Friday, July 18, 2008

Richie Sexson, I mean, why not?

The Yankees are giving a shot to Richie Sexson to be their first baseman. The man recently cut by the Seattle Mariners. Let that sink in for a minute.

Remember, this dude was actually kind of cool for a little while there. Not only was he a power hitter, but he was fucking tall, so he looked pretty awesome at the plate crushing the puny ball out of the park. But that was then, this is now.

He was cut. By the Seattle Mariners. [takes deep breath while thinking about that] A man that was batting .218/.315/.381. A 6'8" man that twice hit 45 homers in a season, and hit 34 as recently as 2006. This is how far he's tumbled. Dude made $15.5 million in 2007!

He was cut by the Seattle Mariners. The team with the worst record in the AL cut him from their roster. But now, he's quite possibly the answer to the Yankees problems, or so says BBTN. They actually suggested something along those lines!

Think about the 2008 Yankees for a second. Think about the reasons that they're underperforming (for Yankees standards) and third in their division despite having far and away the largest payroll in MLB. Now, have you dwelt on the Yankees problems this year...

Does Richie Sexson even remotely fit into what you think could help them 'turn it around?' On an offense with Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Bobby Abreu, Jorge Posada, Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui (some of whom are injured, yes), you think that Richie Sexson is the answer? If so, you should probably re-evaluate what you think you know about baseball.

I hate the Yankees. For that reason, I am personally excited that they have the fortitude to sign Richie Sexson. Or as he'll soon be known as in New York, BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

EDIT: First off, yes, this was probably more a salary dump than anything for the Mariners. Secondly, the Yankees did sign him to help them with hitting left handed pitching. To Sexson's credit, his splits look like this:

         G  PA  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE 
VS. RHP 72 221 191 34 6 0 6 18 28 0 63 0 0 2 3
VS. LHP 34 71 61 21 2 0 5 12 9 0 13 0 0 1 2

VS. RHP 7 1 0 .178 .281 .304 .584 .226 65 69
VS. LHP 1 0 0 .344 .423 .623 1.045 .364 169 198

So we'll see I guess...

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