Yankees: Eric Hinske Is Not Kidding Around

Dan PazosCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 11:  Eric Hinske #14 of the New York Yankees hits his second home run of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning on July 11, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won 12-8.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Sometimes the Yankees make certain moves that are classifed as "desperate."

Upon learning that the Bombers had traded for Eric Hinske, most would criticize this move as a sad attempt at another over-the-hill player, but just maybe those skeptics should think again.

In a more important event than one steriod user passing another on the all-time home run list, let's talk about something real.

Saturday afternoon, Eric Hinske as a Yankee, hit his second and third home runs.

Prior to wearing Pinstripes, Hinske had just one home run on the season. He now has four.

Now, I am not saying that Eric Hinske is going to continue to play like this for the Yankees, nor am I suggesting that he will have any lasting impact on a Yankees playoff run this season.

Hinske probabbly will not get significant playing time this season, barring a terrible slump or an injury to a starter, but sometimes baseball teams are like puzzles and every piece counts.

Playoff runs are pieced together from the first day of training camp to the last day before the deadline.

Hinske has shown he still has a bit left in the tank, maybe just enough to get whetever job he is asked to do, done.

His veteran knowledge of the game doesn't hurt either.

If by some chance Hinske continues to produce like this, the Yankees have clearly made a move that will make Cashman look like a genius for the first time since getting Mark Teixiera.