Give Him A Hank-ee

More fun diversions from the bestest team ever…. has some excerpts from an upcoming Sporting News article written by sperm lottery winner Yankees Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner.

On revenue sharing:

“That’s a system I don’t particularly like. It’s a socialist system, and I don’t agree with it. Does it work? It depends on your point of view. But is it right? Is it even American? I’d argue no on both of those points.”

First of all Hank, do you know what isn’t American?  Denying people their first amendment rights at Yankee Stadium.

Secondly, revenue sharing is what is keeping your league strong.  Without revenue sharing, small and even mid market teams will not be able to field competitive rosters and their fan bases will erode to nothing.  Then when those teams start to fold, sooner or later you will be left with a handful of teams to compete against.

No one, not even your bandwagon fan base, will want to see the Yankees play the Mets, Red Sox, Chicago teams, and California teams over and over again…and then you will be left with a worthless franchise.

If you want to compete in a complete and total free market, sell the Yankees and go open up a Lemonade Stand (or whatever it is that you did before daddy mind turned to mush and there was no one left to run the team because your former brother-in-law had an affair).

On divisional play:

“The biggest problem is the divisional setup in major league baseball. I didn’t like it in the 1970s, and I hate it now. Baseball went to a multidivision setup to create more races, rivalries and excitement. But it isn’t fair. You see it this season, with plenty of people in the media pointing out that Joe Torre and the Dodgers are going to the playoffs while we’re not. This is by no means a knock on Torre — let me make that clear–but look at the division they’re in. If L.A. were in the A.L. East, it wouldn’t be in the playoff discussion. The A.L. East is never weak.”

“I’m happy for Joe, but you have to compare the divisions and the competition. What if the Yankees finish the season with more wins than the Dodgers but the Dodgers make the playoffs? Does that make the Dodgers a better team? No.”

“Go back to the 2006 season. St. Louis winning the World Series — that was ridiculous. The Cardinals won their division with 83 wins — two fewer than the Phillies, who missed the postseason. People will say the Cardinals were the best team because they won the World Series. Well, no, they weren’t. They just got hot at the right time. They didn’t even belong in the playoffs. And neither does a team from the N.L. West this season.”

Aww.  Hanky is jealous because Joe Torre got invited to a party and he didn’t.  Poor baby.  If this is not a knock on Torre, then what exactly is it?

Hey Hanky, your team won the wild card in both 2005 & 2007.  If you were so opposed to the current system, you should have declined the playoff birth.

…and if you can’t understand that a wins vs. wins comparison of teams that play 95% of their games against an entirely different set of teams is an illogical argument, then you are even dumber than I thought.


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