Report: Steinbrenner Cedes Yanks to Hank and Hal; Whither Torre?

101507 yankees Report: Steinbrenner Cedes Yanks to Hank and Hal; Whither Torre?The New York Post is reporting this morning that George Steinbrenner’s sons have taken over daily operations at the New York Yankees ball club.

The New York Post said the details about the control of the franchise will be ironed out at top-level meetings the Yankees are holding this week in Tampa. According to The Associated Press manager Joe Torre’s status for next season will be decided during discussions starting on Tuesday morning.

"George has taken on a role like the chairman of a major corporation," team president Randy Levine told the paper. "He’s been saying for years he’s wanted to get his sons involved in the family business. Both of them have stepped up and are taking on the day-to-day duties of what’s required to run the Yankees." (ESPN.com)

Incidentally, what does all this mean for Joe Torre?

Talk to Yankee employees long enough and ask them their gut feelings on Torre’s future and they predict he returns. Yet, nobody is guaranteeing that.

There have been behind-the-scenes comments made that indicate Torre’s 12-year stint in The Bronx will end tomorrow.

Furthermore, nobody who will be at the table tomorrow has given Torre the slightest vote of confidence.

Hank Steinbrenner, The Boss’ eldest son, is said to like Torre. However, Hank last week said "nothing lasts forever" when asked about Torre’s future. (The New York Post)

The Post reports that two top contenders to take Torre’s job—Don Mattingly and Joe Girardi—have not been contacted by the family.