Hey Did You Know That The MLB Postseason Had Already Started ?

Hey Did You Know That The MLB Postseason Had Already Started ?

It seems no one got the message but the MLB postseason has started but there’s disturbing evidence to show that almost no one seems to be watching the games on broadcast or cable television. What might be even more disturbing is the mere fact that in the ALCS games staged at Yankees Stadium have not sold out and the in game five itself the upper decks of the venerable edifice one could see that those areas were actually deserted. Whether or not that is an indictment of the team or the mere fact that because of the economic climate such a situation was to be expected really does also cast doubt as to how the league hierarchy now markets the game nationally.

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The postseason for MLB is the highlight of a long and arduous season within league and if fans aren’t seemingly interested in watching the televised games but also unwilling to turn up and watch even the New York Yankees. Then that ought to tell not only the fans but also MLB Commissioner Bud Selig that there’s something wrong with the game from the fans’ perspective and how the brand itself is being marketed to the consumer.

Both the ALCS and NLCS match-ups have been every entertaining to watch and with the presumptive favorites in both series now trying to stave off elimination it remains to be seen whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies can erase a 3-1 deficit against the San Francisco Giants . Not to be outdone the New York Yankees seem to have dug a hole for themselves albeit that they were able to come back and show some resilience in game five with a decisive 7-2 defeat of the Texas Rangers at their home venue. The series resumes at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington , Texas __ with the team seeking to eliminate the Yankees by looking to take game 6 in what will have been a memorable series for this Ron Washington led squad. The series lead by the Rangers 3-2 is theirs for the taking should they now desire it enough and make the Yankees’ presence in this postseason come to an abrupt end .

It has to be said that both series has given us tremendous pitching performances with a plethora of All Star caliber players taking the mound. It has been surprising to see the Phillies rotation led by Roy Halliday seemingly being put in their place by a Giants’ rotation led by Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain . Not only that but the lightly thought of offense of the team has suddenly come to light and made the Phillies much lauded offense seem somewhat pedantic. Cody Ross in particular seems to be a star in the making and I do believe that the Florida Marlins may now have some regrets having traded the player away to the San Francisco Giants. But in truth the Giants’ success in this series doesn’t solely rest with one player because it has been a collective effort all round from the team and it’s a credit to their manager Bruce Bochy and his coaching staff . They’ve felt no real undue pressure and have shown that they can play their game while outmatching their opponents .

Joe Girardi and the Yankees know that if they are to play themselves right back into contention then they will have to play aggressively throughout the remainder of the series no matter what. Now a great deal will be made of the fact that their bullpen has been very inconsistent and much of that can be laid squarely on the shoulders of the manager . That if anything has been the team’s Achilles’ Heel throughout much of the regular season and into the postseason itself. Furthermore with the loss of first baseman Mark Teixiera their situation has become somewhat more difficult albeit that Teixiera’s postseason stats aren’t what one would come to expect from the player. But defensively he’s still a player I’ve no doubt that Girardi would prefer to have on the team and that’s with due respect to Lance Berkman .

Now comes the hard part for the Yankees and that’s for them to show that they have the determination to claw their way back and win with a great deal of resolve. I know they tend to look to Derek Jeter to lead by example which is something that has been exemplified by the play throughout much of his career, especially during the postseason . But for this aging veteran now in the twilight of his career it has to be said that the passion once displayed doesn’t always seem to be there. It may well be that in a final year of his contract with the team we may well be seeing the final days of what has been one of the more storied Yankees’ playing careers in recent memory. Now in saying this, one might also ask does Alex Rodriguez have what it takes to step in Jeter’s shoes ? At this juncture the jury I think is still out as to whether or not A-Rod (Rodriguez) is even considered to be a true Yankee by their fans and the fans of the game itself in general. He may well be donned in a “pinstripe uniform” but that doesn’t make him a Yankees’ player where the legacy of donning the uniform essentially means life blood of the organization flows through your veins. His life seems to revolve around the fact that the notoriety and paparazzi catch him in the glare of the spotlight with a Hollywood starlet on his arm. I’d also preface this by saying that one good postseason with the team doesn’t allow you to become a venerable great in the eyes of many when it comes to the postseason and the Yankees’ fans in particular. His achievements will be judged by what he does more so on the field than anything that he’s been known to do off it and that also includes that mystifying suggestion by Rodriguez that he merely experimented with steroids. I think that we all know the answer to that particular question is ……….. which to my mind isn’t printable other than to suggest that the colloquial term for fecal excrement could be used here !

