December 2013 Archives

Value of a Legacy

What is your legacy worth? As I sit down an sift through the minutia of mass media in the aftermath of the great Nelson Mandela's passing. I have come to realize that there really is a price for service and it generally is not what you would imagine. While I know and understand that Mandela was servant of justice and proprietor of equality, I wonder if he would be surprised by the outpouring of recognition in his death. Perhaps it would have been far better to recognize and applaud Mandela during his years fighting apartheid.  Much of the mainstream media was largely absent during his imprisonment and subsequent ridicule at the hands of the Boers.

English: Young Nelson Mandela. This photo date...

English: Young Nelson Mandela. This photo dates from 1937. South Africa protect the copyright of photographs for 50 years from their first publication. See . Since this image would have been PD in South Africa in 1996, when the URAA took effect, this image is PD in the U.S. Image source: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On occasion I am forced to watch Oprah( I admit that I peeped it previously to see my homeboy Spike). Apparently she too was running a special show to publicize the latest Mandela film. Oprah went a step further in her broadcast to highlight that this particular interview segment was taped prior to announcement of Mandela's passing.  Methinks Winfrey insults our common sense by suggesting the show had nothing to do with ratings. While the intent might have been genuine, timing is everything. I suppose that is show business. 

I have no idea why people are more likely to recognize the achievement of others in death than when they are alive and actually engaged in their life changing work. Mandela and Steven Biko both suffered from the atrocities of Apartheid. For whatever reason, most would never have known of their incredible sacrifice had it not been for their deaths.

Release the Killer B's

It would seem that the Killer B's (Betances, Brackman, Banuelos ..) will never get an opportunity to showcase their talent in any significant way in the big leagues. The Yanks are again making a splash in the free agent market. Well it does appear that the foundation of the Bronx Bombers is now going to be different. The "core four" have been reduced to just one. Derek Jeter is the last stalwart. Before we talk about rebuilding the roster, I believe it worthwhile to discuss some personnel management issues.

English: Jorge Posada (#20, left) with Mariano...

English: Jorge Posada (#20, left) with Mariano Rivera (middle) and Derek Jeter (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Starting with Alex Rodriguez and the Biogenisis allegations. The ball desperately wants to have his contract nullified. Regardless of what you might think of Alex, he deserves to have his day in court. Cashman and Yankee braintrust decided to offer the 10yr deal without caring about the consequences of an aging athlete. That is not the fault of Alex Rodriguez. He certainly did his part in helping the club earn a World Series title in 2009. Regardless how this plays out, Cashman looks to be quite to ruthless negotiator.  Thus far the hot stove is piping hot for the Bronx Bombers, and rightly so methinks the club did very little in the way of safeguarding the franchise against aging veterans.

Although, the 2013 campaign could be considered an anomaly, it became painfully obvious that injuries can wreck a season without having sufficient depth of players above replacement level. Unfortunately,  the ballclub used players who were marginally above replacement level for the entire season and this eventually was their undoing. While people applaud Cashman as a genious who pieced together a club which stayed in the hunt until the final weeks of the season, many fans wondered with seemingly infinite financial resources ( payroll of $180M), how did the Yankees get into that predicament anyway?  Absolutely, amazing if you analyze the problem.  How could a club whose farm system developed Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter (we'll get to Robinson Cano later) now become totally inept in producing viable candidates to replace this aging core of veterans?

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