I. Jacob Ruppert 1915-1939
II. Del Webb and Dan Topping 1945-1964
III. George Steinbrenner, Steinbrenner Kids 1973-present
Those three sets of owners define the three dynasties of the New York Yankees. Number three is clearly in decline beyond any reasonable hope of revival.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The fault, dear Levine, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
Interest will spiral down while teams cling to the illusion that the money will keep rolling in. Their commitments to ultra high payrolls will falter as the ad money dries up with low ratings.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Yankees need to clean house.
A fish rots from the head so the cleaning needs to start with the Steinbrenner Kids, actually four people who are advanced adults: Hank, Hal, Jenifer, Jessica. The late George Steinbrenner left his Yankees to those four people, none of whom has the interest nor the ability to run the team. George's overbearing personality may have stifled them but we Yankee fans don't need to get into that.
I never thought that George was a bright guy, just one who was nuts enough to behave irrationally enough to distinguish him from his fellow team owners.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Mark Cuban, buy the Yankees from the Steinbrenner Kids.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Yankees spend too foolishly, not too little.
The Yankee problem starts with ownership, the Steinbrenner family, first the late George and then his four kids, really the two sons, first Hank, then Hal. The old George Steinbrenner technique was to bludgeon the player payroll into a championship team, no matter how much was spent and no matter how many mistakes were made. In fact, that was the key: acquire a lot of marque players to attract fans and the result should be that enough will work out so that the Yankees can compete every year and win the championship often. It worked, on and off, for a long time.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Yanks should have filled holes, not grabbed best available.
Getting under the team salary cap for the first time would have greatly enhanced the chances that the Yankees could rebuild starting in just one more year. Instead the Yankees enter the 2014 season without a single every day player under the age of 30 and only Jeter a player who started as a Yankee. This management approach is not sustainable.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Yanks sign Brett Gardner! What the heck? The downward spiral continues.
The Yankees are getting dumber and dumber. The Yankees are in a downward spiral. They cannot spend their way out of this. The Yankees need to make fundamental changes.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Billy Beane, field managers should not be former players. Wake the heck up!
It's much worse with stuffy old fart teams like the Yankees who are in an inescapable downward spiral.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Giancarlo Stanton: could the Yankees just buy his contract? Caveat emptor.
So, what about the New York Yankees? I've about given up on the Steinbrenners. They're too dumb and unimaginative to compete within the spirit of the soft salary cap, which they have exceeded each of the past 12 seasons, far more than all other teams combined. In other words, the other teams can compete within the limits but the Yankees cannot. And the Yankees are locked in a downward spiral from which they cannot escape. They continue to spend more and get older but not better. The Yankee minor league players are not good enough to tempt the Marlins to trade Stanton. The only hope is for the Yankees is to do what they have done since George Steinbrenner got controlling interest in the team in 1973: bludgeon the opposition into submission by spending obscene amounts of money to improve.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Yankees miss another Cuban but lead the league in ceremonies.
The Yankees are in a downward spiral and there is no escape. Once Jeter is gone, they can bring him back for another ceremony next season and have one for Bernie Williams. Then what? Do they think Yankee fans can be played for fools forever?
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Dumb and lazy Steinbrenner Kids never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity: Tampa GM goes to Dodgers.
A few days ago the Steinbrenner Kids, who own the New York Yankees, signed their 16 year incumbent general manager (GM) Brian Cashman to a new three year contract. Did they know that the Tampa Rays GM was available, that Andrew Friedman was talking to the Los Angeles Dodgers? ...
The Yankees are in a downward spiral. Blunt force spending cannot save them as it once could. The dynamics have changed...
The Steinbrenner Kids exhibit an astonishing lack of imagination. They're dumb and lazy, a deadly combination...
And what do the Steinbrenner Kids offer Yankee fans? Plaques, retired numbers, multiple variations on old timers day and obscene marketing of the demise of captain Derek Jeter, who will probably be brought back next season for every conceivable excuse to draw fans who are bored with a Yankee team lacking both stars and wins.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Both sides of the ball: Yankees need lefty power AND lefty pitchers in the Stadium.
Both sides of the ball is a football expression meaning be concerned about both offense and defense. This is often an alien concept for baseball people, especially for really basic stuff.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Did Yankees and Padres exchange markets?
... the Yankee moves seem timid. After wasting big bucks a year ago, the Yankees now seem seized by indecision, unwilling to either spend money or take chances...
George Steinbrenner must be turning over in his grave.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Yankee signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran were mistakes I opposed.
Future posts on the Steinbrenner Kids, Cashman, Girardi.