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Yankees COO Lonn Trost is crazy

May 25, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Lonn Trost

Everyone in YankeeLand denied the Yankees are for sale story, but Lonn Trost is not satisfied with denials. He wants action!

Trost was on the Boomer and Carton Show yesterday. When the topic came up, Trost said:

“With respect to Major League Baseball, we (the Yankees) will ask the commissioner (Bud Selig) to undertake an investigation and take appropriate action.”

If Major League Baseball got into the business of investigating and punishing the propagation of dubious rumors they’d have to set up satellite offices in a dozen reporters’ houses from November to March. They’d need a special Mystery Team Task Force on top of all of that. So no, I don’t think baseball is gonna do anything of the sort, Mr. Trost. Especially considering the alleged sources of the report don’t, you know, work in baseball at all.

But maybe if it makes him fell better, Bud Selig can declare everyone involved to be on double secret probation. Or he can set up a blue ribbon task force to study the issue. You know, some meaningless, empty action that will result in nothing and is designed to placate someone or other.

  1. darthicarus - May 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Oddly enough I’ve requested that Ronald McDonald undertake an investigation & take appropriate action to find out why one of my kid’s Happy Meals didn’t come with a toy a few months ago. I assume I will find out around the same time Bud Selig’s secret squad of ne’er do wellers are found & tried for this absurd traveshamockery against the great Yankees name.

  2. chadjones27 - May 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    MLB will get on that, right after they figure out what is going on with the Athletics.

    • vallewho - May 25, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      only if Congress calls for hearings.

  3. Jeremiah Graves - May 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    I have no doubt that we’ll have the government involved in this mess before the week is over. If they got their mitts all up in the Clemens and Bonds BS, why not jump all over this too.

    We need congress to do what’s best for America…and that’s protect the integrity of the game of baseball.

  4. deathmonkey41 - May 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Is Senator MItchell available for another sham investigation?

  5. hansob - May 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Calm down, Kevin Malone.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Could also be Robert Pine from CHiPs

  6. lembeck4 - May 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Bud should put the Oakland A’s relocation committee on this….Not like they’re busy these days.

  7. manute - May 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    That may be one of the lawyeriest sentences ever uttered.

    By the way, if he touches those two rings together, he transforms into a not-douchebag. At least in theory.

    • madhatternalice - May 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM


  8. beearl - May 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Hurricane Bud to the rescue!

  9. mybrunoblog - May 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Trost also plans on forming an elite team of investigators to help OJ find “The real killers”.

  10. atworkident - May 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Roger Goodell called and volunteered for the job.

    Apparently he is always looking for someone to suspend or fine.

  11. bigjimatch - May 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    I like how he shows off the World Series rings, as if he had anything to do with the team winning. Reminds me of my 3 year old dressing up like Buzz Lightyear and pretending to fly around the backyard. To the World Series, and beyond!

  12. aceshigh11 - May 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Trost looks a little crazy…

    He’s got the beginnings of a Prince Valiant haircut going there…kinda like ’70s era Pete Rose, before he went for the Moe Howard bowl cut.

  13. Jason @ IIATMS - May 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Between Trost and Randy Levine, you have two of the most obnoxious, vile, loathesome people in the game… sharing in the leadership of one organization.

    Not sure if those two embarrass me more (as a Yanks fan) than the mopes doing dumb stuff at the Stadium.

    Coming up shortly… “if The Boss were alive, he’d have the sources fired by now…”

    • aceshigh11 - May 25, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      I’ve honestly never heard of Trost before, and I can’t really remember Levine ever making outrageous statements.

      Then again, I’m a Sox fan, so I don’t follow the day-to-day news of the Yankees as closely as some people.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Aw, cmon Jason. Someone has to keep the cost of procurement of hot dog buns under control.
      What would Dan Topping do?

  14. drewsylvania - May 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    That guy needs about 13 makeovers.

    • lazlosother - May 25, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      MLB will investigate the above comment.

