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IKF Flies Off To Toronto

By Paul Semendinger

December 27, 2023

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Well, the Isiah Kiner-Falefa Era is over.


It's sort of a shame because IKF was a good player, a guy who gave it his all, but was illsutied to the roles the Yankees expected him to perform.


He isn't a starting shortstop (2023) and he certainly isn't a starting outfielder (2023), at least for a team that portends to be a championship contender.


The Yankees put IKF in roles where he was almost destined to underperform.


IKF represented many of the failings of the Yankees these last few years. He took a lot of the brunt of the fans' frustration with the organization.


It was IKF who was starting at shortop in 2022 when it was clear that it was time for the Yankees to give Oswald Peraza a shot.


It was IKF who was starting in centerfield (and left field) when other players (such as Estevan Florial) should have had their chance to shine.


In the end, IKF batted .253/10/85 in his two seasons with the Yankees. he also pitched in four games to a 2.25 ERA.


Two years at $15 million is a nice contract for him. I think it priced him way out of what the Yankees were willing to pay for a versitile bench player. I agree with the Yankees not bringing him back at that price.


I would imagine that IKF will be happy for a new start in a new city. I wish him well.







23 Comments


Mike Whiteman
Dec 29, 2023

IKF was one of the better people I’ve seen play for the Yanks through the years. I’ll be rooting for him!

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Frank Graziadei
Frank Graziadei
Dec 28, 2023

When you are Cashman guy-Boone his puppet will play you at some position whether or not you hae ever played the position. When you are NOT a Cashman guy or you say anything critical, then you are banished or stuck in the minors and eventually dfa'ed. See Estrada, Florial, etc

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etbkarate
Dec 28, 2023

He did his job. He was never a shortstop. He took one for the team. No complaints.

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fuster
Dec 27, 2023

IKF was starting at short BEFORE it was time for Peraza or Volpe.


he did as he was told to do and deserved better than scorn

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Dec 29, 2023
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You're wrong.


The facts show this very clearly and irrefutably.


Oswald Peraza - September 2022, Game-by-Game:

Game 132 (MLB debut) 0 for 1

Game 133 - 0 for 3

Game 134 - 0 for 3


Game 135 - Did not play


Game 136 - 3 for 5

Game 137 - 1 for 3

Game 138 - 1 for 3 (yes, going 5 for 11 counts as a bunch of hits)

Game 139 - 0 for 3 - This is where you get 5-for-21 (,.238) from, but take out his first couple of games as a Major Leaguer and the kid was hitting .333 since then... Of note, in that last game, Game 139, he did walk and score a r…


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yankeesblog
Dec 27, 2023

Good guy. Not a good player.

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jjw49
Dec 28, 2023
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IKF was exactly that..... a nice utility player who was thrust into a role he was ill prepared to excel... He took a lot of grief from Yankee fans but he handled himself with class.

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