This is how more experienced baseball fans must feel – sick of the Yankees’ and their “superteams”.
Superteam – normally I hate that term but all bets are off when discussing the Bronx Bombers.
I’m too young to remember the 1998-1999-2000 three-peat so I’ve only experienced the Yankees winning once (2009).
Like any self-respecting baseball fan, I know about Murderers’ Row, the 4-peat in the 30s, the 5-peat from 1949-53, and their large assortment of 17 other championships.
The Yankees won multiple rings in each decade from the 1920s to the 70s.
From 1923 to 1963, the Yankees never allowed more than 3 years to separate their championships. It has only been in the past 30 years that baseball fans outside of the Big Apple have had a fightin’ chance.
The Yankees bookended the 2000s decade with rings in 2000 and 2009 but now have hit their fourth-longest dry spell in history.
The Pinstripes have been shut out for 9 years but they look good – like really good – in 2019.
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It is a good sign when your 116-year-old franchise has 27 championships and only 5 droughts longer than 3 years.
The past 9 years have likely seemed like an eternity to Yankee fans – a people not used to waiting. Most teams would love to switch places with New York, however, as the Yankees hold only the 7th-longest championship drought in the MLB.
If you consider 1903 to be the beginning of Major League baseball, the sport as we know it is 116-years-young. As someone who enjoys math, hearing that New York accounts for 27 championships in 116 years is eye-popping.
I figured that a visual representation of this proportion would really show how often the Yankees git-r-done. Take a look at this pie graph which shows the proportion of championships each MLB franchise has won.
If it appears that the Yankees’ slice is nearly one-fourth of the entire pie – it’s because it is. This is why I (and most baseball fans) hate to see the Yankees win.
The Yankees are a Machine in 2019
Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregorious, Troy Tulowitzki, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Jordan Montgomery, Jonathan Loaisiga, Ben Heller, Jake Barrett.
These are 13 of the 18 players that have appeared on the Yankees’ injured list in 2019.
Whatever team you are a fan of – take away your two best hitters, your best starting pitcher, and your best reliever. What would your record be at this point?
Would you be 39-24 and in first place? Probably not.
Give Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman some credit. He built a (unnecessarily) deep team this offseason but that depth has allowed New York to navigate this nightmare injury-riddled season.
The Yankees have “AA shortstop rated 85 on The Show” kind of depth. Not really … but almost.
Check out these stats. New York ranks highly in nearly every offensive and pitching category. These are the Yankees’ league ranks. Remember, that Off is Offensive Runs Above Average.
No Stanton. No Judge. No Ellsbury. No Tulo. No Didi. Simply incredible.
The Yankees do it all. They don’t strike out. They walk a lot. They hit for power. They hit for average. Not a ton of speed on this roster, but who needs speed when your right field fence is 314 feet from home plate.
Oh yeah … the Yankees can pitch too.
Buckle in baseball fans. New York is a once-sleeping giant that is now brewing a pot of coffee. Get ready. The Yankees may be the team-to-beat come October.