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Yankees trip to Panama becomes official

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 13, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’m standing on a sidewalk, so I can’t really make this look nice, but Major League Baseball just announced the Yankees spring training trip to Panama.

A two-game series between the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins will mark the return of Major League Baseball to Panama for the first time since 1947, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) announced today. The “Legend Series” will be played on March 15th-16th at Panama City’s Rod Carew Stadium and will honor the legacy of newly retired Yankees great Mariano Rivera, the game’s all-time saves leader.

Rivera will serve as one of the promoters of the event in his native country, along with Magic Dreams Productions and Patricia Lynch. The Legend Series will include charitable events away from the field, including a gala featuring representation of both teams on Friday, March 14th that will benefit the Mariano Rivera Foundation. Proceeds from the dinner will go to Children’s Hospital in Panama City, the largest pediatric hospital in the country.

“It is only fitting that one of our game’s greatest ambassadors, Mariano Rivera, could help us bring Major League Baseball back to his beloved Panama,” said Paul Archey, Senior Vice President, International Business Operations for Major League Baseball. “We look forward to partnering with the Marlins and the Yankees to deliver a groundbreaking sporting event to the fans of Panama, particularly the young fans who looked up to Mariano during his historic career.”

“We’re delighted to be joining Mariano Rivera and the Commissioner’s Office in bringing Major League Baseball to the baseball-loving fans of Panama,” said MLBPA Chief of Business Affairs, Tim Slavin. “We anticipate a warm reception, and believe these games will help advance the growth and popularity of baseball in Panama and throughout Central America. In addition to the Yankees and Marlins players and their respective front office personnel, we extend our gratitude to all involved in making these games a reality.”

“The Yankees recognize that the sport of Baseball truly belongs to the world,” said New York Yankees President, Randy Levine. “It makes our organization proud to support Major League Baseball and the Players Association in spreading the excitement of the game in the international community. Visiting Panama, the homeland of the great Mariano Rivera, will be a privilege for all those involved in this historic endeavor.”

“The Marlins are extremely pleased to be playing in Panama and we look forward to introducing our team to our neighbors in Central America,” Marlins President David Samson said. “Teaming up with a baseball legend in his home country will be a great experience for our players and fans alike. The Marlins are excited to support MLB’s and the MLBPA’s continuous efforts to promote our great game internationally.”

Rivera said: “As long as I can remember, it has been my dream to bring my team, the Yankees, to play baseball in Panama. I grew up playing in Puerto Caimito, where I developed my passion for baseball and began a journey that brought me to New York. It is my hope that this legacy series will inspire other young players to pursue their dreams. I am very grateful to Major League Baseball, the Players Association, the Yankees and the Marlins in making this dream become a reality.”

The Marlins and the Yankees will stay at the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama.

Donald J. Trump said: “Our hotel will deliver a first-class experience for the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins during Major League Baseball’s Legend Series. All of Panama stands behind the legendary Mariano Rivera, and we are honored to play a part in a sporting event that the people of Panama will remember forever.”

The two-game set is part of the 2014 MLB Spring Training Schedule. Tickets for the Legend Series can be purchased at www.ticketplus.com.pa.

The Legend Series will mark a new chapter in Major League Baseball’s history in Panama. Members of the Yankees, under Hall of Fame manager Joe McCarthy, trained in Panama in February of 1946 and played against an all-star team from the Panamanian professional league before an estimated crowd of 10,000 fans on February 21st. In the spring of 1947, the Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers played several exhibition games in Panama during a trip that also included stops in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

The Marlins-Yankees match-up is a renewal of the 2003 World Series. Both Clubs have participated in previous international events. Most recently, the Marlins squared off against the New York Mets in regular season games held at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2010. The team also traveled to Puerto Rico in 2003 and 2004 for regular season games against the Montreal Expos, who played a portion of their home schedule on the island. In addition, the Marlins played a pair of Spring Training exhibition games against the Houston Astros in Mexico City in 2004. The Yankees opened the 2004 Championship Season at the Tokyo Dome in Japan against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Overall, Panama will become the seventh country to host a contest between two Major League Clubs. MLB and the MLBPA have staged regular season contests in Mexico (1996, 1999), Japan (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) and Puerto Rico (2001, 2003-2004, 2010) in addition to Spring Training matchups in the Dominican Republic (1999-2000), Mexico (1999-2004, 2008-2010), Venezuela (2000-2001) and China (2008).

