No Derek Jeter. No Alex Rodriguez. A hurting Mark Teixeira. A broken Curtis Granderson. Needless to say, the New York Yankees roster resembles more of a MASH unit than it does an actual baseball team and apparently, it’s beginning to show in the TV ratings.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Yankee broadcasts on the YES Network are down nearly 40% from the numbers last year.
Per the WSJ:
Through Wednesday, the average ratings for Yankee games on the YES Network were down 38% compared to the same period last season, according to Nielsen figures.
The drop is even more remarkable when you consider that last year’s ratings were the Yankees’ lowest since 2003.
There is a suggestion that given the improvement of some fellow local teams, the Yankees are feeling the brunt:
It’s possible that the Yankees have been hurt more by other local teams than anything else. The Knicks, Nets, Rangers and Islanders all made the playoffs this spring, which gave the Yankees more competition for eyeballs than usual, even with the Mets being such an eyesore.
That all said, despite the Yankees insane amount of injuries, the Bronx Bombers are still getting it done as they have a 37-31 record, though, that’s only good for third place in the competitive American League East.