Tag:Hank Steinbrenner
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Hank Steinbrenner attempts to clarify comments

Monday, Hank Steinbrenner spouted off about revenue sharing and the embarrassment that was the Yankees' 2010 season. You know, the one where the Bronx Bombers won 95 games and advanced to the ALCS. Amidst the comments was a slam about the team getting too proud of itself and an insult about players being too busy "building mansions," which seemed to point directly at Captain Derek Jeter.

It goes without saying that Steinbrenner spent some of Tuesday clarifying the remarks . First and foremost, his shortstop. That mansion comment was merely a "euphemism" and "just a generalization."
"Sometimes, teams get a little complacent. They celebrate for too long. You see that a lot in sports nowadays. It certainly isn’t Derek. Derek has five rings. You don’t win five rings by being complacent. So it was definitely not Derek I was talking about."
He went on to "explain" his other statements, which serve only to further confuse anyone paying attention.

Steinbrenner earlier referred to the 2010 season as an embarrassment, but later noted that the Rays also failed to make the World Series -- and said sometimes in the AL East, the "best division in American sports," the teams wear each other out before the postseason. So, Hank, did the Yankees lack hunger and get complacent, or were they just a really good team that got worn out in a great division? It can't be both.

There's more lunacy in his extended commentary with the media, but the bottom line is it's become pretty impossible to take anything good ol' Hank says seriously. Just don't ignore him, lest you miss out on some entertaining banter.

-- Matt Snyder

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Posted on: February 21, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Steinbrenner slams revenue sharing, Jeter

SteinbrennerWait, the Red Sox and Yankees owners agreeing on something?

That's surprising, but Hank Steinbrenner told the Boston Globe he agrees with Sox owner John W. Henry's claims that something needs to be done to fix the revenue sharing problem in baseball.

"We've got to do a little something about that and I know [MLB commissioner Bud Selig] wants to," Steinbrenner said. "There's a way. Obviously we're very much allied with the Red Sox, and Mets and Dodgers and Cubs, in that area. At some point if you don't want to worry about teams in minor markets, don't put teams in minor markets or don't leave teams in minor markets. Socialism, communism is never the answer."

Steinbrenner said the Yankees contributed around $130 million to MLB's coffers between revenue sharing and luxury tax, the most the Yankees have ever had to pay. Boston's president, Larry Lucchino, said a few days ago that Boston chipped in $86 million.

On another subject, Steinbrenner says he sees "hunger" returning to the team, believing the club lost its edge after the 2009 World Series.

"In 09 I saw it," he said. "... Sometimes they celebrated a little too much last year. Some of the players too busy building mansions and concentrating on other things and not concentrating on winning. I have no problems saying that. They've come into this spring with a new hunger and that's what it takes to win."

How you can win 95 games and get to within two wins of the World Series and have your hunger called into question is rather odd, but then again, this is a Steinbrenner we are talking about.

Oh, and the one player who built a mansion was none other than Derek Jeter. Nice dig, Hank.

"I'm not singling anybody out," Steinbrenner said. "This year, from what I've seen by our coaches they've come in with a real new drive and determination, the kind they had in '09. I think they felt embarrassed last year. It bothers them."

I can think of 26 other teams that would have loved to be embarrassed the way New York was in 2010.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Hank Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [bleeping] win'

Hank Steinbrenner is turning into his father before our very own eyes.

"We just have to [bleeping] win," Hank Steinbrenner stated emphatically to the New York Post about the 2010 season.

"We will do what we have to do to win," Steinbrenner said. "We have the highest payroll and the reason is we are committed to our fans to win.

The Yankees have $196.5 million guaranteed in 2010 contracts and should crack the $200 million barrier by Opening Day. Par for the course for a team coming off three-straight $200 million payrolls, reaching $213 in 2010. However, competition for the Yankees is stiffer: the club is getting old and most of its dollars are invested in those on the wrong side of 30 and showing signs of wear and tear, such as Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. In addition, other teams are catching up to New York's massive payroll edge: the Red Sox played 2010 at $168 million and will have a similar payroll again in 2011.

That's not all. The AL East is home to some of the brightest minds in all of baseball. Andy MacPhail is engineering a turnaround in Baltimore; the Rays have been among baseball's best the last three years and have made some savvy moves to compensate for losing Carl Crawford and others; and the Blue Jays just churn out one good move after another and won 85 games.

"It's going to be typical American League East," he said. "It's the best division in baseball. With division play certain things are fair, some things are unfair. You wear each other out."

Steinbrenner feels the Yankees have one of the four-best teams in baseball. You could find a lot of people who would disagree with Hank, but he is looking at the season optimistically by predicting good years from the likes of Ivan Nova, Joba Chamberlain and A.J. Burnett.

Oh, and the other three best teams? He names the Red Sox, Giants and Phillies, and then rounded out his top five with the Rangers.

Only time will tell if Hank's Yanks are one of the four best.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 11:48 pm
 

Jeter meeting with Yankees in Tampa

Derek Jeter Could the Derek Jeter-Yankees negotiations be coming to a close?

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports Jeter and agent Casey Close are meeting with the Yankees in Tampa.

Rosenthal said he doesn't know which Yankees official are at the meeting, but guesses that it would include owner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman.

While nobody has expected Jeter to sign anywhere but New York, the negotiations have been public and nasty, with Cashman suggesting Jeter test the open market if he's not happy with the team's three-year, $45 million contract.

Jeter and Close are apparently looking for a four- or five-year contract worth $23 or $24 million per season.

Jeter finished his 10-year, $189 million contract that paid him $22.6 million last season, and word is he doesn't want to take a paycut, despite having perhaps the worst season of his career. He hit .270/.340/.370 with 10 home runs and 67 RBIs. The 10 home runs tied the fewest of his career, while his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were all the lowest full-season marks of his career.

UPDATE: Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter ) that one source indicates the Yankees may bump their offer up to $51 million, while another source tells him "nothing imminent."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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