In a recent post on his Futility Infielder site, Jay Jaffe argues that Mel Stottlemyre has become the “sacred cow” of the Yankee organization, that his charges have a history of developing arm trouble, incoming talent has a habit of degenerating on his watch, and that he’s not had much success in helping players fix their mechanics. (Actually, Jaffe has been making these arguments for some time, but Allen Barra recently picked them up in a piece for the NY Sun.) Writes Jaffe: “The bottom line is that Yankee fans ought to assume the crash position. When this pitching staff goes over the cliff, don’t expect Mel Stottlemyre to be the one to pull it up to safety.”
Elsewhere, a post entitled “Mismanagement 101” on the Replacement Level Yankee blog catalogues a series of questionable managerial decisions and concludes, “I think it’s time for the Joe Torre era to end, whether they win or lose this year. He’s had a great run, and I thank him for that, but he’s becoming more and more detrimental to this team’s chances every year.”
Is this Yankee Golden Age over? Is a new administration the answer? Unpleasant questions to ponder.