Mar
24

Joe’s 20 Most Important Yankees

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1. Brian Cashman

It’s tough to argue against the guy calling the shots in the personnel department. With a three-year agreement tying him to the team through the 2011 season, the future of the Yanks is in Cashman’s hands. His decisions will determine their course, making him the most important person to the Yankees right now.

2. Hal Steinbrenner

How do you rank the guy who cuts the checks No. 2? He’s not the guy dictating who takes the field for the Yankees. He surely has veto power, and because of this you could arguably put him in the top spot. But Hal doesn’t know how to assemble a bullpen. He doesn’t know who’s coming up through the minors and on what schedule. In other words, he doesn’t know the day-to-day stuff that goes into building a team. Cashman gets the tie-breaker for nuance.

3. CC Sabathia

Right now, CC Sabathia is the most important player on the Yankees 25-man roster (Buster Olney agrees). The Yankees have struggled with their rotation over the past few years, and Sabathia presents them with something they haven’t had in quite some time: an undeniable ace. Cashman said that the Yankees No. 1 priority over the winter was to rebuild the pitching staff, and it all started with CC. His success or failure will likely coincide with that of the team.

4. Alex Rodriguez

Blasphemy! A-Rod above Jeter. Like it or not, though, Alex is under contract for the next nine seasons. He has a full no-trade clause. Even if he didn’t, his contract is pretty much untradeable unless the Yankees eat a significant — yes, that needed italics and bold — portion of it. Remember, the Rangers kicked in $67 million of A-Rod’s remaining $179 million when they traded him in 2004. In any trade scenario, he’d be going from the Yankees, so you can imagine how much money they’d have to eat. He’s here to stay, and like CC his success or failure will be a big part of this franchise.

5. Mark Teixeira

You might notice that Nos. 3 through 5 have something in common: they’re all tied to the Yankees for the long haul. You can talk about intangible importance all you want, but it won’t make Sabathia’s, A-Rod’s, or Teixeira’s contracts any shorter. That Tex plays first base means he’s blocking a position to which a number of vets switch once they’re unable to man other positions. His ability to hit for the duration of the contract means the world to the Yanks.

6. Derek Jeter

He’s the face of the franchise, and would have been higher on the list if the Yankees weren’t tied up in multiple ridiculously-long-term deals. There will be more talk than most of us can handle about Jeter’s contract situation following the 2010 season, which provides an indicator of just how important he is to the franchise. If his performance declines over the next two years, what do the Yanks do? Tough question to answer. Yet it will could be one of the most important ones the franchise faces in the near future.

7. Jorge Posada

After watching the team struggle last season it was tough not to put Jorge a bit higher. Unfortunately, he’s just a victim of a crowded organization. No. 9 doesn’t nearly do Jorge’s importance justice, as the team will rely on him to man the backstop position until the younger catchers in the system are ready to break in. His bat, which is at a premium for catchers, becomes pedestrian at DH. Combine that with a far inferior bat replacing him behind the plate and the Yanks in a difficult position. Jorge’s ability to stay behind the plate will keep a top bat there for years and years to come if one of Montero/Romine can take over by 2012.

8. Joba Chamberlain

This role was supposed to belong to Phil Hughes, but now it’s Joba Chamberlain who represents the Yankees new crop of pitching talent. He’s emerged as a potential ace, and he’ll try to reach that over the next few seasons. If Joba can place himself atop the rotation with CC Sabathia, the Yanks could have the best 1-2 punch in the league.

9. A.J. Burnett

Like CC, A-Rod, and Tex, this is about the contract. Five years is a long time for a pitcher, and if it turns out poorly it will seem like much longer. I like to say that when you sign a pitcher to a long-term deal you can probably expect to lose about a year due to injury. That Burnett has had just two healthy seasons by age 32 heightens that concern. If the Yanks need to replace A.J. at any point they’ll have a tough time doing so, considering his $16.5 million salary through 2013.

