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"I'm not going to ask the people in the family why they picked one against the other," said baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who visited Steinbrenner in Tampa, Fla., before Game 2 of the World Series last month. "I get enough trouble as commissioner. I don't need to get into family squabbles."
Steinbrenner's tenure was twice interrupted by lengthy bans from baseball (1974-76 and 1990-93), but it was widely believed he still made the final decisions during those periods.
Major League Baseball said Steinbrenner requested the change in control be made, and the Yankees said Hank Steinbrenner voted in favor of it. George Steinbrenner retains his title as the team's chairman and his wife, Joan, is a vice chairperson along with their daughters, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and Jessica Steinbrenner.
Before Hal, each son-in-law of the owner emerged as heir apparents, only to divorce the owner's daughters and depart the team.
Joe Molloy, married to Jessica Steinbrenner, was a general partner from 1992-97. Steve Swindal, married to Jennifer Steinbrenner, was a general partner from 1998-06, then became chairman of Yankee Global Enterprises LLC, the team's holding company. He was publicly designated by George Steinbrenner as his successor in June 2005 but Swindal departed after his driving under the influence arrest early on Feb. 15, 2007.
Hal Steinbrenner became more active in the team's operations following Swindal's arrest.
"George is still going to be involved," Yankees president Randy Levine said. "This is really just a codification, with the commissioner's help and input, of what's been going on the last several years."
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