Despite winning 97 games in 2006, the Yankees were a flawed baseball team. Andy Phillips played 110 games and Miguel Cairo played 81 times. First base was a wasteland of Phillips and Craig Wilson as the Yankees were reluctant to give Jason Giambi many starts there. Randy Johnson won 17 games but finished with a 5.00 ERA. Two of the five rotation starters were guys like Jaret Wright and Shawn Chacon. It was the season that Bernie Williams lost his starting job as a center fielder and it proved to be his last season in pinstripes.
Much of that season became a drama around Gary Sheffield. Sheffield was no stranger to drama as he always found ways to irritate people with the things he said and how his personality was perceived. But 2006 was doubly so because Sheffield missed most of it. After a 5 WAR season in 2005 which was terrific offensively (if not defensively), Sheffield’s absence was a problem.… Click here to read the rest