Does Hank Steinbrenner know anything about baseball?

April 21, 2008 at 10:51 am 17 comments


I can’t hold my tongue anymore, Hank Steinbrenner is ridiculous! He annoys me, he seems to be a person that just wants press, and he has no idea what he is talking about when it comes to on-field baseball situations. I honestly don’t mind his “wanna be like dad” antics or his non-baseball quotes but once he starts thinking he knows how a team should be managed on-field it puts me over my Hank Steinbrenner limit. These quotes from today are purely ridiculous.

“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,” Steinbrenner told the New York Times. “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.”

First off, just because you have a 100-mph fastball does not mean you should be a starter. Let’s throw Seth McClung back into the rotation, let’s throw Juan Morilla into the rotation, let’s give Matt Anderson a job because he can still probably hit triple digits. What a joke!

Secondly, to break a pitcher in as a reliever first is one of the best ways to bring a young pitcher along. It gives them experience at the big league level, it limits their innigs, and it gives them a better chance to succeed. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of starters that need to be brought up as a starter but one with multiple injuries in his young past needs to be brought along properly and the bullpen is the way to do it.

I do think Joba belongs in the rotation but only when he is ready and Hank is not the one who should be making that decision.

Here is quote #2:

“The mistake was already made last year switching him to the bullpen out of panic or whatever,” Steinbrenner told the newspaper. “I had no say in it last year and I wouldn’t have allowed it. That was done last year, so now we have to catch up. It has to be done on a schedule so we don’t rush him.”

What!?!? Seriously, does he even have a clue? Catch up? There is no catching up to do. He is developing and developing well. If Hank was in charge last year Joba’s arm would probably be thrown away and in the process of replacement by the All-Star break of this year.

He contradicts himself by saying “it has to be done on a schedule so we don’t rush him” yet he wants to rush him into throwing 100 pitches every 5 days. I just don’t know what to say anymore!

But Hanks has more to say in quote #3:

“[Mussina] just needs to learn how to pitch like [45-year-old Phillies pitcher] Jamie Moyer,” Steinbrenner told the newspaper. Moyer is known as a crafty pitcher who doesn’t have an overpowering fastball.

Hank wants Mussina to pitch like Moyer. To pitch like the guy who has a near 5.00 ERA since moving to the National League, a guy who has allowed 132 homers since turning 41 (just over 4 seasons).

Nice Hank, real nice! Go ahead and become the manager and run this team into the ground.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
Quotes from the AP

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. 19  |  April 21, 2008 at 11:43 am

    OK, I only voted “yes” in the poll because I’d want anyone willing to spend $$$ running my team. Beats Carl Pohlad anytime.

    Mussina is crap, and I HOPE that’s what Hank was “politely” saying.

    You are right though. He doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about, especially when it comes to Joba. But, as a Yankee fan, he can talk to the media all he wants, as long as he continues to defer the decision-making. All he is right now is a loud Mark Cuban, and as long as he stays that way, I really don’t care.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 21, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Good call 19. As long as he lets the decision makers make the decisions things should be ok. But I honestly don’t know how people put up with him. He is by far the most ridiculous owner other than Peter Angelos.

  • 3. Erik  |  April 21, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Ha! I could have wrote this article during the off season of moves that were made and not made… Now you see why Joe Torre was smiling in the dodgers dugout during yesterday’s game. He knows just how insane the spawn of steinbrenner can be… And Hal is no better but at least Hal doesn’t open his mouth to the extent Hank does.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 21, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I was thinking the same thing about Torre while I was writing this. I also agree about Hal. These two remind me of the Hilton sisters: one is all over the news, usually for stupid crap, and the other lays low and lives nicely.

  • 5. Erik  |  April 21, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Great… I certainly hope there is no Hank sex tape just waiting for TMZ to break the news…

  • 6. Bill  |  April 21, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Hank is an idiot,he actually makes Georgy look good…..thats it Hank run the YANKEES into the ground I will be standing by laughing my butt off right along with Torre

  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 21, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Haha! I’m with you Bill! I would be dying of laughter, probably will need to go to the hospital because I’ll pull something laughing so hard!

