After more than three decades of running the New York Yankees, team owner George Steinbrenner has reportedly loosened the reins on the operations of his club, rewarding his next of kin with full control just in time for what should be a challenging offseason for the storied franchise.
According to the New York Post, Steinbrenner’s sons, Hank and Hal, will take over the day-to-day duties of running the Yankees, including having final say on all baseball decisions, running the YES Network, and overseeing construction of the new Yankee Stadium, slated to open in time for the 2009 season.
“There’s always been a succession – and that’s myself and my brother,” Hank Steinbrenner told The Post.
The 77-year-old Steinbrenner watched his Yankees concede the American League East to the Red Sox for the first time since 1995 this past season, then drop their fourth consecutive playoff series last week to the Indians, during which he made waves throughout New York by declaring manager Joe Torre’s job was in jeopardy.
While the future of Torre will be on the forefront of a meeting this week in Tampa (The Post’s George King calls it, “the most important week of George Steinbrenner’s 34 years of owning the Yankees”), Hank also told the Post that one such personnel decision has already been made: Joba Chamberlain will be in the New York starting rotation next season.
“That’s something I’ll insist on,” he said.