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Friday, November 13, 2015

Could the Yankees play an exhibition game in Cuba? Horrors, somebody, shield Hal Steinbrenner's eyes, so he doesn't have to see the talent he won't bid on

One suponna time, the mighty New York Yankees paved a yellow-brick road for Cuban players into the emerald cities of Major League Baseball. We signed Orlando Hernandez - the first and truest el Duque - a critical component of their last great team. The idea of Cuban stars escaping Castro to play for his most hated symbol of capitalism - the goddamm Yanquis - seemed a fait accompli.

Then came el Duquecitto, and Andy Morales, and - cough - Jose Contreras. The latter was supposed to be Old George's great triumph: He outbid Boston - and Theo Epstein - to sign the legendary "Bronze Titan." It didn't work out. And ever since, the Empire has turned its back on one of the great markets in the world.

Hal "I'm Not Cheap" Steinbrenner sat on his fanny pack in auctions for Yasseil Puig, Jorge Soler, Yasmany Thomas, Alexei Ramirez, Amauri Sanit, Brayan Pena, Hector Olivera, Leyonys Martin, Kendrys Morales, Yuneski Maya, Jose Iglesias, Adeiny Hechavarria, Yunel Escobar, Aroldis Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Yuniesky Benacourt, Jose Abreu, and many more.

Oh, did I mention Yoan Moncada? Hal finished runner-up on that one, too.

We whiffed on a generation of Cuban talent. The reason? There were other bidders. "I'm Not Cheap" doesn't like bidding wars. Why should an owner need to bid on the hired help? You want Cubans? Hal signed Ronnier Mustellier and Adonis Garcia - both for peanuts - and sequestered them in Scranton until their sell dates expired. He also shagged Juan Miranda, who we traded for Scott Allen, a minor league pitcher who last week selected free agency, which - in fact - reminded me of this sorry exercise in organizational poor-mouthing and chinziness.

(Oh, by the way... Let the record show that, after escaping like Snake Plisken from NY, Contreras helped win the World Series for the Chicago White Sox. And Adonis Garcia - after being released by the Yankees last winter - was signed by Atlanta and in 191 at bats, hit 10 HRs and batted .277. That's pretty much what Greg Bird did (actually, better average.) If Garcia did that for the 2015 Yankees, the YES drivel patrol would have gone crazy, saluting the front office for its brilliance.

So now, the Yankees are being mentioned for a possible exhibition game in Cuba? Great. But here's a suggestion: While the team goes to Havana, put Hal in a submersion tank. It's better he has an excuse for not seeing the talent. Then he won't have to feel bad, sitting out bidding war.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

REMEMBER THE RUMOR OF CASHMAN, AND THEO BOTH "ROLLING DOWN THE STAIRS" IN A SCUFFLE REGARDING JOSE CONTRERAS? ....AH, THOSE WERE THE GOOD OL' DAYS...

Anonymous said...

ALERT!...ALERT!....CASHMAN IS DICKING AROUND WITH AARON HICKS AND ALL THIS NEAR MEANINGLESS BULLSHIT, AND GUESS WHAT?...THE RED SOX JUST GOT CRAIG KIMBREL!!!...I AM FUCKING EXASPERATED.

Anonymous said...

GUNS AND BUTTER.....THE RED SOX GO FOR THE GUNS (KIMBREL)...WE GO FOR THE BUTTER, AARON HICKS)...I CAN'T STAND THIS ANYMORE!!!!!

Fidel Castro said...

Looking forward to meeting Comrade Cashman and exchanging thoughts on mass propaganda.

jdrny said...

"YES drivel patrol ". I love it. How true.

Anonymous said...

WELL...FOR THE NEXT WHO KNOWS HOW MANY YEARS....LETS ALL REMEMBER HOW BRIAN CASHMAN, WOULD NOT INCLUDE JORGE MATEO IN A PACKAGE FOR CRAIG KIMBREL....(AS KIMBREL CLOSES GAMES AGAINST US FOR THE NEXT 5-7 YEARS).....I'M GONNA BE SICK.......ONCE AGAIN, THERE ARE THE DECISIONS THAT ARE KILLING US!!!!!

Anonymous said...

