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October 26, 2006

David Cone & The 2000 Yankees

If the Cardinals win the World Series this year, people will talk about how they have one of the lowest regular season win totals for a team that won a ring - and, that will lead some to mention the 2000 Yankees (who won a ring while only winning 87 games in the regular season).

But, when it comes to the 2000 Yankees, how much was that win total a reflection on the overall team? Six years ago, I addressed this question.

Therefore, I hope, should talk of the 2000 Yankees come up after this World Series, people remember the fact that David Cone was the reason why that team only won 87 games in 2000. Well, Cone and Torre - because Joe kept running him out there.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at October 26, 2006 12:24 PM

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Their 2-13 finish didn't help either. If they go 9-7 in those games, they finish with 94 wins.

Posted by: christopher [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 26, 2006 12:58 PM

What happened to Cone that year? Did he just get old overnight? He had been good in '99 (way less than a hit per inning, 177 SO, 3.44 ERA).

Torre takes a lot of heat for letting Cone stay in the rotation -- and luckily it didn't kill the team (they still went on and won the World Series) -- but seriously, how hard would it have been to take Cone out of the rotation? After all that he had done for the team? It probably should have happened mid-year, but this is one of those times where the decision must have really been a grueling one. If Torre is a leader he has to be able to make these decisions, but, still, it must have been a difficult, uncomfortable situation.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 26, 2006 01:15 PM

You know what's amazing? Boston led the league in ERA that year. This despite having Pete Schourek (5.11), Ramon Martinez (6.13), Tim Wakefield (5.48) and Rolando Arrojo (5.05) in the rotation at one time or another.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 26, 2006 01:33 PM

~~~What happened to Cone that year?~~~

I think he hurt himself in the perfect game of 1999 and it carried over to 2000. Just a theory.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 26, 2006 02:06 PM

I think he hurt himself in the perfect game of 1999 and it carried over to 2000. Just a theory.
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Interesting.

His ERA by month in '99

A: 1.04
M: 2.92
J: 3.41
J: 3.55
A: 3.82
S: 6.65(!)
O: 3.38

Didn't pitch in the DS, pitched one game in the LCS (7IP, 3R, 9K)

Check out his H/R split in 1999; 1.90/5.24

I wonder if he hurt his hip sometime in Sept 1999?

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 26, 2006 02:35 PM