashman admitted the biggest problem this season — and one which he tried to conquer with several midseason acquisitions — has been the struggling offense, and the disappointment that’s come from his many large offseason expenditures.

It’s certainly [what] we didn’t anticipate,” said Cashman. “Certainly [something we] have tried to address in-season and we’ll try to really analyze when the dust settles.

What we put in bold is the problem.

A welcome and critical change

September 12, 2014 | 3 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

In the past, we’ve compared Yankee officials to Supreme Court justices in that once you’re in the organization, you only leave if it’s by your own choosing — a.k.a lifetime appointments.

Well one of the lifetime appointments has decided to leave, and it’s a very important and welcome change for an organization that has failed miserably in developing its own talent in recent years.

NY Post:

According to voices inside and outside the Yankees’ organization, the minor league development program will have a new leader next year, The Post has learned.

Mark Newman, a senior vice president of baseball operations based in Tampa, Fla., is believed to be retiring after 26 years with the organization — the past 15 in charge of a minor league system that has been criticized for not sending position players to the big leagues.

The process of Newman leaving is far enough down the road that Trey Hillman, a former Yankees minor league manager, ex-Royals manager who also managed in Japan and former Dodgers bench coach under Don Mattingly, is being touted as Newman’s successor.

Hillman rejoined the Yankees this year as a special assistant to the major and minor league operations.

Mark was nice enough to give us several interviews over the years, and we wish him well as this chapter of his life ends. However, it’s not our job to cheerlead and we must call a spade a spade. The farm system has been incredibly poor over the last few years, and it’s a huge reason why the Yankees have a $200 million crap roster. It’s time for BIG changes in this organization.

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