While I was flying all across the country today, Brian Cashman was in New Jersey for a Pinstripe Bowl charity golf tournament. He told reporters that Derek Jeter’s offensive saga, “has given other aspects of the offense some cover.”
As Joe Girardi said roughly 700 times last week, Jeter actually has one of the highest batting averages in the Yankees lineup.
A few other small notes to take from Cashman today:
On Luis Ayala: The GM said the Yankees are “ready to do something” with Ayala after a strong two-inning relief appearance for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night. Cashman indicated the Yankees have to decide whether to activate Ayala in New York or option him to Triple-A.
On Boone Logan: Obviously the Yankees lone left-handed reliever is struggling, but Cashman has said many times that he doesn’t expect to be able to acquire anything significant before the June draft. “There’s no aspect of the club I’m worried about making changes on,” he said. “We’re still trying to decipher what is real, what isn’t real.”
On the lineup: Cashman indicated the Yankees are at least considering changes to the batting order. “I think we’re currently trying to determine and decipher where one through nine we need to be offensively,” he said.
Some other notes and links from today.
• While I was writing my previous post about the minor leagues, Jorge Vazquez ended his home run drought by hitting one in Buffalo. And just a few minutes after the post was finished, Vazquez hit another one.
• Good story from a good man: Pete Caldera wrote this weekend about Yankees traveling secretary Ben Tuliebitz and all that his job requires: Everything from player ticket requests to making sure a truck is ready to haul equipment.
• George Steinbrenner’s FBI file reveals that he cooperated with two investigations and blamed his illegal campaign contribution on bad legal advice. The Associated Press has the story.
• Heading to a Tampa Yankees game this season, or planning a trip to major league spring training next year? Check out this review of George M. Steinbrenner Field.
• Houston’s closer of the present is none other than the Yankees former closer of the future. Mark Melancon stepped into the closer role after Brandon Lyon went on the disabled list, and he’s converted his first big league save.
• I don’t have an account with the Sports Business Journal, but it’s reporting that Alex Rodriguez has signed with agent Dan Lozano, according to MLBTradeRumers.
The Boss in brass • 01.08.11
Last night I linked to a Tampa Tribune story about the new George Steinbrenner statue outside of the Yankees spring training home in Florida. This morning, I thought we’d start the day with some Associated Press photos of the statue itself. My guess is you’re going to especially like the detail on The Boss’s left hand.
Last night, the New York Post showed up at Andy Pettitte’s house to get the story straight from the horse’s mouth. Turns out, Pettitte’s version of the story was the exact same version we’ve been hearing for two months.
“If I had something, y’all would know,” Pettitte told Brian Costello. “If I knew exactly what I was doing, y’all would know.”
Brian Cashman has been saying since November that Pettitte’s future is still up in the air. That situation hasn’t changed, and the Yankees are moving forward as if they won’t have Pettitte this year. It’s worth noting that two years ago, the Yankees didn’t sign Pettitte until January 26.
A few other notes and links from today.
• A George Steinbrenner statue has been installed outside of Legends Field in Tampa. If you follow that link, is it just me, or does the guy on the left side of the picture actually look a little bit like The Boss?
• Former Yankees minor leaguer Jimmy Paredes, who went to Houston in the Lance Berkman deal, ranked as the Astros No. 6 prospect according to Baseball America. Granted, that’s a pretty terrible system, but Paredes did have a nice 2010 season and got himself on the 40-man roster. I’m still not sure he’d make the top 20 for the Yankees.
• Speaking of Baseball America, here’s a short piece on Juan Miranda’s opportunity with the Diamondbacks. “I think if he gets the opportunity, he can do some good things,” general manager Kevin Towers said.
• Remember when the Yankees were reportedly interested in trading for Jeff Keppinger? Turns out, Keppinger is having surgery on his foot and will likely miss the start of the season.
• Apparently Gary Sheffield is almost certain his career is finished, but he’s leaving the door open just a little bit. Sheffield told ESPN radio in Tampa that he’s “99.9 percent” sure he’s ready to retire.
Associated Press photo
Steinbrenner’s FBI file released • 12.23.10
George Steinbrenner’s FBI file was released today, and it included a 1970s memo from Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox asking for an intense criminal investigation into Steinbrenner’s campaign contributions.
Of course, Steinbrenner was ultimately convicted of illegal contributions.
