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This day in Sports by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

4/21/06 – Baltimore Orioles Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium : Yankees #2 Derek Jeter triples in the first inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/21/07 atlanta braves Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium:/ Mets lead 2-0 after 3 innings #15 beltran scores the mets 2nd run Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/21/12 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference quarter finals game #5 Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 makes a save on a shot by Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek #9 during the second period. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/21//13 New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers at msg New York Rangers lead 2-0 after 1 period New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan #24 celebrates his goal in the 1st minute of play today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/21/16 Oakland Athletics vs N.Y.Yankees at Yankee Stadium Bronx N.Y.New York Yankees lead 2-1 after 4 innnings New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine #27 hits a rbi single in the 4th innning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
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This day in Sports, by Neil Miller The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com

4/2/05 Yankees practice @ Yankee Stadium : Yankees Grounds Crew lay down a tarp on the field at Yankee Stadium today. There was going to be a practice but was rained out. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra .com copyright 2020
#35 weathers shows disgusts as he lets up the winning homer to #3 vidro as the expos win 2-1 /Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/20/07 atlanta braves Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium Mets celebrate jackie robinson day tonite with banner at homer plate Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/20/08 ny mets vs phila phillies at citizens bank park phillies lead 5-4 after 7 innings on a homer by #7 pedro feliz hit off of #25 pedro feliciano Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/20/08 rangers practice at mgs facility greenburgh ny neil miller steve valliquette left sean avery center and henrik lundqvist at practice today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra copyright 2020
04/20/09 Washington Capitals Vs. New York Rangers @ MSG eastern conference quarter finals game #3:Rangers Colton Orr gets into a scuffle with Capitals Donald Brashear in the first period. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/20/11 Houston Astros Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field mets trail 3-1 after 3 innings #15 carlos beltran hits a rbi double in the 3rd inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYextra.com copyright 2020
04/20/12 San Francisco Giants Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field queens ny Mets Ruben Tejada reacts after he strikes out to end the 9th inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/20/13 Washington Nationals vs New York Mets at Citi Field Queens NY New York Mets lead 5-3 after 4 innings New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy #28 gets a base hit during the 4th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in Sports, April 17Th by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

bruins vs devils devils win 3-1 #11 madden nails #46 jon girard on the boards in back of the bruins net in the third period Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
knicks lose to the hawks in ot/neil miller/ #11 jamal crawford has 31 pts tonite going up for a basket in the 4th quarter Neil Miller/The New Yrok Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/17/05 Florida Marlins Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium: Mets relief pitcher #27 Mike Matthews dives for a ball and hurts his rib cage in the ninth inning. Neil Miller/The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/17/07 Cleveland Indians Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium Yankees Derek Jeter throws out Indians Victor Martinez for the second out of the first inning. Indians Grady Sizemore scores on the pay. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/17/08 washington nationalsVs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium. Mets lead 1-0 after 1 inning #7 jose reyes score in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/17/09 carolina hurricanes vs new jersey devils eastern conference quarter finals game #2 score tied 1-1 afer 2 periods #30 martin brodeur makes a save in he 2nd period tonite Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/17/10 Texas Rangers Vs. New York Yankees at Yankees Stadium: #62 joba chamberlain reacts after getting a strike out in the 9th inning Neil Miller/The New york Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/17/11 Washington Capitals Vs. New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden NY Eastern Conference Quarterfinal: Capitals Alex Ovechkin reacts after he scores a goal in the second period. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/17/13 Detroit Pistons Vs. Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Nets lead 60-48 at the half Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries #43 dunks the ball in the 1st half tonite Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports, April 16th by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

