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Before the Sox ever even shared a locker room, thi...

2011-01-04T08:41:09.025-05:00

Before the Sox ever even shared a locker room, this NESN writer made that claim. As such, you have to look at individual stats. You can't look at them and immediately predict they'll be the next 1998 Yanks, where individual stats didn't matter as much as the team playing well together.

The '11 Sox would need to dominate both sides of the game just as much as the Yanks did from an individual standpoint and a team standpoint. That's part of what made them so great - amazing stats by players and an amazingly dominant team. No A-Rod's of the Texas days to be had - they all played well and they won...and rather easily too.

It's also tough to name any modern team the BEST EVER without letting them sit for awhile in the history books. The '27 Yanks have a certain nostalgia and prestige to them because of where they fit in baseball history, which is a vital part of any baseball discussion, more so than in other sports.



You can't argue with the individual statistics...

2011-01-04T08:36:35.186-05:00

You can't argue with the individual statistics of the guys like Ruth and Gehrig. They're downright absurd. BUT a team is 25 guys, not just the statistics of its 5 best players. What would the Red Sox, or any team for that matter, have to accomplish in this era of baseball in order to surpass the '27 Yanks? At least 116 wins and a World Series title, but what else?



Ha interesting idea at the end there, Joe. The Bos...

2010-12-27T14:16:41.160-05:00

Ha interesting idea at the end there, Joe. The Boston Yanks used to be a real NFL team but if they ever switched up names/logos/mascots/cities of modern day teams, it'd be interesting to see how people would respond.

I agree on Matsui - tough to root against a player of his importance to the Yankees when he played with them. I like to see guys like that do well individually but never win it...unless the Yanks are knocked out, then I'm all for it.

Thanks for reading, and Happy Holidays/New Year!



I was also really confused about how to react to M...

2010-12-27T13:41:29.399-05:00

I was also really confused about how to react to Matsui. I'd prefer to be a Matsui fan no matter where he plays, though I'd prefer not to root against the Yankees.

I think the Boston Yankees would be an ideal team for a Boston transplant like yourself. The problem is what happens if you live in Queens? Are you really going to go through all the trouble of catching games for a team that won't even bear your proud city's name? I have a much better idea. Have it be like the New York Jets & Giants. They play in New Jersey. I say the Yankess could move to Boston, but rub it in Boston's face by continuing to call themselves the "New York" Yankees.



You just came up with a good idea. If there isn...

2010-12-27T13:30:50.165-05:00

You just came up with a good idea. If there isn't one already there should be a Boston bar just for Yankee fans... like a gay bar. Maybe it could even become a national chain. I went to a Yankees game in Anaheim this summer. You would not believe the amount of Yankees apparel. A very conservative estimate would be 10% of the crowd was wearing something Yankees, & that doesn't count the fans wearing no MLB apparel. That's thousands of people!



To howigit: Given that prospects take a long time ...

2010-12-27T11:30:07.375-05:00

To howigit: Given that prospects take a long time to develop and don't always pan out, I'd like to see us start to blend talent from the farm system with veterans so that we can hand over the reigns with our cracks become huge holes -- not there yet, I agree, but it could happen sooner than later.



To James: I agree that it's better to have som...

2010-12-27T11:28:31.044-05:00

To James: I agree that it's better to have some signs of success than to be a bottom dweller. But my point was that, when you plod along year after year in the middle of the pack, you're not good enough to win it all or bad enough to accrue high picks and trade your top talent for future prospects (you're too high in the standings, and you're too invested to trade talent and start losing).

When you're tanking, at very least you hope for what the Rays did. This all hinges on good management and front office decisions, of course.



I think it's long been known that the Yankees ...

2010-12-23T12:19:38.450-05:00

I think it's long been known that the Yankees need to spend more of their time developing their farm system -- they've got all the resources in the world, they can definitely do a better job. That said, the Yankees have had some players come up through the system. They just happen to be few and far between, when compared to, say, the Red Sox (who clearly are now both developing the farm system and signing free agents.) The Yankees are still a few years away from their players becoming very old, but it'll be interesting to see what the core of the next generation of Yankees turns out to be.



I'm sorry, but as the fan of a losing team I g...

2010-12-21T01:37:20.438-05:00

I'm sorry, but as the fan of a losing team I guaren-damn-tee its a lot better to have a middle of the road team like the White Sox than a losing one like my Birds. At least you get to enjoy a full baseball season.



The Phillies starters 1-4 are better for sure, but...

2010-12-14T14:02:46.078-05:00

The Phillies starters 1-4 are better for sure, but you've got to look at Boston's depth -- with Lester, Bucholz, Beckett, Matsuzaka, Lackey, and Wakefield you've got 5 very good and 6 potential starters. Even if a few of them don't have good years a few likely will.

Not to mention that our offense is much better than the Phillies. I think you've got to make us the favorite....at this point.

