Monday, March 17, 2014
Posted by Alphonso at 3:58 PM
One of our killer "B's" has just been sent down to A ball, in Tampa. Over, rather than down, may be the more accurate geographical description. In any case, after giving up 4 runs in less than an inning the other day, it was clear his
latest surgery didn't take.
Big surprise, eh?
As Duque has previously referenced, the Yankees, in my view, will not keep any surprise performers. No matter how well they hit, they are already, and always were, pre-labeled ( "back to minors" ). Where they will lose heart, interest or health.
It must be unbelievably frustrating to get invited to spring training, hit over .600, outperform every veteran, and then be judged as "minor league. To be fit into a category where you won't get a shot, no matter what you do.
The same goes for the pitchers. Everyone coming north is already penciled in. Even Claiborne, for Pete's sake.
Possibly, Bettances will get an invitation north. He could be the one exception.
Although he showed signs, late yesterday, of his old
self ( a lead-off walk, followed by a hit batter ). Mostly, however, I think he escaped the danger
( I don't know because my tv stopped recording at that point ).
So this is the time ( very close ) where the "shining gems from nowhere" get sent back to the coal mines. Where we will be told, " ( insert favorite young player name here ) will do better playing every day in Scranton/Trenton, than sitting on a bench here."
It is the time when we all blindly accept that the Yankees, "know what they are doing," and watch the team of old time stars waddle out of the gait. Soon, some of them will be hitting .218 and banging into double plays. Not ever seeming to get the clutch hit.
And we'll wonder how some of those promising youngsters might have fared.
But there is no guts, no gamble, no instinct in Girardi, Cashman or any of the coaches.
Just the same old, predictable players. Same old predictable everything.
I just don't think they will hold up.