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    Though the Yanks deny it so far, the Daily News is reporting the Steinbrenners are at least kicking the tires on selling the franchise in the wake of the Dodgers $2B sale. They'd be crazy not to frankly - the NYY could we worth as much as $4B, George is gone, they're at the very height of their value, and the family's not as involved these days. Question is:

    Who would be your top pick to buy the Yankees?
    Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

  • #2
    I don't think the Steinbrenners will sell the team anytime soon. But IF they do, I really hope they sell it to a passionate owner - a Mark Cuban type - who you know is going spend the money necessary to put a great team on the field every year. I don't think Selig would ever allow a sale to go through to a greedy owner trying to pocket as much as possible. MLB cannot afford for their most important franchise - by a mile - to not be competitive every single year. Hopefully Bud has learned his lesson from McCourt, Wilpon, etc..
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    • #3
      Hal does scare me a bit. He prides on being a businessman first and baseball guy second. No matter what business you're in, you're whatever the business is in first and a businessman second. That is what got our great companies( the Big 3, Microsoft, etc) into trouble. They lost sight of what they were be it a car maker, software maker, etc and focuses too much on the bottom line like any businessman would do.....

      Though as long as he continues to let the baseball people build a great team, I can't complain too much and hope they don't sell the team. The only benefit I see in the Steinbrenners selling the Yankees is the hope they stop with the George worship( i.e.: finally change the George thing out in right center back to the championship years, etc. When you go to the stadium, you should be welcomed to a baseball game not a memorial to George....).
      Last edited by quagmire; 05-24-2012, 11:47 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by quagmire View Post
        The only benefit I see in the Steinbrenners selling the Yankees is the hope they stop with the George worship( i.e.: finally change the George thing out in right center back to the championship years, etc. When you go to the stadium, you should be welcomed to a baseball game not a memorial to George....).
        Not to mention Monument (To George Steinbrenner) Park in center field...
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        What's THAT guy doing?
        - one of the YES Network broadcasters, after the camera cut to me doing the thumbs-down after Todd Frazier's home run

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        • #5
          Yeah, I would put the oversized/undeserved monument across the street so that fans of the future would know who was responsible for tearing down the most famous ballpark in the world.
          Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...

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          • #6
            I think george does deserve the credit. the yanks were absolutely finished when he got them and he made them the biggest team in sports again.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by dominik View Post
              I think george does deserve the credit. the yanks were absolutely finished when he got them and he made them the biggest team in sports again.
              Does he deserve credit? Sure. Did he deserve that monuaque? No. A regular plaque like Ruppert's would have been fine. Did he deserve to have it placed in such a prominent spot in Monument Park in between Dimaggio and Mantle's monuments? No. Jeter's or Yogi's monument should have gone there. Was it a nice gesture to have that remembrance thing in right center field? Yes, but it's served its purpose. Time to switch it back to the championship years.

              George isn't bigger than the team. The team is bigger than him. He was a part of it, but he shouldn't be overshadowing the Yankees history.
              Last edited by quagmire; 05-25-2012, 09:42 AM.

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              • #8
                I think the plaque ws appropriate. The man was THE Yankees for many decades. He was larger than life.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by The Korean View Post
                  I think the plaque ws appropriate. The man was THE Yankees for many decades. He was larger than life.
                  But, he isn't bigger than the team. The teams 100 year history is bigger than one owner( despite this owner getting the team back to championship form).

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                  I wouldn't have minded a plaque like Ruppert's. But, that combination of a monument and plaque is ridiculous( hence my name of it a monuaque). And it shouldn't have been placed where it was. Yogi or Jeter should have been put there.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by quagmire View Post
                    But, he isn't bigger than the team. The teams 100 year history is bigger than one owner( despite this owner getting the team back to championship form).

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                    I wouldn't have minded a plaque like Ruppert's. But, that combination of a monument and plaque is ridiculous( hence my name of it a monuaque). And it shouldn't have been placed where it was. Yogi or Jeter should have been put there.
                    Jeter already has a monument between second and third base. What more do you want?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by NJYankeeFan View Post
                      Jeter already has a monument between second and third base. What more do you want?

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                      Har har, was that another range joke?

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                      • #12
                        I think that Hank made have made a phone call asking what the franchise is worth, since the Dodgers just got a $2B price tag. Someone then mentions that they just got a crazy call from the Yanks about selling the team and a reporter catches wind of it and boom. There's your "rumor".
                        "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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