Where Should Randy Winn Live?

According to an AP interview with new Yankee Randy Winn, the outfielder is contemplating his move to the East Coast and trying to figure out where he should park himself and his family.
It’s not a simple matter. The Tri-State Area is expensive and Winn is only making $2 million – hardly enough for an estate in Connecticut near Cashman or a spread in CC’s ritzy NJ neighborhood. So what’s the guy to do?
I decided to check around for him on realtor.com. Figuring he wouldn’t want to put down his entire paycheck on a house, I allotted him half of it. Here are a few million-dollar options.
1) Riverdale Condo
No, it’s not a house, but it’s got three bedrooms and a panoramic view of the Hudson River.
Best of all, it’s a two-minute ride to Yankee Stadium – perfect for a newcomer who might get lost.
2) Manhattan Condo
lr.man.jpgOn the Upper West Side of the city, this apartment is in an historic building and has beautiful moldings and a huge kitchen.
That’s the good news. The bad part is that for a million dollars you only get two bedrooms and one bath. I don’t know how many kids Winn has in his family, but one bath? I don’t think so.

3) Custom House
OK, now we’re talking. Set in Croton-on-Hudson on almost two acres, this baby was built in 2004 and has four bedrooms and four baths. It also has a family room so everybody can watch Randy’s adventures with the Yankees while he’s at the games.
The furniture is a little sterile, but Mrs. Winn can redecorate by adding some personal touches.
I’m really glad we helped solve Randy’s housing problem. Now I hope he can solve his baseball problem and play better than he did last year.


  1. Jane Heller

    I hope you’re right, gonzo. I think he’s a low cost, versatile guy who can help the team – not a star but good insurance. I guess he’ll platoon with Brett Gardner.

  2. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Here’s some comments from Left Field (where ELSE)…a long long time ago, as a young ‘un, living in Westchesta County, I wondered where a Yankee would fit in. Some of the NAMES of local bedroom communities seemed so right…I mean…why not have a Bronx Bomber living in Bronxville? Or maybe even Yonkers? You know, the New York Yonkers? New Rochelle at least SOUNDS pretty…and it was always fun to say “Mamaroneck,” home of the first(?) local McDonald’s to My Neck o’the Woods…but Ooaooa surely knows best…every time I read your blog name, my man, I wanna start singing “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” but hey, surely that’s just me & my oldies-flavored mind…

  3. Jane Heller

    You’re a realtor, John? Then maybe you can find Randy a place that’s not as palatial as his wealthier teammates, who seem to have multiple homes. Come to think of it, why don’t you make yourself the official realtor of the Yankees? Imagine all the autographs.

  4. Jane Heller

    Not expanding my empire, Paul. Just trying to help out a West Coast guy who is probably clueless about the various boroughs. Actually, I’m pretty clueless myself!

  5. kaiserthegreat

    You’ve been really pushing the Yankee decorations lately. Does your house sport anything? Got those lamps on a side table? Yankee pool table in the hobby room?

  6. Jane Heller

    I think all Yankees should live in Bronxville, Dave. It would be like living in Yankeeville. Sort of. The name is right anyway. But maybe Randy could live in my old house in Scarsdale. It was close to the schools, which would be good for his kids.

  7. Jane Heller

    It’s funny, kaiser. After I posted those lamps I realized it must seem like I’m plugging Yankees merchandise like the Shamwow guy. Lol. I only have Yankees “stuff” in my office at home – signed baseballs, my Mickey Mantle pics, assorted souvenirs.

  8. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Jane, your Scarsdale Suggestion is as good as any…maybe way better! Back in my day, Curt Gowdy lived there, and my mom used to have Fac Totum (womens’ club) meetings with her…never met Curt, however…
    BTW, here’s another juicy nugget from Montville’s “Big Bam” book — in ’24, after the season, Babe went on a BIG barnstorming tour of the whole USA…his agent-guy summed it all up in exquisite detail, and get this: while Babe didn’t hit a HR in K.C., Takoma, L.A. or San Diego, he DID hit (at least) one in San Francisco, Santa Barbara(!), Oakland, and Fullerton.” Yes, that’s right…the Babe hit a home run in SANTA BARBARA!! Where, oh where? It was 1924. Maybe Bones knows…or Hot Dog Man?!?!!

