Jan
20

Damned if you do…

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They disrespected him by overpaying him. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

As crummy as this offseason has been, one thing it did do was show that no matter what moves the Yankees make, they’re never right. There’s always backlash, whether it’s from us, the MSM, the fans, whoever. Every single move, from the smallest minor league signing to the latest record-setting contract, it’s wrong in one way or another. Seriously, people were complaining about the Steve Evarts signing, and I’m willing to bet a whole lot of them had completely forgotten the Yankees signed the guy until just now. The Cliff Lee, Derek Jeter, and Rafael Soriano situations all prove this point as well. Each and every one was wrong in one way or the other.

Back in November and early-December, when it appeared as though the Yankees were the favorite to sign Lee, the narrative was that giving a 30-something finesse pitcher a long-term deal was a terrible idea. He’ll break down, he doesn’t have enough margin for error, yadda yadda yadda. Then once the Phillies landed Lee, the story became “how could they let him get away!” Nice, easy, and convenient. It doesn’t matter that everyone was talking about what a bad idea it was just a few weeks earlier, they failed to get him and that was a mistake.

The Jeter situation was in a class by itself. We had one side saying the Yanks needed to be firm with an aging and declining player while another was saying that they had to give him whatever he wanted because, dude, it’s Derek Jeter. The Yankees got him to take a pay cut on an average annual basis but signed him through age 40 with zero competition on the open market. They managed to disrespect him and cave into his demands at the same time, depending on who you ask. Same deal with Soriano. They needed this guy because the rotation’s awful and they can shorten the game but OH MY GOD DO YOU SEE THAT CONTRACT?

Perhaps my favorite narrative of the winter is that the Yankees aren’t spending enough money and are now being frugal. This is coming after years and years and years of stories and articles and blog posts declaring that the team was ruining baseball by buying all the best players. They dropped half-a-billion dollars* on three players two winters ago and will still have the highest payroll in the game, but no, they’re not spending enough. And if they had signed someone else, be it Lee or Carl Crawford or whoever, those bastards are ruining the game and the competitive balance all that.

* It was really $423.5M, but you’re allowed to artificially mark things up 18.1% to support your narrative, apparently. Half-a-billion just sounds better, facts are irrelevant.

Oh, oh, and then there’s the prospects. How can they worry about giving up the 31st overall pick, have you seen the list of players taken with that pick? Rewind back a few years and we were talking about how the Yankees have no farm system because they gave up all their draft picks to sign free agents and traded anyone with an iota of prospect status for the latest band-aid, and in a few years we’ll probably be saying the same thing again. It’s just the nature of farm system, they cycle between good and bad every few years. But for the Yankees, it’s always a problem. Too many prospects? Why aren’t they calling them up/trading them oh my goodness they love their own minor leaguers too much. Not enough good prospects? How can this possibly be with their resources I don’t understand. Lose-lose.

Yankee bashing is a pastime as old as the game itself, and the current age of media just makes it more prevalent. It’s a vicious cycle, and no matter what the Yanks do, it will always be wrong in the court of public opinion. We’re all guilty of it, no question. It sucks and there’s nothing we can do about it, but it goes to show what kind of world this team has to operate in.

Categories : Rants
  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    That list of 31st picks was pretty depressing until you got to Maddux.

    • CS Yankee

      Well you had a Mattingly and Manwaring was a decent catcher in the day…but yeah.

    • Charley

      Boo hoo. All you hear from Yankees fans is how many rings they have.

  • Beantown Bombers Fan

    Well played, sir. Bravo.

  • Pat D

    The Yankees continue to shoot themselves in the foot by overvaluing their own prospects, not spending enough money on the right players, spending too much money on the wrong players, and having very visible front office dissension.

    Meanwhile the Red Sox can do no wrong, trading their prospects for the exact right player and signing the exact right players to the exact right contracts. Their front office is a well-oiled machine of peace and harmony that would never stoop to the Yankees’ level and engage in such public doubletalk.

    /every major sports outlet’d

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      haha except when their gm quit and wore a gorilla suit and then had to be convinced to come back

  • AndrewYF

    I know I’m turning this into a zero-sum game, but it’s amazing that the Red Sox are in exactly the opposite territory. Every single thing they do every single year is 100% correct. Look at the 2008 offseason, they were the wild card team behind a strong Tampa Bay, they made it to the ALCS, so they were coming off a rather strong season. They only really needed some minor tweaking, right? Their offseason improvements? Brad Penny, John Smoltz, and Takashi Saito, and it was hailed as genius, a true masterstroke, who the hell needs Mark Teixeira anyway? John Henry is a true hero by eschewing Boras. Meanwhile the Yankees were coming off an APOCALYPSE season by missing the playoffs and they weren’t going to make it back for TEN YEARS, and then they ruined baseball by spending a fortune on the top free agents, and hell there was no guarantee they would even make it back to the playoffs because Boston and Tampa Bay were too strong.

