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Friday, May 6, 2016

What's good for the Yankees is good for baseball? Or is it like rooting for U.S. Steel?

U.S. Steel? What's that? Alphabet generations, millennials, whatever, ... a brief trip to the 1950s for context.

Charles Wilson (Secretary of Defense 1953-1957):

... for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa". This statement has frequently been misquoted as "What's good for General Motors is good for the country".

U.S. Steel:

U.S. Steel ranked 16th among United States corporations in the value of World War II production contracts.[8] Production peaked at more than 35 million tons in 1953. Its employment was greatest in 1943 when it had more than 340,000 employees; by 2000, however, it employed 52,500 people...

U.S. Steel sponsored The United States Steel Hour television program from 1945 until 1963 on CBS. U.S. Steel built both the Disney's Contemporary Resort[53][54][55] and the Disney's Polynesian Resort in 1971 at Walt Disney World, in part to showcase its residential steel building "modular" products to high-end and luxury consumers.


U.S. Steel was big, boring and powerful. A pejorative used by Yankee haters: rooting for the Yankees was like rooting for U.S. Steel.

The Steinbrenner Kids have managed to make the Yankees big, boring but not powerful.

The Major Baseball League (MBL) has five teams in the three biggest cities in the United States. Here are their records:

Chicago Cubs 21-6
Chicago White Sox 19-10
New York Mets 17-10
Los Angeles Dodgers 14-14 but tied for first
New York Yankees 9-17

Even the Boston Red Sox are 17-11. And the damn Cubs turned around in a season.

The post below contains references to the many posts in recent years detailing the failings of the Steinbrenner Kids:

Steinbrenner Kids failed and should sell the Yankees. Friday, April 22, 2016

It contains a link to a post relevant to this one. Note the date:

Yankees are just another team. Is that good? Monday, November 24, 2014

... the Yankees no longer being the big team during the free agent signing season. The Yankees are not relevant...

real v. Pythagorean won-loss estimation
2012 95-67 95-67
2013 85-77 79-83
2014 84-78 77-85

In other words, the last two seasons the New York Yankees were probably sub .500 teams that somehow overachieved and deluded fans and, more importantly, management into thinking that the organization was solid and merely needed some tinkering...

Bad ownership, bad management, blah, blah, blah. The point is that the Yankees are ordinary. The organization has no base on which to build. The 25 player roster is old and mediocre. The 40 player roster lacks impact players. I checked the minor league numbers of the ten youngest players on the 40 player roster: they suck...

... the Yankees thing, being champion. No cutesy stuff. No nice guy stuff. Just being champion. And doing it by hitting home runs. The Yankees were the team people loved to hate. The Yankees were America. Americans who hated the Yankees didn't understand America. Power doesn't sit well with the powerless.

So, is the baseball galaxy better off with the Yankees reduced to being just another team?

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