One day, the man that was so powerful and influential for the New York Yankees and baseball in general, had to step down and let his sons take the reigns. George Steinbrenner could be accused of lots of things, but he was a winner, and that can be denied. When he fell ill after the 2007 season, Hank and Hal Steinbrenner took over.
For the Yankees, it was the end of an era. But, as time would tell later down the road, it was the beginning of another one. The Yankees won the World Series in 2009 and have remained the most profitable ballclub in MLB, and one of the most competitive ones year in, year out. Long gone are the days in which the team would outbid other clubs for anyone, but they have developed a fantastic farm system and built from within to remain a powerhouse under Hank Steinbrenner and Hal.
Both brothers were extremely influential in the transition, but over time, Hal’s importance grew while Hank’s role diminished. Even still, the Yankees are now mourning his passing, which occured today at his home in Clearwater, Fla., from a longstanding health issue not related to the current coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Steinbrenner was 63.
Condolences from the Yankees
â€œHank was a genuine and gentle spirit who treasured the deep relationships he formed with those closest to him,â€ said the Steinbrenner family. â€œHe was introduced to the Yankees organization at a very young age, and his love for sports and competition continued to burn brightly throughout his life. Hank could be direct and outspoken, but in the very same conversation show great tenderness and light-heartedness. More than anything, he set an example for all of us in how comfortably he lived enjoying his personal passions and pursuits. We are profoundly saddened to have lost him and will carry his memory with us always.â€
Hank Steinbrenner was in his 13th season as a General Partner of the New York Yankees and his 11th season as Co-Chairperson of the club.
For years, Hank supervised the Yankees’ business and baseball operations and had direct involvement in player negotiations, recruitments and the club strategy.
He will be missed by the New York Yankees and the baseball community.