Dec
07

Old Yanks trying to stay in shape

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After a poor finish by Mike Mussina and terrible starts by Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu, the Yankees are emphasizing off-season fitness. Mussina and Abreu are both participating in new weight and strength programs while Cashman basically called out the Yanks’ delinquents. “We’re going to do a better job this winter with all of our players, so we can hit the ground running in spring training,” he said.

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  • Nefarious Jackson

    it’s about freakin time- hope this is part of the brave new post torre yank world… that managing is more than spending the off season in Hawaii & the season is more than being half assleep on the bench drinking green tea and having dinner with John Strerling while rome burns… well maybe not burns but burning out your bullpen EVERY year

    • Whitey14

      With the exception of not pulling the team off the field in game two, or at least asking the Umpires what his options were, the players bear the responsibility for getting in shape, staying in shape and keeping their motivation. Let’s be honest here, a lot of these guys joined the Yankees because they couldn’t beat them in the past, or they felt there was a great shot at rings if they came to NY. The only guys who seemed to still have their normal intensity were the guys who came up through the system. Jeter, Posasa, Pettitte, etc. Maybe Rivera too, after about May when the Sox were done pounding on him. These guys have truly turned into the old Red Sox teams, always waiting around for somebody else to do the job. This year it finally bit them on the ass and the Sox took the division away from them. Like it or not, the Sox are now the team to beat in the East. Yankee fans can only hope it’s a one year run. To blame everything on Torre is ridiculous. 95% of yankee fans wanted him back and correctly blame the front office ownership, and the players for their fade over the past few years.

  • Ivan

    It looks like Cashman means business period.

  • steve (different one)

    imagine a Yankee team that doesn’t sleep-walk through April and May and then has to play out of their minds for 4 months just to make the playoffs.

    i can’t tell you how much i am enjoying the post-Torre yankees so far.

  • Kevin23

    The post-Torre era is everything I’ve hoped it would be thus far. Another very practical step towards getting your money’s worth. I’m sick of watching former MVP and Cy Young caliper players rot away on the Yankees.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Imagine a Yankee team that plays out of their minds the entire season and dominates the playoffs as well…oh wait that already happened in ’98 114-48 regular season with 11-2 playoffs…who was the manager then? I forget….

    • Nefarious Jackson

      we’ve been paying for that for awhile my friend, that season was 10 years ago… who was managing in cleveland game 2 when the plague of flies desended upon the flied and no one pulled the team off the field? who was the manager in the worst collapse in baseball history in 04′?? who hasnt gotten out of round one in 05′? 06? 07? … oh, sorry, i forgot, when Torre doesnt do well the playoffs are just a crapshoot, right?

      WRONG!

      people lose their fastball, Torre lost his awhile ago.

      Ahem to no more players out of shape and getting off to 10-19 starts

    • steve (different one)

      great argument. that was only 10 years ago.

  • Stephen

    Damn straight. The post-Torre Yankees UNDEFEATED!

    • zzzzz

      hahaha. classic.

  • Jeff

    Yeah I remember watching opening day last year and I honestly remember commenting that I thought Damond must have been eating a pizza a night during the offseason followed by a sixer and a bag of chips. Jeter looked bad too… but hey he’s got an edge.
    Anything that can help I’m for but if you think about it last year’s bad start it had a lot to do with Pavano & Igawa and the rookies we had to send out to replace them. Wang and Moose spent time on the DL too…
    We should be safe this year seeing we have six good pitchers in the rotation.

    • Spike

      I wish Jeter would stop fucking every day and lift a weight or two. He cares more about snatch than baseball.

  • The Scout

    And their exercise cadence chant is “One, two, three, four, lift your contract off the floor.”

  • steve (different one)

    i think the best news is about Mussina. if Moose can get his fastball back to 91, i bet he has a surprising season.

  • Huuz

    based soley on the fact that this is their “contract year”, i predict the following yanks to have above average seasons:

    Giambi
    Moose
    Abreu
    Pettitte

    hopefully, the only two we’ll even *think* about resigning will be Abreu and Pettitte.

    Sparky Anderson used to say something to the effect of, “…gimme 25 guys in their contract year, and I’ll win the world series every year…”

    Has anybody ever looked at the correlation between performance and being in your contract year…?

    • steve (different one)

      yes, i think it was at Baseball Prospectus.

      i think they found a very small increase in production.

  • Beau

    I am a big Mussina fan, but I won’t be holding my breath anymore on him. The injuries only get worse at this stage of your career. I loved Torre too, but I have to agree he has lost his edge. He needed the change of pace because the routine of getting to the playoffs to lose did have a lot to do with management decisions.

  • blah

    A hope somebody got Betemit a personal trainer. That guy looks fat. Some or our relief pitchers could also benefit from a stint at the fat farm.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Torre was sleeping in the dugout and even he said he made the wrong move in Cleveland. When he was good he was very very good but when he was bad, he was asleep.

    Johnny Damon said he should have gotten into shaper sooner. Oh hello. Let’s get into the gym NOW.

    No pumpkin pie for you! (I am the pie nazi)