The Yankees have named Hal Steinbrenner as their control person, making it eminently clear that it is Hal Steinbrenner, and not his older, more verbose brother Hank, who plays the greater role in the team's operations.
Hal Steinbrenner replaces his father, George Steinbrenner" id=" PEBSL000166">George Steinbrenner,
as the person appointed to speak with commissioner Bud Selig for all
relevant matters. Selig made the announcement today following the
quarterly owners' meetings, at Major League Baseball's Manhattan office.
"I appreciate the confidence that commissioner Selig and the other
owners have in me," Hal Steinbrenner said. "My dad left big shoes to
fill, but I'm going to do my best.
"He's been slowing down the last couple of years," Hal Steinbrenner
said of his father, 78, who still reports occasionally to the Yankees'
Selig and his wife, Sue, met with George Steinbrenner and his wife,
Joanne, in the Steinbrenners' Tampa home on Oct. 23 and discussed this
transition. Selig was in town to see the nearby Rays play in the World
The Yankees said, in an announcement, that Hal and Hank Steinbrenner" id=" PESPT008436">Hank Steinbrenner would continue as co-chairmen.
While Hank, 51, has spoken out publicly far more than his brother in
the past year, Hal was at Yankee Stadium far more often than his
brother this year. Hal is responsible for financial operations of the
club, and Hank oversees general manager Brian Cashman" id=" PESPT008591">Brian Cashman and the baseball operations.
George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees in 1973 and became one of the
most high-profile owners in all of sports, polarizing fans across the
country with his bluster and deep pockets. He will retain his title as
the team's chairman.
Steinbrenner has been in fragile health, resulting in fewer public
appearances and pronouncements. He delivered the balls for the
ceremonial first pitches from a golf cart at July's All-Star game at
Yankee Stadium, but stayed home in Florida to watch the park's final
game on television.
The Yankees have won six World Series titles during his reign.
This story was supplemented with content from the Assoicated Press.
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