Yankees Co-Owner Hank Steinbrenner Dies at 63 from Longstanding Health Issue

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2020

New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, left, watches a spring training baseball game against the University of South Florida with his son Hank Steinbrenner Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner died Tuesday in Florida. He was 63.

George A. King III and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Steinbrenner suffered from a "lengthy illness." MLB Network's Jon Heyman noted it was a "liver issue."

New York Yankees @Yankees

The New York Yankees mourn the passing of General Partner and Co-Chairperson Henry G. “Hank” Steinbrenner. https://t.co/rL07EUHirS

Mark Feinsand @Feinsand

Here is the Yankees' full release on the passing of Hank Steinbrenner: https://t.co/R46O8zTCfp

Steinbrenner was named a co-chairperson of the league's most valuable franchise in 2008 along with his brother, Hal Steinbrenner.

They'd taken over daily operations from their father, George Steinbrenner, a year earlier. The family patriarch, who purchased the organization in 1973, died in 2010.

Hank took on a less active role with the Yankees in recent years while shifting focus to different endeavors, including the formation of Steinbrenner Racing with his son, George Michael IV, and the family's horse business in Florida, according to the New York Post.

Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

Hank Steinbrenner was in line to run the Yankees after his father’s passing and for a brief time when his father was ill both Hank and Hal ran the team. Hal morphed into the front man over time. Hank was much more like his dad, shoot from the hip, glib Hal is reserved in comment

The eldest son of the outspoken George Steinbrenner, he often took hard-line stances like his father did before giving way to Hal as the face of the organization's leadership.

"Don't put teams in minor markets," he told reporters in 2011 when asked about MLB's revenue-sharing system. "Or don't keep teams in minor markets. ... Communism, socialism, whatever you want to call it, is never the answer."

The comments came in the same interview in which he said Yankees players were "too busy building mansions and doing other things, and not concentrating on winning" during their 2010 title defense.

Pitcher David Wells, who spent four years with the Yanks across two stints, posted condolences on Twitter:

david wells @BoomerWells33

I’m am so sorry to hear the passing of Hank Steinbrenner. My thought and prayers go out to the Steinbrenner Family. RIP.

New York hasn't captured a World Series championship since its 2009 triumph.