Tuesday, October 10, 2006


There have been a number of silly responses to the Yankees' collapse. This is one of my favorites.

Murray Chass believes that Mike Mussina is the reason the Yankees have not won a World Series since he joined the team (and is possibly responsible for their failiures before that).

He writes:

Mussina joined the Yankees as a free agent six years ago. The only other players who have been with the team that long have a bunch of World Series rings:
Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada.

Bernie Williams, aging DH: more valuable than Mike Mussina. A winner.

Mussina is the ringleader of the anti-World Series champions:
Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui, Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez, Jaret Wright, Carl Pavano, Randy Johnson , Johnny Damon, Kyle Farnsworth.

These guys don't deserve to walk the earth (Pavano actually can't.)

Seriously, what have Matsui, Sheffield, A-Rod, and Johnny Damon done but play very good baseball since they joined the team? What are the criteria for being a member of the "anti-World Series Champions"? Not having been on a winning team?

David Eckstein has been on a winning team. Juan Uribe. Ross Gload. Every utility infielder ever who somehow snuck onto a postseason roster.

Neifi Perez has a shot this year.

Mussina, like some players on that list, is a pitcher, and the lack of strong pitching has undermined the Yankees' chances of winning the World Series.

Mike Mussina has been the BEST starting pitcher on the Yankees since 2001!

This is what Mike Mussina has done with the Yankees:

W/L - 92-53
ERA - 3.80 (#1 among Yankees' starters since 2001, minimum 400 IP)
WHIP - 1.179 (#1)
K/BB - 4.11 (#1)
IP/GS - 6.42
K/9 - 7.77 (#3 behind Clemens (8.80) and Johnson ( 8.01))

[Mussina] is the symbol of the Yankees’ failure to win the World Series the last six years. If George Steinbrenner is seeking a scapegoat, make it Mussina.

Or A-Rod, who was still the best third baseman in the league this year. Or Johnny Damon, the best all-around leadoff hitter in the game. Or two great outfielders who happened to BREAK THEIR WRISTS trying to win. LOSERS.

Murray Chass, you may not understand baseball.


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