ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- George Steinbrenner's son-in-law and
designated successor to run the New York Yankees was scheduled to
appear in court March 15 to face charges of driving under the
Yankees general partner Steve Swindal was arrested by St.
Petersburg police at 4:26 a.m. Thursday, according to the charge
report. He was booked for a misdemeanor and released from jail
after posting $250 bond.
"That's too bad. I have no other comment other than to say it's
unfortunate," Yankees manager Joe Torre said Friday.
Torre said the arrest wouldn't have much effect on his job of
preparing the team.
"My concern are the players. That's what I'm in charge of,"
A member of the police department's DUI squad pulled Swindal
over at 2:12 a.m. after he cut the officer's cruiser off in
traffic, police spokesman Bill Proffitt said.
"She had to brake and take evasive action to avoid hitting
him," Proffitt said.
Swindal was weaving and driving 61 mph in a 35 mph zone when he
was pulled over, Proffitt said. He refused to take a breathalyzer
test and failed a field sobriety test, but was cooperative,
"Mr. Swindal apologizes profusely for this distraction during
the Yankees' spring training, and no further comment will be made
until this is resolved," said Steinbrenner's spokesman, Howard
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig called the arrest "a matter for
Mr. Swindal, the Steinbrenner family and the local authorities in
"Given the circumstances, I will continue to monitor the
situation and will review the ultimate disposition," Selig said in
a statement. "Until that time I will have no further comment."
The 52-year-old Swindal, who lives in Tampa, is married to
Steinbrenner's daughter, Jennifer, and has taken an increasingly
active role in running the Yankees. In June 2005, Steinbrenner said
Swindal would eventually succeed him.
Swindal did not immediately return a message left on his cell
Swindal also is part of a group bidding to become the next
operator of New York's three major thoroughbred racetracks --
Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.