New York Yankees: Yankees to honor the late Hank Steinbrenner

YANKEES TO WEAR COMMEMORATIVE PATCH TO HONOR HENRY G. “HANK” STEINBRENNER

To commemorate the life and recognize the passing of former New York Yankees General Partner / Co-Chairperson Henry G. “Hank” Steinbrenner, the Yankees will don a uniform patch for the 2020 season.Mr. Steinbrenner passed away on April 14, at his home in Clearwater, Fla., from a longstanding health issue. He was 63.

The commemorative patch will be worn on the left sleeve of the Yankees’ home and road jerseys for the entire 2020 regular season and postseason.

New York Yankees, Hank Steinbrenner

Hank, the eldest son of George M. Steinbrenner, maintained his Yankee office at the spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. Although he was seldom involved in the day to day operations, he was deeply involved in player negotiations, player development, and plotting the future of the Yankees.

Reggie Jackson reminisced on Hank Steinbrenner’s passing. Reggie played for the Yankees from 1977-1981. He was acquired by Hank’s father George M. Steinbrenner in one of the first big trades in baseball at the time. That is when he first met Hank. Since Reggie’s retirement, he has been a frequent guest instructor at the spring training complex in Tampa, Florida, where Hal maintained his office.

Jackson commented that he found Hank to be “very generous, thoughtful, and respectful.” Jackson admired how Hank and his brother Hal worked together without jealousy for the benefit of the club. Reggie expected Hank to run the team after the death of the “boss,” however, after the 2009 Championship brother Hal took the reins of the day to day operations. Although he first met Hank in his playing days, they developed a strong relationship and friendship since then.

Yankee News/Rumors: Former players weigh in on Hanks passing, Arizona Plan, and more

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Former New York Yankee players have weighed in on the death of former General Partner and co-chairperson Hank Steinbrenner.  Mr. Steinbrenner passed away after a long illness on Tuesday.  Hank, the eldest son of George M. Steinbrenner, maintained his Yankee office at the spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.  Although he was seldom involved in the day to day operations, he was deeply involved in player negotiations, player development, and plotting the future of the Yankees.

Reggie Jackson:

Jackson reminisced on Steinbrenner’s passing.  Reggie played for the Yankees from 1977-1981.  He was acquired by Hank’s father George M. Steinbrenner in one of the first big trades in baseball at the time.  That is when he first met Hank.  Since Reggie’s retirement, he has been a frequent guest instructor at the spring training complex in Tampa, Florida, where Hal maintained his office.

Jackson commented that he found Hank to be “very generous, thoughtful, and respectful.” Jackson admired how Hank and his brother Hal worked together without jealousy for the benefit of the club.  Reggie expected Hank to run the team after the death of the “boss,” however, after the 2009 Championship brother Hal took the reins of the day to day operations.  Although he first met Hank in his playing days, they developed a strong relationship and friendship since then.

Rich “Goose” Gossage

New York Yankee former relief pitcher Goose Gossage although being an annual attendee at the Yankee’s Old Timer’s day, he has had a simmering poor relationship with the Yankee front office. Gossage pitched for the Yankees between 1978-1983 and was another big-time player acquired by Hank’s father.  Gossage was installed into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

When Gossage spoke with NJ.com, he pretty much let out his displeasure with managing partner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman.  Gossage remembered at the time of the “bosses” death, eldest son Hank was more involved in the day to day operations, and everyone assumed he would take over the club, but that didn’t happen as Hal gained control.  He pointed out that Hank was much more like his father, was public and outspoken.

“Hal isn’t like that. Hal’s a very private guy that was kind of thrust into that position of running the ballclub financially. And now … this is the way I look at the Yankees: They’ve been a rudderless ship since Mr. Steinbrenner passed.”

Gossage in his interview seemed to indicate the had the club taken a different course with Hank at the helm, the club would have been more fun to play for and would have had more championships then brother Hal and Cashman have brought them.

Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi both played for the New York Yankees and managed the team from 2008-2017.  Girardi brought the Yankees to their last World Championship in 2009.  Both as a catcher for the Yankees and as manager Hank Steinbrenner was a big Girardi supporter citing similarities to former manager Billy Martin.

“I’m sure it helped me coming into being the manager of the Yankees because he loved the game,’’ Girardi said from his South Florida home about Steinbrenner liking him. “Hank knew the game and he knew players. I think Hank kind of appreciated the way I went about my business as a player. Hank was someone you could sit around and talk baseball all day to, and I appreciated that, I really did.’’

What I saw from Hank was his love for the game more than anything else. That completely shined through with him,’’ Girardi said. “Even though I didn’t see Hank a lot, I felt a connection with Hank because of his love of the game. And when he was around, that is all we talked about.’’

Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman did not renew Joe’s managerial contract after the 2017 season, citing disagreements with players.  Joe went on to be a broadcaster for the MLB network, and during this offseason was selected to manage the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dr. Tony Fauci on the Arizona plan

Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and he’s become the nation’s foremost voice on COVID-19 updates.  He is often seen on TV nightly when the White House gives updates on the coronavirus and the steps being taken to slow the spread of the virus.  He has frequently been at odds with the administration, citing a  more cautious approach to controlling the infection and keeping guidelines in effect.

Fauci and MLB have been in contact regarding the Arizona plan, where all 30 MLB teams would play the baseball season in isolation in the Pheonix area.  Many New York Yankee players have weighed in and have said although they are not in favor of the plan, if it’s the only way to get a baseball season in, they are okay with the idea.

