Steinbrenner was just as known for his public run-ins with employees and adversaries alike. Among many other incidents, in 1985, Steinbrenner fired famed Yankee catcher Yogi Berra as manager after a rough start. This wouldn't be an issue except that during spring training, Steinbrenner said, "Yogi will be the manager this year. A bad start will not affect Yogi's status." Berra did not return to Yankee Stadium for years.
He once hired a gambler in 1987 named Howard Spira for $40,000 to dig up dirt on Dave Winfield. Commissioner Fay Vincent banned Steinbrenner from baseball for life for the misdeed.
Steinbrenner also publicly referred to Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu as a "Fat Toad."
He also publicly criticized everyone from Reggie Jackson to manager Joe Torre. Even shortstop Derek Jeter didn't escape a jab, when Steinbrenner questioned his off-the-field work ethic in 2003.
He also feuded with other owners, once referring to Red Sox president Larry Lucchino as a "chameleon". His total disciplinary fines chalked up to $645,000.