Now if both series as is perceived should play out as is being envisaged bearing in mind how each series now stands . Then we could see both the Rangers and Giants making it to the World Series. and I don’t think that there can be a cut case wherein one could make a definite decision that the Giants will be favored over the Rangers. I do believe that the teams are evenly matched on all fronts and it will come down to the intangibles and the experience shown by both managers and their respective staffs. There’d be something of a story book type ending to this season were either Bruce Bochy or Ron Washington to become the winning manager in the World Series . But as the whole scenario has yet to be played out we as fans will just have to wait and see what is left to absorb as things play themselves out in both series.

From the standpoint of a willing spectator of the MLB postseason I have to say that the league hasn’t exactly done a great job of marketing its showcase event. Overall I do believe that it has done a mediocre job throughout the years and that includes the years when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa had us on the edge of our seats as their spectacle played itself out in the Maris home run chase. Now we know how much of a subterfuge that all was given the evidence that has since arisen concerning both players’ involvement in the use of steroids and HGH. Do you think that all parties concerned had and still does have something to hide ?

Baseball’s integral problems as it concerns its popularity and financial state isn’t one that cannot be solved but it would appear that under Bud Selig’s leadership their so called tried and tested formula seems to have met an obstacle that they have no idea how to overcome . If an NFL Monday night game between two marginally attractive teams can still outperform a game wherein baseball’s most storied and most supported team can barely crack a 4 percentile share on the Nielsens’ Ratings nationally then you know that there’s something wrong with the game. Never mind the fact that Yankees’ Stadium was filled to less than capacity for a postseason ALCS game . If that’s not indicative of a problem then can someone please explain to me what is ?

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How do you view the remainder of the MLB postseason being played out and what thoughts if any do you have concerning the fact that viewership and to an extent attendance for some of the championship games are actually down ? Chime in with a comment as you’d deem fit.

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We Spend A Lot of Money ‘Cause We Make A Lot of Money… And That’s The Way We Like It ……….!

¬†¬†I’ve got to say that I wasn‚Äôt all surprised to find out that the New York Yankees ¬†had further gone about with some lavishing spending prior to this Christmas.¬†That being¬†I can only conclude that either Santa Claus was indeed ready to fill the Yankees‚Äô stocking this¬†Christmas with some goodies.¬†¬†Former Angels’ first baseman¬†Mark Teixeiera¬†has made it¬† clear¬†that it’s his¬†wish to become¬†a¬† New York Yankee.
 
 
Mark Teixeira  former Braves and  Angels' first baseman ...........
 
Mark Teixeira formerly of the Atlanta Braves ,Angels and¬† now¬† a designated¬† New York Yankees’ player. picture appears courtesy¬† of ap/photo/¬† Mark Walsh….¬†
 

 

 

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Today Angels‚Äô first baseman Mark Teixeira agreed in principle to an eight year¬† $180m contract. With the¬†signing of Texieras the Yankees¬†have made¬†presumably¬† themselves a¬† force to be reckoned¬† with.¬†¬† And with free agent Manny¬†¬†Ramirez still available¬†it¬†¬†doesn’t¬† necesssarily bode¬† well¬† for¬† those with aspirations of¬† signing¬† a big time¬† free agent. And if the¬† New York¬† Yankees¬†were able¬† to¬† sign¬† Manny¬†now that look really intense to all of the fans out there ? Having signed pitchers CC Sabbathia and¬† AJ Burnett¬† to a collective $243.5m combined. That being said with the influx of cash that the city of New York has benevolently given the franchise as of late.¬† One has to argue what the hell is going on within Major League Baseball ?¬†¬† A stadium that was¬† originally meant to cost¬† $1.5bn¬† now is¬† now closer to $2bn and counting.¬†¬†

 

 

Michael Bloomberg  addresses members of the press and  public as they convene for a press conference
Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses members of the press and public alike for a press conference convened.

