Brian Cashman is going to have his hands full when he starts working the offseason phones this winter. But, if it were up to New York Yankees fans, he could start by dumping Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson right off the bat and nary a fan would cry — at least around 75% wouldn't.
In two separate New York tabloid polls, The New York Post and the New York Daily News readers unanimously voted to dump all three players after pitiful showings in the 2012 postseason.
A-Rod seemed like a no-brainer and former-fan favorite Swisher's exile was expected but Granderson's — a 40-home run hitter — percentages were closer than he probably deserves.
Take a deep breath New York. Getting swept in the ALCS by the Detroit Tigers is no reason to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge or poison yourself with 32 oz. sugary drinks.
The polls, taken a day after the disaster in Detroit, may have been swayed by seeing the fresh kill all over the news, but the winds of change have swirling around the Yankees for the past couple of post seasons.
The polls were both pretty much in the same ballpark when it came to percentages.
Not surprisingly, a couple of the new guys like Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda, who both played up to snuff, got a lot of love. As were some old faces like the remaining Core Four triplets Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. All three were in the mid-80% range. Jeter and Rivera will both be coming back from the most serious injuries of their Hall of Fame careers while the 40-year-old Pettitte is still undecided about making another run with the team.
A couple of other key players still had legions of fans forgiving them for their miserable postseasons. Both Mark (all glove, no bat) Teixeira and Robinson (29 at-bat hitless streak) Cano were given passes by the voters.
The fans also gave a vote of confidence to two key decision makers. Manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman were both voted back by sizable percentages. But that could all change if A-Rod is still wearing pinstripes next season.
The Yankees' ace CC Sabathia probably had the highest "stay" percentages (near 90%) but Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova hovered around the 60's. Both of them could be trade bait this winter.
Fans were still in love with postseason hero Raul Ibanez but voted for Joba Chamberlain to take his trampoline act on the road.
These percentages may mean nothing in the grand scheme of Cashman's offseason, but here's a number the GM won't soon forget — a .157 team batting average in the ALCS.