Hank and Hal Steinbrenner's highs and lows
A three-year look at the highs and lows of Hank and Hal Steinbrenner as they've become the day-to-day owners of the Yankees.
George hands operations to Hank and Hal
Oct. 14, 2007
With the Boss facing declining health, the George Steinbrenner Era came to an end. Then 77, George handed day-to-day control of the Yankees over to his sons, Hank and Hal.
Torre offered one-year deal, declines
Oct. 19, 2007
Just five days after taking control of the Yankees, Hank and Hal parted ways with one of the great managers in MLB history. Joe Torre, insulted by a pay cut and a one-year offer, opted to walk away from the organization he managed to four World Series titles. For the most part, both the media and fans were in Torre?s court. Joe Girardi was hired to replace Torre later in the offseason.
Hank: Red Sox Nation bunch of bull**
March 1, 2008
Perhaps auditioning to be the next George, Hank took a jab at both the Red Sox and ESPN, stirring up one of sports’ fiercest rivalries. Steinbrenner denounced “Red Sox Nation,” calling it a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN. He insisted that America is, in fact, “Yankee country.”
Hank says Rays should thank Yankees
March 15, 2008
Following a brawl between the two teams, Hank had some choice words for the Rays, whom he felt were targeting the Yankees. Steinbrenner said, “I don’t want these teams in general to forget who subsidizes a lot of them . . . I would prefer if teams want to target the Yankees that they at least give some of that revenue sharing and luxury tax money back.”
Wang injured; where?s the DH?
June 17, 2008
At the time the staff?s ace, Chien-Ming Wang was injured running the bases in an interleague game against the Astros. Afterward, Hank Steinbrenner suggested the National League ?join the 21st century.? He continued, ?Don?t give me that traditionalist crap. We go to these NL cities, draw great crowds, and we end up losing one of our best pitchers. I?m not happy.?
Yankee Stadium hosts All-Star Game
July 15, 2008
In the last year of its existence, Yankee Stadium hosted the 2008 All-Star Game. While the game action was exciting ? the American League won, 4-3, in 15 innings ? Josh Hamilton?s 28-home run first-round performance in the Home Run Derby stole the show.
No postseason for Yankees
Sept. 23, 2008
Two days before the Yankees? expected elimination from postseason contention, the Yankees? Core 4 and other team legends celebrated the final game at old Yankee Stadium. On Sept. 25, for the first time since 1993, the Yankees were officially shut out of the playoffs.
Hank: Divisional playoff system ‘flawed’
Sept. 24, 2008
If the Yankees have a better record than the Dodgers, why should L.A. make the playoffs and not the Bombers? That’s what Hank Steinbrenner wondered in an interview with The Sporting News. Steinbrenner said, “What if the Yankees finish the season with more wins than the Dodgers, but the Dodgers make the playoffs? Does that make the Dodgers a better team? No.”
Official control of team given to Hal
Nov. 20, 2008
Despite Hank’s outspoken nature, official control of the Yankees was transferred from George to Hal after the 2008 season. But Hal’s taking control wouldn't minimize Hank’s role in baseball operations; he was to oversee the club’s business and finance operations.
Bombers add original ‘Big 3’
Forget LeBron, Wade and Bosh. Before those three converged on South Beach last summer, the Yankees brought in the three most prized free agents in the 2008-09 offseason. In one month’s time, the Bombers doled out more than $420M to Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. This, of course, coming after the Yankees fell short of the postseason. Sounds like something George would do.
First regular-season game at new Yankee Stadium
April 16, 2009
For the first time since 1923, the Yankees opened a season with a new full-time home. An Opening Day loss to the Indians was just the start of a tumultuous season for the stadium. Many baseball analysts were critical of the layout of the ballpark, largely because of the amount of home runs that found their way over the friendly porch in rightfield.
Yankees win World Series
Nov. 4, 2009
After an offseason spending binge, the Yankees took home their first title under Hank and Hal Steinbrenner. Behind Hideki Matsui’s huge World Series, the Bombers ousted the Phillies in six games to win their first Series trophy since 2000. It was the 27th championship in team history.
Jeter (finally) re-signs
Dec. 7, 2010
Arguably the most beloved Yankee in franchise history, Derek Jeter’s negotiations started rocky and never really got back on track. Hank Steinbrenner said that the Yankees didn’t feel they owed “anybody anything,” presumably speaking about Jeter and fellow free agent Mariano Rivera. As the offseason progressed, contract talks between the Yankees and Jeter got more and more public, with numbers getting leaked to the media. Eventually, Jeter signed. However, he admitted in the news conference that he wished things had gone differently.