 

¬†Mayor¬†¬† ¬†Mayor Michael¬† Bloomberg¬† addresses members¬† of¬† the¬† press and¬† public¬† in¬† attendance at¬† a press conference.¬† picture appears courtesy of¬† newsday.com/ Bill Wasserstein….¬†¬†

 

 

 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg saw fit to be critical of Wall Street for bailing out the excess of Wall St. But at the same time has seen fit to further implement a bond issue to the tune of  $250m dollars that’ll be of benefit to the New York Yankees.  Never mind the fact that what was originally meant to be privately financed enterprise with the building of the Yankees’ new stadium.  We were originally led to believe that the edifice would be built with privately financed funds. But Bloomberg and the city of New York were only too eager to please and acquiesce to all of the demands of their famed resident.  Making sure that the land that the stadium was built on was unusually high in its assessment for tax purposes. But at the same time it was undervalued for the Yankees’ benefit.

 

Free agent  slugger  Manny  Ramirez  ...........
Free agent slugger Manny Ramirez bides his time at the plate. He's still one of the marquee players still left out there on the free agent market.

 

Free agent¬† slugger¬†Manny¬†Ramirez,sits ,waits and bides¬†at the plate,knowing full well¬† that¬† in due time¬† someone is prepared to¬† pay his¬† asking price. But¬† the question on everyone’s¬†lips¬†is¬† who¬†is¬†prepared to pay¬† ?¬†¬†¬† picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Mark¬† Wasserstein……..

 

 

 

I’m not one to suggest that there’s been any collusion on the part of the organization or the mayor’s office. But make of it what you will.  As to the Yankees and their coffers it goes without saying that they’re a monumental cash cow of the highest order. The YES Network as their self owned cable outlet and their joint partnerships with several major corporate sponsors. It makes it all the more relevant as to what we’re seeing with regard to the game of the haves and have nots.   The Yankees themselves will have to pay in excess of  $32.5m in terms of the luxury tax that they’ve been assessed by the commissioner’s office of Major League baseball.  This is meant to be the tax for which league clubs that go in excess of the mandated level is charge on a team’s payroll roster.  And it’s meant to create some sort of equilibrium for the teams within the major markets and the mid-level to small markets of the league.

 

 

Commissioner Allan 'Bud' Selig and players' representative  Donald Fehr share a few pleasantries up on Capitol Hill prior to addressing members of  Congress  ............
Commissioner Allan 'Bud' Selig and Player's rep Donald Fehr exchange a few words prior to addressing members of Congress up on Capitol Hill , Washington, DC,.

Commissioner Allan ‘Bud’ Selig and¬†players’ representative Donald¬† Fehr¬† exchange a few quiet¬†words before¬† addressing¬† members of¬† Congress.¬† picture appears courtesy of i.a.cnn/net/si/ Mark Roberts ………

 

 

 

So what the Yankees are now said to be paying this triumvirate of players will dwarf the payrolls annually of several teams across the league.  And to highlight this situation even further four  of the five highest salaried players annually within the league will now be on the New York Yankees’ roster.  They are namely Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, CC Sabbathia and Mark Texiera.  Now let it not be said that the Yankees will go the way of any small team when it comes to their want of success. Last year was the first time in over a decade that the team failed to make postseason in baseball.  And when one considers the streak it is truly monumental to say the least.   Seeing the  rise of  the  Tampa Bay Rays  within the AL East  and  their  success  in having  won the  division ,  the  AL Pennant  and  then making it to the World Series made it all the more  unpleasurable for the Yankees’ fans and the Steinbrenner family.  Who as owners  of  the team have  been used  to having  their way  and winning  pennants  and  World  Series.   This decade  they haven’t  won any  and it can be said that there’s a strong  possibility  that they may not win another  before  the  decade closes.

 

 

New  York Yankees'  GM Brian Cashman  , foreground  along with the team's manager Joe  Girardi  .................
New York Yankees' GM Brian Cashman alongside the team's manager Joe Girardi ...................

Joe Girardi¬†, coach of¬† the New¬† York¬† Yankees and¬†their erstwhile¬† GM¬†Brian¬† Cashman¬†in the¬† foreground. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Luis M Alvarez¬† …………………….

