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NO PENNANTS, NO PEACE: If Hal Steinbrenner is more interested in being pennywise than winning the World Series, it's time for a fan revolution

Friends, Romans, Yankeefans...As we end another cruel year, it's time to ponder a deeper question than where Brett Gardner should bat in 2015. (BTW, third.)Should we, as die-hard Yankee rooters, give a crap that the ownership is becoming fiscally prudent?Before unfurling my tirade, a few understandings...I am writing as a consummate Yankee fan asshole. Yes, I'm aware that we spend...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Yankees choose now or the future?

The Winter Meetings were exceptional if you’re into big signings and huge trades, but not for some fans of the New York Yankees. For many Yankees fans, it was a downer, especially after the previous Friday when they signed Andrew Miller and traded for Didi Gregorius. What the meetings provided for Yankees fans is a wake-up call on how the club will be doing business in the future...
Via Yankees Unscripted
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankee post-meetings victory cry: We still haven't done anything incredibly, super-humanly stupid

This week, the Winter Meetings came and went, and - aside from new jokes about "rectal hydration" - not much changed. The Evil Empire looked like a third-place team coming in - (Thank you, Toronto and Tampa) - and it looks like a third-place team now.But instead of carping about our failure to add some new dinosaur to the ark - (The loudest ho-hum in Yankee history will follow news...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ruthless and Ruth-less: Was Jeter's farewell tour the last gasp of Yankee loyalty to their players?

For the last two years, the Yankees have done little more than launch farewell tours and hand out plaques to their icons of the '90s. Our pitching was mediocre, the hitting worse, and the brain trust was always first to note that it would NOT blame all those injuries - which is, of course, the spin doctor's way to blame all those injuries.But today, passengers on the NY Titanic face...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rhyme of the ancient Yankees: Money, money, everywhere - but not a cent to spend

Last night, Jon Lester went off the Yankee grid, hours after we lost David Robertson - in both cases, without ever firing off a shot.Today, a popular view across the Yankiverse is that Hal Steinbrenner has been marshaling his bottle deposits, planning to grab a Max Scherzer or a James Shields, or somebody at least bigger than the two sorry teams signed for the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Deal Hal Steinbrenner: This Thanksgiving, which are you? "Mr. Austerity"... or "Mr. Kinky Boots?"

Dear Madam or Sir:Sorry if I appear confused. I'm just not sure to whom I speak.This Thanksgiving, are you Harold Z. "Hal" Steinbrenner, alias... a) "Mr. Austerity"  or b) "Mr, Kinky Boots" This year, are you a tightwad... or a Johnny Wad?From what we hear - aka, Joel Sherman - we are entering another "Yankee Austerity Off-Season." The team will avoid long-term deals with...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Raul Ibanez not interested in hitting coach

It’s been over a month since the New York Yankees fired hitting coach Kevin Long and management is still looking for someone to fill the position. That person may be former Yankees outfielder Raul Ibanez. Long, who had an eight season career (2007-2014) as the Yankees hitting coach failed to make ends meet after two years of no postseason play. In mid-October owner of the Yankees...
Via isportsweb.com
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The enemy of my enemy is my drinking buddy: It's time to root, root, root for the Cubs and Giants; or Boston will be back in the driver's seat

It's a critical week for the Evil Empire - Hail Hydra! - as the Redsocks try to reload.The Fratboy Nation has made muy gigundo offers to Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester, their top free agent pinups. Last summer, they ditched the deadwood for just this moment. Moreover, they have a bubbling geyser of young prospects, as opposed to the Yankees' farm system, baseball's version of the...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

It's coming, I tell you: Troy Tulowitzki will be the Steinbrenner family's Second Coming of Rickey Henderson

I keep having this sick, spidery sense that I'll wake up tomorrow to find the Gammonites rejoicing and the tabloids sprouting rainbow typeface, and learn the Yankees just obtained Troy Tulowitzki.Since the dawn of time, this has been prophesied.It was always fated to happen... like Ebola, Taylor Swift and pumpkin beer. Right now, a trade for Tulo is mere blogger blather. Then again...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

AJ Burnett re-signs with Pittsburgh, another reminder of Hal Steinbrenner's original sin: Russell Martin

It seems like yesterday, the winter of our discontent - 2012-13 - when the Yankees prepared to re-sign Russell Martin, the Ray Liotta lookalike. He was coming off a brutal season - 21 HRs and a .211 average, thanks to a terrible start - and all he wanted was a two-year deal.Yep. Seems crazy, doesn't it?Of course, we know what happened. Hal Steinbrenner decided to impose a $186 million...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees Found Another Way To Outspend Every Other Team

The Yankees have found new ways to exploit their financial advantage in recent years.  For a long time, they were the team spending the most money on big league payroll by a good margin, then other teams caught up after the addition of the luxury tax along with an Hal Steinbrenner being more focused on the bottom line […]
Via Fangraphs
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees set to determine qualifying offers

