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Yankees General Managers and Winning

By Paul Semendinger

August 3, 2023

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There was a time when the Yankees did not suffer years and years of failure happily or contentedly. There was a mission - the Yankees were supposed to win.


This philosophy came long before George Steinbrenner.


The Yankees hired General Managers to build winning teams. The Yankees also used their financial strength to build great teams. The Yankees used to never apologize for their vast wealth and resources. They used those tools to their advantage. There was one mission - to win.


Today, as we have seen, the mission of the Yankees is not to win.


Here's a list of the Yankees' General Managers (since 1921) who served in that role for three or more years and their World Series appearances and championships along with the longest period that GM survived without winning.


  • Ed Barrow (1921-1944):

    • World Series Victories: 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943

    • World Series Losses: 1921, 1922, 1926, 1942

    • Most Consecutive Years Without a World Series Appearance: 3

  • Larry MacPhail (1945-1947)

    • World Series Victories: 1947

    • World Series Losses: X

    • Most Consecutive Years Without a World Series Appearance: 2

  • George Weiss (1948-1960)

    • World Series Victories: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958

    • World Series Losses: 1955, 1957, 1960

    • Most Consecutive Years Without a World Series Appearance: 1

  • Roy Hamey (1960-1963)

    • World Series Victories: 1961, 1962

    • World Series Losses: 1963

    • Most Consecutive Years Without a World Series Appearance: 0

  • Ralph Houk (1964-1966)

    • World Series Victories: X

    • World Series Losses: 1964

    • Most Consecutive Years Without a World Series Appearance: 2

  • Lee MacPhail (1967-1973)

    • World Series Victories: X

    • World Series Losses: X

    • Most Consecutive Years Without a World Series Appearance: 7

  • Gabe Paul (1974-1977)

    • World Series Victories: 1977

    • World Series Losses: 1976

    • Most Consecutive Years Without a World Series Appearance: 2

  • Gene Michael (1990-1995)

    • World Series Victories: X

    • World Series Losses: X

    • Most Consecutive Years Without a World Series Appearance: 6

  • Brian Cashman (1998-Present)

    • World Series Victories: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009

    • World Series Losses: 2001, 2003

    • Most Consecutive Years Without a World Series Appearance: 14*

*including 2023


In the long history of the Yankees, there has been only on general manager who has presided over a period of more than 7 years without getting the team to the World Series. That general manager is Brian Cashman and his consecutive years without a World Series appearance will be double that of any other general manager in Yankees history.


Here is the same chart as above shown a different way:


Yankees General Managers With Most Consecutive Years Without a World Series Appearance

  1. Brian Cashman - 14

  2. Lee MacPhail - 7

  3. Gene Michael - 6

  4. Ed Barrow - 3


The numbers speak for themselves.


It is clear, it is abundantly clear, that the Yankees of today do not put an emphasis on World Series appearances. This is a departure from the way the team was built, structured, and organized since the arrival of Babe Ruth.


The Yankees of today are content with not winning. (And, as such, the not winning will continue...)


These are the Yankees of today.

13 Comments


Unknown member
Aug 03, 2023

I understand the venting, I can't watch anymore, but Paul, really, what is your personal plan? Suspend publication until Brian is fired? Don't watch this team until Brian is fired? Something else??....you did some research recently about the huge fall the Yankees suffered from 1965-1976, and this lineup actually reminds me of those days of '67/68 when the prospects came up and couldn't hit. When Roy White was batting cleanup. The games were ugly. The crosstown Mets were in ascendancy and part of Mayor Lindsay's "Fun City." You keep mentioning the fact that if there's another 2 year "skid" like 2017-2019, Yankee fans will hang in there. What if like $teve Cohen said about his Mets, Hal says t…

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Aug 03, 2023
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All good. Glad you're here.


I wasn't on Lincoln's old podcast, but Lincoln has been a writer here for a long time.


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We've been doing this since 2017 - four articles a day, every day. Occasionally we re-post the same article, but conservatively, on our anniversary in October, we'll be at over 8,500 articles published.


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yankeerudy
Aug 03, 2023

Like Torre, like Casey, like so many before, eventually the time comes to depart. That time is now.

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Aug 03, 2023
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I agree.

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Alan B.
Alan B.
Aug 03, 2023

The issue is that as the game has embraced all these new age metrics because if technology, while most other clubs have pivoted again to embrace and incorporate the human element into their process, but Cashman hasn't. But like everyone else, all these defensive charts that determined the shifts, never demanded from his coaches to teach guys his to lay one down. Texeira got his money in big part due to his .290BA, but allowed Texeira turned into a ,240 hitter, and as Texeira got more stubborn about it, Cashman stayed quite. Too many decisions since the decision to let Girardi go after the 2017, has been made, IMO, with his or his analytics department ego driving the decision. You…

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yankeerudy
Aug 03, 2023
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The standings are an ultimate test, and one that the team is not passing.

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Aug 03, 2023

I'm sorry. I had to delete a comment.


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etbkarate
Aug 03, 2023

Its pathetic what they are doing. I had tix for the Tampa series. I thought about it; the drive out, the parking fees, the cost of a soda and hot dog, the time of the night I would get home, and decided to simply stay home. Hal talks about fiscal responsibility, and that is what I did. Good thing too, there was an excellent episode of Chicago PD on the tube. Right around the 3rd inning, channel was changed!

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