Aaron Judge's hitting coach calling out Yankees should be major warning sign

Where do we draw the line?
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The New York Yankees are bleeding out. For the third season in a row, they have collapsed after the highest of highs. After racing out to 50 wins and becoming the first team to do so, they are 5-15 in their last 20 games and genuinely look like a non-contender.

Many arguments can be had. You can blame manager Aaron Boone, who has failed to do the most with an overall talented roster for five years now. You can call out Brian Cashman for his somewhat shoddy roster construction that's once again been decimated by injuries. You can blame the players, because whatever Anthony Volpe, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Alex Verdugo and Jose Trevino are doing is not acceptable.

But if you ask Aaron Judge's private hitting coach, Richard Schenck, it's the organization's player development that's at fault. Somewhat lost in the mix of a nightmarish six-game homestand that saw the Yankees go 1-5 against the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, Schenck publicly called out the Yankees on Twitter.

In fact, it was in response to a YES Network tweet showing splits of Judge's performance in Yankees' wins and losses. Spoiler alert, he's a machine when they win and a complete non-factor when they lose.

This isn't the NBA, though. There are nine players in a lineup and another on the pitcher's mound. There are a lot of contributions to go around, and Judge just isn't seeing the necessary lineup support for the Yankees to succeed. Schenck had enough and made his gripes documented for the world to see.

Aaron Judge's hitting coach calling out Yankees should be major warning sign

Guess what? It's hard to disagree with that callout, too. The Yankees actually don't develop hitters, as evidenced by Anthony Volpe having the third-highest WAR of any offensive player drafted under Brian Cashman. Volpe hasn't even played two seasons yet.

Even Volpe has fallen off a cliff twice over his first two MLB seasons. The other players ahead of him in that category are Judge and Brett Gardner. That's it. Think about all of the prospect development failures over the years too. Oswald Peraza. Clint Frazier. Tyler Wade. Miguel Andújar. Thairo Estrada. And then there's everybody else you've never heard of or didn't make the big leagues. Gleyber Torres might be an everyday major leaguer, yes, but he's regressed since his debut.

In summation, the Yankees are bad at this, and an outsider associated with the organzation's face of the franchise has joined the conversation as a critic. How many more warning signs do we need?

When Boone was asked about it, he said he was unconcerned and that everybody's entitled to their opinion. That's quite the diplomatic response, and we don't expect much else to come of it, but ... he should be concerned. The Yankees should be concerned. There are only two players on this team hitting right now, and they're the two most talented names in the game. They can't even get another average hitter around them, as everybody else with at least 30 games under their belt has regressed into below-average territory.

It's happening again. Fifth year in a row. What else needs to be said? What other stats must be put in front of you? This should be an alarm bell for the front office, but that's now treated as white noise because it's been so long since everyone's ear drums blew out.