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Hideki Matsui to retire as a Yankee

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 27, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hideki Matsui

The Yankees are about to sign another veteran outfielder, a left-handed hitter who’s a proven postseason slugger.

Tomorrow morning, Hideki Matsui will re-sign with the Yankees, only to promptly retire as a member of the organization.

“I haven’t seen him in a little while, so I’m looking forward to getting a chance to talk to him,” Derek Jeter said. “I love Matsu, man. I’ve always told you guys he’s been one of my favorite teammates. I’m looking forward to seeing him. … He was a professional. He played every day. The biggest thing is he never made excuses. He never talked about injuries; he never used injuries as an excuse. He went out there and played. As players, you appreciate that.”

Before tomorrow’s game, Matsui will sign a minor league contract to officially rejoin the Yankees organization. He will then sign retirement papers during a pregame ceremony. These are the announced plans for the ceremony, which begins at approximately 12:30 p.m.:

• Video tribute on center-field video board
• Matsui to enter field on golf cart (via center field) and be driven down third-base line
• Matsui brought to home plate, where a desk and chair will be set up. He will be joined by Yankees Senior Vice President/General Manager Brian Cashman and Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman.
• Father (Masao Matsui) and mother (Saeko Matsui) will join the group at home plate.
• Matsui will sign his retirement papers and be presented with a matted and framed a 2009 Yankees jersey.

Matsui will then throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the first 18,000 fans will receive a Hideki Matsui bobblehead presented that portrays Matsui with his 2009 World Series MVP trophy.

“Our fans are always big on history, so they’ll always remember Matsu, especially in that 2009 World Series,” Jeter said. “It’s well-deserved. I couldn’t imagine coming from one country and going to another with all those expectations and performing like he did. He deserves it.”

Associated Press photo

 
 

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128 Responses to “Hideki Matsui to retire as a Yankee”

  1. mick July 27th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Matsui and Jeter back together again…class acts.
    Not complainers …

  2. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Geez I wasn’t sure for a minute. Thought it was Moe Howard. Still got that haircut.

  3. blake July 27th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    This is a cool story…..perhaps he’d like to DH tomorrow instead?

  4. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    My heart fluttered from just seeing that photo. Matsui, we miss you. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

  5. blake July 27th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    He was a great Yankee for sure…..the type hitter they sorely need right now ….

  6. MTU July 27th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Matsui and Kuroda are cut from the same cloth.

    :)

  7. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I knew Jeet would shoot for playing in this game. Classic.

  8. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Hi MTU, thinking of you.

  9. fantasygame101 July 27th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    why retire him if he is better than some in this team? he could be LH DH.

  10. MTU July 27th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Greatest Matsui moment for me among the many.

    When he “apologized” to the fans for injuring his wrist and having to miss time because of it.

    Can you imagine almost anyone else ever doing that ?

    Only a truly great person would ever do that.

    Such a Man was Hideki Matsui.

    Bigger than real life in an awesomely humble way.

    :)

  11. Pat M. July 27th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    He was a great NY Yankee baseball player. I’ll always be adamant that The Yanks blew by not resigning him rather than Nick Johnson. Granderson easily replaced Johnny Damon, however the Yanks have yet to replace Mats. One of my all-time favorite ballplayers .. Man that dude flatout busted it on the field.

  12. randy l. July 27th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    “Matsui and Kuroda are cut from the same cloth.”

    that’s for sure.

    it’s not iike the yankees can’t look back and see what they did right.

    in both cases they spent a lot of money.

    they should remember that this is what they are good at. its what separates them form other teams.

    hal has forgotten this. the yankees are never going to be the little engine that could. step on the gas and blow everyone else away.

  13. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Greatest Matsui moment for me among the many.

    When he “apologized” to the fans for injuring his wrist and having to miss time because of it.

    Can you imagine almost anyone else ever doing that ?

    Yes, likely a lot of other Japanese players. It was a cultural thing.

  14. MTU July 27th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    YF-

    Sweet of you and very appreciated.

