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MORE Steins?
Monday, October 15, 2007
For over 30 years Big Stein has been playing puppet master as owner of the Yanks, buying and selling prospects and veterans and hiring and firing staff like it was going out of style (too bad it never actually did go out of style), but this week an announcement was made that he would be ceding daily control of the team to his scions Hank and Hal (names which, by the way, 100% sound like the names of the super-suave frat-boys in a romance novel circa 1953). I mentioned this briefly this morning in my FanHouse Minute, and like I said, the effect of this move on the team remains to be seen. I'm not entirely sure why more has not been made of this news; it seems to me that a "changing of the guards" in the Yanks' front office should be a much-talked-about affair, but to be quite honest I can hardly find more than a handful of articles on the subject. I suppose everyone is either still waiting for news on Torre or just nervous that 2 Mini Steins might be as scary or worse as the current Big Stein.

ESPN report
New York Daily News article
Newsday article

Since so few bloggers/actual journalists seem to be saying much about it, let's do it here: Opinions? Worries? Concerns?

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, October 15, 2007  
  • At 2:55 PM, Blogger ian said…

    I am not sure if two Steins would be better than one. I do hope they keep Torre though.

    As a Red Sox fan, I have the utmost respect for Torre as a manager. I don't see how you can blame Torre for the defeats when your last post showed AROD's numbers in the postseason. Not exactly MVP like.

  • At 9:11 PM, Blogger Rebecca said…

    It's a family business, right?

    Hank and Hal will have been groomed for this, and as Steinnie's handing over reigns while he's still semi-lucid means he should be able to work out kinks if need be.

    This really is the best situation...and two is better than one if they complement each other's weaknesses

    (I know from personal experience about this)

  • At 5:11 AM, Blogger Bob said…

    I agree with Rebecca that two CAN be better than one, but not that it has to be. (See Cain and Abel, for example.) I think there hasn't been much coverage yet because, beyond the basic announcement, there isn't much to say yet. Nobody knows who these guys are, how they work with each other, Cashman, etc.

    I think you will see much more about this when actual decisions start to emerge, beginning with the '08 manager hire. I sure hope that this works, because I spent a lot of years wishing the Yankees would fire their owner.

  • At 6:52 AM, Blogger Kristin said…

    I'm kind of in a state of suspended animation. I'm waiting for everything to be sorted out, so the news that more Steinbrenners are involved doesn't really do much for me.

    My real question is will they let Cashman continue restocking the farm system and making the team younger. This is the only way to success again. (i.e. please, please, please don't throw a bunch of money at someone like Dontrelle Willis!!)

  • At 1:13 PM, Blogger Andrew said…

    In an MSNBC article, Randy Levine was quoted as saying that George will "become like the chairman of a major corporation" While Hank and Hal will oversee daily operations, the Boss will still be just that on larger issues (aka Torre, A-Rod etc...). They even say he will still have an office for himself.

    I just hope that his sons know well enough to not fire so many people so often that the team never has time to settle, like George did with the team before the early 1990's. Otherwise I could see the drought going on for some time...

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