Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hal Shows He’s Still Calling the Shots… Unfortunately

The Winter Meetings are almost wrapped up and the New York Yankees once again have been relatively quiet. Many fans are screaming for the head of Brian Cashman, once again, and once again Cashman is getting stoned for the King’s work. It’s not King George anymore though, this time around it’s King Hal Steinbrenner that’s still calling the shots… unfortunately.

When the news broke that the San Francisco Giants had signed right-hander Jeff Samardzija to a five-year deal worth $90 million many Yankees fans erupted. Samardzija had been linked to the Yankees all offseason long and when the dust settled the Yankees didn’t even make an offer. The same can be said for the Los Angeles Dodgers signing of right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. Another perfect fit for the Yankees, another pitcher with a ton of rumors and supposed interest by New York and another non-offer. Why? Hal Steinbrenner. Hal Steinbrenner is not allowing Cashman to make any significant signings or expenditures this offseason since very little to no money is coming off the books.

Cashman once again gets the short end of the stick and the brunt of the hate. Cashman did not sign many of the contracts that are hampering the team and their budget right now. It wasn’t Cashman who wanted Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann or Jacoby Ellsbury. It was Hal. Cashman did not want to re-sign Alex Rodriguez once he opted out, hell Cashman didn’t want A-Rod to begin with, both were George Steinbrenner influenced signings. Cashman is merely the guy being handed chopsticks to eat with after the organization has cut his hands off. He’s starving!

I know this probably goes on at many organizations and none of them are as public, or maybe I just don’t pay attention close enough to other teams, as the Yankees but this is getting out of hand. Let the general manager, in name only apparently, do his job and simply write the checks Hal. If you don’t have trust in your people, and obviously you don’t, then fire them and start over with people you do trust. Something has got to change though because this has proven time and time again that this is not working. Not even close. 


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  2. Daniel, good shot at the New King, long live the "KING"...not so much!
    Maybe the change of venue will turn things around for this kid, if it does fine and the trade is worth the price. If it doesn't, may the fans ambiguity turn into anger!

    1. I grow more and more angry with every winter and every trade deadline. Even when they went crazy on the free agency market and spent heavily I was mad because the moves were redundant. Ellsbury for seven years was not a great idea and Beltran for three years wasn't either. Seems like spending just to spend.

      Hal has said that he has to sign big names to bring the fans to the yard, that's part of being the New York Yankees. Ellsbury is/was a pretty big name but an aged (not aging, he's aged) Beltran? No thanks.


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