English: Masahiro Tanaka finishes his delivery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For most Yankees fans the memory of signing another Japanese pitcher after the Kei Igawa disaster is terrifying.
In case you don’t know or care not to remember, the Yankees signed Igawa back in 2008 for the $46 million dollars. He lasted 16 games in the Bronx and spent the next five years in the minors.
The Igawa signing is debatably one of the worst made in baseball history, and an experience the Yankees seemed to learn from.
Honestly, after the Yankees did not go after Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish back in 2011, I thought they finally made the smarter and safer choice.
Of course when that was two years ago, when the Yankees farm system had some very promising arms. But between significant injuries and overall lack of big league talent these youngsters cannot be counted on at the moment.
The Yankees starting rotation is a mess as there looks to be three major holes to fill, along with an ace who was ineffective last season.
- Starting with losing Andy Pettitte to retirement, again.
English: Joe Girardi presents President Barack Obama with a New York Yankees signed team jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So far, the Yankees have gotten off to a good start by inking skipper Joe Girardi to a 4-year, for around $16 million this past week.
The Yankees were already fielding phone calls from the likes of the Nationals and Cubs asking permission to talk with the skipper before his Yankees contract expired on November 1st.
Girardi shined as a manager amidst the worst season the Yankees have had in the last 20 years.
Between the lack of talent and the off the field craziness, Girardi kept his cool and everybody was awestruck.
As a Yankees fan, admittedly, I was at my wit’s end a lot this past season.
I often could be heard cursing at the TV; leaving games early and irritated in the Bronx; and for the first time, I actually anticipated the day I did not have to watch this Yankees team play baseball anymore.
So, the fact that Girardi held it together is a miracle within itself.