Jun 8, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first basemen Kelly Johnson (33) bobbles a ground ball against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Have We Reached The Downfall Of The New York Yankees?


There’s a saying that pride comes before the fall. One of the New York Yankees slogans has been “Pride. Power. Pinstripes”. Sometimes that pride that you have can be your downfall and pride seems to be getting in the way of how the Yankees should be constructing their roster?

What do I mean?

Well, I’m going to throw out some stats at you. The first three are players on the current team. The second grouping of three are how three hitters are doing in Triple-A Scranton.

Player A: .225/.248/.376 six homers 23 RBI

Player B: .224/.304/.398 five homers 19 RBI

Player C: .232/.306/.349 four homers 17 RBI

Scranton Group:

Player A: .348/.483/.580 three homers nine RBI

Player B: .315/.358/.447 seven homers 34 RBI

Player C: .291/.378/.486 seven homers 22 RBI

Player A in the MLB group is Alfonso Soriano, B is Kelly Johnson and C is Brian Roberts.

Player A in the Scranton Group is Rob Refsnyder, B is Jose Pirela and C is Kyle Roller.

I think you know where I’m going with this. It’s not April anymore. It’s July. I don’t care what Brian Roberts BABIP is. Sometimes you are just going to have bad luck the whole year. Soriano looks like he’s never swung a bat before in his life. Not only can’t Johnson hit, he can’t field either.

You can add sending down Yangervis Solarte and recalling Zelous Wheeler to the list as well. I think Solarte just needs some time in Triple-A to get back to his old ways and hit again.

Sometimes you need to inject some youth and some life into an otherwise lifeless squad. That’s what this team is right now. Lifeless and old.

Johnson, Roberts and Soriano won’t be on the team next year anywaym, so why not just cut bait now? The Yankees don’t have to worry about eating the money. They print money.

The Yankees’ hubris and believing in the older guard has sank this team to under .500. CC Sabathia‘s return and trading for a starter won’t fix everything. If you’re going to go down, go out with some fight and see what some of these kids have, that way, you can see what you’ve got for the future. It worked in 2005 with Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang, so why not now?

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