An Ill Wind(bag) Blows

What say you, YFs?

“I’m going to be reviewing the entire organization,” Hank Steinbrenner told the AP in Tampa today. “We’re going to do everything we can to win next year. We’re not going to wait. Do everything we can that makes sense. We’re going to fix what we have to fix. We’re going to have to look at what has been done wrong over the last five years, which I’ve had one year to try and figure out. Clearly, a lot of mistakes were made.”

In what could be a move that drives Brian Cashman out the door, Steinbrenner is looking at setting up an advisory group to help run the team.

“If Brian stays on as GM, that doesn’t mean he won’t be the No. 1 guy,” Steinbrenner said. “But the fact is, the more opinions the better. I think that’s probably the best way. It worked in the 90’s, and it can work again.”

To this Red Sox fan, anything that dillutes Brian Cashman’s voice within the Yankee organization is a big win for the rest of the division.

14 comments… add one
  • yeah, that type of management has worked well for Balitmore, hasn’t it?

    dw (sf) September 12, 2008, 10:15 am
  • Hank is the best.

    SF September 12, 2008, 10:40 am
  • We’re going to have to look at what has been done wrong over the last five years, which I’ve had one year to try and figure out.
    I wonder what he’s figured out so far, in this first year. It’s unclear.

    SF September 12, 2008, 10:41 am
  • What’s another seven years without a championship, really? That’s even shorter than the ’79-’95 stretch. Could do that standing on your head.

    Kazz September 12, 2008, 10:42 am
  • This comment worries me but as with anything Hank we’ll have to see if it really means anything. Thus far almost everything he has talked about has been just that…Talk. If fixing things ends up being letting Cashman do what he wants then so be it. If it means Cashman walks, then Im concerned….

    Sam-YF September 12, 2008, 10:57 am
  • More from Hank in the Bergen Record, courtesy the Globe:
    Asked if general manager Brian Cashman would continue to spearhead the baseball operation beyond his contract expiration next month, Steinbrenner said, “I think both parties still have to decide.”
    Hank also says there will be no more “trying to keep everybody happy” when it comes to signing free agents. “If I want somebody, I’m going after him.”

    Paul SF September 12, 2008, 11:05 am
  • must be an off day….and paul is bored…
    “…the more opinions the better…”
    …reminds me of “closer by committee”…

    dc September 12, 2008, 11:18 am
  • sorry guys…it would be easy to jump on this [hank-bashing] bandwagon, but frankly, i no longer see cashman as a sacred cow…if the players and manager are up for scrutiny, why not the gm?…are cashman’s detractors wrong when they point out that he basically inherited the success of his predecessors?, or that the yankees haven’t drafted a bona fide yankee starter since derek jeter?…let’s not even discuss some of the free agent signings…before i’m accused of “cash-bashing”, let me clarify that this is an organizational failure to meet their objective…cashman is a prominent member of that organization…the quotes paul used in his post, if reviewed objectively, are not objectionable at all…in fact they make sense…in essence, “we’re going to look at the organization to see where we went wrong”…duh…i’m sure cashman will have a lead role in that discussion if he decides to stay, and his ego doesn’t get the best of him…i’m not crazy about hank’s comment that if he wants someone he’ll go after him, but then again, it’s his team, his prerogative…worked for his dad pretty well…but i still hope he resists that impulse, retains cashman, and continues to listen to his baseball people…

    dc September 12, 2008, 11:48 am
  • Hank doesn’t really make the calls…who cares? Hal is the guy with the checkbook, Hank is a clown and a shadow of his father…the REAL boss.

    krueg September 12, 2008, 12:04 pm
  • must be an off day….and paul is bored…
    Sorry, dc. My bad. I thought this was a site about the Red Sox and the Yankees. Though you’d never know it by the yf traffic here lately. ;-)

    Paul SF September 12, 2008, 1:21 pm
  • From the title of this post I thought we were going to be talking about Schilling.
    All indications are that Hank’s influence and interest are confined to being quoted in the newspaper.
    Cashman’s position seems very similar to Torre’s last year in some ways. Many Yankee fans are beginning to question whether Cashman really has done as good a job as advertised. On the other hand, a significant number of fans are a bit freaked out about life after Cashman. Not sure which group I am in yet. Cashman’s greatest value has probably been as a buffer to the infamous Tampa posse.

    DR September 12, 2008, 1:23 pm
  • > Clearly, a lot of mistakes were made.
    It would be more clear, interesting, and devastating than this sideways-speak if he were to state specific “mistakes” that were made by way of being a bad decision at the moment of execution and what were plausibly good decisions that look like a mistake in retrospect. I acknowledge that there is no difference in the results of a “mistake”. The “more opinions the better” sounds worse and worse every time I read it.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • Except he’s right. That’s exactly how the organization was run during the 1990’s. That turned out okay, didn’t it?
    Cashman has had three years to turn the organization around. How’d that work out?
    Call me unafraid to kick him to the curb. He did nothing about CF until it was too late and they got maybe one good year (of four) from Damon there. He signed Giambi, Sheffield, and Matsui with nothing to show. The pitching staff has been craptastic for five years now especially because of signings like Pavano, Wright, and Igawa. And he literaly bet the farm on this year with little to show for it and with his handpicked manager.
    I’m not saying Cashman is the worst GM. But he’s not the best either. Somehow I think someone else could GM them into 4th place.

    John Locke September 12, 2008, 8:18 pm
  • > I’m not saying Cashman is the worst GM
    And I am not trying to defend Cashman. But “the more opinions the better” doesn’t necessarily mean there weren’t a pile of opinions involved in the decisions made by the Yankees FO in the frame being questioned (that is, everything since Gonzalez’ blooper). It also doesn’t mean that there will be “more valid” or “more as in a number” of opinions. What I should have said is that statement doesn’t mean anything and that’s why it irks me.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2008, 9:17 pm

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