Our corporate pals at USA Today have been running a poll on their web site about whether or not George Steinbrenner belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and during the course of my conversations with people who knew him this week that very subject has – not surprisingly – come up constantly.
One of the most succinct opinions on the matter came from Mike Stanton, the reliever who won three championships with the Yankees during the dynasty years. Stanton told me that, honestly, he doesn’t really understand the argument from people who say Steinbrenner shouldn’t be in the Hall.
“I don’t see how you can say no,” Stanton said. “You put down New York Yankees and what do you think of? You think of the interlocking NY and you think of turtlenecks.”
I chuckled at the imagery when he said that, but it’s certainly true. And Stanton went on, “I just don’t see how they could say he doesn’t deserve it. For what he’s done and what he’s built? Absolutely.”
My opinion is that Steinbrenner deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and so does Marvin Miller. Whether either man actually makes it remains to be seen.
* That’s an AP photo of a small memorial to the Boss that was created just outside the gates of his home in Tampa.