Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Rebuilding the Yankees

Don't let the title fool you. I'm not in meltdown because Joba struggled last night or because the Yankees have lost three in a row. I said before the season they wouldn't make the playoffs, and I'm sticking to it.

The reason for this post is to provide a link to the guys at River Ave. Blues, and Joseph P's breakdown of the ugly years - beginning in 1990. His analysis shows how the team went from being contenders (though that basically ended in 1989) through the cellar and back by 1994. It explains the key moves that the team made and didn't make. If anything, it's a fun, cringe-worthy stroll down memory lane.

The only move that he doesn't mention is the signing of Spike Owen. Now don't laugh (OK, laugh a little), but that move actually had more to do with off the field than on. Several players (specifically, Paul O'Neill) have cited Owen as being a crucial clubhouse guy and a great teammate during his one season in New York (1993). Stability was so necessary during these times, as George Steinbrenner had been thrown out of baseball for his behavior - specifically involving Dave Winfield. Gene Michael and Buck Showalter had a lot to do with restoring pride to the great franchise, but there still needed to be the right players. O'Neill (I loved the trade the, and it's the stuff of legend now), Jimmy Key, and Wade Boggs were integral in bringing the talent level to an acceptable level.

It just goes to generall show that team's aren't rebuilt overnight.

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