I’m waiting for this Yanks-Angels series to end before I continue watching baseball again. Chone Figgins and company find a new way to beat the Bombers every time they play. Let’s just assume that today will be no exception. In the meantime, the bloggers continue to talk:
- In Theo We
TrustDoubt: Sean Holland at Fire Brand of the AL writes the following about Boy Wonder: "I love this team, just like I have since I was young. But I’m afraid
that the brilliant young GM we’ve hired has gone two years without any
noteworthy moves, wasting the primes of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez.
Until we find a GM who can use performance analysis to sniff out the
Renterias and Clements of the world, or one with the ability to decide
whether to go for the now or wait for the future, we’ll always be
second fiddle in the AL East." Since 2004, the Sox have been caught in a difficult position, trying to field a competitive championship caliber club each year while rebuilding much of their roster with young players. I don’t think these these goals are mutually excusive or necessarily detract from each other (the recent Yanks’ dynasty is a good example of how a mix of veteran and home-grown talent can lead to big things). However, one has to wonder a bit about whether Theo and his partners have lost their Midas touch when it comes to performance evaluation. It’s early yet but, despite what Paul says in his convincing piece below, Coco is looking like a light-hitting corner outfielder, Beckett is not the #1 or #2 they thought they were getting, Clement is Clement, Edgar was an unmitigated disaster, etc. I don’t think you have to be the Curly Haired Boyfriend to call into question Young Epstein’s performance since 2004.
- The Young and The Old: Melky Cabrera has outperformed expectations this season and Yanks fans are thrilled. Certain fans are also concerned about what role he’ll have on the team when Matsui comes back full-time in 2007. Should the Bombers trade Hideki for pitching talent since Melky’s doing an admirable job in his stead? Some fans are suggesting that course of action. Steve Lombardi at Was Watching puts the kibosh on that talk. He suggests making Melky a fourth outfielder and parting ways with Old Man Bernie. Which leads me to think about the possibility of Bernie wanting to return next year. What do you do if you’re Cashman and Bernie Williams, a player who has meant so much to the franchise, tells you this off-season that he wants to play for the Bombers another year? We’re all arm-chair general managers and it’s easy to say that you always should make the move that’s best for the team in terms of winning. But things like loyalty and being a human being complicate these matters.