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The latest thoughts from Hank

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 23, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Huge fraud Yankees co-chairperson Hank Steinbrenner writes a column for The Sporting News, which apparently is still publishing. Anyway, here are the highlights of his latest missive:

On revenue sharing: “That’s a system I don’t particularly like. It’s a socialist system, and I don’t agree with it. Does it work? It depends on your point of view. But is it right? Is it even American? I’d argue no on both of those points.”

On the divisional setup: “If you want to talk about things that infuriate me about the game today, revenue sharing doesn’t top the list. The biggest problem is the divisional setup in major league baseball. I didn’t like it in the 1970s, and I hate it now. Baseball went to a multidivision setup to create more races, rivalries and excitement. But it isn’t fair. You see it this season, with plenty of people in the media pointing out that Joe Torre and the Dodgers are going to the playoffs while we’re not. This is by no means a knock on Torre — let me make that clear—but look at the division they’re in. If L.A. were in the A.L. East, it wouldn’t be in the playoff discussion. The A.L. East is never weak.”

On Joe Torre: “I’m happy for Joe, but you have to compare the divisions and the competition. What if the Yankees finish the season with more wins than the Dodgers but the Dodgers make the playoffs? Does that make the Dodgers a better team? No.”

On his case for the divisional setup not being good for the game: “Go back to the 2006 season. St. Louis winning the World Series — that was ridiculous. The Cardinals won their division with 83 wins — two fewer than the Phillies, who missed the postseason. People will say the Cardinals were the best team because they won the World Series. Well, no, they weren’t. They just got hot at the right time. They didn’t even belong in the playoffs. And neither does a team from the N.L. West this season.”

On the media: “The divisional setup is not right by any definition of logic. But the sports media rarely deals with logic — so you never read about this.”


A few points: The last Yankees team that won the World Series had 87 wins. There were eight other teams in baseball with more wins that season. So apparently the Yankees weren’t the best team that season, they just got hot at the right time, right Hank? I guess the Yankees should give that trophy back.

It’s also funny to hear him talk about “the 1970s.” Hank was born in 1957, making him a teenager for most of the 1970s. But obviously he was thinking deep thoughts about the divisional setup as he spent his dad’s money.

Run Brian Cashman, run as fast as you can.




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