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Hal Steinbrenner says Yankees are not for sale

Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner just released the following statement in response to the stories in this morning’s New York Daily News, which suggested the Steinbrenners are exploring their options to sell the franchise:

“I just learned of the Daily News story. It is pure fiction. The Yankees are not for sale. I expect that the Yankees will be in my family for many years to come.”

Yankees send condolences to Dallas Green’s family

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner issued a statement today expressing the team’s condolences to former manager Dallas Green and his family regarding the tragic events over the weekend in Tucson, Ariz. Green’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Christina, was among the six people killed. 
Here is the Yankees’ statement:
The New York Yankees today offered their condolences and sympathy to Dallas Green and his family on the loss of Dallas’ granddaughter Christina Green, who was killed in the Tucson shootings. 
Hal Steinbrenner, managing general partner of the New York Yankees, said: “The Steinbrenner family and the New York Yankees organization join the entire nation in mourning Christina and send our deepest condolences to Dallas Green and his family as they deal with this tremendous loss.  This is a tragedy that is beyond words and our thoughts and prayers are with the Green family, as well as all of the affected families.”
Dallas Green was a manager of the New York Yankees in 1989 and his son John, Christina’s father, pitched in the New York Yankees organization in 1989 and ’90.

With Jeter done, Steinbrenner ready to spend on Lee

jeter-hal.jpgDerek Jeter wasn’t the only one unhappy to see the details of his contract negotiations splashed on the back covers of the New York tabloids. In his office in Tampa, Fla., you can bet Hal Steinbrenner spent a few moments fuming, as what both sides agreed should be a private negotiation spilled into the public arena. 
“We were all upset and a little bit angry that it reached the level that it did,” Steinbrenner said. “You’ve always got unnamed sources making this comment or that comment. That’s what sells papers. But it was escalating, no doubt, which is why we sat down together again face-to-face and started hashing this thing out. It was a difficult three weeks, but we got it done. Everybody is ready to move on.?”
The truth was, both sides knew that they should continue their relationship. Jeter wanted to wear no other uniform and the Yankees needed him on the field as their shortstop and team captain.
“In the very first meeting we had, I tried to make that as clear as I could, that we wanted him to be a Yankee,” Steinbrenner said. “This family has a lot of respect for him and the contributions he has made for the organization.”
With talks stalled, Steinbrenner said that the turning point was a pair of meetings between Jeter’s camp and the Yankees, one in Tampa and another in New York. 
“I think it helped a lot,” Steinbrenner said. “Number one, we got to air our frustrations about how big the media part of it had become. We just talked about where we thought we needed to end up, and it all turned out for the best.”
Now it’s on to improving the team, and Steinbrenner said he has the money already earmarked for a big offer to free agent left-hander Cliff Lee.
“I’m a budget guy, you know that. But we’ve got some money to spend,” Steinbrenner said. “If we’ve got money coming off, we almost always put most or all of it back in. That’s what the fans expect. They expect us to field a good team every year and we’re going to do that. We are involved.”

Yankees mourn the passing of Elaine Kaufman

New York restaurateur Elaine Kaufman passed away Thursday at the age of 81. 

The Yankees released the following statements —
“We mourn the loss of Elaine Kaufman.  She was a great friend to my father and our family, as well as a tremendous supporter of the New York Yankees.  She was a special person who contributed so much to the rich fabric of New York City.   I extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and loved ones.”
“My wife, Mindy, and I considered Elaine a dear personal friend and one of the greatest ladies in New York City.  Not only was she a famous restaurateur and gracious host, but she was a delightful, wonderful person.  We will personally miss her friendship.  Elaine was one-of-a-kind, and she will be deeply missed.”

