It hasn’t been long since the Yankees’ season ended, but the team is already in offseason mode. Here are some recent stories:
Mark Feinsand reports that the Yankees and Joe Girardi have agreed to a three-year contract worth $9 million which would put the incumbent Yankee skipper back at the helm. I know a lot of people claim to dislike Girardi, but is there really anyone else you’d rather be the Yankees’ manager? I’m very happy that Joe will be back.
Along the topic of coaches, Dave Eiland has been let go. His contract was up anyway, so you can get away without calling this a firing, but it sure seems like one. Brian Cashman said the “letting go” of Eiland was all the GM’s decision and it was “private”. It will be interesting to see who the new pitching coach will be. If the Yankees don’t stay internal I could see Curt Young or Rick Kranitz taking over the position.
Yankee fans received some surprising news yesterday when they heard that CC Sabathia would undergo surgery on his right knee. The recovery period is expected to be anywhere from three to six weeks and the Yankees’ ace should be entirely ready for spring training. While this surgery may not be a big deal, it is interesting to wonder if this is the reason CC did not pitch up to expectations during the playoffs.
You may very well remember Lance Berkman’s recent slip on the warning track of Yankee stadium. Well it turns out that this was not a freak accident, and in fact the warning track at Yankee Stadium is overly dangerous. Mike Axisa of RAB covered the issue last week.
Unsurprisingly, the Yankees turned down the options to retain Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Nick Johnson. I would still expect them to make an attempt to sign Kerry Wood who was excellent in his brief stint with the Yankees.
In case you are wondering, which I am pretty sure you are not, I’m supporting the San Francisco Giants in this year’s World Series, mostly because I love Matt Cain. Plus they had Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard perform at a game recently, which is pretty awesome.
Congratulations to the Texas Rangers who outplayed the Yankees for almost the entire series. But more importantly, thank you to the New York Yankees for provided yet another wonderful season. Obviously the Yankees can’t win the World Series every year, that would take the excitement out of watching them. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t be happy with the team if they don’t win the championship. I loved watching the 2010 Yankees from the first pitch in April to the final pitch last night, and I’m certainly going to miss them throughout the offseason. However, looking ahead 2011 could be a very bright year. The Yankees’ farm system is progressing excellently and Jesus Montero is expected to make his major league debut next season. In addition, we can be sure that Brian Cashman and the Yankee owners will do everything possible to improve the team this offseason, which could mean we could see a new pitcher in pinstripes. Overall, I’m happy with the 2010 Yankees, the season was a ton of fun, and I’m excited about the 2011 Yankees. Number 28 in 2011!
Those are the words of Mariano Rivera, and they couldn’t be more true. Sure, the Yankees are in a “win or go home” position, as Joe Girardi said, but this series is not over. The Yankees need to put all of their focus into winning today, and we as fans have to stop complaining and moaning and start rooting our team on. We are the greatest fans in baseball, aren’t we? Let’s go Yankees!
"Sir Berkman is ready!" Photo Credit: AP via Yahoo Sports
Tonight the 2010 ALCS will begin as the Texas Rangers host the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas. CC Sabathia will toe the rubber and C.J. Wilson will do the same for the Rangers. You can catch the game at 8:00 pm ET on TBS. Are you you ready for nail-biting madness?
"The 24-year-old righty was outstanding in his first playoff start." Photo Credit: Getty Images via Yahoo Sports
Last night, behind a dominant Phil Hughes, the Yankees completed a sweep of the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees will now be moving onto the the ALCS and on Friday they will begin playing either the Tampa Bay Rays or the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers lead the Rays 2-1 in their ALDS series and will play game 4 this afternoon at 1:00 pm ET. Wade Davis will go for the Rays while the Rangers will send Tommy Hunter to the hill.
The Braves-Giants series is tied at 1 game a piece. They will play game 3 at 4:30 pm ET. Jonathan Sanchez will face Tim Hudson.
The Phillies lead the Reds 2-0 and will play tonight at 8:00 pm ET. Cole Hamels will try to lead Philadelphia to a sweep as they face Johnny Cueto.
The Yankees will begin their postseaon this Wednesday in Minnesota. Today is only Monday. What will we do during this period of no baseball? Don’t worry, the internet should keep us busy. Here’s a few links to check out.
Frankie Piliere compiled great scouting reports on each playoff team. Here’s the link for the Twins, and here’s the Yankees.
Joe Pawlikowski of River Ave Blues discussed how the Yankees are not the only team stumbling into the playoffs.
Chad Jennings gives his take on what he thinks the playoff roster should be for the Yankees. I agree with him.
In a surprising move, the Mets let go of both GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel.
One of the more prominent discussions about the Yankees postseason is over who will start game two. Will it be Andy Pettitte or Phil Hughes? My vote is for Hughes. I could explain my reasons, but Rebecca of This Purist Bleeds Pinstripes did a much better job than I would have done. While you’re there you can also read the rest of her thoughts on the postseason.