What would ‘The Boss’ think of the 2014 Yankees?

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George Steinbrenner passed away on July 13, 2010, and it was a devastating loss for the Yankees organization. Since Steinbrenner’s death, the Yankees have shown resilience (2010, 2011, 2012) and mediocrity (2013, 2014) and during their years of mediocrity, you’d have to wonder what The Boss would think if he were here today.

I grew up a New York Yankees fan, and judging by Steinbrenner’s fiery personality, he hated losing. I’m sure every Yankees fan could agree they hate seeing the Bronx Bombers get into a funk and I sometimes ponder how Steinbrenner would react to the underwhelming achievements of the Yankees. Would he trade or someone on the spot? Would he go into the free agent market and get the most shiniest bats money could buy? Would he throw the coaches under the bus and fire them due to not getting results?

Well, I’m not sure, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi has an idea on what The Boss would think if he were alive today.

“I think he’d be frustrated with the inconsistencies of our club.”

To say the Yankees have been inconsistent is an understatement; they’ve been consistent for all the wrong reasons. They’ve gotten on consistent losing streaks, they’ve gotten consistent offensive non-production and the bullpen is “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”; you never know which bullpen you’re going to get.

The Boss left behind a dynasty, and to see the Yankees are struggling is a saddening thing. There are moments where you sometimes wish The Boss could come up from the grave and give the Yankees a good talking to, maybe even pull a Paul O’Neil and break a water cooler. The fans have been disappointed with the Yankees this season–and if George Steinbrenner was around to see this team, he’d be furious with the results.

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7 Responses to What would ‘The Boss’ think of the 2014 Yankees?

  1. Martin L says:

    Yes, the Boss had several (7) World Championships and 11 American League Pennants. But you are probably too young to remember the lean years where George's meddling (bad trades and running off good front office and manager personnel ) and heavy handedness cost the Yankees dearly. Read up on the turmoil during his relationship with Billy Martin. You have to take the bad with the good.

  2. tom says:

    In the Boss' prime, he would make sure Yankees got either Lester or Price plus big time hitter. Unfortunately, to make it happen, Yankees would send Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and even Dellin Betances away.

    However, with his poor health, he would just badmouth toward team and front office staffs. Thats it.

  3. James Dogg says:

    Steinbrenner did not leave behind a dynasty. He left behind an aging team. He left behind ARod at 27Mil salary cap in 2015. I have been a yankee fan since Ralph Houk and CBS. George never gave the team a "taking to" he alienated good players by treating them like cattle. The only reason the 'core four' even led the yanks to the success of the 90's was because after Georgie was banned for paying of Howard Spira to get dirt on his own player he never returned to day to day management of the team. So Gene Michael was free –not to trade them away– so the Derek Jeter for Andy Van Slyke deal did not happen– One reason Jeter has such a view of George is he nor his team mates were ever subjected to the irrational and personal attacks previous yanks had been. Griffy Jr- not a yankees because of George, Winfield- in the HOF as a Padre because of George– the mediocrity that has been the past years is in part due to the philosophy of buying rather then raising players no longer works, nor did it for any real stretch of time, and the yanks farm system was always an after thought or a place to find trade bait for players generally past their prime.

  4. olie says:

    Give to man his due, he gave the people what they wanted, he made them winners, but I do agree with you that "Stick" Gene Micheals was never given enough credit for all he did!

  5. Balt Yank says:

    The only reason that we had a successful run was because the Boss was banned from baseball and the Yankees grew the core four. However, the era of Ricky Henderson, Donnie Baseball, Dave Winfield, and the revolving door pitching staff was still fun. The snatch catch! Anyway, the last two years of the Yankees have been mismanaged beyond belief, from GM to coaching staff. Let's see: Yankees in 2013 only had solid catching prospects according to all published scouting reports, so let's go sign a NL catcher to five years $85 million age 30! If only that was the worst decision this season.

  6. Mike Sommer says:

    One thing is for sure. If the Boss were alive, Kevin Long would be long gone. Team OPS+ of 87 in 2013? 95 now? Long gone. (100 is average).

  7. Robert Rufa says:

    Steinbrenner meddled too much. George Weiss was one of the most successful Yankee GMs (1948-60), but if Steinbrenner had owned the Yankees of that era, they would never have been the dominant team they were. I know baseball is a different game now than it was back then, but the Steinbrenners have presided over instability and nothing more. It's heartbreaking for old-timers like me. You can replace players, coaches, managers, and even GMs, but in the end who replaces an ownership that doesn't know squat about putting together a baseball team? There's nothing to admire here, and it makes me sick that the "Boss" got a plaque. If it's true that you learn from your mistakes, the Yankees have a lot of valuable lessons piled up. The current crop of Steinbrenners can do either one of two things: sell the team to someone who really cares about the great Yankee tradition, or get rid of Cashman and find a GM with balls, then get out of the way.