10. Damon Oppenheimer / Mark Newman

The Yanks simply won’t be able to play future free agency periods like they did in 2008-2009. Not only is it unlikely that the talent level will be there, but by signing three long-term deals in 2008-2009 (plus one in 2007-2008 that outlasts them all), management might not be so apt to enter another five-plus year deal. This means that development from within becomes that much more important. The guy who calls the shots on draft day and the guy who manages their path through the system will be of the utmost importance in the coming years.

11. Austin Jackson

Ajax is on the fast track to the majors, and could make his debut as early as this season if he continues his ascendancy in the minors and the Yanks don’t get the production they need from Melky and Gardner. The more realistic scenario is a 2010 debut, which would time out perfectly with the expiring contracts of Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, and Xavier Nady. Jackson is the Yanks top prospect, and he’ll be much needed in the coming seasons.

12. Nick Swisher

Much like Jackson, Swisher’s success or failure could mean a lot for the 2009-2010 off-season. He’s the only corner outfielder under contract for next season, which means he’s going to have to recover in a big way from his uninspiring 2008 campaign. If he does, though, he might save the Yanks some bucks on a big-name free agent like Matt Holliday. If both he and Jackson come through it would be a huge win for the Yanks and their 2010 outfield.

13. Robinson Cano

There aren’t too many second basemen who will content for a batting title, let alone an MVP. There’s Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Dan Uggla, and Chase Utley, followed by a pack of guys like Brian Roberts and Brandon Phillips. Robinson Cano has a chance to be right up there with the big four guys; even if he’s at the Roberts/Phillips level it would be a big plus for the Yanks. That means recovering from a poor 2008. He did show some more life with the bat in the second half. His return to 2007 form would mean big things for the Yanks.

14. Phil Hughes

Phil Phranchise was a bit higher on the list last year, but thankfully Joba Chamberlain was able to step up and take his place. Still, Hughes has an incredible ceiling and could be a second low-cost option for the next few years. A 2010 rotation of CC-Wang-Burnett-Chamberlain-Hughes would be ideal for the Yanks. It would mean not spending any more money on the rotation in the off-season, and would give the Yanks another chip from the system. The Yanks won’t live and die with the success or failure of Hughes, but his success would bring enormous benefit.

15. Nardi Contreras

I considered lumping him with Oppenheimer and Newman, but Nardi’s importance is a bit different. He’s charged with developing a system rife with pitching. The Yanks want to win with young arms, and Nardi’s ability to get these guys to the major league level is integral to that plan.

16. Dave Eiland

Once Nardi gets the guys to the majors, it will be Eiland’s job to make sure they keep doing what got them there in the first place. It appears the Yanks have a lot of faith in Eiland, and after hearing how he’s worked with pitchers and managed the bullpen I can see why.

17. Mariano Rivera

It pains me to put Mo this low, but a 39-year-old closer probably shouldn’t be high up on an organizational list of importance. This is not to discount what Mo has meant to the Yanks in the past. He was a big part of the four championship teams and he could be a big part of number 27. Looking into the future, though, Mo’s impact just won’t be as big as the guys ahead of him.

18. Jesus Montero

The Yanks have had big hopes for this guy since they signed him as an international free agent in 2006. Much of his importance lies in his ability to stay behind the plate since the position many scouts have envisioned him playing, first base, is occupied for the next eight years. Still, Montero’s bat can play anywhere, and his development will mean a lot for the Yanks’ future.

19. Mark Melancon

It’s tough to feel bad for guys who play a kids’ game for a living, but the expectations heaped on Melancon are quite daunting. Who, after all, can step into the shoes of Mo himself? No one, yet the hype around Melancon is that he’s the future closer the Yanks need. He’ll never be Mo, but his development into a Jon Papelbon or Joakim Soria would mean the world to the Yanks (and to Joba’s spot in the rotation).

20. Andrew Brackman

After watching him fall all the way through the first round, the Yanks snagged Andrew Brackman with the 30th overall pick in 2007. They took a significant risk, basically knowing he’d need Tommy John surgery. Now that he’s recovered, he’ll have a few years to prove he’s ready before running out of options. Like Joba and Hughes ahead of him, he means having a cost-controlled ace, which not only gives the Yanks another potential top of the rotation starter, but allows them to spend ace-money elsewhere.

