Yankees Downward Spiral
In the beginning of the season I wrote an article about the spiral of the NY Yankees offense and probable reasons why it was happening (https://hubiemagic.com/2014/04/yankees-hit-this-season/ ). The negative spiral was so great the last couple years that I even thought it would be hard for the Yankees to make a good comeback offensively this year even after some great acquisitions from the free agency market. Talent wise, the Yankees are loaded and should be the best hitting team in the league every year, but they have managed to finish near the bottom the past 3 years and this year was not any better.
Yankees Lineup Stacked
With a line-up composed of Ishiro, Gardner, Ellsbury, Teixeira, and Beltran the Yankees are next to last in the AL in hitting? There are more great hitters not mentioned here like Jeter and Soriano, but the point is that the Yankees are more stacked than they have been and they are stacked every year. They are even stacked more than most of the great hitting teams when there are injuries.
Yankees Hitting Philosophies
The point is that the hitting philosophies that the Yankees embrace are no better than the worst hitting teams in the league; especially when they are actually followed. As an unwritten rule, most MLB teams really don’t adhere to a specific philosophy up until the point players start to slump a bit. Then the coaches and philosophies really start to make their way into the system.
As predicted within the past years and even this year with the article I finally wrote in the beginning of this year, I believe the philosophy of the Yankees hitting has sifted in too deeply within the players that have been rostered with the Yankees for at least the past 5 years. Basically, the strategies and drills used with the Yankees force great rotational hitters who have naturally have lifted the ball and even hit for good averages for most of their careers, come to enter an environment of understanding hitting that is not natural to them. Why don’t the players realize this?
Yankees Hitting Getting Progressively Worse
The pride of the Yankees and their winning ways throughout history are intimidating enough for them not to question how things run in Yankee Stadium.Over the last 5 years the Yanks have needed some real help in their hitting despite fielding all star line-ups. Yes, they have received help from the staff and if you check the hitting stats from the past 10 years the numbers have gotten progressively worse even though they have still been a play off contending team (normally their pitching is the best in the league).
To me, this is just another team strong arm by the organization to hit a certain way ( that clearly does not work) and it is even more exemplified when things get a little bit challenging from an offensive standpoint.
Not many have noticed what is happening with the Yankees over the past decade. All you have to do is look up the stats over the past decade and then start to wonder why super stars come to the Yankees and hardly ever perform to their potential for more than a couple years.
As a hitting consultant, I can see the trends before they even start to become obvious. As a specialist, I go in and find the reasons why this is happening from a technical standpoint and immediately fix these problems that are costing teams runs, and chances of winning championships.
Hitting is the energy of the game and once a team starts to slump and then progressively declines because the wrong technicians come in and make things worse. Take away a teams hitting potential and the backbone of the teams starts to dissipate! Getting a team jump started offensively is like putting a big block engine in a race car. The team lights up and so do the fans and the rest of the organization! Teams should never allow a downward spiral over one season, let alone 5 or 10. The numbers normally don’t lie, and when the trend is set so is the pattern. This spells trouble and it takes a crafty management team to find out why. With the Yankees, they see the problem but they continue to bring in new players into an offensive system that has been completely infiltrated with too many technical difficulties.