Kind of interesting to hear about the behind-the-scenes stuff that led up to the conviction.
A few more notes and links from today.
• Brain Cashman acknowledged the obvious: There’s no clear place for Johnny Damon on the Yankees roster. Cashman said checking in with Damon was “something (the Yankees) do with every free agent.”
• The Rangers have reportedly agreed to a deal with lefty Arthur Rhodes. The Yankees seem to have their lefty situation addressed with Pedro Feliciano and Boone Logan, plus some depth on minor league deals. If they were to go after another lefty, the most logical remaining target might be Brian Fuentes, who could serve more of a setup role than a lefty specialist role.
• In completing the Adrian Gonzalez trade, the Red Sox decided to trust Gonzalez that he would negotiate a contract extension during the season, and that he would base it on the current market value. “We gave them our word that we were going to negotiate during the season in good faith,” Gonzalez told ESPNBoston. “We’re not going to go in there and ask for Albert Pujols’ contract, something along those lines.”
• The drunk driver who killed Nick Adenhart has been sentenced to 51 years to life in prison. There’s nothing good about that story. Nothing but sadness all over.
Associated Press photo
B.A.T. set to honor The Boss • 12.23.10
George Steinbrenner will be honored at this year’s B.A.T. fundraising dinner. Here’s the announcement passed along by the Yankees.
The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) will celebrate the legacy of the late owner of the New York Yankees George M. Steinbrenner III as it hosts its 22nd annual “Going to Bat for B.A.T. Fundraising Dinner Presented by Natural Balance Pet Foods” on January 25th at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. Founded in 1986, B.A.T. is dedicated to assisting members of the Baseball Family through financial grants, healthcare programs and rehabilitative counseling. More than $23 million in grants have been awarded to date, benefiting more than 2,700 members of the Baseball Family.
Baltimore Orioles broadcaster and B.A.T. Board Member Gary Thorne will emcee the event, and Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan will serve as the Dinner Chairman. More than 30 former Yankees, including Hall of Famer’s Rickey Henderson, Whitey Ford and Goose Gossage along with Darryl Strawberry, Mike Pagliarulo and Jesse Barfield are expected to be on hand to celebrate the legacy of Steinbrenner, affectionately called “The Boss.” Additional members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame that are scheduled to be present include, Hank Aaron, Ralph Kiner, Earl Weaver, Gary Carter, Frank Robinson, and Orlando Cepeda.
“We are honored to pay tribute to the legacy of one of Baseball’s most successful and legendary owners in George M. Steinbrenner III,” said B.A.T. Executive Director Joseph Grippo. “The Steinbrenner family and the New York Yankees have been, and continue to be, tremendous supporters of the B.A.T. organization, and we are grateful their contributions over the years. I would also specifically like to thank the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bob Watson for their dedication to helping the Baseball Family and to the community. The Baseball Assistance Team is proud to celebrate their support at this year’s Dinner.”
A special award is given at the Dinner each year: the Big BAT/Frank Slocum Award. Former All-Star First Baseman and General Manager Bob Watson will be presented with the 2010 Big B.A.T./Frank Slocum Award for his continuous support and generosity to the B.A.T. organization.
The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be recognized as the recipients of the annual Bobby Murcer Award. In 2009, B.A.T. established the award in honor of the late B.A.T. Chairman, MLB All-Star and Yankees legend. The award is presented to the team in both the American League and National League whose players contribute the most amount of money to B.A.T. through the B.A.T. Payroll Deduction Program that year. Bobby’s wife Kay Murcer will present the awards.
In addition to Hall of Famers and former Yankees, more than 100 former players are expected to attend, including Roberto Alomar, Steve Garvey, Frank Catalanotto, Randy Winn and Brett Butler. Other former New York players Bud Harrelson, John Franco, Cleon Jones, Howard Johnson, Rusty Staub and Ron Swoboda are also scheduled to be in attendance.
Steinbrenner not elected to Hall of Fame • 12.06.10
The Expansion Era Committee has elected one new member to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s not George Steinbrenner.
Pat Gillick, the longtime general manager, was the only person on the ballot to receive the necessary 12 votes. He got 13. Next closest was Marvin Miller who fell one vote shy. The only other name receiving as many as eight votes was Dave Concepcion.
Ted Simmons, Vida Blue, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Al Oliver, Rusty Staub and Steinbrenner each received votes from less than half of the committee.