Previously: Mike’s 20 Most Important Yankees

Categories : Analysis
  • Sweet Dick Willie

    Nick Swisher is more important than Mo? Really? No, really??

    He may (probably) start the season on the bench, and it’s not totally unfathomable that he gets traded by the deadline, and he’s more important than the greatest closer of all time? If Mo was 49 and coming off a season like he had last year, he would still be more important than Swish.

    Maybe you should lay off the cannabis sativa before writing posts.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I guess the zinger was inevitable.

      We’ve debated the value of a closer endlessly in this space. I’ve previously stated my opinion that closers are vastly overrated. My post is right in line with that line of thought.

      • Yankeegirl49

        I agree that they are…but we are talking Nick Swisher here. I like the guy, but no matter how overrated closers are they are less overrated than a guy that may or may not even start on a regular basis…and may not even be here the entire season.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          Here was my reasoning, and I think I laid it out pretty clearly in the blurbs.

          The Yankees have zero corner outfielders under contract for 2010. If Swisher succeeds, that’s one spot filled. If Swisher fails, then the Yanks might have to look elsewhere. The biggest name on the market is Matt Holliday, who’s not going to come cheap. That’s yet another big money, long term deal on the books. Look at the top of the list. It’s not in the Yanks best interested to add ANOTHER contract like that. Hence, Swisher is important because his success would allow the Yanks to stay away from that.

          If Mo fails, the Yanks have to find someone to pitch 70 innings. True, it would be a downgrade from Mo to a mortal, but there are options, especially within the system. The system is depleted at corner OF.

          • jsbrendog

            agreed on all counts

          • Chris C.

            “The biggest name on the market is Matt Holliday, who’s not going to come cheap. That’s yet another big money, long term deal on the books.”

            So the only way the Yankees can be successfull in the future is to add the biggest named free agent on the market? Don’t they also have about 25 mill coming off the books for next ofseason (Pettitte and Damon), and Austin Jackson almost ready to make the jump? And if Gardner has a strong season, who cares about Swisher?

      • Frank

        I find it interesting that Swish is ranked 12th out of 20 with Nady nowhere to be found, yet he(Nady) is the starting RFr.

        • steve (different one)

          Nady has a one and done contract, and Swisher is signed for 3 years.

          read the write-up on Swisher. his success determines the actions of next off-season.

          were their contracts reversed, the rankings would be different.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          This is obviously a list of importance from here forward.

          • jsbrendog

            don’t mind them. if you read the whole post you make it clear about importance to the future of the team and your reasoning, which is sound. this is NOT for 2009 only

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Closers may be over rated, but let me ask you this: Which scenario hurts the Yanks more, Mo out for the year or Swisher out for the year?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          This isn’t the most important Yanks for the 2009 season, though. Otherwise, there would be far, far bigger issues with the list.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Which scenario hurts the Yanks more, Mo out for the year or Swisher out for the year?

          Actually, it’s probably Swisher out for the year. Because even if Nady mashes and holds down the RF job all year long, Swisher is our only relief for Damon and Matsui at LF and DH, and they’re not going to play 162 games.

          We have probably 5-10 legit options to step into the closers role, NOT counting Joba, and produce 70 quality innings. I love Mo, but him getting injured does not doom us irreparably.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            I love Mo, but him getting injured does not doom us irreparably.

            No, but Swish getting injured doesn’t either. He’s likely to start the season as a bench player, albeit a good one, and as I said previously, it’s not totally unfathomable that he gets dealt by the deadline. So I don’t get how he’s more important to the team than the greatest closer of all time.

            Also, since I anticipate the Yanks being in the post season, I don’t want anyone but Mo closing games then.

            And btw, We have probably 5-10 legit options to step into the closers role, NOT counting Joba is a B-Jobber comment. Ha!

