Josh Norris interviews Gil Patterson & Gene Michael

Open Thread: 3/22 Camp Notes
Update: Jeter DHs in minor league game, won't discuss ankle anymore

Got two good reads for you this morning. Josh Norris interviewed minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson and special advisor Gene Michael earlier this week about a number of topics, including pitching mechanics, the important of genetics, evaluating players, and all sorts of neat stuff. Patterson rejoined the organization during the offseason in effort to get a top pitching prospect to actually reach his ceiling while Michael has been with the team for what feels like an eternity, including two stints as GM. Both interviews are relatively short and well worth the read, so check ’em out.

Open Thread: 3/22 Camp Notes
Update: Jeter DHs in minor league game, won't discuss ankle anymore
  • Blake

    Yea good interviews….I’m hopeful Patterson can help the young pitchers in the system and thought that little story about how George hired him from a car wash was cool…,Id never heard that

    • TomH

      That story was news to me too. Very good of George.

      • KeithK

        Not surprising though. He may have had his faulrs but George certainly did care and took care of people.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Loved the Patterson write-up. The kids are in good hands.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Lets hope he does a better job developing young pitching because the Yankees future in large part depends on guys like Hensley, Campos, Banuelos, Ramirez, Mitchell, etc given their budget and the fact that teams are signing their good young pitchers to long term extensions.

  • Chris

    God bless ‘Stick’, but I’m glad he’s not the GM anymore. Seems to put more emphasis on concentration and having the ability to play in New York than actual observable skills and talent. Don’t know the man, but that’s what I got out of the article.

    However, very informative interview with Patterson.

    • Electric Nunez II

      Sounds like you don’t know too much about him, but for my money if there’s one guy who could be said to have had the most influence in building the team up from the dregs of the late 80’s/ early 90’s to the dynasty years, you could make a good case for that guy being Stick Michael. He made his share of mistakes along the way like everyone, but on balance the man has been a net positive in whatever role he’s been involved with.

      I for one am glad he is still around.

      • qwerty

        Outside of signing Danny Tartabull, I am not aware of any major mistakes he’s made. He’s a list of who he was responsible for acquiring during his six year run as GM:

        Paul O’Neill
        Jim Abbott
        Tino Martinez
        Jeff Nelson
        David Cone
        Jack McDowell
        John Wetteland
        Mariano Rivera
        Bernie Williams
        Jorge Posada
        Derek Jeter
        Mike Lowell
        Andy Pettitte
        Terry Mulholland

        I honestly don’t see any mistakes on that list.

        • Mike Axisa

          Kenny Rogers.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This franchise wouldn’t have had the run they’ve had since the mid-90’s without Gene Michael. Give me a break.

    • RetroRob

      You mean the guy who rebuilt the Yankees into a dynasty? You mean the guy whose approach to team building was then copied by other teams? You mean the guy the sabermetric-driven Red Sox wanted to hire as their GM, and when he turned them down they hired Epstein? That guy?

      • qwerty

        Yup, thank god he’s not GM anymore!

  • Antony

    Sounds reasonable