For the first time in 32 years, the New York Yankees have been swept out of the postseason. Not since 1980, when the Yankees went down in three straight games to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series, have the Bronx Bombers met the most inglorious end in baseball.
It takes an even longer reach into the history books to find the last time New York was swept in a best-of-7 series. That would be 1976, when the Yankees scored just eight runs and went down in four straight games to the Cincinnati Reds—the second of two straight titles for the team dubbed “The Big Red Machine.”
The 2012 playoffs exposed some major problems with the composition of the Yankees’ offense, which was downright offensive in October. Max Scherzer and three Detroit relievers combined on a two-hitter as the Tigers routed the Yankees 8-1 in Game 4 of the ALCS on Thursday to close out a four-game sweep of the series.
How bad was the offense? The Tigers scored eight runs in Game 4. The Yankees scored six runs in the entire series.
For the playoffs, New York hit .188 as a team and scored 22 runs in nine games—six of them losses. In the ALCS, it just got worse. Detroit held the Yankees to a .169 average in the sweep and, incredibly, four of New York’s six runs came in the ninth inning of Game 1—a 6-4 loss to the Tigers in 12 innings.
In the wake of the October debacle, there are some people within the organization who simply don’t need to be there for 2013, and at least one guy who needs to return, but in an entirely different capacity.
So who are the guys that need to take the fall?