May 22, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner speaks at the event to announce plans for the new Major League Soccer team the Manchester City FC at P.S. 72 The Lexington Academy. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Will The New York Yankees Ownership Be the Issue Moving Forward?

Back in the 1980′s the New York Yankees fielded some very mediocre teams. Young players like Doug Drabek, Fred McGriff and Jay Buhner were traded for the likes of Ken Phelps and Steve Trout. Free agents like Ed Whitson were signed and didn’t exactly deliver. Once George Steinbrenner got suspended, Gene Michael was able to take over and along with Buck Showalter, focused more on player development and making shrewd trades like the Paul O’Neill one.

Now it appears ownership is at it again. While it is Hal Steinbrenner’s team and it is his right to do so, teams are run best when owners own and the people they pay to make the decisions, make the decisions. Don’t you think Dallas Cowboy fans may be a happier group if Jerry Jones got an actual GM?

When Alex Rodriguez opted out back in 2005, Cashman didn’t want him back and ownership overruled. The team signed Rafael Soriano against Cashman’s wishes as well. Now it appears the team brought back Alfonso Soriano even though Cashman didn’t want to give up a young arm for him.

Granted, Corey Black may not turn out to be Jose Rijo, however there is another troubling pattern that is coming about. Cashman was also overruled about keeping Russell Martin and adding Nate Schierholtz, instead of keeping Ichiro Suzuki and going with Francisco Cervelli and company at catcher. Well, let’s see how that turned out.

Schierholtz: .281/.341/.529 13 HR 42 RBI

Suzuki:  .274/.310/.373 6HR 26RBI

Martin: .248/.350/.401 9HR 36 RBI

Chris Stewart: .237/.313/.306 3Hr 16 RBI

While Martin would still be on the team next year, Schierholtz would be a free agent. Ichiro is signed for next year and Soriano will make $5 million.

Ownership has intervened and it hasn’t helped. While it is their right to, they aren’t exactly helping the on-field product.

They need to stay out of the way and let the baseball people make the baseball decisions.

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  • John Doe’s Father

    Anybody know how Cashman felt about bring Pettitte back ? I think it was a big mistake and I know he like to develop young players instead of hanging on to older ones.

  • Thomas Katona

    Problem is , is that Yankees don’t have any young people except for Murphy & he’s still in triple a. Bring him up! U have to spend to get a good young players. Yankees don’t want to do that. But then y spend on old players ? It makes no sense. Yankees had & still do have chances at good younger players we just don’t hear about it.

  • tillzen

    Hindsight is 20-20. Either the Yanks culture needs a re-boot or there is other stuff going on that we the average fan can have no clue about beyond guessing. Why would Cashman tell us Hal wanted Soriano unless Cashman wants a change of scene? Why would Hal choose the thrift of Soriano over standing pat? My guess is that the Yanks are bailing on salary to sell the team and Soriano is still a draw for fans which also makes the Yanks more attractive to a buyer’s bottom line and future debt? Ultimately this is the double-edged sword of a trust / monopoly. With the ability to print money, hide debt and losses and answer to no one but the fans teams can hide their cake and their eating it too. Teams like the Royals and the Marlins can profit from mediocrity while teams like the Dodgers can appear to be winners yet have zero chance at genuine profitability. It’s too bad this great game has been run into the ground by Bud Selig and his band of merry morons.