MINNEAPOLIS — George Steinbrenner accepted the resignation terms dictated Monday by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent because the investigation into Steinbrenner's dealings with gambler Howard Spira uncovered too many transgressions for him to dispute the decision, Dave Winfield said Tuesday.
"I have a pretty good understanding of why he would go like that--he had no other way to go," said Winfield, who was questioned by special investigator John Dowd but was not a focus of the investigation.
"But I really don't want to say much more about it. I'd really like to find out more information and see how (Vincent) came to his conclusion. We're still in the hinterlands here and not in the middle of things. . . .
"I'm curious, like anyone else would be. I suppose the commissioner looked things over and he felt the punishment fits the crime."