Fan Confidence Poll: April 1st, 2013

Boras: Yankees, Cano on verge of "historic" 12-year extension
Old policy flies in the face of the new reality

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Regular Season Record: 0-0 (0 RS, 0 RA)
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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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Boras: Yankees, Cano on verge of "historic" 12-year extension
Old policy flies in the face of the new reality
  • KG54

    Boone Logan left fat? Didn’t get picked for dodgeball? Poor guy. (Lat, I’m sure.)

    Any chance the Yanks claim Casper Wells, Mauro Gomez, or Lars Anderson?

    • Mike Axisa

      He said after the game that it hit him “in the left fat,” so that’s what I put.

      Wells is the only useful player of the three. Probably better than Francisco.

    • KG54

      Oh, it actually is the ‘left fat’ I should have read. Still, it sounds like he left due to fatness, and if Cecil Fielder didn’t go on the DL for that, no one will.

      • MannyGeee

        Prince takes offense. I would fully expect him to get in on that within the next 5 years.

    • MannyGeee

      I would claim Mauro Gomez, if for no other reason the name Mauro is dope as hell.

  • CountryClub

    90+ wins and they’ll be fighting for the Division/WC when Sept 1 hits.

  • Eddard

    We were at a 9 two weeks ago and then dropped down to a 6 last week to protest the Vernon Wells trade. This week we’ve put our heads together and decided to find common ground at 8. There is a lot of promise on this club. They will have to score in a different manner but I think they can with their speed and contact hitting.

    I think people are too concerned in early April. Tread water and wait for reinforcements is what April is all about. You don’t win the division in April and you don’t lose it either.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Eddard is multiple people?

      • jjyank

        Eddard World has always been a populous place. Are you forgetting all the incarnations of him last year? There were times that he even argued with himself.

        • Jim Is Bored

          I just haven’t seen it self contained in one post before.

          I wonder how they determine the spokesman in Eddard World; is it a democracy? Is there an Eddard World Tyrant?

          • jjyank

            I like to think of it as some sort of cage match. Winner of the daily brawl gets to speak for the day.

            This version of Eddard must be freaking ripped, as it appears he’s been the spokesman for awhile now.

            • Scott Steiner

              All of my freaks in Eddard-world are horizontal, and when I lay the hammer down in this “cage match,” you’ll know why they call me the big bad booty daddy. Hollar.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Maybe there is an Eddie Brock and Venom thing going on

  • Reggie C.

    When the best news from the top stories of last week is Heathcott returning to baseball activities then you know we’re headed for a challenging start to the the season.

    Go Yanks!

    Still at a 6.

  • trr

    Don’t like Francisco, would prefer Wells. But, I don’t see the team making that move now.

    My confidence remains in the low-mid range, feel good about the upside of our younger players, but somewhat trepidacious about 2013.
    looking forward to it, neverthless!

  • MannyGeee

    Baseline seven. And optimism that a team who pieces together runs can win games against a proverbial “thumper” as demonstrated last night Justin FKING Maxwell? SRSLY??)

    And also, opening day. Don’t be a bunch of Debbie Downers.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Don’t hold your breath. First baserunner against CC and I fully expect the wheels to fall off of RAB mid-season style.

      • trr

        I wasn’t here last year, but I think most of the posters here are pretty circumspect, so I’m looking forward to following the commentary here….

        • jjyank

          Oh dear. If you read game threads, brace yourself for a lot of ugliness if the Yankees are losing at any point.

          • MannyGeee

            Where have you gone stuart a?

        • Jim Is Bored

          Game Threads are a whooooole different ballgame than the regular threads. And you’ve seen what the regular threads can dissolve into.

        • jsbrendog

          don’t. go. in. there. (game threads)

    • mt

      Talk about Debbie Downers – can you iumagine a scenario where Yanks struggle early but Jesus Montero, Justin Maxwell, Nick Swisher, Russell Martin and Austin Jackson all start the season strong – RAB would likely explode into a thousand pieces.

      • trr

        Gotta hold it together people, it might be a rough 6 weeks or so to start the year, at the the risk of cliche, it’s a lo-o-o-ong season…

        • jjyank


          It might very well be a rough April, but I’m going to remain optimistic until I see what happens with Jeter, Tex, and Grandy.

