(Photo used courtesy of Keith Allison)
For the second straight year I kicked off the official AB4AR Season Preview series with the "What We Know & What We Don't Know" sub-series. It's a nice little way to make some assessments and quasi-predictions about the season to come while everything is still unofficial and unannounced at the end of Spring Training. It only seems fitting to keep with that theme to start the official AB4AR Season Review series, and we'll start with the infield just like we did way back in late March.
After an up-and-down 2011 season, 2012 was expected to be a bounce-back year for the Yankee infield. Robinson Cano was at the top of his game, and there was hope that a healthy A-Rod and more balanced Teix would help re-establish the middle of the Yankee lineup as the most feared in baseball. The Captain was supposed to be the wild card of the group, but as it turned out he ended up being the most pleasant surprise of the bunch. All in all, it's hard to say 2012 was a successful one for this crew, but it's also difficult to call it a complete failure.