• Are Hank & Cash Working The Same Plan?

    Posted by on February 18th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Last night, I was watching Brian Cashman being interviewed by Ducis Rodgers on CBS’ Sports Sunday and Cashman was saying things like: “…We’re a work in progress…we’ll see…it’s about the next 5 to 10 years…” Clearly, Brian was sending the message that his plan for the Yankees is a long-term one rather than a concern on this season.

    But, it sounds like Hank Stein is in the win-now and all-or-nothing mode. Via Kat O’Brien

    Hank Steinbrenner told Newsday yesterday that if the decision not to trade for Johan Santana comes back to haunt the Yankees this season, someone will have to answer for it.

    “It’s clear that if we don’t get the job done this year,” Steinbrenner said in a phone interview, “if Santana could have made the difference for us and the young pitchers aren’t ready, people have to be held accountable.”

    Steinbrenner isn’t concerned so much about the regular season; he believes the Yankees can reach the playoffs without Santana. He also believes they could win the World Series without Santana, but he knows the postseason is where Santana’s absence might be most sorely felt.

    Said Steinbrenner: “If we get to the playoffs and we’re missing that kind of pitcher and that could have made a difference, I’m not going to be happy about it, and neither is my dad.”

    Are these two reading from the same playbook? Doesn’t seem that way to me.

    Comments on Are Hank & Cash Working The Same Plan?

    1. MJ
      February 18th, 2008 | 10:58 am

      I hate Hank. There’s nothing more to say. This passive-aggressive POS doesn’t have his dad’s stones to force his employees to make a move he wants but then he wants to blame them if things don’t work out according to some kind of unrealistic vision.

      And if the Yanks had traded for Santana and not won the World Series? Then what? Whose fault would that be then?

      Hank is the worst kind of owner: too loud and bossy to work for, but too timid to respect and take seriously. A total loser.

      By the way, nice touch by Hank, including his old man at the end there. “If you don’t do like I say, I’m gonna get my dad to beat you up.” Loser.

    2. singledd
      February 18th, 2008 | 1:06 pm

      For those that took a real hard analytical look at the Santana deal, I think the vast majority feel Cashman made the correct move ESPECIALLY considering the current Yankee plan to build a lasting, self sustaining contender.

      But you HAVE TO KNOW that Cashman will go balls-to-the-wall to help this team win this year. Cashman NEVER lets on what he’s planning. Everything he says for the public is carefully calculated.

      Making statements like ‘we have to win this year’ can only make any deals we do more expensive.

      As he always does, Cashman will pounce on someone mid-season when there is a reasonable deal to be done. The truth is there are question marks about this team, but we don’t really know which ones will go in which direction. If it far better to see how the first half plays out and then make adjustments, rather then panic now and overpay for someone we might not really need.

      The only deal I think is important to look at is to see if we can trade some good, but second tier prospects, for Nick Johnson. He is under contract for 2 years at $5.5m/yr (a steal), hits lefties as well as righties, is 29, and will bring (I think) a draft pick if we let him go after 2009.

      Nick absolutely RAKED in 2006. This could be a great deal for us.

    3. Rich
      February 18th, 2008 | 8:15 pm

      Hal has as much power as Hank and Hank knows it. He needs to chill because he cannot make the unilateral moves that he pretends that he can.

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