Fan Confidence Poll: November 18th, 2013

Weekend Open Thread
What Went Right: Andy Pettitte

2013 Season: 85-77 (637 RS, 671 RA, 77-85 pythag. record), didn’t qualify for playoffs

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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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What Went Right: Andy Pettitte
  • Robinson Tilapia

    I was going to vote a “7,” but the invisible hand of God and/or the free market slightly moved my hand upward and clicked on “10.” Cashman/Ayn Rand failed.

    Nothing has changed. It’s way too early for anyone’s market to have developed at all. Conversations are happening. Hal seems to be going out of his way to let everyone know NOT A MANDATE but, in the end, the off-season will tell how many sides of his mouth he’s talking with there. None of us have crystal balls. Mine are made of titanium. Ask jjyank.

    • jjyank

      Its true. I’m his doctor.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He just wears a wig, fake tits, and calls himself “Dr. Pearlstein” when he does this.

        And here I thought a female doctor would be the only ethical way I could get another woman to fondle the package.

        • Bob Buttons

          DR PEARLSTEIN IS A HE?!!!
          No wonder there was an Adam’s apple in his/her image on his/her website.

      • Dr. Grenaldine

        Now now. There is only one true doctor here and it’s Dr. Grenaldine.

    • MannyGeee

      Mine are brass. A little heavier, less durable and more difficult to keep clean than titanium, but I feel there is a certain classic charm to them.

      Plus, dipping them in warm water with salt & vinegar just melts the tarnish away. Really is just normal maintenance.

      (Editors Note: YES, I did have to Google a brass cleaning method for the making of this joke… Dedication to the bit is key, boys. Remember that.)

  • Paco Dooley

    Just a quick note to Mike – saw your piece featured on CBSSports – interesting article and nice use of stats.

    p.s., ‘data’ is plural…

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Ryan signing bumped me up from 8 to 10.

    • Dr. Grenaldine

      Wahoo! World Series here we come…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He’s certainly not going to win you a championship single-handedly, but I’d like to know I have a Brendan Ryan somewhere in my back of tricks.

        As a licensed medical professional, you should know this. :)

        • Dr. Grenaldine

          Oh I’m excited for the defense. But the pitching and offense are still so worrisome that I feel defense is moot right about now…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Seems like Ryan deal may be official? MLBTR says “Yankees to sign Brendan Ryan.”

    Again, not what I’d want as a primary Plan B to Jeter, but you can’t be too angry at having a solid hand like that in the organization.

    • Dr. Grenaldine

      If the Yankees get to the playoffs, I really hope our “defensive whiz” (like Detroit’s – Jose Iglesias) doesn’t make 2 back to back horrific errors to cost 2 important games and ultimately the loss.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Shit happens in the playoffs sometimes. Also, midges.

  • I’m One

    Best infield D in the AL …

    • I’m One

      Reply fail to Dr. Grenaldine above …

      :hangs head in shame:

  • BronxBomber

    To all the old timers out there – Brendan Ryan is a throwback to guys like Mark Belanger – the Orioles valued his defense (Receiving the AL Gold Glove eight times (1969, 1971, 1973–78)) over his poor hitting. Again, not the best option, but he goes a long way to solidifying our defense up the middle until a better answer comes along.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I like Mark Belanger too but, when not many teams are throwing a Belanger type out there in 2013, being a throwback doesn’t get you very far.

      I’d love him as a 25th man. That’s for sure. Hopefully this plays out this way.

      • BronxBomber

        Very valid point – I was pretty much agreeing Ryan is a good defensive addition but not the answer. :-)

      • I’m One

        If you subscribe to WAR, Ryan averaged 1.54 fWAR and ~2.8 bWAR over the past 5 years. If Jeter’s bat returns to something respecatble, he should be worth ~2.0 WAR by either measure, so Ryan could be nearly as valuable as Jeter next season.

  • Farewell Mo

    For 2014 only as anything beyond is not reasonable to predict IMO but I’m down from a 4 to a 3 with the possibility now that Tanaka won’t be posted this year.

    Don’t really see any other potential top of the rotations starters out there other than him in free agency or via trade which will leave the Yankees to hope that CC bounces back to elite status (unlikely) or Kuroda won’t burn out by August (also umlikely) if they’re even able to resign him.

  • MannyGeee

    Baseline 7. For the record, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the Brenden Ryan signing. Perfect bit character for this team, and I trust him about 75000% more than Nix or Nunez.

    • I’m One

      My only complaint with Ryan is that he’s not as positionally flexible as Nix or Nunez. At SS, yes, give me Ryan every day of the week and twice on Sunday. But they’ll still need a Nix type to back up 2B & 3B.

      • Preston

        It’s not that Brendan Ryan CAN’T play 2b or 3b, but if he’s going to be on the field why would you put him anywhere but the most important defensive position?

        • Bob Buttons

          Becauuuse…. shit happens to our 3B and backup 3B again?

          But yes I agree, Ryan probably could do 2B and 3B, even if he hasnt played there in like 6~7 years. But Cano is pretty durable so no point worrying about 2B. (Assuming we dont let cano walk)

          • Preston

            He’s played 2b, 3b and OF before, and it’s not like he’s lost the athleticism necessary to play those positions. If the Yankees plan on using him as a utility infielder I’m sure he’ll get enough reps during ST to be able to handle it. In any case I’d bet Brendan Ryan showing up to the park and somebody telling he’s playing 3b or 2b with no warning or practice would still be better than Nunez with the Glove.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Team needs a backup at the corners for sure. I don’t think Ryan will be here to cover the entire infield.

          This is where I like the Chavezes and Reynoldses of this world, but I don’t like them as primary Alex replacements.

  • Bob Buttons

    6 for time being. Not sure how A-Rod thingy gonna go, and that’s gonna change things, in near future and long term.

    That and Tanaka situation a bit more muddy, and for all we know they can change their mind before next year…

  • TWTR

    The Yankees are in uncharted territory if they are actually going to get under $189m, so it’s virtually impossible to know how capable they will be in implementing a new spending model.

    Obviously, their inability to develop talent is making this goal much harder than it should be.

    Any disappointment I have is in that area.

  • Betty Lizard

    7.
    Nothing bad has happened yet.