Posted on: July 16, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 7:39 pm

Yankees would love Dunn, Soria

The Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweets , but adds the caveats that the Nationals asking price for Dunn is "exorbitant" and the "Royals would need to be overwhelmed" to deal their closer.

Dunn is a free agent after the season, but the Nationals must feel they have the inside track at re-signing him. Dunn's value is mostly to American League teams, like the Yankees, who would use him as a designated hitter. Dunn, though, has repeatedly stated his preference to play the field, perhaps limiting his field of teams to National League squads. That would play in favor of the Nationals for him staying. If he signed with an AL club, the temptation would be too great for any manager to be able to get his bat without his glove.

Soria, on the other hand, is valuable and affordable. He signed an extension two years ago that has him under team control through 2014.

Although Soria's name is being thrown around in trade talks, it makes no sense for the Royals to deal him if they think they can compete in the next four seasons.

So, really, my next tweet may be that I'm married, but would love to get calls from two women: Scarlett Johansson and Christina Hendricks. (I do realize it's a flawed comparison, but while I'm no New York Yankees, Dunn and Soria are hardly Johansson and Hendricks.)

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 7:41 pm

TBS to honor the Boss with 'Seinfeld' episodes

The Yankees are honoring George Steinbrenner tonight at Yankee Stadium, but the best tribute will come next week on TBS when the station will show 10 classic Seinfeld episodes featuring the Boss.

TBS will show 10 episodes, featuring eight of our 10-best moments from Larry David's portrayal of the Yankees owner .

From the TBS press release, here's the schedule:
Monday, July 19
7 p.m.              “The Opposite” – George convinces Steinbrenner to give him a job.
7:30 p.m.         “The Secretary” – George finds out Steinbrenner’s secretary makes more than he does.
Tuesday, July 20
7 p.m.              “The Race” – George heads to Cuba to recruit baseball players for Steinbrenner.
7:30 p.m.         “The Wink” – Steinbrenner lists all the people he’s fired over the years.
Wednesday, July 21
7 p.m.              “The Hot Tub” – Steinbrenner convinces George that a hot tub is the perfect way to relieve stress.
7:30 p.m.         “The Caddy” – George’s father (Jerry Stiller) confronts Steinbrenner about a traded player.
Thursday, July 22
7 p.m.              “The Calzone” – Steinbrenner gets the idea to put Yankees clothes in a pizza oven.
7:30 p.m.         “The Nap” – George’s napping habits at work lead Steinbrenner to think he has ESP.
Friday, July 23
7 p.m.              “The Millennium” – George does everything he can to get fired, but Steinbrenner loves what he does.
7:30 p.m.         “The Muffin Tops” – George’s relationship with the Yankees finally ends when Steinbrenner trades him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 9:59 am
Edited on: July 15, 2010 11:17 am

Thumb kept A-Rod on All-Star bench

Alex Rodriguez Trailing 3-1, your slowest player leads off the ninth with a single.

You pinch run for him, right? It's a no-brainer for even a rec league softball manager. So what was Alex Rodriguez, the last man on the bench for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game, doing riding the pine as David Ortiz, who moves with all the grace of a box turtle, got himself thrown out on the basepaths? Or while Adrian Beltre, suffering from a hamstring injury, hit? Or while John Buck, a lifetime .239 batter, hit with home-field advantage in the World Series on the line?

Turns out, as first reported by SI.com, that Rodriguez had a "slightly sore" right thumb and wasn't going to be put into the game except in an emergency.

"We weren't going to push it," a team source said. "Four days off for our big guy."

Which begs several questions.

Why was Rodriguez even there? He wasn't selected by the fans or the players, he was hand-picked by Girardi, the one man who should have known if Rodriguez needed the break.

And if he knew Rodriguez was unavailable, why did Girardi burn through all 11 of his other reserve offensive players instead of saving someone to pinch hit or pinch run late?

Even if the thumb thing cropped up late or the benching was an order from the Yankees, why didn't Girardi replace him on the roster? Rodriguez still would have gotten credit for an All-Star selection.

"Michael Young should have been here then," one player told SI, referring to the Rangers' third baseman.

