The Yankees of a lifetime were blowing the doors out of the MLB after the Astros World Series; Not much under Hal Steinbrenner

Usually, this is the origin of the New York Yankees’ villain’s story.

The team that defeated them in the 2017 and 2019 ALCS – the Houston Astros – has become the most important contender and true opponent of Major League Baseball under the cover of an illegal signal-stealing scandal that has cast doubt on the legitimacy of their fifth title. years ago and their success in the following years.

The Yankees looked as much of baseball darlings as they ever were — almost hard to fathom given how universally they’ve been hated over the past three decades.

But with a chance of winning one for the “good guys,” the Yankees were passed and swept away by the Astros, once again, in an ALCS uncompetitive sweep last month, paving the way for Houston’s second-ever World Championship title Saturday night with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Houston Astros celebrate their 4-1 World Championship win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six on Saturday, November 5, 2022 in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Imagine this happening when George Steinbrenner was still around: embarrassed by a post-season opponent for extending a less-than-championship drought to 13 years.

Bosses will be rolling, manager Aaron Boone will be out of work, and the Yankees will be in every free agent with a big name and a potential promotion that suggests an idea is available.

He will be tough and tactical and will plunge into vengeance. The rest of the baseball world would look on in horror as Yankees fans from the shadows of hibernation screeched with joy.

This has always been the Yankees’ game. If there is an opportunity for improvement, no matter the cost, it will often be pursued and achieved. They played the game better than anyone else in Major League Baseball, regardless of the idea of ​​”buying leagues.”

The title is an address however. And the Yankees haven’t tested that — or even the MLS flag — in more than a decade. It is only the third time since 1920 that they have not appeared in the World Championship for 10 or more consecutive seasons (1965-1975, 1982-1995).

So the focus continues on Hal Steinbrenner, George’s son with only the last name providing any similarity between the two in terms of running the Yankees.

Yankees Aaron Boone
Aaron BonAP Photo / John Mincello

Boone has already secured his spot in 2023 despite failing to take the organization to the next level again.

General manager Brian Cashman, who has failed to make much-needed promotions – whether it’s in rotation or on the left side of the field – doesn’t have a contract for next season yet, but he still manages the team off-season.

It’s also pivotal. Aaron Judge will hit the free agent market after hitting a MLS record 62 times with the disappointment of a low-ball contract offer announced ahead of opening day and boos from Yankees fans off the field at a recent ALCS in mind.

Although he will likely return to the Bronx, it’s not a given that the face of the franchise will return – another unfathomable idea of ​​a talent that must be a Yankee life. This is life under Hal Steinbrenner. The owner is more concerned about the luxury tax threshold than making the best possible team.

Under the old system, the judge would already have had his contract extended or at least there would be confirmation of some sort that negotiations began after the Yankees’ season ended.

Under the old system, the days of Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Josh Donaldson in the Bronx would be numbered and the team would have been instantly linked to a slew of key free agent players ranging from Carlos Correa to Trea Turner, to Xander Bogaerts, to Dansby Swanson.

Under the old system, there wouldn’t be much hesitation in continuing to add salaries even though the bloated contracts of Gerrit Cole, Giancarlo Stanton and possibly the judge – all potentially over $300 million – were on the books.

But this is the 2022-23 Yankees Championship – and that simply wasn’t the way they’ve operated in years.

And that’s simply not good enough for the most successful known sports franchise in North America.

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