2) Even with them, there was no penant real race. The Yanks collapsed, and still won 95 games.
C) They virtually locked up a post-season berth (even if not the title) early on.
D) I would argue that the Yankees have a more "COMPLETE" lineup (as you put it) with Ichiro then they do with Swisher.
apparently small samples from ichiro warrant fanbase to believe he makes our lineup complete not only are we losing rapid power with arods decline but we substitute swishers with ichiros
Yanks hit 245 home runs last season. Swisher had 24 of them. Take out his 24 and you're left with 221. To put that in perspective, Rangers had 200 home runs all season. Plus we had more injuries than them.
And hitting home runs all the time will not win you games. Hence, the post season. Manufacturing runs does. Bourne, Ichiro, Victorino, etc..
A-rod, Tex, Granderson, Cano, Martin, Ibanez supply enough of our power.
3rd in HRs, 2nd in 2Bs, 3rd in AVG, 2nd in OBP out of our starters. Clearly not just HRs we are losing.
I have never liked Swisher as a player . I think he was too much of a street performer . I always saw him as a guy who loves the attention on him. as for the player a below average outfielder a guy who is streaky , a guy who does not hit in the clutch or good pitching. A hitter who used Yankee stadium as a stat padder. I will raise a glass in celerbration when he signs with another team
I just dont get the love for him. Why pay a guy 15m over the next 4 years when he clearly cannot hit in the postseason. I also dont understand what people mean when they say he was "instrumental" in winning the WS back in 09. He hit .128 in the postseason in 2009 with a .489OPS
I also dont like his swing for the fence mentality. 4 years of continued failure in the postseason is enough for me. Grandy, Gardner and Ichiro is just fine. Use the 15m for some good bench players like Keppinger and Hairston
Name me a guy who makes $15million a year that swisher is better than. Now tell me if that guys contract was a smart idea.