    Amazing how the situation is completely reversed today, and Boston is deemed unbeatable and the Yankees are deemed as bumbling failures.

    It’s a big reason why I have a hard time taking any MSM – even the scouting agencies – seriously, when it comes to these two teams.

    • Big Apple

      if the Sox had signed Soriano it would be labeled “smart” and “cunning”…

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    have you seen the list of players taken with that pick?

    8.3 WAR per major leaguer! 8.3! Any 31st pick that reaches the majors is guaranteed to provide real value!

    • The Real JobaWockeeZ

      I know you’re joking but it’s annoying to see from serious people. They help the Yankees more than that. I find it funny that people mock that but in reality the Yankees uses those picks for trading for talent.

      If there’s no IPK or AJax there’s no Granderon.

      But t3h pick r stoopid.

      And even if the Yankees pick 31st it’s likely they get someone that’s talent level is greater than that but falls for signability issues. Like say Hughes? Didn’t Boras basically give the Yankees Hughes? but the Yankees are dumbasses that year for not buying whatever type A was left and giving that pick up. And there’s that Brackman kid that could be an intriguing trade peice or someone to help this frankly pretty bad rotation.

      But that logic then we should just stop the draft at pick 10 and not even pay attention to it.

      • Mike M

        I think the big difference between trading the pick today as opposed to a decade ago is the Yankees pay attention to the WHOLE draft now. So even though they dont have a first rounder, they are spending money in later rounds to recover the lost assets. I have MUCH less of a problem with the yanks doing this because I know they’ll use the money to draft some more signability/upside guys later

  • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

    This post: Awesome

    • http://twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J.

      +1

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      +1

  • Monteroisdinero

    There is a point/counterpoint to everything in baseball and everyone can find stats to make their point. That’s one of the many things we love about the game.

    Here’s one. How would the Yanks have done if Robbie Cano and Mark Texeira had missed as much time as Pedroia and Youkilis?

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      maybe juan miranda became an all star as 1b and was traded for a #1 pitcher. eh?

    • whozat

      Traded for Berkman earlier and/or pushed harder for Haren?

  • choo choo

    Contrary to the caption under Jeter’s picture, the disrespect had nothing whatsoever to do with what Jeter was paid.
    The absolute disrespect had to do with Cashman making a public statement that Jeter should shop his services elsewhere. That “negotiation” technique should have remained private. Cashman’s choice to go public with it is the epitome of disrespect.

    • Mike M

      2 sides to everything…if Close never brought out the negotiations publicly neither would have Cashman. There’s no need to rehash this argument. Discussing the Yankees has become like politics/religion. Its a losing proposition unless the other person is just like you and everyone comes out mad in the end

    • mike c

      Also the disrespect shown to soriano at his press conference … wtf was that? Was cash trying to publicly embarrass the guy? Cash better watch his mouth, it’s hurting the team

      • jsbrendog (returns)

        no, his mouth isnt hurting the team. can you make one tangible concrete statement as to why? go ahead. i’ll wait

        • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

          He has bad teeth, so his dental bills are hurting the budget.

        • CS Yankee

          It does seem that Cash is playing the (or weird) media game a bit too much now.

          Why say he wasn’t going to give up a pick for anyone but Lee? Why talk at all about it?

          Why call Soriano a 8th inning guy right after his press conference? The press conferences are to promote the signing, praise the player & org. Why go there?

          I like Cashman, but he has been too vocal as of late.

          • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

            Levine talked about the fact that the Yankees owe their fans winning and championships and all that. The reality is that the Yankees just owe their fans something to complain about each and every day of the year, in-season or out. That’s what sustains the large majority of the fanbase at this point. A state of constant imperfection and disappointment. We have always been at war with Eastasia.

            • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

              AAnnnd, reply fail.

  • The Real JobaWockeeZ

    Looking now, the Jeter deal is a steal compared to what Hank has done with another horrible signing.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      If you are referring to the Soriano contract, Cashman said that it was Hal who pushed for it.

