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So, the Yankees have been unceremoniously ushered from the postseason by a Cleveland team full of 26-year old nobodies. And, since this is becoming a fairly regular thing, the time of scapegoating is upon us. And, since a team not being to able to perform is always the manager’s fault, of course Yankees’ skipper Joe Torre has fallen directly in the crosshairs.
I, for one, think the Yankees’ front office of George Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman are aiming at the wrong guy. They should be aiming at themselves.
And, on paper, it’s a great idea.
But it doesn’t work (not all the time, at least). Del Webb owned the Yankees for 19 years; he won 11 Series in that time. Steinbrenner has owned them for 34 and counting; he’s won six. In the Steinbrenner era, before Torre (who’s been the manager for 12 years), the Yankees went to the postseason six times, winning two Series. Since Torre, they’ve gone to the postseason every year, and won four Series.
By contrast, three of the four teams remaining in the postseason are in the bottom eight in payroll.$28 million for Roger Clemens, who turns 56 this year, to pitch whenever the Hell he feels like it.
$23 million for Jason Giambi to, apparently, do nothing but blow the lid off the whole steroid thing.
$10 million for Carl Pavano to remain in a constant state of disability.They also love to sign players well after the iron has cooled.
Johnny Damon: Great player…with the Royals and Red Sox.
The Andy Pettitte they brought back from Houston (at top dollar) is not the same Pettitte that left for Houston.
And losing Soriano and assuming the debt load on Alex Rodriguez’s contract may have seemed like a good deal at the time, but…hey, that A-Rod sure puts up some great numbers, don’t he?
And throwing more money at the problem isn’t going to help.
They’ve fucked themselves by putting all of their eggs in the same basket, letting A-Rod’s contract come up the same year as Posada, Abreu, and Rivera’s. So, they either lose a good portion of their of their team and start over, or they resign the whole thing and end up with the same team next year that couldn’t do anything this year.