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Old 08-13-2013, 12:34 AM
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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It has happened before, most notably from the mid-Sixties through the late Seventies, but also for a shorter period during the Eighties.

I want to say at this point that while "my" teams play in Detroit and Philadelphia, I don't harbor an inbred resentment toward the folks in pinstripes. I took a certain sense of satisfaction when two respected veterans from those teams, Ivan Rodriguez and Bobby Abreu, got the chance at a short visit with the Yanks when well into their careers.

And if the Yanks can be accused of snapping up free agents while in a pennant race, the same criticism can be directed toward the Phils' signing of Pedro Martinez and the Tigers' acquisition of Bill Madlock back in their dominant year of 1984.

But the circumstances enabling the Yankees' financial domination of the American League are the 800-lb gorilla in the room, and this can't be overlooked. The people who say "Let the rings do the talking" conveniently overlook the fact that only an enormous fan base, not subjected to the long struggles of franchises such as Pittsburgh or Kansas City (who still won at least an occasional championship), or the humiliation of years like the 1961 Phils' or 2003 Tigers', made a disproportionate share of those rings possible.

And in fairness, a team which must live constantly in the spotlight of the world's toughest media market faces a longer fall when, as currently, the architects and participants are shown to have feet of clay. And at least a portion of the media do provide some degree of redeeming positive spin in the worst of times. Mickey Mantle's painful last illness and funeral brought out a number if Yankee vets -- Hank Bauer, Bobby Richardson, Ryne Duren -- who demonstrated that the development of individual character was at least as much of the Yankee organization as anywhere else.

So perhaps the House that Ruth Built is due to a few years worth of remodeling; and there is some evidence to support the argument that the Yanks will never regain quite as much of the dominance of their glory days of 1945-64. My point remains that the circumstances underlying that advantage are central to the game itself; we can't live with 'em, and can't live without 'em.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:01 AM
Location: Emmaus, PA
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They might be having problems now but they will do what they have ALWAYS done - they will buy the best players from Pittsburgh, Kansas City, or any other poorer teams.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:22 PM
Location: When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic
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Yes, they are Klapisch: The ice age is almost here for Yankees - NorthJersey.com
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:42 PM
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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The Yankees benefited the last few years from their old players maintaining their quality of play into their mid-to-late 30s, which is very unusual. Those players are finally showing their age.

The Yankees, much like the team located 100 miles to their southwest (the Phillies), really need to get younger. That's their biggest problem right now - their team is too old, and lacks younger stars or near-stars in their prime years. IMO, they really need to resign Robinson Cano.
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Old 08-17-2013, 03:32 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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Default Are the Yankees In For A Long Slump?

Boy, I hope so. It's time for someone else to occupy the top of the AL East for a while.
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