Cecil Fielder has had a pretty good view of the 2015 Yankees, and he said he would not make a big trade before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.
"The chemistry they have right now is great," said Fielder, the former 13-year pro who does meet-and-greets with fans at Yankee Stadium. "They're winning with what they've got."
Fielder, as well as former Jets greats Mark Gastineau and Wesley Walker, met and signed autographs for fans at the Pat Cairo Family Foundation's 19th annual golf tournament at Lido Beach Golf Course on Tuesday. The foundation has raised more than $3 million since its inception in 1996, with proceeds going to research efforts in women's cancer and Calvary Hospital, a care center for the terminally ill, in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
The Yankees take a 50-41 record and a four-game lead in the American League East into their three-game set with the second-place Baltimore Orioles, which begins Tuesday night at the Stadium. They won two of three against Seattle in their first series after the All-Star break, and have won nine of their last 13 games.
"Right now everything is really clicking on all cylinders," Fielder said. "You don't want to mess that up."
Fielder said this year's team does not resemble the 1996 Yankees, which won the World Series after acquiring the designated hitter and first baseman from Detroit at the trade deadline.
"Our team was pretty much stacked from top to bottom," Fielder said. "This team cannot afford to get hurt. They need everybody they've got to win this division."
Fielder hit 13 home runs in 200 at-bats for the Yankees that year, plus another three in the postseason as the Yankees won their first World Series in 18 seasons and first of four under manager Joe Torre.
Fielder also praised Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez, a trio of pitchers who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. But one more pitcher should be added to that group, he said.
"I'm still looking for my boy Jack Morris to get in the Hall of Fame," Fielder said of the five-time All-sStar who went 254-186 with a 3.90 ERA for the Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays and Indians. "I'm a little disappointed that Jack isn't in because he had an incredible career."