Author Archives: Jason@IIATMS
Joe Tetreault brought the logic on the subject:
Small sample size caveats apply. In August and September, Chamberlain made 28 appearances, had a 2.36 ERA and held opponents to a .200/.245/.350 batting line, facing 106 batters. Does that say he’s fine? Of course not. But the notion that Chamberlain is a busted commodity overstates things by a damn sight. Small samples size caveats off. He’s 25 years old, has pitched 353.1 innings in the major leagues and owns an ERA of 3.77 and a K/9 of 9.2. Exactly how is it that we regard him as being messed up badly?
The only way the Yankees will truly mess up with regards to Chamberlain is if they listen to their fans and media types who insist he can’t make it in the Bronx and sell him off for fifty cents on the dollar.
Amen brother. Amen.
Some Joba-related splits to nibble on:
Cashman is far from perfect.
I wasn’t exactly gung-ho about the Vazquez signing or the Johnson signing but no GM is going to bat 1.000. I know we, the fans, tend to ascribe the “good deals” to Cashman and the “bad deals” to ownership forcing Cashman’s hand. There’s Kei Igawa rotting in AAA earning $4m a year for the last four years; he’ll be a free agent next year, San Diego! Damaso Marte will be on the DL until the second half of 2011. The list of bad signings during Cashman’s tenure is a long one. At the same time, Cashman made some deft moves (aside from the cash showers bestowed upon Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, etc.) that include the increased focus and valuation on the farm system that has developed guys like Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner and (hopefully) Jesus Montero. And then there’s the fleecing of the White Sox to land Nick Swisher.…
The Yankees hierarchy — owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, along with team president Randy Levine — wanted to improve the team this offseason.
Levine said that the club is running a “$5 billion” business and thee team has a “sacred obligation” to its fans. He, like Cashman, played down any potential rift in the organization.
“Cash is the best general manager in the game,” Levine said.
When was the last time an ownership group, ANY ownership group, wanted the team to not improve? [At least since Rachel Phelps (pic) wanted to move the Indians to South Florida, of course.] That Levine would mention the dollar amount of revenues (presumably) of the Yankees entire enterprise is a way of collaring Cashman, the line employee. Get in line, Cashman. I don’t like it but I get it. As for the “sacred obligation” comment, well that’s Levine pumping up his own relevance and an effort to pander to the fans.…