  9. welikeroywelikeroy


    I love your take on the real estate questions involved with the Hot Stove. A very underrated aspect of the offseason.

    What if he doesn’t get get a place? Can’t the Yankees put him up in some kind of fancy hotel loft? I’d chose that option. You never know what could happen to your New York home, if you hit .262, with only 2 HR’s and have a .318 OBP, like he did last season. That wasn’t very good. Although Winn has been much better than that throughout his career.


  10. Jane Heller

    Dave, in Scarsdale we had Curt Gowdy, Joe Garagiola and Frank Gifford, among other sports guys. And now it’s gotten fashionable again with high-paid athletes. But Randy? Probably not. So glad to know that the Babe hit a homer right here in SB!

    If Winn got a place in Brooklyn, Mike, he’d probably get lost trying to find the Bronx. Not to worry.

    Jeremy, I would think the Yankees would help Winn rent a place in NJ where most of the players tend to land when they first come to NY. I can’t imagine him buying something, given the length of his contract.

  11. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    Hey, how come you didn’t look for anything on Long Island, Jane??? Its not a bad ride to the Bronx and I’m certain he could find something lovely for a mil.

    I hope he is a good addition, I hadn’t heard about the Yankees being after him for a while but if its true as Randy the Realtor says then he must be worth-while. We shall see.

    Hey Dave, I know we share a love of old music…I heard this one this morning and its stuck in my head all day now. Do you remember……..”In the year 2525″???? I loved hearing it but I’d like to get rid of it now so I’m giving it to you.

  12. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Diane, you clever devil…you just KNEW that you’d get that thing to stick like glue to me…now, who recorded that tune (aha, that’s my way of returning serve…they were a one-hit wonder, with good reason)!? Let’s just please hope that Mr. Winn doesn’t turn out to be a one-hit wonder himself, and that he’s more like his near-namesake, li’l ol’ Jimmy Wynn — “The Toy Cannon” — remember him?!?

  13. Jane Heller

    I don’t know why I didn’t search houses/condos in Long Island, Diane, except that I never hear about Yankees living there. They always seem to be in NYC, Westchester or NJ. Am I wrong? If so, please find Winn a new home! Not to interrupt you and Dave, but I’ve never heard of that song!

    I think you’re right, Mike. Renting is the way to go for Winn, especially in this real estate market. If he doesn’t catch on with the Yankees he wont have to worry about re-sale, although I’m sure the organization helps with that stuff.

    Yeah, only $2 million, Jenn. I could find a very nice house for that, couldn’t you?

  14. carrollj27@comcast.net

    Hi Jane! Long time…too long. Suffice to say work/travel have been a … well, you know. At any rate, just catching up on all of your posts for the last week or so. WOW – they were ALL great! I especially love this one…tho the first place looks too much like the Watergate Hotel to me…no scandals this year, thank you! I also agree that renting is the way to go. Hey, did ya hear what Damon said after they signed Winn? Like two days later, he said, well, you never know, maybe they’ll need me midseason…how do you like that? I do have this funny feeling that he may be back at some point in the future…just a funny feeling. Or maybe I just can’t let go? LOL How is Michael? Doing well, I hope…

  15. Jane Heller

    I did do the same thing with CC last year, Elizabeth. Good memory! My choices in real estate were a little grander though. Don’t you think the Yankees should hire me as their player concierge?

    Hey, John. Always great to see your comments. I did read what Damon said after the Winn signing. I also read that he said he wanted to be a Tiger and play for Detroit. I think he’s just hoping he’ll land somewhere – and soon. As for coming back to the Yankees, the only way I can see him coming back is if we need a bench player and he’s ready to be one…..sad to say. Michael’s doing better each day, thanks. He’ll be in fighting shape for spring training, I hope!

  16. alarose29@aol.com

    I work in Real Estate Development and we have buildings up and down the Hudson Waterfront on the Jersey side for rental or purchase so if Mr Winn is reading this and interested…

  17. Jane Heller

    Abbey, you would be the perfect person for the Yankees to contact about Winn! And if I’m ever in the market for some NJ real estate, now I know where to go for listings.

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