The New York Yankees look on during the ninth inning in Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Hal Steinbrenner apologizes to Yankees fans, just like dad

Hal Steinbrenner apologizes to Yankees fans, just like dad

NEW YORK — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologized to the team’s fans for its post-season failure, much like his father did 39 years earlier.

The Yankees were eliminated with a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, losing 3-2 in the Division Series. They have won the World Series once since 2000, in 2009.

“I’m very disappointed, obviously,” Steinbrenner said Tuesday on ESPN New York radio. “We invested a lot of time, energy, money into the team last off-season, and we all felt that we had a team that could win a championship, and we failed to do that. We didn’t even come close. So right now, at this point in time, all I can do is apologize to our fans. They deserved a better outcome than they got. Period. I mean, they just did.”

George Steinbrenner issued a similar statement following the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a six-game World Series in 1981.

?I want to sincerely apologize to the people of New York and to the fans of the New York Yankees everywhere for the performance of the Yankee team in the World Series,? he wrote then. ?I also want to assure you that we will be at work immediately to prepare for 1982.”

Favoured to win the AL East this year, the Yankees alternated hot and cold spurts: a 16-6 start following by a 5-15 slide, a 10-game winning streak and six losses in their last eight games.

“I guess I should be most disappointed with me. I’m responsible for all this in the end,” Hal Steinbrenner said. “It’s disappointing because the expectations, of course, were so high.”

New York went 22-9 at home and 11-18 on the road, and was dependent on home runs. New York scored 156 of 315 runs during the season on long balls, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, then 13 of 22 runs on seven homers in the two-game sweep at Cleveland and 17 of 24 runs on 10 homers in the loss to the Rays.

“Our offence was just inconsistent at playing up to their potential to me,” Steinbrenner said. “So many downs with the ups and highs with the lows, and the lows were every bit as extreme as the highs. And the highs were pretty good. When they were on, they were on. But it just seems like every game, including some of the post-season games, you just couldn’t tell which offence was going to show up.”

He did not fault the strategy of using rookie Deivi García as an opener in Game 2 and then bring in veteran left-hander J.A. Happ. García allowed Randy Arozarena’s solo homer in the first, and Happ gave up two-run homers to Mike Zunino in the second and Manuel Margot in the third. After the 7-5 loss, Happ said he would have been more comfortable starting.

“I thought the logic was sound,” Steinbrenner said. “We’re not the only team that employed that plan in this post-season. But the bottom line is in order for a plan to be successful, the different components of the plan have to be well executed, and that didn’t happen here. Happ struggled and he struggled significantly and eventually the plan failed.”

He said questions over Happ’s buy-in were for general manager Brian Cashman to answer.

Steinbrenner defended Aaron Boone, who finished his third season as manager. Boone’s contract includes a 2021 team option.

“Aaron Boone is a good baseball man. He’s a good leader,” Steinbrenner said. “He has the respect of the players. Aaron Boone will be back next year. That’s just a fact.”

He also defended Cashman.

“Obviously I’ve known Brian forever, and the way he goes about doing things is in a very objective way,” Steinbrenner said. “He listens to everybody —- pro scouting and analytics and anybody else that wants to get into his ear. I know the people that work under him respect him, and Boone respects him, and it’s been good. We’re just going to have to keep plugging away.”

Asked whether it was a priority to re-sign major league batting champion DJ LeMahieu, who is eligible for free agency, Steinbrenner said: “I think I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t recognize what a contribution he made to the club and how good of a player he is. So I recognize both those things. I’ll leave it at that.”

On slumping catcher Gary Sánchez’s slide this year. “It is surprising. I guess we’ll just have to see about that next year, obviously, going forward. But it’s an incredible amount of talent. And he’s going to keep working his backside off, and we’re going to keep helping him in every way we can. And if all goes well, I believe we’ll get him back.”

Steinbrenner praised pitcher Gerrit Cole, signed to a $324 million, nine-year contract last off-season.

“As advertised,” he said. “Highly intelligent, which we knew going in, and an incredibly hard worker, and he instills other people to work harder than they might even otherwise do. He’s hardcore. We got exactly what we wanted in Gerrit.”