      • CS Yankee

        …believe he means Arod’s stupid deal

        • camilo Gerardo

          I think alex still has a great chance of being worth >160% of what Derek will be worth when both are 40. jmo

  • http://ablogforarod.blogspot.com/ The Captain

    Questioning everything the Yankees do is a staple of the MSM and the calling card of stupid Yankee fans.

    Yeah, they didn’t get Lee, and yeah, they are in a tough spot because of Andy’s indecision right now, but neither of those things are their fault.

    The moves they have made this offseason have improved the team overall, and that’s the bottom line.

    • Mike HC

      Cashman has questioned the moves of the Yankees, so I guess it is also the calling card of “stupid” GM’s. Fact of the matter is, the “stupid” people are the ones who don’t question anything because someone in a position of power made the decision.

  • choo choo

    The sole focus of this entire article is “rehashing” So why are you reading it?
    When the old Yankee Stadium was closing and when George’s Monument was unveiled last summer in Monument Park, the “voice” of the players that management chooses to select is Derek Jeter.
    If telling him to shop his services elsewhere 4 months later is not disrespect, then nothing is.

    • Slugger27

      Agreed… the contract itslef isn’t disrespectful… the way they handled it was

      • mike c

        And it was unsuccessful … cash needs to check his ego because it’s making the negotiations worse for the team

    • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

      If telling him to shop his services elsewhere 4 months later is not disrespect, then nothing is.

      So what should they have said? Maybe they shouldn’t have made it public (in response to Jeter’s side), but he was looking for an unreasonable contract, and was told to shop his services elsewhere to see if that was his market. That’s life.

      • choo choo

        Maybe they shouldn’t have made it public?
        Maybe they shouldn’t have signed Kei Igawa.
        Maybe they shouldn’t have signed Nick Johnson.
        Maybe AJ Burnett shouldn’t have pitched to Molina in the 6th inning of GAME 4.

      • Slugger27

        Don’t disagree with anything u said steve….just don’t make those comments public, that’s all

        • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

          Yeah, I do think the team should have been “the better person” in that and shouldn’t have made it public. But at the end of the day, any minor disrespect was more than made up for with a well above market contract.

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

      Was it disrespectful when Jorge Posada shopped his services around a few years ago? If he hadn’t talked to the Mets, he could have saved the Yankees money that they could have used to improve elsewhere.

      Loyalty is a two-way street.

      • mike c

        What’s the only way an employer shows loyalty to an employee? By paying them the most

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

          The Yankees did pay Jeter the most, for the last decade and then some.

        • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

          They did that. They paid him way more than the most any other team would have paid.

          The only reason Jeter and his team (and fans) were offended by being told to “shop his services” was that they knew that the market didn’t exist and his bluff had been called. If CC opts-out and is told to shop his services out there, it won’t be disrespecting him, because he actually will have a market.

  • choo choo

    Jorge Posada is not Derek Jeter. Neither on the field, off the field, with the media, or with his teammates.

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

      .off the field … or with his teammates.

      Haha, thanks for clearing that up. Glad you have insider knowledge on this stuff.

      • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        He’s right, though. Jorge Posada is not Derek Jeter.

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

          So we’re going to selectively apply these arbitrary standards of loyalty?

          Saying Posada is not Jeter is like saying Mantle isn’t Gehrig. Both are still legacy players and deserve the same treatment.

          • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Dude, it was a joke. Jorge Posada is not Derek Jeter the same way I’m not Derek Jeter. Different people.

            • jsbrendog (returns)

              i, in fact, am derek jeter. or a facsimile

              • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

                I’m Batman.

                • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Weird thing is that’s always how I’ve pictured both of you guys in my mind.

                  • jsbrendog (returns)

                    well played

                • I am not the droids you’re looking for

                  I am Spartacus. And, not the droids you’re looking for.

      • Slugger27

        I think this is nitpicking a good point he has. Posada isn’t jeter, and its obvious even to an outsider how differentlt they’re perceived. Teammates, especially newcomers, always comment on jeter being the leader and how well he handles himself. Cc, aj, sheff, damon, countless others all talk about how impressed they were that his actual leadership matched his reputation.

        Just last thread ben called moosed a “curmudgeon” in the clubhouse… would u make your same snarky comment at him?

        • gc

          Obviously, Axisa is the only one with exclusive rights on that insider knowledge stuff around here.

          • Slugger27

            Heh, I suppose so

            • Dave the Ox

              While not blogging, Axisa is in fact on the forty-man roster and lockers between Jeter and Posada.

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

          Ah yes, everyone’s getting on me because I’m the one that made the definitive statement about how Posada is perceived in the clubhouse. Wait, what?