senators beat islanders 3-1 #40 lalime defends in front of goal in the the last minute of play as the isles had a 6 on 4 but failed to score Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/16/06 – Milwaukee Brewers Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium #7 Jose Reyes Hi-Fives #21 Carlos Delgado after they score on #21 Carlos Delgado’s three run homer in the 8th inning. Delgado drives home #7 Jose Reyes and #16 Paul Lo Duca giving the Mets a 7-3 lead. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/16/07 buffalo sabres vs ny islanders at nassau coliseum,uniondale conference quarterfinals islanders lose 3-2 #30 ryan miller makes save on #11 andy hilbert during the 3rd period tonite Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/16/09 Yankee Stadium Opening Day. Cleveland Indians Vs. New York Yankees: indians lead 1-0 afer 4 innings #20 jorge posada tags out #2 jhonny peralta in the 4th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/16/12 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference quarter finals game #3 New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators at scotiabank center kanata ont canada no score thru 1 period New York Rangers left wing Mike Rupp #71 checks Ottawa Senators defenseman Matt Gilroy #97 in the 1st period Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/16/13 New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers at wells fargo center phila pa Philadelphia Flyers win 4-2 Philadelphia Flyers goalie Cal Heeter #35 stops New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin #62 in close during the 3rd period Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/16/17 St. Louis Cardinals vs New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium Bronx N.Y. New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury #22 flies out to end the 1st innning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/16/18 Washington Nationals vs New York Mets at citifield queens ny New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto #30 is tagged out at home plate in the 3rd innning Neil Miller/The New Yrok Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in Sports, April 15Th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com

florida vs mets mets lead 2-0 after the 1st inning/ #48 Aaron Heilman starts for the Mets tonight Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com/copyright 2020
04/15/06 penquins vs islanders//uniondale ny/islanders win 5-4 in the shoot out/ #28 wyatt smith put a shot on # 31 caron as #87 crosby tries to stop him neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/15/06 – Milwaukee Brewers Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium / Mets willie randolp and rachel robinson at pre game today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/15/09 carolina hurricanes vs new jersey devils eastern conference quarter finals devils win 4-1 #30 Marty Brodeur makes a stop in tonights game Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/15/11 ny rangers vs washington capitals verizon center washington dc eastern conference quarterfinal #19 ruslan fedotenko gets a high sticking penalty in the 2nd period leading to a cap goal Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports April 14th, Neil Miller, The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

tampa bay vs islanders tampa wins in a second straight shut out by #35khabibulin here stopping a late 3 rd period chance by #21 czerkawski/ Neil Miller /The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/14/05 Houston Astros Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium: Mets #20 Victor Diaz hits a double in the 7th inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/14/06 – Milwaukee Brewers Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium : Mets relief pitcher #50 Duaner Sanchez pumps his fist after getting out of a jam in the 7th inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/14/07 Washington Nationals Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium Mets trail 2-0 after 1 1/2 #26 orlando hernadez pitches in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The ew York Extra/ThenYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/14/09 San Diego Padres Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Opening Day: A cat runs on field near homeplate in last nites game Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra .com copyright 2020
04/14/10 philadelphia flyers vs nj devils at prudential center newark nj stanley cup eastern conference quarterfinals flyers 2-1 #30 marty brodeur almost has a 3rd goal go behind him on thes shot by #28 claude giroux in the 3rd period Neil Miller The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/14/11 ny rangers vs washington capitals verizon center washington dc eastern conference quarterfinals rangers warm up at practice Neil Miller The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/14/12 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference quarter finals game #2 Ottawa Senators Vs. New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 looks behind him as the winning goal scored by Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil #25 gets behind him in ot Neil Miller/The New York Extra/ThenYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/14/13 Indiana Pacers Vs. New York Knicks: New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith #8 goes up for a shot during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/14/18 Milwaukee Brewers vs New York Mets at citifield queens ny New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey #33 in the dugout after the end of the 5th innning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Hank’s Yanks Was A Legacy For Hank Steinbrenner

Ray Negron, the former Yankees batboy, and long time history with the team, introduced yours truly to Hank Steinbrenner in early June of 2016. It was at the Ferry Point Golf course in the Bronx on an overcast day at the annual charity event for Hank’s Yanks.

Hank, 63 years old and older son of George, the patriarch, passed away Tuesday morning at his home in Clearwater, Florida. The Yankees announced his passing after a longstanding health issue and not from the Coronavirus.

Hank, co-owner of the Yankees, in the past few years was in the background of running the team with all, if not most of the decisions  made by Hal, his younger sibling. He was in his 13th season as a General Partner and 11th as Co-Chairperson. 

 The Yankees, in a statement said, he was responsible for overseeing all areas of the club’s business and baseball operations which included contract negotiations and strategy.

Hank Steinbrenner may have been forced out by choice after the controversial signing of Alex Rodriguez. There are many accounts to that, and to this day believe what you want about that. 

