Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The 2016 Yankees will "rebuild on the fly," (aka "do more with less,") which is fine... as long as it works

Lately, word from the Tampa Death Star goes that the former Evil Empire - now the Evil Also-Ran - will "rebuild on the fly" in 2016 - look to the future AND chase the post-season. That's from Exalted Owner, Hal "I'm Not Cheap" Steinbrenner, whose official blather - seemingly straight out of North Korea - goes this way:

The Exalted Leader won't allow the Yankees to take a year off from their victory quest, so He's ordered his managerial underlings to win AND rebuild. Yes, we're back to that grand old chestnut from 2008: We will do more... with less!

Hey, rebuild AND win? Count me in! I'm good with that... as long as it works.

If it doesn't, well, the Boy Billionaire will bank more money. So I guess, from His standpoint, it's a winning policy either way, eh?

So Brian Cashman must make the Yankees younger, build for the future AND contend. Let's keep in mind that "the post-season" now includes teams that barely poke noses above .500. Instead of Murderers Row, the Yankees only need a Shoplifters Row. They can win the Wild Card and hopefully get hot.

Other teams - the Giants, Redsocks, Royals, Astros and virtually every division winner - must rebuild. The Yankees cannot do that because - though the YES men stress that Yankee fans are the game's most knowledgeable - the fan base is fair-weather dullards who will run from a loser. We can't wait. Ever.

Okay, I get that. So the question is simple: Are we succeeding?

Clearly, a group of young prospects is bubbling to the surface, (Rob Refsnyder not withstanding.) Luis Severino and Greg Bird looked great last year, (even if Bird looks ticketed for a demoralizing return to Scranton.) But how do we compare with our rivals? For example, Boston. Well, even if you buy the line - as many Yank fans do - that Baseball America is fixated on overvaluing Redsock prospects, it's hard to put our young players above theirs. Boston already has an all-star SS, a rising CF, two solid catchers and maybe the best IF prospect in the game, a fellow named Yoan Moncada. Are our young guns superior to the Mets? Nope. How about KC? The Rays? The Astros? Ouch.

Yes, our prospects always look good, when we're studying our own navel. But how do we compare with other teams?

Strategic plans are great. The question is, is this one working?

Hey, if it does, great! We'll march down the Canyon of Heroes! I'll take back everything I said.

And if it doesn't, well, we'll move another year through the snake, while the Exalted One becomes richer than ever.

Am I just a spoiled fan? Maybe. But if you're lucky enough to live in a city with a daily paper - Syracuse no longer has one that home delivers - open the Obituaries on any given morning, and you will find some old lug nut died, leaving a loving family and maybe a house in a declining neighborhood. In this thumbnail sketch of a human being's life, you will read about the schools he attended and the jobs he worked. And you will often find that he or she was "a lifelong Yankee fan." Yes, someone can live 90 years, and that's how they are remembered.

That's how I will be remembered. And I'm good with that.

Listen: The owner of the Yankees has a sacred obligation to all those fans in the world who will be remembered in their obits not for the billions of dollars they made, or inherited, but for being "lifelong Yankee fans." They will never see the dance floor of a private yacht. Hal Steinbrenner is not the owner of the phone company. He owns the fucking New York Yankees. If he wants to "rebuild on the fly," if he wants us all to "do less with more..." great... but it better goddam work. Because if it doesn't, the thought of the Steinbrenner family squeezing money from their cultural touchstone - well - it's not one I wish to have this Christmas.

2 comments:

ceeja said...

Yes, yes. Lots of whining about how other teams have cashed in on their own TV deals and TV money and are spending wildly. Yanks still have a comparative advantage on spending, albeit less than before.

And the question is: who is going to pitch for this team? They don't have one guy who can give them 200 innings. I mean, at least sign some aging knuckleballer. They've got no plan and no clue.

OK, Price, Greinke, and Cueto were overpriced. I get that. But what is your fucking plan? This isn't an excuse to do nothing. At least stockpile a few arms. The fuckers.

Anonymous said...

....WELL.....SO FAR WE ADDED AARON HICKS, AND STARLIN CASTRO, (BUT WE SUBTRACTED CHRIS YOUNG, ADAM WARREN, AND JUSTIN WILSON)..... OHHHHH, THAT NAME JUSTIN WILSON MAKES ME MAD LIKE EL DUQUE GETS WHEN YOU SAY THE NAME YOAN MONCADA.... S-L-O-W-L-Y- I- M-O-V-E-D- S-T-E-P- B-Y- S-T-E-P......WE ACTUALLY "THREW AWAY" JUSTIN WILSON JUST SO WE COULD MAKE THE STARLIN CASTRO ADDITION BE A "WASH" MONEY WISE.... IT TOOK ME A FEW DAYS TO REALIZE THIS.....I COULDN'T IMAGINE GETTING RID OF WILSON JUST TO DUMP A $1.3 MILLION SALARY....I MEAN, DID CASHMAN WATCH HOW GOOD WILSON WAS LAST YEAR???.... I THINK HE COULD ABSOLUTELY BE A CLOSER FOR MOST ANY TEAM WITH HIS STUFF....BUT WE GOT RID OF HIM FOR A COUPLE, "BIG ARMS" AS CASHMAN DESCRIBED IT...I DON'T KNOW, LOOKING AT THEIR TRIPLE A STATS, AND HEARING THE SCOUTING REPORTS ON THESE 2 GUYS SURE DOESN'T SOUND LIKE THEY ARE "BIG ARMS"....THEIR STATS SUCKED, AND THE SCOUTING REPORTS WE'RE KIND OF UNDERWHELMING..... CEEJA IS RIGHT....THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A PLAN OTHER THAN WIPING OUT OUR DOMINATING PEN.... MAYBE KID CASH HAS SOMETHING UP HIS SLEEVE THAT WILL MAKE US SAY, "OK!..NOW I UNDERSTAND!"...BUT I DON'T THINK SO.....