These really aren’t the cutthroat New York Yankees the generation of yesteryear have been used to. This version of the team/organization seems like a bunch of pushovers filled with passive individuals running the show. It stinks. We don’t like it.
That was further epitomized this past week when the New York Mets stole assistant hitting coach Eric Chavez, who signed a contract and was announced as a member of the Yankees’ coaching staff less than two weeks ago. Just like that, the Yankees allowed him to interview with the Mets for a better position! Why?!
It’s another inexplicable scenario we won’t be given an answer for, which is customary for the Yankees at this point. Just push it all down and hope everyone forgets about it. But people don’t forget.
However, there is a way for Hal Steinbrenner and Co. to make up for this colossal gaffe that has given the Mets another leg up on their supposed big brother in New York.
If the Yankees can lure either Carlos Beltrán or Curtis Granderson to the Bronx, it’ll be a win and the ultimate check-raise. Why? Because there will be a bad taste in the Mets’ mouth over it.
Beltrán was supposed to be the Mets’ manager heading into 2020 before the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal ruined everything.
The Yankees can get back at the Mets by hiring either Carlos Beltrán or Curtis Granderson.
The Mets, in order to avoid a PR disaster, ended up parting ways with Beltrán before he even managed a game when his role in the scandal was revealed and hired Luis Rojas, who managed a pandemic-shortened 2020 and an underwhelming 2021 (which more than likely wasn’t his fault). But who knows where New York would be had Beltrán been going into Year 3 at this point.
As for Granderson, the former Yankee and Met, reportedly rejected an opportunity to join the Mets’ staff this offseason. Is that because he doesn’t want to coach … or doesn’t want to have anything to do with the Mets again? If it’s the latter, the Yankees should be all over it.
Chavez was supposed to the “Swiss Army knife” of the coaching staff before taking on a larger role/clear promotion with the Mets. Perhaps Beltrán and Granderson, both good hitters and defenders in their day, would be a good fit for what Chavez was supposed to be … before, again, the Yankees willingly allowed him to leave the organization after less than two weeks on the job.
It’s still baffling, but there are clear amends that could be made. Time to rebound with this move and find your next manager in the making.