 And the first item of business, discussed with Hank that day in June, wasn’t  the overall direction of the Yankees, though, that was discussed and the answers were honest and to the point. 

Hank’s Yanks, though,  was his legacy and a major part of his concern was the kids and their goals of playing organized baseball. . Hank gave the power to  Hal, after assuming ownership when George passed away in 2010.  

But, he wanted the best for kids in the community and it all started in the vicinity of Yankee Stadium.

Thousands of kids over the years, over 100 or more, were able to play ball at major colleges and quite a few signed to contracts on the professional level. They will never forget the efforts of Hank Steinbrenner and Ray Negron because of Hank’s Yanks.

“Ray Negron started it years ago with one team,” said Steinbrenner then, about ‘Hank’s Yanks’ which has seen over a dozen of its players get drafted to play pro ball and attend college. 

He said then, in that first meeting, “It was for kids in the area with different age groups for little leagues to present them in an opportunity especially in areas that don’t have a lot of little league action. It helped develop players, but mostly for fun.”

It became more than fun. The kids have lived their dream and it is owed to Hank Steinbrenner. They still play organized baseball with the assistance of this program in the tri-state area, and the golf outings over the years have been  successful. 

Current Yankees, the legends, and those from the corporate community who contribute to the cause have always been there for the kids and for Hank.

Doc Gooden, the former Mets and Yankees All-star pitcher, said Tuesday,  Hank Steinbrenner was like a second father to him. Gooden, was granted a second opportunity from the Yankees and George Steinbrenner  led him to Hank. 

“He was a lot like his dad,” said  Gooden Tuesday afternoon from his home in Piscataway, New Jersey.   “He was an aggressive, great baseball guy, and had a tremendous heart.  That was a great thing (Hank’s Yanks) he had. He reminded me a lot of his dad.  Same type of guy. Tremendous heart.” 

“Eventually when they get older, obviously they are not all going to play major league baseball, but it’s to help with college and give advice on colleges,” Hank said about his organization.  “We have kids that we helped get into college and we have had players drafted. It’s just for the kids, real youngsters or high school age. It gives them an outlet to be associated with the Yankees. “

Negron, said Hank, gave him the idea to be associated with the youth. To this day, Negron, is still actively involved and continuing the legacy.

Then known as the  T M Baseball Academy in the Bronx, now the Baseball Training Institute, Tony and Jessy Melendez were at that golf outing in 2016.  

Negron was the clincher.  Hank was informed about the efforts  of Melendez, and that dedication to youngsters.  Soon T M was the newest member of Hank’s Yanks and represented the Bronx.

“As some have heard me share in the past, I’m a huge Yankee fan mostly because of “The Boss” and the day I met Hank, I shared my admiration for the family.” Jessy said. 

“I remember like it was yesterday. We were at the golf outing fundraiser for our newly formed Bronx Hank’s Yanks, I was in awe of how much he resembled his dad. He was so gracious and warm.”

And it was the Yankees, because Hal wanted to see the proper direction and continue a legacy of this new dynasty his dad built in the Bronx. He was concerned about long term contracts, and more so for the duration and stress of signing a good arm for the rotation.

We can’t dispute Hal. Years later, the rising amount of pitchers with long term contracts have been victims of Tommy John surgery. Hal was also conscious of the luxury tax and the financial structure of the game.  

He sounded like his Dad for a moment. He had a cup in his hand and feet away from the quarters and the last to enter for the festivities. He wanted to be the last and after the golf games were concluded, Hank granted  this writer some time. 

It was about the Yankees and that direction.

Said Steinbrenner about the lack of wins, at a time when the Yankees needed more after a 2009 World Series championship,  “It constantly bothers us. Wish we could do more like it used to be but revenue sharing is killing us. We didn’t have that in the 90’s. Next year we will have more money to spend.“

He mentioned how important pitching was for the minor league system. The Yankees said they had a few prospects almost ready to make the jump to the Bronx and Luis Severino was one of them.  

“Cause pitching  is everything,” Hank said. “Problem is when you pay a lot of money for a free agent pitcher there’s the injury risk. You get a lot more money for the pitcher obviously than the position player. Teams want pitching the most and they will pay for it. But the problem is you take that big risk. The more you can develop obviously your own pitchers in the minors, the better.”

