Archive for February 12th, 2007

Monday, February 12th, 2007

The Boss’s Glory Days Are Long Gone

Yankees Rumors & News

Ken Davidoff of Newsday takes a look at Yankees owner George Steinbrenner today, noting that age has taken away The Boss of old as the 76-year-old enters the twilight of his life. Though the Yankees won’t comment on the status of Steinbrenner’s health, Davidoff states that “tales of Steinbrenner’s fluctuations in memory and emotions are too numerous to wave off,” and cites a Yankee insider who states that The Boss has “good days and bad days.” Steinbrenner’s nickname has rapidly become a misnomer, as he fades more and more into the background, and hands over control of the franchise to his son-in-law Steve Swindal. Davidoff thanks The Boss for “35 years of back pages,” and urges him to “take it easy now, hand over the baton.”

Meet Josh Phelps

Yankees Rumors & News

Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News profiles Yankees first baseman Josh Phelps today. Phelps, 28, has struggled to find consistency after a strong rookie season in 2002 when he hit 15 homers in just 74 games for the Toronto Blue Jays. Phelps has 57 homers and 212 RBIs in 352 career games playing for the Jays, Indians, and Devil Rays. He bounced around the minors in 2006, before the Yankees acquired him from Baltimore in the Rule V draft this winter.

Phelps will compete with Andy Phillips as the right-handed compliment to lefty Doug Mientkiewicz at first base. If he fails to win the job, he’ll be returned to the Orioles. As a Rule V draftee, he must remain on the Yankees active roster for the entire season in order for New York to retain his rights.

Will He Stay, Or Will He Go?

Yankees Rumors & News

It appears he will go, as numerous sources reported over the weekend that Bernie Williams has decided to decline the Yankees’ invitation to spring training on a non-guaranteed contract.

Said Williams, “The option to go to spring training and see what happened — I don’t think at this moment it is something I want to consider.” However, retirement isn’t something that the Yankees great is considering yet either. Instead, Bernie vowed to keep working out and stay in shape lest the Yanks have a change of heart.

There also remains the possibility that Williams could sign with another team – a prospect that breaks the hearts of many long-time Yankee fans. “It doesn’t seem like I am going to be playing with that team this year,” Williams stated rather cryptically. If not that team, then which one? The longer Bernie waits on the Yankees, the shorter the list of possible destinations becomes. Stay tuned.

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