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Is This the End of the World for the New York Yankees? »

Maybe the Mayan calender that some people say predicts the end of the world on Dec. 21 is true after all. A New York Yankees fan might think so, anyway.How else can you explain the Hot Stove League thus far?The Kansas City Royals, of all teams, parts with its best hitting prospect for James Shields and Wade Davis of the Tampa Bay Rays. Baseball [...]

New York Yankees Can’t Afford to Pinch Pennies »

What a bad time for the New York Yankees to decide they don't want to fall off their own fiscal cliff. To avoid a luxury tax in 2014, which may cost them $50 million, the Steinbrenner family is insisting that general manager Brian Cashman bring payroll down into the $189 million range.That would be great if the Yankees had a core of players just [...]

Will the New York Yankees Undergo an Extreme Makeover? »

The New York Yankees haven't faced a challenge like this since before the Core Four arrived and began another era of dominance for the Bronx Bombers.Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, team president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman are among those who will now begin the task of evaluating the Yankees roster and determining whether it is time [...]

Can Close Call Propel New York Yankees to World »

I've have one rule that I've tried to follow in more than 40 years covering sports: Don't repeat yourself.It's why I've been observing my own code of silence for a month regarding the New York Yankees.I was chastised by some Yankee fans for suggesting in spring training that Alex Rodriguez should bat sixth. You can look it up, as legendary [...]

Are the Yankees Having a Meltdown or Just Breaking »

The Yankees clubhouse is beginning to look like a M*A*S*H unit.But is this a good enough reason to explain how their once seemingly insurmountable lead in the American League East now looks very surmountable by the surprising Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays?Almost every team has to battle injuries as the season wears on. And wasn't depth [...]

New York Yankees: Are the Yankees Facing a Red »

Success certainly raises the bar, as the Boston Red Sox have learned.Two World Series titles in the first decade of the new millennium made the Red Sox more like the New York Yankees than they probably care to be. As the payroll increased, so did expectations. When those expectations weren't met, the ax fell. First on manager Terry Francona [...]

Baby Steps Not Working for New York Yankees Pitching »

I'm old enough to remember the four-man rotation and a starting pitcher finishing 15 games or more a season.I remember when no one kept pitch counts and auxiliary scoreboards weren't clocking fastballs like pitchers were qualifying for Daytona.And the funny thing is, I don't remember all the arm troubles that we are seeing today.It's time to stop [...]

CC Sabathia’s Injury Shows That Yankees »

After all these years of spending whatever it took to reach the World Series, the Steinbrenner family is acting as if they had invested with Bernie Madoff.And now their postseason hopes have been jolted by CC Sabathia's elbow injury.   We have heard how the Yankees want to reduce payroll to a more modest $185 million, which is [...]

Can the New York Yankees’ Starting Rotation Be »

Here is one thing we can all agree on: CC Sabathia cannot pitch every day.Thankfully for the New York Yankees, neither can Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers or Jared Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels. The burning question, however, is whether the other Yankees starters can measure up to the rotations they might face during the [...]

Should the New York Yankees Be Making More Moves »

The clock is ticking closer to baseball's trade deadline, and the question is whether the Yankees should stand pat after acquiring Ichiro Suzuki or try to make another splash or two.We know about the Steinbrenner family's desire to bring payroll down to $185 million, a budget most teams would love to have.But for the Yankees, this represents [...]

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