Hot & Cold: A Yankee Offense Story

Yanks can't get anything on offense, drop to Sox 2-0
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It’s no secret that the Yankees have a great offensive team, they’ve been showing it off pretty frequently in the first few weeks of the season. They’re out-wOBA‘ing the rest of the league by several points and are within striking distance of the MLB lead in runs scored despite playing at least two fewer games than 28 other teams. The Orioles are the lone exception, playing just one more game than New York.

Despite that dominant offense, the individual pieces that make up the everyday lineup fall into one of two categories right now: hot or cold. There’s no middle ground, everyone is either tearing the cover off the ball or struggling to find their way on base. It’s far from ideal but they’ve gotten by so far. Let’s quickly recap everyone’s current status…

Derek JeterCOLD - Jeter’s been could for a full year now it seems. The Yankees’ captain managed to go 4-for-6 in Sunday’s game, but he still has only seven hits and two walks in his last 33 plate appearances. A .273 OBP (during that stretch) is never good for a leadoff hitter, small sample size or not.

Curtis GrandersonHOT - The Grandyman extended his hitting streak to nine games with that ninth inning single last night, during which time he’s hitting .417/.447/.946 with five homers, three doubles, and a triple. That’ll do, that’ll do just fine.

Mark TeixeiraHOT - It’s safe to say that Tex has avoided his annual April slump with his monster showing this month, but he’s been even better of late: in his last ten games, the Yankees first baseman is hitting a stout .333/.457/.639 with the same number of walks (eight) as strikeouts.

Alex RodriguezHOT - A-Rod‘s never not been hot this year. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts last night and is still hitting .346/.478/.750 on the season with nearly twice as many walks (14) as strikeouts (eighth). That man is mighty good at baseball.

Stop swinging at everything, Robbie. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Robinson CanoCOLDAlthough he had a 13-game hitting streak snapped last night and his season line sits at a more than respectable .304/.309/.544, I’m sticking Cano in the cold category because his plate discipline has regressed to cover-the-children’s-eyes levels. He’s striking out in 17.7% of his at-bats (11.9% career) and has drawn just one walk all season, seeing just 3.22 pitchers per plate appearance. Cano’s still getting his hits, but if pitchers throw him anything out of the zone, he’ll get himself out right now.

Nick SwisherCOLD - It’s a tale of two Swishers this season. He’s hitting a gaudy .524/.500/.609 as a right-handed batter this year (24 PA) but just .089/.275/.089 as a lefty (58 PA). He also hasn’t hit a homer yet. Since there’s way more righty pitchers than lefties, he goes in the cold bin.

Jorge PosadaCOLD - Joe chronicled Jorge’s struggles yesterday, and after last night’s 0-for-3 with a whiff, his season line is down to .145/.243/.435. He’s had just two hits (one homer) in his last 31 trips to the plate. At least there’s not four years left on his contract.

Russell MartinHOT - The Yankees’ new catcher hasn’t stopped hitting since showing up to Spring Training, and is currently sitting on a .311/.391/.656 batting line for the season. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he’s been the team’s best hitter behind A-Rod so far.

Brett GardnerCOLD - If it wasn’t for his brilliant defense in left field, Gardner would be useless. He’s hitting just .136/.190/.254 with as many stolen bases (three) as caught stealings on the year, and he’s been ever worse of late: .079/.079/.184 with no stolen bases and all three of those caught stealings in his last eleven games. Gardner hasn’t drawn a walk in 18 days now.

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So that’s five slumping bats (three in a row) out of nine, though I admittedly made a judgment call on Cano. If it makes you feel better, we could call it 4.5 cold bats and 4.5 hot bats. Doesn’t make much of a difference either way. Obviously some of those cold bats are extremely likely to snap out of it and get back to (at least) their career norms, Swisher and Cano for sure, but we can’t be certain about the other three. There’s a very real chance that Jeter and Posada are just straight up done, and perhaps Gardner is incapable of adjusting to the adjustments the league made against him. We can’t say for sure just yet.

Because it’s so early in the season, the best thing to do is just sit back and wait (hope) things correct themselves. They might not, at which point the team will need to make some changes, but 19 games isn’t enough to say anything definitive about anything. It’s frustrating to watch, no doubt about it, but Grandy, Tex, A-Rod, and Martin are enough to carry a team for a little while. At some point the others have to begin contributing though, preferably soon.

