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Steinbrenner slams revenue sharing, Jeter

Posted on: February 21, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 5:23 pm
 
SteinbrennerWait, the Red Sox and Yankees owners agreeing on something?

That's surprising, but Hank Steinbrenner told the Boston Globe he agrees with Sox owner John W. Henry's claims that something needs to be done to fix the revenue sharing problem in baseball.

"We've got to do a little something about that and I know [MLB commissioner Bud Selig] wants to," Steinbrenner said. "There's a way. Obviously we're very much allied with the Red Sox, and Mets and Dodgers and Cubs, in that area. At some point if you don't want to worry about teams in minor markets, don't put teams in minor markets or don't leave teams in minor markets. Socialism, communism is never the answer."

Steinbrenner said the Yankees contributed around $130 million to MLB's coffers between revenue sharing and luxury tax, the most the Yankees have ever had to pay. Boston's president, Larry Lucchino, said a few days ago that Boston chipped in $86 million.

On another subject, Steinbrenner says he sees "hunger" returning to the team, believing the club lost its edge after the 2009 World Series.

"In 09 I saw it," he said. "... Sometimes they celebrated a little too much last year. Some of the players too busy building mansions and concentrating on other things and not concentrating on winning. I have no problems saying that. They've come into this spring with a new hunger and that's what it takes to win."

How you can win 95 games and get to within two wins of the World Series and have your hunger called into question is rather odd, but then again, this is a Steinbrenner we are talking about.

Oh, and the one player who built a mansion was none other than Derek Jeter. Nice dig, Hank.

"I'm not singling anybody out," Steinbrenner said. "This year, from what I've seen by our coaches they've come in with a real new drive and determination, the kind they had in '09. I think they felt embarrassed last year. It bothers them."

I can think of 26 other teams that would have loved to be embarrassed the way New York was in 2010.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:08 am
 

Steinbrenner slams revenue sharing, Jeter

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Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Steinbrenner slams revenue sharing, Jeter

Amen. I was a Pirates fan for 30 years and couldn't take it anymore. They will never try to put a contender on the field.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:21 am
 

Pirates: $40mil revenue sharing - $30 mil payroll

Please don't take all my free money!  I was just about to build another hotel at my winter ski resort!
- Sincerely, Robert Nutting, Pirates owner



Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:16 am
 

Steinbrenner slams revenue sharing, Jeter

Like father, like son.  What a clown!!



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:55 am
 

Steinbrenner slams revenue sharing, Jeter

Do all of us Yankee fans around the world a favor- sell the team.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:49 am
 

Steinbrenner slams revenue sharing, Jeter

If there is a bigger idiot than Hank it has to be Bud.  Daddy is dead time for Bud to put on his big boy pants and slap these morons down and make MLB relevant again.



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:53 am
 

Steinbrenner slams revenue sharing, Jeter

This from a "man" who inhereted everything he has, tax free. His talents consist entirely, of being a rich man's son.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Steinbrenner slams revenue sharing, Jeter

I don't know, when his dad said things like this it was sort of expected and you went about your business. I mean senior earned his way and bought the team and turned things around under his direction. But when his son says it he comes across as a boob. Unless you plan to play only 4 teams ALL the time you pretty much have to have the smaller markets don't you? And I'm not a Jeter fan but he's done more to put rings on fingers than Hank has. I wouldn't mind seeing some teams get contracted and improve the quality of play but there's only a couple of markets big enough to compete with the Yankees in bidding wars and they can't do it.


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