Hank’s brother, Hal Steinbrenner, is just as powerful as a successor
to their father, the principal owner George Steinbrenner, who is
essentially retired. Hal Steinbrenner’s primary responsibility is to
oversee the Yankees’ finances, and he is reluctant to add another huge
According to several people who have spoken to the
brothers recently, that is the crux of the debate in the organization
over whether to trade for Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins.
Both Steinbrenners want the team to keep winning. Hal Steinbrenner
would try to do it with the existing payroll of roughly $200 million.
Hank is more inclined to add Santana, largely to keep him away from the
rival Boston Red Sox.
Steinbrenner did not return a telephone message Thursday, and Hal
rarely grants interviews. But the result of the internal debate is that
nothing has changed since the Yankees pulled their offer at the winter
meetings in Nashville a month ago.
So are you an HF or an HF? You rooting for Hank or Hal? As the younger brother of a tyrant I am partial to Hal’s position. And yet I was a tyrant to my younger brother, who had opinions he should have kept to himself frankly. So I can see Hank’s view. Hal is being an annoying little twerp. I guess that leaves me kind of agreeing with both brothers.
Here’s one insight I can give: In my family, the oldest brother always won the fight.