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Thursday, February 06, 2020

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner upset about Astros’ sign stealing in 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hal Steinbrenner didn’t deny being angry.

The Yankees owner used the word “upset” Wednesday afternoon in addressing his feelings on the Astros and the sign-stealing scandal that continues to reverberate throughout the sport. But in making his first public remarks on the issue, Steinbrenner, whose team was denied a World Series bid via a seven-game loss to the Astros in the 2017 American League Championship Series, also said it’s not something he’s willing to obsess over. 

“Let me just say, when the report came out, I was as upset as anyone,” Steinbrenner said during a break at the quarterly owners meetings at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. “Clearly, there were direct implications to my organization, our 2017 team. But at some point, I think we all, for the sake of the game and the good of the game, need to move on. Everyone needs to make that decision, obviously, themselves, as to when that point is. Me, standing here on Feb. 5, I am moving forward, looking forward, up the hill that’s the 2020 season. That’s my focus right now.”

The scandal came to light in November after a story in The Athletic and, after an MLB investigation, commissioner Rob Manfred released a report of his findings on Jan. 13. In doing so, he suspended Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, manager AJ Hinch, fined the Houston organization $5 million and docked the franchise first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts. Houston owner Jim Crane later that day fired Luhnow and Hinch.

Kind of a tangent, but does “Waldorf Astoria Orlando” sound terribly wrong to anyone else, the way “The Palmer House Houston” would be rather peculiar?

 

QLE Posted: February 06, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, hal steinbrenner, what-ifs

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Looking back at the Phillies’ decade of unfulfillment, what-ifs and huge change

Roy Halladay sat with his head buried in his hands and stared for what seemed like an eternity at the floor in front of his locker.

Ryan Howard hobbled gingerly toward the door on a pair of crutches.

And Shane Victorino reached into his locker, grabbed a strip of tickets reserved for the World Series, tore it up and dropped it into the trash.

Though it came just 645 days into a decade that will have lasted 3,652 days by the time it ends next week, no day symbolized the last 10 years of Phillies baseball more than October 7, 2011.

A consideration of a decade in decline, and the transitions that took place during that decade.

 

QLE Posted: December 28, 2019 at 02:13 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, what-ifs

Friday, September 27, 2019

What if the Mets had not traded for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz?

NEW YORK – A certain sense of accomplishment and bravado filled the press conference room at Citi Field on Dec. 4 as Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano were introduced as the newest members of the New York Mets.

The offseason is a time for hope and optimism, and on that December day, Mets officials believed they had just made a move that would lead them to 90 wins. One only had to look at the Cheshire cat grins in the room to know that they felt they had just become contenders.

In their eyes, after two down years, the Mets were back.

“Robinson Cano is one of the best second basemen in the history of the game. He immediately will impact the middle of our lineup and increase the run production in a meaningful and significant way,” newly hired Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said during that introductory press conference. “Edwin is the best closer in the game today. He will the anchor of our bullpen and electrify our fan base. Most important, everyone should know that these two players are here to help us accomplish our goals of winning now and in the future.”


Be careful with establishing alternative timelines- the last time I tried such an exercise, Tom Dewey ended up on the $50, I couldn’t stop tasting copper, and the city of Birmingham vanished without a trace….

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, mets being mets, robinson cano, what-ifs

 

 

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