MLB Team-By-Team Previews 2009: New York Yankees

MLB Team-By-Team Previews 2009: Can The Yankees Return To Glory?

4/3/09 in MLB   |   Gazzo   |   18 respect

Yup boys and girls it's that time again. Baseball season is again upon us. Time for all the home runs, the drama, the ridiculous steroids issues. All the things we love about spring. And yes haters and Sox fans, it's time for the Yankees to come back. Love em' or hate em, they're the #1 topic of discussion on blogs, talk radio and T.V. Can the Yankees finally return to glory? Will their ridiculously high payroll equate into a 27th World Championship, or just another incredibly expensive bust? Don't forget the Bronx Bombers now have a brand new stadium to call home. Will the "Aura and Mystique" of the past follow them across 161st st.? Only time will tell. In the mean time let's take a peek at what we can expect from the 2009 Yankees.

1. A massively upgraded rotation
With the additions of C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett to their starting rotation, and the return of a healthy Chien-Ming Wang the Yankees finally have that solid rotation that they have been searching for since 2003 when they foolishly let Andy Pettitte go, and Roger Clemens "retired". Whoever they decide to use in the 5th spot behind Sabathia, Wang, Pettitte and Burnett, this certainly has to be considered as one of, if not the, best rotations in baseball.

2. Mark Teixeira
The acquisition of Teixeira by the Yankees is widely considered by just about anyone with a brain to be the biggest off-season pick up this year.Finally after years of botched platoons, and a carousel of 1B, the Yankees have a consistent presence up the right side of the infield that can hit AND field. A career .290 hitter, Teixeira should excel in a lineup as potent as the Yankees, as he showed with the equally (If not more) potent Angels last season. His .995 career fielding percentage and impressive range should serve as a massive improvement over Jason Giambi, who held that spot for most of last year.

3. Joba Chamberlain
No matter whether he fills the 5th starter position, or stays in the bullpen where he belongs, this rising star will have a huge impact on the Yankees season. His nearly unhittable slider has been dominating hitters for the better part of the last two seasons, and the sky is the limit for this youngster. Let's not forget that he has 3 other pitches that he can toss out here, including a fastball that can surpass 100 MPH on the radar gun. So long as he stays healthy, expect to hear his name a lot.

4. Depth
While it's not the "10th man" it was on the great Yankees teams of the late 90's, the bench on this team is pretty formidable. Joe Girardi has several options at almost every position, and expect him to shake things up if they aren't going to his liking. Melky Cabrera and Nick Swisher can fill in just about anywhere in the outfield, which makes the relegation of Hideki Matsui to DH all the more less painful. Jose Molina has a ton to offer as the back up catcher, and with the questionable ability of Jorge Posada at this point, his presence is vital to this team. The bullpen will feature stalwarts Brian Bruney, Jose Veras and Damaso Marte along with a heavy sprinkling of middle aged talent in the likes of Edwar Ramirez, Phil Coke and Johnathon Albaladejo. O and don't forget that familiar tune that you hear when the 9th inning comes around at Yankees Stadium. The Sandman will patrol his new domain in his customary role. Crushing other teams dreams.

With all this positive the average person is probably wondering, "How can this team NOT win it all?". Not so fast there slick. There is plenty for the Yankees to worry about as well. The health of some of their key players has to be a top concern. If Jorge Posada can't perform to at least a mediocre standard, there could be trouble in paradise. The same goes for Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain, all of which have been injury prone at times. Another major problem for the Yankees is their recent trend of burying themselves early on in the season and trying to dig out with a late run. This will be compounded with the absence of Alex Rodriguez at 3B for the first 30 games or so. Cody Ransom is no A-Rod, and if they fall behind early on, it could be trouble.

The last and final piece that could end Mayor Bloomberg's plans for a pinstripe ticker-tape in October is, yup you guessed it. Derek Jeter. The Captain has been there for his team, year in and year out giving 150% of himself at all times. However the erosion of his skills due to time and age is becoming more and more apparent each year. Is it finally time to start looking for Derek Jeter's replacement? Or can he quiet his critics with a monster year that will be remembered forever? Only time will tell.

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4/8/09   |   Gazzo   |   18 respect

Brendanc8504 wrote:
its your bias and hatred towords sox fans that is clouding your judgement then.....that makes a little bit more sense. Its ok, its common on the eve of opening day

My bias and hatred towards Sox fans? Who are you? You don't even know who I am, which would explain why you're talking out your rear. I'm pretty sure I had two Sox fans crash at my house for 2 days recently. One of them being Pat.

4/5/09   |   Brendanc8504

Gazzo wrote:
If you weren't a Sox fan, I might actually take you seriously. I see nothing wrong with this. I knocked em just as much as I praised em.

its your bias and hatred towords sox fans that is clouding your judgement then.....that makes a little bit more sense. Its ok, its common on the eve of opening day

4/5/09   |   Gazzo   |   18 respect

Brendanc8504 wrote:

Slugger,

my intention was not to degrade your write up. I thought all of yours were really good.

 

I just thought this one was particularly homer. I think it would be fun as a fan writing a team article to write about a team that usually flies under my radar. You learn some things you didn't know and things of that nature.

If you weren't a Sox fan, I might actually take you seriously. I see nothing wrong with this. I knocked em just as much as I praised em.

4/4/09   |   snbslugger

Brendanc8504 wrote:

Slugger,

my intention was not to degrade your write up. I thought all of yours were really good.

 

I just thought this one was particularly homer. I think it would be fun as a fan writing a team article to write about a team that usually flies under my radar. You learn some things you didn't know and things of that nature.

