Posted tagged ‘George Steinbrenner’

Dumb link of the day

January 23, 2011

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2011/01/22/2011-01-22_yankees_gm_brian_cashman_might_want_to_leave_bombers_and_finally_have_a_chance_t.html

 

Not the article itself. But the comments. Holy shit. Blaming Cash for all of Steinbrenner’s move from pre-2006. Blaming Cash for Javy Vazquez, even though it was a good trade at the time. Blaming Cash for not winning more World Series- even though during his true tenure of about 2006-present he took an old, aging, well over-paid team with no farm system to a World Series winner in three seasons and a team with a farm system that has twice now been ranked in the top 5 of baseball. Sure, he has more money than any other GM to play with, but you can still get in trouble with buckets of money, as proven by George Steinbrenner pre-2006 when he basically ran the Yankees, and not Brian Cashman.

On a side note, while I will be pissed if Cash does leave since he’s a top tier GM and no one outside the organization is on the free market to replace him, it would be nice to see the Yankees promote Damon Oppenheimer. He’s a great baseball mind and talent evaluator. Other teams are often inquiring about him, so I’d rather keep him than lose him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mingdurga is the only sane commenter.

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RIP Freddy Sez

October 18, 2010

Freddy “Sez” Schuman, the New York Yankees undisputed #1 fan, died yesterday at the age of 85.

Damnit.

Really, that’s all you can say at this point. George, Bob, Hank, and now Freddy. He may have “only” been a fan, but he was arguably the biggest fan of any team in America and IS a Yankees icon. Hell, I’d say he’s a big enough name in Yankee folklore to put a patch on the cap or another black band on the uniform.

It’s a shame the man didn’t get to live longer to see another possible World Series in the Bronx, but he went out while the Yankees were still on top of the universe as defending champions. I’m sure he wouldn’t have it any other way. And hopefully he’ll get to meet up with some other Yankees legends up there in the sky somewhere.

Hey Freddy, say hello to George, Bob, and the rest of the fellas for us.

RIP George Steinbrenner

July 13, 2010

Longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died this morning at age 80.

George Steinbrenner took ownership of the Yankees in 1973 for $10mil, and has been the most influential owner in sports ever since with the current value of the Yankees somewhere over $1bil. When he took ownership of the team, the franchise was in a playoff-less drought of eight seasons, the longest such drought since they went to their first World Series in 1921. Just three seasons later the Yankees were back in the World Series, and just four seasons later in 1977 the Yankees won their first World Series since 1962.

“The Boss” as he was known had a strong desire to win, a desire which could also be seen as his biggest weakness. His passion to win led to the revival of the Yankees, who became the most successful sports organization of the past quarter century, on the field and off it. Today, Yankee hats and shirts are won world wide which is due to the growth of the franchise under the direction of George Steinbrenner. However, that passion to win led to many shaky relationships with his employees. He is oft known for firing managers, including Billy Martin five times. He was also banned from baseball in 1990 for hiring Howie Spira to dig up dirt on Dave Winfield, a player Steinbrenner never fully appreciated because he never won a championship with the Yankees.

But The Boss also had a genuine nice side that not many knew about. In 2007 he reached out and helped nine fire victims in the Bronx. He donated lots of money to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and aid to Virginia Tech after the tragic shootings. Perhaps the best story of George’s charity is the story of Ray Negron, an author and special adviser to Mr. Steinbrenner. As a kid, Negron was caught by Steinbrenner drawing Yankees graffiti on Yankee Stadium. Rather than punish him, George made him the team bat boy. Since then, Negron has advanced up the organizational ladder and it is all thanks to Mr. Steinbrenner.

During his tenure as owner, the Yankees won six World Series, the most of any team in that span. He also changed the economic landscape of baseball. He was notorious for signing high profile free agents such as Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Dave Winfield. Moreover, in 1997 he was the first owner to sell TV rights to a station (MSGN) and when the contract ended, he helped create the YES Network, a network devoted almost entirely to Yankees baseball.

It’s a shame that baseball never inducted George into the Hall of Fame while he was alive. More than any other owner in the game, he had the biggest impact on the sport. Thanks to his innovation of selling cable rights to stations, the game has grown on TV with all teams now having contracts with local stations to air games. He won six World Series and was the owner of the most recognizable sports team in America. The Yankees were a mess when he took control and he gave the organization a much needed face lift. Rather than sit on profits, he reinvested in the team and created a winner. His business model was great for baseball and a tribute to the fans. If that’s not enough to be inducted, than I don’t know what is.

This week has been rough for the Yankees and baseball. Legend Bob Sheppard died earlier in the week, and now the man responsible for the Yankees return to prominence has passed. It truly has been a sad week. They say death comes in threes, so lets pray that is not the case this time around.

RIP Mr. Steinbrenner, and thank you for all that you have done for the New York Yankees organization and fans.