Perhaps the most enduring piece to Steinbrenner's legacy will be his willingness to change the way he built that winning club. This change began in 1990.

    July 14, 2010
    11:55 AM
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    So let me see if I got this straight -- They trade their ace pitcher WITHIN the division, which is idiotic to start with. And the last I heard, MLB is paying the Rangers' salaries. How are they signing off on adding to payroll? Three weeks ago, they were talking Oswalt, and everyone said, no way, because they aren't paying their own players and MLB will never okay it.

    July 10, 2010
    2:42 PM
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    Would hate to part with Montero but other important factors are if they can get Lee to agree to a long term contract and if the Rays or Red Sox are possible destinations for Lee.

    July 9, 2010
    11:36 AM
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    if it was to me, i would use joba as trade bait. similar argument applies to cliff lee. very attractive, but at our present staff, where does he fit? i say vazquez pitched a lot better then burnett lately. i say that if your gonna go for lee, he would have to go. he had a much better outing recently, but can it be sustained? is he back, or just a dog having a day? these are tough decisions, and i wouldn't want to be the guy making them. it would be very tough to explain.

    July 4, 2010
    2:52 AM
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    Not to be pedantic, but the M's didn't throw back-to-back shutouts at the Yanks, just complete games. Cliff Lee gave up 4 runs, which is all they could have realistically expected. Had the Yanks played a better game strategically (hint: no intentional walks) they might have pulled that one out. Hernandez was the real show-stopper, as he essentially pitched a 1-hitter (that second hit was a gift).

    July 2, 2010
    2:04 PM
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    Well this morning,after last nite's debacle, the Red Sox are within 1 game of taking over the AL East and Ortiz is hot!!! Steve can you tell me where are A-Rod and Tex?? They raise their bats once in awhile, but have been just about useless this season. Cano is hot & cold. A lot of time reading the box scores I see #'s 3-4-5 have O'fer's. They happen to be(or are suppose to be) the meat of the Yankee order. They're acting like the weakest links...Cano is having a good season, but slips back into is old habits. I know it's easy to say but hard to do, but the heart of of the batting lineup has to be consistent, as they are getting paid Mega-Millions to produce(at least 3&4 are) Boston is buried by injuries to their leading players, and look how they're playing. Maybe if we lost some of our marquee $$$$$ players our playing would improve. The bats couldn't be much worse. Last nite #'s 3-4-5 were 2 for 12 with no RBI's. Who is this clown in LF? Gardner could have made a couple of the plays this clown botched, and his bat could do no worse even if he swung the bat with 1 hand. Our pitching(at least a couple) is starting to hic-up. You writers need to ask Tex/A-rod what they are waiting for. The season is almost half over, and between them they have about 20 HR's( Ortiz has 17). Keep up the good work Steve and work on Tex/A-Rod....

    June 30, 2010
    10:09 AM
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    I am no fan of Burnett, never have been, and was against the size and length of the contract they gave him right from the onset. However, to suggest that Girardi, who I like even less than Burnett, was wrong to leave AJ in to pitch the fourth is, well, somewhat comical. From a baseball side of things, Burnett's pitch count terrible for three innings of work, but if he had turned it around at that point, he may have been able to pitch another two. At that point, you have to roll the dice and hope your $85 million pitcher stops the bleeding. It's easy to say "he wasn't going to do that" but anyone who actually watches the game knows it is quite common to seea pitcher struggle and then get on a roll. It's the reason smart television commentators get to say things like "he really settled down after that," and, especially with a guy like AJ, whose stuff can come and go, your chances are decent that he can at least offer up something decent for another inning or two, and keep his team in the game. But, that is really besides the point. This article contradicts itself by, first, criticizing Girardi for not pulling Burnett and then, second, criticizing Girardi for going to Boone Logan and Chan Ho Park. Well, if you pull AJ Burnett after the third inning, who, exactly, do you think you're going to? Dave Robertson for the fourth and fifth? Well, where do you go in the sixth? If Logan and Park aren't good enough for the fourth, they certainly aren't good enough to stabalize the game in the sixth or later. That's why you keep Burnett in there to try and squeeze a few more innings out of him. so that you can get deeper into the game and, thus, deeper into your pen, to your best players. Plus, it was the third inning. The Yankee offense is suppose to be as good as any, and they weren't exactly facing down Sandy Koufax on the mound. You have to believe that, even if they fail to get that Jeter 2-out hit (which they did) they would have other chances. That didn't end up materializing. I think Girardi is a hinderance to this team more than he is a help, and I despise the fact that he choose to treat his players like 10-year-old girls and boys soccer players rather than professionals by always making excuses and going out of his way to ensure that no one could misconstrue his words as being critical. But, to me, suggesting that he pull his pitcher after three innings for a pinch-hitter (and, who was that pinch hitter waiting in the wings? Mickey Mantle?) doesn't make a lot of sense.

    June 27, 2010
    2:37 PM
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    Joe Torre's book didn't help one bit either. What happened to the Colin Curtis entry? It's blank ...

    June 26, 2010
    12:35 PM
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    hope pops is good take care

    June 26, 2010
    6:42 AM
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    You are just now realizing that Girardi is not that smart of a manager? To have Tex batting third this long is insanity. What doe he have a birth rite to bat third. There is not another manager in baseball that would not have moved Cano in the third spot. The Yankees are such a good team that almost anyone could manage them.

    June 21, 2010
    12:25 PM
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