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13
Jul

A Sad Day in Bronx New York Thank You Steinbrenner R.I.P.

Sad day in the Bronx, New York according to ESPN, 2010, “Yankees Steinbrenner dies at 80”. Click for article

Thank you George Steinbrenner for the wonderful times and memories. Thank you for keeping the New York Yankees team and organization in Bronx, New York. It gave me and many other fans the opportunity to witness and experience a spectacular sports team like the New York Yankees make history time and time again. Mrs. Steinbrenner, Hank and Hal The Calliste family (true Bronx New Yorkers) send our condolences to you and your surviving family members.

David Cashman you are as much a part of the Steinbrenner family and most people do not even realize that. Thank you for staying in New York and delivering champions.

Thank you Mrs. Steinbrenner for supporting your husband for over 35 years in his quest for excellence and relentless drive to be a champion. In my opinion Mr & Mrs Steinbrenner are the true New York Yankees and Champions in the Bronx. Thank you.

© 2010 Jerry Calliste Jr. & jerrycallistejr.com. Photo provided by “sac1129” through PhotoBucket URL links. All Rights Reserved.

21
Oct

You go Hank Steinbrenner

Mr. H. way to go! I say, “Mr. H. let them know what’s really on your mind.” In a reply, (see “Report: Hank Steinbrenner fires back at Torre”, ESPN.com October 21, 2007) to Joe Torre’s recent public response and denial of a one year contract extension it seems to me and it’s purely speculation since I do not know Hank, in my opinion what I believe Mr. H. (that’s what I have decided to name Hank Steinbrenner – Mr. H.), what I think Mr. H. really wanted to say is, “You don’t tell us how to spend our money, we’ll tell you how we’ll spend our money.”

Simply put even if that’s not what he was thinking (remember I am not a naysayer) I like this Hank Steinbrenner guy. You set the tone baby. Now that’s a true New Yorker response.

© 2007 Jerry Calliste Jr.jerrycallistejr.com. All Rights Reserved.

20
Oct

Yankees will get new manager

Well the New York Yankees will have to locate a new manager for the up coming 2008 season and foreseeable future. It’s official, Joe Torre is now former New York Yankee manager. Joe Torre passed on an incentives based contract offered by the New York Yankee club house.

According to FoxSports.com 2007, “When he (Torre) heard the offer – $5 million for next year and the chance to earn $3 million more in bonuses – he knew the team’s management wanted him to walk.” New York’s offer included $3 million in bonuses if the Yankees reached next year’s World Series — $1 million for each round reached — and an $8 million option for 2009 that would have become guaranteed if New York won the AL pennant.”

People I say, “What’s wrong with that?” “Torre just completed a $19.2 million, three-year contract. The Chicago Cubs‘ Lou Piniella was the second-highest paid manager at $3.5 million (FoxSports.com 2007b).” Torre made on average $6.4 million on $19.2 million for three years. The new deal has the potential for Torre to make if I’m not mistaken, $8.0 million when the New York Yankees win the World Series in 2008. He is actually being offered $1.6 million dollars more than he was previously paid each of the past three years (if you average his $19.2 MM salary over the term of the agreement). Then if the New York Yankees win the World Series he would stay on as manager going into the 2009 season and start that year off right where he left off at $8.0 million. “What’s wrong with that?”

Torre would only be taking a pay cut in the 2008 season if he thinks he can’t deliver a World Series. Does Torre think he can’t deliver?

“”Under this new offer, he would continue to be the highest-paid manager in major league baseball,” team president Randy Levine said. “We thought that we need to go to a performance-based model, having nothing to do with Joe Torre’s character, integrity or ability. We just think it’s important to motivate people (FoxSports.com, 2007c).”

“Torre called Cashman on Tuesday and asked to meet with the 77-year-old Steinbrenner and the owners’ sons, Hal and Hank, who have taken an increased role in recent months. They spent an hour together, and then Torre was gone (FoxSports.com, 2007d).”

“Steinbrenner let his sons do the talking (FoxSports.com, 2007e).” I must say it is condescending to have Steinbrenner’s sons “do most of the talking” especially after 12 years and during a situation like this.

As a dedicated New York Yankees fan for many years, I was born in Bronx, New York on the Concourse at Misericordia Hospital in 1965, not far from Yankee Stadium and I still have family that lives 4 blocks from the stadium, so I am a true New York Yankees fan I want braggin rights, I want wins and I definitely want to see the New York Yankees win the World Series. That’s the bottom line

With the so called stellar roster we had this year we did not deliver. The New York Yankees did not deliver. So in my opinion the organization has to take a hard look at all of the expenses especially administration costs. This is New York City not Kansas City. In a big time city you have to produce big time results or step aside. If you want quiet go to Kansas City. We are in New York where we make noise and want to see good results. World Series rings.

In reference to quotes in this post from other web sites it must be noted that third party sites update their stories on a day to day basis. Some of the references may deem to be inaccurate due to an updated article. At the time of this blog posting the references were accurate and posted according to APA style citation.

References

FoxSports.com. (2007). Torre: Yankees’ contract was ‘an insult ‘ . Associated Press. Retrieved October 19, 2007. Web.

FoxSports.com. (2007b). Torre: Yankees’ contract was ‘an insult ‘ . Associated Press. Retrieved October 19, 2007. Web.

