The New York Yankees are without a leader
- 10/2/08, "Cashman aims to win with dysfunctional Yankees," Newsday, Ken Davidoff (link inactive but posted elsewhere) (written after Cashman's renewal)
- From speaking to employees up and down the organizational food chain, you still get the sense that
- organization lacks clarity today. The power flows, very unevenly, through these four outlets:
- 1. Hal Steinbrenner. He has worked hard in the last year to establish a relationship with Cashman and the baseball people, commuting to Yankee Stadium from his Tampa home nearly every week. But he is human, unlike his dad, in that he can't get his tentacles over everything.
- 2. Hank Steinbrenner. The "advisory-board" comments -- there will be no advisory board, Cashman confirmed Wednesday -- provide further proof that Hank is a highly entertaining fraud. As long as he's got his last name, however, Hank won't be ignored altogether.
- 3. Felix Lopez. The husband of George Steinbrenner's younger daughter Jessica, Lopez has
- exploited Hal's and Hank's limits to gain a surprising amount of power over
- the Tampa-based operations.
- Lopez is known as such a bully and a boor that he makes Hank Steinbrenner
- look like a gentleman and a scholar, in comparison.
- 4. Randy Levine. The head of everything in New York, including the Yankees' role in YES and the new Yankee Stadium, team president Levine used to be predictable in that he would carry out George Steinbrenner's wishes. Now, with The Boss largely resting in the background, Levine sits as more of a wild card.
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