It is expected that a ‘knife wind’ will blow against the fallen ‘Evil Empire’, the New York Yankees. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner (54) predicted major physical improvement and changes this offseason.
Owner Steinbrenner recently had an interview with local media, including AP, at the Yankees’ minor league facility in Tampa, Florida, and said, “We will take a very in-depth look at everything we are currently doing. To do so, we will hire an external professional evaluation company and conduct due diligence. “We will continue to have very honest and in-depth conversations both internally and externally. Our performance this season is a result that is absolutely unacceptable,” he said.
As of the 17th (Korean time), the Yankees are in 4th place in the American League East Division with 76 wins, 73 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.510 for the season. While they are a whopping 16.5 games behind first-place Baltimore, they are only two games behind bottom-place Boston. In the league wild card race given to three teams, they only ranked 5th after Tampa Bay-Texas-Toronto-Seattle. It is no exaggeration to say that the gap between 3rd place and Toronto is 6 games, so they are virtually out of reach of advancing to the postseason.
Due to their shocking performance, the Yankees suffered criticism from fans throughout the season. There have been constant calls since the beginning of the season calling for the dismissal of coach Aaron Boone (50) and general manager Brian Cashman (56).
The media predicted coach Boone’s dismissal this winter with the expression “we are on thin ice.” He then diagnosed, “I don’t know what will happen to Director Cashman’s position.”
General Manager Cashman succeeded in gaining the trust of the Yankees leadership ahead of this season and signed a four-year contract extension. However, there are evaluations that he cannot be free from the responsibility of the shabby report card compared to the huge amount of money he spent on the players’ salaries. The Yankees spent $279,361,190 (about 370,153,570,000 won) on total team salary this season, ranking second in the major leagues in this category after the New York Mets.안전놀이터
The media said, “As of now, there is a high possibility that General Manager Cashman’s position will be preserved, but owner Steinbrenner is scheduled to undergo due diligence by an external professional evaluation agency. In that case, variables may arise because the voices of fans must also be reflected.” He predicted, “The resignation of Coach Boone, who has been constantly calling for his resignation along with fans’ complaints throughout the season, may also result in the resignation of General Manager Cashman.”
General Manager Cashman said in an interview with the media ahead of the game on the 24th of last month, “This season is a disaster, and this is very surprising,” he said. “I didn’t expect this season to turn out like this,” he confessed. In effect, it is an admission of failure.
The Yankees, founded in 1903, are famous as the most popular team representing the Major League. Not only does it have a deep history, but it is also talented enough to have won the World Series a whopping 27 times.
In particular, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it won the World Series four times, including three in a row, earning it the nickname “Evil Empire.” However, they have not been able to recreate their former glory since winning the World Series in 2009.
If the Yankees are unable to maintain their recently returned .500 winning percentage and fall again, they will experience a ‘losing season’ for the first time in 28 years since 1995. The reputation of the Yankees, the most prestigious team, is beyond words.