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The Steinbrenners remain the primary owners of the Yankees, but do they have the drive that George did to succeed?
When George Steinbrenner became principal owner of the New York Yankees in 1973, the team was in the midst of a period where it had won more than 83 games just once in eight seasons. Over the next 37 years (he died in 2010), the team surpassed that total 28 times.
With George at the helm of the organization, the team won 11 pennants and seven World Series titles. Willing to do whatever it took to put the best product on the field, Steinbrenner created a legacy of free-spending in the open market.
Following his death, George's sons Hal and Hank assumed control of the organization. It remains to be seen if they inherited their father's win-at-all-costs mentality or even the same desire to own the team.
In May 2012, rumors began that the Yankees might be up for sale. With the Los Angeles Dodgers being acquired for over $2 billion, the assumption was that the Steinbrenners realized it was the time to sell the team, which had been valued at over $3 billion.
That type of speculation would never have arisen with George at the top of the Yankees' tree.
Those rumors were slowly put to rest, and when 2013 arrived, Yankees fans had something new to worry about.
In an effort to set a budgetary goal under the luxury tax threshold in 2014, Hal Steinbrenner implied that the team would attempt to keep its payroll under $189 million.
Given the huge contracts the team already has tied up with Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, it would seem that the Yankees will be handcuffed in this offseason's free agency.
How determined the Steinbrenners are with their stated frugality could be the deciding factor as to whether the team competes for a title in 2014.