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The Yankees: the worst case scenario

Feb 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

Since we’ll soon be swimming in season previews that have the Yankees winning 100 games, the division, the league and probably the World Series, let’s have some fun and see what would happen if absolutely everything went wrong in the Bronx. To that end, here’s Part 1 of NYaT’s “The Yankees Worst Case Scenario.”  It’s a lot of this sort of thing:

Brett GardnerWhat it would look like: Tony Womack II.
In 2005, the Yankees decided it would be a good idea to give an
everyday spot to a guy who was fast but couldn’t get on base to exploit
that speed. That’s the biggest fear with Gardner. The guy is never
going to hit for power but if he can get on base at a decent clip, he
can be dangerous for the Yankees. Also, if his defense isn’t as good as
the small sample size suggests, that really decreases the value of
Gardner. If he can’t play, the fans will get on him and he’ll face
“Johnny Damon” chants when he bats. That’s nothing good.

There’s one for every position player. Unlike Gardner’s, however, most of the entries involve a good player suddenly reverting to his worst season or partial season, such as Jeter returning to 2008 form and Mark Teixeira putting up a whole season in to match the beginning of 2009.  This is highly unlikely to happen, of course, but it is instructive to remember that stars don’t always shine forever and, yes, one or two of these guys aren’t going to be as good in 2010 as they were in 2009.

I presume Part II will be the pitchers.  Bookmark it, Orioles and Jays fans! It may be the best you feel all year!

  1. Mr.Baseball - Feb 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    LOUD NOISES! Dude, why are you yelling?

  2. Talex - Feb 3, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    And maybe there is a real Easter bunny too.
    What a dump column. When will it cease?

  3. New Yorker - Feb 3, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Mark posted;
    “You find me a smart sports writer and I will try to find a smart so-called Black president.
    Ya thats not going to happen now is it!”
    Mark, not only are you a loser as a baseball fan, you’re a loser in life. Your mother must be so proud.

  4. Rays fan - Feb 3, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    *gasp!*
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  5. YANKEES1996 - Feb 3, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    I love these type of stories, what will happen if the Yankkes fall on their faces? These stories always bring the Yankee haters to the surface, jealousy plain and simple that is what it is. The Yanks have gone through rough patches and bad seasons but they always return to the top and you know why, because they are WINNERS! The fans that hate the Yankees and like small market teams don’t have a hard time taking the money from the Yankees luxury tax and revenue sharing do they? The amount of the Yankees luxury tax payments are known to be higher than the opening day payrolls of some teams, so be careful about hating on the Yanks, the money we are paying in maybe floating you’re entire team!

  6. Andrew - Feb 3, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Part II of the series is up: http://www.nyat.net/2010/02/hot-stove-coal-yankees-worst-case.html

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