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The Yankees Reloaded

Posted on: May 25, 2008 10:56 pm
The Yankees have looked good recently with some timely hitting and good pitching (somewhat). While I do believe the Yankees will be competitive and will probably finish above .500 for the year, I do believe this season will end up being more about a reloading than a rebuilding effort. I don't believe they will dangle a Jeff Marquez or any other young talent for an established player during the season. I hope they stick to the plan of keeping their own and letting them succeed or fail as Yankees. The teams of the 90s were built with homegrown talent mixed in with a few veterans in their prime. I don't want to see any more Esteban Loaizas or Ken Phelps on the roster.
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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2008 1:36 pm

The Yankees Reloaded

BTW I added you, hope that's ok.  Afterall, I'm in love with you, remember. ;0)

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2008 8:48 am

The Yankees Reloaded

I can honestly say that I agree with MOST of what is being said here.  Studly and adam were on point with their comments. 

I think the reason for all the success in the 90's was..right moves at the right times and it seemed like Cashman and George and Joe were all on the same page and seemed a little more focused on what the team needed to win (whether it be young talent or bringing in big dogs). 

A more recent trend seems to be forming here, one that seems to have put money in front of everything else and I have to say, it is starting to make me nervous.  At the same time, it seemed that letting Hughes and Kennedy go was a no brainer...but amongst those talks was Melky, and I dont believe we wanted Melky gone.  I'll always be a believer in trading young, unproven talent for seasoned veterans (i said SEASONED not decadent), thats just my thoughts. 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2008 3:08 pm

The Yankees Reloaded

First and foremost, I HATE the Yankees. Admittedly, jealously has fueled much of the malice I felt toward this franchise.

Nonetheless, it's clear to me that the Yankees have lost their MoJo.  They seemed to be more preoccupied with digging up Red Sox Jerseys and exchanging barbs in the media then building a franchise. I swear they would have scoffed at this type of nonsense 5 years ago. That Yankee aura of invincibility is gone, and like Gambitto alluded to, only winning is going to bring that aura back.   Instead of bringing in guys who are more concerned about collecting substantial paychecks, they need to harvest their farm system for talented players who understand, and are proud to be part of, the Yankee legacy.

That being said, I just as soon see the Yankees keep struggling.

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2008 2:09 pm

The Yankees Reloaded

Seeing as you guys took LaTroy Hawkins from us (Colorado Rockies), I can't feel too bad for the Yankee struggles this year!  But I can feel your pain.  I imagine it was hard to see this past week's Sports Illustrated, showcasing the D-Rays on the cover against the Yankee's struggles.

Do you think this year is a fluke, or are the Ray's going to be a player in the East for a while now?

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2008 12:50 pm

The Yankees Reloaded

The one point I would make about the Yanks for this year is we shouldn't ignore the impact of injuries.  As far as starting pitching goes, Hughes and Kennedy flopping has been the big focus.  For me, the key is Mussina pitching well.  Wang, Pettitte and a rejuvinated Mussina should be enough to keep the Yanks at least in a wild card raced.  (And who knows, Rasner and Chamberlain could turn out to be the good young starters we were all hoping for this year.)

But the big deal has been the injuries to A-rod and Posada.  These were the Yanks two best hitters last year.  Before we talk too much about reloading or rebuilding, I ask where would other major league teams be without their two best hitters for a month?  Sox minus Ortiz and Manny for a month?  I think its fair to say they would be no better than the Yanks record right now and there's no talk of rebuilding/reloading in Boston right now. 

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2008 11:07 am

The Yankees Reloaded

I agree.  I have been an avid yankees fan since I was a young boy and I am so tired of seeing them try to load up during the season just to make the playoffs.  I wish they would develop the young talent and build a team with youth, wisdom and depth like the team of the mid '90s.  They may spend a few years hovering around .500 but the rewards long term would be full of yankee pride excitement of old.  By the way, nice smile!

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2008 8:55 am

The Yankees Reloaded

I agree with you to some extent about this year being a realoading year.  I definitely agree with the point about the teams of the 90's.  However, I don't see anything wrong with going after a young proven stud.  I think that the team would like to keep them homegrown, but if you are able to get a Loaizas or Phelps, why not go for it.  I think that the Yanks BIGGEST mistake this off season was holding on to Hughs and Kennedy, neither one of them was a proven pitcher, and they could have gotten someone who is young and proven in Santana.  The thing is that the Yanks are getting old and the kids coming up cannot measure up to who they need to replace down the line.  There is not going to be another Posada or Jeter coming through the system anytime soon, let alone at the same time.  I think to look towards the future they may need to look outside to fill those gaps. 

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2008 5:58 pm

The Yankees Reloaded

 I agree. The Yankees need to keep their young talent and grow from that, instead of doing what they always it away for 2-3 year stopgaps trying to win a title (its been a bit).

P.S. Avator pics keep getting better..keep up the good work.

Would love to be able to scroll down

Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2008 1:04 pm

The Yankees Reloaded

I don't think you can avoid getting those vets on the team. While they may be less than what they used to be, I think they add to the chemistry. That is, if you get the right guys. There is some great talent coming up, but they need to learn all the game from a vet. Yanks will be fine in time.  Love to see the Cubs and the Yankees this year. I'm a dreamer.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2008 11:37 am

The Yankees Reloaded

Gambitto, I agree that this season wont be just about rebuilding. I think depending on how these young players develope, this season will decide wether the Yankees are major spenders or not.  I think they should look real hard at Mark Texeira, CC Sabathia, and John Garland. I think they should spend big to get these guys also. With Tex, Cano, Jeter, A-Rod patroling the infield, that pretty much amazing. If they do decide to roll with the homegrown talent.....Than l disagree wtih Diaon3318. I wouldnt mind seeing quick fix guys on the team. a quick fix guy will give the young guys a better chance than some above average guy that is just a solid producer.

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