At first, I accused the poor guy of lying and actually said, “that is not even funny.”
Well that explains why he wasn’t laughing.
Honestly, I am in shock that this trade happened unless the Yankees are trying to start a senior circuit here.
Ichiro is 38 years old, and has maintained an over .300 batting average for 10 straight seasons but that streak ended after 2010 as he his BA dropped to .272 in 2011 and has continued to fall in 2012 as he is carrying a .261 now.
The Ichiro the Yankees just acquired is no longer a base stealing machine as he has just 15 on the season so that doesn’t add much.
So far this season Ichiro has 28 RBIs and 17 walks with 40 strikeouts in 402 at-bats, which is why this trade makes no sense to me what so ever.
Oh and the Yankees biggest issue, which is hitting with runners in scoring position might have gotten worse as Ichiro is posting a .175 RISP. Guess that explains the 10 double plays he has grounded into.
Why are the Yankees so hell-bent on bringing in aging stars, and so scared of adding some youth? I mean what is the point of having a farm system at all?
Does GM Brian Cashman not see what is going on with the Angels Mike Trout; or the Blue Jays, Giants, D-backs, Rangers, Red Sox who all are benefiting from some younger players?
Wait, what really twisted my panties was when skipper Joe Girardi was quoted by USA Today as saying, “This is a big day for us. We feel he brings the speed element, a tremendous hitter.”
What Girardi really meant to say was that Ichiro used to be fast on the bags and did carry a .300+ BA for a decade so we are acquiring with the presumption he will be that player again and not the one he has turned into.
Ichiro was demoted in the anemic Mariners batting order this season, which makes what Girardi say scary to think about.
Oh and if you didn’t know Ichiro is about as flashy a player off the field as you can get so brilliant idea bringing him to NYC.
The Yankees can plead complete insanity because Ichiro just doesn’t feel right; and I liked pitching prospect DJ Mitchell who is the Yankees sent to the Mariners along with another pitcher Danny Farquhar in the deal.
Hopefully I am wrong but when has anything worked out when the Mariners are involved but hey maybe Ichiro will get rejuvenated as that is certainly what the Yankees are praying for; along with filling more seats in the Bronx.
Maybe I just need to let this sink in for a few days because I am still trying to digest this.