"It's a Yankee thing," said another, shaking his head and laughing.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 11:15 pm

Top 10 Steinbrenner moments on 'Seinfeld'

Constanza and Steinbrenner, Blogspot.com George Steinbrenner wasn't just the owner of the Yankees. He was also a pop culture sensation, guest hosting Saturday Night Live once as well as being the subject of mockery on Seinfeld , where series producer Larry David voiced the majority of Steinbrenner's cameos.

Even though Seinfeld made fun of Steinbrenner, the owner reportedly got a kick out of the parody. The famed Yankees owner passed away on Tuesday, and in remembrance of one of the most influential owners in the game's history, here's a top 10 list of Steinbrenner on Seinfeld , only one appearance of which was the actual Boss himself ("The Invitations").

10. The Nap

George Costanza is tired, so takes a nap under his desk. Steinbrenner comes in looking for Costanza to tell him he has finally figured out the lyrics to "Heartbreaker" by Pat Benatar and decides to remain in Costanza's office until he returns. Costanza calls Jerry Seinfeld and asks him to phone in a bomb threat, causing Steinbrenner to hide under the desk and finding Costanza. The Boss becomes convinced Costanza has ESP and knew a bomb threat would be called in. He puts Costanza in charge of Seinfeld's demand of fitted hat day for every fan, much to Costanza's chagrin as he now has to find what hat size every attendee wears.

"You climbed under that desk because you have ESP. George, what's on my mind? ... Meatballs! Huh. Unbelievable. Anyway this terrorist had a specific demand. Not more cheap adjustable hats on hat day. He wants fitted hats just like the players wear." -- Steinbrenner to Costanza

9. The Caddy

RECAP: George Costanza goes on vacation with his girlfriend, Susan. He leaves his car in the Yankee Stadium parking lot, causing George Steinbrenner to think Costaza is putting in many hours. Costanza receives a promotion to assistant to the general manager, but then assume George is dead after his car suffers damage. Steinbrenner informs Costanza's parents, at which point the father, Frank, complains to Steinbrenner about trading Jay Buhner to the Mariners for Ken Phelps   which became a recurring gag.

"My name is George Steinbrenner, I'm afraid I have some very sad news about your son." -- Steinbrenner to Costanza's parents

8. The Muffin Tops

RECAP: Costanza, as he is wont to do, lies to his girlfriend about having a job as a hen supervisor for Tyler Chicken after posing as a tourist in New York City. When Costanza "moves" to the city and takes a job with the Yankees to continue dating his girlfriend, Steinbrenner finds out and believes Costanza is holding down two jobs. He calls Tyler Chicken and works out a trade to send Costanza in exchange for all concessions at Yankee Stadium being turned to chicken.

"How about this. You give me Costanza, I convert your concessions to all chicken no charge. Instead of hot dogs, chicken dogs. Instead of pretzels, chicken twists. Instead of beer, alcoholic chicken." -- John Tyler to Steinbrenner

7. The Race

RECAP: Elaine Benes' boyfriend, Ned, is a Communist and gets Costanza interested in Communism. His secretary at Yankee Stadium overhears a conversation and tells Steinbrenner that Costanza is a communist. Steinbrenner tasks Costanza with going to Cuba to find the next Cuban star who can play for the Yankees. He refers to a young pitcher named Rodriguez. Steinbrenner also orders Costanza to bring back Cuban cigars.

"And bring me back some of those cigars in the cedar boxes, you know the ones with the fancy rings? I love those fancy rings. They kind of distract you while you're smoking. The red and yellow are nice. It looks good against the brown of the cigar. The Maduro, I like the Maduro wrapper. The darker the better, that's what I say. Of course, the Claro's good too. That's more of a pale brown, almost like a milky coffee. I find the ring size very confusing. They have it in centimeters which I don't really understand that well..." -- Steinbrenner to Costanza

6. The Invitations

Holding an actual appearance by Steinbrenner, the scenes were deleted before the episode aired but can be seen on DVDs of the seventh season. Steinbrenner asks Costanza to make Elaine Benes the Boss' date for Costanza's upcoming wedding. If Costanza refuses, he loses his job.

