With only a month until pitchers and catchers report, predicting how the 2015 Yankees will fare is an extremely difficult endeavor. The roster that GM Brian Cashman has assembled includes very few sure things. This feeling of uncertainty is most pronounced in the starting rotation.
Cashman chose not to throw money at the problem via free agency. He watched last season’s surprise savior Brandon McCarthy sign with the Dodgers for $48 million. New York never seemed to be real players for Max Scherzer or John Lester, who received massive contracts from the Nationals and Cubs respectively. As a result, the Yankee rotation is filled with nothing but question marks.
It is a hard to remember a Yankee rotation that was more of a boom or bust proposition. If everything breaks right, the Bomber have the potential for a terrific staff. If everything breaks wrong it could be a complete disaster. I will proceed to break down the boom and bust scenarios for each of the expected starters.
The news broke on Tuesday that Greg Maddux will not be the first unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame when MLB.com writer Ken Gurnick revealed that he voted only for Jack Morris and stated, “As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won’t vote for any of them.” My initial thought was that anyone who didn’t vote for Greg Maddux as a Hall of Famer is either an attention seeking troll or a complete moron.
A simple Google search of Gurnick’s name shows that internet has not reacted warmly to his vote or lack thereof. While I certainly don’t agree with Gurnick’s omission of Maddux, as I give it more thought I can see the merits of an “all or none” approach to Hall of Fame voting in the steroid era.
I think everyone agrees that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens did steroids. Most people are comfortable assuming that Greg Maddux, who is built more like your high school chemistry teacher than Jose Canseco, didn’t cheat. The problem is that the argumen...
When Joe Girardi surprisingly sent Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter to take Mariano off the Yankee Stadium mound for this last time in his storied career you could see the Captain telling Rivera, “It’s time to go.” Mo calmly smiled and waved has way through a year filled with honors and tributes along his classy retirement tour, but on Thursday night he sobbed uncontrollably on Pettitte’s shoulder as adoring fans chanted his name. “I was bombarded with emotions and feelings that I couldn’t describe. Everything hit at that time. I knew that that was the last time,” he said after the game.
I can remember a time before Mariano Rivera was a Yankee, but it is a strain. When Mariano made his big league debut on May 23, 1995 I was a sophomore, at Bellport High School on Long Island and the only guy I knew who had a cell phone was Zach Morris. My biggest concerns were likely making weight for some wrestling match or scrapping together enough money to buy the new Raekwon...