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Yanks can't get anything on offense, drop to Sox 2-0
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  • Billy Mumphrey

    And something needs to be done about these cold players. Girardi continues to do nothing but we can move Jeter down to 9th in the order, play Jones and Chavez more, but Girardi will continue to favor his guys.

    Girardi is as stubborn as Jeter. Credit A-Rod for working with Kevin Long and taking his advice for the betterment of the ballclub. Jeter stubbornly refused to improve himself and refuses to be moved down in the lineup. We should have just let him go in FA.

    • Ted Nelson

      You don’t necessarily change your line-up every time a player is in a slump. Hot and cold refer to past performance, not future performance. Who is hot and who is cold could change at any moment. Cano was as hot as anyone to start the season. Now he’s cold. Will he be hot or cold today? Who knows? The Jeter situation isn’t the norm given his history, but all managers are going to stick with the guys who have proven they can do it over the years. And there’s plenty of logic behind that.

      A-Rod was a pretty damn good hitter before he ever met Kevin Long…

      • Joe Cowley

        also..every team has this issue…rarely are all 9 guys hitting the snot out of the ball at the same time. having 4-5 guys hitting consistently is what you want instead of 7 or 8 slumping.

        this problem is not unique to the yanks and the same is true for the rotation. most teams have 2-3 guys pitching consistently and the other 2 are flopping.

  • Mike HC

    I would say Cano isn’t hot or cold. He is producing at just about the level you would expect him too. So 4 Hot, 4 Cold, and one just right.

    • Ted Nelson

      I think it’s fair to call Cano cold. He started the season really hot, but he’s been fairly cold lately. His season production isn’t too far from what you’d expect, but lately it has been.

    • FIPster Doofus

      One walk in 19 games is disgustingly bad.

  • lordbyron

    Posada appears lost at the plate right now and his swings look defensive, as if he’s not seeing the ball very well and doesn’t react
    until it’s too late to square up the ball. I hope it’s only a temporary problem.

    • Joe Cowley

      Posada is what he is… a 39 year old guy who has caught for most of his career.

      • Chris

        And he hit .248/.357/.454/.811 last year, and has had an OPS less than .800 only 3 times in the last 13 years, and one of those was in the season when he injured himself on opening day.

        I’m confident that he’ll eventually figure it out somewhat. He may not reach his career averages, but he won’t be this bad for the entire season.

  • http://Facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

    Completely off topic but Jered Weaver is 6-0. We should probably go after him. Oh and Ian Kennedy outduled Cliff Lee, IPK threw a CG 4 hitter.

    • Joe Cowley

      This weaver would be worth going after…

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

      Geez, thanks for abiding by the commenting guidelines.

  • paul c

    still say a jones and chavez need more at bats…aint rocket science joe g…

    • Joe Cowley

      agree with this…let chavez DH and give Andruw some starts. my guess is that Joe sees that its still early in the season and these guys can work through the slump.. with the off days and rainouts guys can’t be tired.

      • http://www.twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        Joe sees that its still early in the season and these guys can work through the slump

        That’s exactly it. We’re still only talking about 60 at-bats or so. Joe has to manage these guys, not just treat them as numbers. Unfortunately it’s getting to the point where numbers can’t be ignored, especially with Gardner. At least Jorge has showed he can still pound a fastball.

  • Joe Cowley

    one thing I’ve noticed with Arod…since the start of last year, he has stopped swinging at that outside breaking ball that would end up in the left handed batters box. he used to swing…more like wave… at that all the time and look silly. he rarely does now and its always a ball.

    • http://www.twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      He’ll still do that, it isn’t really a secret that A-rod is a guess hitter. He’ll get fooled sometimes and look silly. When he’s healthy though, you see how the ball explodes off his bat. That’s the real difference this year.

      • Joe Cowley

        but…you don’t see it as often. he would swing at it all the time in years past.

        • http://www.twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias

          A-rod actually swung more often at more pitches outside the strike zone last year than he has in any other year of his career.

          • Joe Cowley

            damn the internet! foiled again.

  • CountZero

    “Because it’s so early in the season, the best thing to do is just sit back and wait (hope) things correct themselves.”

    ^^^This.

