But as with his weather maps, Steinbrenner has significant statistical data at hand, particularly evidence showing that only once has a team with a $200 million payroll (the 2009 Yankees) won a World Series.
“My firmly held belief is that you don’t have to have a $200 million payroll to be world champion,” he said last week in the team’s plush conference room at the spring training complex here. “And the historical data that led me to that conclusion is rock solid.”
As a result, Steinbrenner is charting his own path for the Yankees — a decided change of course from the philosophy of his father, George, a political conservative but a liberal spender if ever there was one.
At 43, Hal Steinbrenner is different from his father in other ways, too. His demeanor is calm, even understated, and he is unlikely to be intrigued by hosting “Saturday Night Live” or dressing up as a modern-day King George and sitting atop a white steed for the cover of Sports Illustrated, which his father did 20 years ago.
Still, as the team’s managing general partner since 2009, he also seems to have acquired a good deal of his father’s self-confidence and authoritative presence, and appears comfortable in taking the Yankees where he thinks they need to go, even if many people are concerned it is a different place from where his father took them.
“I’m not trying to beat him,” he said of his father as he sat in the conference room. “I’m not trying to be better than he was because he was absolutely great at what he did. I can only be what I am, and the things I think are important I will pursue.”
Posted: March 19, 2013 at 08:15 PM | 31 comment(s)
Login to Bookmark