Gene Michael, architect of late-’90s Yankees dynasty, dead at 79, report says

Gene Michael, the beloved Yankees executive who drafted future team captain Derek Jeteras the cornerstone of the franchise’slate-1990s dynasty, has died of a heart attack, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. He was 79.Michael nicknamed “Stick” Kendall Graveman Jersey for his slender build played 10 seasons in the majors, seven as a light-hitting shortstop with mostly forgettable Yankees teams, and also managed forNew Yorkin 1981-82 and for the Cubs in 1986-87.But he is best remembered as the GM who rebuilt the Yankees farm system by drafting players such as Jeter , Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada andMariano Rivera the so-called “Core Four” and supplementing that talent by trading for players such as Paul O’Neill and Roberto Kelly.However, Michael was fired as GM before the Yankees dynasty took, largely Terry Steinbach Jersey as falloutfrom MLB’s 1994 strikeStill, the core group he a sembled won World Series titles in 1996, ’98, ’99 and 2000, while Michael served asas VP of major-league scouting from 1996-2002.