Revisiting an oldie: Memo to Hank

MEMORANDUM

TO: Hank Steinbrenner
CC: Hal Steinbrenner
DATE: January 10, 2008
RE: Press and official statements
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Dear Hank:

Please refrain from any and all public comments until there is an agreed-to deal in place. At that time, we will host a press conference where we will make all senior Yankee leadership available to the Press. Answering every phone call from every credentialed writer, while noble, is not the way to conduct yourself or represent the views of the entire organization (specifically the “baseball people”).

We need to conduct negotiations in a closed door environment. Opening the kimono for all to see reduces leverage and makes us look foolish (at best) and forces us to overpay (at worst). We’ve gone through great lengths to build and cultivate respect amongst our peers (GMs) and conducting negotiations through the press undermines those well crafted efforts.

I’ll call you as soon as we have anything viable to discuss. At that time, as the representative for the General Partner, you will have final say.…

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Minor League Recap: Charleston RiverDogs

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What stood out as a major hole for the RiverDogs, however, was their fielding.  They committed 203 errors, fourth in the league.  They only turned 103 double plays, tying them with the Hickory Crawdads for last place.  Charleston allowed 167 stolen bases, throwing out only 24% of runners.

The RiverDogs may have struggled in the field, but they were strong on the mound.  The team had the third best ERA (3.43) and gave up only 54 homers, just one less than the Augusta Greenjackets.  The RiverDogs’ pitchers were good at limiting bases on balls, walking just 377 batters.

Curtain Calls:
Robert Lyerly (IF):Lyerly led the way on offense for the RiverDogs.  He hit .312/.352/.425/.778 over 131 games, scoring 72 runs.  He only took 34 walks and struck out 129 times, showing room for improvement in his plate discipline.  As strong as Lyerly’s offense was, his defense showed some gaps.  He played first and third and, according to his manager, improved as the season went on, however, he had 33 errors.…

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Shocking News: Yanks to re-sign Rivera

From Christian Red of the Daily News via MLBTR, the Yankees and Mariano Rivera have agreed to two year deal worth $30MM.

So, it appears that Mo didn’t get the raise he wanted, but he got his two years. This was definitely a foregone conclusion, but it’s nice to see it done. At the...

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Pondering the non-tenders

Between RAB taking a look at the possible benefits of signing the recently non-tendered Scott Hairston, and the news this afternoon of the Braves non-tendering Matt Diaz, I wanted to...

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Lengthy Debate: Evaluating Baseball's Longest and Most Lucrative Contracts

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Before the ink had tried on Troy Tulowitzki’s 10-year, $157.8 million contract extension, several pundits questioned the wisdom of the Rockies’ decision to enter into such a long-term pact, especially after the team’s experience with Mike Hampton and Todd Helton (the fallacy of...

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