He was noncommittal over pitcher Domingo Germán, who completed an 81-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Germán was investigated for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child.

“I have to absolutely feel comfortable that he deeply, deeply regrets and is sorry for what he did,” Steinbrenner said. “And I absolutely have to be comfortable with the fact that he’s turned his life around. Those two things are for sure. As far as where we go with him, I don’t know. Again, that’s another discussion that I have to have with not just Brian Cashman but my family, and we will see. But there’s no doubt he needs to prove that he’s turned his life around and that he absolutely realizes how horrific that was.”

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

The Associated Press

Baseball

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Don and Gloria Moore, of Red Deer, are set to celebrate their 70th anniversary later this month. (Contributed photo)
Red Deer couple to celebrate 70th anniversary

Red Deer couple Don and Gloria Moore are set to celebrate their… Continue reading

Chris Scott, owner of The Whistle Stop Cafe, was put in handcuffs after an anti-restriction protest Saturday in the parking lot of the business. (Screenshot via The Whistle Stop Facebook page)
UPDATE: Central Alberta cafe owner arrested after anti-restriction protest

The owner of a central Alberta cafe, which was the site of… Continue reading

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)
Red Deer now has 911 active COVID-19 cases

Central zone has 2,917 active cases

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre's expansion project is still a high priority, says Alberta Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer hospital ICU admissions stable, but rising, says surgeon

The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre’s intensive care unit is in better… Continue reading

FILE - A firefighter wears a mask as he drives his truck. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward, File
VIDEO: Flames rip through Edmonton-area seniors complex, but no fatalities

ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Fire has destroyed part of a retirement complex… Continue reading

Nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, carry some of her relics during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Teresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. In which city did she do much of her charitable work? (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
QUIZ: How much do you know about these motherhood issues?

In honour of Mother’s Day, take this 10-question quiz

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, is setting off a social media reaction with his calls to stop non essential shopping, such as "buying sandals at Costco", with this photo of his worn sandals, which he published to social media on Saturday, May 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dr. Robert Strang, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Nova Scotia’s top doctor sparks meme with caution on non-essential shopping

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s top doctor has launched a social media meme… Continue reading

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Canada's chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Tam warns that full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Canada’s chief public health officer reminded Canadians on Saturday that even those… Continue reading

Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour conducts drills during NHL hockey training camp in Morrisville, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
NHL relaxing virus protocols for vaccinated playoff teams

The NHL is relaxing virus protocols for teams that reach a threshold… Continue reading

Canada skip Kerri Einarson directs her teammates against Sweden in a qualification game at the Women's World Curling Championship in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, May 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canada’s Einarson eliminated at curling worlds after 8-3 loss to Sweden’s Hasselborg

CALGARY — Canada’s Kerri Einarson was eliminated at the world women’s curling… Continue reading

Jennifer Coffman, owner of Truffle Pigs in Field, B.C., poses beside her business sign on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in this handout photo. Her restaurant and lodge have been hit hard by a closure of a section of the Trans-Canada Highway and by the British Columbia government discouraging Alberta residents from visiting during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jennifer Coffman, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘Why we survive’: B.C. boundary towns struggle without Albertans during pandemic

Jennifer Coffman didn’t expect to get hit with a double whammy at… Continue reading

A courtroom at the Edmonton Law Courts building, in Edmonton on Friday, June 28, 2019. The effect of the coronavirus pandemic will have a lasting impact on the Canadian justice system warn a number of legal experts. The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench announced Sunday it would adjourn all scheduled trials across the province for at least 10-weeks limiting hearings to only emergency or urgent matters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton mother found guilty of manslaughter in death of five-year-old girl

EDMONTON — An Edmonton woman was found guilty Friday of manslaughter in… Continue reading

A Statistics Canada 2016 Census mailer sits on the key board of a laptop after arriving in the mail at a residence in Ottawa, May 2, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Statistics Canada sees more demand to fill out census online during pandemic

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the response to the census is higher… Continue reading

Most Read