Motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said, “In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”
The New York Yankees have officially taken on the latter with only themselves to blame the day they decided not to re-sign third baseman Eric Chavez.
Chavez, a six-time Gold Glover at third base would have allowed Kevin Youkilis to play first base for the injured Mark Teixeira as he would take over at third.
Knowing about Alex Rodriguez’s hip injury prior to the off-season, I thought the Yankees would have prioritized bringing back Chavez.
Chavez posted a .281 batting average, with 16 homers and 37 RBIs in 278 at-bats in 2012. His defense at third base spoke for itself, as Chavez’s natural baseball ability was evident when watching him. The guy was just smooth.
At the start of the off-season, the Yankees waved goodbye to Chavez and never turned back.
It took Wang all of 12 scoreless innings in the WBC for the Yankees to abolish his past.
Wang has been injured and ineffective for years, as his last decent outing in the majors was with the Yankees back on July 15, 2008. Wang broke his foot running the base pads in the game and he missed the rest of the season.
In 2009, Wang’s return was a disaster as by the end of April he had an ERA of 34.50. At the start of July he was 1-6 but had lowered his ERA just shy of 11 but needed to have major shoulder surgery and that were what I thought were his last days in pinstripes.
It was on July 4, 2009 and Wang went five innings, gave up two runs, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter before being removed from the game. He was posted his lowest ERA of the 2009 season, a 10.04.
Well, the Yankees just inked Wang to a minor league deal because he pitched well for Team Japan in the WBC. And he hasn’t pitched well since beginning of 2008.
Wang is supposedly back to start in Triple AScranton, but I have a bad feeling that he might make the roster.
Knowing how the Yankees normally work, I would not be surprised if Wang was brought in to sub in for an injured Phil Hughes. The Yankees might be trying to avoid having both Ivan Nova and Andy Phelps in the starting rotation, which is completely asinine.
I would rather see Nova and Phelps over Wang any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
Personally, I do not ever want to see Wang near the mound in the Bronx again especially if his sinkerball is working.
The reasons given were that the Jays have too many new pieces thrown in the mix to be productive; or Toronto hasn’t been in the playoffs since 1993 when they won the World Series so they lack experience.