Let’s do something stupid and pretend that the New York Yankees had one of their best off-seasons ever.
That would mean inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner became a baseball fan.
Josh Hamilton would be Tampa for Spring Training, along with Rafael Soriano.
The farm system would be flourishing and one or two youngsters make the 25-man rosters.
And finally a Yankees bench that is so deep that losing Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira can be tolerated.
Gosh would that bring a smile my face for a second, until I crashed back down to earth.
Instead the Yankees are even older, cannot afford the injuries they already have, still do not trust their farm system and lack overall depth.
The honest sense of desperation coming from GM Brian Cashman is the only refreshing thing to come out of Spring Training thus far.
Otherwise it’s been empty promises and contradicting statements since last October. You remember when the Yankees got swept right in the ALCS at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.
All of the Yankees troubles can be blamed on Prince Hal, who has made one thing perfectly clear that he is running a business that happens to involve baseball.
Here are Hal’s 2 most troubling statements that continue to get contradicted.
1) Told the New York Post back in January, “All I can continue to tell everyone is our commitment to the fans is never going to change,” Steinbrenner said. “We will always field a championship-caliber team. Is our goal $189 [million] next year? Yes. But only if I’m convinced that the team I see we put together is a championship-caliber team.”
Who is going to tell Hal this is a championship caliber team?
Obviously baby Steinbrenner did not watch much baseball growing up either because he doesn’t regularly attend games now so maybe he is not the best judge. Letting the starting catcher walk, and not retaining solid bench players to back up a veteran team is poor planning.
2) Hal said this on March 2nd, “We’ve got a lot of good veterans on the team, and we’ve got some good young players as well … That’s always the mix that I want to shoot for. I like our team, but where we end up in October, anybody’s guess.”
What young players?
– Catching prospect Austin Romine was already sent down to Triple A Scranton and supposedly he had the best shot of making the 25-man roster.
– HowCashman desperately asking retired players, like Chipper Jones to come play in the Bronx bridge the age gap?
– And lastly why are Rangers scouts in the stands to see Joba Chamberlain? Trade? This makes no sense to trade away a piece of the most solid thing the 2013 Yankees have, the bullpen.
Please someone explain to me how Hal is getting away with all of this.
If change is inevitably here money-wise, fine. Then let the prospects play, or trade them all away for Marlins Giancarlo Stanton but don’t let them rot any longer.