The older brother to Hal Steinbrenner and part owner of the Yankees says the youngsters coming up from the Minors can create the next club dynasty.
It’s been quite some time since we heard from George’s oldest son — but here he is, back in all his bullish glory, proclaiming what we saw from the Yankees’ farm system develop in terms of Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, and Tyler Austin is just the start when it comes to forming the next group of players suited to win multiple titles — as the Core Four did back in the late 90s.
On Thursday, joined by his 20-year-old son, George Steinbrenner IV, and IndyCar team owner Michae Andretti, Steinbrenner took some time out of announcing a new partnership with the Indy Lights Series to let the world know the Yankees’ intentions going forward.
While some have questioned the legitimacy of a rebuild started last August, only to hit a fever-pitch with the recent signing of Aroldis Chapman and Matt Holliday, the eldest Steinbrenner set the record straight.
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“Once we get it there, we’ll keep it there and we will spend to do so,” Steinbrenner told the Associated Press. “We will spend to do so.” Words that would bring a chagrin to the face of “The Boss,” indeed.
It’s a much different time than when his father owned the team, though. Complications from revenue sharing, the luxury tax, loss of draft picks and ever increasing free agent salary demands have forced the Yankees to reevaluate the structure of their business plan.
Gone are the free-spending days of the 2000s — replaced with an emphasis on shedding the salaries of overpriced veteran players that make way for highly touted, yet unproven Minor League prospects.
Though we will have to wait for the preseason rankings of the top ranked farm systems in Major League Baseball, it’s safe to say that the Yankees should find themselves at — or near the very top of that list. With the likes of Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and James Kaprielian banging on the proverbial door, the future for the Yankees is brighter than it’s been in a long time.
“It is different being a Yankee than it is playing for any other team,” Steinbrenner said. “We try to focus on finding players who can handle that situation. We don’t expect them to have any more pressure than any other young players, but it is different being a Yankee.
“Revenue sharing is a sore point with me, not necessarily the Yankees, just me,” Steinbrenner went on to say.
“My dad didn’t have revenue sharing. But our fans love home-grown players who come through the system. They get very attached to those players.”
So there you have it, Yankees fans — pick out your favorite prospect and ride with him on his journey to the big show — because it doesn’t sound like the organization will be getting off this track anytime soon.