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Written by At Home Plate Staff (Contact & Archive) on November 26, 2008
George Steinbrenner III finally retired from baseball, leaving his position as owner/meddler of affairs for the New York Yankees to his son Hal Steinbrenner. The elder Steinbrenner brought an edict to the Yankees to do nothing but win. (It may seem surprising with that mandate looming over them that the Yankees only won six World Championships during Steinbrennerâ€™s 35 years at the helm.)Â
But Steinbrenner brought so much more to baseball. He was the greatest owner in the sport. Now, you Yankee haters may be thinking, â€śSteinbrenner only bought the best players. How does that make him a great owner?â€ť But thatâ€™s exactly what made him great.Â
Steinbrenner cared more than any owner about his team. He was willing to open his pocketbook to chase the best players. His moves may not have been the wisest at times, but the fact that he was willing to re-invest in his team was worthy of recognition. There are many owners out there who couldnâ€™t care less about spending more money on their team. Just look to Miami or Minnesota or pretty much any team owned by a corporation. Profits are all that matter to them. Winning is all that mattered to Steinbrenner.Â
Steinbrenner will always be remembered in Yankee baseball. Starting next season, the Yankees will be playing in a brand-new, state-of-the-art ballpark that should support the team financially very well. Steinbrenner also helped start YES, the Yankeesâ€™ broadcasting network. He left the Yankees in a much better fiscal position than when he joined the team all those years ago.Â
Itâ€™s a shame that someone who cares so much about his team, someone who poured his life and money into a cause, is finally leaving the game. Steinbrenner will be hated by some and loved by others. If only other owners could just follow his example.
Steinbrenner Exit Good for Yankees
George Steinbrennerâ€™s tenure as the head of the Yankees family was a great one, but all good things must come to an end.Â Over the past few years, itâ€™s been clear that the Boss has been declining both in health and in alertness.Â His stumbling speech and apparent confusion has been sad to see.And it hasnâ€™t been helpful to the organization in the least.Â But even worse has been the chaotic plan of succession.Â Over the past few years there appeared to be at least three other heir apparent candidates, including both of the Steinbrenner sons in laws.Â Divorce ruled out those two, but son Hank, whoâ€™s been the voice of the Yankees in recent years, was expected to be next in line.Â Â
While the naming of Hal Steinbrenner as the individual to take over the Yankees came as a bit of a surprise and may be indicative of a family squabble, it does offer the team a degree of stability which this franchise desperately needs at the moment.Â Â That is because now that Hal has been confirmed by MLBâ€™s owners as the man in charge of the Yankees, no family feud, or squabble will allow George or any other member of the family to displace him without their consent.Â
That will help the Yankees plan a coherent course not just for 2009 but for the future.Â Thatâ€™s good for the franchise and good for the game.