    I hope all is well with you. Especially that new super strong ankle of yours.

    ;)

  15. 4 NYY July 27th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Matsui, although a Yankee for only 7 years, was and is one of my all time favorite Yankees PERIOD !!!

    AS CLASSY AS MO & JETER !!!

  16. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    blake July 27th, 2013 at 9:33 pm
    He was a great Yankee for sure…..the type hitter they sorely need right now ….

    Good at bats, walked reasonably often and hit with power.

  17. MTU July 27th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Hans-

    Well it ain’t part of American culture, and I’ve never seen anything like it, and certainly have never seen any one else do that in such a public way. And I really appreciate someone being so self-effacing and feeling such a sense of responsibility.

    In my eyes it was an accident. Plain and simple. In his it was like some sort of grand failure on his part that required a public apology.

    Amazing to me.

  18. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    MTU, thanks so much. I cannot complain.

    As for Matsui, I too was thinking about the wrist injury (I was at that game actually) and Matsui’s apology. He was the consummate team player.

  19. Tar July 27th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    “• Father (Masao Matsui) and mother (Saeko Matsui) will join the group at home plate.”

    Will they be displayed on an easel, or are they real?

    :D

  20. blake July 27th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    “Good at bats, walked reasonably often and hit with power.”

    Just a tough out….

  21. RMS July 27th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Loved Matsui, class act.

    Probably can hit better than what we have on this team. Let him DH!!!!!

  22. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Well it ain’t part of American culture,

    You belabor the obvious. I stated it was a cultural thing and likely many other Japanese players would do the same thing. It was nice but also unnecessary. Everyone knew he didn’t mean to get hurt.
    You know very well if an American player did it he might be accused of showboating.
    Tell you what… Japanese military officers used to fall on their swords for messing up. You won’t find too many American officers do that. As you said, “Well it ain’t part of the American culture.
    I found it unusual but I never considered venerating him for it.

  23. mick July 27th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    hal has forgotten this. the yankees are never going to be the little engine that could. step on the gas and blow everyone else away.
    =======================
    has anyone ever seen a father and son that were this far apart?

  24. DAM23 July 27th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Ortiz just had some roid rage!

  25. mick July 27th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Well it ain’t part of American culture,
    ====================
    Are you Jerkface?

  26. Tar July 27th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    “Just a tough out….”

    In a tough situation, you wanted him at the plate. You could tell he was proud to wear the pinstripes. A great player.

  27. 4TrainNorth July 27th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Always loved how quiet he was in the box, and then that little shoulder shug, like, OK, bring it. This deal tomorrow has got to bring the team some good luck. And even if it doesn’t, good opportunity to reflect on the many great moments he brought to the game. I remember buying my then girlfriend (now wife) her first Yankees T-shirt–a Matsui one. She was like, Why didn’t you get me a Jeter one or something? I was like, Trust me, if you want to be a serious fan, this is just as good.

  28. mick July 27th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Matsui and Kuroda consider their work as an obligation.
    They are total professionals and fans appreciate them.
    Very refreshing these days in sports and, for that matter, any profession.

  29. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    In my eyes it was an accident. Plain and simple. In his it was like some sort of grand failure on his part that required a public apology.

    I spent a lot of time in Japan and they beat up on themselves needlessly for making mistakes, especially in the workplace. I found it strange but it was cultural to them. Like Seppuku for what was felt to be dishonor.

  30. UnKnown July 27th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Matsui and Jeter back together again…class acts.
    Not complainers …
    ———-

    Or excuse makers…

  31. MTU July 27th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Hans-

    Well I did and I do.

    So we’ll just leave it at that.

    Perhaps you are way more expert on Japanese culture than I. I will gladly concede that.

    I barely understand American culture anymore.

    :)

  32. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    mick July 27th, 2013 at 9:56 pm
    Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Well it ain’t part of American culture,
    ====================
    Are you Jerkface?
    He said that sonny. Not me. No need to apologize you are excused. Am I Jerkface? Are you paranoid like that psycho chick?