    If some of these trends continue for another 2-3 weeks, then you begin to talk about more DH starts for Chavez, more LF starts for Jones, Jeter in the 9 hole, etc. At some point in June you even begin to talk about bringing teh Jesus up to DH and be the backup C.

    I think it’s still too early for any of that right now, though.

    • http://www.twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      I’ve been saying from the start to give Gardner 100 at-bats, but at this rate he may not even get there. I love Gardner, he seems like a nice guy, but at some point you simply can’t carry a corner OF who is on the interstate in both average and OBP, no matter how good his defense is. Here’s hoping he turns it around and doesn’t force Joe’s hand.

  • Ed

    Move Martin up in the order please! At least ahead of Posada or maybe even backing-up Cano. Dude is tearing it up right now

    • Joe Cowley

      the bottom of the order needs guys that can hit also. loading the top of the order can create another set of issues.

      • Sayid J.

        Yea. Like more runs scored.

        • Joe Cowley

          not really…having guys at the bottom of the order who can hit sets the table for the top of the order. its important to have balance in the lineup. you don’t want a bunch of automatic outs in the 6-9 spots.

          • http://www.twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

            The guys at the top of the order can get 100-150 more PAs over the course of the year. That’s why you want your better hitters up there.

            • Joe Cowley

              having somewhat decent hitters at the bottom of the order will start rallies, keep them going, rack up pitch counts…all of this can translate into more ABs for the top of the order.

            • Joe Cowley

              Martin is hot right now…..once he goes cold everyone will call to move him.

              perhaps he’s comfortable where he is…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

        • Ted Nelson

          Because that’s really a problem for the Yankees this season…

          • Joe Cowley

            it is, but leave martin where he is…if you move martin and drop someone else to the bottom of the order then it could get worse.

            i’m not a big fan of moving guys up and down the lineup. some hitters are adaptable, but many are not

            • Ted Nelson

              Scoring runs is not a problem for the Yankees. They are scoring 5.74 runs/game. That’s a 929 run pace. 70 more runs than they scored last season, when they led MLB.

  • CS Yankee

    What pisses me off about our at-bats…
    1) Jete is half swinging at ear-balls and looks puney.
    2) ‘Sada won’t even run-out a DP ball hard…turning a 3-6-3 isn’t the easiest thing to do but “lumpy” is running a 10 minute mile out there.
    3) Grit will get a bad call early in the count and grimance, and watch a grooved FB down the pipe. He is fighting off the high-outside and I guess when he sees one down the middle he is thinking “breaking ball, I’m sitting FB outside, I’ll take and hope it breaks low for a ball”. News flash Gardner, nobody is going to throw breaking until you can hit a FB and if you fight them off outside, they’ll break you in as you are waaayy late.
    4) Cano wants to hit FB’s above the hands…forget it. You are great when they come in, you chase real, real bad outside and high. Stop.

    The other 5 are either having bad luck (Swish), being fooled (it happens), or are raking.

    • Joe Cowley

      its baseball…a wise man once said that its unpredictible.

    • http://www.twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      2) ‘Sada won’t even run-out a DP ball hard…turning a 3-6-3 isn’t the easiest thing to do but “lumpy” is running a 10 minute mile out there.

      Have you watched games in the last, 5 years or so? This isn’t a new development. The guy has caught for 15+ years, he’s slow.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        Pretty sure Adam Dunn would beat him in a foot race.

    • Ted Nelson

      1) Jeter has always done that. It’s a trademark move like falling over after a swing and miss. No one had problems with these mistakes when he was hitting. These aren’t the cause of his problems.
      2) Posada has always been painfully slow. He is running it out, he’s just slow as hell.
      3) Gardner has always been a patient hitter. It’s not that he assumes every pitch he takes is going to be a ball. He’s willing to take a strike and work the count. This is the approach the Yankees teach. He doesn’t have power and is not really a pull hitter. He’s looking for the outside pitch to hit it the other way and get on base… not just to foul it off. When he hits a grounder down the first base line it’s an easy out, but when he chops one to third he just might beat it out.
      4) Cano needs to take some pitches, agreed there.

  • Jon L

    You just have to sit there and cringe every time Jeter, Posada, or Gardner get up to bat.

  • gc

    Get back to me on Memorial Day and then we can talk about the possible need to make considerable alterations to the line-up.

