• Mini-Stein: Yanks Brass Has One Focus

    Posted by on August 1st, 2007 · Comments (4)

    From the Times:

    Hal Steinbrenner, a Yankees general partner, represented his father, George, at a news conference to unveil the 2008 All-Star Game logo. It is displayed above the left-field scoreboard and will soon be worn as a patch on the Yankees’ uniforms. Hal Steinbrenner said he and his brother, Hank, and their brother-in-law, Felix Lopez, were “all involved now” in the team’s upper hierarchy. He said he approved of the job done by General Manager Brian Cashman. “I’ve only been involved a month, on the baseball side of it, on a daily basis,” Steinbrenner said. “From everything I’ve seen, he’s done a good job.” As for the fate of Manager Joe Torre, he said: “We just want to focus on baseball right now. That goes for everybody in the organization. We’re just focused on winning the pennant, and eventually, the Series.”

    And, if they don’t win?…

    Comments on Mini-Stein: Yanks Brass Has One Focus

    1. Mr. Furious
      August 1st, 2007 | 1:00 pm

      I think it’s telling that he lauded Cashman, but when asked about Torre, he switched to speaking in generalities. I think it’s a pretty safe bet at this point that we’ll be discussing the new Yankee manager at some point soon after the season.

    2. SteveB
      August 1st, 2007 | 1:36 pm

      I thought it was like generally accepted that Torre was gone after this year. Does anyone really think he’s coming back? Even if they win the W.S. I expect he’ll retire.

      He can’t need the money, or the hassle anymore.

    3. baileywalk
      August 1st, 2007 | 2:23 pm

      How did Felix Lopez get himself in such a position of power? I heard when he first joined the family it was a big to-do about his wife demanding he have equal standing to Steve Swindal, and they gave Lopez some minor job to shut her up.

      I don’t know what has happened since then, but it seems like he’s risen to a fairly important role in the business.

    4. JohnnyC
      August 1st, 2007 | 3:41 pm

      Weirdly enough, I’ve heard that Lopez serves primarily as George’s bodyguard in these recent months of his failing health. I guess he’s everywhere George is so… At first blush, this may seem like merely a case of nepotism-by-marriage but you never know. Most commenters on these blogs would stipulate that he couldn’t be more wrong-headed than the Tampa mafia that we’ve railed against for years.

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