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Hal goes all-in on Tanaka, 2014

With the Yanks in transition, 'math geek' shows he can gamble big like The Boss

Updated: February 13, 2014, 1:40 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

It's funny given how important he now is, but the man who is the fulcrum of the new-look Yankees went far too forgotten this week amid the surprise timing of Derek Jeter's retirement announcement Wednesday, and all the in-house nostalgia that was invoked Monday about how the Yankees' victory in the bidding war for Masahiro Tanaka was "Steinbrenner big."

What went overlooked was how the real guiding principle of the Yankees now is not the great hovering spirit of The Boss himself, ...

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