There are currently four Panamanian players on 40-Man Major League rosters, including Atlanta catcher Christian Bethancourt; Arizona pitcher Randall Delgado; Philadelphia All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz; and infielder Ruben Tejada of the New York Mets. Panama has produced 50 Major League players all-time, including Rivera; Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who was an 18-time All-Star and the winner of seven career batting titles; and Carlos Lee, a three-time All-Star who finished his 14-year Major League career with the Marlins in 2012.

Rod Carew Stadium, the most prominent baseball facility in Panama, opened in October 1999 and most recently played host to the Qualifier for the 2013 World Baseball Classic in November 2012. Team Brazil advanced to the 2013 World Baseball Classic after winning the Qualifier, which also featured the national teams of Colombia, Nicaragua and Panama.

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81 Responses to “Yankees trip to Panama becomes official”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    “This blog continues to be overly obsessed with NEXT year. Live in the present people!”

    Hear hear!

    Since life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, probably better to realize that your greatest “control” is over the present.

    :)

  2. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    “Where else can I close my eyes and see that humble man, the Iron Horse, with eyes downcast standing before a microphone, his words of gratitude echoing through that stadium?”

    when i think of gehrig, i think of the gehrig catching eels as a small boy with his mom in nyc. the scene was out of a book i read as a kid in the fifties. the image that stuck in me was gehrig as a good kid who cared about doing things the right way.

    i think gehrig had that intangible that characterizes what the yankees at their best have always been about. i’ve always thought of the yankees as strong silent types. gehrig, dimaggio, mantle, mariano jeter,etc

    these players always played quietly through pain and never used injuries as an excuse. they figured out a way to play at the highest level when others would not even attempt to play.

    there was always a humility to these players mixed in with greatness.

    as hal rebuilds the yankees, and they are in rebuilding mode, he really should go back and read everything he can about historical yankees as he decides how to rekindle the yankee spirit.

    …focusing on gehrig would not be a bad place to start.

  3. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    2014 Issue:

    Lobaton:

    29yo … 500 AB’s….9-52 — .228 (.311 obp)

    Cervelli:

    28YO … 540 AB’s…8-79 — .271 (.343 obp)

    ================================

    …and Tampa Bay got 26 YO SP Nate Karns for him ???

    http://www.baseball-reference……rns-001nat

    Nice MiLB numbers !!!

    Can we get someone like this ?

    …or do teams NOT want to trade with us unless we’re getting the shorter end of the deal ?

  4. AAA February 13th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Upstate:

    Rays sent two of their Top 30 prospects to the Nats in that deal as well.

  5. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    i never thought about it before , but the rays switch out catchers a lot. there’s very little continuity there. for a team that emphasizes pitching development , they have their pitchers throwing to a lot of different catchers.

  6. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    AAA February 13th, 2014 at 11:43 am
    Upstate:

    Rays sent two of their Top 30 prospects to the Nats in that deal as well.

    ==========================

    If they sail Top 30…..can we guess that they’re not in their Top 25 ?

    Certainly not a Top 10er.

    We could likely pack up some MiLB prospects that basically do not realistically fit into the NYY projected lineups…

    Oh yeah….they ‘just tiny, tiny bit might work out’ – so we can’t use them as a trading chip or all heck will break loose here….so we hold these chips till they evaporate, get injured, or implode.

  7. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    said

  8. Hankflorida February 13th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Since life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, probably better to realize that your greatest “control” is over the present.

    Trisha, sage advice for the Zen way, but while in the present last year, you came up with a prediction of what the future Yankee team would look like in answer to my wanting a return to 2012 with a power driven team; you called the future Yankee team a hybrid and would be based on less power but more efficiency. The engine that drives your hybrid team would be the pitching surrounding by an offense that can manufacture runs and keep the wheels moving. The 2014 team now resembles your prediction, and I hope we will be enjoying one day at a time with enough wins to get us into October. Throughout the years, my Pavlovian conditioning to “The Bronx Bombers” makes it hard to accept a different mode of operation, or in other words, it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    “Throughout the years, my Pavlovian conditioning to “The Bronx Bombers” makes it hard to accept a different mode of operation, or in other words, it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.”

