Posted on: April 28, 2009 1:11 am
I know the season is only 19 games old but with a managerial record hovering around .500 and a payroll around $200 million, the time has come to fire Joe Girardi. The only thing Girardi has proven during his two stints as manager (Florida and New York) is that he is incapable of managing youngsters as well as the largest payroll in baseball. Simply, he is a mediocre manager.
Yes, pitching coach Dave Eiland is about the worst coach ever and he shouldn't be anywhere near major league talent but Girardi is ultimately the one who needs to take the fall.
It is very hard to see Girardi surviving the season especially if the team continues to falter. Who would replace Girardi? While I would like to see Don Mattingly return to the Yankees as manager (he should have been hired instead of Girardi in the first place), he would have to be a candidate after the season ended. At this point, I wouldn't care who takes over as long as Girardi and Eiland are gone. The Yankees have the talent in place, they just need the right person to steer the ship.
BTW, GM Brian Cashman needs to go as well. The Pavano and Igawa deals alone should have gotten him canned long ago.
Posted on: August 10, 2008 1:07 pm
Eight game winning streak, then the big trade and now back to struggling with a 5-9 record since. Having the extra right handed bat doesn't mean much when you're giving up a ton of runs. The Yankees have $86 million dollars sitting in the minors in Igawa and Pavano yet they are starting Giese, Ponson and Kennedy. When is GM Brian Cashman going to take blame for this mess? I'm sure glad the NFL season is back.
Posted on: July 31, 2008 2:35 am
While most people are talking about the Yankees' acquisitions, I am ecstatic over the subtraction of Kyle Farnsworth and LaTroy Hawkins from the roster. These two were absolutely dreadful and regardless of who they plug into the eighth inning role, I'm sure that person can do a better job than these two. How many times could you watch Farnsworth start an inning off by allowing the first batter to reach or watch him give up the tying homer? Farnsworth only pitches well when there is no pressure. As for Hawkins, his uniform number fiasco doomed him from the start. He's just a terrible pitcher who also doesn't handle pressure well.
Posted on: July 22, 2008 10:30 pm
Five in a row since the All-Star break and now only three and half games back from first, the Yankees have been playing well. The pitching has been very good lately with the bullpen doing ridiculously well. It is going to be a tough decision if/when Bruney becomes ready to come back to the big club. The current bullpen bunch have been solid in covering the seventh, eighth and ninth.
Ponson and Rasner has kept the team in the game for 5-6 innings which is all the Yankees could ask for at this point. With some players returning to health (Kennedy, Hughes, Bruney, maybe Wang), I hope the Yankees don't trade a Kennedy or Hughes for a reliever like Fuentes or a starter like Burnett. Stick to the transition plan and see where this group can end the season.
Posted on: July 20, 2008 11:38 pm
I am glad the Yankees have been able to gain more ground on the Rays as well as the Red Sox but they really need to improve on the hitting if they are going to be a serious threat. They left a ridiculous amount of runners on base during the A's series. Maybe getting Damon in the lineup will provide a spark but something needs to change.
As for other news, I was glad to read that Bruney has been pitching well and without pain down in the minors. It looks like Bruney, Kennedy and maybe even Hughes could be back sometime in August. I hope the Yankees keep David Robertson around and dump Hawkins when the time comes for one of them to be recalled. I like Robertson and while he isn't the second coming of Joba, he does display good poise and there is no doubt that this guy is going to stay in the bullpen since the Yankees have been playing him there since his arrival.
I was so glad that Molina was behind the plate in the 9th instead of Posada. That was a heck of a throw to end the game.
Posted on: July 16, 2008 12:32 pm
Now that the first half of the season is over, it's time to reflect on some of the issues still plaguing the Yankees. When the Rays went into the seven game losing streak, the Yankees had a great chance to make up a lot of ground but they failed miserably because the offense decided to break for the All-Star Game early. If there was ever an opportunity, that was probably it.
I am surprised that hitting coach Kevin Long hasn't taken more heat over the team's inability to hit consistently. The Yankees batting rank is okay and the stats look respectable but the team just doesn't deliver consistently. Now the Yankees want to consider bringing in Sexson or even Bonds at this point in the season? There is a reason why Bonds wasn't signed earlier and it should be the same reason they shouldn't sign him now. As for Sexson, what exactly is he going to bring other than a huge strikeout total and low OBP? I agree the Yankees could use a bat what good can come from bringing these guys in when your current players aren't delivering.
Whether Kevin Long survives the season or they bring in someone else to help him out, the Yankees need to get Cano, Melky and some others into a groove. It doesn't look good for Matsui and Damon lately so these other "all-stars" in the lineup need to step it up. The pitching has held up relatively well since Wang went down and the Yankees have found another useful arm in Robertson. With Bruney back on the mound in the minors, he might be back by early August. Joba, Mussina and Pettitte have done well enough but they need the hitting to help them out.
Posted on: June 17, 2008 3:24 am
With the rumors swirling of a trade for Sabathia, the Yankees need to stand pat and just deal with the loss of Wang for a couple of months. Even with Wang in the rotation, the Yankees were six games behind. Stick with the game plan and just bring up some kids from the minors and give them a shot regardless of the outcome. Be realistic for a moment, step back and take a close look of what the Yankees have accomplished by giving legitimate opportunities to their own talent. Wang (their ace of the staff), Cano, Melky and Joba have all come through the system. Hughes and Kennedy have shown enough potential to warrant more time in pinstripes and there are plenty of others in the minors right now who are up and coming.
I don't want to see any more one off trades that end up crippling the franchise. How will you ever discover another Joba or Wang if you keep trading them away for players with a lot of mileage? Bring up Dan McCutchen or whomever and see where it goes. You have to figure that if the Yankees can continue to watch Farnsworth and Hawkins out there (don't ask me why) and get booed by the home crowd, then let's see what the farmhands can do. If there was ever a season to conduct this kind of experimentation, now is the time. I said from the beginning of the season that this would be a transition season for the franchise. Some things have worked out like Joba and some haven't such as Hughes and Kennedy. Don't mortgage the future for a quick fix. Give the kids an opportunity...a legitimate opportunity.
Posted on: June 16, 2008 3:23 am
The Yankees have been playing a lot better since Posada has returned. The pitching of Wang, Pettitte, Mussina and Joba has looked pretty good of late and the offense has definitely shown some signs of recovery. When Kennedy comes back to the big club, I can see him or Rasner being the fifth starter or Girardi going to some kind of semi-starter situation where one will start and the other will serve as an appointed reliever when the first sign of big trouble occurs. Neither one looks like they could throw 6-7 quality innings at this point so a three inning stint may serve both of them well in getting them to focus and minimizing the pressure.
I really like the way Damon and Giambi have come on lately. They have been making really good contact and they have become legitimate threats again. I still believe Jeter has been playing through injuries caused by being hit by those pitches a little while back. Posada hasn't shown any signs of rust or any lingering effects from that shoulder injury.
The Yankees are playing good ball lately but I hope the injury to Wang is nothing more than a sprain. They can get by with a couple of starts by someone else but anything longer than that will wreak havoc for the team.