Steinbrenner brothers take the helmBy
The New York Post reports that Hal and Hank Steinbrenner are now in charge of baseball operations for the New York Yankees.
“There’s always been a succession – and that’s myself and my brother,” Hank told The Post in an exclusive interview.
He said he and Hal will have final say on baseball decisions as well as the running of the YES Network and the construction of the new Yankee Stadium.
“I’ll pay more attention to the baseball part. The stadium, that’s more Hal. But basically everything will be decided jointly.”
This move was foreshadowed late last week when Hank announced that Joba will start in 2008. The NY Post article quotes Hank as saying “That’s something I’ll insist on,” when referring to Joba and Phil starting 2008 in the rotation. I’m beginning to grow fond of Hank Steinbrenner.
“I tend to be more volatile than my brother,” Hank said. “Hal is calmer – and that will probably be a good influence.”
Behind the scenes, the boys have impressed.
“Both Hank and Hal are extraordinarily smart, extraordinarily articulate and, like their father, very genuine people,” said Levine. “And they like each other a lot. I think the Yankees are in very good hands.”
This is starting to sound good. True, this article is probably a PR pitch. But it’s nice to know that 1) we’ll have a fiery guy at the helm in Hank, and 2) he’ll have a counterbalance in Hal. I really do think that the brothers will work well with our front office tandem of Brian Cashman and Damon Oppenheimer.
The best news of all from this is that the Yankees won’t be sold. I know it was a longshot when it was mentioned earlier in the year, but at least we’ve put it to rest.