  33. UnKnown July 27th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    “• Father (Masao Matsui) and mother (Saeko Matsui) will join the group at home plate.”

    Will they be displayed on an easel, or are they real?
    ——–

    Classic :lol:

  34. Pat M. July 27th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    blake… For many opposing players and a few Mgrs as well, Matsui was the last guy in a very impressive Yankee batting order that they didn’t want to face with the game on the line. He was a very tough out. I can still see him now with his shoulder hitch to relax before leaning back and getting set. Had his career started here he’d be a Cooperstown candidate in about 10 years.

  35. Tar July 27th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Good night all

    We win tomorrow in honor of Matsui and the return of the Captain.

  36. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Hans- I don’t know who you are but for a newcomer you have made yourself quite comfortable.

  37. MTU July 27th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Anyway. I think it about bedtime for old Mr. Glow-in-the Dark.

    You all have a great rest of your evening.

    Be kind to each other because we’re really all we have.

  38. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    mick July 27th, 2013 at 9:56 pm
    Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Well it ain’t part of American culture,

    Read the posts thoroughly. MTU said “Well it ain’t part of American culture,.” That was MTU’s comment not mine.

  39. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    hans-why don’t you try reading between the lines and stop playing blog critic.
    you don’t have the credibility yet.

  40. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:05 pm
    Hans- I don’t know who you are but for a newcomer you have made yourself quite comfortable.

    It’s a free country. I’m a Yankee fan. Will that do? I find that is sufficient. I generally ignore most of your posts. Sorry that I commented. I’ll proceed from here with ignoring you as I have been. :)

  41. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you.

  42. tbone1570 July 27th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I knew Jeet would shoot for playing in this game. Classic.

    ************************

    Jeter was shooting for returning today, but they wouldn’t let him play.

  43. Pat M. July 27th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    4 Train North…..I didn’t mean for the copyright infringement….

  44. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    tbone, I know, but he wouldn’t likely have tolerated missing tomorrow’s game; Matsui’s his bud. So, hopefully, Jeet is good to go. Now we just need Bernie to make a surprise appearance to play Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

  45. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Jeter loves Matsui because he’s a no nonsense, all about his business type of guy, just like the Capt.

  46. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Now we just need Bernie to make a surprise appearance to play Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

    With the Allman Brothers.

  47. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    With the Allman Brothers.
    =================
    back to when you were a nice guy…

  48. Duh Innings II July 27th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    You have to wonder if Matsui was in today’s lineup would he have done something to alter the course of the game, even if it’s draw a walk or get hit by a pitch? And yeah, if he were to come out of retirement for real not for a ceremony he’s better than most hitters on this team, that’s how bad this team’s offense is. I’m glad Soriano is back but it’s pretty bad when he’s considered by some/many/most to be the third best hitter on the team behind Cano and Gardner with a .249 BA and .281 OBP.

    Hats off-tui Matsui a professional and a class act all the way!

  49. tbone1570 July 27th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    tbone, I know, but he wouldn’t likely have tolerated missing tomorrow’s game; Matsui’s his bud. So, hopefully, Jeet is good to go. Now we just need Bernie to make a surprise appearance to play Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

    *****************************
    YF,

    He’ll be there tomorrow, word is that he’s already been told he’ll be activated for the game.

  50. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    you don’t have the credibility yet.

    From your posts you don’t have much credibility commenting on baseball. Stick to the other stuff, commenting on personalities.
    You asked for that. :)

  51. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    i thought you were ignoring me…

  52. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    tbone, I know, but he wouldn’t likely have tolerated missing tomorrow’s game; Matsui’s his bud. So, hopefully, Jeet is good to go. Now we just need Bernie to make a surprise appearance to play Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

    I’ve seen Bernie play with the Allman Brothers. Derek Truck is quite the baseball fan.

