Good morning, Sports fans! Davey Mac here with a big Sports Report for ya on a Thursday! Huge NBA trade making headlines! Gerrit Cole brilliant again! Taylor Swift at the Jets game? And more! But first…
…Did you see what New York Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner said recently? Steinbrenner spoke to the media recently and said that there will be “massive” changes to the team this offseason…which is music to Yankee fans’ ears. This year has been an unmitigated disaster for the Yanks who…despite having Aaron Judge and Gerrit Cole having great seasons again…will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and just the third time this century.
The question is: Who is Hal planning on firing? Let’s start with manager Aaron Boone first. While Boone has yet to win a World Series as skipper of the team…in six seasons he is 507 and 358…which is a win percentage of .586…pretty good actually. Furthermore, he is well-liked by the Yankee players…especially Aaron Judge, the captain of the team.
So should Boone really lose his job? In my estimation, the blame needs to be shifted to general manager Brian Cashman. From hideous trades where he acquired busts Josh Donaldson, Joey Gallo, and Aaron Hicks…or terrible free agent singings like Jacoby Elsbury…or awful decisions like trading the clutch-hitting and still-in-his-twenties Gio Urshela. Cashman and his entire “analytics” department absolutely stinks. Cashman and his team of cronies think that it’s 2002 and the team they’re running is the Oakland A’s…hence they’re obsession with Moneyball.
But the Yankees have never had to play Moneyball…which is essentially a strategy for small market clubs trying to compete with the big boys. These clubs go after guys with high on-base percentage and lots of home runs and the baseball people in charge don’t care if they strike out. But guess what…that thinking led to us watching Donaldson, and Gallo, and Hicks, and more striking out an ungodly amount of times. Bad baseball.
The bottom line is that this mess is Cashman’s. Hopefully the changes Hal will make will include getting a new general manager for this once-proud organization. I’m Davey Mac…that’s my two cents.