June 28, 2007
Myers: Yanks Lack Execution & Focus
I heard the Yankees' Mike Myers being interviewed on X-M Radio this morning. When asked about the Yankees troubles, Myers said that everyone on the team was amazed that they're playing so poorly.
Further, he said (in his opinion) that the root cause for the Yankees failures this year has been a lack of execution on "fundamentals" and that there's a lack of "mental concentration" on the field that's been a problem for New York.
Paging Joe Girardi. Paging Mr. Girardi....
Posted by Steve Lombardi at June 28, 2007 09:34 AM
Girardi can't do much about this;
Andy Phillips -1
Johnny Damon -3
Miguel Cairo -5
Josh Phelps -5
Wil Nieves -7
Bobby Abreu -8
Robinson Cano -8
Doug Mientkiewicz -8
Melky Cabrera -10
Phelps isn't with the team anymore, Rico's out for a while, the rest of the guys will get somewhat consistent playing time (Nieves every 5 days, Phillips is the first option off the bench, depending on who's starting).
So you have at least 3 starters (Cano, Abreu, Melky) who are performing below league average, 4 if you count Cairo starting @ 1B, 5 if you count Damon, either @ DH or in CF.
Once you add "the little things" (baserunning, defense, etc), it should come as no suprise that the Yanks are performing as poorly as they are.
Myers' remarks don't surprise me. Torre's treated Spring Training like an extended excuse to play golf with Yankees legends for several years now. Remember Giambi's quip about looking forward to his 1st ST so that he could watch Jeter et al. practice the "flip" play? It's not that funny now. Torre's reliance on "veteran-ness" is based on the perception that "they know how to play already." Makes it easier to earn that $7 million dollar paycheck. Sit back, relax, drink some green tea, and let Scotty do it.
Wow...JohnnyC that's quite an accusation. So Torre doesn't care about teaching these guys baseball in ST, he just plays golf and drinks his tea. I "understand" 100%.
I have to wonder how much of this is the Zimmer not being here thing.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 28, 2007 11:32 AM
What a difference a year makes. Last year, ARod couldn't handle the pressure of NY. The rest of the team seemed to play with a lot of confidence, and despite his below ARod standard season, the team found a way to win. This year, everyone except ARod, Jeter and Posada look lost. This team seems to think that they can just turn it on when they want to make a run and they will make the playoffs. Wrong. Too many guys with no trade clauses, so no threat of getting dumped if they underperform. This could take years to unwind the poor decisions they made post 2001. Giambi is the poster child and Damon is not far behind. What a joke. As you can tell, I am officially fed up.
Steve - leadership comes from the top, there is no leadership on this team. That includes Jeter. I know he says he won't get in people's faces, etc. How about Jeter pulling Damon aside and saying go to the DL stop hurting the team! The guys on this team have to wonder whether Torre has been watching other games. First, he blows it last year by batting ARod 6th without discussing it with him. Then he drops him to 8th, like it was his fault that the other guys looked lost. Then this year, he has lost more games b/c of his love affair with Scott Proctor, what a joke. The team has lost confidence in their leader, case closed. Not because he looks asleep, because he makes bad choices. To not use Mo but use Proctor on Tues night was so bad it doesn't need an explanation. Bad choices, the game has passed him by.
How about Jeter pulling Damon aside and saying go to the DL stop hurting the team!
That isn't Jeter or Damon's call. It's management's call if they want to DL a player.
Did he mention we also have a LOOGY who can't get left-handers out to save his life?
Great points. The stats don't lie - Giambi's absence, combined with half the starting lineup having career worst years, is a fatal combination. It's not all - or even mostly - Cash's or Torre's fault.
Still, it's virtually impossible to deny at this point that Torre - never a great tactician in the first place - has been god awful this year. Nobody's perfect, but he continues to make mind bogglingly ill-advised moves with the lineup and bullpen that further hobble this team. Joe simply does not give this team - one that is already playing well below its potential - the best chance to win each day.
And this whole thing about a team not benefitting from firing a manager mid-season is a moot point at this stage. "Re-assign" Torre in the organization and take Girardi off the market RIGHT NOW by inking him to a three-year deal. Let Girardi hire his coaches and start fresh after the All-Star break. There will be a lot of hurt feelings - and probably a great deal of kicking and screaming by vets who are used to being "left alone" - but, at this point, perhaps that's what's needed.
~~~Did he mention we also have a LOOGY who can't get left-handers out to save his life?~~~
He did joke that he voted for Crawford and Mo voted for Beltre to make the All-Star team this year.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 28, 2007 03:17 PM