Remember when the New York Yankees used to be good? Ok, so maybe you do not have to go much past last year to recall the days when this team was a playoff club, but with how the season has been going this year, that couldn’t seem further ago.
Right now, the Yankees are sitting in the depths (fourth place) of the American League East, which, of course, is one of the toughest divisions in baseball. However, New York is also five-and-a-half games behind in the Wild Card race.
I’ll bottom-line this for you: Unless the Yankees get hot, and do it quickly, their season is going to be short and not-so-sweet.
Maybe it’s time the Yanks ask themselves “WWGSD” – What Would George Steinbrenner do?
Passing away in 2010, the former Yankees owner was a huge loss for the club. Steinbrenner spared no expense to make this team the most successful — and hated — club in baseball.
Needless to say, he wouldn’t be sitting in the owner’s box watching this debacle play out in front of him. Steinbrenner was a man of action, which is why things might be a little different if he was with us today.
Steinbrenner made wild, sometimes ill-advised, acquisitions a calling card for his tenure in the front office of the New York Yankees. Often, it paid off. Steinbrenner would not sit around and accept mediocrity for too long. In fact, he had a really short fuse before he threw his hands up and dropped millions of dollars on a guy he thought could make a difference.
That’s not in General Manager Brian Cashman’s genes, as we have seen the Yankees wait this slump out. Perhaps stuck in yesteryear, some media outlets even asked Cashman about the possibility of signing head case Manny Ramirez, who was playing baseball in Taiwan. With Steinbrenner, that would have been a possibility. It’s not today.
The only justification for the Yankees is there really isn’t a big prospect out there to get at this point. Maybe they would pull the trigger if the time were right.
Pressure to win
Steinbrenner was known for his fierce, competitive nature, which really lit a fire under the butts of everyone in the organization. This would show through especially in those big rivalry series.
Steinbrenner essentially gave you no other option but to win. This year, Cashman, all the way down to the batboy, do not have that constant prodding. Without that healthy fear, it appears that the organization has become somewhat complacent.
The Yankees paradox
The season certainly has not gone the way that most expected it to. The Yankees held tough in the early portion of the season, even with a rash of injuries ravaging the roster and taking guys like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson out of the mix.
Now those guys are back, and suddenly, they are tanking. This was supposed to be the portion of the season that the Yankees were looking to gain ground — not lose it.
It’s safe to say that if Steinbrenner were around — well, this wouldn’t be happening.