The Yankees once again fell short of their goal of winning the World Series. In fact, they weren’t close to their goal. Even more so, they haven’t been close to that goal since 2017. They fired Joe Girardi because he said something mean about Gary Sanchez to the media and since then the Yankees have been getting worse.
Aaron Boone was hired because he would go along with their analytics team perfectly and he wouldn’t bad mouth any player in public no matter what. That’s what the Yankee front office wanted. Well, it hasn’t worked.
The Yankees won 100 games in 2018 in Boone’s first year, and got knocked out in the ALDS to the Red Sox. They won 103 games in 2019 and lost to the Astros in the ALCS. They won just 33 games in the 60-game season in 2020 and lost to the Rays in 2020 ALDS. Now this year they won 92 games and lost in the AL Wild Card game to the Red Sox. The next step of this is that they don’t make the playoffs. That’s why a change is needed now.
The roster is poorly constructed, the analytics are poorly managed, and sometimes the game is poorly managed by Boone. The roster has too many of the same players. Right-handed, power hitter, strikeouts and poor defense. A complete overhaul roster is not needed but many players need to go as well as a change in the philosophy by the front office and a change in the manager.
Ideally, Bruce Bochy would be my choice to be the next manager. He’s managed big games, was in a big market in San Francisco for over a decade, has won three titles and works the bullpen like a wizard. Bochy is a guy willing to take the analytic info given to him but will make his own decisions. That’s what it should be but the Yankees don’t operate like that.
Then you shuffle some players out of town. Luke Voit, Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres are the three main players I try to deal. The team needs to be more athletic and have better defense. While Urshela gives us the defense, he hasn’t given us much else over the last two years.
My ideal pick up would be Kyle Seager to man third base and re-sign Anthony Rizzo. On the pitching side, I think Kevin Gausman would be a nice pickup in free agency.
Here is my realistic lineup that we could see on opening day if wholesale changes are made,
DJ LeMahieu (2B)
Anthony Rizzo (1B)
Aaron Judge (RF)
Giancarlo Stanton (DH)
Kyle Seager (3B)
Gary Sanchez (C)
Joey Gallo (LF)
Greg Allen (CF)
Andrew Velasquez (SS)
You got power in your first seven hitters while also adding some athleticism in the bottom half and good defense.
Now all of this is a big IF, but if changes aren’t made, the same result will occur over and over again.
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