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George Steinbrenner has passed !

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Jimmy 440, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2007
    Fox News and AP have just reported that George Steinbrenner has just died in Tampa Fl.He apparently had a heart attack Monday night and died today.He was 80 years old.

    RIP George ! : (
  2. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    RIP Boss
  3. redsoxfan26

    redsoxfan26 Godfather

    Dec 6, 2007
    ESPN is reporting this as well. For all the good things and the bad that he did for baseball, what I will remember him for is this: there will never be a more generous owner in any professional sport. Every year when the Red Sox hold their annual "Jimmy Fund" telethon to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute he was always one of the biggest contributors. For that at least I will miss him.
  4. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    WOW - Big news for the Big Apple.

    Never was a fan of his, nor his practices of throwing money at a problem...

    But he did contribute to baseball in many ways, and I'm sure many will miss him as they should.
  5. Msguy

    Msguy Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2003
    The thing I Like about George Steinbrenner is he wanted a winner and stopped at hardley nothing to please his fans and try to put the best out on the ballfield. Many mulit-million and some even Multi-Billion dollar owners in the game today only care about profit. George actually cared about winning. That's what it should be all about.
  6. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Love him or hate him, he certainly changed the game. Bill Madden's recent bio, Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, certainly proved to be a timely book.
  7. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    terrible loss for baseball.

  8. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    He was different...RIP
  9. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    George Steinbrenner...RIP. You were an awesome owner who built champions. Yanks will win number 28 for you.

    HIGHWAY Legend

    Apr 11, 2007
    north east pa
    RIP Boss. baseball will miss you.
  11. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Exactly. Those old enough to remember how, e.g., Charlie Finley attempted to sell-off Oakland's stars to the highest bidders in the 70's can appreciate that Steinbrenner was the first owner in sports I can recall who re-invested his profits on players, instead of lining his pockets with $$$.

    His main flaw, IMO, was his propensity to interfere with his GM's, and insist they somtimes acquire "trophy" free agents that were past their primes. In recent years, Kevin Brown and Randy Johnson come to mind. It's a scary thought, but the Yankees might have been even more successful had he just written the checks and let his GM's make the final decisions on personnel. Just my .02.
  12. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I've been listening to the CNN summary of the announcement. Sorry Yankee fans...

    Other than (almost single-handedly) driving up the overall cost of pro sports today through his near-uncontrolled salary spending, encouraging "loyalty by the dollar", making a mockery of his managers and GM's, and having no people skills, he was a great guy.

    But he's gone now...so RIP.
  13. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
  14. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    While I'm certainly no Yankee fan, I tip my hat to one of the men who made baseball a vastly better sport by being involved in it.
  15. dmurphy

    dmurphy Active Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Personally, I mourn the loss of Bob Sheppard much more than The Boss.

    Having said that... The Boss changed the game, and that's a fact. Whether it's for better or worse, that's up to your personal opinion ...

    And as a Yankee fan, I'm glad for the investment and the success.
  16. Mavrick

    Mavrick Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    I think this is the fault of George Costanza feeding a man calzones everyday for lunch is a recipe for a heart attack.

    On a serious note though rest in peace Mr. Steinbrenner for you helped make the game what it is today.
  17. coldsteel

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007
    Maybe Dish can get YES now..... ;)
  18. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Lest people forget, it was the landmark Curt Flood ruling that created free agency and loyalty to the dollar, and it's either thanks to the owners' stupidity or the brilliant union leadership of Marvin Miller and Donald Fehr that there is no salary cap in baseball today.

    Had George not been the first owner to play by the post-Flood rules, someone else surely would have. I give him props for refusing to collude with baseball's "old boys club", who wanted nothing more than to continue screwing the fans and players to their own financial advantage.

    Some of the greatest leaders in history were SOB's. Whether or not Steinbrenner had people skills is irrelevant to his legacy and the mark on the sport he has left behind. I never liked the guy personally, but I'm grateful he did everything humanly possible to put the best team on the field for fans of his team. His only motivation was winning, not greed.
  19. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Keeping it simple...George clearly championed (pun intended) the concept of buying a championship in a world without salary cap limits.

    There's not exactly any form of "brilliance" in assembling your roster by opening up your checkbook. This also breeds inflation (overpayment) in salaries, which was accelerated by that methodology. It also fueled an astronomical rush to higher salaries. Few had more to do in that trend that good old George, and likely led to the kind of resentment other teams have had towards his philosophy - especialy those many others who had smaller checkbooks.

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