  • YANKS1FAN

    Posada looks like he is hurt. ;) Put him on the 14day DL and let him settle down and work on his swing. He is clueless up there right now. I say, bring up Jorge Vazquez and let him show everyone what hes got. It would be also good to show him for a trade! Chato Vazquez is the real deal. 8hr and 23rbi is rediculous! He was to Mexico what Matsui is to Japan. He was a superstar down there, everyone knows Chato. He was on Gatorade ads etc. His name is ‘El Chato’ but his real nickname is ‘El Destructor”!! And it is fitting!!!!! I was at a game in Mexico where he hit a bomb clear out of the stadium, over the high bleachers, and huge 20ft advertisment signs above that. It had to be 500ft!!! He is a monster!! EL DESTRUCTOR!!!!!!!! Give him a chance.

    • Joe Cowley

      Posada looks like he’s 39.

      • Rookie

        Posada looks like he’s 39?

        If you don’t stop engaging in that kind of hate speech, I’m going to report you.

        (Very sharp comment, Joe.)

    • Rookie

      I don’t know what problems this would create for the roster, but it sure sounds like he deserves a shot.

    • Dave

      Doesn’t Posada have nearly as many home runs and, if I’m not mistaken, is playing in a higher league than Vazquez? Not to mention fewer strikeouts. The chances of Vazquez being better than Posada are pretty slim.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gardner definitely pressing now. Last night he swung at ball 3 (ground out to 1st) on a 2-0 count. Last year he would never swing on that count. This year he has been 0-2 alot more than 2-0.

    Jeter cannot hit a decent fb anymore. He is the most painful to watch for me. I can’t get that contract out of my mind either. Anyone think he can hit 5 HR’s this year?

    • the Other Steve S.

      He and Grady will race to 5. I love Jeter and will hate to see him go but if he is hitting like this on the 4th of July he needs to be batting 9th. After watching the last four years of Bernie, I really don’t want to see Jeter do the same thing.

      • the Other Steve S.

        Gardy, sorry…

      • 7commerce

        Review Bernie’s last 4 campaigns & then edit this comment.

  • Ellis

    I love the HOT/COLD article format, would love to see more of it. It’s a great, quick way to check in how our guys are doing.

  • Ben from Stanford

    Guess my comment got swallowed up.

    There’s no middle ground, everyone is either tearing the cover off the ball or struggling to find their way on base. It’s far from ideal but they’ve gotten by so far.

    I don’t see why it’s far from ideal to have hot and cold hitters if you have the best wOBA and nearly the best runs scored in the league. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is how many games you score enough runs to give yourself a chance to win, and the Yankees have been pretty much the best team in the league at doing that. It doesn’t matter if you get there with a combination of hot and cold hitters or all lukewarm hitters.

    • Joe Cowley

      aren’t all teams made up of guys who are hot..and cold…and maybe 1 or 2 in the middle? and when some of the hot guys go cold you hope the cold guys get hotter to offset things.

      • Ben from Stanford

        Yes, most teams have hot and cold guys at any given moment. What I’m saying is that not only is it not “far from ideal,” it doesn’t even matter at all. The only thing that matters is how many runs you’re scoring in each game, not which players were involved in scoring them.

        • Joe Cowley

          right on…a win is a win is a win…i don’t care if involves a crappy start, a blown save, tons of k’s and DPs…at the end of the game, if the yanks have won, i really don’t give a crap how they did it….take it and get ready for the next one.

    • 7commerce

      Basically correct–but Yankee talent is at or near top of heap; thus, we produce more than most competitors. Our “cold” guys are way off their own standards. “Helpless” describes not only Posada, but also, Gardner & Jeter.

      • Ben from Stanford

        Right, it’s definitely important to keep track of how well the players are doing in case it’s really a long-term trend and then you need to do something about it. But all I’m saying is that it’s not “far from ideal” to have a mix of hot and cold hitters rather than mostly consistent hitters.

  • Neil

    Jeter needs to start to improve by taking more pitches. He swings at borderline strikes in key situations. He’s a guy who can hit effectively with two strikes so why not do it. Swisher is still getting his walks so I’m not as concerned about him. Martin could be moved up to hit 2nd once in a while against a LH pitcher. Cano is just a victim sometimes of his own talent as he swings at pitches out of the strikek zone because he sometimes gets hits on these swings. It’s hard to argue against Chavez getting a few more at bats. Even when he doesn’t get on base he has tremendous at bats. Jorge looks a little lost but I think Giradri is reluctant to take him out of the lineup as he gets accustomed to the DH role. Gardner looks totally lost and other than the HR does not seem to drive the ball at all.