    :)

    That is totally understandable. And it appears that you are far from alone with that! Hopefully there will be enough fun days in the 2014 season that it helps you to be able to feel okay about any transition. I’m definitely counting on it!

  10. Howler February 13th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I still see Jagielo as the Yankees probable future 3B, depends what he does this year that might change my mind. Perhaps a international signing will handle one of the middle infield positions, but I’m confident the Yankees will do something to get it done. They had obvious needs they needed to address this offseason, and they went out and did quite a lot of what needed to happen.
    I’ll buy you a case of Pepto for the season MTU, let the team play things out…and hope for the best.
    Great pinch hitter this morning…almost mirrored my experience as a Yankee fan…but he missed Mick hitting one of his last HRs in my first YS game as a child.

  11. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Howler-

    I am not concerned about this season but the ones to follow.

    Rebuilding an entire IF is a very difficult task.

    I guess I was hoping that Jeter’s presence would allow for a smoother transition.

    Not going to happen now.

    It’s cold turkey.

  12. JCPD February 13th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Tickets secured for Jeter’s final game in Cleveland. Nice little road trip, a visit to the Rock n Roll HOF and then a Yankee game. Win or lose, gonna enjoy the heck out of this season. New faces, new energy.

  13. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Let’s just play ball, and see how things shake out. To hell with 2015 and beyond. We have at least 173 games to play, starting in a month and a half. Let’s go, Yanks!

  14. Howler February 13th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    A piece here a piece there, it’ll happen…I still think Tex will be productive for a few more years. Other players will always become available, some teams will end up not being as good and look to drop contracts, players will rise from the minors. I’m betting by 2015 you’ll be happy with the infield.

  15. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Howler-

    I will if they can get a guy or two like Castro.

    :)

    Tom-

    Glad to see you survived the ice.

    :)

  16. pat February 13th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Vegas prop bets for the Yankees

    http://sports.bovada.lv/sports.....-props.jsp

  17. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Lucky, lucky you Jim.

    :)

  18. Howler February 13th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    You can’t have lost all that optimism just because Jeter decided to retire. I really didn’t expect it to happen this year, but I did expect it to happen. This place needs your optimism…what would the Mops say…besides bark, bark…ruff, bark.

  19. pat February 13th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    craigcalcaterra
    Now that pensions are settled, I suppose MLB can focus on the next entitled, fat target: poor Dominican kids via an international draft.

  20. JCPD February 13th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Baseball is finally upon us……

    https://picasaweb.google.com/105244848673673377679/Yankees?authkey=Gv1sRgCNTGrZOVgaSOSA

  21. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Howler-

    It came as a shock. For sure.

    And it has highlighted for the difficulty of the task now before us.

    Remember, we already lost Cano.

    And AR is more of a distraction than a part of the Team.

    My great satisfactions will be to savor Jeter’s last year and to watch Tanaka’s rise to stardom.

    That will be fun.

    :)

  22. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    ed: for me.

  23. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    “Let’s just play ball, and see how things shake out.”

    i agree with that in one way but not in another.

    i agree in the sense that so many changes have been made to the yankees that everyone needs to see this team play a little before knowing what it’s all about.

    to me the key is tanaka. if he grades out at the high end of expectations, the yankees will have a 25 year old to build the future around.

    the thing i don’t agree on is not focusing on the future .i believe a baseball team has to be growing players and thinking 2-4 years down the road always.

    hal and the yankees management hasn’t come through on the development end of things . this has to change because the team can’t solve all it;s problems by spending half a billion dollars on overpays every year it doesn’t make the playoffs.

  24. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Jim-

    Must have been a terrible Winter up where you are ?

    Bet you can’t wait to get out.

  25. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Howler,
    They should be biting his ankles.

