Re: Can the Yankees get better this year?
posted at 6/29/2013 11:05 AM EDT
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
In response to ThatWasMe's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
The lineup they are putting on the field these days is so decimated, it resembles the Red Sox after the trade last year. Their pitching is still decent.
But no, I don't think they're going to get better this year, even when Jeter and Granderson are finally back. Those two will take a while to get their games back.
The Yankees seem to have very little MLB ready talent in their farm system.
Pitching they do Bob. The better position players at A and AA. Although J.R. Murphy a catching prospect who has a history of having a decent bat was recently promoted to AAA a few weeks back. And Pineda has been impressive in his come back.
But the current lineup is full of holes, never and has beens.
And as I pointed out a few months back the difference between the current owners and the past is that GS would have remained active in the free agent market, outbid the A's for players like Cespedes or the Dodgers for Puig. George thought if you spent everything else would follow, winning, attendence, sponsorship, viewership etc. And who could argue with him?
He would have offered them the most and been unapologetic about it.
I never liked him, but he was a good owner. It was said even 10 years ago that H&H had little interest in the NYY other than its investment value.
I've mentioned this before, but I think it bears repeating. People in TB were standing in line the first day that spring training tickets went on sale. It started raining. He told one of the people in his office to get an umbrella for everyone in line.
So now the fans not only come home with their tickets, and reasonably dry, they come home with a really cool story. Do you think those fans will come back next year? And he did the same on several opening days when it rained or snowed. They would announce that everyone could trade in their ticket for another game. It usually a Wednesday night game against KC, but he understand those games never sold out, that they'd clear more from concessions than from the ticket price, and generates a lot of goodwill.
And obviously hindsight is 20/20, but imagine the team with even a few of the Cubans.
Joe I could totally accept and understand why opposing fans like you and countless others had a dislike for GS but as a fan of a team you could not ask for better ownership.
I looked at his ownership in totality considering both the good and bad. There were a lot of things he did that I opposed, and others that I scratched my head in bewilderment.
But I would tell my young nephews who grew up in the 90s watching the dynasty teams to enjoy it because it was temporary that once GS was gone it would be too.
It looks now like neither of his boys have the same penchant for winning that the old man did.
I don't bemoan not resigning players like Swisher or Martin, those guys went to the plate with one purpose, looking for a pitch pull over the fence every time, besides Swisher was a hotdog in RF. The homeruns were nice but in the post season when you face good pitching everyday those guys were exposed.
What I do miss is bringing in the good foreign free agents like Godzilla and El Duque, GS would take his losses like Hideki Irabu or El Caballo and still get right back into the bidding when the next attractive FA was available. This is the big difference in the ownership that I see.