The Big Stein speaks! From a USA Today report:
“I am concerned because time is getting shorter as each day goes by,” he told USA TODAY on Thursday. “We’ve got to get better, that’s for sure. It’s never too early. Pitching is my main concern.”
“We’re just not getting the pitching,” he said. “I don’t know whether we have to think of some changes there or what.”
“Joe Torre doesn’t attach much importance to spring training, but now this is in his lap, his lap and (general manager) Brian Cashman’s lap. They’ve got to perform, and the coaches have to perform.”
“I think we have a great team, and they’ll start pulling together once the pitching goes, then they’ll all go. As Joe Torre says, pitching wins it. Pitching is important. We’ve got to have it.”
The two most important lines in there:
1. “We’re just not getting the pitching,” he said. “I don’t know whether we have to think of some changes there or what.”
2. “the coaches have to perform.”
This is at least two years overdue. The question is: Who will replace him? Reportedly, Neil Allen is a Stein guy. And, Gil Patterson is in Columbus. But, the Yankees need someone like Ray Miller – and what he did for the O’s last and this year, turning around the staff. Like what Orel has done in Texas too. Tom House? Dave Stewart? I dunno? I’m just pulling names out of the air. Johnny Sain is 87. Count him out. Is Joe Kerrigan working somewhere?
Who would you like to see replace Mel? Kaat? Gooden? Gator? Tommy John?
If it were possible, I would love to see them pull Jimmy Key into this. I think he would be perfect.