      • MannyGeee

        Shit would go insane should that become a thing.

        Also, if AJ Burnett goes undefeated through May flashing a sub-0.75 WHIP…

    • GT Yankee

      Glad someone else caught the J-Max Show last night. Two trips and one could have probably been an inside the park job if he hadn’t stopped to admire it for the first 2-3 seconds. I know A-Rod was hurt much of last year, but I for his 1st year with the Astros J-Max had as many HR’s as him (18) in about 150 less AB’s.

      Also, could have had saved millions a year for the “cheaper” Wells, with perhaps better production. Obviously Cash and Jack Z are no strangers to deals. The guys Twitter is even “UpstateBaller” having grown up in Upstate NY. Would probably love to play for the “home” team.

      Some of this unforeseen, some just stupid (see comments from Martin, Russell). Makes me go from a 7 to now a 6.

  • mt

    I was going to rate it a 7 (optimistic for me) until i just thought more about how the Yanks are absolutely relying so much on Kevin Youkilis – he has to protect Cano and also play defensively every day (3B against righties and 1B against lefties) – I hope Joe does not run him into the ground since there is no back-up lefthanded 3B or righthanded 1B. I hope Joe does not have Youkilis in every game – therefore, he may have to start Nix against a righthander at 3B or Overbay against a lefthander at 1B once or twice a month.

    We cannot afford for Youkilis to break down, especially in first half of year before (hopefully) Tex and ARod come back.

    I give it a 6.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Confidence in the Yankees is a 6, joy of having baseball back is infinite.

  • jjyank

    As of this moment, there are as many 10’s as 1’s. Can’t remember the last time that’s happened.

    I’m at a 7. On the optimistic side to be sure, but fuck it. It’s opening day. The excitement of real baseball makes me too happy to vote lower.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Hope they sign Caspar Wells who is a MUCH better option in LF than Vermin Wells against left handed pitching.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I voted 10. Happy Opening Day, folks.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Seriously. So glad we finally get some real games.

  • Mat

    This fan confidence…. not fan hopeful… who can be confident in the Yankees this season?

    • MannyGeee

      I am. VERY confident, actually. Almost too confident that they will put together a VERY strong run in May and June and dudes like you will not be around to enjoy it with us.

      But ohhhhhhh brother, when they lose three games in a row around Labor Day… We’ll see you then. It should be fun.

  • dalelama

    The resemblance to 1965 is downright spooky. I am in at a shaky 4.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Your mom is downright spooky.

  • Jeff


    Jayson Nix is in the opening day starting lineup.
    Chris Stewart will start 50% of the time according to Girardi.
    The team lost considerable run production to free agency and opted not to replace much of it.
    Ownership appears to be far more concerned with staying within a smaller budget than achieving its “singular goal” of winning the World Series.
    Changes to the draft and international free agency make it more difficult for teams like the Yankees to gain an advantage by spending more $.
    Besides Cano (who could be in another uniform this time next year), the team’s best players are on the downswings of their careers.
    Most “expert” projections have the Yankees falling short of the division title this year , and possibly even short of a wild card.
    The team’s minor league system is ranked only middle of the pack, with little to no star power that is close to being MLB ready.
    Mo is retiring.
    Cano, Granderson, Hughes, Pettitte and Kiroda are all impending FAs. Cano will cost near record $ or walk. Granderson looks like a lame duck to be replaced with Wells/Bosche. Pettitte and Kiroda are year to year question marks to re-up or retire. In any case, it’s hard to envision a scenario where next year’s team will be better than this year’s version, unless the 189M plan is scrapped or delayed.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Can’t imagine if you were a fan of another team. You’d probably have to vote negative.

      • Jeff

        I live upstate and am a fan of the championship starved Buffalo teams (Bills /Sabres). So I know all about being a fan of perennial losers. I hold the Yankees to a higher standard. The 3 vote is in large part a vote that I believe the team is poorly positioned for continued success on par with the last ~18 year’s. I’m not saying they’ll never make the postseason again or never win another WS.

