Hank and Hal Steinbrenner will share leadership of father George's beloved Bronx Bombers in an arrangement to be further ironed out at top-level meetings in Tampa this week.
"George has taken on a role like the chairman of a major corporation," said team president Randy Levine. "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."
"There's always been a succession - and that's myself and my brother," Hank told The Post in an exclusive interview.
He said he and Hal will have final say on baseball decisions as well as the running of the YES Network and the construction of the new Yankee Stadium.
"I'll pay more attention to the baseball part. The stadium, that's more Hal. But basically everything will be decided jointly."
"What's nice is the Boss is there - he's an office door away," said Levine.
When looking at the big picture, though, the Yankees' recent futility does not stand out. What is notable and unusual is their four championships in five years. The correlation between regular-season quality and postseason success is weak, and the Yankees' achievements from 1996 to 2000 are a statistical anomaly.
Some Yankees fans say that the championship teams had certain qualities that subsequent teams have lacked. Those dominant Yankees teams featured power pitching, good defense and a great closer factors that correlate well with postseason success, according to a study by Baseball Prospectus...
The important point is that the Yankees from 1996 through 2000, and not the more recent editions, are the odd case. It's not unusual for a good baseball team to lose frequently in the postseason, as the Athletics and the Atlanta Braves have shown.
Holding the current Yankees to the standards of a statistical anomaly, and looking for scapegoats when they show themselves to be as vulnerable to short-season baseball as any other team, is a mistake. The regular season, not the postseason, remains the best test of a team's quality.