"I don't like to put undue pressure on people." -- Steinbrenner to Costanza after successfully getting Elaine to agree to be Steinbrenner's date

5. The Jimmy

RECAP: George's boss at Yankee Stadium, Mr. Wilhelm, informs Steinbrenner that shoes and batting doughnuts have gone missing and he believes it is an inside job. Costanza is sweating heavily from playing a game of basketball and later eating spicy chicken, causing Wilhelm to believe Costanza is the culprit. Costanza is called before Steinbrenner where Costanza confuses the Boss by talking in the third person, due to playing basketball with someone who refers to himself in the third person. After Steinbrenner gets confused by Costanza's third-person talking, he switches subjects to what he has for lunch and discloses an affinity for cupcakes.

"Well, let's see what I have today. Darn it, it's ham and cheese again and she forgot the fancy mustard. I told her I like that fancy mustard. You could put that fancy mustard on a shoe and it would taste pretty good to me -- Oh! She made it up with a cupcake though. Hey look at this -- you know I got a new system for eating these things. I used to peel off the chocolate; now I turn them upside down, I eat the cake first and save the frosting for the end." -- Steinbrenner to Costanza

4. The Calzone

RECAP: Costanza shares his eggplant calzone with Steinbrenner, which the Boss falls in love with. It then becomes a daily tradition for the two to have an eggplant calzone together, but Costanza is barred from the restaurant, Paisano's, after being caught taking money from a tip jar. The restaurant worker believes Costanza was stealing money but the notoriously cheap Costanza was only recovering some coins he mistakenly added to his tip. Steinbrenner refuses to change lunches, causing Costanza to get the calzones through Newman, who begins picking them up. One day, Newman does not work, causing Costanza to call Kramer with a request to get calzones. Kramer does so, but burns his clothes in the pizza oven after drying it off. Kramer then gets into a fight with the seller, and Kramer is kicked out without the calzones. He goes to Yankee Stadium where Steinbrenner smells Kramer's clothes and gets an idea to put the Yankees' uniforms in a pizza oven so they smell like calzones.

"Big Stein wants an eggplant calzone." -- Steinbrenner to Costanza

3. The Secretary

RECAP: Costanza has relations with his secretary, Ada. In the heat of the moment, Costanza promises Ada a raise, and then has to request Steinbrenner give her one. He does, giving Ada a salary greater than Costanza's, much to his chagrin. He appeals to Steinbrenner, who relays a story of when he was financially strapped as well, hitchhiking to work and sitting in a bakery truck. He then gets off-track, talking about his love for cupcakes.

"Sure, I like a cupcake every now and then, like everybody else. You know I like it when they have a little cream on the inside, it's a surprise. That's good, plus the chocolate ones are good too. Sometimes I just can’t even make up my mind. A lot of times I’ll mix the two together, make a vanilla fudge." -- Steinbrenner to Costanza

2. The Millennium

RECAP: In an attempt to get fired, Costanza wears Babe Ruth's old uniform and gets food all over it. Steinbrenner instead gets inspired and wears Lou Gehrig's pants.

"It's exactly what the organization needed ... We wanna look to the future, we gotta tear down the past. Babe Ruth was nothing more than a fat old man, with little-girl legs. And here's something I just found out recently. He wasn't really a sultan. Ah, what d'you make of that? Hey, check this out. [he stands to reveal he's wearing baseball pants.] Lou Gehrig's pants. Not a bad fit. Hey, you don't think that nerve disease of his was contagious, do you? Uh, I better take 'em off. I'm too important to this team. [Removes the pants to reveal his boxers.] Big Stein can't be flopping and twitching." -- Steinbrenner to Costanza

1. The Wink

RECAP: Despite Costanza being culpable, his co-worker, Mr. Morgan, is fired for transgressions. Steinbrenner then recites the names of all the people he has fired to Costanza, inadvertently naming then-manager Buck Showalter as one. Showalter would go on to be fired in actuality mere weeks after the episode aired. Steinbrenner names Billy Martin four times in his list, a nod to Martin's five firings as manager under Steinbrenner.

