Mark Heisler writes about George Steinbrenner’s Evil Empire.
It’s a very long, but, very interesting read.
Steve, interesting article. I’ve lived my entire life in Fl so the first question that I pose may be rather naive. Why is the early/mid 1990s regeneration of the club so commonly ascribed to Big Stein’s suspension? Certainly he made all the big decisions, no? Secondly, why do baseball writers/fans want MLB to be run like a communist state v. the capitalist business that it is? The Dodgers, Phillies, Red Sox, Cubs, et al have made fortunes for their owners, but rarely (never) deliver a title for their fans. I really get warm and fuzy knowing that the owners of all these “model” franchises are scrimping to put their kids through college. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Why is the early/mid 1990s regeneration of the club so commonly ascribed to Big Stein’s suspension? Certainly he made all the big decisions, no?
That’s a fair/good question. Perhaps some believe that the risk of getting caught made George stick to the letter of the deal, or else risk never being reinstated? That’s the only thing I can think of?
When Steinbrenner was suspended, he couldn’t be involved with day to day affairs, but he still was the owner. I’m sure that he may have had final word on FA signings and organizational matters, but he was for the most part, hands off. He was reinstated in ’93, but I don’t think he really started meddling until after the 1995 season.
Thanks guys, I had wondered how it was played up your way. Interesting.
Understand the media here likes to manipulate facts using a lot of corrolation = causation, and stating it as fact. Also, sometimes the media doesn’t like facts to get in the way of a good story, so sometimes you have to take what they write with a grain of salt.
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