All attempts to draw a fiscal Cliff Johnson model sheet on my part have failed. Sorry.
For the Yankees fan, it’s meant a certain amount of handwringing and a lot of “What the #$&% is Brian Cashman doing?” tweets sent my way. The problem, as most fans see it, is that the Yankees are not getting younger and they aren’t getting better.
That last part is certainly half true, and it might be completely true. But it isn’t all black and white, and it isn’t as easy to fix as some folks want to believe. The problem is that getting younger doesn’t automatically make you better.
...And beyond that, I can poke a few holes in every other AL East team if you want me to: The Blue Jays are better on paper like the Red Sox and Phillies were two years ago and the Angels and Marlins were last year. They still haven’t won 90 games since their last World Championship in 1993. The Orioles now have the pressure of repeating what they did a year ago when it seemed at times like smoke and mirrors and endless good luck. The Rays have to replace B.J. Upton and James Shields, and will count on Evan Longoria being healthy the whole year. The Red Sox have to go worst to first.
In Cashman’s 15 years as GM, the Yankees have averaged 97 wins a year. And I’m quite certain that I’ve gotten plenty of “What the $#%& is Cashman doing?” questions every year. It seems, though, that the man has a way of getting his team to October every year, which — as I’ve stated many times recently — is like taking a team to the NCAA Tournament every year. Sprinkle in a few titles and you’re Coach K or Jim Calhoun — a legend.
Listen, I don’t disagree with everything you guys have been saying all winter. I’ll admit that I’m as skeptical of what the Yankees can do in 2013 as most of you. I’m just willing to let it play out a little longer before I make final judgement.
Posted: January 02, 2013 at 10:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
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