  53. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    by your :) ‘s, one might mistake you for Randy :)

  54. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve seen Bernie play with the Allman Brothers. Derek Truck is quite the baseball fan.
    =================
    Yes, I remember I got your Virgil Trucks question correct…

  55. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:21 pm
    i thought you were ignoring me…

    Not when you comment directly at me. But you’re right. I really should. You can’t help it. This thing is your life and I’ve probably messed up your playhouse. You and Michelle Bachman, :)

  56. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Tomorrow, I’ll take the Bernie solo acoustic version that he’s played in the past at NYS. Then he can jam later on…

    I’d also take Bernie’s bat. He probably would still outhit most in our lineup, especially vs LHP: batting righty he had a .936 OPS in that last season.

  57. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    You can’t help it.
    =========

    No. You can’t help it. Be true to your word and ignore me. You can’t do it.

  58. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Jeet’s expected to play, but as per Girardi that was contingent on him checking out OK tomorrow, not that I expect him not to.

  59. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    How could anyone expect Jeter to come in and say he can’t play?
    Ludicrous…

  60. pat July 27th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    masnRoch
    From @theScore David Ortiz is very, very mad at the dugout phone. http://twitpic.com/d529ji

  61. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Jeter wouldn’t say it, but he didn’t say it today either, so…

  62. randy l. July 27th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    “He probably would still outhit most in our lineup, especially vs LHP: batting righty he had a .936 OPS in that last season.”

    yankeefeminista-

    i pointed that out that stat to no avail about a thousand times to people who agreed with cashman that bernie was done in his last year.

    good thing we got to see josh phelps and mientkieweitz play that year instead, one of cashman’s pet projects. there was no room for bernie because of that two headed first base frankenflop.
    that was the sign that cashman had lost it.

    the only thing that saved 2009 was signing sabathia, burnett, and teixeira. it was the yankees being the yankees and using their financial clout.

    but cashman sold his soul to the devil on that one.

  63. tbone1570 July 27th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    The FO is making sure that they make Jeter adhere to the same rehab protocol that they laid out for A-Rod. That way A-rod can’t complain about being treated unfairly.

  64. mick July 27th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Jeter wouldn’t say it, but he didn’t say it today either, so…
    ======================
    …maybe the Yanks are getting smart?

  65. UnKnown July 27th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    No. You can’t help it. Be true to your word and ignore me. You can’t do it.
    ———-

    That would just be right up your alley Mick, so you could take pot shots at Hans just like you do to Pruf and get away with it. How J.A.P continues to ignore you after how you constantly harass him is amazing. Oh and your condescending nature to Luis is so cute too. He also is way too nice of a guy to tell you where to stick it.

    You just like to get this place in a tizzy as much as possible. Some people buy your schtick, not me.

  66. UnKnown July 27th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    masnRoch
    From @theScore David Ortiz is very, very mad at the dugout phone. http://twitpic.com/d529ji
    ———

    I like how Pedroia ducks for cover with the towel over his head. Man this funny.

  67. sunny615 July 27th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Bronx Bunters…

  68. sunny615 July 27th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    how prophetic

  69. pat July 27th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Ortiz should be missing a few days and a few dollars. That was dangerous.

  70. UnKnown July 27th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Minimum 4 games. That was ridiculous. (After appeal he will do one or two, which is B.S.)

  71. austinmac July 27th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Welcome back, Randy. Yes, they still are awful and getting worse. Glad you are here to help explain the reasons why.

  72. mnmboys July 27th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Looks like roid rage to me

  73. jmills July 27th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Austin, I don’t know the effing reason’s why, how’s the Nordmende? ” The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald “, …..is my , favourite – Gilless Villeneuve, concurs.

  74. jmills July 27th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    It should have been, ” Gilles Vulleneuve “.

  75. jmills July 27th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    ” Gilles Villeneuve ” – cripes!

  76. jmills July 27th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y.....#038;rel=0

    Villeneuve!

  77. JobaTipsHisCap July 27th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    sweep after ceremony?

  78. UnKnown July 27th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Might as well end the night with this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxqileiCgeY#at=164

    Dude totally OWNED the 2009 POST

    Alex THE GREAT!!

