These last two weeks were evidence of one thing: Nobody is really in charge of the Yankees.
It took 10 days to come up with the idea of getting rid of Torre by making him an offer he was sure to refuse? Brilliant scheme, fellas.
George Steinbrenner is still technically the principal owner. But the Yankees don’t even bother with the charade of issuing statements on his behalf any more. Yet somehow a reporter got through to him on the phone and the poor old guy was given a forum to ramble on about the umpires and his manager.
Hal Steinbrenner was given Steve Swindal’s old job last month. But he doesn’t seem to have any more power than his brother Hank. Until this year, neither man had an active role with the team. One breeds horses, the other runs hotels.
Meanwhile Randy Levine grabbed every second of airtime he could on the conference call today. This is the same guy who gathered the writers during spring training and tried to get us to do a story on all his accomplishments. Nobody was interested.
The power over baseball operations Brian Cashman gained had started to slip away based on the events of recent days. Hank Steinbrenner “insists” that Joba Chamberlain be a starter. Thanks for the input, Branch Rickey. Can’t wait to see what he insists happens next.
The Yankees have been a classy bunch a while now. For all of the antics in Tampa, at least Cash and Torre acted like professionals and it rubbed off on the players. Now Torre has been pushed out and Cashman seemingly marginalized.
Hopefully the Yankees will name somebody as CEO. Then we’ll know who is accountable. Or you can blame it on the manager. That seems to work.
Sorry about the outages on the blog tonight. I don’t know enough about the technical aspects to tell you what the problem is or how to fix it. Obviously I’m not alone in that regard, unfortunately.
All I can say is that we’re trying to get it right.