Last year, the Dodgers finished fourth (behind the Padres) in the NL West. The Yankees finished with 94 wins in the AL East, second only to the eventual World Series Champions.
As of right now, the Yankees still have one of the most potent offenses in all of baseball, and what should be one of the premier pitching rotations. That being said, they are currently last in their division, while the Dodgers are second in theirs—behind only the best team in baseball.
So, what's changed?
Well, I do recall Joe Torre turning down a ludicrous offer and setting up shop in LA. Then, at around the same time, Hank Steinbrenner started opening his mouth—more often than he already did—the Yankees hired skipper Joe Girardi instead of Donnie Baseball, who was the absolute perfect fit.
Honestly, Joe Girardi has done a terrible job with the Yankees thus far, while Mr. Torre has done a fine job with a less talented club.
But the real problem is Hank Steinbrenner. His father knew what to say and when to say it (for the most part), and I'd like to think he knew what he was doing most of the time, since he had such a successful career.
But it looks like Hank will always be just distraction. He's already lost any credibility he had from having a successful father. And he never has anything positive, let alone insightful, to say. His job consists mostly of calling people out in public and destroying the Yankees' morale.
I love it. I love it. I love it.
And yes, the Yankees have had injuries, but so has every other team. They also have the players and money to fill in what they need. There's no excuse for being in last place, even this early in the season.
Also, someone commented on my other Hank Steinbrenner article before I had it deleted and re-published. He was saying I couldn't call Hank ignorant because the Yankees have won 26 World Series.
Well, first of all, that's totally irrelevant. And second, what exactly did Hank have to do with those championships? And what have the Yankees done since he's had any power whatsoever?
If you somehow have any other response other than nothing, please post it below.