• Who Will Be The Face Of The Yankees Franchise In 2015?

    Posted by on January 10th, 2013 · Comments (20)

    Derek Jeter should be gone by 2015.  And, we don’t even know if Robinson Cano will be with the team after 2013.

    Who the Yankees catcher and starting outfield will be in 2015 is anyone’s guess right now.

    And, I doubt that A-Rod or Tex will have anything left in their tanks come 2015 where they could be considered the face of the franchise.  Ditto Sabathia.

    So, who will be the face of the Yankees after the next two seasons? Ronnier Mustelier? (And, yes, I am kidding.)

    Comments on Who Will Be The Face Of The Yankees Franchise In 2015?

    1. Ricketson
      January 10th, 2013 | 4:13 pm

      There is a possibility Jeter might still be playing at the age of 41. Thus, the question of who will be the face of the team after Jeter has moved on might not be answerable at this point in time.

    2. hallofamer2000
      January 10th, 2013 | 4:51 pm

      Hopefully Austin, Heathcott or Williams.

    3. January 10th, 2013 | 4:54 pm

      Here’s a better question: When was the last time that the Yankees were in a position where it was very uncertain as to who would be the face of the franchise in two years?

      In 1998, you knew that Jeter would be the face in 2000. Ditto in 2008 (looking at 2010).

      In 1984, you knew that Mattingly would be the face in 1986. Ditto in 1993 (looking at 1995).

      You could do the same thing with Murcer in 1973. And, with Munson in 1975.

      But, IMHO, for the first time in a loooooong time, the Yankees are in a spot where it’s very unclear who will be the face of the franchise in two year’s time.

      Everyone here now will either be gone, not any good, or not a star in two years. And, there’s no one in the pipeline that you know will be a star in two years from now.

      Cashman has really set this team up well for the near future, hasn’t he?

    4. January 10th, 2013 | 4:54 pm

      hallofamer2000 wrote:

      Hopefully Austin, Heathcott or Williams.

      Have any of them proven anything above the A-ball level yet?

    5. Corey
      January 10th, 2013 | 5:28 pm

      And, I doubt that A-Rod or Tex will have anything left in their tanks come 2015 where they could be considered the face of the franchise. Ditto Sabathia.
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      You don’t think CC will have anything left in the tank at age 34?

    6. Ricketson
      January 10th, 2013 | 5:51 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Everyone here now will either be gone, not any good, or not a star in two years. And, there’s no one in the pipeline that you know will be a star in two years from now.

      Its possible that the Face of the Yankees will default to Cano in 2 or 3 years if he is with the team, not that he necessarily deserves to be in the company of a Jeter or Munson…

    7. Evan3457
      January 10th, 2013 | 6:01 pm

      Boy, I’m sure glad the Yanks had Donnie to be “the face” in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992.

      It was so important to have a “face” in that four year black hole.

      By the way, who was the “face” in 1996 and 1997? Torre? Steinbrenner?

    8. McMillan
      January 10th, 2013 | 6:05 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Cashman has really set this team up well for the near future, hasn’t he?

      As well as he set up Louise Neathway’s involuntary commitment, according to court papers…

    9. McMillan
      January 10th, 2013 | 6:16 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      By the way, who was the “face” in 1996 and 1997? Torre? Steinbrenner?

      There were names such as Jeter and Williams that one could have assigned that label to… Names of players that came up through the system and would spend their entire careers within the organization. How many such players have come through the system under Brian “The Stalking Horse”/”Manchild”/”I Control the Universe” Cashman?

    10. January 10th, 2013 | 6:16 pm

      The bigger question, who or what will own the team in 2015. a new owner (assuming, God forbid, it’s not Woody Johnson) may want to make a big splash and restock the team with big time talent. As long as the family is there, I think the team will be in a holding pattern. Jeter could still be with the club (especially if the family is still around)although I doubt he would be playing short.

    11. Raf
      January 10th, 2013 | 6:18 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      hallofamer2000 wrote:
      Hopefully Austin, Heathcott or Williams.
      Have any of them proven anything above the A-ball level yet?

      No, but it’s a long way to 2015. Besides, it isn’t particularly important that the Yankees have a “face” anyway. I’d be more concerned with players that can win games as that is what’ll sell tickets, not a “face.”

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      Cashman has really set this team up well for the near future, hasn’t he?

      It’s possible. How long has the demise of the Yankees been predicted now?

    12. January 10th, 2013 | 6:36 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      By the way, who was the “face” in 1996 and 1997? Torre? Steinbrenner?

      O’Neill, Bernie and Cone.

    13. January 10th, 2013 | 6:37 pm

      Corey wrote:

      You don’t think CC will have anything left in the tank at age 34?

      He may not even have anything in the tank this year. Innings and conditioning will catch up to him.

    14. McMillan
      January 10th, 2013 | 6:37 pm

      Raf wrote:

      It’s possible. How long has the demise of the Yankees been predicted now?

      I’ve been predicting it since it was reported Cashman would have “only” $189 million to work with as of 2014…

    15. Raf
      January 10th, 2013 | 6:43 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      I’ve been predicting it since it was reported Cashman would have “only” $189 million to work with as of 2014…

      Hopefully, you’ll do a better job of it than others have.

    16. BOHAN
      January 11th, 2013 | 2:05 am

      Raf wrote:

      I’d be more concerned with players that can win games as that is what’ll sell tickets, not a “face.”

      I agree… Yankees sell on their own… worried about having winners not “faces”

    17. Evan3457
      January 12th, 2013 | 12:15 am

      McMillan wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      By the way, who was the “face” in 1996 and 1997? Torre? Steinbrenner?
      There were names such as Jeter and Williams that one could have assigned that label to…

      Not really. Bernie was too reticent. Jeter had just come up.

    18. Evan3457
      January 12th, 2013 | 12:17 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      By the way, who was the “face” in 1996 and 1997? Torre? Steinbrenner?
      O’Neill, Bernie and Cone.

      Bernie may have been the one the young players looked up to, but he was not media image conscious enough to be the “face”. Cone was the media go-to guy.

      O’Neill? Maybe you have a case. Maybe.

    19. Evan3457
      January 12th, 2013 | 12:18 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Corey wrote:
      You don’t think CC will have anything left in the tank at age 34?
      He may not even have anything in the tank this year. Innings and conditioning will catch up to him.

      I wouldn’t bet the ranch on that proposition.

    20. Raf
      January 12th, 2013 | 9:12 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Bernie may have been the one the young players looked up to, but he was not media image conscious enough to be the “face”. Cone was the media go-to guy.
      O’Neill? Maybe you have a case. Maybe.

      O’Neill wasn’t really media image conscious either. As you mentioned Cone was the media guy, based on his previous go-round as a Met and as a union rep. Other guys who had made their bones elsewhere (Fielder, Boggs, Sierra, Wells, etc, etc) or in NY (Gooden, Strawberry), weren’t particularly media savvy or quotable like Cone.

      Torre was still “Clueless Joe,” Steinbrenner was who he always was, a dominant personality. As the 1996 season progressed, Torre developed the father figure persona he still has.

      FWIW, the 1996 media guide had a collage on the cover, the 1996 yearbook had Mantle on the cover, who died during the 1995 season.

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