Has the Yankee Era Ended? July 20, 2011

Last night’s late comedy of errors and loss was not the beginning of the end for the toothless Bronx Bombers, but the last number of games seems to indicate just where they maybe going.. Of course, it just may be another bump on their road to the playoffs, but their glaring weaknesses may have been foreshadowed in their last few games.

If it wasn’t bad enough that they gave up on Lance Bergman who is leading the NL with 26 home runs, look who they got to replace him. Have you heard of Eric Chavez? No? Well he’s a nobody, who’s been on the DL all season. But how about their bench? What bench? Young light-hitting, no threat, Mr. Pena had a tummy ache and is gone. He couldn’t hit his hat. Andruw Jones their over weight, over-the hill, burned out former gazelle is their backup outfielder. Until Cano’s home run last night, he was the last Yankee to hit a homer, which happened before the All-Star break. He’s hitting a hefty 211 and is death on the base paths.

But, what of their other flawed all-stars? ARod, who like many others in the near past, seems to be breaking down in his post de-tox come down from steroids. Before he went on the DL he had 13 home runs in over 300 at bats. I’d be very shocked if he makes a run on the home run record. He may have to play until he’s fifty.

But what of Teixeira who is now sinking under .240 and hasn’t hit a long ball in almost a month. Just throw him any breaking ball at his ankles and he’ll assuredly strike out. He’ll be lucky if he hits another 10 home runs in the remaining games.

I suggest trading him for Albert Pujols. The Cards can’t sign him, the Yankees probably can and the Cards will get a first baseman who’s signed for years. I am sure like Bergman he’ll hit in the NL. As for their other All-Stars, their catcher Martin is now hitting under .224 and he’s gone almost “o” for the summer. Looks like most of his production ended in April. Unfortunately their backup catcher, Cervelli, is batting .200, has no power and cannot throw. Nobodies perfect!

Aside from having an off year, or the reversion to form, Nick Swisher seems to unable to hit unless he’s at the top of the order where he gets decent pitches. Unfortunately Derek Jeter is in the way, and his bat seems weaker than Cervelli’s. Even though I love Jeter, and do not mind that his range at short stop has become a liability, he is sure handed. Too bad he cannot hit the ball out of the infield. He had his chance last night with men in scoring position and he was way over matched. He needs more than two weeks off or another All-Star break, he’s worn out or finished. That leaves us with Robinson Cano, who has great power, a wonderful swing and a terrific arm. Too bad he’s under-performing, seems disinterested, and is way below his potential.

We cannot rely completely on Gardiner’s “punch and judy” hitting and stolen bases and Granderson’s excellent play.

Last but not least is their pitching. Mariano won’t be there forever, Hughes is a big question mark as is Nova. Garcia and Colon may wilt in this coming heat wave and other than Robertson, their bullpen has questions. Boone Logan is a stiff and if they could find another lefty he would have a one-way ticket to Palookaville. The interesting reality is CC Sabbathia’s contract. He has a very expensive escape clause. And even though he has another year left, it is almost like he is in his option year. His next contract request could be a budget breaker for even the Yankees. Who needs a $30 million pitcher on a 4th place team?

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One of Richard’s recent activities was to advise and encourage communities to seek ways to incorporate “sustainability and resiliency” into their future infrastructure planning. After a lifetime in politics, with many years working as a district leader, which involved party organizational work, campaign chair activity and numerous other political tasks, Richard has been involved with numerous civic and social causes. In recent years, Richard served in 2005 as the campaign coordinator of the Re-Elect Paul Feiner Campaign in Greenburgh, NY and he again chaired Supervisor Feiner’s successful landslide victory in 2007. Over the next few years, he advised a number of political candidates. He has served as an appointed Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh, with responsibilities regarding the town’s “liaison program.” He was a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of the Town of Greenburgh, NY. Richard has lectured on FDR, The New Deal and 20th century American history in the Mount Vernon schools, at the Westchester Council of Social Studies annual conference in White Plains, and at many senior citizen groups, which include appearances at the Old Guard of White Plains, the Rotary Clubs of Elmsford and White Plains, and various synagogue groups around Westchester. In the winter of 2006 Richard was the leader of the VOCAL forum, sponsored by the Westchester County Office of Aging, which addresses the concerns of Westchester County’s Intergenerational Advocacy Educational Speak-out forums for senior citizens. Richard has given lectures for the Active Retirement Project, which is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center on the Hudson, the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, and other groups around Westchester County. Richard also is the founder and Chairperson of the Jon Breen Memorial Fund, that judges and grants annual prizes to students at Mount Vernon High School who submit essays on public policy themes. He also sponsors the Henry M. Littlefield History Prize for the leading MVHS history student. Richard serves on the Student College Scholarship Committee of Mount Vernon High School. In past years Richard chaired and moderated the Jon Breen Fund Award’s cablecast program with the Mayor and local and school officials. Richard has been a member of Blythedale Children’s Hospital’s Planned Giving Professional Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the committee to re-new the FDR Birthday Balls of the 1930’s and 1940’s with the March of Dimes’ effort to eliminate birth defects. Their renewal dinner was held at Hyde Park on January 30, 2003. Richard is currently an active contributor to the Roosevelt Institute, which is involved in many pursuits which included the opening of the Henry A. Wallace Center at Hyde Park, and the Eleanor Roosevelt – Val-Kill Foundation. In 2007, he proposed to the City of Mount Vernon an effort to develop an arts, educational, and cultural center as part of a downtown re-development effort. Richard was a team partner with the Infrastructure & Energy Solutions Group. IEFG which has developed innovative strategies for the 21st Century. Richard hosted a weekly program on WVOX-1460 AM radio, called “The Advocates,” which was concerned with “public policy” issues. The show, which was aired from 2007 until May 15, 2013, has had amongst its guests; Representative Charles Rangel, Chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, along with hundreds of others. All the 300 shows are archived at http://advocates-wvox.com. Richard currently gives lectures on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR and the Jewish Community, The New Deal, FDR and Douglas MacArthur, 20th Century American Foreign Policy Resulting in Conflict, and Israel’s Right to Exist. Richard lives in Boynton Beach, Fl, with his wife Linda of 44 years. They have two married children. Their daughter Dana is a Rutgers College graduate, with a MS from Boston University, and is the Assistant Director of Recruitment at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Their son Jon is an electrical engineering graduate of Princeton University and a senior software architect at NY/Mellon Bank in NYC. Richard J. 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