Yankee Breaking News: Yankee co-owner Hank Steinbrenner dies

William Parlee
New York Yankees
Dec 7, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Yankees logo during the MLB winter meetings at Gaylord Opryland Resort . Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankee co-owner Hank Steinbrenner has died today after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the disease had no connection to the coronavirus.

Long time owner George M. Steinbrenner died in 2010.  At the time, it was assumed that his eldest son Hank would take over the reins of the team.  But, Hank’s brother Hal who had gained increasing influence became the managing general partner.  With the passing of Hank today, the management of the team goes to the remaining Steinbrenner family members, which consist of Hal and general partners Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindel and Jessica Steinbrenner, who also manages the family horse farm.

In 2007 as George became ill and less able to handle the daily affairs of the New York Yankees, he turned the reins over to his son Hal who assumed an ever-increasing role in running the team.  Upon George’s death, Hal assumed control of the team.  Hank, however, was heavily involved in managing the team and ran the operations at the George M. Steinbrenner training facility in Tampa, Florida, where his office was located.

When Hank passed today at 63, his family was at his side, including Hal and both of his sisters.  This writer wishes the Steinbrenner family his utmost condolences as they suffer this great loss to the family, the New York Yankees, and fans.