Hal Steinbrenner hits the airwaves

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner took to the airwaves on Tuesday, speaking to Mike Francesa on WFAN and Michael Kay on 1050 ESPN about a variety of topics that included the 2011 payroll, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and the comments made Monday by Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg. 
Here’s a summary of the major points raised, with credit given where due:
Thoughts on the 2010 season (WFAN):
“Very disappointing. Look, you know that we try to field a championship caliber team every year. We expect to be in the final round. We didn’t make it. Still trying to figure out why, scratching our heads a little bit. We just seemed to play a little cold. You’v e got to give it to the Rangers. They played us tough but disappointing. As always, we’re going to figure out what we need for next season and we’re going to improve.”
Steinbrenner’s thoughts on upcoming Derek Jeter negotiations (ESPN):
“We absolutely want him back. We want Mo back. They’re career Yankees. We hope, as far as we’re concerned, they’ve certainly been great Yankees, some of the greatest. But having said that, we’re running a business here. So if there’s going to be a deal to be done, it’s a deal that both sides are happy with.”
On increasing payroll for 2011 (ESPN):
“I can safely say we’re going to stay within the same level. But I’m obviously not going to get into details. But we know we’re expected to field a championship caliber team and we’re going to do what it takes to do that. So if we have to get creative in a trade, or if we have to go out for a big free agent, we’re going to do it. We do have some money coming off.”
Could things get messy with Jeter? (ESPN):
“There’s always the possibility that things could get messy. I know our fans are emotional and that’s what we love about them. But I’ve got to try to do my job on behalf of the partnership and the partners and everybody else involved in the organization. Hank and I need to keep a level head and realize that we’re running a business here.”
Thoughts on Chuck Greenberg’s comments and subsequent apology (WFAN): 
“Completely inappropriate, ridiculous. Our fans are the greatest in the world. We were somewhat shocked, but very angry as all of you were. We got on the phone to the Commissioner’s office, we told them that we’re absolutely going to respond in an aggressive way. We agreed to wait until after the game so as to not distract from the Series. 
But the bottom line is within an hour or two of the news breaking, Chuck was reaching out to us and I had a conversations with him a few hours after the game started. He’ll be the first one to admit that his statements were, just as I said, ridiculous if not stupid. He apologized in what  I believed was in a sincere way. 
I only talked to him over the phone but I definitely believe he was sincere about that. But what we told him was, ‘It’s great that you’re apologizing to us, but you need to apologize to the fans. They’re the ones you’ve wronged. There’s no excuse for it.’ So, he did. It’s going to be up to each individual fan I guess to read his statement and find it sincere or not sincere, but that’s kind of where we are.”
On if there was an incident at Yankee Stadium involving Cliff Lee’s wife (WFAN):
“As far as I could tell, we couldn’t find anything. Anything’s possible. Doesn’t mean something happened or didn’t happen. But we could not find anything. But again, that’s a second or two of a three-hour game and there’s a lot of people there, and a lot going on. There was no major incident that required 20 security guards.”
On 2010 as something to be proud of (WFAN):
“It’s certainly better than two years ago, not making the playoffs at all. I’m proud of many of the things we accomplished this year without a doubt, I think right now I might still be a little bit too raw after a week and a half ago, you know what I mean? But a few months from now, as I look back, who knows? But I can just tell you that we are going to field again next year a championship caliber team and we’re going to expect, just as the players expect, and the coaches expect, to be there at the end.”
On adjusting Yankee Stadium ticket pricing and empty seats (WFAN):
“The Legends section, which is the section of course everyone seems to focus on, we did very well on this year. I think the price reductions really worked. We were at about 92, 93 percent, if I recall. The number’s going to be very close to that, anyway. You know, you’re going to see empty seats at any time. Our stadium’s so big, there’s so much to do, certainly some of the empty seats you see one innings may not be empty the next. But that area did very well. But we’re going to do this every year. We’re going to talk to our fans, we’re going to look at every single section, and we’ll make price adjustments as we need to. Some sections may be overpriced, some may be underpriced, quite frankly. So that’s something we’re going to do and should be doing on an annual basis.”
Closing thoughts for fans (WFAN):
“Thank you so much for your support, You are among the most loyal fans in the world. We believe you’re the most loyal fans in the world. We commit you right now that we are going to field a championship caliber team. We’re going to work very hard in the offseason and we’re going to give you what you deserve.”
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