Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steinbrenner Vows: `Some Guys Better Start Getting the Job Done'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steinbrenner Vows: `Some Guys Better Start Getting the Job Done'

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No matter how softly George Steinbrenner tried to speak, no matter how many times he claimed that he was not panicking over the Yankees' dismal start and no matter how often he expressed his "love" and support for manager Joe Torre, the mere mention of the underachieving bullpen caused the Yankees' owner to sound panicky Monday and turn his fond feelings to disdainful words.

Steinbrenner admitted in a telephone interview that he was "upset" with the defending World Series champions for being lodged in last place, and he directly or indirectly criticized almost every pitcher in the bullpen. He also said he was unsure if Mariano Rivera could succeed John Wetteland as the team's closer and essentially condemned himself and the Yankees by saying anyone who would not want Wetteland has limited baseball expertise. The Yankees never offered Wetteland a contract after the World Series, and he signed with the Texas Rangers in December.

"Some guys better start getting the job done," Steinbrenner said. "All those good feelings we had, I haven't seen that. All those trades that were so good last year haven't started out good. It was remarkable what happened in the World Series, but I've been in baseball for 25 years and sometimes you have people who come through for one special moment. Some of those fellas got to show me that it wasn't just one spark and then that's it." So Jeff Nelson, David Weathers, Brian Boehringer, Graeme Lloyd and Rivera, you have been warned. The post-season exploits are old news. The se ven botched saves in 12 chances, the 6-6 record in games the Yankees have led after the seventh inning and an 8-11 record after Monday night's series finale with the Chicago White Sox are the pertinent facts. Mike Stanton, a new Yankee, was even more of a focus of Steinbrenner's wrath after he threw 18 pitches, 16 of them balls, in an ugly 8-7 loss to the White Sox in 11 innings on Sunday. "I'm concerned that we're in last place," Steinbrenner said. …

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