As the NEW YORK YANKEES head into the 2014 season, let us look at several issues that have been on the stove this off season.
Tanaka, the highly sought after Japanese free agent pitcher is on the open market and will be signed by a team willing to pay a significant salary for him. Having seen Tanaka pitch and having seen thousands of other pitchers in my lifetime, I have a concern with Tanaka. My concern is with his delivery and the stress he puts into many of his pitches, sometimes appearing as if he is throwing his body with his delivery. I have seen all to many pitchers who threw this way, injure themselves because this violent throwing action takes its toll on the arm, elbow, shoulder, and whatever else it may find. Tanka's motion is not truly fluid. Many of the greats in MLB who have dominated on the mound, were very smooth and fluid, using their legs and body going to the plate and dominating and intimidating batters. Many others who were also dominating where not fluid and many looked to be throwing violently thus taking a toll on their arm and body. Many of these dominated for a few years and then suddenly the wheels fell off the wagon. If the YANKEES obtain Tanaka, and from what I have heard, Tanaka WILL sign with the YANKEES, I will be pulling for him, BUT whoever Tanaka signs with, I feel Tanaka as time plays out MAY not be worth what the winning bidder is going to pay. Time will tell.
afraud, who arguably may be the most foul corrupt person to ever play MLB, a person who has lied and cheated his entire career, a person who lied and cheated on his family, his teams, the fans, and MLB has been banned from baseball for the 2014 season. Not long enough in my view, afraud should never be allowed to play baseball again. Remember WIN METHOD fans, no record of any of the steroid users is real or valued. These records of the steroid users should be eliminated from the record books and not ever be used by any fan ever.
2014 season outlook. Even at this time, without the rosters being finalized and spring training not yet open, the YANKEES look like a solid sure thing playoff team. With Captain Derek Jeter back at shortstop playing great defense and great offense, that is an upgrade from last year. Brian McCann behind the plate will be an upgrade fro last year. Mark Teixeira back at first base will be an upgrade from last year. The outfield with Elsbury, Gardner, Soriano, Beltran will be an upgrade from last year. Third base will be an upgrade from last year with a combination of several players, led by Nunez will be an upgrade from last year. We lose Cano at second base, but one minus is eliminated or nullified by so many plusses. The excess of talent at so many positions therefore allows for an automatic upgrade at the designated hitter spot. The pitching will have many potentials vying for a spot in the rotation, and if Tanaka becomes a YANKEE spring training competition will shape the rotation for the best. There are many options and many guys competing for the same. After everything shakes out the YANKEE 2014 is going to be one of accomplishment and achievement.