UPDATE, 11:01 a.m.: Tom Verducci, who was on the committee, said the election process was very private. The committee itself didn’t know who had been elected until this morning. They went through the ballot, one name at a time, and debated each candidate. Then each member filled out a ballot and left the room.
“I really didn’t have a feeling one way or the other about anybody,” Verducci said. “I guess that means the vote totals for me – not just for Steinbrenner, but for a few guys – were surprising, because there’s so much back-and-forth that you don’t really know where the votes lie. It wouldn’t have surprised me if he got in, and I guess it’s a little bit surprising that he didn’t get in.”
Although this was not the first year Steinbrenner was eligible, Johnny Bench said there was a sense that it was too soon to elect him.
“Some people thought it was too early,” Bench said. “… He will be (elected). I believe he certainly will be.”
Winter Meetings begin in Orlando • 12.06.10
One way or another, there will be some early Yankees news on this first day of the Winter Meetings.
At 10 a.m., the Veterans Committee is scheduled to announce its decisions for the 2011 Hall of Fame class. George Steinbrenner is among those on the ballot. If Steinbrenner is not elected this morning, he’ll be held out of consideration until the Expansion Era is up for election again in the winter of 2013.
The Veterans ballot includes several Yankees connections, but as always, The Boss steals the show.
The rest of the ballot: Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Al Oliver, Ted Simmons, Rusty Staub, Billy Martin, Pat Gillick and Marvin Miller.
The Boss is on the ballot • 11.08.10
Do you think George Steinbrenner should be in the Hall of Fame? If you do, you might get your wish as soon as next summer.
A special “Expansion Era” ballot for the Hall includes the Boss, and if 75 % of the 16-person veterans committee votes for Steinbrenner he’ll be posthumously inducted into Cooperstown. The committee will meet at the Baseball Winter Meetings and results will be announced on Dec. 6.
The other 11 names on the ballot along with Steinbrenner are: Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Al Oliver, Ted Simmons, Rusty Staub, Billy Martin, Pat Gillick and Marvin Miller.
If you want to read the rest of the release from the Hall – which includes info on who is on the committee as well as bios for each of the candidates – it’s after the jump.
* That’s an old AP shot of The Boss, Joe Torre and Rudy Giuliani celebrating after the 1996 World Series. How young do they look? It freaks me out sometimes how long ago 1996 really is now. Doesn’t it still seem like just a few years ago?
George Steinbrenner’s place in Monument Park • 09.21.10
The George Steinbrenner monument unveiled last night is 7 feet wide and 5 feet high, not counting the base. It weight 760 pounds and was manufactured by US Bronze in Hyde Park, NY, using granite from Domenick DeNigris Monuments in the Bronx. The inscription reads:
GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER III
July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010
New York Yankees Principal Owner
1973 – 2010
Purchased the New York Yankees on January 3, 1973.
A true visionary who changed the game of baseball forever, he was considered the most influential owner in all of sports. In his 37 years as Principal Owner, the Yankees posted a Major League-best .566 winning percentage, while winning 11 American League pennants and seven World Series titles, becoming the most recognizable sports brand in the world.
A devoted sportsman, he was Vice President of the United States Olympic Committee, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and a member of the NCAA Foundation Board of Trustees.
A great philanthropist whose charitable efforts were mostly performed without fanfare, he followed a personal motto of the greatest form of charity is anonymity.
Dedicated by the New York Yankees
September 20, 2010
Associated Press photos
Just a reminder, the Yankees will hold a special ceremony to dedicate and unveil a monument in honor of George Steinbrenner in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park prior to tonight’s game against the Rays.
The Yankees are asking fans to arrive early and be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. Monument Park will be closed to fans prior to the game. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at approximately 7 p.m. with a special introduction behind home plate, followed by the unveiling of Mr. Steinbrenner’s monument in Monument Park.
Mr. Steinbrenner’s granddaughter Haley Swindal, who is currently performing in the musical Cabaret at the Surflight Theater in Beach Haven, N.J., will sing God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch in tribute to her grandfather. Frank Sinatra, Jr., will sing the national anthem prior to the game, while the colors will be presented by the West Point Color Guard.
Mr. Steinbrenner’s wife, Joan, and all four of the couple’s children – Hal, Hank, Jennifer and Jessica – are scheduled to be in attendance.