        If you want optimism…
        It’s probably better than even odds that Cano remains a Yankee. They simply can’t afford to lose him.
        It’s quite possible that the farm system is undervalued by the experts. There are potential stars that just aren’t close to the major leagues yet, or in Manny B’s case, just not healthy this year.
        Every now and then there are whispers that the 189M plan could get scrapped.
        This year Teixeira and Granderson could be back in 4-6 weeks. Pineda could be back in June/July. At that point if all goes well, they will slide in as replacements for the weakest links at their positions.
        Toronto could easily be weaker in reality than they look on paper. Everyone else in the division looks to have weaknesses at least as bad as the Yankees.

        All in all, as a fan I’d be more accepting of a potentially down year or years if I didn’t believe it was in large part avoidable. Ownership appears to be pinching pennies and trying to walk a fine line where the team is “good enough” to fill the seats but saves them some money. Cashman, whether by choice or by orders from ownership, and no doubt partly by necessity, has become infatuated with scrap heap pickups of players that other teams simply didn’t want.This does not bode well for a supposed championship caliber team.

    • TomH

      Me, too, but #4

  • steves

    Good News:

    1) Ticket availability should be pretty good;
    2) Many less Sunday night games;
    3) Already a half-game up on Houston for the 2014 first draft pick;
    4) Off the field stuff should be pretty interesting and Bronx Zoo like.

    Bad News:

    1) 2013 season is here.
    2) There will be more joy in Mudville than the Bronx.
    3) Randy Levine will become more visible and more powerful.
    4) Bill Madden may actually be right for once in his Yankee predictions.

    • jjyank

      Eeesh. The season starting is bad news and the Yankees are in the running for the worst record in baseball already? Lighten up man.

      • steves

        Just having some fun. Would love to be wrong but it’s going to be hard to keep the faith and baseball sanity this year. I’m not worried that its 1965; I am worried that its 1990!.

        • Jim Is Bored

          How is rampant negativity fun?

  • mustang

    Down to an all time low of 5.

    I REALLY want this Yankees team to win a championship just to prove everyone included myself wrong. I haven’t wanted it this badly since 1996, but with that said I just don’t see it.

    Regardless if I’m going to go down I’m going down wearing pinstripes so here is to hoping that I don’t have to.

    GO YANKEES!!!!!!!

  • Real Life

    I recorded a fart on my iphone and uploaded it as my vote.

  • LarryM Fl

    6. As I have been since the ALCS. “I know. I know.” About all of the above info and circumstances but I stand by the old saying, “you are not as good as you look and your not as bad as you look.” IMHO, the Yankees have a decent team and circumstances can occur to the other teams in their division which may allow them to squeeze enough wins for a playoff spot.

  • CS Yankee

    Voted a 4 since i’m still in awe of giving Wells 13.9M$ over the next two years and this lineup is an April Fool’s joke in itself. I can see a 3rd place or a first place if the mainstays return healthy and productive.

    However, I will be a 9 just prior to first pitch.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      The Yanks aren’t giving Wells $13.9 million. They’re giving him 2 (million).

      You a six now?

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    10! 162-0!

    LETS GO!!!

  • JRod

    Holding at an 8. Lefty power from Pronk, Boesch and even Overbay could be a big story. Youk adds a certain scrappiness the team could benefit from, and it’s totally within reason to think he could at least have a big first half. Grandy should definitely be back in May, and it feels like Tex is coming along and should be back by early June. Didn’t like the Wells signing, would have preferred Mesa or Musty in the mix for 6 weeks or so, but it’s not the end of the world. Continue to expect Cervelli will maintain his improved defense, hit .280-ish and stun the pessimists. Still have an epic veteran presence from Mo, The Cap’n, Andy and even Youk and Ichiro. We absolutely need a big breakout season out of Hughes, Nova or even Phelps.

  • Chris Jones, CCOYS


    On April 18, the Original Yankee Stadium will celebrate the 90th Anniversary of its Grand Opening. Alas, there is no statue of Babe… anywhere near the Stadium (or in NYC), the Park’s name doesn’t reference the heroics played-out upon its turf, and I wonder how many fans know the late “Bullet Bob” Turley.

    Erecting a statue to Babe and renaming the “Park” are more than mere gestures…it’s acknowledging that every Yankee fan, employee, and player knows WHO (Babe has lots of company), WHERE, and HOW the Yankees became the YANKEES.

    One day soon I hope to watch my son run the bases on BABE RUTH FIELD (in OLD YANKEE STADIUM FIELDS AT MacCOMBS DAM PARK)…then tell me why doing so was so important.