Fan Confidence Poll: November 5th, 2012

Former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert among Hall of Fame candidates
What Went Wrong: Russell Martin's first 100 games

2012 Record: 95-67 (804 RS, 668 RA, 96-66 pythag. record), won AL East, swept in ALCS

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Given the team's current roster construction, farm system, management, etc., how confident are you in the Yankees' overall future?
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Former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert among Hall of Fame candidates
What Went Wrong: Russell Martin's first 100 games
  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    6. This coming year as the feeling of 2007 into 2008. Which is fine because the team competed and put themselves into a better standing with the quality of players.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Should hearing about some changes in minor league staff honestly change my confidence level? Probably a small bit, but not a ton. It’s encouraging and intriguing, though. Still a 7.

    • Murderers’ Row Boat

      Depends if you think we’ll hold on to these young kids or trade them like Austin Jackson to the teams that kick our asses in the playoffs every year.

      • whozat

        Yeah, it was rough in 2009 when the Jackson-led tigers drummed the Yanks, with that bum Curtis Granderson, out of the playoffs :-/

        • The Big City of Dreams


          • Murderers’ Row Boat

            Laugh all you want, but baseball trades are about opportunity cost, and right now who would you rather have? Granderson, whom half the fan want traded, or Jackson/Coke/Kennedy who put together would be costing the Yankees a third of Granderson if that.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I’d rather had Granderson over the duration of the contract thus far and, probably, Jackson moving forward. Ain’t that easy, is it?

        • Murderers’ Row Boat

          Considering the trade happened in December of 2009, I think you are slightly off.

          • Francesa

            Oh snap whozat!

          • Ted Nelson

            Always great to evaluate trades in hindsight

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That’s a ridiculous oversimplification. If Bo was still around, it’d be a….

  • Cris Pengiucci

    11! They’re keeping “Stairs” and the stadium is in good shape after Sandy!

    I’m at an 8, cautiously optimistic. This could be an interesting off-season. I’m anxious to see how it plays out. This should give us some indication of their plans going forward: Short term deals that allow the young guys in the minors the opportunity to come up and make an impact in a couple of years or longer term deals for older guys? Possibly a block-buster trade and a large FA signing signaling that they don’t intend to get under the $189M self-imposed salary cap? Interesting possibilities indeed.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, these are pretty much my thoughts on the offseason as well.

  • Eddard

    I was at a 4 last week and so much has happened this week that I have upgraded to a 5. Hiroki is going to flip a coin and if it comes up heads he will re-sign. Those are good odds for us. Mariano is coming back. With Mo coming back, Andy will come back. Ichiro wants to re-sign and the team needs more contact hitters. There are encouraging signs in the F.O.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      *waits to hear what all that happened in EddardWorld actually was*

  • Rich in NJ

    I think the moves the Yankees make this offseason will reveal a lot about whether or not Cashman has the ability to pivot from his myopic pitching wins philosophy to finally fixing the aging offense, which has been flashing troubling signs since 2010.

    He needs to show that he can begin to remake it, preferably by making it younger as well as cheaper (e.g., trading Granderson).

    Then again, as long as Hal makes boatloads of money he may not care all that much, although there are signs that the cash cow is beginning to spring some small leaks (e.g., empty playoff seats and declining ratings for YES).

    • Francesa

      Ratings on YES have declined since hitting a high water mark in 2007 (including their WS year in 2009). Coincidentally, that was Torre’s last year as manager. So, the events of 2012 have very little to do with ratings declines per se. It’s a longterm trend that spans 5 years. Just for fun, note that the Phillies lost 40% of their average TV audience yr-to-yr. The Red Sox have fallen off a cliff (33% decline in 2011, 21% decline in 2012)…they’ve halved their average TV audience in 2 seasons. Now, THEY have a problem.

      • Francesa

        Addendum: The Tigers led MLB in highest average rating (9.1) and greatest increase yr-to-yr (42%). Followed by Washington, Dodgers, Rangers, and Orioles.

      • Rich in NJ

        The trend, if there is one (I would need to examine the data in context), may well be exacerbated by their lack of compelling stories animated by exciting, homegrown offensive players.

        • Francesa

          A factor to consider: Nielsen does not currently incorporate online and mobile viewing in its ratings system. The total average audience for Yankees games on YES has declined by 17% since 2007. A good portion of that shortfall could be explained by emerging online and mobile viewership. As it is, the Yankees average close to 300,000 viewers…almost half again more than the 2nd ranked team, the Mets.

