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Agent Boras Says Steinbrenner Legacy With Yankees Based on Philosophy

George Steinbrenner’s legacy with the New York Yankees will survive because he passed on his philosophy to his sons, baseball agent Scott Boras.

Boras, who represents players including Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira of the Yankees, said the late New York owner -- who died July 13 at the age of 80 -- passed more than the team on to sons Hal and Hank Steinbrenner.

“The great thing is that I think George taught his sons and his family that his legacy is about philosophy,” Boras said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Venture” program. “The legacy of the Steinbrenner family is a star philosophy -- that we will use free agency to attract the best players, and the reason we are doing this is because it’s good business.”

Boras helped Rodriguez land a record 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees in 2007 that includes a potential $30 million in additional marketing bonuses if Rodriguez breaks the Major League Baseball career home run record.

He also represents players including Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets and rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals.

Boras is founder and president of the Scott D. Boras Corp., a sports agency based in Newport Beach, California.

Pharmacy and Law

Boras, 57, who received a pharmacy degree before becoming a lawyer, said the major leagues are doing a better job now of dealing with drug issues and denied he knew any of the players he represents were taking drugs. Rodriguez has acknowledged taking performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003 while a member of the Texas Rangers.

“As an industry, I think all of us could have done a better job in the ‘90s to pre-empt this issue,” he said. “I didn’t know, because if I would have known I would have stopped it. There is no advantage to baseball players taking anabolic agents, because it corrupts their joints.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Cris Valerio in San Francisco at cvalerio2@bloomberg.net Rob Gloster in San Francisco at rgloster@bloomberg.net

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