Re: the Hammer has become the Nail...
posted at 12/18/2013 1:56 PM EST
In response to garyhow's comment:
In response to slasher9's comment:
whole story here:
The New Normal.
Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera are gone. Derek Jeter is old. It's time to accept that 2013 wasn't a fluke: The Yankees aren't good, and they aren't getting better.
After winning their third World Series in a decade, the Red Sox appear well positioned to keep their success going. They're not a particularly old team. Last season, David Ortiz was the only lineup regular older than 32. Dustin Pedroia, one of the best second basemen in baseball, signed an extraordinarily team-friendly eight-year, $110 million extension. Boston's farm system is one of the game's best: Jackie Bradley Jr. is ready to take over in center field for the departed Jacoby Ellsbury, while phenom Xander Bogaerts, who started every game of the World Series after playing just 18 games in the regular season, is slated to replace Stephen Drew at shortstop. The melding of money and talent, the "$100 million player development machine" that former Boston GM Theo Epstein talked about more than a decade ago, continues unabated in New England.
Things in the Bronx are … not as great. As tempting as it might be to label 2013 a fluke and say the Yankees will soon return to winning 94 games every year, as they did in 11 of the previous 12 seasons, the evidence points in a different direction. Last season wasn't a fluke; it was the new normal for the Yankees, and nothing they've done this offseason changes that. If anything, the moves the Yankees have made this offseason seem guaranteed to perpetuate that reality.
The Yankees were not a good team in 2013. Their Pythagorean record, an estimate of what their win-loss record should have been based on their runs scored and runs allowed,3 was 79-83. They won 85 games and stayed on the fringes of the playoff race for most of the year because of their incredible performance in one-run games, in which they were 30-16.
Success in one-run games comes down to two parts luck and one part bullpen. Luck, as the Baltimore Orioles showed the last two seasons,4 is fleeting. As for the bullpen: The Yankees just lost the greatest reliever in baseball history to retirement. Good luck replicating that record next year, gentlemen.
Would agree with most everything you said! The RS have a bright future and IMO could easily win another 3 in the next 10 yrs. While I said it before, Cash will be gone before Ells new contract runs out. 2 large market teams w/ 2 very different approaches to building a roster. RS from within adding some pieces from FA to build a WS contender, the Yanks under Cashman have become a sign the biggest name lose the draft pick and then throw more $ at any problems that might arise.
Cash inherited a roster that was built by Gene Michael [a great talent evaluator]. One that included a roster of young either close to or HOF caliber talent in Mo / Jeter/ Bernie/ Petitte/ Posada a pretty good nucleus to start with? Cash did add some high $ help Clemens, etc... and win a bunch of WS's. Now under Cash's control the Yanks have not developed any young talent worth mention, Int FA [Cano/Wang] came down to who had the most $ under old system [Kudos to Bud] But credit for that Yankee dynasty should go to G.Michael. Cash can and should only credit 09 as his, he won with Michaels talent and all the $ he spent on Tex / CC / Burnett.
The RS on the other hand have become the talent producing farm system that Theo predicted. Credit should go to the top in John Henry, this is someone as a fan you have to love as your owner. He wanted to build something that was sustainable for many years and looks like he is suceeding. They went off track for a couple of yrs while trying to feed the moster so to speak, but seems they have found there way again!
Talent producing farm systen... Ido agree with you on that.. Also i believe that 80% of the posters on here would rather trade our talent for some million dollar player that other teams are trying to dump. Just plain stupid, That shows you what they all know about nothing.Trade trade trade... get over it !!! Bring in the kids and let them be our future.