A Tuesday without “The Shield” …. sigh. Here’s the news:
- As you probably know by now, the Yanks decided not to offer arbitration to any of the their free agents. Pete Abe at LoHud has the lowdown from the mouth of Brian Cashman:
“The determination we made today was to make sure that we control what amount we’d be spending at least in the event that we’re fortunate enough to bring those players back. We did not want to put ourselves in a position of having that determined by a third party without knowing what that figure would be.”
- Joe Posnanski has an appreciation of Boss George at SI.com (you gotta go there if only to view the vintage SI cover of George on a horse). Here’s an excerpt:
The story of King George is fascinating to me because, at the end of the day, the story goes wherever the narrator wants it to go. Do you want a hero? Do you want a scoundrel? Do you want a tyrant? Do you want a heart of gold? Steinbrenner is what you make him. He is the convicted felon who quietly gave millions to charity, the ruthless boss who made sure his childhood heroes and friends stayed on the payroll, the twice-suspended owner who drove the game into a new era, the sore loser who won a lot, the sore winner who lost plenty, the haunted son who longed for the respect of his father, the attention hound who could not tolerate losing the spotlight, the money-throwing blowhard who saved the New York Yankees and sent them into despair and saved them again (in part by staying out the way), the bully who demanded that his employees answer his every demand and the soft touch who would quietly pick up the phone and help some stranger he read about in the morning paper.
- Back over at LoHud, Pete Abe has some good news on the progress of Robinson Cano in the Dominican League.
- Rickey Henderson makes his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot this year, as reported by ESPN. The Bombers are well-represented amongst the 23 names vying for entry. Henderson joins Tommy John, Don Mattingly, David Cone, Tim Raines, Lee Smith and Jesse Orosco amongst one-time Yanks hoping for immortality.
- Is this surprising?: Sports Business Journal reports that the Bombers are the favorite out-of-market team (in terms of fan support outside their home city) in 2008. They top the list of 122 franchises across the four major sports.
- Bob Kammeyer would have been 58 today. “Kammy” had a non-descript brief trial with the Yanks in 1978, and then pitched in one infamous game in mid-September 1979. In that game, he relieved to start the fourth inning, with the Yanks already trailing 4-0. He allegedly took $100 from manager Billy Martin to intentionally hit Cleveland batter Cliff Johnson with a pitch. His line for the appearance: eight batters faced, eight runs, seven hits (two homers), one HBP, all without retiring a batter. That was it for his major league career. He died from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 52.
- On this date in 1997, pitcher Steve Hamilton passed away, just two days after his 62nd birthday.