    Happy Birthday Man. :grin:

  79. jmills July 28th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Unknown, couldn’t open u your site :(

  80. jmills July 28th, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Unknown, even, Evan, Naomi Watts couldn’t ‘. I like to kid around avec my,……kid, Nicole. :)

  81. jmills July 28th, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Crap, couldn’t, should be, couldn’t.

  82. jmills July 28th, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I don’t care what any effing body says – Gilles Villeneuve, rules.

  83. Pat M. July 28th, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Tampa Bay’s rotation is overwhelmingly good.

  84. jmills July 28th, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Pat M, granted, Tampa is,amazing. Nothin’, my Jays can’t Figure out,… Al :) :(

  85. Rich in NJ July 28th, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Tampa Bay’s rotation is overwhelmingly good.
    -
    Because they draft and develop well, even discounting Price. They are playing 3 dimensional chess; the Yankees are playing checkers.

  86. Pat M. July 28th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Rich in NJ…..Ouch !!!

  87. jmills July 28th, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Rich, we’re coming around on, opposite wheel lock. Villeneive was and is, special! Personally, I’m looking forwad to, Hunt and, Lauda!

  88. jmills July 28th, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Ron Howard, has just made a film about – formula 1, ’76 Hunt Lauda – I think he should have met,…..Villeneuve!

  89. jmills July 28th, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Villeneuve is, Villeneuve. ( Stupid, me )

  90. jmills July 28th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z.....#038;rel=0

    Good luck

  91. Nick in SF July 28th, 2013 at 3:55 am

    The Rays are playing on of those sophisticated games of Capture the Flag where they use real flags and everyone is sneaking around with choreography to match a North Korean military parade or a Philippine prison video.

    The Yankees are playing a crude game of Mother May I and the mother is saying no, you may not.

    :mad:

  92. jacksquat July 28th, 2013 at 6:31 am

    tbone1570 July 27th, 2013 at 10:41 pm
    The FO is making sure that they make Jeter adhere to the same rehab protocol that they laid out for A-Rod. That way A-rod can’t complain about being treated unfairly.

    Same protocol? LOL

    Arod is on the “we don’t want you here” protocol.

  93. Chip July 28th, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I’ll preface this by saying “if Joel Sherman’s sources are correct” then the problem that we as Yankee fans are going to have is that the baseball people are no longer making the baseball decisions.

    Sherman’s article indicated that Cashman had no interest in giving up a young arm for Soriano or re-signing Ichiro. That he preferred bringing back Russ Martin and signing Nate Schierholtz. It’s likely he would also be in favor of being a seller this week rather than a buyer.

    Right now it looks like Cashman would have been right – but we don’t know that either Martin or Nate would play as well for the Yankees as they are for their respective teams; but that’s not the point. The point is that, while it is perfectly ok for a Team President/owner to overrule the GM, the fact that in this case neither of those guys have a shred of baseball intelligence and are making decisions based on what’s best for ticket sales rather than team success is a huge problem.

    Something to keep in mind, Cashman’s people are very good about getting word out to the press about the deals he disagreed with that go wrong, but say nothing about the fact that he has made some whopping bad choices of his own (Pavano, Wright, Farnsworth, CC’s new contract, Burnett, Granderson deal, Javy part II, etc…) and so when I read an article that basically says that Cashman’s being overruled I can’t exactly blame Brian’s supervisors for questioning his judgement (one more reason I think it is time for a front office house cleaning). Additionally, I don’t think Levine or Hal have anything to do with the development team that has failed to produce.

  94. jacksquat July 28th, 2013 at 7:19 am

    (Pavano, Wright, Farnsworth, CC’s new contract, Burnett, Granderson deal, Javy part II, etc…)

    Pavano: he’s supposed to predict that a player will get all sorts of weird injuries and be out most of his contract? No.

    Javier Vazquez: 4th in Cy Young voting the year before he came. 1 year deal. Lost 5 mph in the offseason. He’s supposed to predict that? No.