No offense taken, but I see your point.

4/4/09   |   Brendanc8504

and yea, ESPN prob loves the Red Sox as much as I do......but with good reason

4/4/09   |   Brendanc8504

snbslugger wrote:

Well, to be fair dude, ESPN loves the Red Sox too.  Gammons is a Mass native and has every single high-profile guy going to the Red Sox when trade talk starts in June/July.

I thought my Red Sox preview was pretty objective and I'm a member of the fanbase.  I thought it was just as good as my Mets or Dodgers previews, really.

Slugger,

my intention was not to degrade your write up. I thought all of yours were really good.

 

I just thought this one was particularly homer. I think it would be fun as a fan writing a team article to write about a team that usually flies under my radar. You learn some things you didn't know and things of that nature.

4/4/09   |   snbslugger

Brendanc8504 wrote:
not hating......all I am saying is that this article would have been better for the new york post......or espn because they love the yankees as well.

As a whole I feel that these baseball previews would be better had they been written by people who are not members of the actual fanbase.......just a thought

Well, to be fair dude, ESPN loves the Red Sox too.  Gammons is a Mass native and has every single high-profile guy going to the Red Sox when trade talk starts in June/July.

I thought my Red Sox preview was pretty objective and I'm a member of the fanbase.  I thought it was just as good as my Mets or Dodgers previews, really.

4/4/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Brendanc8504 wrote:
not hating......all I am saying is that this article would have been better for the new york post......or espn because they love the yankees as well.

As a whole I feel that these baseball previews would be better had they been written by people who are not members of the actual fanbase.......just a thought

Well, about half of them WERE written by non-fans of that team...and those by-and-large were stale and uninformative write-ups. btw, you and Schuyler are kinda the same guy so this baseball season should be fun for the rest of us.

4/4/09   |   Brendanc8504

Gazzo wrote:
Hmmm not really. Keep hating though.

not hating......all I am saying is that this article would have been better for the new york post......or espn because they love the yankees as well.

As a whole I feel that these baseball previews would be better had they been written by people who are not members of the actual fanbase.......just a thought

4/4/09   |   Gazzo   |   18 respect

Brendanc8504 wrote:
I am a self admitted homer.....no questions asked. (luckily for me my home teams give me something to cheer for)........but I must say Gazzo that you are the very definition mind body and soul of what a homer should be. Congratulations on being a role model to homers everywhere.

Hmmm not really. Keep hating though.

4/4/09   |   Brendanc8504

I am a self admitted homer.....no questions asked. (luckily for me my home teams give me something to cheer for)........but I must say Gazzo that you are the very definition mind body and soul of what a homer should be. Congratulations on being a role model to homers everywhere.

4/4/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

That was a great writeup Schuyler...I would love to see a historic three way tie atop the East...How would MLB deal with that??!

4/3/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

The short answer to the question in the article  title is no.

4/3/09   |   yanksawboy   |   6 respect

 We will be the chosen ones!

4/3/09   |   Indian_Boy

go yanks

4/3/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

derms33 wrote:
can glory be bought? 

 Hopefully

4/3/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

can glory be bought? 

4/3/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

CMor25 wrote:
I'll be interested to see how Jeter does in the leadoff role...
(Edited by kantwistaye)

I'm guessing he isn't there too long.  From 2006 to 2007 his OBP went down 29 points and from '07 to '08 it went down another 25 points.  If he continues that trend he'd have a sub .340 OBP.  The Yankees can do better than that.

4/3/09   |   CMor25

kantwistaye wrote:
I can buy that Derek Jeter gives 100%, but I'm going to sell on 150%.  Also, Jeter's OPS+ last year was 102.  Considering he's 35, theres a pretty damn good chance that he'll be a below average hitter and he's already one of the worst defenders.  He's had a good career, but the fact that he's considered a good thing for any team shows how ignorant the New York media is.  Jeter might be cool and charismatic, but that doesn't mean jack on the field.

I'll be interested to see how Jeter does in the leadoff role...

4/3/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

I can buy that Derek Jeter gives 100%, but I'm going to sell on 150%.  Also, Jeter's OPS+ last year was 102.  Considering he's 35, theres a pretty damn good chance that he'll be a below average hitter and he's already one of the worst defenders.  He's had a good career, but the fact that he's considered a good thing for any team shows how ignorant the New York media is.  Jeter might be cool and charismatic, but that doesn't mean jack on the field.

4/3/09   |   snbslugger

Wow, and I was worried about my Red Sox preview being too homer.

I think Aura and Mystique are a couple of dancers down at Scores.

So you don't think it might be newsworthy to note that New York has chewed up and spit out many small-market stars in the past, and that C.C. and A.J. and Tex will have to learn to deal with a rabid NY Metro sports media and fan base after spending their careers in cities like Cleveland, Milwaukee, Miami, Toronto, Arlington, and Anaheim respectively?  The boogie-down Bronx even reduced the Big Unit to a pile of rubble.

4/3/09   |   CMor25

I'm excited to see how the 3-way race in the AL East between the Yanks, Rays, and Red Sox plays out...I think it will be the Sox winning the division, while the Yanks and Rays will have a playoff game to decide who will win the Wild Card slot

4/3/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 1st Place lets go Yanks. Nice job on the write up.

4/3/09   |   primo   |   1 respect

if Girardi wants to keep his job, they need to do good this year. Maybe resurrecting Billy Martin?

4/3/09   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

This blog was written with no bias what-so-ever.

4/3/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Can CC eat his weight in Krispy Kreme donuts? Only time will tell.