• Hank Not Pleased, Wants To Fix Mistakes

    Posted by on September 10th, 2008 · Comments (12)

    Via Ed Price -

    Hank Steinbrenner believes Brian Cashman will be back as Yankees general manager next season, but Steinbrenner said not everything will be the same.

    “I’m not the least bit pleased about what’s happened this year,” he said.

    “There were still mistakes made the last five, six years, and that’s what I want to fix. I have to consider everything. That’s what my dad (chairperson George Steinbrenner) would have done, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

    Steinbrenner said the Yankees have already been planning a busy fall and winter.

    The free-agent class includes pitchers A.J. Burnett, who is expected to opt out of his contract with Toronto, Ryan Dempster, Jon Garland, CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets.

    Steinbrenner placed some of the blame for this year’s disappointing record on underperforming players, but mostly on injuries.

    “The Patriots lose (Tom) Brady and everyone’s crying for them,” he said. ” We’ve lost (Joba) Chamberlain and (Chien-Ming) Wang, two of the very best starting pitchers in baseball, and (Jorge) Posada as well. It doesn’t matter (to people). It’s, ‘They’re the Yankees. So what?”‘

    Ryan Dempster? Please, say that’s not going to happen.

    I’ve never shared this before here – because I was afraid if I wrote it…it might come true. But, I have this strong fear that the Yankees are going to go out and sign Oliver Perez this off-season. It’s partly because of the way Perez pitches against the Yankees and partly because Scott Boras is his agent and I suspect that he could get A-Rod to lobby for Perez. And, in my opinion, signing Perez would be a disaster.

    Add the signing of Ryan Dempster to that potential disaster list. Please, just don’t do it.

    Comments on Hank Not Pleased, Wants To Fix Mistakes

    1. TurnTwo
      September 10th, 2008 | 11:17 am

      FWIW, ive never heard anything about any interest at all in Dempster except here, and i dont believe it for one minute.

      Burnett, Sabathia: sure.

      Garland? makes sense… think of him in the role as a younger Moose for the rotation.

      OP? im on the fence. i dont hate him like you do, because ive watched him pitch some great games for the Mets the past couple seasons.

      when he throws a stinker, he really stinks.

      but when he pitches well, he can pitch lights out.

      you sign him with the understanding of exactly what he brings.

      as long as he’s not your “big sign” in the offseason, i dont think he’d be that bad for this team… and in fact, if you told me you could swap Garland and Oliver Perez for Moose and Pettitte at about the same salaries for 2009, id probably sign up for that.

    2. September 10th, 2008 | 11:32 am

      Perez is a head case with the IQ of an insect. Pass, please.

    3. butchie22
      September 10th, 2008 | 12:13 pm

      AJ Burnett is OK for the Jays BUT the Yanks? When AJ got injurred in Toronto they had Marcum, McGowan, Litsch, Purcey and their relief corps( who Ricciardi has stretched out to replace injured closers), who do the Yanks have to replace him? Burnett is basically a more reliable Pavano. The Yanks have to go for CC and Garland first and then try to trade for a pitcher if need be.

      Look, the Yankees need roleplayers, but other teams like the Red Sox can bash the ball and play moneyball, smallball and any type of ball. THe problem with this roleplayer syndrome is that this is not 96 anymore. The other teams are constructed differently and the Yanks have to go after players who have good RISP numbers. Just important as the pitching is who they get to play first and play in the outfield. Do they get Teix and then get an outfielder? They might have to do that because they need to upgrade the offense.

    4. dgreen323
      September 10th, 2008 | 12:30 pm

      There is no such thing as “players with good RISP numbers.” These would be players with good numbers period. There is no evidence that anyone performs particularly well in these situations (or any kind of “clutch” situation for that matter). Over large sample sizes, these numbers regress back toward whatever that person’s career line is.

    5. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      September 10th, 2008 | 1:56 pm

      How does

      The free-agent class includes pitchers A.J. Burnett, who is expected to opt out of his contract with Toronto, Ryan Dempster, Jon Garland, CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets.

      equate to “the Yankees are interested in Ryan Dempster? All Price did is list some of the more prominent pitchers who will be available.

    6. TurnTwo
      September 10th, 2008 | 3:07 pm

      “Perez is a head case with the IQ of an insect.”

      just because you personally, for some reason, think he’s stupid doesnt mean he cant, or hasnt, pitched well thru his career.

    7. Raf
      September 10th, 2008 | 3:38 pm

      just because you personally, for some reason, think he’s stupid doesnt mean he cant, or hasnt, pitched well thru his career.
      ————–
      2004 & 2007. That’s it.

    8. TurnTwo
      September 10th, 2008 | 4:01 pm

      “2004 & 2007. That’s it.”

      he pitched well for the mets down the stretch, and in the playoffs in 2006, was excellent last year, and has pitched effectively this year.

      so yeah, i guess you’re wrong.

    9. Raf
      September 10th, 2008 | 5:11 pm

      he pitched well for the mets down the stretch, and in the playoffs in 2006, was excellent last year, and has pitched effectively this year.
      ————–
      This year, he’s posted an ERA+ of 99, which would place him at around league average (a bit below, actually; his 4.15 ERA to the league’s 4.13) . I have no doubts that he was excellent last year, but previous years saw him post ERA+’s of 67, 72 and the 145 I alluded to earlier (in 2004).

      He pitched well in the 2006 playoffs, but then again, so did Jeff Weaver. And it was only one game he pitched well, which made up for the lousy game he threw earlier in the series.

    10. butchie22
      September 10th, 2008 | 5:58 pm

      Dgreen, there are no clutch/good RISP players? Who would you rather have in a big spot, Big Papi and Manny or Arod and David Wright? This is an area of weakness for the Yankees so it is important that is it addresses. Adjustments must be made relative to real world weaknesses NOT statistical mean or incorrect sabremetric/statistical philosophy. BTW, Bill James has come around to the fact that clutch hitting does exist! Wow, even Bill James got that right eventually.

    11. OldYanksFan
      September 10th, 2008 | 11:19 pm

      If you look at a CAREER AVERAGE of RISP and Runners on, and compare that number to the players OPS, you get:

      Manny +5% (1.003 OPS)
      Papi +1% (0.936 OPS)
      Wright +.4% (0.915 OPS)
      ARod + .2% (0.969 OPS)

      So Manny is indeed better with men on, but the other 3 are within a few hits of each other over their entire career.

      However, ARod is considerably better then the other 3 in Leading Off OPS, so he starts more rallies then the other 3.

      While we all look at RISP/RunnersOn, nobody would have any score if there were not men on. So getting on should be considered close to as valuable. This year, even with JD having an excellent year, ARod leads the Yankees in Runs Scored.

    12. dgreen323
      September 11th, 2008 | 12:12 pm

      As OldYanksFan showed, the difference in most players (including A-Rod) RISP and Runners On numbers from his career line is negligible.

      Butchie, your “real world weaknesses” are you own (and many others’) inaccurate perceptions.

      The season is made up of hundreds of plate appearances, very few of which would be considered “big spots” by your standards. But in the end they’re all equally important. I know it’s been said a million times before, but you and others like you clearly don’t get it. A run in the 2nd inning is just as valuable as a run in the 8th.

      On Base % and Slugging % contribute to runs more than any other stats and A-Rod is a beast in these stats, period.

      Also, where were you last season, when luck went the other way and A-Rod delivered over and over again above even his own impressive career line in your “Big Spots?” I assume you’re one of those people who called it a fluke (since obviously any time stats are in sharp contrast with your own perceptions, it must just be some sort of aberation).

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