The New York Yankees are undoubtedly in the midst of the worst season in the past several decades. It’s beyond the wildest imaginations of modern-day fans. But it is what it is. The reality is cruel yet unignorable. After losing the series opener to the lowly Washington Nationals on Tuesday, the team set up an unwanted franchise record.
The New York Yankees extended its losing streak to nine, which is the worst in 40 years. While the team was able to break that streak, thanks to the captain, Aaron Judge, another unwanted record has come down to haunt the team. These records collectively declare the Yank’s 2023 MLB season as the worst in the past several decades of the history of the franchise.
Yankees Record Unwanted Streak To Break 20-Year-Long History
For decades, the New York Yankees have been a force to be reckoned with in Major League Baseball. The pinstripes symbolize pride, determination, and victory. However, the 2023 season has painted a drastically different picture. The team sits last in the AL-East after 126 games, below .500 and with a risk of a playoff elimination. To further malign the image of the club, the Bombers recorded the worst losing streak in decades. The team’s nine-game losing streak was the worst since 1982. Moreover, the unit also recorded a 61-innings streak without a lead, which is apparently the third longest in the history of the franchise. While the second longest streak (62 innings) took place in 2000, the longest (63 innings) was set in 1906.
Fortunately, the Yankees were able to avoid the worst of the worst as they broke both unwanted streaks in Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Aaron Judge’s homer earned the Yanks an early lead, followed by Luis Severino‘s salient efforts to shut the Nationals down by pitching six scoreless innings. For the first time in a long while, the players turned up as a unit and performed like true champions. However, will it prove to be enough? With the rare win on Wednesday, the Bombers were able to reduce the gap to the playoff wild card spot by from 9.5 to 8.5 games. Having said that, the journey is still long and steep. The club will be facing the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros in the coming two weeks, which will prove to be a real test.
Brian Cashman Terms The Yanks Season A “Disaster”
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has come under immense scrutiny following the team’s horrible run. Amid this, Cashman mysteriously turned up for a press conference and termed the team’s recent losing streak as a “disaster.” The GM added that nobody associated with the franchise, be it the players, coaches, or managers, predicted this kind of downfall.
Having said that, Brian Cashman assured the fans that the club’s top brass will evaluate what went wrong this season. He has been meeting with owner Hal Steinbrenner on a regular basis to discuss ways to fix things. Cashman added that while the current situation is not something the Yankees front office is accustomed to, finding out the root cause of the problem is absolutely necessary.