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A 28-year-old MVP coming off of a historic season for an irrelevant franchise and then thrust into the spotlight of the Bronx.  A great first season in pinstripes dimmed only by astronomical, unrealistic expectations from fans.

Similar Paths

Giancarlo Stanton and Alex Rodriguez have almost too much in common when comparing their acquisitions and first seasons in New York. Both were the highest paid players in the game, and both of the blockbuster trades came seemingly out of nowhere. In 2004, Alex Rodriguez had a great year. He slashed .286/.375/.512 and socked 36 homers all while learning a new position and adjusting to life in New York. However, coming off of his 2003 MVP season in Texas (.298/.396/.600) many fans were disappointed. A-rod was great in the 2004 playoffs as well. He hit .320 across 11 playoff games against the Twins and Red Sox, driving in eight runs while cracking three homers. Despite the entire team melting down in the ALCS, Rodriguez took most of the blame for the collapse, and the same lazy narratives that would go on for 15 years were born.

“A-rod can’t handle New York.”

“He isn’t clutch.”

“A-rod isn’t a team player.”

“He can’t hit in the playoffs.”

Sadly, despite an overwhelmingly successful career in New York, Rodriguez never stopped hearing the same tired criticism from misinformed fans. He really couldn’t win- if Rodriguez put together an MVP season, people simply said, “Well that’s what he’s supposed to do.” Anything less, and he was shredded. In fact, the only seasons he escaped criticism were 2005 and 2007 (MVP years) and 2009 (carried the Yankees to a 27th world championship.) Luckily the championship muted most of the doubters, but I can only imagine how Rodriguez would be viewed by Yankee fans if they didn’t win that World Series.

Giancarlo Stanton faced relentless scrutiny throughout 2018. Despite hitting two homers in his first game as a Yankee, he was booed just three games later in the home opener after going 0-5. The booing kept up during the season, despite Giancarlo being the most productive player on the team. He led the team in home runs and RBIs, and he was second in hits despite playing most of the season on a tight left hamstring. While virtually all of his teammates missed time on the disabled list, Stanton sucked it up and played hurt all summer, playing in a team-high 158 games. His toughness and insatiable desire to compete should never be questioned.  Stanton did struggle in the playoffs despite homering in the Wild Card game. Like A-rod in 2004, Stanton took the brunt of the blame for losing a playoff series to Boston, even though there was plenty of blame to go around.

Looking Ahead to 2019

Stanton had an awesome 2018, however, 2019 should be even better. All of the first year adjustments are done. He has settled into his new city with his new teammates in his new apartment. He knows the coaching staff.  More importantly, he knows the American League pitchers. After spending his entire career in the weaker National League, he should be fully adjusted to American League pitchers, ballparks, and the overall landscape. In A-Rod’s second season in New York, he slashed a ridiculous .321/.421/.610 with 48 home runs en route to his second MVP award. With a full season under his belt, there’s no reason Stanton can’t put up MVP numbers. He’s done it before and can do it again.

At this point, I’m sure Stanton knows that anything less than MVP numbers and World Series championships will bring constant criticism from fans.

I have no doubt that he can carry those expectations on his massive 6’6 frame-but if it ever gets overwhelming, I know a special adviser who he can lean on that’s been there and done that.

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A healthy, hungry Greg Bird is itching to reclaim a roster spot with the Yankees http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/a-healthy-hungry-greg-bird-is-itching-to-reclaim-a-roster-spot-with-the-yankees/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/a-healthy-hungry-greg-bird-is-itching-to-reclaim-a-roster-spot-with-the-yankees/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:06:41 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65761 By and large, the 2019 Yankees are content with sending out a lineup devoid of left-handed power.  A few years ago, this would’ve been somewhat of a pressing matter — Yankee Stadium’s short right-field porch is tailor-made for lefties, as everyone knows — but the modern age Yankees hitters are proficient at driving the ball to all parts of the field.  And recent history suggests that a righty-heavy lineup isn’t inherently inferior to lineups that contain more balance.  Then again, the […]

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By and large, the 2019 Yankees are content with sending out a lineup devoid of left-handed power.  A few years ago, this would’ve been somewhat of a pressing matter — Yankee Stadium’s short right-field porch is tailor-made for lefties, as everyone knows — but the modern age Yankees hitters are proficient at driving the ball to all parts of the field.  And recent history suggests that a righty-heavy lineup isn’t inherently inferior to lineups that contain more balance. 

Then again, the Yankees wouldn’t object to some balance.  They’d welcome the opportunity to add a reliable lefty bat before Opening Day arrives.

