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MAYBE a dual use Jets/Mets stadium gets built in Queens but there isn't money for all this nonsense in the Bronx. It's still hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars however you slice it and the people don't want it. Knocking down the most famous stadium in the US, eliminating park land, spending hundreds of millions of tax dollars to build a smaller ballpark that benefits NJ and CT fans more than NY is a complete joke. If it's such a wonderful idea put it on a statewide referendum where it will be defeated by 50 points. A pox on all new stadiums that use any public money.
On another related note: every once in a while I hear someone refer to the Los Angeles club of the National League as the Bums. NOTE WELL: THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS ARE NOT THE BUMS!!! The New Yankee Stadium may well be called Yankee Stadium, but it will never, ever be "The Big Ballyard in the Bronx."
And, likewise, a pox on all those municipalities who allow themselves to be blackmailed by zillionaires.
This all might go down (or up, depending on your perspective) a lot sooner out of necessity, as Yankee Stadium will probably collapse the day Bob Sheppard finally retires. Sadly, that day is looming.
Looks like Ebbets Field & Busch Stadium had a retarded baby!
Something tells me that father-son days at The Stadium will be going the way of the Furby.
I think it should be asked and fairly: if, after all these years, they can keep the Sistine Chapel running and up to snuff with all that it's got in it why can they do the same with a ball yard that's only a baby in comparison? I hope those corporate creatures in the luxury boxes appreciate what they're getting and what was lost to give it to them. Something about hell freezing over comes to mind though and so does this great Bill Veck quote "I have discovered in twenty years of moving around a ball park, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats."
1) I'm terrified of Posada going down for any length of time.
2) Posada would benefit from the twice weekly DH slot (or even better: one rest and two DH).
3) Posada as DH those days is better than Crosby or Phillips.
4) Stinett should not play more than once a week.
5) If #2 or #3 then #4 is not possible.
6) Our bench right now is: Crosby, Phillips, Stinett, and Cairo.
Molina, but only on the short contract he's said to be considering, makes too much sense.
What I don't understand is how the Yankees could be blackmailing the city. Why can't the city or state government summon up the balls to tell Steinbrenner that he's got to pay taxes just like everyone else? What's the boss going to do, threaten to move from the richest media market in the world?
You're probably right, I'm just afraid of the price. Molina would come cheaper and is a much better backstop. In a second catcher role, I'd prefer one that upgrades D with less pop than vice-versa. And to be honest, Piazza's trendlines show he may not produce much more than Phillips this year.
And Sliced, the Navarro inclusion is really what got me started on the "Cashman's a bum" thinking. No one else in the organization made that trade. There might have been pressure to do so, but Cash OK'ed the final pieces. Including Navarro was horrible esp. considering Jorge is headed for a big crash (see trendlines) if not major time out. And there's no plan in place for his replacement. If you keep plugging holes, you're in for a poorly constructed dike.
The new stadium is a boondoggle. Just another reason to listen to the radio, even though they have Sterling and Suzzzzz.
I heard Michael Kay talking about this a few weeks back with some expert analyst(I think it might've been Buster Olney). Kay brought up that he was surprised the Yanks havent gone after Piazza or Molina for backup C or DH to try to negate the bonus Jorge's due after catching 60 something games. The "expert" said something to the effect of: The Yankees wouldn't do something like that to upset such a homegrown cornerstone of thier team and, in turn, have an adverse effect on the club-house (read: Jeter, Bernie, Mo).
Jorge shouldn't not catch because of his contract. He shouldn't catch because: a) he's a catcher in the downpahse of his career. There's a very good chance he's headed for a major injury and/or loss of production (check trendlines). A true second catcher protects us in case of the former and helps ameliorate the latter. Jorge catching 4 times a week works out to about 100 games, DH twice a week = 40 games, and rest/PH for 20 games. That's about where he should be. It damn well shouldn't happen with Stinnett aboard. And the steaming train heading right for us is the major injury. Who's Cash's trade chip then and what are our options? Dare say, it doesn't look good.
If we really need to give Cash a chance, wsport, now it is it. The long-term planning missing from the last 8 off-seasons is similarly missing in this one.
The Sistine Chapel was built with enough luxury boxes to begin with. Plus, it's got a dome!
I imagine the transcript would look something like this:
Stick (on phone in NY): You guys realize the kid's a switch-hitting catcher, right?
Tampa Toadie #1 (on phone in Schmuckingham Palace): Navarro's bi-sexual? They love that sort of thing out in La-La-Land. Let's get this deal done now.
Cashman (on phone in NY): Uh, switch-hitter means he bats from both sides of the plate. Not a lot of catchers can do that.
Tampa Toadie #2: (snickers) Both sides of the plate (snickers) Good one, Cash!
Stick: Maybe we should hold on to Navarro for, you know, the future, at least for insurance. Who knows how much tread Jorgie has left?
Tampa Toadie #1: Tread? What are we selling frickin' tires around here, Stick, or winning championships? Is this uh, GoodYear or Great Year, Cashman? The boss wants a great year. The boss wants Randy Johnson now.
Tampa Toadie #2: NOW!
Cashman: Listen, we all want Johnson, but I have to agree with Gene about Navarro, fellas. I think maybe we could hold on to him, you know, present another option...
