Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner dies after lengthy illness

Hank Steinbrenner, a Yankees general partner and the oldest of late owner George Steinbrenner’s four children, died in Florida on Tuesday after a long illness, according to multiple reports.

Although the precise cause of death is not known, Hank Steinbrenner’s death was not related to coronavirus, according to the New York Post. He was 63.

Hank Steinbrenner and his brother, Hal, took control of the Yankees when their aging father stepped aside in 2007. Hank took a lesser role in recent years while Hal teamed with team president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman in making executive decisions.

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

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Hank Steinbrenner was also the minority partner of Steinbrenner Racing.

Hank Steinbrenner had four children, but was divorced.

While Steinbrenner mostly remained behind the scenes in recent years, he was known for his brashness when talking with reporters. In 2008, he took issue with the phrase “Red Sox Nation.”

“Red Sox Nation? What a bunch of bulls—t that is…That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans…Go anywhere in America and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order,” he told ESPN.

He got involved in a feud with the Tampa Bay Rays and was unnerved when Chien-Ming Wang injured himself in an interleague match while running the bases.

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