Pandemonium erupted as Charlie Hayes caught the pop-up by Mark Lemke, and the New York Yankees were champions once again. It was the first of four titles in the '90s under Joe Torre, and a team mostly made up of players from the Yankee farm system.
Why have George Steinbrenner and the Yankees not won since the turn of the century? Simple. Steinbrenner spends too much money.
In 1994, Yankee greats like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, and Jorge Posada were brought up into the big leagues from the Yankee minor-league system. These players along with other prospects, were the backbone of the championship teams of the '90s. Players that had played with each other, knew each other, and had amazing chemistry.
When Steinbrenner started trying to sign All-Stars like Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, and of course, A-Rod, the team lost their chemistry. When they lost the chemistry, they began to lose games. Badly.
Sure, they won two pennants, but that's not going to cut it for The Boss. Add four losses in the first round of the playoffs, and the comeback given up to the Red Sox in 2004, and you can see why Steinbrenner would be upset.
My advice to Hank Steinbrenner is simple. Don't publicly berate your players. Instead, try to not to repeat George's mistakes. Keep developing young talent like Robinson Cano, Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, and Melky Cabrera instead of sending them back down to AAA after a bad game or two. Or worse, trade them for players with only a couple of good years left in them.
With the prospects they have now, and the proper development, the Yankees could be back in the World Series in only a few years. Unfortunately for Yankees fans, Hank Steinbrenner won't wait that long.
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