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10/09/07

Over and Out. Current Yankees Dynasty Has Ended

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by Digger

The New York Yankees recent run of baseball dominance has come to an end. Joe Torre will either resign or be fired by Boss George within days. Cleveland's dismantling of the Yanks in four games is New York's third consecutive first round playoff defeat. Boss George, NY media and fans had all hoped and expected MLB's highest salaried team to win another World Series Championship. Once again, it was not to be as the Yankees were outplayed from beginning to end.

Many factors signal the end of this current run. A handful of key veterans can become free agents (Pettitte, Rivera, Posada, Abreu, Clemens) and Alex Rodriguez has can opt out of his contract which would probably please the Yanks front office. Yanks could get stuck paying Giambi $21M and Mussina $11M and neither figure to be big contributors. Expect the Yanks to move both and pay a hefty portion of their contracts.

The Yankees run under the expert guidance of manager Joe Torre took the baseball world by storm. Torre led his Yankees to World Series Championships in 4 of is first 5 seasons beginning in 1996... Derek Jeter & Mariono Rivera' first full seasons. '96 roster stars were Tino Martinez, Wade Boggs, Bernie Williams, Jimmy Key, John Wetteland, Kenny Rogers, Pettitte, Paul O'Neill, Tim Raines and Cecil Fielder.

1998 was spectacular as the Yankees defined perfection winning 114 games on their way to a Championship sweep over the San Diego Padres. Many faces had changed from the previous two seasons and Torre (and his veteran coaches, Stottlemyre & Zimmer) never let up out of the gate.

The real end to this dynasty all began in one playoff game. The year: 2004 (October 17). A day Yankees and Red Sox fans will never forget. The Yankees held a 3 games to none lead over Boston in the American League Championship Series. Yanks had blasted the Sox in Game 3, 19-8. In game 4, the Yanks lead was 4-3 when Torre called on baseball's most dominent closer to deliver. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning the Red Sox did the unthinkable... they got to Rivera, tied the game and eventually won in 12 innings. Game 5 featured another late inning Yankees blown lead and extra inning loss. The Yanks would lose the final two games as the Red Sox made history winning four straight games as they faced elimination. The Red Sox curse was soon lifted forever as they won the '04 World Series. Since then, the Yankees have remained regular season heroes while being complete playoff failures.

2008 season will see sweeping changes from players to personnel. Dynasty over. Stay tuned... it will return soon behind the new faces of Joba Chamberlain. Ian Kennedy and Philip Hughes.

Over and Out. Yankees Dynasty Has Ended

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by Digger

The New York Yankees recent run of baseball dominance has come to an end. Joe Torre will either resign or be fired by Boss George within days. Cleveland's dismantling of the Yanks in four games is New York's third consecutive first round playoff defeat. Boss George, NY media and fans had all hoped and expected MLB's highest salaried team to win another World Series Championship. Once again, it was not to be as the Yankees were outplayed from beginning to end.

Many factors signal the end of this current run. A handful of key veterans can become free agents (Pettitte, Rivera, Posada, Abreu, Clemens) and Alex Rodriguez has can opt out of his contract which would probably please the Yanks front office. Yanks could get stuck paying Giambi $21M and Mussina $11M and neither figure to be big contributors. Expect the Yanks to move both and pay a hefty portion of their contracts.

The Yankees run under the expert guidance of manager Joe Torre took the baseball world by storm. Torre led his Yankees to World Series Championships in 4 of is first 5 seasons beginning in 1996... Derek Jeter & Mariono Rivera' first full seasons. '96 roster stars were Tino Martinez, Wade Boggs, Bernie Williams, Jimmy Key, John Wetteland, Kenny Rogers, Pettitte, Paul O'Neill, Tim Raines and Cecil Fielder.

1998 was spectacular as the Yankees defined perfection winning 114 games on their way to a Championship sweep over the San Diego Padres. Many faces had changed from the previous two seasons and Torre (and his veteran coaches, Stottlemyre & Zimmer) never let up out of the gate.

The real end to this dynasty all began in one playoff game. The year: 2004 (October 17). A day Yankees and Red Sox fans will never forget. The Yankees held a 3 games to none lead over Boston in the American League Championship Series. Yanks had blasted the Sox in Game 3, 19-8. In game 4, the Yanks lead was 4-3 when Torre called on baseball's most dominent closer to deliver. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning the Red Sox did the unthinkable... they got to Rivera, tied the game and eventually won in 12 innings. Game 5 featured another late inning Yankees blown lead and extra inning loss. The Yanks would lose the final two games as the Red Sox made history winning four straight games as they faced elimination. The Red Sox curse was soon lifted forever as they won the '04 World Series. Since then, the Yankees have remained regular season heroes while being complete playoff failures.

2008 season will see sweeping changes from players to personnel. Dynasty over. Stay tuned... it will return soon behind the new faces of Joba Chamberlain. Ian Kennedy and Philip Hughes.