This fragile foursome played a total of 227 last season combined. Johnson is accountable for 117 of those games, while Jeter, Tex and Roberts missed time due to injuries.
All you have to do is check out the latest sportsbook odds for MLB to see where the Bronx Bombers currently rank, and it is not at the top of the AL East even after signing Masahiro Tanaka. My guess is this is due to the shaky infield.
Truthfully, no one in their right mind could predict the Yankees as the division favorites with such a dubious infield being compared to the Word Series Champion Red Sox.
Total privacy like that is unheralded, which I found very comforting and respectful.
But as an admitted twaddict, I could not help but share my 14 favorite #Tanaka tweets after it was confirmed he would be donning the pinstripes. And let me tell you my twitter page froze about 10 times because Tanaka was trending.
Finally, for the love of God the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes is finally over.
And what felt like an eternity ends up being well worth the wait, as Tanaka is officially a New York Yankee.
Admittedly, I had my doubts whether Tanaka would come the Yankees over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and if Hal Steinbrenner would really blow past his $189 million goal but both did. And Tanaka is going to be a New York Yankee for the next seven seasons for the price of $155 million, but he does have a fourth-year opt out clause for when he is more Igawa then Darvish, maybe?
Author Nicholas Sparks once wrote, “Truth only means something when it’s hard to admit.”
Clayton Kershaw pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
New York Yankees fans need to embrace the above because reality is the only time Japanese pitching phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be pitching in the Bronx is when his team is sitting in the visitor’s dugout.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Tanaka is a winner.
Posting a 24-0 record, Tanaka didn’t lose a start in 2013, and led his team all the way to being crowned Japan Series Champions.
Tanaka has obviously proven he is a fierce competitor, and where he decides to pitch in MLB will weigh heavily on which of his many suitors will help him do just that.
Too many Yankees fans live under the illusion that the allure of wearing the pinstripes means something to Tanaka.