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It is finally official: George Steinbrenner turns Yankees over to son Hal


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NEW YORK -- George Steinbrenner's 35-year reign as boss of the New York Yankees ended Thursday when he passed control of baseball's most famous team to his youngest son, Hal.

The elder Steinbrenner has gradually withdrawn from the Yankees' day-to-day operations in recent years, and brothers Hal and Hank were appointed co-chairmen in April.

"I realize it's a great responsibility," said Hal Steinbrenner, who turns 40 on Dec. 3. "My dad is, needless to say, a tough act to follow."

It has been essentially over for a season already, but the era officially ends today.

It will be interesting to see if the official switch brings any changes, or whether this is simply making du jure what was already de facto.

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It'll be interesting to see how this works. Evidently it'll be Hal in charge of the finances, with Hank in charge of Cashman and baseball operations. Knowing how the Steinbrenner's are about winning, I could see things getting ugly between the brothers if things aren't going well.

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