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Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner dies at 63

Hank Steinbrenner, Yankees

Hank Steinbrenner, co-owner and chairman of the New York Yankees, has died at his home in Clearwater after a long battle with an illness, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post.

Steinbrenner, the eldest son of legendary owner George Steinbrenner, turned 63 earlier this month and was surrounded by his family in his last moments.

The 63-year-old had been battling this illness for a while — one not related to the novel coronavirus, according to The New York Post.

Hank, who was once in line to inherit his father’s baseball franchise, is survived by his brother Hal, and his two sisters, Jessica and Jennifer. He had taken a step back from the public eye as the head of the Yankees in the past few years, allowing Hal to take on a more outspoken role.

George Steinbrenner, who the family knew as “The Boss” died in 2010, leaving the team to his two sons. Hank was the more outspoken one but ultimately passed the baton to his brother Hal to become the face of the franchise.

Hank was known for his affection for the farm system and his relentless pursuit of young talent. This was a major discrepancy for how his father George chose to run the team, aiming to nick big stars in trades and blockbuster signings. That ideological difference was a necessary pushback to create balance for the franchise, one that caused the franchise to thrive in 2009 with a World Series title.

Our deepest condolences are with the Steinbrenner and Yankees family at this difficult time.