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Don’t Blame Girardi For Yankees ALDS Defeat



By Frank Russo ~ October 7th, 2011. Filed under: Digest Contributors, New York Yankees, Rumor Mill.

The emails came fast and furious for me last night after the Yankees 3-2 series ending loss to the Tigers, as frustrated Yankees fans began asking the usual questions, like “what went wrong” and “who‘s to blame.”

“I know a lot of fans hate Girardi, but Joe doesn’t hit, nor does he pitch. It’s up to the players to get the job done,” a member of the Yankees told me down in Tampa. “The Yankees lost the series because of their ‘Achilles heel,’ which was not hitting with runners in scoring position, and not being able to make productive outs in key situations.”

Agree or disagree, those are the words of someone whose been in baseball for over 45 years, but the fact of the matter is that the Yankees loaded the bases twice last night with one out and got a total of one measly run. Think about it. If the Yankees had been able to get a lousy sacrifice fly in either of those situations, we could be talking about a totally different outcome today.

Even though I know that for the majority of Yankees fans  it’s way too soon to be looking forward to any off-season moves the team might make, I still decided  to see what those in the industry believe will be the direction this offseason.

“Going forward, I think the first order of business will be dealing with ‘Cash’ and whether he’ll be back or not, a Yankees source added.”Once the brothers, (Hal and Hank Steinbrenner), make a decision then the whole process of retooling can start. Just to let you know, from everything I’ve been told, starting pitching will be the priority, although I’m hearing that they could look to add a bat as well.”

If that is the direction the team goes, then I am completely onboard. The Yankees and Brian Cashman need to decide if their “marriage” will continue or if a mutual parting of the ways will be in order. Once they decide, then they can start working on their off-season strategy.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the story on Deadspin last week regarding Cashman and an extra-marital affair that he’s allegedly been involved with.  Usually this type of situation doesn’t just go away, and I wonder if we are seeing the end of the choirboy image of Cashman forever. How does the story impact the team’s decision to bring Cashman back? We will have to wait and see how it all plays out.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

1 Response to Don’t Blame Girardi For Yankees ALDS Defeat

  1. Mike I

    Enjoyable read, Frank, and I agree with your analysis. It was not Girardi’s fault. My biggest reason for the Yankees losing is that they depend on the long ball too much. In the playoffs, especially in a 5-game series, you may or may not get those momentum changing 3-run dingers. I think you saw this with the Phillies as well. There was such tension in both games as to when the big homer was coming and it never showed up. Even the best home run hitters only average a home run once every four games.

    A big factor in that is because you only will see the other team’s best three starters. You do not see many pitchers that will get knocked around in October.

    It is one reason why guys like Gardner, and Posada did so well in the playoffs. Take the base hits, walk, advance runners. When you get an opportunity to drive a run, you do what you can to at least get a productive out, which is why Swisher’s performance was very surprising to me. He’s a moneyball player who played like A-Rod or Tex, missing the forest for the trees.

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