    MTU,
    One county to the east, 85-90% of homes and business are without power at this moment. I and Mrs. Tom dodged a large bullet. We were ready if we hadn’t dodged it. The liquor locker is good to go until Saturday, when it’s supposed to be 65.

  26. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    “the thing i don’t agree on is not focusing on the future .i believe a baseball team has to be growing players and thinking 2-4 years down the road always.”

    Exactly.

    And I hope they are. The task has now been made even more difficult w Jeter’s impending departure, and Cano’s absence.

    ;)

  27. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I may have to give up hiking if this keeps up.

    Seems like so many times I’m out there and big news breaks.

    One time it was the CC signing. And now the Jeter thing.

    Maybe I need a satellite phone or something ?

    :)

  28. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    the thing i don’t agree on is not focusing on the future .i believe a baseball team has to be growing players and thinking 2-4 years down the road always.

    ——

    No doubt.

    And this is one area where this team has failed miserably the last few years because they spend far too much time playing checkers and not nearly enough time playing chess.

    That’s arguably the primary reason they are now in this predicament.

  29. JCPD February 13th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Mike, yeah, it’s been a long winter here. Right now we have doubled last years snowfall for the season, 25 inches past average to date and equaled the average for the entire season. Add in what they say is the coldest winter in 20 years………. yeah, I’m ready for spring, heck, I’ll take 30 degrees at this point. I don’t mind winter, it’s just too long anymore for these old bones. Maybe it’s time for a winter vacation…… spring training sounds good ;-)

  30. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Good to hear mister Tom.

    You should celebrate your good fortune.

    :)

  31. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Mister MTU,
    I am, and I lift a dram of Early Times in your direction.

  32. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Tom-

    I’m honored.

    :)

  33. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Jim-

    Yes. The older you get the harder it gets I think.

    Cold and old bones don’t go well together.

    Hopefully you’ll be changing your venue soon.

    All the best.

  34. Bronx Jeers February 13th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Do Mariano didn’t make a ST road game in how many years and now that he’s retired he’s dragging the team to Panama?

    Oh the irony.

  35. Hankflorida February 13th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    That is totally understandable. And it appears that you are far from alone with that! Hopefully there will be enough fun days in the 2014 season that it helps you to be able to feel okay about any transition. I’m definitely counting on it!

    Trisha, the one good thing about your hybrid team is that it has more interchangeable parts at a lower cost as power always comes at a higher price. I still cling to the “Power of Positive Thinking” that the notion of the Bronx Bombers is still alive, and that Ellsbury will give us the 2009 numbers of Johnny Damon and that Johnson will also follow that home run count with enough fly balls into the wind tunnel in right field.

  36. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    “And this is one area where this team has failed miserably the last few years because they spend far too much time playing checkers and not nearly enough time playing chess.”

    Giuseppe Franco-

    hal despite what some are saying on this blog has been in full charge since 2008.

    the farm system has been a mess with very few success stories, nova and robertson.

    i think hal’s inexperience in baseball doesn’t give him much insight on how a player develops. his dad had stick michael to make those decisions for him. hal really needs to hire his version of a stick michael to guide him in farm decisions.

    the present group running the farm obviously need to be replaced. they get a huge fail for the past five years.

    i don’t think hal will act now and will need to see more failure before he learns he has the wrong people in charge.

  37. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Over 40 out! Down here, you can’t buy ice-melting salt, but they do have ice cream and swimming pool salt, at twice the price! Works, though.

  38. Against All Odds February 13th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    That’s arguably the primary reason they are now in this predicament.

    ————–

    Exactly spend to make up for the mistakes

  39. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Eeyores are very thick this preseason. I can’t remember what Pooh had to tell Eeyore to cheer him up a little.

  40. Howler February 13th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Yea, Tom…what happened to the, “Tanaka is here, we’re going to rule the world,” sentiment of a few days ago. A 40 year old guy decides to retire and the Colosseum starts to crumble.

  41. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Seems like no trade/rumor activity with the NYY ”s.
    Guess all teams hanging tight ’till they each find out what they exactly have, or don’t have, close to when ST starts to wrap-up.

    Then – teams can figure out who they may be able to ‘deal with/match up with’…

    Players being ‘cut-loose’ will start to available..