    Granderson: I supposed the crying is about Jackson. Jackson was a guy who didn’t hit for power but struck out a lot (relatively). A high percentage of the time that combination does not work in the majors. By the way, the great Austin Jackson has had OPS+ of 102, 88, 129 and 99. Granderson 108, 142, 116 and 96 (31 pa). Granderson was the more predictable player.

    CC: the extension? They didn’t really have a choice. If they don’t keep him they have to go find another ace. And the extension only goes through age 36.

    Farnsworth: about 5.5mil/year, not exactly Soriano territory.

    Wright: 2 year deal

    Show me a GM that doesn’t make any mistakes.

  95. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Chip-

    I’m fine with Cashman being let go or re-assigned.

    My concern is who he would be replaced with.

    If it’s a talented, experienced professional from outside of the Yankee organization. Fine.

    The result of a careful and thorough research project and someone with a great track record of success. Sure.

    But what if it is another Hal/Levine yes-man promoted from within ? Like an Eppler.

    I really do not think Levine, in particular, is willing to relinquish control and stay out of
    baseball ops. And I really think he has Hal’s ear.

    With as dysfunctional as things seem to be I can’t see them letting a new guy have the kind of autonomy they should have over baseball ops. I see more of the same. Meddling and interference.

    That’s why I hope Hal takes his 4 bil and sells the Team to someone who knows baseball and has a passion for it.

    I hope for a clean sweep. New from top to bottom.

  96. Chip July 28th, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Jack – every GM makes mistakes. My point was just that Cashman’s people are very quick about getting word out “oh don’t blame Brian for player X he didn’t want him in the first place. It was a Randy/George thing” but it’s not as if Brian’s judgement is without fail.

    MTU – I agree that if Cashman was let go then Levine would likely go the yes man route like Luccino did with Cherrington up in Boston. However, in my dream scenario though, Cashman is let go, the team’s presidency is split into business and marketing which Levine would continue doing (because he does it well) and baseball operations – this second position would be filled by John Hart. Let him come in, hire a GM and reshape the front office, scouting and development departments.

  97. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Chip-

    I always have said that if you are going to dream it pays to dream big.

    My dream is to see the day when the Yankee ‘Phoenix” rises from the ashes and assumes it’s
    former glory.

    A Team that once again inspires fear in it’s opponents and who is universally hated for their constant excellence and great power.

    :)

  98. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Set your Time machines to 2015 and beyond.

    ;)

  99. Doreen July 28th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Chip,

    The only thing is, do we know if ownership fully supported the development plan, in terms of both man power and money?

    It’s one thing to say okay, go ahead give it a go, abeing other to be 100% behind the plan. The Yankees have not historically been about developing their own to the degree that seems necessary in these days of parity.

    But if Cashman doesn’t like the conditions he should resign.

    People will laugh at me, but I think Cashman has more attachment to this team than Hal or Levine. Emotional attachment. But if they end up needing a new GM, whether because Cash resigns or is fired or his contract is not renewed next year, I would hope for someone outside the organization who is dispassionate and who has no history with the players or the organization. And I do believe it is time for new eyes here. But who really knows how Hal views this.

  100. Doreen July 28th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    That should read, and another thing to be 100%…

  101. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Lessons learned:

    A Team with great pitching with insufficient Offense sucks.

    A Team with great Offense and poor Pitching sucks.

    But a Team with really good pitching and a decent Offense wins.

    Or Team with a really good offense and decent pitching wins.

    And a team with both is a juggernaut.

    Spending a ton of money on a Team does not insure success.

    Spending money wisely on a Team tends to lead to success.

    Luck plays a part in all things. Just ask Mr. Murphy.

  102. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Another big dream.

    When Jeter retires he forms a consortium like the one Magic Johnson did and together they buy the Yankees.

    And in so doing assure us of greatness for many a year to come.