The deadline to submit qualifying offers to players is Monday at 11:59 p.m. The New York Yankees will assuredly extend one to closer David Robertson, while the jury is out on whether they will make one for starter Hiroki Kuroda.If Robertson accepts the $15.3 million offer, he would be the first player to ever do so and the highest paid reliever for a season in baseball history...
Via Yankees Unscripted
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

No, no, NOOOO! Don't tell me the Yankees would really let David Robertson walk

Wait a minute. Am I dreaming? Or is "nightmare" the better word?The free-range Gammonites are saying the Yankees may let David Robertson sign elsewhere, so Hal Steinbrenner can save a few nickels on the likes of Chase Headley or Hanley Ramirez, the 2015 version of Alphonso Soriano.They'll move Dellin Betances to closer, because - as everybody knows - it's such an easy and seamless...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees have more Vice Presidents than Pepsico

Feeling down about the season? That noose around your neck starting to itch?How about some fun fact trivia!Who has more Vice Presidents: a) the planetwide corporate colossus, PepsiCo, or b) the Yankees?Well, if you happened to read the above headline, you've probably guessed the correct answer.The answer is b, theYankees. They have 15 veeps. Poor little PepsiCo has only 13.By...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees should sign the Pride of Korea, Jung-Ho Kang, and see what happens

The Korean Koreans of the Chick Korean Baseball League have announced they will post slugging superstar shortstop Jung-Ho Kang to America this winter. Kang, 27, batted .360 and hit 36 home runs last season. Unfortunately, he did this in Korea, where the quality of pitching falls somewhere between Scranton and Iceland.In posting ballplayers to the majors, Korea operates under the...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Some advise for Gary Denbo, new Yankee Vice President of (cough) whatever

The Yankees yesterday promoted Gary Denbo to Vice President of Somethingorother, replacing Mark Newman, who is retiring after 100 years, or at least it seemed like 100 years.First, on behalf of the Yankiverse: Congrats to Mr. Denbo! Best of luck, sir, in your new position!Second, let's all breathe a sigh of relief, knowing the Yankees didn't have to go outside the organization to...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees looking for new hitting coach

The New York Yankees said goodbye to hitting coach Kevin Long last week and are already setting their sights on someone new. After a week of saying he was cautious to fire his employees, New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner decided Long’s eight season career (2007-2014) with the Yankees was over. Before he came to any conclusion, Steinbrenner talked about Long’s unfortunate...
Via isportsweb.com
October 17, 2014  |  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
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

YES Network ratings and franchise value send us a message: The Yankees have reached a point where they cannot suffer financially for their mediocrity

Yesterday, the bold reality of our insignificance emerged in two news releases. We learned that:Despite marketing one of the more tedious products in history, despite playing lackluster games and finishing barely a toothache over .500... 1. The value of the New York Yankees' brand name rose by about $100 million last year, according to Forbes. The team has the most profitable brand...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Hal Steinbrenner blames himself for New York Yankees offense

The 2014 season for the New York Yankees was without-a-doubt different from seasons in the past. Within months of the first half of the season key players like CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova were injured and out of the game. The Yankees suffered a major loss in July when it was learned 25 year-old Masahiro Tanaka wouldn’t make another appearance for the team until spring training, and...
Via isportsweb.com
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Some Takeaways On The Recent Hal Steinbrenner Interview

I realize that I am late to the party on this one, but I only just had a chance to view The Michael Kay Show's Hal Steinbrenner interview.  Kay and Don La Greca did a great job with the son of The Boss, asking tough questions that were answered, for the most part, pretty well.Some takeaways:1. When asked if he would shop the free agent market, Steinbrenner said that, the plan was...
Via Lady At The Bat
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner, mostly unfiltered

New York Yankees managing general partner and co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner had a marathon radio interview on ESPN Radio 98.7 FM’s The Michael Kay Show Wednesday afternoon. In it he answered each and every question thrown at him by Kay and co-host Don LaGreca. Most of the questions were answered to the fullest with very few vague or non-committal responses.During the 20-minute...
Via Yankees Unscripted
October 02, 2014  |  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's show...
Via Subway Squawkers
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologizes for missing playoffs again

  Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologized Wednesday for his team's failure to make the playoffs for a second straight year and said New York is talking with general manager Brian Cashman about a new contract. Hampered by injuries to four-fifths of their starting rotation and an offense that was 13th in scoring in the 15-team American League, the Yankees went 84-78 and missed consecutive...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Steinbrenner apologizes for missing playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologized for his team's failure to make the playoffs for a second straight year and said New York is talking with general manager Brian Cashman about a new contract. Steinbrenner spoke Wednesday on ''The Michael Kay Show,'' which is simulcast by the YES Network and ESPN New York radio. Asked what he would tell fans, Steinbrenner said...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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