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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MY HOF BALLOT - EXPLAINED

MY HOF BALLOT - EXPLAINED

Congratulations to Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman in being elected to the Hall of Fame. Adding in Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, and it looks like a great Class of 2018!

Back on December 6th, Paul published the results of the Hall of Faming voting of SSTN’s writers, had we an official vote. This was the first time I had participated in an exercise such as this, and found it to be great fun.

For the most part.

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Graig Nettles and the Hall of Fame Third Base Conundrum

Graig Nettles and the Hall of Fame Third Base Conundrum

Chipper Jones’s election to the Hall of Fame is a well deserved honor for the great Braves slugger who played on several pennant winning teams, including two that lost to the Yankees in the World Series. Jones is only the 17th third baseman elected to the Hall of Fame. Following last week's Hall of Fame announcement, a New York Times article by Tyler Klepner explored the question of why so few third baseman make it to Cooperstown. Klepner’s article did not come up with a clear answer to this vexing question. However, he did mention former Yankee great Graig Nettles, a dazzling defender with a left-handed swing made for Yankee Stadium, as one of the third baseman who had been most overlooked by Hall of Fame voters.

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Guerrero, Hoffman, Jones, and Thome Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Guerrero, Hoffman, Jones, and Thome Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

As we honor our favorite and most memorable Yankees on this website from short anecdotes of meeting them to inspiring stories of their struggles in the Major Leagues, it is also our honor to congratulate the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame class- even if none of them happened to play for the Yankees- of: Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Edgar Martinez, and Jim Thome.

We would also like to congratulate the former Yankees who were on this ballot, of which there are too many to list. However, I would like to highlight my favorite player of all-time: Hideki Matsui. However, I digress, and in the article, you will find a quick story about each of these players and their connections (some drastic, some not-so-much) to the New York Yankees during and after their playing careers.

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