Hal Steinbrenner discusses comparisons to his father George: 'I'm a little less spur of the moment'

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman and managing general partner/co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner
Yankees GM Brian Cashman and managing general partner/co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner

Hal Steinbrenner is not his dad.

If he were, Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman probably would have been fired after Wednesday's gutwrenching 11-8 loss - and maybe way before that.

George fired Billy Martin five times, was banned from baseball for life at one point, ousted Yogi Berra from the organization, and was indicted for making illegal contributions to Richard Nixon's re-election campaign in 1974.

"There’s no doubt I’m a little less spur of the moment than he was, in a lot of ways," the current Yankees owner said of his father to reporters on Thursday.

No kidding.

Obviously, he was talking more in a sense of baseball operations decisions. And he's stern on waiting until after the season to make any changes, if at all.

"I’m just a believer in seeing an entire body of work from an employee, regardless of what department they’re in. We do that year to year to year. And every year, even if somebody’s in the middle of a contract, at the end of the year, I’m gonna look at their performance, and I’m gonna make a decision whether to continue with that person or not continue with that person irregardless of whether or not they’re under contract. Doing a kneejerk reaction to appease this person or that person in the middle of the year when I really don’t think there’s a problem, that’s certainly something I’m not I’m gonna do.”

Steinbrenner referred to the fact that his dad was criticized for his kneejerk reactions plenty of times. With Yankee fans calling for Boone's and Cashman's jobs, and fans saying George is rolling in his grave, fans want Hal to be George.

“I’m think I’m just used to it. I’m used to it. I’m my own person. We all have pluses and minuses, strengths and weakness, and there’s a lot of things that are different between my dad and I. They’re also things that are similar. I’ve just come to understand – to me, it’s a very justified question to ever ask and to always ask, because he was one of the greatest at what he did. All I could do is do my best, be my own person, make the decision in the way that I’ve always made decisions, which is putting as much thought into a decision as possible, taking the time – if I have the time - to do just that."

"All I can assure everybody is I do my best," he added.

But Yankee fans don't want anyone's best anymore. They want a championship they feel is long overdue in the Bronx.

Would the Yankees have had more than one since 2009 if Hal was more like George? Maybe.

Let's not act like the acquisitions Masahiro Tanaka, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gerrit Cole weren't George-like moves, by the way. A team with a fifth of their payroll knocked them out of the ALDS last year, also, so Hal being "cheap" not only isn't true, but even if it were, that's not why they haven't won a title.

But unless things go way, way, way south in the Bronx, the Yankees aren't making any changes until October.

And with the owner's reassurance of his staff, they probably won't make any changes at all.