The New York Mets are rebuilding. The New York Yankees are hurting.
It could be a very dismal year for baseball in the Empire State.
New York has indeed enjoyed a rich history when it comes to the sport of baseball. The Dodgers, Giants and Yankees for decades embodied both excellence and dominance at various times, and oftentimes they did it in the same season.
After the Dodgers and Giants moved west, the Mets became the second team in the most populous city in America. For a period of time, the Mets stunk worse than garbage day in the city, and the Yankees were experiencing a downturn at the same time.
Now, it could feature a repeat of the those days in the 1960s.
In a guest column for ESPN Insider (subscription required), Paul Swydan of FanGraphs takes a look at the state of the Yankees and Mets as they prepare for the upcoming 2013 season. He takes a hard look at the two teams and wonders if it indeed could be a season of misery in the Big Apple.
But how would it possibly compare to other terrible seasons in New York baseball history?
Let's take a look.