For the last few years, David Cone has been a breath of fresh air for New York Yankees fans who have felt betrayed by their favorite team. Cone, a YES and ESPN broadcaster, is a voice of reason in the booth and has delivered many great bits on his podcast, Toeing the Slab, via Jomboy Media.
Cone's never one to sugercoat things, nor is he ever too harsh, but his most recent appearance on WFAN seemed to have toed the line. That's what happens when you're on the horn with Brandon Tierney and Sal Licata.
Tierney asked Cone if it was too outlandish to say the Yankees "are broken" based on what's transpired over the last few years, and Cone said he understood where Tierney was coming from.
And then ... he went through a laundry list of poor moves executed by Brian Cashman and talked about how George Steinbrenner used to make decisions based on the pulse of the fans -- something the current organization doesn't do.
He pointed out what feels like a stark difference, too, between Hal and George. The "new guard," as Cone put it, is focused on sustainability from a competition perspective where as the "old guard" wanted to win at all costs, making anything less than a World Series title a failure.
David Cone agreeing with Yankees fans outrage is a bad look for Hal Steinbrenner
Too often it's the fans yelling about clear errors made by the organization. How about some trusted talking heads? Former players? Legends of the game? We're only trying to get to the bottom of why the last 14 years have been some underwhelming.
That's why when Cone brought up the Jacoby Ellsbury signing, the missed Justin Verlander trade, Giancarlo Stanton trade, the whiffs on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, Aaron Hicks extension, Joey Gallo trade, and so on and so forth, everyone's ears perked. "Hey, yeah, that's exactly what we've been wondering!!!"
It's just not a good look for the Yankees if somebody who works for them can plainly see where everything's gone wrong on an annual basis dating back to 2013.
Recently, Cone called for a "shakeup" (subscription required) because he knows as good as anybody that this team needs a shot in the arm and less of a redundant offensive profile. But does Cashman realize that?
The trade deadline will be the last chance New York has to fend off further embarrassment heading into the offseason. And if they don't, it's going to be a long, long road to Opening Day to 2024.