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Champion Yankees already in historic company

Posted on: April 23, 2010 11:43 pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Absolutely amazing statistic here: The New York Yankees, heading into their weekend series here Friday, have won each of their first five series ... and they're the first defending World Series champion to do that in 88 years.

Yes, 88.

Doesn't seem possible that that many World Series champions have come and gone without winning that many series out of the gate the following year.

But according to the Elias Sports Bureau, these Yankees are the first since the 1922 New York Giants to do it -- and only the third World Series champion ever to do it. The only other one: The 1904 Boston Red Sox.

Meantime, in another stat that doesn't seem possible, the 2010 Yankees have equaled the all-time franchise record by winning each of their first five series, matching that of the 1926 Yankees. Only one other Yankees team has ever started the season with as many as four series' wins in a row -- the 1922 Yanks.

The Yankees are one of three teams to begin this season with five consecutive series wins. The other two are the Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals.

Likes: Watching Derek Jeter play, any day. ... Craig Ferguson might be the single funniest man on television. His Late, Late Show is consistently outstanding. ... One more week until Friday Night Lights is back for a fourth season. I know, if I had DirecTV, I could have watched the fourth season last fall. But I don't.

Dislikes: Terrible night for Angels catcher Bobby Wilson on Friday, leaving with an ankle injury and a concussion after getting drilled in an extraordinarily violent collision at the plate with Mark Teixeira. It wasn't a dirty play, just a bad and unfortunate initial decision by Teixeira not to slide. Wilson was in front of the plate to receive the throw from right field, and Teixeira went for the back half of the plate. When he finally decided to slide, belatedly, he was caught in-between and though his feet were starting to go down, his body was still up as Wilson dove across the plate from front to back to tag him. At that point, Teixeira lowered his shoulder to brace for a collision when it became apparent there would be one. Anyway, Wilson is a 26-year-old rookie who was making his first start behind the plate.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"There's colors on the street
"Red, white and blue
"People shufflin' their feet
"People sleepin' in their shoes
"But there's a warnin' sign
"On the road ahead
"There's a lot of people sayin'
"We'd be better off dead
"Don't feel like Satan,
"But I am to them
"So I try to forget it,
"Any way I can"

-- Neil Young, Rockin' in the Free World


Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 11:05 pm

Champion Yankees already in historic company

MLB isn't flawed because the Yankees spend money. It's flawed because Oakland, Pittsburgh and San Diego won't.
I would be all in favor of a salary cap, if like the NFL, it came with a salary floor. With a $125,000,000 cap, the floor would need to be $77,000,000 for the total MLB payroll to not decrease. The NFL has a 90% floor, meaning if you want to cap baseball at $125,000,000 then the floor would be $112,500,000. Good luck with that. I can't see Pittsburgh running up to spend an additional $80,000,000 on their payroll -- though I'm sure they'd win a ton more games if they did....

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2010 4:21 pm

Champion Yankees already in historic company

 You Yankee fans can deny that the massive payroll gap doesn't guarantee you a championship all you want. It is true that it doesn't guarantee you a championship, because anything can happen in the playoffs. But it does almost guarantee you a spot in the playoffs (where, we've already established, anyhting can happen) A lot of teams dont have a shot at the playoffs (my BlueJays for example) and it makes MLB a flawed product.

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2010 2:34 pm

Champion Yankees already in historic company

*Yawn* ...

Ignore the Yankee haters, whatmatters.  They are all over the place nowadays, and they care less about the facts.

Their hatred is driven by pure envy and jealousy.

Twenty-seven championships hurt like hell when the second most winningest championship team barely gets into double didgits.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:23 pm

Champion Yankees already in historic company

Great post. The Red Sox payroll is $162 million.  What does that buy you, champ, other than a .500 record?  See the difference?

When the Yankees started the championship run in the mid-90's, their payroll was in line with most other teams.  The most glaring example was the 1998 team -- one of the best ever  -- whose payroll was 7 million less than the Orioles.  Will anyone ever remember the '98 Orioles?  Those Yankees won 114 games and after the playoffs, their record was 125-50.

The Yankees' payroll didn't become significantly higher than other teams' until the 2003 team, yet that was exactly when the Yankees went into their drought (they lost the Series in '03 and didn't get back till '09).  In other words, having a much higher payroll didn't win them anything until the 2009 season.  Your argument is simplistic and boring, and actually ignores the facts.

Your argument makes sense only in that the Yankees are guaranteed to compete every year with their payroll.  However, the dynasty was not built by outspending.  It was built by getting an amazing core of players together through scouting and then paying them to stay.  You mentioned Garnett.  Didn't he and Ray Allen magically appear on the Celtics team that won the championship?  Try again when you have something interesting to say.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2010 12:50 pm

Champion Yankees already in historic company

   So what, give me a $200 million plus payroll and I'll have a good team too.  Lets do the same thing to the NBA, so your starting line up would be Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Kevin Garnett and so on.  It's a joke that is only getting bigger and bigger to baseball.  Maybe when the Yankees win 20 in a row, someone will say, hmmm, maybe we should make a more fair system like most of the other sports.  Until then, we get to hear this nonsense about how a mostly 'all-star team' is playing well---shock.   

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