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              So I don’t get how he’s more important to the team than the greatest closer of all time.

              Because the greatest closer of all time is still just that: the greatest closer of all time.

              As in, the greatest most overrated thing of all time.

              • Sweet Dick Willie

                As in, the greatest most overrated thing of all time

                Except for bench players.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  But if that bench player figures to get us around 450+ plate appearances, which is probably the low end of the prediction for Swisher, that bench player with 450 plate appearances is probably still more valuable than that closer who will probably face less than 300 batters.

                  Mo Rivera has faced more than 325 batters exactly once in his career: 1996, the year BEFORE he became the greatest closer of all time.

                  Swisher, even on the bench, is probably more valuable to the 2009 team than Mariano Rivera.

          • Chris C.

            Actually, it’s probably Swisher out for the year. Because even if Nady mashes and holds down the RF job all year long, Swisher is our only relief for Damon and Matsui at LF and DH, and they’re not going to play 162 games.

            You have got to be shitting me.
            Not only do the Yankees have Melky Cabrera to spell whomever’s in left, but they could probably bring up Austin Jackson and he’d do a decent job……or even revisit the Mike Cameron nonsense. Outfielders are a dime a dozen, and Swisher didn’t exactly put up irreplacable numbers last year (yes, I know it was a bad year for him, but it still happened).

            Aside from Rivera the Yankees don’t have a proven closer on the team, or anyone in the bullpen who instills that type of daily confidence.
            And I dont care how old he is…..you aint trading for someone of his ilk if he goes down.

            If someone came up to you right now, and said that he heard a Yankee player was out for the year and it was either Mariano Rivera or Nick Swisher, you’d hope it was Rivera???

          • Chris C.

            Nope.
            The guy’s last two healthy seasons, he’s only won 19 ballgames each year. Nick Swisher is more important than that.

          • Chris C.

            “We have probably 5-10 legit options to step into the closers role, NOT counting Joba, and produce 70 quality innings.”

            Yeah, sounds easy, doesn’t it.

            Every year, the league is full of guys who toss 70 quality innings in that role, save about 40 ballgames, only blow two or three save opps, and average only one earned run about every 7 appearences.

            Mariano Rivera has spoiled you.

    • Darth Stein

      I don’t see the problem so much with Swisher over Mo because I agree with Joe’s logic. The problem I see is Swisher being more important than Cano this year and in the future. I see a Cano rebound as a big key in fueling this team going forward and he plays a more premium position than Swisher.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

        Yeah, I stared at those two juxtaposed for a while wondering if I should flip them or not.

        • jashell2000

          Good post Joseph.

          Might I make a suggestion for future “Most Important” lists. Part of the reason I (and apparently others) were confused with this list and the intention of it was that there was no “roadmap” or direction for this list at the beginning. In other words I think if you qualified the list by letting everyone know what you are going to say. Say it. Then summarize what you said (optional for this, but would not hurt), then I think you would have less confusion and zingers. You jumped right into the “say it” portion and nothing else (even though you tried really hard to explain your reasoning). Notice I said less zingers, as this is obviously your opinion and your readers will still disagree when there is subjectivity involved. I’m an educator and am not saying you should make your posts like assignments or papers, but I think making a minor change like this would help the clarity and intention of a list like this. Just my 2 cents.

          • steve (different one)

            they explained it yesterday.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

              Yes, but I could have reiterated it. It would have made the list a bit clearer.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Ban yourself immediately.

              • Mike Pop

                How could you do such a thing, Joe? You were my hero, you were my hero Joe.

                • jsbrendog

                  would it help you if i gave you some money from my wallet? would that help your pain mike pop?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Nick Swisher is more important than Mo? Really? No, really??

      Yup. Easily. Not really that much of a debate about it, if you ask me.

      In fact, considering that Wang isn’t on the list at all, Mariano at #17 is probably too high.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        +1.

  • Yankeegirl49

    Thats pretty much what I was going to post.
    How in the world can Swisher be more important than Mo?

