What Does Ichiro Have to do to Get in the Lineup Regularly

The same pesky, stubborn mistakes that Joe Girardi made all of last year are starting to trouble the Yankees again. We don’t mind the mistakes so much as the fact that Girardi refuses to learn from his mistakes. He does not recognized his flawed logic. He stubbornly over-manages instead of using common sense. Continually.

What does Ichiro have to do to gt in the lineup regularly?

Despite batting over .350, Ichiro Suzuki’s manager usually benches him or insultingly bats him 7th or 8th.

First things first, Girardi changes his lineup far too often. There’s an old adage that has never, ever been proven wrong: “Don’t Tamper With Success.” Girardi tampers with Continue reading

Cano Comes Back to Yankee Stadium

Many Yankee fans were worried when Robinson Cano greedily took the money and ran all the way to Seattle.   We at Yankees Truth knew we would miss Cano’s production, but we also knew that others could and would step up and fill in.

Traitor Robinson Cano, who left the Yankees in order to get more money, more rain,. and fewer wins in Seattle.

So far, that’s exactly what happened.   The Yankees, sans Cano, are in first place.  The Mariners are Continue reading

PineTarGate 2

Major League Baseball will undoubtedly focus its Michael Pineda investigation on others besides Pineda.  For example, MLB will look into what Joe Girardi knew, if anything.

This is a scary and dangerous precedent.  Why?  Because for many decades, MLB has not sided with the Yankees on many issues.  Pineda will be suspended.  This is justified.  And it should end right there.  But it probably won’t.

This incident is Pine Tar 2.  The first Pine Tar Incident was the famous George Brett tantrum.  As you will recall, Brett used an illegal bat to hit a home run off of Rich Goose Gossage, and the umpires rightfully and correctly called Brett out.  Should have been end of story.  Period.

But no.  The American League President at the time, Lee McPhail (McFAIL), caved in to Brett’s whining and overruled the umpires.  He overruled his own rule book.  He overruled common class and dignity and caved.

The Yankees win the World Series every year in the late 90s??  Okay, let’s create some bogus new rule called the luxury tax to prevent the Yankees from paying its championship players.  Thanks for making up the payroll rules as you go along, MLB.

More recently, MLB paid a shady steroids dealer to talk about Alex Rodriguez.  To this day, there is NO PUBLIC EVIDENCE of A-Rod doing anything wrong.  Think what you want.  Form your opinions.  But America doesn’t convict and punish people based on opinion.  You need to display facts, and MLB still hasn’t done so.  Instead, we get MLB telling us that a sheister drug dealer is telling us the truth, and no one else’s opinion matters.

THAT is a great example of how MLB treats the Yankees.

Again, we at Yankees Truth will accept a fair punishment for Pineda, but let’s hope it stops right then and there without other innocent Yankee players and managers being scrutinized.

Ellsbury Proving his Value for Yankees

We at Yankees Truth will be the first to admit that we were skeptical about the signing of Jacoby Ellsbury. We didn’t think he was worth so much money, and we questioned him as a leadoff man. We are happy to report how wrong we were so far. Ells has been tearing it up and playing good D. More importantly, he has become a nemesis of the Red Sock team, which is important. Perhaps he carries a grudge because the Sock management would not pay to keep him. Whatever it is, it’s working.

We happy to have J-Ells on the team, and we hope it continues.

Girardi Treaded Dangerously Close to Mismanagement

So far it’s all worked out, and the Yankees are rightfully in first place where they belong. The Yanks are winning in spite of Joe Girardi lately, not because of him.

Girardi continues to make the same boneheaded managerial decisions that he did last year. The only difference is that this year, so far, he has gotten away with it. Last year he didn’t.

For example, take today’s game against the Cubs. Girardi once again benched his team’s leading hitter, Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro is the only .421 hitter in major league history whose manager feels he’s a benchwarmer. He’s a lifetime .320 hitter who’s hitting .421 this year. But he doesn’t get to play. Yes, Elsbury and Beltran are playing better than expected and yes, Brett Gardner is doing way better than we at Yankees Truth expected. But still, Girardi has to give Ichiro some shots at DH, especially when Soriano is struggling so far. All that being said, the Yankees continue to win with Ichiro on the bench, But that’s not a winning formula in the long run.

Last year, for example, Girardi did the same thing with Ichiro. He benched him often. Girardi evidently felt that Ben Francisco was a better right fielder and a better hitter and a faster runner. Girardi thought that Brett Lillibridge was a better DH than Ichiro. On days when Clueless Joe DID allow Ichiro to play, he’d bat him 7th one day, then 8th the next, then 6th, etc. Ichiro was never given any consistency at all, and his numbers fell off. Compare that to how they managed him in Seattle. Whether it was Bob Melvin or Sweet Lou Piniella, the Mariners managers ALWAYS led off with Ichiro. He bats first and hits .320. Period. It’s not complicated. He thrives on consistency, and Girardi gave him none. Instead, Clueless Joe felt that a bunch of other guys last year deserved to lead off. And Girardi’s decisions landed us in the cellar.

Girardi’s other consistent gaffe is when he takes out pitchers who are doing well and leaves in pitchers who are struggling. In the Cubs game, Girardi watched Masahiro Tanaka throw eight beautiful innings. He was striking out every other Cub. Only gave up two measely hits. So what was his reward? What did Girardi do with the hottest pitcher? He benched him. It is mind-numbingly frustrating to see that Joe Girardi has zero perception of momentum. He is clueless when it comes to figuring out who’s playing well and who’s not. Today we lucked out.

Shawn Kelly came in and promptly gave up a hit. I guess Tanaka wasn’t good enough for Girardi. He decided that a guy who breezed through the Cubs for 8 innings wasn’t good enough to end the game. Instead, he brought in an untested and ice cold Kelly, who tried hard to blow the game, but he couldn’t.

By comparison, look how badly Sabathia got shelled on opening day, yet Girardi kept him in. A guy like Tanaka gives up zero runs and gets benched. Another guy like CC gives up runs left and right and he gets to stay in. Can anyone explain Clueless Joey G’s logic here?

Again, the Yanks need to tread lightly around Girardi’s decisions. He is making the same mistakes he did last year, again and again. But this year, the player’s are overcoming their manager. Let’s hope it continues.