Well, the All Star break is upon us and seeing as how the Home Run Derby is basically an unwatchable 6–hour lovefest these days, the sports blogger has no choice but to look back on the first half during this grueling 72–hour respite.
Since the Yanks have spared no expense putting this team together, and money is obviously no object, I thought we’d grade this team on a financial curve. Without further adieu, here are your New York Yankees through the first 85 games:
Earning His Paycheck:
Owe Us Money:
You Get What You Pay For:
You May As Well Burn the Money:
Joe Torre appears on none of these lists for a few reasons. First, he gets a loooooooooong leash from yours truly, because he brought 4 rings home. Second, he’s had a crappy hand to play from the get-go due to injuries and/or a rebuild-on-the-fly philosophy from the front office. And third, his steady hand may have turned things around recently. Let’s say his stock has been upgraded from a sell to a hold over the past week or so.
Brian Cashman, I believe, is earning his money. Kei Igawa was ill-advised, but I think that was a George move more than anything. The Sox made a splash with Dice-K, George wanted a Japanese import of his own. Clemens was a good signing, I’ll take that to my grave. Pettitte, good signing (only 2 years, which is key). Cashman has restocked the minors with impact arms, and he moved some old blood out. If he can survive the season without trading prospects for quick fixes, his plan is going to work. But enough about the future, that post comes tomorrow.
To wrap up the first half, 42–43 is in no way acceptable, but it could’ve been much worse.
|Depressed Fan||MLB Trade Rumors|
|Lefty Malo||River Ave. Blues|
|In Mo We Trust||Aaron Gleeman|
|Don't Boo The Birds||Fantasy Baseball|
|Loge 13||Midwest Sports Fans|
|Tremendous Upside Potential||The College Baseball Blog|
|C-70 At The Bat|
|The Halo Is Lit|
|Arin It Out|
|Stop Mike Lupica|
|Who Made You Mirabelli?|
|Fightin' Phils Fans|
|After the Lightning|
|Feeling Dodger Blue|
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