Wherever MLB and the Players Association are discussing labor-related things, it’s not unusual for a New York Yankees‘ representative to be there.
After reports indicated that Yankees managing partner and owner Hal Steinbrenner would go to the meetings this week, he wasn’t seen from Monday to Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL, where the meetings are taking place.
He was, however, spotted on Thursday, indicating that he finally arrived to participate in the talks between the league and the union for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
Hal Steinbrenner arrived at Roger Dean Stadium a little while ago. Hadn’t seen him here before this week.
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) February 24, 2022
Steinbrenner, unlike his father George, has shown he deeply cares about the competitive balance tax (CBT) and other financial items in the agenda.
“The Boss” was known for his spending ways: if he liked a free agent, he would overpay to get him at all costs.
The Yankees’ Boss Will Pay Close Attention To The CBT
His son Hal is more methodical and financially aware of everything involved, from money penalties for exceeding the tax to draft picks and more.
Some will defend his father’s method, and some will side with Hal in his way of seeing things and approaching the Yankees’ payroll, but the truth is that they are different.
He has shown, over the years, that he will have his general manager do everything to stay under the tax if that’s the goal for a specific year.
He has exceeded it, but before reaching the third straight year (and the steepers penalty), he stays under the number.
That’s why he will surely be attentive to negotiations and, especially, when it’s time to talk about the competitive balance tax, which is what hurts owners the most.
Stay tuned for news in the upcoming hours and days.