    Just a slow time, except for the FA pitchers hanging out to dry (with Drew)..

    Cashman playing ‘stealth’ with us all ???

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    “This place needs your optimism”

    Raises hand to volunteer.

  43. NYYanksFan February 13th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    AA Milne was a genius.

  44. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I’m officially moving into Blake’s corner. The Yanks should sign Drew ASAP.

    Now that Jeter is no longer in the picture in 2015, signing Drew to play 3b for now I think is politically doable. I don’t believe Drew is an upgrade at 3b over Johnson/Nunez, but he should do fine. His real value is his current low price and the Yanks need for a SS in 2015 and 2016. He really appears to be the best SS option for the Yanks for those two years when considering the expense of the players who may be available next year. This would of course move Johnson to his best role as a utility player and allow the Yanks to trade/cut Ichiro which is a good thing.

    Yesterday, I recognized the changing dynamic caused by Jeter’s announcement, but I suggested that the Yanks should and would wait to see how Jeter looks in ST. There really isn’t a good enough reason to wait. Jeter created the opening. This could solve a big part of the infield problem that will face the Yanks starting in 2015. Drew at his age, as starting Yankee SS in 2015/16, is a good solution.

    Obviously you don’t want a one year opt out. Drew’s greatest value to the Yanks is after this year. A three year contract could an excellent value even if you have to pay a bit more to buy out the buy-out.

  45. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    i don’t think hal will act now and will need to see more failure before he learns he has the wrong people in charge.

    —–

    I’m really hoping Hal has learned from mistakes because at least he did spend the money to get Tanaka and it appears now he is going to be a more aggressive in IFA, which should have been a no-brainer from the get-go, but better late than never.

    When you suck at developing the kids you draft and young stars from other teams are signing extensions instead of testing free agency you have no other choice but to be aggressive in IFA to find those players.

    Spending a ton of dough on Tanaka is at least encouraging and I hope it’s a strategy they will continue going forward because it’s absolutely necessary given their failures in player development.

  46. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    This “miserable” FO got three of the top for free agents, missed on one who wanted $235 million for ten years. What was Meatloaf’s line?

  47. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Four out of five, in you throw in Tanaka.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Handflorida, I don’t think the Yankees will ever run out of home runs. But in the “watch out what you wish for” arena, a few scant years ago the Yankees hit it out of the park with homers (pun intended :) ) and the lohud howls of upset were heard all the way in Cooperstown!

    Hybrid is the way to go. Moderation in all things. And be thankful you’re not someone who always feels the need to continually lament the several miles you lost because of the ruts in the road 20,000 miles ago! Look forward with excitement and anticipation and leave the past where it belongs is what I say.

    :)

  49. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    There’s a stark difference between realistic optimism and seeing everything this team does through rose colored glasses.

  50. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    “Spending a ton of dough on Tanaka is at least encouraging and I hope it’s a strategy they will continue going forward because it’s absolutely necessary given their failures in player development.”

    agree totally.

    it’s been a while since i’ve watched a spring training with something to be excited about. tanaka has my full attention. now we just have to hope he’s the real deal.

    if he is, he’s a huge plus for the yankees.

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Every dawn is a new beginning.

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    “There’s a stark difference between realistic optimism and seeing everything this team does through rose colored glasses.”

    Absolutely. So leave the past where it belongs and allow yourself to feel realistic optimism.

  53. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    tomingeorgia February 13th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    This “miserable” FO got three of the top for free agents, missed on one who wanted $235 million for ten years. What was Meatloaf’s line?

    ——

    I think what a lot of us are saying is wouldn’t it be nice if they didn’t have to vastly overpay for players on the wrong side of 30 (Tanaka excluded) and did a better job developing the players they’ve drafted?

    You can’t sustain long term success without a younger core.

  54. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Absolutely. So leave the past where it belongs and allow yourself to feel realistic optimism.

    —–

    If you don’t acknowledge and learn from the past and it’s shortcomings you are doomed to repeat it.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    What is the difference between four wheel drive and all wheel drive? Anyone?

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    “If you don’t acknowledge and learn from the past and it’s shortcomings you are doomed to repeat it”

    Not a question. So you do it and move on.

