The New York Yankees struggled to draw fans in 2014. Ticket prices were high as usual, however, the team lacked the star power that fans are accustomed to. If the Yankees’ front office plans on increasing revenue in 2014, there need to be more stars on the field.
In 2013, the Yankees lost Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson for most, if not all, of the season. Because of these players absence, the Yankees had an unstable infield, as well as a weak lineup. Injuries to Teixeira, Jeter, and Rodriguez deprived the Yankees of 3-of-4 infield positions.
Teixeira is not only one of the best fielding first baseman in the league, he is a switch hitter that can hit for power and for average. Jeter is the core of the infield, and not only bring a veteran leadership, but also led the league in hits in 2012. There is much controversy surrounding A-Rod, but it cannot be denied that Rodriguez supplies the Yankees with a solid infielder and a formidable bat in the middle of the order.
Curtis Granderson isn’t an infielder, but he is a solid centerfielder and has hit over 30 homers a season throughout his time with the Yankees. Fans have been displeased with his inability to hit for average, but Granderson was a solid player for the Yankees.
Fans didn’t attend games because of the lack of talent that these players possess. The Bombers loaded up on star power in the offseason, these players just need to step up in 2014 in order to draw fans.