 

 

 

 

With the departure of  Joe Torre to  make way for newly appointed  skipper Joe Girardi. It was felt that the team would be carry on in a similar vein with  regard  to  the  success garnered under Girardi’s predecessor.  Well  last season  proved one thing to us all the  Yankees are getting old and  many of their high profile players failed  to live  up to  the perceived  expectations  as to  what they were  thought to be  capable of.  Out with the old and  in with the new as  they  say.  The franchise  has  seen fit to  revert to their  old ways  because  they  can no longer  trust  talent  wholeheartedly within  their  farm system.  Brian Cashman as the team’s general manager may not indicate that with his statements.  But it’s clear that  he  himself  knows what’s at  stake for the franchise.  Failure to win and  with  them moving into their new state of the art ballpark  next season. It makes it all the more  extreme for the  Yankees to go on this major spending spree.  And one can only summize  that Santa  came early  for the  Steinbrenners  and granted them all of their wishes.   Now if  they can also land  free agent Manny Ramirez  it may well be  one of those  Christmas’s  one can only dream of if  you happen to be a Yankees’ fan. As to the rest of major league baseball they can only wish to have the financial strength of the franchise.

 

 

George Steinbrenner foreground  and his son Hank aseat  in their executive suite  look on as the  the  team  plays ..........
George Steinbrenner foreground and his son Hank seated beside him look on the their team takes to the field ............

George and Hank¬†Steinbrenner,father¬†and¬†son,principal owners¬† of the¬†New¬† York Yankees.¬† In reality the¬† franchise¬† is¬† perhaps¬†the¬† most recognized¬†name in¬† all¬† of¬† sports¬† here¬† in North America¬† and¬† without¬† a¬† doubt¬† perhaps¬†the most¬†lucrative¬† and¬† profitable¬† sports franchise in the US in terms of¬† just sheer¬†net¬†worth.¬† picture¬† appears¬† courtesy¬† of ap/photo/Mark Shackleton ……….

 

 

 

 

 

These are the times  that you can only fathom  to think  as to the financial constraints  that  many of the  teams face.  But as of yet  they  don’t  seem to have affected  the likes of  the  New  York Yankees. Much to the malaise of others within the  game as  they now begin  to  face  some of  the  hardships  that’ll  now begin  to  face  not  only the  game of baseball but  sports  in general.  The harsh economic climate  and  all that it  now  entails will affect  many  professional sport’s franchises.  But the likes of  the Yankees at present seem to go unperturbed  by it all.

 

 

Former Yankee Bobby Abreu  with then teammates  Derek Jeter and  Alex  Rodriguez .............ner
Former New York Yankee Bobby Abreu(53) with then teammates Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez ...................

Abreu(53)¬†back to¬†picture¬†along with then¬†teammates¬†Derek Jeter and¬†Alex Rodriguez.¬† The¬†latter¬†of¬† the trio¬† have¬† contributed little to¬† the¬† franchise’s¬†lack of¬†postseason¬†success. Merely¬† turning¬† up and¬† being¬† overpaid¬† just doesn’t seem to¬† cut it¬† anymore.¬† But¬† it’s apparently¬† acceptable¬†¬†to some¬†in¬†New¬† York.¬†What¬†accountability if any has¬† never¬†come from the players¬† themsleves as¬† they’ve¬† been very¬† much¬† cuckholded¬† and¬† sheilded¬†to an extent.¬†¬†Moments out¬†outspokeness¬† from the owner¬† has¬† been very tempered in its texture. The fault therein lies¬† within the franchise itself.¬†¬†¬†picture¬†¬†appears courtesy¬† of ap/photo/Marcus¬† Walker¬† ……………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

As former¬† Knicks‚Äô player¬†Patrick Ewing¬† once¬† said¬† when¬† giving¬† testimony¬† in a major Federal racketeering and grand larceny case.¬† ‚ÄėWe make¬† a lot of money so we spend¬† a¬† lot¬† of¬† money‚Äô. And¬† the¬† fact that at the time¬† when giving this statement he was actually¬† talking¬† about ¬†spending money in an adult entertainment¬† emporium.¬† We ought not¬† to¬† equate¬† that¬† the Yankees have¬† become akin to a stripper or hooker¬† working her Johns . In¬† this¬† case¬† their¬† fans¬† and¬† the citizens¬† of¬† New York.¬†

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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