"You know, as painful as it is, I had to let a few people go over the years. Yogi Berra, Lou Piniella, Bucky Dent, Billy Martin, Dallas Green, Dick Houser, Bill Virdon, Billy Martin, Scott Marrow, Billy Martin, Bob Lemon, Billy Martin, Gene Michael, Buck Showalter, ... uh, tut! ... George, you didn't hear that from me. [George exits] ... George!"

Here are two YouTube clips of Larry David as Steinbrenner: Part 1 -- Part 2

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 13, 2010 2:13 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 5:00 pm

Yankees won't be taxed for Steinbrenner death

When a person passes away and his or her estate passes to the heirs, there is generally an estate tax levied by the government to transfer control.

This applies to the Yankees, as the death of George Steinbrenner means baseball's most successful franchise will now transition to Hank and Hal Steinbrenner -- except without an estate tax.

As Jill Schlesinger of CBS MoneyWatch notes , the tax year of 2010 does not include an estate tax, which was put in place when the Bush Administration levied tax cuts back in 2001. This means that Steinbrenner's $1.1 billion estate can pass to his heirs without penalty in the form of about $500 million payable to the government.

While the Yankees certainly aren't strapped for cash, the roughly $500 million that is saved from the lack of an estate tax can only mean that much more the team has to spend. Cliff Lee's agent must be thrilled.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 2:02 pm

Yankees paid more than Steinbrenner's invesment

George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees for a net price of $8.8 million from CBS in 1973 (it was $10 million, but then sold two parking lots back to CBS for $1.2 million). Here's a list of the 10 Yankees with base salaries more than that for just this season:

Alex Rodriguez $32 million
CC Sabathia $23 million
Derek Jeter $21 million
Mark Teixeira $20 million
A.J. Burnett $16.5 million
Mariano Rivera $15 million
Jorge Posada $13.1 million
Andy Pettitte $11.75 million
Javier Vazquez $11.5 million
Robinson Cano $9 million

Forbes magazine valued the team as worth $1.6 billion in April.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 2:01 pm

Steinbrenner envy

Growing up a Royals fan, George Steinbrenner was the enemy. He wore the black hat and wore it proudly.

For young me, he was the easy villain -- he showed no loyalty, firing everyone in sight, throwing around money as freely as his temper. It was an easy target.

As I got older, I realized what Steinbrenner really was, the rare owner who wanted to win as much -- if not more -- than any fan. He was the new (and still rare) breed who owned a team like a fan. He did whatever was necessary to win, putting that above the dollar. In so, he made many dollars. He bought low and took the Yankees and game to new heights.

More than anything, Steinbrenner was the type of owner you wanted as a fan. Everything he did -- right and wrong -- was due to his desire to win. He was the anti-David Glass, caring more about winning than the bottom line. To Steinbrenner, winning helped the bottom line and in the end, he was proven correct. It was certainly an advantage he owned the Yankees instead of the Indians, there are inherent advantages in owning a team in New York, but it took a special person to figure that out (ask a Dolan how that works).

In the end, Steinbrenner is the father of modern baseball. He took full advantage of his bully pulpit and brought the bidding wars to baseball and won his fair share and more of those.

There are plenty of negatives to Steinbrenner, but today's not the time for that. Steinbrenner's legacy is winning. He died with the Yankees in first and the reigning World Champions, in the end, that's exactly how he'd want it.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 11:19 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 2:01 pm

Yankees' Steinbrenner dies at 80

One of baseball's most divisive and important figures, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, has died at 80 in his adopted hometown of Tampa, Fla., after suffering a heart attack.

Steinbrenner was part of a great that bought the ailing New York Yankees in 1973 from CBS and returned them to their dynastic -- and sometime tyrannical -- ways. As owner, he earned the nickname, "The Boss" and was in every way, hiring and firing managers at will -- including the fiery Billy Martin, who served as Steinbrenner's field mirror and was fired five times by Steinbrenner.

Steinbrenner was the face of free agency, first with Catfish Hunter and later making Dave Winfield the highest player in baseball following the 1980 season in an attempt to fix the Yankees in one fell swoop. It would be a pattern often repeated during his regime.

In the end, Steinbrenner was as hated as he was loved, but he bought the Yankees for $8.8 million in 1973 and returned the team to glory -- and as it was always said, he did it his way.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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