The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 4 1936-39

The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 4 1936-39

I contend that throughout their history, when the Yankees have been successful it is because they have used their great financial strength to acquire the necessary talent in order to build the best teams possible. I contend that has been the Yankees way from the very start of their success and it had defined their successful periods right up until the present day.

I decided to look at this in summary form to test my theory. In this new series, I will examine the various successful periods in Yankees history. I will look at the team’s starting players and find out how they were acquired to see if my perspective is correct.

Today’s article was written by Mike Whiteman as a continuation of this series.

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Hall-of-Fame Reaction: Mike Mussina

Hall-of-Fame Reaction: Mike Mussina

Baseball’s Hall of Fame and the process through which players gain entry into this elite fraternity has garnered significant scrutiny in recent years due to a flawed voting process that has provoked some head-scratching results, both in favor of some seemingly undeserving players while leaving out players who deserved to be first-ballot Hall-of-Famers.  With the selection of Mike “Moose” Mussina, one such error has been rectified.

Moose has steadily picked up votes during each of his 6 years on the ballot.  It seems that many voters did not view Mussina as an “inner-circle” Hall of Fame player.  While the voters have now voted Moose in, I think that both statistics and the eye test indicate that voters waited 6 years to give Mussina the honor of enshrinement in Cooperstown.

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The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 3: 1932

The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 3: 1932

I contend that throughout their history, when the Yankees have been successful it is because they have used their great financial strength to acquire the necessary talent in order to build the best teams possible.

I decided to look at this in summary form to test my theory. In this series, I am examining the various successful championship periods in Yankees history. I will look at the team’s starting players and find out how they were acquired to see if my perspective is correct.

Some of the data used for this installment comes from Mike Whiteman who wrote the next post in this series on the 1936-39 Yankees.

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The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Teams Were Built, Pt. 1: 1921-23

The Yankees Way?  A Brief Look At How The Championship Teams Were Built, Pt. 1: 1921-23

I contend that throughout their history, when the Yankees have been successful it is because they have used their great financial strength to acquire the necessary talent in order to build the best teams possible. I contend that has been the Yankees way from the very start of their success and it had defined their successful periods right up until the present day.

I decided to look at this in summary form to test my theory. In this new series, I will examine the various successful periods in Yankees history. I will look at the team’s starting players and find out how they were acquired to see if my perspective is correct.

We’ll begin with their first championship era, 1921-1923.

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With Harold Baines In, I No Longer Care

With Harold Baines In, I No Longer Care

This week the Hall of Fame dramatically lowered its standards when the cronyism-I mean Today’s Game Era-committee selected Harold Baines and Lee Smith, two players who the writers had very recently, and correctly, determined were not worthy of being Hall of Famers. I saw both these players through most of their careers and liked them a lot, particularly Baines, so this is not personal, but the numbers are pretty clear here. Smith is a slightly more defendable choice because of complexities around evaluating relief pitchers, but Baines is not a defendable selection. 

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