Sunday, October 2, 2016
After a whole season, we still don't know what to think about Hicks, Pineda, Headley, etc... or do we?
Posted by el duque at 8:26 AM
He sucked in April - .087 - seemed to come on in August - .280 - tweaked a guy thing - hit .286 in September in the fall small sample sweeps. Looks good coming off the bus. The YES talkathon keeps whispering "JackieBradleyJunior, JackieBradleyJunior..." whatever that means. I see Jackie Chan Jr. whatever that means.
Then again, if we trade Hicks for a Pez dispenser, watch him finally make the adjustments - the ultimate primal Yankee fan fear (See AJ Burnett, F Cervelli, I Nova, et al.) A hundred-sixty-two games, and what do we have?
Pineda? I dunno. Headley? Not too promising. Refsnyder? McCann? Ellsbury? Gardy? Man, I don't remember a projected future Yankee roster with more serious question marks.
And I can't escape the sense that in recent years, the Yankees have been a downer atmosphere, dragging players down, rather than boosting them up. How else do you explain the team-wide hitting drought that engulfed us for much of the season? Nobody was hitting, and nobody could break out.
New York is the greatest sports market in America. Why was the 2016 team so lifeless, so boring, for so much of the season? And what do we have in Aaron Hicks?