With a recent report stating that Brian Cashman wants to sell the remaining assets of the New York Yankees, fans can understand where the true blame resides.
Years upon years have gone by since the New York Yankees were irrelevant. A glorious stretch of winning, or relevancy at the least, highlighted an organization others aspired to resemble.
However, a failure to adapt to changing trends in baseball has hampered an illustrious team from consistently contending for a pennant.
It only takes common knowledge to understand that the spoiled nature of fans is a direct result of demanded excellence.
With a spoiled fan base comes ignorant and false accusations. “It is Cashman’s fault, fire him!” A phrase heard far too often.
Few times will you hear direct shots at the ownership, only at the hard-working individuals beneath. Well, now the light has been shed on the claims which have been overused throughout the 2016 campaign.
Brian Cashman is not at fault for the lack of perspective in the organization.
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Yes, the Yanks have to rebuild. Yes, they have to trade their key assets containing imminent contract expiration with eyes on 2017 and beyond.
The common fan has been proven utterly wrong. Their general manager is making every effort to follow proven baseball trends and lead this team to the promise land. Ownership, on the other hand, is laughably trying to replicate the tactics and ideology of their deceased father.
2013, 2014, 2015 to some extent, and now 2016 have all provided Hal Steinbrenner and company to shift the nature of a franchise to one that matches today’s game. Every single one of those years (including this season) may be added to the list of seasons that the organization has decided to remain in a gray area.
85-win team after 85-win team implies absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel, particularly with an aging roster.
Sure, George Steinbrenner would have fired Joe Girardi, released Alex Rodriguez, inexplicably fired Brian Cashman, dealt Carlos Beltran, and ultimately purchased a winner once more. Although it sounds easy to “buy the players,” he had an ability to do so that few front office officials in major league baseball have ever possessed.
Hal Steinbrenner and his wishy-washy nature have bought the Yankees a ticket on the Titanic. He will not commit to one course of action. His idea of a ‘rebuild-in-disguise’ continues to make sense but cannot lead a team back into contention.
You either buy, you sell, or you stand pat. A team cannot do all three at once.
Frustrations were evidently sparked when Cashman told Buster Olney of ESPN that the Yankees were open to “everything and anything.” At that moment, fans felt a sense of pride in knowing that their general manager was on a mission to right the ship.
With that said, the reported disagreements between Cashman and Steinbrenner prove the idea that this team is still viewed as a contender in the eyes of the higher-ups.
Regardless of what happens, what moves are made, and what the eventual resolution entails, eyes have been opened. All along it has been the delusional nature of the ownership delaying the rebuilding process in a detrimental fashion. All along it has been the people related to ‘The Boss’ who have fell short of being true bosses.
If the Yankees do in fact sell — which Cashman knows — they have an above average chance to be in an identical situation as far as outcome goes in 2017.
Ownership does not view it that way at all. They do not grasp reality, accept fate, and let empty seats signify progress in August and September. They rather look on as a powerhouse their family built crumbles before their eyes.
You want a scapegoat, Yankee fans? Do not look at your stellar general manager Brian Cashman or your success-inducing skipper Joe Girardi. Look at your excellence-driven principal owner who has little to no idea what a path to true relevancy demands.