In another indication that the loudmouth brother doesn't have as much say as some like to believe, Hal Steinbrenner has come out in print for lame duck GM Brian Cashman. Question is, after all Hank's shots across his bow this season, does Cash still want the Yankees?
Cashman would not talk specifics about his thoughts. He had been set to leave after the 2005 season. However, George Steinbrenner asked him to return with full autonomy, and Cashman agreed, partly out of loyalty to Steinbrenner. Now George is less involved because of his age and health, and his sons Hal and Hank run the show.
People familiar with Cashman's thinking believe he is very torn about whether to stay or to go. One large part of his decision will be what is best for his family, including his wife, Mary, and their two children, ages 9 and 5. Although his wife is from the Northeast, it is believed she is open to moving.
Regardless of the outcome, Hal Steinbrenner -- who has a close working relationship with Cashman -- stressed that there will be no bad blood.
"He knows there will be no hard feelings," Steinbrenner said. "A decision like that, there's a lot of factors. Any of us that have kids know the family's a big part of the decisions that have to be made."
Cashman's contract expires Oct. 31. Hank Steinbrenner recently mentioned the possibility of establishing an advisory board, but Hal, who is more involved on a daily basis, talked down that possibility. Hal said having advisers is important, but that he doesn't envision making the GM some figurehead role.
"We all think Brian's done a good job," Hal Steinbrenner said