For the better part of three months, Hank Steinbrenner has said that it’ll be up to him whether the Yankees trade for Johan Santana. He made similar comments about signing Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada.
Turns out that’s only half true.
I placed a call to Howard Rubenstein today to ask just what exactly the structure was of the Yankees. At one point last summer, Hal Steinbrenner was given the position Steve Swindal once had. That seemed to designate him as George Steinbrenner’s successor.
Then Hank started giving his opinion on every move and seemed to be in charge.
“They share the power,” Rubenstein said. “They are equal partners for both business and baseball. I spoke to them about it today and that’s the situation.”
Rubenstein also said that George still has input. But it’s clear that Hank and Hal have taken over.
As to what this means, only time will tell. Hank is obviously enjoying the spotlight as Hal ducks it. The biggest question will be whether Brian Cashman thinks he can work with them when his contract expires.
So enjoy the thoughts of Chairman Hank. But keep in mind that Silent Hal holds just as much power.