LADY AT THE BAT: Future Could Start Today For New York Yankees

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Future Could Start Today For New York Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka had one of his worst starts of the season (6.1 IP, 7 ERs) and the Yankees offense, as has been their wont, completely forgot how to hit against anything resembling decent pitching (6H, 1 ER, 0-for-6 with RISP) and game 2 of the Subway Series went to the Mets.

There’s your game recap. Short, to the point and, for a Yankees fan, quite sad. That’s fine, though, because based on the Yankees actions on Sunday and Monday, we really shouldn’t be focusing on 2016 anymore. By trading Carlos Beltran to Texas and Ivan Nova to the Pirates (if anyone can get some consistency out of the sometimes Super Nova it’ll be them) the “Win It Every Year” Yankees made it clear that the statement does not apply to 2016.

This approach is hard for me. I acknowledged as much on Monday. The timing makes it that much harder. I usually love the Subway Series (not the format but the event itself) and, as bad as the Yankees have played this year, I was still looking forward to this series, to seeing the Empire State Building lit up in the colors of my favorite team.

Call me melodramatic, but it doesn’t feel the same now. It’s not fun. It's not fun to watch the Yankees continue to struggle, knowing that this is the path they have actively chosen and the path we will all have to watch them walk for the rest of this season.

It’s not about not wanting to watch the Yankees youngsters come up and make their mark on the franchise. It’s more knowing that this team, this management, this ownership doesn’t believe in itself. That’s what stings the most.

In any case, I do love the Baby Bombers and take extra pride in watching them succeed. That is the point after all. They are “our guys.” So I’m happy that they will get their chance.

With the news coming down that Gary Sanchez, the long hyped and much awaited Yankees catcher of the future, will be called up again on Wednesday, the same day that Chad Green makes his return to the Yankees rotation, those chances are coming fairly soon.

The Yankees are wasting no time. In the process, the team might have to part with some of its past. And this, if things go as Jack Curry speculated on the YES Network post game show last night, might be the silver lining.

Somebody has to go to make room for Sanchez and, at this point, the best candidate just might be their 41-year old, sometimes DH, mostly pinch hitter. As frustrating as Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira might be, they still have defensive value. Plus Teixeira has just this year left on his deal and McCann might still live up to the left-handed power the Yankees were dreaming of when they signed him to what is still a reasonable contract.

Not so for Alex Rodriguez. In my opinion, it’s a call they should have made prior to the 2015 season for non-performance related reasons, but the opportunity is ripe now to shed themselves of both the player and the person.

If I’m honest with myself, it’s more likely that one of the role players goes down for Sanchez. There’s a lot of money left on that contract and that’s a tough thing for anyone to swallow, regardless of the comparative payroll size. Nevertheless, if this really is about the youth movement, it’s a move they have to make.

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