Originally Posted by sec318
The Yankees won the world series in 77/78 and got back there in 81 long before he was banned. On top of that guess what team had the 3rd best winning pct in the 80's. it was the yankees.
Right, that's why I said 10 years. George took over the team in 73 and was suspended for illegal campaign contributions. While he was gone, the team traded for Oscar Gamble (who of course George would trade away a few years later), Micky Rivers (who George then traded away to get Gamble back), Willie Randolph, and Ed Figueroa. That team then made it to the WS.
George than managed to avoid anything stupid or crazy for 4 years until he decided he could run the team the best and started making major decisions on players and managers (which he was already doing, but I don't think we need to get into the managers list). The trades losing Buhner, Tewksberry, Gura, Mcgee, McGriff, Leiter. The signings of Collins, Kemp, Whitson, Tartabull. The public embarrassments (Winfield, dental plan, Berra, Martin, Lemon, Michael etc).
The years George played a direct hand in making the team decisions they got worse and worse. George was at his best when he sat back, let the team run itself with qualified people, and handed out checks and expected results.
Point being, you don't want your owner making your personnel decisions and dictating things. You want him writing checks and demanding accountability. Period.