  15. bigleagues - May 25, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Uhmmmmm . . . why would Trost even state that the Yankees would or will ask CEO Selig to investigate the ‘dubious’ rumor? Unless, that is, there is some truth behind it.

    On a related note, the only other Lon’s I know of were the Lon Chaney’s – this being Lon Chaney, SR:

    So we have a hideous creature that lives inside the opera and a hideous creature that works for the Evil Empire . . .

  16. iranuke - May 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    If the idiot wants to know where the story came from, the only way will be to buy the paper and ask the author as his boss, if he doesn’t tell you, you fire him with prejudice.

  17. ssazz - May 25, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    It’s funny watching suckers get played. Even better when they cop a snarky attitude about it. Like Craig.

    Mort Zuckerman’s Daily News “story” on the potential “sale” of the Yankees is a joke. Nobody is quoted, anonymously or not, in baseball or outside of it, as having any knowledge of any discussion about anything, other than “swirling rumors”. It’s anonymous speculation by third parties asked to comment on a non-story by the writer(s). It’s a completely manufactured story. If not, then since Hal and the organization have issued complete blanket denials now, the Daily News should be able to go back to their original “sources” and, still anonymously, have them give some more background on the nature of the supposed “sale” discussions as they witnessed or understood them. Apparently, according to the article, there were baseball sources as well who were aware of these supposed opening overtures in the Yankees considering a sale. What do they have to say now, and if they do have such knowledge should they have been talking about it? Especially that early in the supposed process and with the biggest, most high-profile franchise in the league, in it’s largest market, involved? No, that couldn’t possibly be something MLB would want to know.

    I don’t think MLB needs to investigate the source of these rumors, mostly because they would amount to essentially nothing. It’s clear the entire article in regard to baseball “people” is them offering opinions, and nothing more, that after the Dodger sale the Yankees must be considering seeing what they could get.

    So then Mort Zuckerman’s Daily News publishes an article that will get lots of attention and lots of traffic to a dying paper based on nothing. Again, since there is no sale pending lets have one of these financial “sources” clarify or expand on how the Yankees are in fact now lying, that they were in fact exploring a sale. But we aren’t getting that from the News, we’re getting “hey look, that Yankee guy is off his rocker!”. Complete with quotes from more “baseball” sources to back up the claim. And closing with ominous allusions that maybe Trost was out of the loop on this one and is now lashing out. Apparently other “baseball sources” knew of these discussions, The Daily News knew all about ’em, but Trost didn’t and now he’s over reacting and embarrassing himself, ha ha ha!! And at least on sucker is lapping it up.

    But driving traffic to articles on your website with hyped up, or ridiculous, headlines couldn’t be anyone’s motivation? Nah, that would be — crazy.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - May 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      “With respect to Major League Baseball, we (the Yankees) will ask the commissioner (Bud Selig) to undertake an investigation and take appropriate action.”

      See the quotation marks around this statement. It means it is a quote from Trost. It means dude seriously does want an investigation into where these unfounded rumors came from and somehow hold those people responsible.

      • ssazz - May 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        Hey, thanks for explaining what quotation marks mean. Not sure how I even made it this far in life with out that handy info, you’re a life saver.

        Did you have a point beyond that? Did I say anywhere that Trost was misquoted? (It’s something he said over the airwaves anyway, so it’s beyond dispute). But, I didn’t dispute that in anything I said. I noted that the News is making his response the story instead of backing up their own. Because they can’t.

        But the Daily News is now also implying they’re right and Lonn was perhaps out of loop and is making himself look silly now. So if there were “baseball people” talking out of turn about the early stages of a sale, as the News is disingenuously still trying to infer today, why wouldn’t MLB or the Yankees want to know?

      • myopinionisrighterthanyours - May 25, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        They are unfounded rumors. They could have come from me. I doubt MLB will come knocking on my door. Nor should they care to pursue it. If resources were devoted to every unfounded rumor out there, so much time and money would be wasted. It’s a non-story. Move on. Don’t demand MLB’s time on it. Shoot, maybe Pedro Gomez is the source.


  18. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 25, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Is he the father of Kevin from The Office?

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