    • whozat

      Because this is not about 2009, nor is it about who’s done what for the Yankees to this point. It’s about building the organization going forward, and in a pitching-rich system, no reliever is as irreplaceable as a position player that’s signed for the next three years and could allow the Yanks to avoid having to commit to more long-term deals.

      • Yankeegirl49

        Understood…but Swisher has been the subject of trade discussions in the off season and might very well be moved. If he is that important why would the Yanks even think about moving him?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          Because his importance is a gamble at this point. That’s why I might have overrated him, by weighing the gamble with the value.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Understood…but Swisher has been the subject of trade discussions in the off season and might very well be moved. If he is that important why would the Yanks even think about moving him?

          That’s a bit of a red herring. The Yanks have thought about moving him because he’s moveable and because teams have inquired about him. That doesn’t mean he’s not important.

          The team had thoughts about moving Hughes, Wang, Cano, etc. but that doesn’t per se lower their importance.

          There is no conversation about moving Mo because he’s a closer making 15M. There’s virtually no team who could or would concievably take that on. Hence, he’s virtually immobile. The only teams we’d potentially trade Mo to are our competitors, so no deal is possible. Coincidentally, we’d also not trade Swisher to those same teams.

          • Chris C.

            “That’s a bit of a red herring. The Yanks have thought about moving him because he’s moveable and because teams have inquired about him. That doesn’t mean he’s not important.”

            It means the Yankees have 10 offensive players who are more important than Nick Swisher. The only reason he’s movable is because his contract is excellent.

    • Chris C.

      Nick Swisher and Andrew Brackman are more important than the manager of the NY Yankees.

      Yeah, okay. Tht must make Girardi feel real good.

  • Joe

    I’d put Wang somewhere up in the list if I was you. He did an incredible job in both his 19 win seasons. I’d definitely feel that he’d be more important then Swisher

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I thought about it, but then decided to leave him off anyway. I wouldn’t blame anyone who has him, given what he’s done and can do for the Yanks.

  • LosingOurHeads

    An injury to or big dropoff by Mo and Joba-to-closer-position would change things a bit (other than the enormous amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth among the Yankee faithful). But CC and AJ and Phil doing well will keep things in balance.

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    Every time I see Zach McAllister or Andrew Brackman mentioned I think of Dellin Betances. I think at this point he has to be one of the most forgotten prospects in the organization. Mike had him at #6, which is obviously high praise. But when people talk about the future of the Yankees, they rarely mentioned Betances.

    • whozat

      That’s because he’s further away than the other guys. ZMac is more polished, Brackman is older and thus closer to the end of his physical development, at least. Betances is both enormous AND young. it’s going to take a while to for him to become consistent, if ever he does.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Plus, Brackman’s stuff is probably a bit better than Betances. That’s why he’s a tick higher in everyone’s estimation.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          It’s not just the stuff either, his delivery and athleticism is just so much better. You can feel a little more confident that he’ll get his command straightened out because of that than you can with Betances.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Based on how much they both still have to work on to get mechanics in order, and how far they both are from the majors, what’s your best guess, right now, this very second, on when they’d respectively be ready for A) September callups, B) getting extended tastes in the bullpen/spot starts, C) joining the rotation permanently, and D) mastering a repeatable delivery?

            Feel free to include ZMac or Bleich in this discussion as well.

  • cult of basebaal

    joe, when does brackman have to stick on the 25 man (or be exposed to waivers)?

    after 2011, right?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Right, assuming he spends a good chunk of the next three years in the minors.

      • cult of basebaal

        with a ML contract though, does the time in the minors matter?

        the yankees are already burning his options, right?

  • cqmurphy

    brackman rates higher than girardi?

    • whozat

      Manager for 2009-2010 or a guy who could help enable the Yanks to avoid signing another big pitching contract until about 2015?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I’ll accept any and all criticism for leaving Girardi off the list. It was intentional.

      • Thomas

        I can agree with leaving Girardi off the list (or putting him at like 20), because his impact is limited to the bullpen.