    :)

  103. Yankee Trader July 28th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Good morning

    I found this video of Matsui’s last major league hit and the story includes some magical moments while playing for the Bronx Bombers. Enjoy.

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

  104. Kelvin July 28th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    If Cashman were to be replaced it would be internally. 100%. Eppler or Afterman would assume his mantle.

  105. blake July 28th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    People will laugh at me, but I think Cashman has more attachment to this team than Hal or Levine.”

    He probably does ….. The Yankees are a big Holiday Inn to Hal

  106. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Randy gets an another parakeet unexpectedly who tells fortunes and is clairvoyant.

    Randy decides to take him in.

    Secretly this parakeet tells Randy when the Yankees will be great again and for how long.

    And what they need to do to achieve this.

    Randy shares this freely with Yankee Mgmnt and they listen and implement the parakeet’s
    suggestions achieving the predicted greatness.

    All in the land are happy again.

    And as a special bonus the parakeet tells Randy how to improve his golf game and avoid trouble.

    :)

  107. Shame Spencer July 28th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Morning all…. the loss last night feels crushing.

    We have to win two of the next three games just to finish above .500 for the month. If we lose two we’ll finish at exactly .500 for July and if we lose three.. well.. ya know.

  108. Yankee Trader July 28th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Why should Cashman resign? He’d be losing out on a cool 3M and the hoopla surrounding the possibility it might be Jeter’s last season.

  109. Shame Spencer July 28th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Oh, welcome back randy!

  110. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Blake-

    Impossible to be a Holiday Inn to Hal.

    If it were he’d be smarter and know that 189 was a Frankenstein experiment from the start.

    Might have been a Best Western.

    :)

  111. blake July 28th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    The owner needs replaced more than anything…. Anybody ever think it’s curious how Cashman is constantly having to try to build up Hal to the fanbase….”Hal care deeply and wants to win badly……blah blah blah”

    Actions speak louder than words…..Hals dad never had to send his GM out to tell the fans he cared…..everyone knew he did

  112. Yankee Trader July 28th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Shame

    If the Yankees lose all 3, they’ll be 1 game above .500 for the season and possibly 11 games out of first. Facing CY Young in all 3- Moore, Greinke, Kershaw.

  113. Doreen July 28th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Also, the wild card system really as changed the landscape in a few ways.

    It really does come down to the hottest team , or the team that gets hot, going the distance. It is easy to see how an unseasoned owner with an eye on the financial side of things (in terms of efficiency), might decide that as long as you field a competitive team, you have just as much chance to win as the other competitive teams.

    It is fair to say that in the last 10 years the Yankees have fielded teams that bludgeoned the competition during the regular season, and clearly should have been WS teams, but too many times got taken out in the first round. In spite of lading the league in many offensive categories, having good enough starting pitching and most years a very excellent bullpen.

    It is fair to say that the Rays, as good as they’ve been pitching, have not gone the distance yet. If their offense is for real this year, they could well do it, but two months remain.

    It is also fair to say that in baseball, sometimes it is your year, and sometimes it’s not.

  114. Shame Spencer July 28th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Trader – Usually, right after the ASB, I’m still not ready to do the math.. but after having such a horrid June we put ourselves in a terrible spot. We’re going to need the O’s and Rangers to take some hits for us to eek into the playoffs. Then we’ll have that one game, do-or-die match up.

    Losing this series really hurt.

  115. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Doreen-

    That’s why I included “luck plays a part in all things.” in my lessons learned post above.

    ;)

  116. blake July 28th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    “If the Yankees lose all 3, they’ll be 1 game above .500 for the season and possibly 11 games out of first. Facing CY Young in all 3- Moore, Greinke, Kershaw.”

    I looked at the schedule and also how CC is pitching when I formed the opinion that they should sell….maybe lightning will strike and they will survive or gain ground over the next week……but it’s way more likely they’ll essentially be out of the division race in a week……they pretty much are now

  117. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Shame-

    Both the O’s and the Rangers are strengthening themselves as we speak.

    But we got Soriano so who cares.