FoxSports.com. (2007c). Torre: Yankees’ contract was ‘an insult ‘ . Associated Press. Retrieved October 19, 2007. Web.

FoxSports.com. (2007d). Torre: Yankees’ contract was ‘an insult ‘ . Associated Press. Retrieved October 19, 2007. Web.

FoxSports.com. (2007e). Torre: Yankees’ contract was ‘an insult ‘ . Associated Press. Retrieved October 19, 2007. Web.

© 2007 FoxSports.com, Associated Press, Jerry Calliste Jr. & jerrycallistejr.com. All Rights Reserved.

9
Oct

A Word to the Yankees and Mr. Deep Pockets

With all the money Steinbrenner pays for all that talent on the Yankees bench the Yankees should have been winning the game by more than 1 run before the bugs arrived at Jacobs Field. There is no excuse for the bugs. Yes they were annoying but so is watching a bunch of extremely well paid men, cuh-millionaires not getting the job done when it counted most. So the Yankees swept the Indians this 2007 season. So what. That doesn’t matter if you lose the MLB ALDS 2007 playoffs three games to one.

Yankees, great attempt to try and win the division. Unfortunately I will harp on this until the angels sing. The Yankees with all the pay and talent should have been leading the way all season long. It’s the Boston Red Sox’s that should have been playing catch up.

Wang, Petite, Hughes and Chamberlain thank you for some exciting stuff. Clemens and Mussina it’s about that time. Clemens, dude. A hammie in the playoffs (if I’m not mistaken) AGAIN!!. At 40 plus you don’t know your body by now? Dude (Calliste musters up a look of bewilderment)? Mussina at $17 million per year. Give it up. In all due respect and in my opinion Mus I’m sure you are surrounded by beautiful people that would love to see more of you.

I also think some of the players should consider giving a portion of their salaries back to the organization due to lack of performance. Steinbrenner there’s an idea. For example, there are citizens of New York who work hard for their salaries, earn less than or an average of $80K per year, and in New York city that’s no money. They buy season tickets that assists in paying those high player salaries but let one of the citizens consistently mail a presentation to the wrong address or not meet their quarterly sales goals (year after year). They are let go with the quickness. Fired. Adios amigo. So how do you expect us the fans to keep hearing about this player making $17 million this year and that player is making $20+ million that year but they can’t deliver a first round playoff win? It’s their job to do so.

Steinbrenner and Cashman (if Cashman stays) moving forward think incentive. Once you pay out multi-millions of dollars to players the desire to work over and beyond is gone. That youthful adrenaline is gone. The marquee name in baseball does not equate to stellar performance. It’s satisfactory at best. The player has already reached one of their goals “extreme financial security”. Another, “marquee player”. The marquee rewards them lovely in endorsement income. They are set mentally (relaxed) there is no need to work hard to win. The mind is what drives, moves and motivates the body. This is a physical game. Not boxing or football physical but physical and psychological. It’s taxing on the mind and body at 30+ years old. I’m sure some of the players and their wives will agree. Day in and day out traveling from city to city. Their ankles, wrists, knees, elbows, necks, shoulders, backs, HAMSTRINGS and the players minds they just do not perform the same way anymore.

Their joints and tendons don’t realize the value of a brand name of a marquee baseball player. Their joints and tendons don’t realize, “Oh this is so and so the multi-million dollar marquee player so we need to deliver stellar performance.” Their joints and tendons are saying, ” Hey we could care less who you are, multi-million dollar marquee player and what you’re thinking up there. We are not doing that.”

Yes this player performed well in the early 1900’s (exaggeration of course) but that was then. So did Reggie Jackson 🙂 but we aren’t looking to pay him $50 million dollars next year to play for the Yankees – again. Get my drift? Either you had them on the team the year they delivered stellar performances and reaped the benefit or you missed the opportunity.

The question for this multi-million dollar pay moving forward is – what can you do today and throughout this season? What can you do for the team and this organization? With this manager and these teammates? Realistically how healthy are you? How productive are you and will you remain throughout the season? How healthy do you eat? Are you willing to stick to your daily regime of workout and nutrition? We all know they don’t get enough rest between games. Sleep is important for the muscles to recuperate.

Millions of dollars is just not going to change the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day and back to back to back to back to back games. In New York City one day then Kansas City the next on to Baltimore then Toronto and so on. The routing of the season games are not conducive to good health. There is not enough recuperation time between games. But that’s one reason why you should not pay exorbitant salaries.

You can for instance, reward a player for a job well done with bonuses AFTER they complete ‘performance stages’ throughout the year. This way they know the opportunity is there to earn $20+ million by years end but right now their only seeing maybe $10 million with a $10 million dollar salary increase based on their attendance and performance. I think the entire league, players and owners need to get a realistic grip on salary spending or restructure how players are paid or we will see fan rebellion once again really soon. Due to ticket prices potentially rising to pay these player salaries. It also doesn’t help that we currently have a President of the United States whose cabinet doesn’t spend more time on the economy.

I would pay the players a realistic base salary based on current health, ability, prior injuries and the lack thereof, then consider their overall prior performance (batting, pitching, fielding). Paying more attention to the ‘now’ more so than the ‘past’. The performance a player delivered a year ago or three to five years earlier as we can see with the Yankee’s players is not necessarily what you get present day.

© 2007 Jerry Calliste Jr.jerrycallistejr.com. All Rights Reserved.