        The rotation and lineup are pretty much set and if the players play well or not it is on the player. If Girardi bats A-Rod 3rd or 4th, it won’t really matter, A-Rod will still hit like he does. If CC is pitching poorly, Eiland is the main person helping him fix it, not Girardi.

        The only way Giradi can really effect the team is with standard managerial moves (pinch hitting and pitching changes) or complete illogical moves (for example starting Matsui in CF). But even the standard managerial moves are limited, since most Yankees hitters won’t get pinch hit for and the bullpen dependent on how well the starters pitch and how good your relievers are.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        I agree with leaving Girardi off because how important can he be if he’s no longer here?

        I believe, if the Yanks are floundering around the AS break (and by floundering, I mean at or below .500 and a half a dozen or more games out), that Girardi will be history.

        In which case he can’t possibly be one of the most important Yankees.

        • kSturnz

          if that happens, it is probably safe to say that it is not the manager’s fault, lol.

  • GG

    You’d consider Uggla a better second baseman than Phillips??

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Without thinking twice about it. Phillips has OPS+d over 100 once in his career. Uggla has been above average every year of his three-year career.

  • Rich

    Again, Cash can’t do anything without Hal’s approval. Consequently, Hal has to be #1.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I don’t think it’s that deep, though. Clearly, when Cash is handing out a big contract he has to get the OK, but for basic roster moves I’m sure Hal’s not involved.

      • Rich

        But Hal is the person that not only approves contracts, but also whether or not Cash can emphasize (at least in theory) building through the draft, allocating increased resources to drafting players with signability issues, spending more money on scouting and international signings. In other words, they may be implementing Cash’s plan, but if Hal doesn’t throw his support behind the plan, it will never be effectuated.

        • steve (different one)

          i would have taken a copout and listed them as sharing the #1 spot, like Newman/Op.

          they are really a team at this point.

        • Thomas

          This is true, but all the small moves, when salary coming equals salary going, don’t really involve Hal. For example, Hal probably was not involved in the trade of Clippard for Albaladejo or trading away Erik Bedard Jr. for Fryer (outside of his final signature), since these trades involve players he know very little about and really have no effect on the organizations philosophy (eg rebuilding the farm).

          • Rich

            OK, but how important are those small moves when compared to plotting and executing a strategy?

            As to steve’s point, calling them co-equal isn’t unreasonable.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Also, Cash and Hal enjoy spooning with each other.

    • Chris C.

      “Again, Cash can’t do anything without Hal’s approval. Consequently, Hal has to be #1.”

      YEah, but Hal isn’t the one going out there and uncovering deals that need to be made. Simply giving someone the approval is not as important than the “expert” who is crafting the deals.

      If Cashman falters, than Steinbrenner is just a guy giving the go-ahead on crappy deals.

      • Rich

        OTOH, Cashman has too often been overruled. He didn’t want to give A-Rod a 10 year deal, or Posada a four year deal. That kind of vitiates his decision making power.

        If Cash left, I think Hal would be smart enough to hire another top GM.

        • Chris C.

          “OTOH, Cashman has too often been overruled. He didn’t want to give A-Rod a 10 year deal, or Posada a four year deal.”

          Exactly. So the Steinbrenners stepped in and handed out stupid contracts. That’s my point. Cashman made the right decisions, and was overuled with the wrong ones. So you want to give the moron in this scenario more credit?

          “If Cash left, I think Hal would be smart enough to hire another top GM.”

          And if the Steinbrenner’s left the team, maybe the new owners would be smart enough to stay out of the baseball decisions and let Cashman operate on his own.

  • Ken

    Bleacher Question:

    Are the bleechers in the new stadium connected to the stadium? Can bleecher ticket holders have access the entire stadium?(unlike the old bleechers)?

    • Yankeegirl49

      Yes

    • steve (different one)

      i have heard that they are connected, though i am not 100% sure.

      i believe when the Yankees announced the $5 seats, Abraham mentioned that you could spend $5 and walk around the entire stadium

  • Yankeegirl49

    Steve, you are correct.
    I ended up with 25 games at the stadium, 3 in Balt, 2 in Cleveland and there is a good chance Ill be at Fenway in Aug.
    I do NOT want to see next months credit card bill.