          • Slugger27

            Ppl r getting on u because u made a silly comparison that wasn’t relevant. Then when he made a fairly obvious comment that your comparison was irrelevant, u made a snarky comment that sounded even sillier. Stating how players are perceived is something everyone (including the authors) do all the time, as I pointed out with bens comment on moose in the previous thread. It came across as childish, especially when regarding something as common knowledge as his comment

        • http://www.itsaboutthemoney.net Brien Jackson

          I’m calling bullshit on that. They may call Jeter the “leader” but it’s in the most formalistic of senses. The guy I most see referred to with genuine affection by new players is A-Rod, and I can’t remember the last one who talked about jeter helping them in any way.

  • choo choo

    No, MIke–you know everything. Equating Jorge Posada to Derek Jeter says it all. Congratulations.

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      PLEASE use the reply button. it just makes things oso much easier to follow. and we don;t have to guess who you are responding to

  • choo choo

    I was specifically referring to the disrespect directed toward Derek Jeter. In comparison, Jorge Posada and what may or may not have transpired with him is about as relevant as to what management has negotiated with Joe Torre, or Johnny Damon, or maybe even Jason Giambi.
    You have a burr in your saddle about the entire Jeter contract and you couldn’t be more wrong about it.

  • bunk

    I am an avid reader on the site, but have never before taken time to comment. The brilliance of this post, though, deserves a comment. I could never have so eloquently described my feelings.

    As a fan of the team since the early 1960’s, I chuckle at the comments from those that act as if the financial commitments made by the organization somehow affect the life of the commenter. Frankly, it doesn’t affect my life one way or the other if the payroll is a billion dollars a year. I enjoy watching the games. That enjoyment is usually enhanced a great deal when the team is winning.

    I understand the theory…there is a “budget” and we would like to get the most for our money. This horrible Soriano contract (as perceived) has stripped the organization of valuable dollars that could be more wisely spent! Perhaps that is true. I’m guessing, however, that the next time the Yankees really desire a player, they will make whatever offer to takes to entice him to join the team. If that isn’t true…if they indeed have spent themselves into insolvency and they have ruined all chance of ever succeeding again in my lifetime…well, I’ll still be watching and cheering them just the same.

    • Slugger27

      Nice post… welcome aboard

    • Josh S.

      Exactly. Somehow the Yankees found the financial flexibility to sign Mark Teixeira (who I was pining for because he’s awesome and his childhood idol was Don Mattingly – same as mine) to a huge deal after signing Sabathia and Burnett.

      Maybe this isn’t relevant to the comment, but I also think that signing Soriano was a fine move. Sure, the contract stinks. However, if my boss told me to go out and buy the best possible asset, but I didn’t agree with him because it was too expensive, then he has every right to put the money on the table and say just get it done. Sure he hired me to do a job, but at the end of the day, it’s his money. If, as Cashman said, 29 other GMs would love to have Rafael Soriano shoved down their throat, then what is all the fuss about? Money that the owner is willing to spend? It’s not like they threw $35 million at Grant Balfour or Aaron Heilman.

      • Evan3457

        The cost of signing Teixeira (budget-wise) was that Cashman had no $$$ left in the budget to trade for a legit #4/#5 starter, and had to settle for Gaudin. This almost cost them dearly in the post-season, but a favorable schedule and a the work of the 3-man rotation, especially Andy, bailed them out.

  • Fair Weather Freddy

    Mike:

    That has to be your greatest article ever. KUDOS, my friend. I couldn’t agree with you more. I hope you made all those whiny fans your post applies to feel 2 feet tall

    • Dave the Ox

      Perhaps, but wasn’t it Mike A himself who was ranting about Soriano’s insanely inane opt-outs? Confusing, to my mind, when the author is ranting about something he has created and perpetuated throughout the off-season.

    • Mike HC

      You missed the point. He put himself in that group of “whiny fans.” The point was that the Yanks can’t satisfy everyone, not even the GM himself, and people are going to whine and complain no matter they do. And if it works out in the end, they will forget about their criticisms, and if it doesn’t, they will re double their effort.

      • Dave the Ox

        Yes, you’re right. I reread the article. My bad.

  • steve s

    Its pretty Yankee-centric and paranoid to think that no matter what the Yanks do it is always bashed in the media or public opinion or that they are the only team scrutinized in that way. By way of example just check out when the Red Sox are playing poorly or their management does something diehard fans don’t like; the Boston newspapers are full of vitriol the next day. I think all that Mike’s comments really boil down to is that the Yankees generate passionate reactions (both good and bad) and that diehards wearing rose colored pinstriped glasses are easily offended.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      You would never, ever, ever, see articles like this or this written about the Yankees. Ever.

