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When will people stop asking “what would George do?”

Nov 19, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

George Steinbrenner has been dead since 2010. While obviously still active, he ceded real day-to-day control of the team to Gene Michael and others following his reinstatement in the early 1990s. He stopped having any substantive role of the New York Yankees at least by 2006, and probably earlier than that due to declining health. Since George stopped being the defacto general manager the team has won five World Series titles, seven pennants, has made the playoffs seventeen times and won thousands of games.

Nevertheless, this was Joel Sherman’s column in yesterday’s New York Post:


Since George Steinbrenner stopped being the George Steinbrenner of legend and lore, the Yankees have experienced astounding success, both as a baseball team and as a business. Their run has rivaled the greatest runs in the Yankees’ storied history. It is not hyperbole to say that since the team’s repudiation of George Steinbrenner’s 1970s and 1980s managerial style, they have resumed their role as the gold standard for a professionally-run baseball franchise.

In light of that, why would anyone find it at all reasonable or useful to frame a story about the future of the New York Yankees in “what would George do?” style?  It seems just as relevant to ask what would Ed Barrow do, or what would Larry MacPhail do.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Um….. WWJD?

    • pestiesti - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM


      • heyblueyoustink - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

        Well that one’s easy… all available 10’s in the NYC area.

    • Charles Gates - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      WD40 solves more problems.

      • heyblueyoustink - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        And R2D2.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        Duct tape.

  2. kiwicricket - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Personally, I loved it when Hank was in charge. A pic in HBT of befuddled Hank smoking a dart, was as close as a guarantee for amusement/entertainment as there is in baseball.

  3. aceshigh11 - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    I don’t think “What would George do?” a question that serious Yankees fan ask.

    Sherman’s column is the journalistic equivalent of trolling for responses by posting something provocative. Even in death, Steinbrenner is controversial and larger-than-life.

    It’s an entertaining read, but not worthy of real speculation.

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    If George were still in charge, he’d have Cashman yelling in his ear the following quote every single day:

    Here is the surer element: Even if the Yankees dive under $189 million for 2014, they almost certainly will not stay there in 2015 despite the continuing financial benefits for doing so. Because the tax resets at a substantially lower level, the Yankees will be well-timed to capitalize on a free-agent class after the 2014 season that currently includes a potential replacement for Derek Jeter in Elvis Andrus and arguably the three best starters in the game: Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander.

    • paperlions - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      Mayhaps, I bet none of those guys reach FA though.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM

        Entirely possible, but the farther out we go the more likely they are to reach FA.

  5. hushbrother - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    More irritating are the “If the Boss was still around, he would never have stood for this!” columns.

  6. klink6224 - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    When legend out does the truth, print the legend

  7. Old Gator - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Yes, the Bossless Borg were more successful – but, really, were they more entertaining?

    In your hearts, you all know the answer to that.

  8. losangelesfan - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    He’d fire Girardi. He’d look for someone like Billy Martin, someone with ‘fire in his belly’ He’d hire Ozzie. The NY media would love it. He’d overpay for Josh Hamilton. Resign Ichiro. Sign Jake Peavey to a ridiculous contract. Lose out on Grenkie to the Dodgers and say that ‘He never would be a true Yankee anyway.’ Hire a private investigator to follow ARod. Sign Napoli AND A.J. Pierzynski. Try to trade ARod and then say ‘nobody wants him.’

    • Old Gator - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      George was a buffoon at times, but he was no fool. He would have realized that a video of A-Roid and Cameron Diaz from a hidden camera his investigators placed in A-Roid’s bedroom would be worth more than the franchise itself.

  9. psunick - Nov 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    What ever happened between you and Joel Sherman, Craig?

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