Steve Goldman is not particularly happy about the Yankees’ recent decision to re-assign former pitching coach and organization man Billy Connors:
I interviewed Connors on MLB Network Radio earlier this year, and he said at that time he wished the Yankees would more aggressively promote their pitching prospects rather than sign more aging veterans. I didn’t think he would agree so readily when I asked the question that prompted that answer, but give the coach credit for not being a yes-man (or a YES man). I guess that’s one voice for change the Yankees won’t be hearing anymore.
I can’t say that I have much of an opinion on the team’s decision to do whatever they’ve done with Connors, although equating it to Stalinist purges is quite clearly a bit much. After all, it’s not like you can make a strong case that the Yankees’ approach to developing young pitchers is working splendidly, so as far as I’m concerned absolutely no one involved with that aspect of the team should be safe in their positions. Be that as it may, the bigger problem here is that Goldman’s complaint really just doesn’t make any sense on the merits.
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