  • 8. Joi  |  April 21, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    i have just have two words to say to Hank about Joba..KERRY WOOD!
    If Hank had his way, Joba’s arm would already be worn out just like the Cubs did to Kerry.(although Kerry is making a fine closer and still has 90 mph plus fastball despite all his injury’s) But that is The LAST thing the Yankees need right now! Ruin a young, brilliant talents arm.. now that would make Hank look like the real idiot.

  • 9. Brooke  |  April 21, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    As a Yankees fan and as a sports journalist, I am 100% behind you. The Joba quote disgusts me. Joba is one of the best set-up men in the game today. I am also upset about the Moyer quote. I’m actually from the Seattle area and follow the M’s too. Disgusting quote!

    Great article. Thanks for writing this. Props to you.

  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 22, 2008 at 6:19 am

    That’s the last thing the Yanks want is a short term Kerry Wood. They are trying to make it so they can have a long term Kerry Wood. Good call Joi.

    Thank you Brooke! You’re input is always welcome with your knowledge and field.

    The thing that nobody seems to remember is that Joba had pre exisiting injuries coming out of Nebraska and that’s why he fell from the top-10 to 41st to the Yanks who were willing to give him over 1M. He has battled tricep and knee injuries.

  • 11. Charlie Nehl  |  April 22, 2008 at 6:51 am

    I like that Hank cares about this team, and is vocal about it. Whether is for the team doing well or doing well and getting him more money remains to be unseen.

    His lack of pure baseball knowledge is obvious. And believe it or not, Mussina is turning into a “crafty veteran” just like Moyer. When he )Moose) was pitching ESPN last week against the Rays I think, Orel was going to how he’s changed from a power pitcher into a finesse pitcher who hits his spots and relys on his breaking stuff now…. That pretty much is the definition of a crafty veteran.

    I do like when owner visibly care about the team, but they need to have the knowledge of the sport.

    Joba needs to stay in the bullpen 100% of the time. I hope he’ll never become a starter. Riveria is going to be a Yankee forever. I see Chamberlin as one the dominate closers for many years to come.

  • 12. 19  |  April 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Charlie, I have to respectfully disagree with your point on Mussina. While he has to hit his spots and rely on breaking stuff, like you said, when he refuses to make one of those spots the inner part of the plate, disaster is looming. Mussina has never been one to pitch the inner half, and his continued refusal to do so has rendered him very hittable. As one who has had the displeasure of watching each of his starts this year, let me tell you that despite his large ERA so far, he’s actually been very lucky. A couple of line drive DPs, and David Ortiz’s early season troubles, have probably saved another point to two points from landing on Moose’s ERA. If he doesn’t start using the inner half of the plate, he won’t be in the rotation come June. Even Hank can figure that one out.

  • 13. Erik  |  April 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Let’s face it people the Steinbrenner 2.0 has a lot of bugs in the system as did the Steinbrenner Version 1.0.

    I recall the previous version going through the same kind of things… However once baseball suspended him a softer, gentler, more knowledgeable Steinbrenner 1.5 came back. He let baseball decisions be made by Baseball people. Now with Version 2.0 you get to rekindle Version 1.0 with a bit more idioticness.

  • 14. 19  |  April 23, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    So true, Eric. George was getting out of control when the suspension happened, then everything changed. But I still don’t see how Hank is 2.0 until he starts making decisions. He just a bunch of hot air right now. He’s stealing the backpages in NY, a family tradition.

  • 15. Danno  |  April 24, 2008 at 6:51 am

    I too believe Hank is just trying to make a name for himself, and let people know that there’s a new “boss” in town. His father wasn’t much different in the early going. Hank’s comments were ridiculous, but that will become a part of the Yankees for a while.

  • 16. Erik  |  April 24, 2008 at 8:00 am

    This is why Mark Cuban is being held out of the baseball owners group. Because he’s outspoken, he spends money to make money and He would be great for baseball because he’d shut Hank up. I personally like Cuban and hope that one day the stuffed shirts will let him in.

    Hank will continue to do so until he gets suspended. Which probably won’t be for awhile.

  • 17. Charlie Nehl  |  April 24, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I too am a big fan of Cuban. I would love for him to pop in as the owner of the Cubs, but I think I’ll be dreaming about that for a while.


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