George Steinbrenner, Jerry Lucas, and the NBA in Cleveland?

You know the NBA planted its flag in Cleveland in 1970, with the inaugural season of the Cavaliers. Unlike me, you may also have known that Cleveland was this close to joining the NBA less than ten years earlier. By the end of the 1950s, the National Industrial Basketball League had been in operation for over ten seasons. Originally formed as a league for mill workers, the teams...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why did the Yankees pass on Andrew Friedman? And why is Hal Steinbrenner like Hermey the Elf?

Yesterday, after hearing about how the Los Angeles Dodgers swooped up and signed Andrew Friedman, after firing GM Ned Colletti, I was natrually peeved. As my friend Sully put it, the Dodgers have back-to-back seasons making the playoffs, and they fire their GM, while the Yankees have back-to-back seasons, and give their GM a new contract. Good grief.I have had my eye on Andrew Friedman...
Via Subway Squawkers
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Hal Steinbrenner finally speaks, and shows that he couldn't manage a one-car funeral

So Hal (Rip Van Winkle) Steinbrenner has finally woken from his summer slumber and spoken to the media for the first time in two months. He talked to Michael Kay on the Yankee broadcaster's ESPN New York radio show yesterday, a day after I wondered where the heck Hal was. But I think Hal would have made a much better impression by doing the interview in person, given that Kay...
Via Subway Squawkers
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Stick 2012: "Brian Runs The Show"

From a short NYT interview with Gene Michael, Feb. 2012:Q. How are things different without George Steinbrenner?  A. Hal (Steinbrenner) is different than George in a lot of ways. Hal turns decisions over to the baseball people, Brian in particular. Brian runs the show baseball-wise. When George was here, he was always involved.Alphonso is right.Can we bring back the Stick as GM...
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Open letter to the people of Boston: You're welcome

Dear Madams and Sirs, and ex-mortal enemies...Relax. Lay down your arms. As a Yankee fan, I come in peace.In fact, I offer my sincerest congratulations, because even though your 2014 Redsocks team fell apart, you now can live each day for that one golden moment of pure tobacco pleasure:The Yankee box score.Why watch Big Papi's continuing erosion, or Dustin Pedroia's latest...
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees honor fan favorite O'Neill with Monument Park plaque

  Paul O'Neill was honored by the New York Yankees with a plaque to be placed in Monument Park. Dubbed "The Warrior" by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for his passionate style of play, O'Neill was honored in a ceremony Saturday before the Yankees played the Cleveland Indians. O'Neill was humbled to know that his plaque will be among the many Yankees greats...
Via AP on Fox
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees honor O'Neill with Monument Park plaque

NEW YORK (AP) Paul O'Neill has been honored by the New York Yankees with a plaque to be placed in Monument Park. Dubbed ''The Warrior'' by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for his passionate style of play, O'Neill was honored in a ceremony Saturday before the Yankees played the Cleveland Indians. O'Neill was humbled to know that his plaque will be among...
Via AP on Fox
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Bronx Zoo Yankees’ Tie to Indians Due to Gabe Paul

Thwarted in his efforts to buy the Indians, a Cleveland-area shipbuilding scion named George Steinbrenner instead bought the New York Yankees in 1973, in a deal brokered in part by Indians general manager Gabe Paul. Paul would later join Steinbrenner as a limited partner in the Yankees and thanks to him, there were a lot of Cleveland connections to those Yankee teams, from players...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Torre: "I forgot George."

Joe Torre forgot to thank George Steinbrenner during his HOF acceptance speech yesterday. And his account of the immediate end to the speech is sad.“I feel terrible, I’m very upset,” an ashen-faced Torre said. “I was with Hal [Steinbrenner on Saturday] night and I gave all my accolades. But being with the Yankees, you don’t get accepted without George’s acceptance....
Via Bob's Blitz
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Torre feels ‘terrible’ about omitting George Steinbrenner from speech

Joe Torre had a lengthy Hall of Fame speech at Cooperstown on Sunday in which he recapped in detail his glory days managing the New York Yankees. He mentioned multiple players and staffers with whom he worked throughout his career, and he thanked his family for all their help. But one thing Torre failed to […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Torre: I 'feel terrible' for forgetting to thank Steinbrenner

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre admitted he screwed up during his 28-minute Hall of Fame induction speech, because he failed to thank former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. “I missed thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you’re talking about the Yankees,” a visibly shaken Torre told the New York Daily News. “I mentioned George, but my plan was to thank...
Via Intrigue Sports
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

In the 100th game of the season, God finally joins the Yankee 25-man roster

It was like watching ants fight a tidal wave. They couldn't pull their tarp. (Why does that sound kinky?) The juju gods had sent a deluge, and Noah Girardi was safe and dry in his hand hewn Yankee ark.Face it, humanity: Last night's Yankee victory was an act of God... of Yahweh, Allah, Budha, Gaia, Jehovah, Zhule, Claverino, Stoopah-dooba-doonga, Brad, Sellerinoanbarnes....
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees draft Kenny Powers lookalike (PHOTOS)

With the 422nd pick of the recently completed MLB first-year player draft, the New York Yankees selected West Virginia pitcher Sean Carley. And don't blink. The right-hander bears an uncanny resemblance to Kenny Powers — the fictional HBO pitcher with more baggage than Mitch Williams and John Rocker combined.Let's see how long that mullet lasts down in George Steinbrenner...
Via The Other Paper
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Remember when George Steinbrenner was the gold-standard for evil owners? Ahhh, but those were the days before Viagra.

