LADY AT THE BAT: Some Takeaways On The Recent Hal Steinbrenner Interview

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Some Takeaways On The Recent Hal Steinbrenner Interview

I realize that I am late to the party on this one, but I only just had a chance to view The Michael Kay Show's Hal Steinbrenner interview.  Kay and Don La Greca did a great job with the son of The Boss, asking tough questions that were answered, for the most part, pretty well.

Some takeaways:

1. When asked if he would shop the free agent market, Steinbrenner said that, the plan was to look for a shortstop and a pitcher.  A pitcher.  It does not sound like the Yankees will go after both Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, as so many in the media predicted during the 2014 season.  Hopefully the one pitcher they do sign is Brandon McCarthy.

2. Steinbrenner was asked to comment on Mark Teixeira' feelings about his playing time--the fact that he feels he's getting too old to play everyday.  He first said they needed to be "more forceful" with Teixeira, but then backed down, saying they were really going to find out if he was absolutely sure he couldn't play on a given day. They should have been doing that all along, in my opinion.

3. He's getting all the facts before deciding whether to fire anyone.  I think that's fine. If and when he does get around to firing anyone, I think two people need to go: 1B/infield coach Mick Kelleher and 3B coach Rob Thomson.  The Yankees ran the bases like little leaguers in 2014 and, if it hadn't been for mid-season additions like Chase Headley, Martin Prado and Stephen Drew, their infield defense would have finished last in the American League.

4. He and the entire organization realize that improving the team's player development department is a top priority.  They understand that these are not The Boss' New York Yankees.  The future belongs to the kids.

Again, it was a good interview. Lots of questions were answered and a lot of blame was accepted. It was a huge step in the right direction.

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