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Hal Steinbrenner Wants You Know What He Thinks

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

George Steinbrenner use to publish “missives” when he believed his team was performing less than their best. Fans and media alike would await the latest statement from George after a tough weekend against the Red Sox or when the Bombers were in the midst of a long losing streak. Hal Steinbrenner is not nearly as […]

NY Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Going Into 2012

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I always like to try new things here, so instead of doing a “year in review,” I am doing a “Stock Up/Stock Down” heading into 2012 for New York baseball. This includes a “watch list.” The list could include players, coaches, minor leaguers, and the media. Stock Up  Curtis Granderson – When the Yankees acquired […]

The Problem With Yankees Ownership, Nassau Bid Fails, Daniel Murphy the Scapegoat, Lucas Duda, Six Man Rotation

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

For as much progress the Yankees have made since the dysfunction of the eighties, you see a glimpse of how ownership has the potential to be a worry. Ken Rosenthal wrote this on Fox Sports yesterday: The Yankees on Sunday made a play for Houston Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez, but that push was driven by ownership, not Cashman, according […]

Cashman’s Plan Thwarted By Soriano Signing

Friday, January 21st, 2011

In reaching out to my Tampa source, we received some clarification on the Rafael Soriano/Brian Cashman/Steinbrenner circus that has been discussed since the press conference earlier this week. Yes, as has been reported in numerous outlets, the Soriano signing was the work of Hal Steinbrenner. In a move reminiscent of his father, he actually contacted […]

Yankees Don’t Have Much Payroll Flexibility

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Hal Steinbrenner was quoted as saying the Yankees will stay within a $206 million dollar payroll for the upcoming season. Whether that is a “hard budget” remains to be seen, but it does pose some interesting questions with respect to the free agencies of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and most importantly, Andy Pettitte. Using Cot’s […]

The House of Steinbrenner

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I had a chance to finally watch ESPN’s 30 for 30 on George Steinbrenner. “The House of Steinbrenner” was well done, and it wasn’t just the usual look at the Boss. You got to see fans reaction at the final home game at Yankee Stadium, and a look at Hal Steinbrenner. Hal has been the […]

Ballpark Dress Code and Locker Room Access

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Ever since Lady Gaga showed up at Citi Field in a bra and underwear people have been complaining about her boorish behavior. I don’t know much about the singer, but from what I have read this is typical behavior from “Madonna lite.” Bigger question is why is security letting her in with the way she […]

Interesting Tidbit on the Future of Steinbrenner Ownership

Monday, May 24th, 2010

My headline guest during my “Subway Series on WGBB” show was Daily News columnist Bill Madden author of “Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball.” We talked about all the obvious stuff during the segment: The wild stories of a young George Steinbrenner, the growth of the Yankees brand, and even how Brian Cashman gained autonomy […]

The Yankees Are Boring

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

The Yankees are a boring team. Yes, I said it. Even though they are coming off 103 wins and a World Series, there really are no stories worth pondering down in Tampa. Sure, you have the played out Joba/Hughes and the bullpen theme, but outside of that there are no positional battles to speak of. […]

Are the Yanks Resting on Their Laurels?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Some Yankee fans that I have spoken with this winter are worried that management is intent on resting on their laurels now that they’ve won the World Series for the first time in 9 years. One of my friends, a life long fan of 42 years, wrote me the following: “I understand the whole budget thing, but come on […]