    • Rookie

      You say Jeter’s a guy who can hit effectively with two strikes?

      I don’t think so.

      —Jeter After Two Strikes— Jeter Overall
      Year BA OBP SLG OPS OPS
      2011 .094 .194 .094 .288 .571
      2010 .207 .286 .254 .540 .710 (.683 in the 2nd Half)
      2009 .260 .342 .343 .684 .871
      2008 .183 .300 .227 .527 .771

      Just in case the formatting makes the above #s impossible to read:

      2011:
      OPS w/two strikes: .288
      OPS overall: .571

      2010:
      OPS w/two strikes: .540
      OPS overall: .710 (.683 in the second half)

      2009:
      OPS w/two strikes: .684
      OPS overall: .871

      2008:
      OPS w/two strikes: .527
      OPS overall: .771

      It was NEVER a good idea for Jeter to get to two strikes. But with soon-to-be 37-year-old reflexes, soon-to-be 37-year-old muscle density, and soon-to-be 37-year-old eyes, it’s an ESPECIALLY bad idea (as evidences by his OPS so far this year being nearly 50% lower with two strikes.

  • True Yankee* Luis Sojo

    Funny thing… Brett Gardner is still a poor man’s Carl Crawford!

    • Guest

      I laughed.

  • nsalem

    Trying to project a players season based on April results is just a tad more accurate than March . Calling for somebodies head based on 19 April
    games is a sport for the silly.

  • Preston

    Like Mike said I’m not worried about Swisher or Cano, both have enough big league experience for us to know they can turn it around, and neither is nearly old enough to think it’s a physical decline. If Jeter’s bat doesn’t heat up in a month than he’s become a league average short stop, stick him in the nine hole and start making plans to phase him out next year. If Gardner can’t make adjustments to be affective Andruw Jones can play more (and maybe Chavez could play some LF too) and if that doesn’t work guys like Carlos Beltran and Grady Seizemore might be available (if we trade for Grady do we also get his ladies?). If Jorge isn’t good enough to be an every day DH Jesus Montero is at AAA. So I think we’re set up pretty well to solve any of these problems should they continue. The starting pitching well that’s another story, please get healthy Phil.

  • paul a

    if you think we ve got problems go ask red sox fans about carl crawford

    • nsalem

      and Saltalamacchia, Ellsbury, Scutaro and Ortiz. It all means nothing.

    • Epy0n

      Crawford is starting to hit and I am sure he will continue hitting. There is no way he will continue to do as bad as he has so far done thus far.

  • David, Jr.

    Cold implies worse than normal, going through a slump, perhaps before getting hot to return to normal. I am afraid that this isn’t necessarily cold for Jeter. I would put the over/under for him at 8 home runs. He is also a disasterous fielder. For all of the talk about Cashman (Lee, Joba, Soriano, etc.), this is the huge mistake that he made.

    • Evan3457

      What mistake was that again?

      Was there ever any real chance the Yanks would not re-sign Jeter, especially thisclose to 3000 hits. I don’t think so.

      If anything, Cashman diminished the long-term damage potential by his “unclassy” remark for Jeter to go check the market, which forced Jeter and Close to significantly reduce their original demands in both money and dollars.

      • David, Jr.

        His delusionary original demands were meaningless. They would have only meant something if other teams would have been lined up to pay him that. The mistake is obvious – three years x 17M for a guy that was worth about two years x 7.5M. I hope I am wrong, but he looks just about finished to me. Also, going forward where would he be moved? DH? Laughable. 1B? Not a chance. Corner outfield? He would be a downgrade over virtually anybody, including Gardner, who is a spectacular fielder.

        • Rookie

          Don’t blame Cashman. As I understand it, he fought very hard and very publicly to respect Jeter’s iconic status by only (over)paying him $10 million a year for two years.

          It was Levine who intervened and overruled Cashman — just as the Steinbrenners overruled him to give ARod the albatross contract he got. Levine and the Steinbrenners are where the blame should be assigned here, not Cashman (although I think there would be blame to be assigned even if Jeter had “only” been given a two-year extension at $10 million per year.