He was informed that there would be no fans in the stands, and the players would be isolated in a hotel, only being allowed to travel between those hotels and those stadiums that games would be played in.  MLB would use Chase Stadium home of the Diamondbacks, which is a retractable roof stadium.  That and 10 minor league parks, along with some college stadiums, would be used to get the shortened season in.  Players would be spread out in the stands rather than using dugouts and would be tested throughout the season for the coronavirus.

Former Yankee Domaso Garcia dies at 63

In the same week that New York Yankee co-owner Hank Steinbrenner has died, the Yankees lost another former Yankee.  Domaso Garcia was signed by the Yankees in 1975.  He played in the minors through 1977 as a second baseman.  Garcia made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1978.  In 1979 he played in only 18 games when he and Chris Chambliss were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Garcia went on to be a Silver Slugger and MVP nominee and became a two-time All-Star with the Blue Jays.  Garcia finished his baseball career with the Montreal Expos in 1989.  Shortly after that, he was diagnosed with brain cancer and was only given months to live.  He was treated and recovered to go on to run a baseball camp in his native Dominican Republic. Garcia’s cause of death was not announced.

 

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Remembering Hank, MLB to take part in COVID-19 Study, and more

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Remembering Hank Steinbrenner

Yesterday marked the sad passing of New York Yankees General Partner and Co-Chairperson Henry G. “Hank” Steinbrenner.  The elder son of George M. Steinbrenner was an amazing man who loved life and was deeply involved in the Yankees, charities, horses, and many other business endeavors.  In recent years he has maintained his office at the Yankees training complex in Tampa, Florida.  He was more involved in the Yankees than many fans realized.  He oversaw all baseball operations with his brother Hal but was directly involved in player negotiations, long-term player recruitment goals, and overall club strategy.

As Hank’s father George began to loosen his grip on the team as he aged and became ill, for a few years before the 2009 World Championship, Hank began to take a larger roll in the Yankees.  Hank was very different than his brother Hal.  Hank was cut from a similar cloth as his father; you knew what Hank thought and often publically.  Unlike the reserved Hal, Hank was colorful, often saying provocative things that would reach the tabloids, reminiscent of the “boss”.  He was warm, engaging, and genuine, but also direct.

He once said of Alex Rodriguez in 2007 when he was about to opt-out of his contract.  “Does he want to go into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee or a Toledo Mud Hen?” He also once said, “if there’s a Red Sox Nation, there is a Yankee Universe.” With present managing partner Hal Steinbrenner you will never hear that type of candor.  For whatever reason, over the next few years, it became apparent that brother Hal would be the one that would lead the New York Yankees into the future.

Hank was deeply involved in charitable organizations from Tampa to the Bronx.  Children’s charities in New York and Tampa Bay, including The Joshua House, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Gigi’s Playhouse Tampa, The Children’s Dream Fund, and the New York Yankees charitable foundations to name just a few.  He was also on the Board of the YES Network and the Gold Shield Foundation.

It is unknown what Hal died from, but the family said it was a long-standing illness.  Hank was known to be a heavy smoker for most of his life. One thing that is sure, the piano and guitar playing, rock music-loving, horseracing enthusiast Hank that never lost his love of the Yankees will be severely missed his siblings Hal, Jennifer, and Jessica.  Hank leaves his four children and one grandchild.

MLB to take part in COVID-19 study

The New York Yankees and all of MLB will take part in a national study headed by Stanford University, USC, and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory.  The study will help researchers trying to gain a better sense of how widespread the coronavirus is throughout the country. A rapid antibody test will be administered using kits that draw blood from a finger and provide results within a matter of minutes. The tests will determine if participants have contracted the coronavirus even if they were asymptomatic.

The study will involve the New York Yankees, Mets and 25 other baseball teams from around the country. It will test about ten thousand baseball personnel from players, the front office, and stadium workers.  This will be the first study of it’s kind.  Although it will not have anything to do with when the baseball season starts, it will a greater understanding of the disease.

Yankee odds in a Grapefruit League

Anyone that follows my writings, knows that I am not in favor of this approach to getting a baseball season started.  But many are looking at what effect the realignment would have on the New York Yankees.  Fangraphs has looked at the plan and said it would be advantageous for the Yankees and would nearly assure them a place in the postseason.  They project an 89.2% chance of a Yankee postseason.

Under the plan, if implemented, the Yankees would not face traditional rivals, Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, but would face much weaker teams, including the Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Joe Girardi’s Phillies would be the toughest competition for the Yankees.

The Fangraphs result showed the Yankees leading the entire Grapefruit League (15 teams) with a 69-43 record, with the Astros (66-46), Rays (64-48) and Twins (63-49) behind them. The Yankees’ overall playoff probability was a whopping 89.2 percent, even with seven of last year’s 10 playoff teams playing in the league.

 

New York Yankees mourn the loss of Hank Steinbrenner: here’s their statement

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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

Here’s the Yankees statement on Hank Steinbrenner:

“Hank was a genuine and gentle spirit who treasured the deep relationships he formed with those closest to him,” said the Steinbrenner family. “He 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.”

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.

Yankee Breaking News: Yankee co-owner Hank Steinbrenner dies

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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.

 

Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner passes away at age 63

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On behalf of Empire Sports Media, we send our condolences to the New York Yankees family amid the passing of co-owner Hank Steinbrenner. A long-lasting illness took the life of Hank, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Sherman mentioned that the illness was not Covid-19 related, indicating that this might have been something the 63-year old had been dealing with for quite some time. The eldest child of George Steinbrenner and general partner of the team, Hank and his brother Hal have been an integral piece of the Yankees franchise.

Hank was not alone when he passed — surround by his family, including Hal and his two sisters, Jennifer and Jessica. All are listed as chairpersons for the team with Hal being the more influential of the group.

We are sending positive energy and prayers to the Steinbrenner’s in these tough times.