The Wang Gets Some Non-Tender Action

Who loves Wang? 

Not the Yankees, not anymore. Who can blame them? In 2006/2007, the Wang was rock solid. In 2008, the Wang started to lose some heat and ended up hurt. Then the Wang came in 2009. What can I say about 2009? Let me just say this: I haven’t seen a Wang so flaccid since I volunteered at a retirement home back in high school.

We all know the horror story that is The 2009 Wanger & The Non-Sinking Sinker, so there’s really no need for me to revive it in detail. I’ll spare you the pain of playing with a Wang that doesn’t know how to hit the right spots. Does it really come as a shocker to anyone that we got off the Wang? Personally, I see no more reason to ride the Wang out. I’m not feeling the Wang anymore, and neither are the Yankees.
I counted 10 double entendres there. Did I miss any?

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Chien-Ming Wang has been released into the world of free agency. It’s not like the Yankees didn’t try to keep him. They did. They made him an offer that shows what he’s currently worth to the Yankees: a minor-league deal to give him the opportunity to work his way back up to the majors. Wang, of course, declined. He wanted a guarantee that he’ll be pitching in the majors. I don’t blame him, there are several teams who would be willing to gamble on him. The Yankees, however, don’t need to take such a risk.
Wang’s rejection of the offer was expected. He’s a pitcher who had two consecutive 19-win seasons, surely there are teams who will offer him major league contracts. Why should he settle for a minor league deal? His refusal to accept the offer also tells me that he’s not confident he can work his way back up to the major leagues with the Yankees. If that’s the case, then good riddance.
Why should the Yankees gamble on Wang any longer? I think we’ve waited long enough for his recovery. 
We all know that Chien-Ming’s problems stem from his shoulder injury. Shoulder injuries require more recovery time than elbow injuries. Wang has also developed lower-body problems. If you compare the mechanics of Wang in 2007 with the mechanics of Wang in 2009, you will see a big difference in his leg work. He isn’t using his “core” properly anymore: he’s not rotating his hips in a way that allows him to extend his back leg as fully as he used to. Now his stride towards home while he releases his pitch is more compact. This forces him to depend on his upper body rather than his lower body muscles, therefore, adding more strain on his bad shoulder. 
The fact that Wang is suffering from injuries to his upper and lower body muscles makes me think that he may never go back to his ’06-’07 form. If it were ONLY his shoulder or his leg, then there would be more hope. Having a problem with your upper body means you need to depend on your lower body, and vice versa. When you have problems in both areas, it becomes a vicious cycle in which neither upper nor lower body muscles can fully recover. Basically, it means that Wang is a risk; a risk that the Yankees don’t need to take.
I’ve heard talk about the Yankees trying to slash the payroll. While I doubt that will actually happen, one thing is obvious: the Yankees are only spending the money they think they need to spend. The days of paying players they don’t really need seem to be long gone. Thank Mo! 
Sidenote: Mariano is my God. So when I say “Thank Mo”, I’m thanking God.
The Yankees don’t see the need to spend any more money on Wang, and neither do I.
What I don’t understand is why Mitre was offered arbitration, but I suppose that’s a discussion for another blog post. Back to Wang.
A part of me is sad to see Wang go, but that’s only because it’s always a little sad to let go of a player that came up through our system. He also gave us a couple of very good seasons, there’s no denying that. The bigger part of me, however, thinks that the Yankees made the right move. At the end of the day, you can’t really run your organization based on nostalgia. It’s all about whether or not a player is worth the money and roster space. Currently, Wang is not.
This doesn’t mean he will never go back to being a good pitcher. I think he’ll be decent again. I doubt, however, that he’ll go back to his 2006-2007 form. He was never a lights-out pitcher to begin with, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t great. He was very good, he’s just not very good right now, and probably won’t be for another year or two. I don’t particularly want to see him go to a division rival, just in case he goes back to sinking his sinkers.
If we are going to take a risk, I’d rather gamble on Ben Sheets. He’s known for his injuries, but when he’s healthy he’s very good, and he’s definitely ready to pitch in April. My top choice, like I said in my last post, is John Lackey. With CC, AJ and Pettitte, I think Lackey would be a great acquisition. We offered Mitre and Gaudin arbitration, so they can tough out the #5 spot. Wang, in his current form, is not the answer.
So, goodbye to the flaccid Wang. It’s time to stop playing with the Wang. The Wang gave us some good hot rides over the years, but recently, a ride on the Wang has been too rough for our tastes. We will always have memories of when the Wang was hard and solid, and we will soon put the soft Wang behind us. I wish the Wang all the best in his future affairs. Maybe one day the Wang will be able to rise to the occasion.
8 more double entendres. How do you like them apples?


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13 comments

  1. zep5083

    I could not agree more! Although I’d like Halladay but I’d rather not trade away all our prospects for one year of rotation heaven.

