Memo to Hank Steinbrenner: You're Not Your Father
"I want him as a starter and so does everyone else, including him, and that is what we are working toward and we need him there now. There is no question about it, you don't have a guy with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and keep him as a setup guy. You just don't do that. You have to be an idiot to do that."
Those are the words of Hank Steinbrenner, who was telling New York Times reporters that Joba Chamberlain should be in the rotation over Mike Mussina.
News flash Hank, your name is Hank, not George. You are not your father, so stop trying to spout off like him.
While many people disliked the way George Steinbrenner would spout off about his team in public, you can't deny the fact that he always got his team motivated.
In addition, George never said anything stupid or extremely demeaning like Hank has already in his short tenure as the face of the franchise.
Aside from calling out Joe Torre about his job, George always was respectful of the people on his team.
Hank Steinbrenner, in my opinion, crossed a line when he essentially called his manager an idiot.
The question I have for Hank is, if you think you can do such a good job at managing this team, why don't you do it? Why even hire Joe Girrardi for something you believe you can do?
This reminds me of a story I recently read in Tim Kurkijan's book, Is this a great game, or What?, which is a collection of stories throughout his career covering baseball.
Erik Bedard, while in the Orioles' organization was on an extremely strict 100 pitch count in the minor leagues.
Low and behold, one game the manager held him out there and on pitch 101 he ripped up his arm and put a major set back into his progression. That manager didn’t live to see the end of the season.
Joe Girrardi is being careful with his young arm, just like Joe Torre did last year.
If the Yankees expect to make it to the post-season, and they want Joba to be an important part of that team down the stretch, they need to be smart about how much they use him.
With that said, I ask Hank Steinbrenner this question: What exactly is your job description?
Is it to run the organization, pay the bills, manage the team, or be the hitting coach?
Pick one, not all them, and when it comes to the media, just shut your mouth.
All of the comments from Steinbrenner so far have been insulting comments that make Hank sound like someone who is eager to make a name for himself, good or bad.
He saw his dad create this persona as the big boss who has the final say and will do anything for a championship, including ruffle people's feathers, even his own employees.
However the difference between George and Hank is George truly wants to win, and that is his only goal. Hank wants to be a big mouth and infuriate people to garner attention, because he is the new face of the Yankees.
Do us all a favor, and don’t quit your day job, stop talking to the media, and let the people you hired manage the team as they please.
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