Tampa Toadie #1: The future is now, Cash. George loves the kid as much as anybody but the fact is, Navarro's just a catcher, a catcher who goes both ways from what you're telling me now.
Tampa Toadie #2: (snicker) Both ways! (snicker)
Tampa Toadie #1: Plus, he's only 21 years old. Randy Johnson is 42, which makes him almost twice as old as the kid, and, what, three times as experienced?
Cashman and Stick (in unison): Huh?
Tampa Toadie #2: Okay, great meeting, guys. Make this happen, Cash. Call me when it's done. (click)
I need look no further than this off-season to realize the last eight have been more Cash than we've been led to believe in all the spin this winter.
A few choices THIS year:
1) Filled bullpen with OPP rather than look within. Traded youngish possibly effective LOOGY for old mediocre LOOGY (Villone). There's not even a single slot for a youngster.
2) Signed marginal upgrade as back-up catcher rather than look to audition longer term solutions for soon-to-be (likely as soon as this season) very serious hole, nor one in the pipeline.
3) Signed OPP CF rather than bring in a legit longer-term option. Many were on the market, and we were left with the one that an idiot could have had if they stood long enough at the auction.
4) Resigned OF with no arm and rapidly diminshing skills to sentiment contract. Would be okay itself if the YOUNGEST OF wasn't 32. Fifth OF slot is filled by 29 yo AAAA player. No slot for a youngester nor even one in the pipeline.
5) Signed mediocre reserve IF as primary utility player. No slot for a youngster.
6) Annointed one youngester to back-up 1B/DH role with past history suggesting the manager won't play said player in that role.
If indeed Cashman is really in charge NOW, it's an even sadder fact - This off-season looks just like any other from the last eight years.
1) Bullpen filled with OPP
2) No back-up plan at C
3) Another OPP in CF
4) Reserve OF slots show no signs of a plan or pipeline
5) Reserve IF slots show no signs of a plan or pipeline
Don't get me wrong - I love the Yanks - too bad the GM blows.
Again, I agree with your assessment of Cash - to a point. What's preventing me from jumping completely on board is that any GM for the NY Yankees will have the precarious dilemma of having to appease not just George and the lackeys in Tampa but also the massive mainstream fan base. And, let's face it, mainstream Yankees fans we are not.
A good portion of the Yankee "faithful" are not faithful at all but fair-weather, consumer-driven yuppies who have nothing better to do than shmooze their clients and wear red Yankees caps when they go out to The Stadium.
The preponderance of these people wanna' see stars! They don't give a jack shit about the fact that Rags hurled a no-hitter on Independence Day '83 or that Mattingly bested Winnie for the batting title on the final day of the season in '84, or that Bobby Kelly was traded for Paul O'Neill, or that trading Colter Bean and Scott Proctor could possibly net Jason Michaels. They want to see a superstar at every single position and you better believe that Cash and everyone else in the Yankees management cadre knows that. So, in a big way, Cash is hamstrung.
Now, I'm not justifying the short-sighted array of transactions. But I also can't deny that Johnny Damon moves merchandise - more so than Jeremy Reed ever would.
True, Crosby and Phillips are the two counter examples. But here's the problem there: Torre has already shown that those guys can't be trusted with significant playing time. There are a few different roads you could take, esp. in the bullpen and at back-up catcher, but with regard to the Phillips and Crosby slots the options might include: a) giving Torre no other choice. Here having Tino around last year meant Phillips was a body filling up a roster spot. At least now, Torre has no other choice, until we see Bernie at 1B in May; b) Hoping Torre learned the error of his ways and has begun to trust a player. Crosby is the example here. But realize with the current roster, he'll only get playing time under Torre as a defensive replacement, if there's an injury, or on the days Shef plays DH. It doesn't look good for Bubba, esp. since Bernie will play the OF when he damn well shouldn't; c) Cycle in other young guys for these roles. Here's where creativity is essential. It ain't happening with Cash; d) get Torre involved in personnel decisions. I'm not sure the extent to which they ask Torre to evaluate guys prior to acquisition, but if he decided that he liked a guy, he might be more likely to play him. This option seems esp. appealing for the back-up catcher slot given Torre's history.
See, there are other choices Cash COULD make. The question is why he doesn't. Is it simply myopia? The bottomline is: the choices reflect the man. And in this off-season that man has shown himself to be a pretty crappy GM.
Sliced - Don't burn yourself too bad. I liked the creative bit. I just couldn't put myself in that room because there's no way Cash is pressured as to whom to trade away by Tampa guys. Look at it this way, Bossman is not saying get rid of Navarro. No doubt, he was saying "Get UNIT!". The fact that we gave up Navarro really hurts and shows how Podesta fleeced Cash during a time of need.
Brock - You are absolutely right but it works both ways too. Because much of the fan base is ignorant you can get away with some things, and Cash has the political capital to try them. Bringing in a Michaels or Reed or Rowand or Bradley, even as a 4th OF, would slide right by the causal observer. This would have also been a chance to audition guys as a replacement for Shef next year. Same to be said for reserving two bullpen slots for youngsters, even if you have to cycle through them until one sticks. Same thing with the back-up catcher role. Star power sells seats, no doubt. But a good GM recognizes and values the difference between OPP and upgrading the team. This GM seems to have lost that ability.
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