  57. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    GF,
    I don’t own any rosy glasses. I just watch what happens, and hope for the best. The zillions of dollars routinely thrown around here are way, way above my paygrade

  58. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    In continuing with my theory regarding Hal’s full takeover of the organization which I believe began in earnest sometime last year, I have not yet addressed the issue as to why, when Hal came to the conclusion that the major premise for 189, that is the farm, had failed, didn’t he clean house? That would have a natural response for a senior executive taking charge of an organization.

    I believe Hal is a smart man. But he is not a baseball man. And he’s smart enough to know that. When 189 was introduced by Hal years ago, he listened to his baseball people who told him the farm would pick up the slack. Those individuals failed. Hal could have tried to replace them all, but he realized he didn’t have the skill to choose their replacements. Neither did Levine.

    As an aside, I don’t think the Yanks will ever “replace” Cashman. He grew up in the organization since he was an intern a million years ago. He’s probably like a half brother to the Hal and Hank. When his time comes, he’ll be moved upstairs.

    So Hal set up these meetings last summer and said to his player development folks, “the system is broken. It needs to fixed. I’m giving you all one last time to fix it but you need to honestly tell me exactly what you need. Money, dormitories, more scouts, more coaches, whatever. Just tell me and be honest.” Or something like that. They’ve been executing that plan since.

    Results will take time. Probably like 5 years I would expect. But this is how good executives behave.

  59. Howler February 13th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I hardly view this team through rose colored glasses…I grew up with the early 70′s teams, lived through the 80′s teams…so I’ve seen failure up close. I also see quite a few writing off this infield, and the future before this team has even stepped on the turf for ST, or even played one game during the season.
    I don’t sit in the back rooms of the Yankee offices, I think they have a pretty good idea of what they need to do now and in the future.
    Is it so terrible to ask for some optimism here when so many people do the “sky is falling,” routine day after day. It’s already drove some good people away.

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Good perspective, good post.

  61. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    “In continuing with my theory regarding Hal’s full takeover of the organization which I believe began in earnest sometime last year,”

    interesting theory.

    …what’s your theory then on who’s been running the team sine 2008 when hal officially took the reigns ?

  62. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    “If you don’t acknowledge and learn from the past and it’s shortcomings you are doomed to repeat it”

    Not a question. So you do it and move on.

    —–

    The point being that they really haven’t moved on. Those in charge of player development when they’ve failed miserably the last few years are still there doing the same jobs.

    The only changes they made was firing the conditioning coach (who was used as a scapegoat) and replacing Harkey as the bullpen coach after he left on his own.

    That’s not what I would call learning from their mistakes.

  63. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks Trisha. I routinely enjoy your takes.

    Oh, just to add to the last post. When they had those meetings to rebuild the farm last year and Hal asked his staff what they needed, Tanaka was at the top of that list. Tanaka is more than a FA. He’s really part of the Yanks player development plan. That’s why Hal didn’t blink an eye going over 189 for Tanaka. Hal knows that the farm is the only way to bring down payroll. While Tanaka was a significant outlay, for the next four years they expect him to be a significant value. After he opts out, who knows. By then hopefully the farm is in place.

  64. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    As an aside, I don’t think the Yanks will ever “replace” Cashman. He grew up in the organization since he was an intern a million years ago. He’s probably like a half brother to the Hal and Hank. When his time comes, he’ll be moved upstairs.

    ——-

    Therein lies the rub. I think Cashman is a big part of the problem. He wanted total control of the farm system and got it in 2005/06. That was 8 and 9 years ago….a long ass time ago.

    The farm is supposed to be Cashman’s baby but there doesn’t seem to be any accountability for their failures in that area.

  65. Mike_Boston February 13th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Trisha, the general rule of thumb is all wheel drive tends to be full time all 4 wheels have power like Subaru and Audi. While 4 wheel drive is either front or rear wheel full time but a button or hub locks to engage when you need the extra traction. Again there are cases where all wheel drive kicks in automatically but are full time rear wheel like the infinity. So it depends on the auto maker sometimes and how they define it.
    Hope that makes sense?

