The ghost of former Yankees GM George Steinbrrenner has died at 94, according to the New York Times.
Steinbourners grandson, Frank Steinbroner, confirmed the news to ESPNCricInfo.
Steinbrenners grandson said he was shocked and saddened by the news.
“I’ve known George for 40 years, but this is an extremely sad day for all of us, especially for George’s family and friends,” Frank Steinbrunner said.
“He was a great man, a great baseball player, and he will be deeply missed by everyone.”
Steinbranner’s death is a blow to the Yankees, who had been searching for a GM since they fired Rob Manfred in the offseason.
Manfred had been with the team for seven years and won four World Series titles.
He was the first player ever to win a World Series MVP award in his career.
Steinbroners son, Frank, had been hired to run the scouting department under Steinburners successor, Bill Stoneman.
He left that job shortly after Steinbner’s firing.
Manfiel, the son of legendary Yankees owner George Steinbloom, joined the Yankees in 1951 as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
He won a World Championship in 1956 with the New Jersey Yankees.
The Yankees hired Manfred from the New England Patriots when he joined the team as general partner.
He retired in 1979 and remained the Yankees GM through the end of the 2015 season.