Steinbrenner said then, the Yankees have committed to drafting more pitching over the next ten years. It has worked. The Yankees have one of the top minor league systems in baseball. 

“Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t” he said. There were no hints of shakeups then and it was well known that the Yankees had to go to war the remainder of that season with the roster as constructed.

But it was this comment that clinched a deal here. 

“I need to get up here and do more in the Bronx,” he said.  “My dad always taught me that America is the Land of Milk and Honey but unfortunately it isn’t that way for everybody. We got to try and do and make it that way. That was a term he always used . We have to start and get it going.”

He got it going. Hank’s Yanks is that legacy and in the Bronx. 

Rest In Peace Hank. Condolences to the Yankees and Steinbrenner family.

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This day in Sports ,April 12th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com

raptors vs nets nets lead 58-45 after the first half #55 Mutombo slams one in during the first half Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
tampa bay vs islanders tampa leaqds 2-0 after 1 period/#13 kubina pushes #38 scatchard into goalie #35 khabbibulin in the 1st period Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/12/05 Toronto Raptors Vs. New York Knicks @ Msg : Knicks #3 Stephon Marbury drives to the basket as Raptors #24 Morris Peterson. tries to guard in the third quarter Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/12/06 – Kansas City Royals Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium : Yankees starting pitcher #39 Shawn Chacon delivers in the first inning. Neil Miller/The new York extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/12/07 New York Mets vs Philadelphia Phillies @ Shea Stadium: Mets Jose Reyes hits two run single in the 5th inning for the game tying and go ahead runs. Neil Miller/The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/12/08 Milwaukee Brewers Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium. neil miller: Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana delivers in the first inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/12/09 boston bruins Vs. New York Islanders @ nassau coliseum uniondale ny islanders trail 2-0 afer 1 period of play #30 tim thomas makes a save on #15 jeff tambellini in the 1st period Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/12/10 charlootte bobcats Vs. New Jersey Nets at the Izod Center. East Rutherford NJ last game in izod center #6 courtney lee gets past #42 theo ratliff for a basket in the 1st half Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/012/10 ny yankees workout day view of demo of old yankee stadium from new park Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/12/11 colorado rockies Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field stormy skies over citi field before the game tonite Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/12/16 Miami Marlins vs N.Y.Mets at Citi Field Queens n.y. score tied 1-1 during the 4th innning New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard #34 pitches in the 3rd innning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/ThneNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in Sports April 11th, by Neil Miller,The New york Extra/TheNYExtra.com

04/11/03 #30 Marty Brodeur makes a stop in tonights game Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/11/04 #42 Mariano rivera pitches in tonight’s game Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/11/05 Houston Astros Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium:Mets #30 Cliff Floyd hits a single to drive in two runs .Neil Miller /The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/11/06 – Kansas City Royals Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium : Opening Day/ #11 Gary Sheffield rips a base hit to left field Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/11/09 Orlando Magic Vs New Jersey Nets@ Izod Center East Rutherford NJ #20 Ryan Anderson scores a layup Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/11/10 Washington Nationals Vs. New York Mets Mets Mike Jacobs gets high fives from his teammates after he scores on his two run homer in the 8th inning to put the Mets on the board. Neil Miller The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/11/11 Colorado Rockies Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell reacts after he walks off the mound after giving up three runs in the 8th inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/09/11 Wood Memorial at Aquaduct #2 tobys corner pulls away from the favorite #5 uncle mo as they cross the finish pole in the 10th race today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/11/12 NY Rangers practice at MSG practice facility Greenburgh NY New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 at practice today Neil Miller/The New york Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/11/16 Miami Marlins vs N.Y.Mets at Citi Field Queens NY New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz #32 pitches in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in Sports ,April10,by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

04/10/05 Bernie Williams hits a single in the 9th Inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/10/08 Mets#33 John maine pitches in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/10/10 Washington Nationals Vs. New York Mets Mets Angel Pagan tosses his bat just after breaking it over his knee. Pagan strikes out with runners on base to end the 8th inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/10/11 Washington Nationals Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Mets David Wright scores during the first inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/10/16 New York Mets third baseman David Wright #5 hits a double in the 6th inning Neil Miller/The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020