  • Januz

    The single most important player on this team is Mark Teixeira. One of the major reasons they brought him here is his leadership ability. When I saw his press conference, I saw a man who is confident about being here, and knows what his responsibilities are, and the level of expectations. He will be taking Derek Jeter’s place as leader of the New York Yankees. That reason alone makes him the most important player for the Yankees in the future.

    • Mike Pop

      GM>>>>>Leader of the team.

      I know Varitek has “great leadership abilities” but look what Theo has done for the Sox. ;)

      • Januz

        I used the word PLAYER in the context of Teixeira. He is THIRD overall, behind Cashman & Hal. Here is a Girardi quote about Teixeira, in Tyler Kepner’s column:
        “You wanted to get to know them because they’re leaders, and Mark’s a leader,” Girardi said. “You want his teammates to get to know him as quick as possible, and I want to get to know him as quick as possible.”

        Girardi said he has noticed Teixeira’s social side, the way he mingles comfortably with teammates while demanding a certain professionalism of himself and others.

        “It’s like when you talk with him, there’s an expectation of doing things right,” Girardi said. “He’s very conscientious of how he plays and how his teammates play, and I really like that, because that’s the accountability that you want in a player………..” http://www.newyorktimes.com
        Throw in the fact he is one of only 3 guys with 30/100 the past five years, shows his worth on and off the field.

        • Mike Pop

          My bad Januz. I still think both him and A-Rod are probably even. Because if either get hurt or just suck for a big part of their contract, the Yanks get screwed. Also, A-Rod is a bigger deal than Tex when it comes to media and all that jazz. Not to mention all the money he will be making from 36 on. Just a horrible contract.

          • Januz

            My feelings about Alex Rodriguez are well known and need no more rehashing. He may very well become the Manny Ramirez of the Yankees where his teammates ignore him, and they simply say “It is simply Alex being Alex” (Not exactly what an attention magnet like him wants). Teixeira will be the guy that the media and other players go to, and essentially control the locker room.

            • kSturnz

              i don’t think alex will ever coin a phrase like that. he wants to fit in so much and has such a different mindset than manny (who will be the only one in NY just being him, jaja). i don’t think there will be any problem once Alex comes back. they all want the ship.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Thank you. I now know how Januz feels about this.

  • Mike Pop

    Very nice list, Pawlikowski. ZOMG!11!!11 Nick Swisher over Mo!! Oh Noeessss!!!! How could you do such a thing?

    I know you like the Wang, so why not put him on the list? Just curious.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      This has been my favorite zinger so far.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I know you like LOVE the Wang…

      Fixed.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    I agree with yours more than mike’s with the exception of Swisher being so high.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Hey, Swisher’s not that high anymore, the season’s started.

      http://www.instantrimshot.com

      • Jack
        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          My list of the 20 biggest weed-smokers on the Yankee organization:

          20. Gritt Grittner (just because he’s a good teammate and wants to be one of the guys)
          19. Randy Levine
          18. Damon
          17. AJax
          16. Phil Coke (he sprinkles cocaine in his blunts)
          15. The Mexican Gangster
          14. IPK
          13. Matsui (while watching porn)
          12. Swisher
          11. Sabathia
          10. Posada (soaked in urine)
          9. Brackman
          8. Melky (duh, he’s Dominican)
          7. Cano(see above)
          6. Hughes (that good Cali bud)
          5. Joba (possibly with Alyssa Milano)
          4. Kim Jones (you know it)
          3. Hank Steinbrenner
          2. Nails Krzyzewski
          1. Jeter

          • Jack

            Levine’s only 19?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Nothing to be ashamed of. Those are some world class bluntheads on that list.

              Derek Jeter has finished in the top 2 in THC inhaled by a major league shortstop 13 straight years now. He and Jimmy Rollins are in a class by themselves.

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