Now, at 76, and with the state of his health a well-guarded mystery, Steinbrenner must look to the future again. If he names a replacement for Swindal, he will almost certainly look to his sons, Hank, 49, and Hal, 38, who have resisted serious involvement in the baseball business as if it were too much of a burden to work for their father while he was active and typically tough.
It is less likely that he will look to his other son-in-law, Felix Lopez Jr., a team senior vice president, who is married to Steinbrenner’s younger daughter, Jessica.
Lopez has regularly helped Steinbrenner down the steps from the offices at Yankee Stadium and to his limousine after games.This is an important news story that directly affects the future of the Yankee franchise. However, please also keep the Community Standards in mind when discussing members of the Yankee organization and their families.But another partner, Daniel McCarthy, who helped put together the investor group that purchased the Yankees from CBS in 1973, and was Steinbrenner’s tax lawyer, said, “Both Hank and Hal could take over in a minute.”
But then he offered a possible clue to why neither son got the successor’s nod that the elder Steinbrenner gave to Swindal at a news conference nearly two years ago: “They’ve stayed away because George is pretty dominating. They like to call their own shots.”
But now, he said, “My vote would be for Hank.”