In response to the Yankees’ reported interest in Manny Ramirez, Jason at IIATMS says “But three years? On THIS team? With this many 35 year olds who will need to have a day or two in the DH role? Good lord, no!!!!”
Good point! Everyone knows that the Yankees are getting old, but it’s worth remembering that, if Manny signs, the opening day starters would look something like this (2009 season-age in parenthesis):
C Posada (37)
1B Swisher (28)
2B Cano (26)
3B Rodriguez (33)
SS Jeter (35)
RF Nady (30)
CF Cabrera or maybe Cameron (24 or 36)
LF/DH: Some combination of Manny, Damon, and Matsui (37, 35, and 35).
That’s not a baseball team. That’s the cast of “The Big Chill,” with Cano playing the Meg Tilly character. Between innings they can listen to oldies and talk about what happened to their vanished youth.