The Yankees are a great franchise, the most successful in baseball history. They not only have the ability, but also the willingness, to spend money to put a strong team on the field. However, Yankee management has developed some very bad habits over the last few years. It doesn’t look like the next generation of Steinbrenners is any more patient than the first generation was. Moreover, they are already repeating some of their father’s mistakes. It is worth noting that the Yankees’ longest period without a pennant, since Babe Ruth joined the team in 1920, was 1982-1995 and occurred entirely during the elder Steinbrenner’s tenure, when the team was managed much how it is today. I don’t think any Yankee fan wants to go back to that, but this is the direction the franchise is going unless management’s thinking changes.
Written by Lincoln Mitchell On In Baseball Tagged Moneyball, Bill Walsh, Billy Beane, New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Dioner Navarro, Marcus Thames, Juan Rivera, Joba Chamberlain, Eric Gagne, Johnny Damon, Bernie Williams, Hideki Matsui, World Series, Bobby Abreu, Mike Mussina, Jason Giambi