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MLB Owners Unanimously Approve Hal Steinbrenner As Yanks Head
Published November 21, 2008
|Hal Steinbrenner Will Lead
Day-To-Day Yankees Operations
HAL OF FAME: In N.Y., Jack Curry notes while Hank has been "much more talkative about the Yankees in his frequent interviews," Hal has been "more involved in the daily operations of the team." It is Hal, not Hank, who "deals with team executives and spends considerable time in the Yankees' offices" in N.Y. (N.Y. TIMES, 11/21). On Long Island, Ken Davidoff notes Hal is "far more involved" than Hank, and the move "should solidify that reality and blunt the impact of Hank Steinbrenner's routinely outrageous statements." One Yankees official said of Hal, "He wants to do things in a more normal way" (NEWSDAY, 11/21). Also on Long Island, Johnette Howard writes Hank shows the "same explosive potential" as George, which "probably helps explain why Hal ended up in control instead." Hal is the "more temperate of George's boys and, truth be told, more responsible" (NEWSDAY, 11/21). N.Y. Daily News columnist Bill Madden said of Hal, "He has been the face of ownership. All this is doing is basically confirming this. Now there’s no doubt about it. Hank might be quoted somewhere saying, ‘I’m the leader here.’ He’s not the leader. Hal is the leader” ("Daily News Live," SportsNet N.Y., 11/20). ESPN's Tim Kurkjian: "Hal is just not quite as bombastic as Hank is and I think he’s just a little bit more measured in some of the things he says and does." But he added, "Both boys are going to be in charge of this team and I don’t think we can look too much into who’s in charge and who’s second in charge” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 11/20). The EXAMINER's Paula Duffy wrote Hal is an "interesting choice since fans and media don't know him as well" as Hank (EXAMINER.com, 11/20).
HANK SUPPORTIVE OF MOVE: One Yankees source, when asked if the shift "meant Hank was being brushed aside or requested a lesser role," said, "Hank supported this move because Hal works with the finances. He is fine with it" (N.Y. POST, 11/21). Another Yankees source said that there was a "vote within the Steinbrenner family and even Hank voted for Hal." In N.Y., Anthony McCarron writes it will be "interesting to see how the dynamic plays out between the two brothers," as they are "separated by a difference in age and temperament" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/21). WMAQ-NBC's Josh Alper wrote Hank, "verbose as he is, doesn't seem to actually like baseball," while Hal is "regularly at games and regularly speaking" with Yankees GM Brian Cashman (NBCCHICAGO.com, 11/20). NEW YORK magazine's Chris Smith wrote Hank is "still very much a force, if an erratic one, in decisions" about pursuing free agents "because of his personality and his standing as first-born son" (NYMAG.com, 11/20).
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