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This is an interesting way to grab a higher revenue stream for the owners. I’m not certain this set-up provides an advantage for the players. Much less the fans.
A great starting point.
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1. The post dynasty years have been all about the carnival and less about the winning so Toe and his post-homerun interviews are criminally underappreciated.
2. Spring training will be delayed but the season will start on time. Too much money on the line.
Hal has me wishing that the Marlins and Yankees swap cities. At least we can root for Jeter again.
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If everything breaks right, this team as currently constructed, earns a Wildcard but is booted from the postseason in the first round. Why does this sound familiar?
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I think Pfizer’s working on that.
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I can see them improving against the O’s. That’s something.
Apologies, this is meant as a response to Harlan Spence on Jan 3, 2022 | 6:45 PM
That’s spot on Harlan; a ripple in time creates a cascade of change. Imagining a one-for-one exchange is a self-serving oversimplification.
During the last dynasty, the deep Core that stretched far beyond the celebrated four, was the one constant. The take-away lesson is that stability in defense, offense, and leadership led to smooth operations. The current iteration of the Yankees have no such stability. Judge (assuming an eventual payday), Stanton, and Cole are standing in an abyss of uncertainty. If they had Machado at 3rd, Seager at SS, and Torres back comfortably at 2nd, the gap between uncertainty and certainty has considerably shrunk.
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As per Fangraphs :
2019 – wRC 109, WAR 3.2
2020 – wRC 150, WAR 2.6
2021 – wRC 122, WAR 4.4
2022 – wRC 127, WAR 4.7 (projected)
2019 – wRC 132, WAR 3.1
2020 – wRC 133, WAR 1.6
2021 – wRC 96, WAR 1.0
2022 – wRC 98, WAR 1.5 (projected)
2019 – wRC 124, WAR 4.5
2020 – wRC 150, WAR 1.6
2021 – wRC 170, WAR 6.6
2022 – wRC 143, WAR 4.7 (projected)
When Urshela busted out in 2019, I thought Urshela was the latest greatest ninja move. But his performance has fallen off substantially since and most likely will continue in that trajectory. The Yankees analytics department most likely predicted this result. Harper is a whole other animal. Yes, in retrospect he may be prove to be the better signing in comparison to Machado. Personally, at the time, Machado’s stellar defense at a premium position coupled with his above average offense felt like the stronger move. Yes, Stanton is a beast and I’m not sad to see him wearing Pinstripes. But if the budget is the budget and hard choices need to be made, I’d still take Machado over Stanton.
I can see a future where athletes are regularly taking performance enhancement pills, surgeries, and therapies. Why wouldn’t they? If our technology is being used to enhance our eyesight, replace our organs, adjust our minds, why wouldn’t athletes use that same technology to enhance their performance. The question of equal access to all might remain a hurdle but if that is solved why wouldn’t everyone take part?
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That’s an interesting take. Stanton’s availability a year earlier did give the Yankees another significant weapon a year earlier, a year in which the team was firmly in contention. The cynic in me thinks that Cashman saw Stanton as a golden opportunity to improve the club ‘on the cheap.’ He knew the prices that Harper and Machado would command a year later would be far higher and he knew the Yankee fan base would crucify the team for not making an earnest effort to recruit either player. The team had a bit of a pass in the Machado/Harper sweepstakes because the signed Stanton a season earlier. But if Machado is the right fit for the team 2022 and beyond, and the team salary cap was firmly in place prior to the Stanton acquisition, why not wait and recruit the better player?
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The CC, Burnett, and Tex gamble appears to be the last instance the Yankees pushed in all their chips. Notably, the success of that move was contingent on the all-in-chips signing of A-Rod. Perhaps it is unsurprising that George was exerting influence in some capacity for both of these moves. Moving into the new stadium in 2009 most likely also played a significant role. Cole has been the one big signing since but it hasn’t been properly supported by others (Machado, Harper, Verlander 1.0, etc).
I agree the Yankee medical staff has a poor record of successfully managing player’s injuries. After all, anything less than 100% when it concerns player health and rehabilitation is an unacceptable outcome. I don’t know how the team rates and ranks in regards to the rest of the league’s medical staffs. However, if we take winning a World Series as the ultimate measure of success, then they haven’t been doing things right on many fronts for many years now.
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meant as a response to francesco smith Jan 2, 2022 | 4:21 PM
In regards to Torres, he’s young and talented. He simply needs to be left alone to find himself again. The Yankees are micromanaging players in hopes of turning them into a perceived better digital alignment. At best they (everyone) don’t know what they are doing (yet). If Torres can be left to calm down, smile, and hit the ball with confidence, he will regain his original form. No, I’m not advocating for the removal of coaching and analytics. Quite the contrary. That sort of information can be used to great affect if the individual knows how to access its value. But we are not all built the same. People do not all thrive in the same circumstances. Torres hasn’t lost his talent. He’s lost his vision. This may sound a bit too esoteric for professional sports but I humbly disagree.
In regards to Sevy, I secretly am suspicious that he may have screwed up his own rehab, AKA overdoing it leads to overusing it. Or at the very least, I would say I can’t be certain who screwed the pooch in this case.
I agree with the rest of your points.
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"Oho!" said the pot to the kettle;
"You are dirty and ugly and black!
Sure no one would think you were metal,
Except when you’re given a crack."
"Not so! not so!" kettle said to the pot;
"’Tis your own dirty image you see;
For I am so clean – without blemish or blot –
That your blackness is mirrored in me."