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From the Yankees Official Website:

The Yankees put up a statue of late owner George Steinbrenner at their Spring Training complex in Tampa, Fla., on Friday.

The bronze, life-sized statue — a duplicate of the one that sits in the Gate 2 lobby at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx — weighs more than 600 pounds and has been placed on a three-ton granite base at the entrance of Steinbrenner Field, according to the Tampa Tribune. It depicts Steinbrenner in a suit, wearing his 2009 World Series championship ring, the 27th in the organization’s history and the seventh in an ownership stint that saw Steinbrenner return the Yankees to prominence.

The Tribune added that the statue cites the Yankees’ record under Steinbrenner and some of his other accomplishments, such as his tenure as vice president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, his time on the board of the NCAA Foundation Board of Trustees and his charitable donations.

An accompanying plaque reads: “A great philanthropist whose charitable efforts were mostly performed without fanfare, he followed a personal motto of the greatest form of charity is anonymity.”

The Yankees will have a public ceremony at the statue on Feb. 26, the opening home game of their Grapefruit League schedule.

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