As for your pain, well, I hope it hurts like hell.

Merry Christmas.

howiGit (thanks for the shout out)



The Phillies pitching rotation is just absolutely ...

2010-12-14T13:57:16.854-05:00

The Phillies pitching rotation is just absolutely out of control now. The Red Sox are going to be absurdly good with the additions of Gonzalez and Crawford but the Phils might be a whole step above even them. My hopes for a Sox championship are made wary by the potential of having to beat these Phillies in October.



Oh, and the free agent market for SPs after next s...

2010-12-14T11:13:38.750-05:00

Oh, and the free agent market for SPs after next season? Not great.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/03/2012-mlb-free-agents.html

Bummer...



I have to disagree with you. The red B represents...

2010-05-27T10:33:47.134-04:00

I have to disagree with you. The red B represents a century of misery with brief interludes of euphoria.



Nice article............. I am a Christian as wel...

2010-05-22T19:49:22.660-04:00

Nice article.............

I am a Christian as well- who loves the Yanks.

Our Manager along with AROD and Riveria all are believers too.

Go Yanks!!!



On that list of Yankee pitching performances, wher...

2010-03-26T19:35:19.759-04:00

On that list of Yankee pitching performances, where was Doc Gooden's no hitter? He probably had two or three 8 balls in his system during that game. That has to count for something.



not that he left voluntarily but how you can write...

2010-03-26T18:14:59.470-04:00

not that he left voluntarily but how you can write this without mentioning Babe Ruth i do not know



Even if I were to accept this silly mathematician ...

2010-03-18T02:11:34.890-04:00

Even if I were to accept this silly mathematician and his secret formula I would like to point out how he has the Red Sox finishing with the 3rd best record in all of baseball. The fact that its even possible for the team with the 3rd best record in all of baseball to not even make the playoffs is absurd and further proves how absolutely retahhhded the current system of divisional play is.



Good points all around, Tim. I'd say that my m...

2010-03-05T13:01:32.390-05:00

Good points all around, Tim. I'd say that my main point was to throw out the "Yanks buy titles" complaint from a Red Sox perspective.

Once we both get in the playoffs, we're equals. Period. (And if we weren't, no Sox fan would ever admit to that anyway). Just look at 2003 and 04- Two ALCS Game 7s. Ridiculous.

So the overall MLB landscape is different than the rivalry landscape, which is what my site tries to explore. The Sox can no longer point to the Yanks having an unfair advantage over them in terms of wining it all. The Yanks (and Sox, albeit to a slightly lesser degree) have an advantage over most of baseball to make the playoffs. That I'll concede to you.

Spend matters between teams in the MLB - the bigger payroll does better, generally speaking. BUT, spending no longer matters between the Yankees and Red Sox.

And again, to ward off anyone who points the finger at the Yankees as THE problem: if your team resided in a huge market and had tons of resources, wouldn't you want them to use those resources? Blame MLB for not having a cap, for focusing on and allowing huge markets to get bigger (it's a business, after all). If Pittsburgh suddenly jumped to major-market status, every fan and member of that organization would demand they use their resources to the fullest extent.



I agree with most of what you put forth here Jason...

2010-03-03T18:50:04.924-05:00

I agree with most of what you put forth here Jason. The Red Sox have certainly entered a new era in spending becoming a power house that consistently wins and consistently spends far more than their competition - i.e. what Sox fans, such as myself, complained about the Yankees doing for years. The comparison of championship payrolls is interesting however. I would argue that payroll doesn't win championships. The Yankees have been #1 in payroll 9 out of the last 10 years, (2001 they were a close 2nd to the Dodgers) but they only won two championships. What then do we make of those other 7 years when they spent the most and didn't win? Spending most certainly increases your chances, giving your team the depth needed to survive a 162 game season and make the playoffs. Once you're in the playoffs, anything can happen. Thus, I would argue, higher payroll leads to increased playoff appearances and increased opportunities for championships. What you neglect to mention is that, although the Red Sox have often (but not always) been #2 in payroll, the Yankees have been such a distant first that in the 9 seasons of the past 10 where they were #1 they averaged $53 million more than the #2 team. Given that the average payroll of all the #2 teams in those same 9 years was approximately $124 million, that's a whopping 43% higher average payroll! If we bring this back to how it relates to playoff appearances, whereas the Yankees made the playoffs 8 of the 9 years they lead baseball in payroll, the #2 teams only made it 3 out of those same 9 years and the Red Sox 6 of 9. I would posit that it is the Yankees' consistent spending of on average 43% more than the next highest spender that allows them to reach the playoffs, thus increasing their chances of winning. The statistic of highest championship payrolls seems silly, especially if the Yankees continue to spend upwards of $200 million and continue to win Championships doing so. It will only make the Red Sox $135 million in 2007 look like chump change.