DUDE.......you've been sick for a long time. Suicide is definitely your better option. Just for shits and grins, whom might you have traded that have the value of what Boston traded. All you do is run your fat mouth, proving you know nothing of the game of baseball. Everyone would like to have a Kimbrel. Every team, including the Pads. The Yankees held onto their prospects, and already have a solid bullpen. The Yankee need is not a closer, moron, it's a #1 starter, and maybe a guy like Chris Young, formerly of Kansas City. Lose the CAPS, too. It's rude and ignorant. What, are you like twelve years old or something?

Anonymous said...

DICK......OUR ENTIRE STARTING ROTATION GOES ONLY 5 INNINGS (IF YOU WATCH THE GAMES, YOU WOULD KNOW THIS).....SURE I WOULD LOVE TO KEEP JORGE MATEO, BUT THE FACT IS HE IS YEARS AWAY, PLUS HE IS BLOCKED BY DIDI AT SHORT....HAVING A 3 HEADED MONSTER IN OUR BULLPEN WOULD SHORTEN THE GAME....KIMBREL IS A WEAPON....NOW THE RED SOX HAVE HIM...FACT IS, (IF YOU'VE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION), THE YANKS ARE NOT GOING TO GET A #1 STARTER, THIS IS WHY WE NEEDED TO HAVE THE "SUPER PEN".....WE NEED HITTING NOW, NOT CHRIS YOUNG....OMG CHRIS YOUNG???...HE IS ALWAYS HURT!...ALWAYS!..(BUT YOU WOULDN'T KNOW THAT WOULD YOU)?..... SORRY THE CAPS ARE BOTHERING YOU...THEY ARE ONLY CAPITAL LETTERS!...THE CAPS STAY!.... BUT YOU GOTTA GO, DICKIE ....(YOU STILL USING THE PHRASE "DUDE"???)...GROW UP, AND PAY MORE ATTENTION IF YOU WANT TO COME INTO THIS SITE.

Anonymous said...

Chris Young is a solid pitcher. If you paid attention, You'd know that DUDE. Kimbrel only helps Boston if their offense improves. Not much use for a high dollar closer if you are constantly losing games, which, if you paid attention, you'd know. The Yanks don't need another closer, they need starting pitching help. Chris Young is better than either Pineda or Nova. Plus, it would allow using Nova who might help in the pen, since he only throws two pitches. Like when you were on another site, you'll be removed, again. We both know what you are, and it ain't baseball smart, dude. Dickie is what young men drag from your open mouth, leaving those tracks on your chin.

Anonymous said...

CHRIS YOUNG WILL BE 37 IN MAY NEXT SEASON.....YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE ON HARD DRUGS TO SIGN CHRIS YOUNG TO ANY KIND OF MULTI OR EVEN A BIG SINGLE YEAR DEAL....(THE YANKS WON'T EVEN CONSIDER HIM)....I KNOW YOU MUST HAVE FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM IN THE WORLD SERIES, (MAYBE YOU ARE A PARTIAL MET FAN, AND THINK HE IS THE SECOND COMING), BUT HE'S NOT...HE ACTUALLY SUCKS, AND IS ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS HURT....HE NEVER GIVES YOU MORE THAN A HALF A SEASON (EVEN IF HE'S HEALTHY)!!!...BUT, I NOW KNOW FOR SURE, YOU DON'T REALIZE THAT...SORRY, CHECK WITH ME NEXT TIME, (I WILL GIVE YOU MY NUMBER)....I HAVE NEVER BEEN REMOVED FROM ANY OTHER SITE....WHY WOULD I BE?....I ALWAYS MAKE SENSE!....AND I NEVER COME AFTER ANYBODY UNLESS THEY ARE A DICKWAD TOWARDS ME- WHICH YOU HAVE CLEARLY BEEN...... SIT BACK, AND WATCH AND ENJOY THIS SITE...PAY ATTENTION.....AND THINK HARD BEFORE YOU POST AGAIN..ACTUALLY...JUST TROLL THE SITE, DON'T POST ANYMORE....YOU'RE EMBARRASSING YOURSELF....SORRY MAN....

Anonymous said...

LMAO.......one of us gets a check each month after coaching the game for, well, a long time. The guy has been injured, but who hasn't suffered injury? He throws free and easy, and will do his job. I'd suggest you look at some stats before saying he doesn't work all season.

You are the same guy who so embarrassed himself on another site, that they removed you. Yes, you are damned sorry.

Anonymous said...

WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, REMOVED FROM ANOTHER SITE???....GO TO BED MAN....YOU MAKE ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you did. Same nonsense, same posts. Absolutely.