Archive for the ‘Hank Steinbrenner’ Category


May 15, 2008

Direct contradiction.


Hank, Shut Up

February 19, 2008

“I don’t like baseball being singled out,” the New York Yankees senior vice president said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday night.

“Everybody that knows sports knows football is tailor-made for performance-enhancing drugs. I don’t know how they managed to skate by. It irritates me. Don’t tell me it’s not more prevalent. The number in football is at least twice as many. Look at the speed and size of those players.”

“A lot of baseball people thought that baseball would be the last sport that it would be a problem in and probably just ignored it too long,” Steinbrenner said. “But the fact is it’s been in football a long time and it’s been in basketball, I’m sure. Why baseball is being singled out, I don’t know. I don’t know. I know all the excuses — `Well, it’s America’s game and it’s the statistics.’

“That’s not an excuse. If a sport is riddled with it, it’s riddled with it. Why aren’t they looking at the NFL?” he said. (Source)

Despite having a very valid point, Hank needs to shut up. Being the Yankees VP in no way qualifies you to be the authority on all things steroids.

What happened in the 11th hour?

January 31, 2008

Keith Law: I was told that that offer from the Twins was Melky, Kennedy, and some pitcher named Wang. I haven’t confirmed that with anyone in the Bronx, but if that’s true, I would agree that Cashman should have turned it down. (Source) 

So really, this trade was never a realistic possibility for the Yankees. The Yankees have six possible starting pitchers, both trade scenarios involved the Yanks trading two pitchers (Wang in this offer, Phil Hughes in the other). The Yankees trading two pitchers would leave them with a great lack of depth and force them to be counting on Mike Mussina for a full season. The Yankees were right to walk away in that sense.

But, since the Twins did back off of the ‘you must include Hughes’ stance, maybe they would’ve taken Jose Tabata instead of Wang? That question should’ve been asked.

Asked yesterday if he was tempted to top the Met offer, Steinbrenner, the senior vice president, said in a brief telephone interview, “I don’t want to comment now. We’ll see what happens.”

He added, “There was nothing to get involved in. The trade’s done. That’s it. Any other opinion I’ve had, I’ve already stated.” (Source)

How do you know when Hank Steinbrenner is mad? When he says no comment.

Good news

January 3, 2008

“I’m not signing Clemens,” Hank Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ senior vice president, said in a telephone interview yesterday. (Source)

The dream is dead

December 21, 2007

In another personnel matter, Steinbrenner said he did not expect the Yankees to go after free-agent righthander Mark Prior. The 27-year-old was once one of the top up-and-comers in baseball but has been oft-injured. This season, he was 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA in nine starts for the Cubs before shoulder surgery.“We kind of looked into it, but at this point, no,” Steinbrenner said of the Yankees’ interest in Prior. (Source)

Damn you Hank!

Does Hank know the definition of ‘untouchable’?

December 9, 2007

“We’re all still very much pleased with what we’ve got,” Steinbrenner added in a telephone interview. “As far as the door (to a Santana deal) being open, who knows? At this point, Chamberlain, Hughes, Kennedy, Cabrera and Cano, they’re as close to untouchable as you get.” (Source) 

I bet Hank thinks that anyone who the Yankees haven’t traded yet is untouchable.

Cash prevails, Yanks keep Hughes

December 6, 2007


Cash lives

The Klap: While George would lord over the Yankees, threatening Joe Torre and the players like a guillotine waiting to be loosed, Hank acts and sounds more like a general manager than an owner. And that begs the obvious question: Is GM Brian Cashman being marginalized as he enters the final year of his contract?


So much for waiting them out…

December 3, 2007

Yankees senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner said by phone Sunday evening that he wants to hear back from the Twins on the Yankees’ offer of righthander Phil Hughes, centerfielder Melky Cabrera and a third, lesser minor-league player by sometime Monday. After that, he plans to pull the offer, which he said is a final offer. (Source)

I don’t like this at all. It is totally unnecessary.

Why don’t they pull the Hughes+ offer and wait them out? I still think the Kennedy/Melky/Tabata offer beats what the other teams have to offer. Why do the Yankees have to get JohaNY right this second?

Hank wants Andy back, so do I

November 5, 2007

“As far as I’m concerned, he can take longer than that to decide, as far as coming back to the Yankees,” Steinbrenner said. “He can take the time he wants, because we really want him back.” (Source)

Pettitte has thrown at least 214 IP three years in a row, goes into the off-season with no elbow problems and just made a successful comeback to the AL (110 ERA+ in ’07). Here’s to hoping Andy spends one more summer in pinstripes and leaves his friend Roger on the golf course.

Hank Speaks

October 10, 2007

“I wouldn’t call it ‘disappointment,’ ” he said. “The big thing for me, and I think for all of us, is the optimism for the next five to 10 years. We’ve got the young pitchers and the young players we’ve got coming, position players. Next year, (Joba) Chamberlain and (Phil) Hughes will be starters. We’ve got (Ian) Kennedy coming along. We’ve got some other kids in the minors. It’s going to be real nice.

“We’re looking pretty good. Keep trying to shore up the bullpen, and we’ll be set.” (Source)

With him and Hal, we’ll be set after George.

Cash gains support

August 1, 2007


Earlier this season, George Steinbrenner said Brian Cashman was “on a big hook.” Yesterday, Hal Steinbrenner said he was hopeful the Yankees GM would return next year.

Hal Steinbrenner, George’s son, yesterday said of Yankees GM Brian Cashman, “He’s done a good job,” and expressed hope the two would work together next season. (Source)

Later, Hal wouldn’t comment on Torre’s future. I’d love it if Cash came back, Torre didn’t and eventually George gives the team to Hal.