          • Rich in NJ

            That’s an interesting point, but it’s possible that as I suggested, a more dynamic roster could have led to growth irrespective of how viewership is measured. Sometimes the simplest explanation is the right one.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              That’s not a simple explanation. That’s you imposing your own view of the team on a set of numbers and calling it a simple explanation.

              The simplest explanation, to me, could be that the ratings dropped because my coworker promised me cupcakes and isn’t here yet with them.

              • Rich in NJ

                You thought the team has a bunch of compelling stories beyond atypical declines by several of their best players?

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  No, I think your idea that a lack of stories that are personally compelling to you are causing some sort of problem for the team is plausible, but still a bit silly.

      • MannyGeee

        Wondering how much of the ratings drop can be attributed to the Internet Based content, and not to any one narrative for any team.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I wonder how much of the ratings drop can be attributed to game thread content on this site when the team is not leading my six runs.

  • LarryM., Fl.

    6 could be a 7. The Yankees know the direction that they want to go. Its just a matter of them being able to put the pieces in place. After the team was assembled in ST in 2012. I was at 9 which is normal for me with the expectaions. Now, I’m less confident waiting to see the roster moves and health of key players. Also do we get younger and better.

  • Anthony D

    The Yankees have money and remember there’s no salary cap. No matter what, they will always be in contention. They could have no AAA or AA teams and it wouldn’t matter because they can just buy any player they want. With that being said, my confidence in them is at a 10.

    • Rich in NJ

      What gives you any indication that they will soon be big-time buyers over the next few years?

  • pounder

    Huge question….will Jeter have the chops to man SS after his injury? Two words that frighten Yankee fans…Edwardo’Nosecone” Nunez, ok three words.

    • Francesa

      He didn’t have the chops to “man” the position BEFORE he broke his ankle.

    • Rich in NJ

      I think Nunez would be at least passable defensively if they would live with his mistakes while he learns to relax, knowing that the position is his. Given his mL stats, I am less convinced about his offense, especially v. RHP.

  • steves

    A little off the typical rating crtieria but a big 10 to the Steinbrenners who, as usual, gave a big cash donation to hurricane relief that received little press coverage. Meanwhile, the Mets let a few trucks park in their parking lot and they got the headline on the front page of the Daily News today.

    • Duh Innings

      $500K is a “big cash donation”? Really? When Dwyane Wade ONE PLAYER donated $210K?

      I expected the Yanks to donate at least a mil considering they got a brand new ballpark for nothing and pay zero rent or property taxes for it.

      • steves

        Wade paid $210K to try and make amends and get out of a public relations nightmare that he created through his own tweeting stupidity. You certainly are living up to the “Duh” part of your name.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I disagree with both of you.

          Yes, 500K is not a lot compared to their overall wealth, but where do you draw the line, and is up to us to do so? There is not amount of money that can fix everything.

          Dwayne Wade gives money because Dwayne Wade is a stand-up athlete. I wonder if the affected areas are “too far from the arena” for the Nets.

      • DC

        They make payments in lieu of taxes, but I guess you missed that in Duhland.

      • sjferrari

        Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association gave $1 million. The Yankees, on their own, gave half of that. Could they have given more? Probably, but so could have MLB and the MLBPA.

  • MannyGeee

    Worth mentioning that we are only like 120 days away from all the Spring articles about how A-Rod is in “the best shape of his life” and how Joba “took a real step forward in his off-season workouts”

    so, yeah… go Winter Meetings!

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    5 unless they scrap the plans for the 2014 budget.

    I think they’re probably gonna end up running out a team that is not appreciably different and just a year older and a little worse than the 2012 version.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Raul was a fantastic pick up, but I’m not a huge fan of bringing him back. What are the odds he can pull that off twice? Hell, what were the odds he could do it once??? Maybe if we have a healthy outfield he won’t need to play as much and might actually hit better…but my money is on Arod’s continued decline and the need to have him DH more to keep his numbers up will already be fighting with Jeter’s need for some time too…

  • TomH

    4 for me, as usual, and based on the instruction which does NOT require or entail (logically) that I have compared the Yankees to every other team in the league. People who claim to do that are either unemployed or putting us on. In any case, it’s not necessary.