Friday, May 20, 2011

Joe Posnanski on the 2013 Yankees

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Joe Posnanski, there is only one course of action - familiarize yourself with Joe Posnanski. Perhaps my favorite writer (sports or otherwise), Posnanski writes for Sports Illustrated and cross-publishes most of his articles on his blog. My favorite musings of his, however, are mostly exclusive to the blog - and I suggest you bookmark it if you enjoy random observations about sports and life, as well as genuinely strong research and writing. He also wrote two of my favorite books - The Soul of Baseball and The Machine.

Yesterday, Posnanski posted a brief article on the 2013 Yankees. The introduction follows:
We don't know a lot about 2013. We know that Donald Trump will not be President of the U.S. -- Arnold Schwarzenegger won't either. We know that Apple will release a new iPad that will look cool and cost a lot of money but only be available in theory. We know that the loud guy sitting behind me at the airport who is on the phone begging for a first class upgrade will still be talking.

And we know that the New York Yankees have about $150 million in payroll obligations to eight players ... all of those players on the wrong side of 30, and at an average age of 34.
To be clear, this isn't a sky-is-falling type article. Rather, it's an intriguing glance into the nature of long-term deals, the perils of being a GM with money to burn, and the aging curve in general. I highly recommend checking it out, if only to waste a few minutes with a fine writer.

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