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It's no secret George Steinbrenner and his son Hal have very different ways of running an organization. Hal is more fiscally aware while The Boss was the ultimate fan owner, doing whatever it took to help his New York Yankees win.
Because of this major difference, many fans would like to see new ownership in the Bronx just for a chance to have an owner that takes this team back to the days of George.
Steinbrenner doesn't sound like an owner ready to sell his team though, per George A. King III of the New York Post:
“Absolutely not. There have been no conversations about us selling our majority share of the Yankees. I know the rumors are there every year. This is a family business, and we all are very involved. We all feel we owe it to George, and we all love it. We love carrying on what is now a 40-year legacy here. We have no plans on leaving, that just isn’t true.”
There have been rumblings about the Steinbrenners selling their stake in the franchise, although nothing concrete has surfaced yet. It could be true Hal wants to remain as the head of the organization, or this could just be a smokescreen so as not to look desperate for a future sale.
Hal Steinbrenner might not be one to create stirs and headlines like his father used to do when he was disappointed in someone's performance, but the current New York Yankees owner does know how to make his point very clear.
That point, the offense was terrible in 2014. The run production wasn't there, the home runs weren't there, the winning wasn't there. Sure the Yankees finished in second place, but they also had enough talent on the team to be better than an 84-win team, and to Hal, that's not acceptable and it could cost hitting coach Kevin Long his job. Steinbrenner told Michael Kay on Wednesdayduring his ESPN radio show that because Long is the hitting coach, the blame falls onto him.
"That come with any position in life," Steinbrenner said. "You are liable for what goes on."
When Kay asked Steinbrenner if that accountability meant Long would in fact lose his job, one he's held since the 2008 season when Joe Girardi took over as the Yankees manager, Steinbrenner didn't give a definite answer, but he also assured everyone that if he needed to go, he'll drop the hammer if necessary.
Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees Blog reported on what was said during Steinbrenner's interview with Kay:
“Brian and I are talking,” Steinbrenner said. “We look at the overall responsibilities of a general manager, and especially being one in New York. Brian, I believe, is a good one. I always have believed that. He does a good job."
Despite the Yankees not making the playoffs for the second straight time in 2014, Cashman did a solid filling the many holes left by injuries to several opening day starters, whether it be in the pitching staff or positional players.
Brandon McCarthy and Martin Prado almost helped get the Yankees over the top this season and could end up being mainstays in the future, while the Yankees have a great 1-2 punch at the front end of their rotation in Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka—as long as they stay healthy.
In a pre-recorded interview that aired on NBC, former New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter sat down with Matt Lauer to do an interview on the "Today" show.
It is the first time we have heard Jeter speak since playing his last game on Sunday. Lauer talks to Jeter about numerous topics, but obviously the talk about his retirement is still the No. 1 subject.
Last night, the Oakland A's completed one of the most epic and historic collapses in a season in which they went from a runaway with the American League West at the All Star break to being the second place team who had to play in the one-game Wild Card face off with the Kansas City Royals.
And in that game, the A's went from winning 8-7 and gave up two runs in the bottom of the 12th inning to lose 9-8 and found themselves going home early after many thought they would have been playing in the World Series on July 31.