  2. koldeldev@aol.com

    I agree, this is one of the worst. Your side notes are lame. You abused the double entendre so much that it wasn’t funny anymore nor was it funny to begin with. By the in it was clear that you were talking about a ***** and not the player. By the way most people tend to pronounce his last “Wong” so when I’m reading this, I’m thinking “Wong” not “Wang”.

  3. Beeeebzy

    Thank you for your comments, my writing isn’t for everyone. As with everything in life, some people will love it, and some will hate it. I was never one to change myself based on what people thought. So, while I appreciate you taking the time to give me your opinions, this is my blog and I’ll continue writing in my own personal style. If you would prefer a Yankees blog that simply regurgitates news, there are many out there that will suit your taste. Thank you for reading!

  4. spadesupreme

    After reading the first two paragraphs, it is quite evident that you are either not a New York Yankees fan, or not a very statistical person. First off, Wang being a gamble not worth taking for the Yankees is an asisine statement. Not only has carried the pitching staff for a couple seasons, but he was damn-near close to snugging a Cy Young Award.
    But ok, I’ll bite, the past 1 1/2 season he has been near non-existant…can I just throw two prominent names out to…Roy Halladay (2004) & Cliff Lee (2007). These two pitchers had hit a proverbial wall in their careers, and had been subjected to ‘re-structuring’ their pitching mechanics. Low & behold, with a little patience and love, they have turned into pitching juggernauts.
    Only difference is that those two players were kept by their respective teams, and delivered. So now I’m expected to believe that the Taiwanese ‘phenom’ can never return to a dominant state. I just hope the Yankees wake up on this matter, before another team does.

  5. davidveloz

    Wang is damaged goods. He carried the rotation for two years, and in 2008 was the most important pitcher the Yankees had until he hurt himself rounding the bases. And last year he got lit up like a Christmas tree in most of his starts; and in the one solid start that he made, he ended up injuring his shoulder. The Yankees are in a good position to let Wang go. With Chamberlain and Hughes possibly competing for a back-end of the rotation spot, I think the Yankees made a good move.

    Don’t mind the nasty comments from others, I like your analysis!

  6. denyankfan

    I love your writing but stay away from the retirement home and all those old wangs!!! Seriously, the Yanks definitely don’t need to take a risk on Wang at this point in time. There was something seriously wrong with Wang last year and I don’t know that we will ever see the 2006-07 Wang again. What do you think about the Yankees burying the Wang under neath the Sheets now that Halladay and Lackey are off the market. Ben Sheets would be a solid fourth starter. Definitely worth the risk.

    http://denveryanksfan.mlblogs.com

  7. jerseygirlstory@gmail.com

    spadesupreme – are you serious? NOT A YANKEE FAN? Is this the first time you’ve read this blog? To quote someone… (ahem)… that “is an asisine statement.”

  8. darknrg

    Dear Pretty in Practically Anything (or, Nothing at All),

    This is the first time I’ve read your blog; I must tell you I enjoyed your opinions and analyses. In particular, I agreed with your pronunciation of Chein-Ming’s last (or, is it first) name. If he wanted people to articulate his name “Wahng,” he would have spelled it “Wong.”

    The bottom line is the Yankees do not need to sign him. In 2008, he was diagnosed with a torn Lisfranc ligament of the right foot and a partial tear of the peroneus longus (or, is it langus?), after injuring it during an inter-league game. This injury, in all likelihood, caused him to compensate, and in the process, screwing up his mechanics. He was diagnosed as muscle “weakness” in both hips. Which, of course, lead to season ending shoulder surgery in July 2009.

    Wang will celebrate his thirtieth birthday during Spring Training 2010.According to a baseball genius, who wished to remain anonymous, a thirty year old pitcher who has undergone shoulder surgery, is equivalent in age to a healthy pitcher at age one hundred seventy-six. So, why do the Yankees need Wang? After all, they have Joba and Phil.

    Meanwhile, his agent, Alan Nero, feels Wang should be ready to go by next spring training; possibly ready to perform as early as May 1st. The question is: perform what? And how well?
    While I am a baseball fan first, I must confess, once I dash into a phone booth or back alley, and spin around at twice the speed of David Wells, I become a Mets fan. Just a bit dizzy, though. But a Mets fan has to be somewhat dizzy these days, no?

    Your writing style is entertaining and clever. Although I’m not a fan of the Bronx Bombers, I am now a fan of Pretty In Pinstripes.

    Regards,
    A New Fan

  9. JQuist

    *With Halladay and Lackey signing contracts, I’d like to see the Yankees take a stab at Ben Sheets. I refuse to shut up about Ben Sheets lol – having him in the ‘two slot’ would be like having two Sabathias… (My opinion of coarse.) And he’s a righty… I made a rotation estimation on my blog, check it out:

    http://jquist.mlblogs.com/

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