          I wish more Yankee fans WOULD express their disfavor about so obviously flushing money down the toilet that way so it might not happen again. That $23.8 million ($17 million plus a 40% luxury tax) clearly impacts Yankee competitiveness. The Texas Rangers spent less money (per year) for Beltre. And the Red Sox didn’t spend a whole lot more for Adrian Gonzalez.

          • David, Jr.

            You are right. It very likely wasn’t Cashman.

        • Rookie

          You nailed it, David Jr. with every word.

          Jeter’s delusionary demands WERE meaningless.

          No other team would have paid him anything CLOSE to that for ONE year, much less three.

          He was worth at MOST $7.5 million for two years. If he thought he was worth more, the Yankees should either have given him a one year contract to show it or let him walk.

          And as you say, where can you move an ex-shortstop who can no longer play the position or hit? Answer: NOWHERE.

          Not only does Jeter LOOK finished, but he would have to violate the laws of nature and accomplish what no shortstop in history has EVER done to even earn half of the value of his contract.

          Unless Jeter accomplishes that miracle, Levine and the Steinbrenners will have succeeded brilliantly in looking like spineless idiots and damaging the Yankees’ ability to compete and win.

          And before anybody chimes in with, “Oh, but they’re the Yankees. What’s $17 million (or $23.8 million) to them. They won’t even notice it.” let me point out that even if they can AFFORD to raise their payroll an extra $17 million, it may not be politically acceptable to do so since it makes them that much more of a lightning rod for criticism, strengthens calls for salary caps and higher luxury taxes, and separates them that much more from the the Red Sox payroll-wise which strengthens the claims of those who say the Yankees just BUY their titles. You know what? Given the money they overpaid ARod and Jeter, I’m afraid that they’re right.

          • Dave

            I still don’t think the Jeter contract was so bad. If he’s still hitting like this at the end of the year he’ll retire in the off-season or after a slow start next year. He’s too proud to play badly, or worse yet for him, sit on the bench.

            • Rookie

              I hope you’re right, Dave. But as far as I can tell, Jeter’s always been about Jeter. So the question in my mind is, when he does the math, does he think it’s better for Jeter to avoid floundering and embarrassing himself, and tarnishing his legacy very badly, or is it better to cash a $17 million a year paycheck while doing all of the above.

              And there, as we all know, it’s human nature to resist accepting unpleasant realities about oneself. I know I’m always disappointed when I look in the mirror or see a photo of myself. Athletes are usually the last ones to realize that their skills have eroded to the point that it’s time to hang ‘em up.

              Then again, as I have said before and will say again, the Yankee fan in me would be very pleased if Jeter were to make me look like a horse’s ass and prove me wrong. And the last four games, he’s done just that — however ugly or unimpressive he’s looked in the process. Hopefully, he finds a fountain of youth and does what I think borders on the impossible for the next three years.

          • David, Jr.

            Jeter’s contract is not an example of the Yankees buying titles. I wish it was.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I agree in the sense that Jeter’s numbers thus far may not reflect a cold streak, but I don’t he’ll finish the season below .250. Perhaps I should have been more grateful for that .270/.340/.370 line last year.

    • Ted Nelson

      It wasn’t a baseball decision, obviously.

      And I think it is fair to call this cold even for Jeter. HRs is not the only measure of offensive performance. I think there’s a very good chance he pulls his wOBA up from .257.

      • David, Jr.

        Perfectly stated. Not a baseball decision. It was a revenue/Yankee brand/icon decision instead of a baseball decision, and it will hurt them. If that was obvious, then why in the world did they do it, particularly at one of the most important positions on the field?

        Also accurate that this is cold even for Jeter, but the signs from last year and so far this year are not good. There just aren’t many balls that are hit hard. He looks overmatched.

    • Guest

      I don’t see how you could say Lee was a Cashman mistake. He offered the organization’s best prospect for him (plus others), but Seattle decided to trade him to Texas for what many believe was a lesser package.

      He offered Lee more money than anyone else when he was a free agent. Lee decided to go somewhere else.

      Short of holding a gun to the Seattle GM’s or Lee’s head (or improving on offers that were already superior to competing options), I’m not sure what else Cashman could have done.

  • Poopy Pants

    Wait…so what you’re telling us is that some players are hitting and some aren’t?
    Crazy.

    • Nick

      Why are you allowed on this site?

      • First time lawng time

        I think he’s funny.