Lofunzo wrote:luckygehrig wrote:Just checking to see if I'm the only one who picked up on this. When Torre decided not to play for a run in Game 2 by bunting over and the Yanks ended up losing that game, a lot of people asked why. A lot of people said "That's just American League baseball. You play for the 3 run home run and teams don't want to waste the out." (I heard this both on sports radio, and read it in the Yankees Mailbag article after that game) Is it just me, or when Joe first took over the Yankees, didn't he play small ball? I remember them bunting a guy over on more than one occasion. Wasn't he praised for bringing National League style baseball to the American League and making it work? And now he's being defended by people saying that's not the way the game is played in the AL? If it worked 11 years ago it should work now. It just seems to me that there are a lot of people jumping to defend Torre's decision making process there when the alternative was exactly what brought him his success with the Yanks in the first place.
You are correct. When he came over, that is the type of team that he had. Guys like Brosius, O'Neill, and Knoblauch were good situational hitters. They could get the 2-out hit. This team can't seem to do that on a consistent basis.
I just don't think Torre has had that type of team in recent years. For years the Yankees have replaced guys like Paul O'Neill, Tino Martinez, Chuck Knoblauch, etc. with Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui, etc.
The teams have been built on superstars who hit the longball. The Yankees never had a superstar hitter in their glory years. They didn't have an MVP caliber player, outside of Jeter's 1999 season (which he should have won the MVP, what a joke). It was a lot of situational hitting. And that worked for them, because they never really needed to score 7 or 8 runs to win a ballgame. They had guys like Pettitte and Cone and Wells and El Duque who pitched brilliantly, and then they had guys like Nelson, Stanton, Mendoza and Rivera come in and shut the opponent down for the last 3 or 4 innings.
The teams in recent years have been built on hitting instead of the 90s teams which won because of their pitching. The Yankees haven't had a guy who guarantees you a solid postseason start. I think the team might be headed in the right direction, though. This year's team, compared to year's past, has focused more on young pitching and bullpen, and less on big homerun hitters.