Elect RAB as Hank’s advisory group

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Yesterday, we heard that Hank Steinbrenner wants to set up an advisory board to determine how the team will handle this off-season. He evoked the late 90s dynasty, essentially saying that it worked then, so it should work now. Put aside for a moment the implications this has for Brian Cashman‘s job. If Hank is serious about creating this board, and if Hal will actually let him go through with it, then I have a suggestion to make regarding its members.

Place Ben K., Mike A., and Joseph P. on the board.

Yeah, well, no duh; everyone wants to be on the committee. Why us? What we’re proposing is a fresh perspective — and not in some cheap politician way.

Surely the board will comprise the team’s most trusted scouts and baseball people. Those are the ones, after all, who are most capable of making the best decisions. However, there’s a problem here. All of them have been entrenched in the bureaucracy of baseball. Traditional knowledge abounds. Not that traditional knowledge doesn’t work — clearly, we understand the value of scouting and subjective analysis. But it seems that the team could use a different way of looking at things moving forward.

We wouldn’t be at the center of the board. Rather, we’d be at the fringes. We’d take in every bit of knowledge the board has. We’d process scouting reports and opinions from across the spectrum. Then we’d evaluate and submit our own opinions. The advantage is that these perspectives don’t come from years within the game. They come from years of closely observing the game.

What’s the difference? It might be nothing. The board might hear our opinions and decide not to use them in determining the final decisions. The point is, though, that they’ll be out there for the board to consider. Plus, we’ll know the job is temporary. We won’t have inhibitions about contradicting the boss, as many of those present might, in the name of job security. So when Hank says “If I want somebody, I’m going to go after him,” and wants to pull a Ken Phelps for Jay Buhner, we can tell him that it’s a terrible idea. Whereas some in the room might not be so inclined to do so.

It boils down to lack of experience in a major league setting, and our collective ability to process new information and form an opinion. Hey, it could prove invaluable to the future of the Yankees*.

*Yeah, I know, it’s not realistic at all. But hey, if Hank’s going to deal with things in this manner, he might as well have a group of reasonably sane fans to talk him off the ledge.

Ticket prices high for the final game
Game 147: A hard rain's gonna fall
  • Mike Pop

    If you promise to get me CC or Sheets and Burnett and Manny while letting Pettite and Mussina walk than lets make a deal for Colby Rasmus you have my vote

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Good god, man, set the bar a little high, why don’t you?

      You want Sabathia AND Burnett AND Manny AND Colby Rasmus?

      COLBY RASMUS???!?!?!??!?!!!?!?!?!?!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    You guys probably know more about the players in the organization than most in the front office. If only you knew more about the players in the Dominican League. Until you care about them, you do NOT have my vote.


    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      If you get the advisory role, here’s another name to consider putting in BigBank’s ear:

      Chico Escuela.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        “Beisabol has been bary bary good to me”

        I think he’s a Met farmhand. No?

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          “….I’m Big Bank Hank, I’m everywhere….”

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          I’m telling you, dude. Escuela. SIX TOOLS, bro. SIX.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    If you think for one second I’m electing any more Blues into office, you are out of you God Damn mind. ;)

  • Melky Cabrera

    Please don’t elect RAB the Yankee braintrust! I still want to lose my virginity one day! I don’t want to die!

  • Big George in the 80s

    the solution is easy you fools!

    sign CC, Sheets, Burnett… pair them with wang and chamberlain for the rotation ((who cares if joba needs limits hes a big boy he can handle it))

    sign manny to play LF, move nady to CF, trade hughes for vlad guerrero to play RF

    sign Tex, bench posada, and trade montero, romine, and mcallister for russel martin

    sign K-rod, trade the rest of the farm for joe nathan

    sign orlando hudson for infield depth, and sign barry bonds for OF depth… and in case the entire rotation gets hurt, sign pettitte, mussina, lowe and go find aaron small

    there, i did it!! 27/09??? CHAMPIONSHIP

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Thats some kind of outfield range. They would make Abreu look like Mays.

      • Big George in the 80s

        no worries, i have a backup plan…. if i see ANY of those guys misplay a flyball on national tv, im getting raul mondesi on the phone

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Two words: Danny Tartabull.

          Dude can still rake, I’m telling you. SIX TOOLS.

          • Count Zero

            All right – now I started laughing out loud!

        • Clayton

          I think Rickey Henderson is still available at the right price

        • E-ROC

          Darryl Strawberry is available. He just wants you to drop a line. That was a bad Strawberry joke, lol. ‘Ol well.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Charlie “Super Silver” Hayes is always willing to back up.

  • E-ROC

    Thank God for Hal Steinbrenner. This Advisory Board will only create more confusion.

  • Tripp


    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      RAB, co-running the Yankees: Change we can believe in.


      • Count Zero

        And now I’m really laughing out loud!

  • Lee

    You must have been really bored today to actually record your afternoon day dream.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Then, as members as the Yanks’ advisory committee, we can use our pull to get funding for our conceptual porn subsite: River Ave. Hookers.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      I can’t wait to watch the press conferences as BigBank introduces the free agent signings to RAH.

      “Jenna Jameson has a star quality that fits in New York. She’ll add great flexibility and depth to the Yankees team of hookers, the way Traci Lords and Linda Lovelace did. She’s a proud part of the Yankee legacy of Hall-of-Fame caliber hookers.”

      “She’s the straw that sucks the drink.”

      • Jack

        Is this a bad time to make a “random urine testing” joke?

      • Brad Kraus

        “She’s the straw that sucks the drink.”

        Now that’s f@#$ing funny.

    • dan

      I always knew Breaking Balls was some kind of innuendo.

  • http://thebigmistake godfather

    As the Hankenstein Monster hath said, mistakes were made. And as we know, he was and remains the biggest.