George Steinbrenner did some terrible things to African-American players. He paid a guy to get dirt on Dave Winfield. He humiliated Bobby Meacham. He let Reggie walk out the door. He called Hideki Irabu "a fat toad." He traded Bobby Murcer. He fired Yogi... Umm, wait a minute...Whoops. My bad. You see, for all his boorish foibles, and there were doozies - Old George at...
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

George Steinbrenner Should Be In The Hall Of Fame

George Steinbrenner was known for his controversial ways during his 37-year tenure as owner of the New York Yankees (via nymag) If there is any owner who deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, it has to be George Steinbrenner. He changed the way owners run their teams. Steinbrenner was a very involved owner. No one had been like that up to that point. Most owners before Steinbrenner...
Via Grandstand University
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ford Jr. on ownership style: 'Nothing has really changed'

His father really did have the right model in some ways: Hire a general manager and coach, let them do their jobs, show them support. With apologies to Jerry Jones and the late George Steinbrenner, it's the ideal way to run a sports franchise. The problem was that William Clay Ford Sr., the late Lions' owner, couldn't seem to hire the "right" GM and coach. Russ...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter says owning a team is 'the next ultimate goal'

There might not be a player in the George Steinbrenner era of the New York Yankees that was closer to late owner than Derek Jeter. There was only one known tiff early in Jeter’s career, when Steinbrenner quesitoned Jeter’s late night activities, but outside of that, the two admired and respected one another. Both had […]Continue reading...
Via The Victory Formation
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Steinbrenner Philosophy on Winning is Flawed

The Steinbrenner family has been running the New York Yankees since 1973 when George purchased the team from CBS.  From George, onto Hal, their “philosophy” on winning has remained the same: buy the best players money can get and you will win World Series championships. There’s just one problem with that approach, it doesn’t exactly lead to winning titles. For those who...
Via Standing O Sports
February 23, 2014  |  2 Comments

Reds to enact a Yankees-like facial hair policy in 2014: Report

Taking a page from the New York Yankees playbook, the Cincinnati Reds will institute a stricter facial hair policy for players beginning this season.Although not as severe as George Steinbrenner's famous edict regarding beards, sideburns and moustaches, new Reds manager Bryan Price likes the idea of "tame" facial growth.Jamie Ramsey, the Assistant Director of Media...
Via The Other Paper
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Gallery: The worst defunct MLB mascots

The backlash towards new Chicago Cubs mascot Clark the Cub has been swift, and it has been ugly. Cubs fans are incensed, and rival fans are taking pleasure in mocking Chicago's latest misstep. But Clark the Cub isn't the first mascot that has gotten an intense amount of hate - in fact, he's the latest in a long line of mascots that has earned the ire of their respective...
Via The Outside Corner
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Finally reaching the $189 million crossroads, the Yankees apparently will let others determine the future

Hal Steinbrenner sabotaged the 2013 Yankees. At the time, it seemed a worthy cause. If the Yankees could shrink their bloated $230 million payroll to $189 million, they would escape a huge luxury tax. Eventually, they could sign a Bryce Harper or Mike Trout, or even both. One year at $189 million, that's all they needed, and then they could spend, spend, spend... with impunity...
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

What Would The Boss Do?

Things Are Different In The Bronx Since The Passing of George Steinbrenner In July of 2014, it will mark the three-year anniversary of the passing of former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. While he was far from an angel, and was oftentimes a meddler, a bully, and downright nasty, it was in his very soul to do whatever it would take to win. Whether that came by trading...
Via KC Sports Ninja
December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

George Steinbrenner, The Play, coming to Broadway?

George Steinbrenner can't get into the Hall of Fame but...he just might make it to The Great White Way. Seems Roundabout Theatre Company produced a reading of Bill Madden's currently unavailable Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball last week. The Post's Michael Riedel reports:Richard Kind read the part of Steinbrenner and was “terrific,” says [play co-writer Ira...
Via Bob's Blitz
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Torre elected to the Hall, Steinbrenner falls short

The Expansion Era Committee of the Baseball Hall of Fame announced Monday morning that former managers Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox will be enshrined in Cooperstown. All were voted in unanimously. Torre, who couldn’t quite make it in on his numbers as a player, was a lock as a manager. He went a combined 2,326-1,997 (.538) over 29 years with the Mets, Braves, Cardinals...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

How could we have so tough in dealing with Robbie, and then cave in so pathetically with Beltran?

Last night, the signing of Carlos Beltran - three years, age 37, cranky knees, our sixth OF - conjured instant memories of the last time a Steinbrenner hustled out to grab a headline, after another team picked our pockets. It happened after the Redsocks stunned baseball with an outlandish bid for Dice K, the Japanese sensation. So we broke the bank and signed Kei Igawa. Remember...
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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