New York Yankees’ George and Hal Steinbrenner: A Tale of Two Owners
In 1973, CBS was looking to sell the New York Yankees. On January 3, a man named George Steinbrenner bought the team from the network, and things in the Bronx would never be the same.
Earning the nickname “The Boss”, Steinbrenner became well known throughout baseball for his feuds with his own players and his frequent firing and hiring of managers throughout the 1980s. In November of 2008, Steinbrenner sold the team to his two sons, Hank and Hal. Due to declining health, George started to make fewer appearances at Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately, he passed away in July of 2010.
Since 2008, Hal has been mostly running the team, with Hank quietly fading in the background. What I have noticed since 2008 is that Hal is definitely not his father.
While George had a fierce and competitive attitude, I do not see this in Hal. Many times before this season, Hal had said how he wants the team’s luxury tax to fall below $189 million. This means spending less on players and building through the farm system. George would have never done something like that. He was known for giving out big contracts to players, and paying a luxury tax bill was a walk in the park for him.
Another thing about Hal is that he is not as outspoken as his father. After a quarter of the season in 2012, the Yankees were 21-21, 5.5 games out of first place. If George was still alive, he would have definitely made comments berating the team and inspire the team to pick things up.
Hal would not do this. If it’s late May and the Yankees are struggling, I doubt that Hal will make any public comments. I also do not think that Hal is as aggressive as George was. When George wanted to sign a free agent, he would do anything to sign that player. Now when the Yankees look at a free agent, Hal does not make much of a push to sign that player.
Hal and George Steinbrenner definitely have different personalities. George was aggressive and got everything he wanted. Hal is more laid-back. Under George’s ownership, the Yankees won six championships. Under Hal, the Yankees have only one championship so far.