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April 21, 2008 at 8:36 am ET
Unhappy Hank acting like a 2-year-old

Geez, Hank Steinbrenner really needs to learn how to give his opinion. Hank wants Joba Chamberlain to start, and in saying so he basically called everyone else in the Yankee organization an idiot.

“I want him as a starter and so does everyone else, including him, and that is what we are working toward and we need him there now,” Steinbrenner said Sunday by telephone. “There is no question about it, you don’t have a guy with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and keep him as a setup guy. You just don’t do that. You have to be an idiot to do that.”

Steinbrenner said the Yankees were working on easing Chamberlain into the rotation, but he would not be specific on a timetable. The Yankees’ brain trust had wanted to limit Chamberlain’s innings by having him spend at least part of the season in the bullpen. “The mistake was already made last year switching him to the bullpen out of panic or whatever,” Steinbrenner said. “I had no say in it last year and I wouldn’t have allowed it. That was done last year, so now we have to catch up. It has to be done on a schedule so we don’t rush him.”

So, let’s see. That makes GM Brian Cashman an idiot. It makes Joe Torre and Ron Guidry idiots. It makes Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland idiots. It makes minor league gurus Nardi Contreras and Marc Newman idiots.

By the way, when did Hank learn so much about baseball? He’s been so involved in the game for so long — right by his father’s side and all that. I’m sure he knows more baseball than his GM, his manager, coaches, scouts and minor-league coordinators combined. Yep, Hank has proven that he knows how to develop a pitching staff.

Oh, and what happened to all that patience he promised? It lasted 20 games.

Hank is, unquestionably, a clone of his father. That makes for great headlines, and great blog topics, but it doesn’t help the Yankees.

As for the Chamberlain to the rotation talk, it is inevitable that Joba will start. I just don’t see pushing him into the rotation now as a wise thing. Hank obviously wants Mussina dropped. That means you would have three kids trying to figure out how to start in the big leagues. Great idea! It’s going real well for Phil Hughes (0-3, 8.82 ERA) and Ian Kennedy (0-2, 9.64). Sure, throw a third unproven kid starter in there. That’ll help.

You can’t send Hughes or Kennedy down yet, and you can’t dump Mussina this early. So, patience Hank, patience.

You will get what you want eventually. Just not right now.

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3 Responses to “Unhappy Hank acting like a 2-year-old”
  1. B.E. Earl says:

    It’s nice to see Hank Hill, er, Steinbrenner fully embrace the rest of the Yankees management team. I mean, he could have called them retards. That would have been mean.

  2. Adam C says:

    The fact that he doesn’t think fireballers belong in the closer’s role tells you how much he knows about baseball. The fact that he is calling everyone out because he’s upset over the Santana deal just makes him more of a childish idiot than he already was.

    I think it’s time the Yankees, including the fans, learn that sometimes you just have to say those dreaded words “there’s always next year”. But because of that family’s inability to comprehend that concept, I fully expect Boss Jr. to force Cashman to make a stupid move before the All-Star break.

  3. Ed Valentine says:

    I think Cashman would resign before making that ‘stupid move.’

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