    :)

  118. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Blake-

    I think they’ll be fortunate to salvage a WC spot.

    Even that grows dimmer by the day.

    They’ll have to jump over some pretty good teams.

  119. Shame Spencer July 28th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    The fact of the matter is, that to make the playoffs, we’ll need all sorts of help…the first bit of help was designed by MLB by creating an additional WC lol. The second bit of help will need to come from other teams ahead of us posting a losing record in at least one of the next two months.

    It’s getting late early for this club.

  120. blake July 28th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    @ESPN_Colin: Dodgers drawing over 50,000 regularly now. Not long ago w McCourt owning team it was in teens. Feels like a totally different franchise.

    So spending money and acting like you care builds goodwill with fans? Who knew

  121. blake July 28th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Cashman has 4 days to add Giancarlo Stanton and Joe Mauer…..otherwise the Soriano trade was a complete waste of time and a potential useful reliever

  122. pkyankfan69 July 28th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Looking forward to the Matsui pregame ceremonies today, the actual game, not so much… Offense can’t be worse than yesterday, can it?

  123. Yankee Trader July 28th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    These Bombers Nothing But Duds
    Larry Brooks- NY Post

    The power, the glory, the porch, the history. The bandbox of the new place that suddenly has been transformed into Yellowstone, the fences as far from home plate for the home team batters as if looking through the wrong end of a telescope.

    Where have all the homers gone? Gone with Curtis Granderson to Tampa and the club’s minor league rehab center. Gone with Mark Teixeira to the disabled list. Gone with a new organizational checkbook mentality. Gone with Nick Swisher to Cleveland, with Raul Ibanez to Seattle, with Russell Martin to Pittsburgh.

    Gone with A-Rod, who most surely is going, going away.

    The Yankees have changed a lot. Pop has become pop-gun. The all-or-nothing team at the plate that was often ridiculed the past four years has been reduced to pretty much nothing at all. Yesterday represented the ninth time the Yankees have been shut out — the most since 1997 — and the fourth time they have been limited to two hits.

    First place seems as far away as the fences. Yesterday’s defeat dropped the fourth-place team to a season-high eight games off the East lead held by the Rays. The second wild-card spot, held by Baltimore, is 3 1/2 games away after the Orioles’ 7-3 loss last night to the Red Sox, who own the top wild card and trail the Rays by a half-game for the East lead.

    Once there was Power and Glory.

    Now there are Punch and Judy.

    Once there was Shock and Awe, as the legend of ’27 would have it that the Pirates were demoralized and defeated in the World Series simply by watching Murderer’s Row take batting practice before Game 1 of what became a sweep.

    Now there’s shock, all right.

    Culture Shock.

    The Yankees are hitting them where they are.

  124. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    When a mountaineer slides down a mountainside heading for a cliff there is only one last hope to save themselves.

    It’s called an ice pick arrest.

    The Yankees are beginning that slide and they better arrest themselves like pronto or they will find themselves at the bottom of that cliff in pieces.

    Get some more O Hal before it’s too late. You are dangerously close to the edge. Arrest the slide.

    ;)

  125. Shame Spencer July 28th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Let’s play a game this morning…. here is the schedule for August. How many series should we win?

    3 at the Padres
    3 at the White Sox
    3 vs. Detroit
    4 vs. LA
    3 at Boston
    4 vs. Toronto (seriously, this has to be a record setting year for 4 game sets…..)
    3 at Tampa
    3 at Toronto

    Then we have 2 August games against Baltimore with the third game of the set coming on Sept 1.

  126. Shame Spencer July 28th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Ugh. :arrow:

  127. MTU July 28th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    New post ——>

  128. Yankee Trader July 28th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Jump to opening day 2014. Here are the new New York Yankees as they take the field.

    Playing 1B Teixeira
    2B Adams
    SS Jeter
    3B Mustelier
    C Murphy
    RF Ichiro
    CF Gardner
    lF Soriano

    And your DH Wells

    Welcome to your once proud Bronx Bombers!


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