The Blogfather, Peter Abraham, went on a rant Thursday in regards to the general state of panic that seems to have swept through Yankee fans after missing the playoffs.
This just in: Only six teams in baseball won more games than the Yankees.
People also seem to have forgotten that Chien-Ming Wang started 15 games. Or that Jorge Posada had 168 at-bats. Or that Hideki Matsui had 337 at-bats. Or that they changed managers for the first time since 1996. Or that Joba Chamberlain pitched only 100 innings. Or that Phil Hughes pitched only 34.
Darrell Rasner and Sidney Ponson started 35 games. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 22 percent of the season.
To be sure, the Yankees have issues. They need at least two starters and a first baseman and maybe a center fielder. They need Joe Girardi to relax a bit. They need far more attention paid to defense.
But they do not need to move Robbie Cano to center field, which somebody just suggested on the WFAN. Or spend $90 million or trade all of their prospects.
Agreed. The Yankees were, and are, a good team. They don’t need a major overhaul. They need a few smart moves, and a few breaks — like good health — next season.
- One thing they don’t need is Mike Cameron playing center field. Rumors abounded Thursday that the Yankees would pursue the 36-year-old if he becomes a free agent. That’s a horrible idea. He’s a low average (.242 and .243 the past two seasons), low on-base percentage (.328 and .331 the past two years), high strikeout (160, 142) guy who isn’t better defensively than Melky Cabrera or Brett Gardner. He will hit a few home runs, but that’s it. If Brian Cashman can’t do better than that for a new center fielder, I’d rather see him let Gardner and Cabrera compete for playing time.
- I read various Yankees fan blogs, and I keep reading anxious analysis of Phil Hughes’ Arizona Fall League performance. Who really cares? We know the guy is talented, whether he pitches well or poorly in the AFL really doesn’t make a difference. He’s just there to get in a few innings and to work on his changeup and his cutter. His ERA, whatever it ends up being, doesn’t mean a thing.