Feb
21

Meet the new Boss, not nearly the same as the old Boss

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In what has become something of a Yankee Spring Training rite of passage these days, Hall Steinbrenner met with manager Joe Girardi yesterday, and the meeting was a very quite and cordial one. As Bryan Hoch reports, Hal didn’t stop to say much to the media and simply stopped by to talk to his manager. Then, he left. “When Hal comes down, the conversations are very meaningful. They’re right to the point and we talk a lot of baseball. It’s great,” Girardi said. “I feel like we’re always on the same page. He’s very open. The conversations are usually very constructive.”

The media still picks up these stories because, even though George has been out of the picture for a while now, it’s such a radical change from the way the Yanks operated from the early 1970s through the mid-2000s. Hal lets his baseball people run baseball ops and his business people run the business side of the franchise. He doesn’t overstep his bounds, and his employees don’t manage or play with the threat of the Boss looming over them. It is no coincidence that the team has improved as George has ceded power. The Yankee U, meanwhile, today pondered whether or not the Steinbrenner family would sell the team after George passes and if it would matter — interesting questions, indeed.

Categories : Asides, Front Office
  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    The Yankee U, meanwhile, today pondered whether or not the Steinbrenner family would sell the team after George passes and if it would matter — interesting questions, indeed.

    If they did sell the team, and they sold it to James Dolan, I would become a Marlins fan.

    • Lanny

      I’m sure you or anyone will.

      Bash Dolan all you want but its not like the guy doesnt spend and try.

      Have fun rooting for the Marlins while they trade their best players every 3 yrs.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        /irony’d

  • Hangoverologist

    If the lil Stein’s sell the team after George passes, I fear for the future of the organization as this next owner might be stingy like Jefferey Loria and screw us over. On the other hand, I’m confident that Hal will enjoy running the team and the team runs into the next generation of Steinbrenner.

  • jramey

    or worse…we could turn into..the METS

    • Cecala

      I…hope…that…doesn’t…HAPPEN

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    I think anyone who would buy the team would understand that fortune comes from success.

    Although A-Rod and Jeter are going to buy the franchise in 20 years.

  • Lanny

    The media especially the newer media members are still upset they dont get to cover the bronx zoo style yankees.

    • Accent Shallow

      Completely agreed. Steinbrenner certainly made their jobs much easier and more interesting.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    I can’t see anyone forking over ten figures to by the Yankees anytime soon. Hicks sold the Rangers for $550-600M, how much would the Yanks go for?

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs
      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        wow. new stadium gives them a payroll tax deduction!

        taxes, no matter how levied, nor by whom, suck. and are complicated…

    • Hangoverologist

      I would think maybe $800-950M.

      • Warren

        Opening bit for The Yankees Corporation would need to start at $1,900,000,000.00

        Even that may be a tad on the low side

        But why should Hal sell the Golden Goose ?

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs
      • Hughesus Christo

        WHy would you spend an assload of money on a networkand new stadium only to sell it all off 5-10 years later? Hal and Hank didn’t make those moves on their own, but the hard work is done already. They just reap the benefits.

        • Devil In A Blue Cap

          Because they didn’t spend the money on the Stadium–not really. And the network has paid back its worth and more. I’d guess they’d get nearly a billion dollars if they sold their stake in the club/YES Network/Yankees Inc. (which are all technically separate entities). Think about it: none of the costs, all of the profits. The question is whether they’d ever find a taker. The only person I can think of who wouldn’t mind laying down that kind of cheddar for a baseball team is the Oracle of Omaha. But then again, I’m not Holly Golightly: I don’t keep a list of the richest men in America on my fridge.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            Buffett is the same age as Big Stein.

    • crawdaddie

      Mike,

      I agree with you that if the Yankees are ever sold, the next owner group would have to spend in excess of 1B and they will have to be very wealthy owners which means multi-billionaires.

  • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Rob A from BBD

    I came so damn close to running an article with almost the same exact headline.

    • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Rob A from BBD

      Same quote too.

  • Brian

    I think the only ones who could afford to purchase the yankees would be some shadowy oil sheik from the middle east or a natural gas magnate/crime syndicate overlord from russia

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      And the latter guy is already buying the Nets.

      Bloomberg could afford to buy the Yanks too.

  • DCBX

    Mo save us from Bloomy buying the Yanks. He’d be trying to outlaw beer & dogs from the Stadium.