When Hank Steinbrenners attack

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Hank Steinbrenner, who somehow managed to gnaw off the muzzle with which he had been fitted in 2009, decided to unload on mansion-building ballplayers, the Yankees’ alleged lack of the “hunger” and communists while talking to the Yankees beat writers today. The highlights, courtesy of Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger:

  • Hank called last year’s Yankees team unfocused, saying that they concentrated too much on “building mansions.”  He added that he wasn’t singling anyone out, but it should be noted that Derek Jeter is currently building a mansion;
  • He said that the Yankees celebrated too much after winning it all in 2009. This year’s team, however, has the “the hunger” in his opinion.
  • Finally, he blasted revenue sharing and the luxury tax, calling it “socialism.”  He said “communism, socialism, whatever you want to call it, is never the answer.”

How a team that wins 95 games and makes the LCS can be characterized as lacking “hunger” is a bit of mystery.  Why he would go after Derek Jeter like that is even more of a mystery.

But I gotta tell ya, I’m 100% on board with Hank when he goes after the communism that is Major League Baseball’s revenue sharing system.  Those other owners can’t accept handouts!  They ought to make their way in the world and pull themselves up by their bootstraps!

You know, like Hank Steinbrenner did.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.