Rirruto wrote:Did he suck when Cone, Wells, Pettitte, Gooden, El Duque, and Clemens were around too? I don't see how he is responsible for Randy being old, Pavano pitching like he has for his whole career except for last year, Wright's injury, and rookie meltdowns. He's also not responsible for the sub-par Yankee defense and lackadaisical play on the field. The guy has been a championship pitching coach since he joined Torre and is one of the best pitchers the Yankees have ever had. Mel deserves a little better than to be fired in the middle of the season, this is his last season anyway, he's wanted to retire for a while, just wait until October. (or maybe September the way things are going) Obviously the staff is underperforming but to fire a guy with this much Yankee equity is a little too much. He's no Leo Mazzonee but he's not some chump off the street either. Just wait till the end of the season.
No, but he obviously lost his touch. I'm not pinning just Wright, Brown and Pavano on him, because those guys all suck in the first place.
But you failed to mention Javier Vazquez. You also forgot to mention Jeff Weaver. And Jose Contreras, etc.
No big name pitcher that has been acquired since 2001, no matter what their track record, has done anything in New York.