Sunday, May 19, 2013

We Need A Replay Of 2007

In 2007 the Yankees had a rash of injuries and ended up firing their strength and conditioning coach Marty Miller, who was in his first year on the job after Brian Cashman hired him earlier in the winter. An impressive list of Yankees stars, including Hideki Matsui, Mike Mussina, Chien Ming Wang, Phil Hughes (the almost perfect game start), and Johnny Damon to name a few landed on the DL or battled various muscle and hamstring injuries in that season before Brian Cashman and George Steinbrenner had seen enough. Should we see the same thing happen this season to current Yankees strength and conditioning coach Dana Cavalea? Is current Yankees trainer Steve Donohue or his assistant Mark Littlefield safe? Should they be?

The Yankees have more money on the disabled list this season then 17 major league teams and have by far missed the most games due to injury of any team in 2013. The young guys or guys in their prime, guys like Eduardo Nunez, Chris Stewart, Cesar Cabral, Joba Chamberlain, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Francisco Cervelli, David Robertson, Curtis Granderson, Boone Logan, and Mark Teixeira to name a few,and the older and aging guys, guys like Derek Jeter, Kevin Youkilis, Andy Pettitte, Travis Hafner, and Alex Rodriguez to name a few, have all missed time due to injury this season. At some point it has to stop being called dumb luck or simply "baseball" and has to go towards something else. Should it be the trainer, strength and conditioning coach, manager Joe Girardi, or simply the unpredictability of baseball? I do not really have the answer to that but I sure wish someone would figure it out sooner rather than later.

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