      • steve s

        I can’t find them on-line but I saved most of the local newspapers from the WS winning years (going back to 1977!) and I can point you to many articles about the Yanks similar to the ones you referred to. Just look at what was written about the Yanks in 98 with a similar subject matter as being the greatest team of all time. Bottom-line is when any team is successful and wins championships they get good press for awhile but its very much a what have you done for me lately approach. When the Yanks went to Bos and swept 5 games against the Red Sox in late August, 2006 do you think the Bos papers were writing after that series how great the Red Sox were in 2004?

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Things written during the season are much different than things written before the season. If the Red Sox, or any team, win 115 games this year, then articles about how they might be one of the best teams ever would be both expected and appropriate. When the Red Sox got swept by the Yankees in 2006, no, no one wrote about how great the Red Sox were – but they fapped all over them in the 2006-2007 offseason, and every offseason since then. If Brian Cashman had led the Yankees from a World Championship, to the ALCS loser, to getting swept in the ALDS, to not making the playoffs at all, he’d be skewered.

          The fact is, try and find one “MASTERSTROKE” article about Cashman from the 2008-2009 offseason. I don’t think it exists. It’s all “Well, the Yankees went out and spent half a billion on some good players, obviously Cashman trying to just cover up his team’s flaws, but they’re still the third place team in this division. Let’s see how they handle Boston and Tampa Bay.” When Boston has their 2010-2011 offseason, it’s “GREATEST TEAM EVER, AL EAST ABSOLUTE LOCK, THEO IS SUCH A GENIUS.” Oddly enough, some of the most absurdly positive articles I’ve seen in the past few years involve the Soriano signing, go figure.

          I know Yankee fans complaining about media perception is obnoxious, but it is what it is. To me, at least.

          • steve s

            There was a 24-48 hour period when it looked like the Red Sox were out on Gonzales as the negotiating window had expired and there was no indication that it had been extended. The comments on the Globe website about Epstein and Henry for that short period were as crazed and funny (in a schadenfreude way) as any I’ve ever read. It’s not surprising that as the agony turned back to joy that Red Sox nation was exuberant in its praise. Likewise, the press Cashman and Yanks received after the stealth taking of Tex was pretty exuberant as well but fractious in Bos. I think our perceptions are suffering a bit from a particularly good 2010-11 off-season for the Red Sox combined with a disappointing Yankee off-season. IMO if the Yanks indeed had signed Lee early on in the off-season the enthusiasm from the Red Sox press would have been tempered significantly.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              comments on the Globe website by dumb panicky fans = / = articles written.

              Likewise, the press Cashman and Yanks received after the stealth taking of Tex was pretty exuberant as well but fractious in Bos.
              Again, find me one article that goes on about how smart and great Cash is and how he outplayed Theo, from before the 2009 season. One.

              IMO if the Yanks indeed had signed Lee early on in the off-season the enthusiasm from the Red Sox press would have been tempered significantly.
              Meh. The Phillies got Lee but you still see articles saying the 2011 Red Sox are going to be the greatest team of all time, even while they acknowledge the Phillies have better Vegas odds! Ridiculous.

              • steve s

                Dumb panicky fans are not that different from dumb pandering writers (although if you read Dan Shaugnessey enough he doesn’t hold back on criticizing all things Red Sox when merited). I agree that Cash does not get many “smart and great” comments pre-2009 but he did get many kudos for his tactics in reeling in CC and Tex in the 2008 off-season and for reeling in Contreras in the 2002 off-season while Epstein was made to look foolish as he smashed up furniture in his hotel room during the Evil Empire incident.

  • http://unclemikesmusings.blogspot.com Uncle Mike

    As that great New Yorker Richard Castle would say (if he were a real person and not a TV character), there are two types of folks who hate the Yankees: Psychopaths, and people who get paid to do it in the media. Thought the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

    There’s an old saying: Let them hate… as long as they fear. Jake Ruppert would’ve liked that. Del Webb, with his Mob connections, would’ve liked that. Surely, George Steinbrenner was familiar with the saying and loved it.

  • coolerking101

    Fantastic post Mike.

  • David

    It is a fantastic article.

    This has been a bizarre offseason. We have had Joba huggers, Prospect huggers, Budget complainers, Jeter whiners, and Cashman bashers. It all went whacko when Lee decided to go to Philly, which was totally in his control, not in any way the fault of Cashman.

