Posted by Andy on July 13, 2010
Please vote below on whether you think George Steinbrenner belongs in the Hall of Fame.
So far today I have heard and read a lot of arguments in both directions. I'm not going to make an exhaustive list, but here are various thoughts I have:
- By pouring so much money into his team, he's almost single-handedly responsible for the salaries we see in the game today. The Yankees are responsible for salary escalation more than any other team, and perhaps more than all other teams combined. However, I don't look at this as good or bad. That money ultimately comes from fans. Ticket prices are higher, yes, but fans continue to pay those prices in record numbers. Steinbrenner does not deserve blame for this, nor does he deserve blame for lack of parity in MLB today. Everything he has done as far as paying free agents has been well within the rules of the game. Please don't vote no because you are a fan of a small market team and you're jealous.
- It's easy to forget that Steinbrenner was banned from baseball for a period of time. He committed some terrible actions. MLB decided that a temporary ban was the appropriate punishment. I think there's a basis for arguing that he should be banned from the HOF due to some of these crimes. (I'm not saying I agree with that--just that I can see why some folks might.)
Please vote and please, please add your comments on Steinbrenner below. I would really like this post to becoming a living document about Steinbrenner's career, both good and bad.