Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner has died at the age of 63.
Hank Steinbrenner, the son of George Steinbrenner and brother of Hal Steinbrenner, came to power in mid-2000s as the elder Steinbrenner’s health deteriorated. In 2010, Hank inherited power of the team following the death of his father.
He died Tuesday morning at his home in Clearwater, Fla. The cause of death was not immediately known, but the New York Post reports it was not related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Steinbrenner family issued a statement (via the Yankees):
Hank was a genuine and gentle spirit who treasured the deep relationships he formed with those closest to him. 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.
In recent years, Hank Steinbrenner has played more of a background role as brother Hal became the face of Yankees ownership.
While owner of the Yankees, Hank Steinbrenner became known for his boisterous personality, often drawing the ire of fans and media alike for his public remarks. In a 2008 piece written for Sporting News, Steinbrenner wrote about his disdain for MLB’s playoff format.
Steinbrenner is survived by his four children.
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