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Syd Thrift Leaves Yankees

August 30, 1989

Syd Thrift resigned Tuesday as senior vice president of baseball operations for the New York Yankees after five months, and less than two weeks after Dallas Green was fired as manager.

George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees, who hired Thrift on March 21, announced the resignation, saying, "He talked to me for a long time earlier today and said that his reasons for leaving the Yankees were personal and as far as I am concerned, they will remain personal."

Thrift, who was senior vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1986 through 1988 before being forced out in a front office power struggle, had a five-year, escalating contract starting at $350,000 per year with the Yankees. He could not be reached for comment.

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