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By tophatal ………
It’s still early yet in the season but who would have guessed that the New York Yankees would have been off to such a disastrous start . It would appear that baseball’s must storied franchise in spite of the moves orchestrated by Brian Cashman and the front office leadership led by Hank & Hal Steinbrenner that you simply have to wonder whether or not the organization can continue to spend money they have repeatedly done over the years . The team remains the highest paid in baseball . Albeit, that the ball-club has at their disposal the YES Network with the millions of dollars in revenues annually beyond the baseball operation itself .
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In the team’s season opener Joe Girardi’s players were waylaid by Carlos Pena and the Tampa Bay Rays . The Yankees remain win-less amongst the teams within the AL East . Joining them in that rather unlikely start to the season are the Boston Red Sox (0-2) . But it’s still early days yet , and I’d dare say that the New York Yankees are far too good start their season off with three consecutive losses . The team’s next opponent will be the Rays in a game to be played at Tropicana Field , St Petersburg, Florida .
Joe Maddon and his coaching staff have to be very pleased with the play of the team and the very fact through two games they have shown a great deal of resolve . And with Jeremy Hellickson starting in the final game of this three game series against Phil Hughes this is liable to be a very intriguing and enlightening match-up . For Maddon , he knows that his managerial staff , they know that this team is more than capable of winning the AL East . The pitching roster headed by James Shields who’ll be ably assisted over the course of this season by Hellickson , David Price , Matt Moore , Jeff Niemann and a bullpen made up of Joel Peralta , Wade Davis , Josh Lueke , JP Howell and closer Fernando Rodney .
If the pitching staff in its current guise simply replicates the form shown in 2011 then there’s no reason why in 2012 they simply cannot prove that last season was no fluke .
Now while the fans will come out in droves to see the Rays at Tropicana Field , this sort of turnout is normally only associated when the team meets either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees . Amongst the league’s 30 teams , the Tampa Rays are one of the least supported in terms of overall and average attendance for their regular season scheduled games . Inasmuch as Andrew Friedman and Stuart Sternberg seek to make ball-club competitive it is from a financial standpoint where the team continues to struggle . Payroll for the Tampa Bay Rays is still amongst the lowest in baseball and it begs the question how much longer can Friedman continue to try and work the miracles that he has done , during his tenure as the general manager of the organization . During the off-season Friedman was certainly being lured by Jim Crane of the Houston Astros to fill the role of general manager for that particular organization . Only for the Rays’ young general manager to rebuff those overtures and for Crane to make the position available to Jeff Luhnow .
The Astros are off to a rather ignominious start to what will be their last season within the National League . In their home opener against the Colorado Rockies they went down in an opening day defeat 5-3 . However, they would recover from that loss with a 7-3 victory against a very poorly performing Rockies’ team . From my own perspective I certainly believe that the envisaged move by the Houston Astros to the AL West in 2013 will be of any real benefit to the organization or the team as a whole ! There’s no way in hell that the Astros will be able to compete against the likes of the Los Angeles Angels or Texas Rangers who are to my mind the two best teams within the division and amongst the best teams within the AL overall . Bud Selig in his infinite wisdom hasn’t really appeased anyone at all with this maneuver even when you consider that Astros’ owner Jim Crane only agreed to the move after a financial inducement by the league hierarchy . . .
I don’t know that the Houston Astros as a team , when one bears into mind the makeup of the roster will have that great a season . Mediocrity has been the norm in recent years for the organization if you simply look at their recent record and the mere fact that they haven’t been part of the postseason since 2005 and their being swept in the World Series that year by the Chicago White Sox . From thereon-in , it has been an abysmal run of mediocrity by the ball-club , so much so , that it has me wondering are the fans of the Houston Astros willing to endure the same once they finally make the move to the AL West and become a whipping post “ for the likes of the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers !
I know this season injuries will certainly play a part as to how teams will progress over the course of the season . Perhaps no one team suffered that indignity than the Minnesota Twins last year . Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau were a part of the team’s walking wounded throughout much of 2011 which in reality reflected the plight of their season . Ron Gardenhire will be hard pressed to have this current roster …. playing with any real depth within the AL Central , especially against the likes of the all-conquering Detroit Tigers with their formidable lineup of players led by most notably Justin Verlander , Miguel Cabrera and their recently acquired slugger Prince Fielder . As to what that indicates about the financial clout of the Tigers , their general manager Dave Dombrowski and team ower Michael Ilitch can be quantified in a number of ways but quite possibly and succinctly ……….. the Detroit Tigers simply want to win , unlike the whining bastards who tend to plead poverty as owners along with their all too apathetic fans ! Is it any wonder that you simply have to laugh at the likes of Bob Nutting , Lew Wolff , David Glass and Howard Lincoln ? They’ve shown as much business insight in running their respective teams as may well have been witnessed with the crass assholes who ran ….. World Comm and Enron Inc into the ground . And less we forget , Bud Selig’s oversight of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ mess and in the aftermath of the organization’s $2 billion sale to a consortium led by Magic Johnson and Mark Walter of Guggenheim Partners LLC . It would appear that there is a rising controversy as to the involvement of Bud Selig , even though the league hierarchy hired a financial advisory firm The Blackstone Group to scrutinize the backgrounds of the suitors seeking to purchase the Dodgers.
Johnson and his syndicate may well have the praise of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fans for now but if the team isn’t competitive this season I guess that though the change of ownership from an out of touch former owner in Frank McCourt can be seen as a god-send , it has to be seen as a change for the better ! . As to how the Los Dodgers fare will be dependent upon the mindset of the players , their new-found resolve and that of the managerial coaching staff led by Don Mattingly .
Who would have guessed that the New York Yankees would be off to their worst start in over decade ? Joe Girardi’s highly paid roster of stars have performed abysmally in their first three games of the 2012 season , having been swept by their divisional rivals the Tampa Bay Rays . Now all of a sudden their starting pitching seems to be as frail and as soft as a roll of Charmin’ tissue paper . If CC Sabathia , Hiroki Kuroda , Michael Pineda and the rest of the pitching staff are not able to turn things around in the immediate future this could very well a long an arduous season for the Yankees , in more ways than one. Never mind the fact that the team’s offense has been abysmal at best . And amongst the teams within the AL through the season so far the Yankees are one of the worst performing ball-clubs , making the problems for Girardi all the more problematic .
Given the fact that last season the New York Yankees’ offense was amongst the most prolific within the AL . Anymore the Yankees’ most recent performances and we may well be asking is this team is now already shot to hell ? The Yankees now face a three game schedule against the Baltimore Orioles at Orioles Ballpark , Baltimore , Maryland in what is likely to be a series of games in-front of a sold-out crowd . The first of the scheduled trio of games will be on Monday afternoon . The likely starters are Ivan Nova against Brian Matusz in what should prove to be an interesting match-up between two teams that at present seem to be having the unlikeliest of seasons .
A loss of this upcoming series could very well thrust the New York Yankees into some unwanted spotlight for all of the wrong reasons . And given the their start to the 2011 season , it begs the question where does this team now go from here ? Your thoughts if any at this juncture .
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What if anything , has proven to be a major surprise to you this early in the baseball season ? By all means do leave a comment as you see fit .
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Picture and slide show details below .
(1) Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon watches from the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, April 8, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 3-0 . AP Photo/Brian Blanco …
(2) New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi reacts from the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, April 8, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 3-0 . AP Photo/Brian Blanco …
(3) Pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) (center) of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by manager Joe Maddon (70) and Joel Peralta (62) after his save against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on April 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. AP Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …
(4) ST. PETERSBURG – APRIL 08: Infielder Evan Longoria (3) of the Tampa Bay Rays fouls off a pitch against the New York Yankees during the game at Tropicana Field on April 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …..
(5) Outfielder Raul Ibanez (27) of the New York Yankees fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …
(6) ST. PETERSBURG – APRIL 08: Designated hitter Luke Scott (30) of the Tampa Bay Rays fouls off a pitch against the New York Yankees during the game at Tropicana Field on April 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …
(7) Pitcher Phil Hughes (65) of the New York Yankees pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images ….
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A small montage Maliah for your edification and enjoyment below .
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