In the view of at least one of the New York Yankees limited partners, George Steinbrenner's son Hank will not be introduced today in Cleveland as his father's nominee as general partner.

Charlotte Witkind of Columbus, Ohio, a limited partner since 1973, said she expects the controversial owner to designate an alternate replacement, citing recent reports that suggest seemingly low-key Hank Steinbrenner, 33, is not interested in replacing his high-profile father.

"It was pretty obvious to me and everybody else that this wasn't Hank's thing," Witkind said yesterday, recalling Hank Steinbrenner's brief apprenticeship with the Yankees in the summer of 1986. "George has made this position a highly visible thing, and Hank wants no part of that."

Witkind and the team's other 17 limited partners are to meet with George Steinbrenner today in Cleveland to vote for a new general partner. Steinbrenner must relinquish day-to-day control of the Yankees by Monday under his July 30 agreement with Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.

"Knowing George, I wouldn't be surprised if he had somebody else by now," Witkind said. "But I don't know who it is. And whoever it is will probably get approved . . . I've been taking it for granted for the last week that Hank wouldn't be nominated."

Yankees executive vice president and chief operating officer Leonard Kleinman is a possibility, but the New York Times reported today that Vincent has scheduled a Sept. 6 hearing on Kleinman's conduct.

Even if the limited partnership agrees on a successor by Monday, an interim replacement must be chosen until the new general partner is approved by three-fourths of the American League owners and a majority of the National League owners.

Because the new general partner needs 67 percent support and Steinbrenner owns 55 percent of the team's stock, Witkind said the process of approving Steinbrenner's nominee likely won't take too long.

"If {Steinbrenner} is ready to meet with a name of a successor that seems worthy of approval from the rest of the partnership, that part of the meeting might last 30 seconds," Witkind said.

But there are plenty of other things for the partners to discuss.

The FBI yesterday confirmed that it is investigating the relationship between its field office in Tampa and Steinbrenner. The Times, in yesterday's editions, reported that past and present Tampa agents provided Steinbrenner, owner of the American Ship Building Co., in Tampa, with information on gambler Howard Spira, the man who received a $40,000 check from Steinbrenner that prompted Vincent to order Steinbrenner to quit as general partner.

"I would assume that George would welcome it," said Steinbrenner attorney Paul Curran of the FBI's scheduled investigation. "As I understand, the whole thing is nonsense."

Meanwhile, Steinbrenner's lawyers continue to make accusations against Vincent and baseball investigator John Dowd of Washington, including an assertion that Vincent made a deal with Spira for evidence against Steinbrenner.

This angered Vincent, who responded from Kansas City: "Any suggestion that we would seek to interfere with a federal prosecution is a blatantly false and outrageously irresponsible fabrication that only deserves to be categorically rejected. These lawyers don't have the sense to realize that the investigation is over. They were screaming the same way during the hearings because things weren't going too well. They accepted the agreement. It's over. They ought to have the good grace to recognize that."