  66. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    ——————

    You can spin the Hal ownership a few different ways. I wish I could say I find your post encouraging, but you could just as easily frame it that Hal’s been the Chair since 2007 and only just decided to pay attention to his business – making him kind of annoying. Gossip is a buffet, you can pick what you’d like. I’m glad people are feeling good after this off season, but I feel like they fooled me once already and I wanna see them put something consistent together.

  67. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    If your version is true, you’d also have to wonder if anyone in the org respects Hal. I mean.. either they were totally lying to him and he honestly just found out the farm is a nightmare or he took a huge gamble with the proper knowledge and ignoring possible advisement (Cash talked about not brokering multiple deals last off season).

  68. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    ignored*

  69. NYYanksFan February 13th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    adamdberry
    #Rays and #Nats just officially announced the trade: Rays get RHP Nathan Karns for Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe Rivero and OF Drew Vettleson.

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Mike_Boston, I think I understand. And thanks for that! I would think that to drive through the NE snow, 4-wheel drive would be sufficient? I’m looking at cars and I notice that the sticker price jumps up with all wheel drive. If I don’t need it, I’d rather not get it!

  71. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    “In continuing with my theory regarding Hal’s full takeover of the organization which I believe began in earnest sometime last year,”

    interesting theory.

    …what’s your theory then on who’s been running the team sine 2008 when hal officially took the reigns ?

    ——-

    I talked about this a bit earlier. What the league or lawyers say about when Hal “officially” took over is not the whole story.

    Hal is a smart but quiet. Educated in prep schools. A bit of a geek. Loves to fly. Is awesome at predicting the weather. He’s not like George. (Hank seems more like his dad). He doesn’t jump in the water feet first. When he took over, which was really around 2009, he let his staff run the show for the most part. He, being a self-proclaimed finance guy, added value in the area he knew best, the budget. His firm resolve starting out was his belief that you didn’t need to spend $200MM to win a championship. When the opportunities presented themselves for 189, he gave his staff a firm directive to make it happen. But that directive was predicated on the staff telling him that the farm was good enough for the team to still be competitive even at that budget.

    When it became clear that the farm was awful last year because it could not compensate for the injuries, Hal basically had had enough. He decided now I’m in charge. And you can see this resolve in some of his interviews starting last year. He is much more “hands on.” He is aware of details, probably more so than his dad was. But that figures. Hal is not George. He doesn’t shout. He speaks softly, but still carries the big wallet.

  72. NYYanksFan February 13th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Get all wheel drive if you live in the northeast. The extra money is worth it.

  73. Howler February 13th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I’ll never buy another car that isn’t AWD. Just for the overall traction aspect alone.

  74. Mike_Boston February 13th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Welcome Trisha! Our cars are both AWD and I would never go back. That being said as long as you have a 4×4 you will be fine in New England.

  75. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Okay, you convinced me.

    :(

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    To go with AWD that is.

  77. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 1:47 pm
    If your version is true, you’d also have to wonder if anyone in the org respects Hal. I mean.. either they were totally lying to him and he honestly just found out the farm is a nightmare or he took a huge gamble with the proper knowledge and ignoring possible advisement (Cash talked about not brokering multiple deals last off season).

    ———

    I think they respect him now. Before they really didn’t know him. Hal, like all of them, worked for George. When you work for George, there’s no room for anyone to step up and show the organization who you are and what you can do. George’s personality didn’t allow that. So basically, when Hal took over, it was baby steps. Little by little gaining the knowledge and confidence to take charge.

    As far as Cash not being able to make deals, that was all part of 189. Which really was a mandate after all. But after the disaster of last year, Hal realized that his team’s player development system had failed and that he didn’t have the luxury to make changes and wait. Hence the huge spending this off season.

  78. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    AUDI spoken here.

  79. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    The farm is supposed to be Cashman’s baby but there doesn’t seem to be any accountability for their failures in that area.
    ========================================

    Development, development, development…….

    …All MiLB systems strenghts/weakness’ are results of combinations of:

    Draft Position
    Injuries
    Teaching
    Trades
    …and luck.

    It’s NOT all about development !

    DVL is ONE aspect !

  80. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    >>>>>>> NEXT

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