Alex Rodriguez, Michael Kay Grill Yankees Front Office After Yanks Fall Behind 2-1

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The New York Yankees lost last night, falling behind 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays and garnering plenty criticism from around baseball. Former Yankee Alex Rodriguez and Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay spoke out against the team allowing analytics to take over. Data drove the Yankees front office to start 21-year-old Deivi Garcia for one inning and then bring starter J.A. Happ out of the bullpen.

A-Rod and Kay are right. The Yankees need to ditch analytical coaching before it’s too late.

Fast forward to 1:42 to hear what Michael Kay had to say about the Yankees’ decision to start Garcia for just one inning.

Brian Cashman and the rest of this front office are far too involved in the everyday decision-making of this team. A team with a $324 million Gerrit Cole for Game 1 sends out a one-inning opener in Game 2? Common sense, like that heard from Kay and Rodriguez, recognizes that this is a bad idea, but analytics made it happen anyway. Data driven decisions have been the “Yankees way” for a decade, and it isn’t working.

A-Rod and Michael Kay have no reason to be critical of the Yankee organization. Both men want the team to succeed. The Yankees gave a A-Rod 10-year, $275 million contract and Michael Kay one of the best gigs in sports, so their criticism should matter.

Where to go from here?

Aaron Boone was hired in large part because he was willing to bend the knee to the department of analytics. Former manager Joe Girardi was old-school and made his decisions trusting his instincts. Using instinct is just a fancy way of saying “common sense,” and that’s what this Yankees team needs.

No one’s going to say it, but the Yankees made a major mistake ditching their old-school mentality. Not that analytics shouldn’t have a place in baseball, but they should be consulted, not obeyed.

Kay also is right that Aaron Boone isn’t as much to blame as Twitter claims. He’s in this role because he has enabled the front office to dip their toes in on-the-field decisions. This past decade, the Yankees have lost when it mattered, which can happen when people who don’t play baseball make baseball decisions. Sometimes the decision of who starts Game 2 and 3 is no more complicated than pitching the second and third best starters.

If the Yankees want to start winning again, they need to learn how to manage the analytics. Bringing in J.A. Happ as the “secret weapon” in Game 2 isn’t analytical, it’s stupid.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. Used to listen to Michael Kay’s podcast every day from his radio show, had to stop with that troll Peter Rosenbaum and his shoving politics into a show that Kay has always said ‘does not do politics’. Shame. Wonder what Peter thinks of Andrew Cuomo and Bill deBlasio targeting Orthodox Jews during the COVID lockdown? A little lefty troll like him probably has nothing to say on the matter. Maybe I’m wrong, though. Haven’t listened for several months.

  2. This is spot on,Gary, and has been going on for a long time. Cashman has pretty much taken control of the whole thing since George died. Hal seems not to care that much which works out great for Cashman and Randy Levine. Boone and Cashman ruined Andujar with the way they set him up to fail this year. The need to be the smartest guy in the room has made the Yankees a soulless bunch to watch.

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