New York Yankees: Hank Steinbrenner

Hank gets his dad's old office

February, 1, 2011
As the Yankees move into the newly renovated George Steinbrenner Field, Hank will have his father's old office.

"It's a great honor," Hank said, according to the AP.

It is nice for Hank to get presumably the top office, but his brother, Hal, still has more control of the team.

Cashman's contract up after 2011 so ...

January, 17, 2011
Despite the fact that people in the Yankees hierarchy disagreed with him on one important decision, there are no other tangible reasons to think there is a rift between GM Brian Cashman and ownership.

While Cashman hasn't spoken publicly yet about the Rafael Soriano signing, there are strong indications that he wasn't for the move, not the least of which is Cashman said he wouldn't give up the team's first round pick for anyone except Cliff Lee. By agreeing with Soriano, the Yankees are giving up their first round pick.

Cashman is likely not happy with how this went down, but who is when your boss tells you to do something you were planning to do another way? Most of the time, you just get over it and move on. But here is the rub on the whole thing: Cashman's contract is up at the end of this season.

All indications are that Hal and Hank Steinbenner, along with team president, Randy Levine, like Cashman and think he is the man for the job. Wallace Matthewseven has a source saying so. And, Cashman, seems to still like doing the job.

But cracks sometimes becomes holes so that is why this situation is worth watching. Hal doesn't seem like the intervening type; especially with baseball decisions. Hank, though, he is not as involved, likes his two-cents heard. Levine's background is not in evaluating players.

So Cashman enters the final year of his deal with a splinter. Nothing big right now, but something to watch.

Thanks, Hank

November, 24, 2010

Had to laugh when I read the Hank Steinbrenner quotes about Derek Jeter in an Associated Press story out of Tampa today.

"As much as we want to keep everybody, we've already made these guys very, very rich, and I don't feel we owe anybody anything monetarily," Boy George told the AP. "Some of these players are wealthier than their bosses."

Geez, I wonder who made them that way?

And the biggest laugh of all is the likelihood that any problems the Yankees are encountering with Jeter now is due to what Hank did with Alex Rodriguez three years ago.

Remember that A-Rod, as expected, exercised the opt-out clause in the 10-year, $252 million contract signed with the Texas Rangers after the 2000 season and inherited by the Yankees when they acquired him just before the 2004 season?

And also remember what GM Brian Cashman had said at the time: "I can reaffirm that if Alex Rodriguez opts out of his contract, that we will not participate in his free agency. That is accurate and that is definitive."

That is, until A-Rod got Hank alone in a room and came out not only with 10 more years, but a raise.

In one fell swoop, Boy George not only undercut his GM, he probably sabotaged the Jeter negotiations, because would anyone be surprised if it is rankling to the Captain that A-Rod will be a Yankee for maybe four years longer than he will? And make more than twice the money?

If Hank Steinbrenner wants to point a finger or ask hard questions of anyone in this situation, maybe he ought to do that while facing a mirror.



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