2016 New York Yankees: 3 Major Questions

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1. Will the Yankees stay healthy?

The biggest question coming into the past few seasons for the Yankees have been about health. It is no secret that the Yankees are led by older players who often find themselves on the disabled list. And the Yankees have a few players who, despite being under thirty, have major injury concerns – most notably Mashiro Tanaka. Looking at the position players, the Yankees need both Mark Teixeira – who had his season prematurely ended due to a fractured leg – and Alex Rodriguez to stay healthy. There would be very minimal power in the Yankees lineup if they have to be without Teixeira and/or Rodirguez. It is critical they both stay healthy for the Yankees to be successful. Jacoby Ellsbury is another position player who has consistently found himself on the disabled list throughout his career.

Moreover, the Yankees pitching staff is full of question marks. Mashiro Tanaka’s health will always be a concern due to his partially torn UCL, Michael Pineda has dealt with shoulder injuries his entire career, Nathan Eovaldi had his 2015 campaign ended early due to a forearm strain, CC Sabathia has been dealing with off the field issues related to a drinking problem, and Nova returned in the middle of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The only starter on the Yankees who has not dealt with any major injuries is Luis Severino. The Yankees really need at least three of the other pitchers to avoid the disabled list if they want to stay in the AL East race for the entirety of the season 

3 Responses

  1. tillzen

    The Yankees were (and are) a success for the Steinbrenners only. This new economic “normal” lures 3 million enablers through the gates but on the field we can only win through luck instead of by design. We continue to groom players in the minors as if they are gold but then we give them only 20, 40 or less than 80 games to find their way when called up. We repeat failures expecting different results instead of having a genuine plan (like the Cardinals). They too groom players but they give their kids the time to fly or fail prior to moving them. The “Core 4” each had setbacks but with Steinbrenner suspended we were gifted just enough time to let greatness become. We the older (get-offa-my-lawn) crowd won just enough championships to put up with this current failure but I feel bad for younger fans who have to hope for luck if ever the profitable Yankees will return to on the field riches.

    • Kevin Davis

      you are totally correct. Hal is playing the fans for suckers content to rely on just being competitive while stating publicly he is committed to building a champion. If we lose he will spin it as “but we were in it” If we get lucky ( which is the only way we will win) Hal will claim to have drawn it up this way! If WE suckers keep coming he will continue HIS “winning” strategy

      • tillzen

        Right on Kevin! Empires rarely adapt their ossified culture to times “a changin’ ” unless pushed. The good news is that even if we never win another championship, their 27 and my 7 are plenty. Now the Knicks … that’s another story .

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