On a Tuesday afternoon, brief hits on a few things:
1. Yankee MVP
My ballot would be the same as Moshe’s. Cano’s been their best player on offense all year, closely followed by Swisher. CC, as always, has been fantastic. Here’s a conversation starter for you all: do you think CC will opt out after 2011? I know it’s a long way off, but it’s never too early to think about losing a guy that good. I’d say it’s 60/40 that he’ll opt out.
2. On Aces
I think this is one of those things that is rather ethereal and not easily defined in a phrase, or even a collection of phrases. The first thing that came to my mind was a guy like CC Sabathia or Roy Halladay: a pitcher who combines great skill/results with great durability to guide a staff through a season. That’s about as good a definition as I can come up with, Rebecca.
This article by Joel Sherman got me thinking about the Yankee bench and how, as the MLBTR post that pointed me to it, it is constructed. As the MLBTR post says, the Yankees have to use their farm system to develop good bench players because who wants to ride the bench? This is something I wrote about a while ago and it’s a relatively good strategy as it allows flexibility. However, it needs to also produce good quality back ups. Ramiro Pena has been uninspiring this year, and I think Eduardo Nunez has earned a shot. Brandon Laird has also crushed the ball all year and could force his way up to the majors. However, if I know the Yankees, Laird will do so with another team. He’s blocked at the corners by Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira and I think 2010 will be remembered as the year Brandon Laird upped his trade stock.
4. No link here, but these bits came up in conversation at a family gathering last week.
a)We talked about Alex Rodriguez’s 600th home run and his future and if he’d be able to chase down Barry Bonds/maybe even get to 800 home runs. I said something that only loosely made sense–I think–so let’s see what you think. I said that Alex Rodriguez’s home run chase depends a lot on Jesus Montero. If Montero shows that he can at least fake being a catcher, it will allow A-Rod to DH more. The more he stays off the field, the more likely it is he remains healthy. The healthier he is, the more likely it is that he keeps hitting home runs at a great pace and climbs up the record books. That doesn’t sound as bad as I thought it did. What do you guys think?
b) Lastly, my dad’s cousin–a reader of the site–and his wife said that I was “too objective” as a Yankee fan while we were discussing Derek Jeter (I know this comment was tongue-in-cheek and made in a joking manner but bear with me here). Is it possible to be “too objective” about the team for which you root? I’m not sure it is. We all know it’s easy to be too optimistic and too subjective, but is there such a thing as too much objectivity?