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June 03, 2007

The New HSIC For The Yankees

Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic Steinbrenner?

Harold Z. [Hal] Steinbrenner

From the Daily News -

After years of avoiding the spotlight of the Yankee empire, George Steinbrenner's youngest son has stepped up to take the leading role of a franchise in a state of flux.

Hal Steinbrenner, 38, has quietly assumed the role of general partner of the Yankees in the past few weeks, the Daily News has learned - a move that could delay decisions on the job status of Brian Cashman and Joe Torre.

According to team sources in Tampa, the son known among Yankee insiders as "Prince Hal" has taken charge in the absence of former general partner Steve Swindal - the estranged husband of George Steinbrenner's daughter Jennifer - and is now evaluating all areas of the operation.

Hal Steinbrenner has enlisted Felix Lopez, the husband of his other sister, Jessica, to serve as his envoy in New York. Lopez will travel to New York at least twice a month to evaluate the club's personnel, both on and off the field. He was in New York as recently as two weeks ago to survey the progress on the Yankees' new stadium.

"Expect to see Felix making periodic visits to New York, and then reporting back to Hal," one source confirmed.

A little more on Hal, via Newsday from back in March -

The youngest of the four Steinbrenner children, Hal, like his brother Hank, has rotated in and out of the Yankees' loop. He joined Steve Swindal in Cincinnati, back in June 2003, to introduce Derek Jeter as the Yankees' new captain. In recent years, however, he hasn't taken part in such ceremonial events. He is known to possess a temper similar to his father's, and following the 2003 season, Hal thwarted George Steinbrenner's renewed attempt to take away dental coverage from team employees.

And, here's more on him from the official Yankees site:

Hal Steinbrenner begins his 17th season with the New York Yankees organization in 2007 and his 12th as General Partner. The 38-year-old son of Principal Owner George Steinbrenner was elected General Partner by the New York Yankees Partnership in 1996. With General Partner Steve Swindal, his responsibilities include overseeing all areas of the club’s business and baseball operations. Mr. Steinbrenner is Chairman and CEO of Steinbrenner Hotel Properties, which is a family-owned company, and holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay as well as the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Mr. Steinbrenner attended Culver Military Academy and went on to graduate from Williams College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He also earned a Masters degree in Business Administration at the University of Florida in 1994.

Well, check it out: Big Stein has a Mini-Me Stein.

Very cool.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at June 3, 2007 03:42 PM


"known to possess a temper similar to his father's, . . . Hal thwarted George Steinbrenner's renewed attempt to take away dental coverage from team employees."

Seems like Hal has a bit more of a heart, though.

I just hope he'll be demanding that the team win every year and not be content just to make a profit.

Posted by: rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 3, 2007 05:22 PM

"Very cool."

If Hal is really just like his father in temperment, I don't think it'll be very cool that the Yanks will have another tyrannical a$$hole running the ballclub.

The true test of the Steinbrenner gene is how it reacts to losing and prolonged periods of failure. If this season is indeed lost and if the next few seasons are closer to this one than they are to 1995-2006, I don't think having a Steinbrenner in charge will be very fun to watch. The Steinbrenner of the 80's and 90's handled losing by trading young players for bums and firing a manager every 18 months. In this day and age, with blogs and ESPN, etc. such behavior would make the franchise a national embarrassment.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 4, 2007 08:40 AM

Plus, I doubt there's a sitcom as great as "Seinfeld" that he could be written in to....

Posted by: JeremyM [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 4, 2007 09:41 AM

MJ - I just thought it was cool that the team would stay with the Steinbrenner family - as opposed to watching the kids sell it to someone like Dolan or Trump. Now, *that* would be a a national embarrassment.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 4, 2007 10:04 AM

Steve - In that sense, you're 100% right. A sale to a guy like Dolan or Trump would be painful and probably not good for the team (especially given Dolan's record as a sports owner).

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 4, 2007 02:28 PM