FIFTY THOUSAND MOONS
Monday, April 18, 2016
Posted by el duque at 9:22 AM
Down in the Single A bus-ride leagues, Redsocks' prospect Yoan Moncada - whom poor Hal "Food Stamps" Steinbrenner just couldn't afford - has an eight-game hitting streak. He has stolen 10 bases in 10 games, and he's hitting .333. Moncada plays 3B. He is Boston's top prospect, and he looks ticketed for Double A by June.
If the Yankees had signed him, YES would be broadcasting daily updates. (We can talk about Aaron Judge, but he's generally ranked in the 50th percentile of top 100 prospects; Moncada is ranked in the top 10.)
Listen: I'm not voting Moncada into Cooperstown yet, but if he becomes a star - maybe as early as 2018 - add him to Betts, Bogartes and the ownership's willingness to sign free agents - Boston could have our number for a long time. They have won three world championships in the last 12 years. I wonder about the middling Yankee fans - the New Yorkers who basically just know there is a guy named A-Rod - and whether they realize the future shift of domination in baseball?
Simply stated, the Yankees are not the Yankees anymore. The only reason this has not become apparent to most people is that no other team has claimed the mantle... yet.