    The bottom line is that we have a contending team at a lower budget, with the retention of all significant prospects, and Cashman is not done. The Yankees will be better than last year, and by the middle of this year they could have at least five of the most coveted prospects in the game.

    • PaulF

      I agree that things are not that bad, but I don’t think they will be better than last year unless Pettitte decides to come back. I see them as a 92-93 win team right now, which is worse than last year, but still makes them the frontrunner for the wild card.

      • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

        As long as they get in, they will be dangerous in the playoffs. If Hughes progresses and there is any bounceback from AJ (as well as a potential midseason pickup), they have a solid rotation, great lineup, and a lights out bullpen, which is always huge in the playoffs. They may not be the best team wire to wire, but will be a huge threat in the playoffs.

        • Shaun

          Even if there isn’t a midseason pickup, they’ll still make the playoff…hell they basically played all of last season with Just CC, Hughes, AJ +2. And last season AJ was terrible (I think he’ll bounce back by the way)

      • David

        I agree with that, as they are right now. However, they have cards left to play in the form of $$ and excess prospects. Watch and see. They are not done.

  • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

    The best part about that picture is the looks on all of their faces. Jeter looks thrilled. Hal looks confused. And Cash has the biggest fake smile I’ve ever seen.

    • CS Yankee

      I took a second glance after your comment, well done.

      Cash looks cheesy, Hal is trying to poise & Jeter looks like he could sell you a third shoe.

      • Poopy Pants

        I read that as ‘turd shoe’.

        • CS Yankee

          Your name and thoughts are as one.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Cashman has had a rough off season. Things haven’t gone smoothly.

  • ChrisS

    This is the best of all possible worlds.

  • Big Apple

    “As crummy as this offseason has been”

    we need to stop this…Lee was the only target and he didn’t want to play in NY..time to move on.

  • bakekrukow412

    Idea for future article: how exactley does the Yankee’s chain of command work? I always thought team presidents were more involved with the actual running of the business and didn’t really have to much say in the baseball operations. Why does Randy Levine have so much influence in the decisions? Also, what exactly does Lonn Trost get payed to do, besides blame poor attendance on the weather?

    • Brazilian Fan

      And Randy Levine looks like a porn star of the 80´s. Creepy

  • MattG

    I’m not certain of the premise of this article, but it seems to be different people have different opinions about things for which there is no right or wrong answer. Not exactly a revelation.

    It’s a big city. Just like how you can end up waiting on a movie line even though its Memorial Day weekend, there are enough people to feel any way and all ways about any particular topic.

  • Brazilian Fan

    best post eva.

    Nice writing Mike, your best piece.

    t was like you were talking in front of us in a bar.

    Nice.

  • NJYankeeFan

    As long as the Yankees keep winning, who gives a crap what anyone else thinks. Give me another parade and I don’t care if the payroll is $400 million. Win number 28 and we’ll all stop bitching about how badly Cashman has screwed the pooch for the last year and a half.

    • Mike HC

      Very much my thoughts.

    • Evan3457

      Unfortunately, Hal and Hank DO care if the payroll if $400 million.

      In fact, over the last 6-7 years, the ownership has shown it cares if the Opening Day payroll is much over $200 million.

  • Kevin Ocala, Fl

    Great post, Mike. People need to start enjoying the game more instead of trying one-up each other as Branch Rickey wannabes.

  • Elliot

    If the proverbial alien came to Earth and consulted the MSM (including MLBN) to learn about baseball, it would come away thinking that the Red Sox win 140 games every year, Theo Epstein will be the next baseball luminary to be elected President (by acclimation, no doubt), and the Yankees’ conduct will precipitate WWIII…even as they will finish behind every team that has a rookie who is included in the BA Top 100.

    Thanks, Mike. I can’t even watch Hot Stove on MLBN anymore, it’s out of control.

  • Yanko

    “Yankee bashing is a pastime as old as the game itself”

    Best quote. So true.

  • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com Joe DiMaggio’s Ego-Ghost

    Maddux is obvious, but I wouldn’t mind having O’Conner, Hunt, Smoker, or Miller (before he got hurt of course!)

  • Evan3457

    Re: the 31st pick in the draft, not much talent there, and not much better at picks 32-35.

    However, picks 36-40 are much, much better, with #38 being the deepest.
    #41 isn’t great, but #42 is pretty good. #46, 48, 49 and 50 were also pretty good.