Five years ago today, the New York Yankees won the 2009 American League pennant, advancing to the World Series and defeating the Philadelphia Phillies for their 27th World Series championship, the most in baseball history. The Yankees had one of the most powerful rosters that season and you would think the team wouldn’t have changed much since 2009. Well, five years later the Yankees have advanced to the ALDS twice, the ALCS once, and missed out on the postseason twice. The lack of winning isn’t the only thing that’s changed about the Yankees these days; so did the Yankees roster. Here are the players that played the final game of the American League Championship series five years ago.
C Jorge Posada
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
SS Derek Jeter
3B Alex Rodriguez
DH Hideki Matsui
LF Johnny Damon
CF Melky Cabrera/Brett Gardner
RF Nick Swisher
SP Andy Pettitte
RP Joba Chamberlain
RP Mariano Rivera
As of right now, here’s the roster the Yankees would send out on Opening Day 2015, and let me tell you…it’s not pretty.
C Brian McCann
1B Mark Teixeira (?)
2B Martin Prado (?)
3B Alex Rodriguez (?)
LF Brett Gardner
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
RF Carlos Beltran (?)
SP Masahiro Tanaka / CC Sabathia (?)
I see you’ve noticed all of the question marks on the 2015 Opening ..read more
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Yesterday we took a glimpse at the catching situation with Brian McCann and his three potential back-ups. Today, we’re going to stroll over 90 feet up the first baseline where the Yankees have one first basemen signed through 2016, no potential backup on the Major League roster but a legitimate option in Triple-A .
1. Mark Teixeira
When the Yankees signed Mark Teixeira to an eight-year contract in 2009, they figured they were going to have an All-Star caliber first basemen throughout the 2016 season. After six seasons of Teixeira’s contract, it’s safe to conclude the contract had been an utter disappointment. Teixeira, who was predicted to be a 150+ game player, hasn’t played more than 150 games since 2011, and he’s been plagued with injuries in the last three years. He had less than 100 RBI’s in the last three years and he’s openly said he’s no longer capable of playing an entire season. Also, for a player that says he’d play through anything, he’s been out of the lineup with just the littlest inconvenience. A player who makes money like Teixeira does should have more pain tolerance; Martin Prado played (very well might I add) with pain in his stomach before needing an appendectomy. That’s the type of player Teixeira has to be health wise, grinding through anything and everything.
With Teixeira injury prone and ineffective these days, you would wonder if the Yankees had a back-up first basemen in the organization. The Yankees are able to slot a few players at first base, but they don’t have one player on the Major League roster that’s a true first basemen. But, here are the “in-house” options the Yankees have to choose from next year.
1. Brian McCann
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The Yankees finally filled the hitting coach position…just not in the Major Leagues.
According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees have hired former Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn to be the hitting coach of the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs. Colbrunn previously worked with the RiverDogs from 2007 – 2012 before taking a hitting coach position with the Red Sox.
Colbrunn left the Red Sox following the 2014 season after revealing he wanted to be close to home. Colbrunn lives in Charleston during the offseason.
Since Chili Davis was signed to a deal by the Red Sox and the Yankees decided Dave Magadan wasn’t a proper fit for the organization, the team decided to call former Yankee Eric Hinske to see if he’d be interested in the position. Instead, Hinske turned down the offer of being the new hitting coach for the ball-club.
According to George A. King of the New York Post, Hinske, who played for the Yankees in 2009, opted to remain with the Chicago Cubs where he’s currently serving as the first base coach. It’s also worth mentioning Hinske has no experience with being a hitting coach, and it seems the Yankees aren’t being shy of calling people with little to no experience.
Hinske isn’t the only name that had been floating around for the vacant position: James Rowson and Dante Bichette were also mentioned as possible candidates. The Yankees fired their hitting coach Kevin Long after eight seasons with the team, and he has since found a job with the Yankees crosstown rivals the New York Mets.
Since 2008, when the Yankees would visit Tampa in order to play the Tampa Bay Rays or when the Rays came to the Bronx to face the Yankees, one of the constants was seeing the “Battle of Joe’s”: Joe Girardi vs. Joe Maddon. Well, that won’t happen next year as the American League East has another shake-up.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Joe Maddon has exercised the opt-out clause and will not manage the Rays in 2015. Maddon managed the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006 – 2014 and he’s a two-time Manager of the Year winner, winning the awards in 2008 and 2011.
With the World Series and the 2014 season coming to a close next week, I thought I would introduce a new series of posts that I’d like to call “Around The Diamond”. Basically what we do is we take a position (catcher, first base, second base, etc.) and we evaluate the internal options or discuss whether or not the Yankees need to go into free agency to fix the holes. We’re going to start with the catching position today and we’ll work our way around the field in the following days.
The last catcher the Yankees had who was pretty much a fixture behind the plate was Jorge Posada. The Yankes eventually signed Russell Martin for two years before allowing him to hit the free agent market which resulted with him signing a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last season, the Yankees had Brian McCann as the starting catcher as he began the first year of his six-year contract, one that expires in 2019 if the Yankees pick up his option. McCann is the Yankees starting catcher probably until 2017, when Mark Teixeira‘s contract expires where he’ll will most likely transition to first base. But, let’s look at all the options the Yankees have at the catching position as they prepare for the 2015 season.
1. Brian McCann
Obviously, we’re going to begin with the Yankees starting catcher. His bat was extremely sluggish for the first 2/3 of the season, but during August and September, he came alive and gave a glimpse of the power he had while with the Atlanta Braves. One thing you can’t knock McCann for is his defense and his ability to call games behind the plate. That was one of ..read more
If you thought Kevin Long was going to be without a job for long, think again.
Just less than two weeks after being fired by the New York Yankees, Kevin Long found a new hitting coach job in New York…he just has to take the 7 train. The New York Mets officially tweeted they had hired Long as their coach after Long had an interview with the club yesterday. Long will be reunited with another former Yankee Curtis Granderson, who had an abysmal year for the Mets in 2014. Long was the one who made Granderson’s adjustments while they were both with the Yankees.
Rawlings made the announcements for the 2014 Gold Glove Awards, but you might be a little surprised to see none of the Yankees were finalists in any category. The Gold Gloves in my opinion aren’t really given to the best fielder because let’s face it, if that were the case, Brett Gardner would have one by now. The only fielding awards I tend to take seriously are the Fielding Bible Awards since those are solely based on stats.
If you were wondering and I’m sure you were, Robinson Cano and Russell Martin who are both former Yankees, were among finalists for the Gold Glove Award.