No, cross Bryce Harper off the list.  He’s not a realistic candidate. 

But what about Greg Bird?  Perhaps he’s the answer. 

While the 26-year-old first baseman enters spring training labeled as an underdog — Yankees manager Aaron Boone said months ago that Luke Voit has a “leg up” on Bird for the first base job — it’s fair to assume the front office hopes Bird, who was once viewed as the team’s slugging first baseman of the future, can reclaim the starting role and revitalize his career. 

In a pair of simulated games Thursday morning in Tampa, Bird faced two members of the Yankees’ starting rotation — Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton — and walked away with a sense of optimism.   He first crushed a home run off the right-hander Tanaka, and then drilled a single to left against the southpaw Paxton. 

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Bird told reporters Thursday.  “I just want to play.  I know I have to play, we can talk all day, but I have to play, so that’s one step closer to playing at game speed.”

Bird has a lot on his plate, and little time to prove that he can contribute at the major league level on a regular basis.

Since bursting onto the scene in late 2015, Bird has dealt with a slew of injuries and slumps.  He missed all of the 2016 season recovering from shoulder surgery, and in 2017, he was limited to just 48 games due to a bone bruise in his right ankle. 

Last year, Bird suffered another right ankle injury that ultimately required surgery and recovery time.  By late August, he was no longer a fixture in the Yankees’ lineup.  The 28-year-old Voit, who was acquired in a trade with the Cardinals, became a Shane Spencer-esque spark plug by hitting .333 with 14 homers and 33 RBI in 39 games.  

In 82 regular season games, Bird hit a measly .199 with 11 home runs, and was left off the postseason roster. 

Bird said he gained roughly 20 pounds during the winter.  And, to no one’s surprise, he benefited from a rehab-free offseason.  

“I just got back to where I needed to be to get my swing off,” Bird said Thursday.  “The last two weeks, I’ve been looking forward to seeing some live pitching because it gets to a point where taking BP and hitting in the cage, you need to see a live pitch to kind of figure out where you’re at.  Then you can figure out, this is what I need to work on.  That was nice today to kind of get a feel for that.”

Added Boone: “The one thing about Greg, even last year when he was struggling at its most, he controls the strike zone.  His first at-bats today, that was apparent and then we saw him impact the ball as well.”

On Friday, Boone told reporters that he currently sees newly acquired infielder DJ LeMahieu as the backup first baseman, which likely means the loser of the spring battle between Bird and Voit will start the regular season in Triple-A.

If you want to connect with Tom Hanslin, email him at thanslin@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @tomhanslin.

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Yankees Twitter Reacts (Feb. 16-22) http://bronxpinstripes.com/social-media/yankees-twitter-reacts-feb-16-22/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/social-media/yankees-twitter-reacts-feb-16-22/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:54:20 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65706 Welcome back to Yankees Twitter Reacts, my column filled with the best and worst takes, funniest tweets, reactions to Yankees news, and everything in between from our beloved Yankees Twitter. I want this to be as fan interactive as possible, so remember to hashtag #BPYankeesTwitter or tag me at @T_Danks_to join the conversation and submit the best and worst tweets of the week! It finally feels like baseball season is starting to fully return, as Yankees and baseball news alike comes in bunches every […]

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Welcome back to Yankees Twitter Reacts, my column filled with the best and worst takes, funniest tweets, reactions to Yankees news, and everything in between from our beloved Yankees Twitter. I want this to be as fan interactive as possible, so remember to hashtag #BPYankeesTwitter or tag me at @T_Danks_to join the conversation and submit the best and worst tweets of the week!

It finally feels like baseball season is starting to fully return, as Yankees and baseball news alike comes in bunches every single day. There was plenty of that this week – between Manny Machado‘s deal with the Padres to Tommy Kahnle‘s insane caffeine addiction, here’s this week’s edition of Yankees Twitter Reacts.

Check out last week’s breakdown in case you missed it.

NEWS OF THE WEEK – MACHADO IS TAKING HIS TALENTS TO… SAN DIEGO?

As we all know, All-Star Manny Machado finally signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. This deal was surprising not only because he got the mega-money he was looking for after months of inactivity on the free agent market, but also because he signed with the Padres – a team that wasn’t expected to be in the Machado sweepstakes. Yankees fans were split on whether or not they even wanted Machado, making this a very interesting week in the world of Yankees Twitter.

YANKEES TWITTER REACTS TO THE SIGNING

On the @YankeesPodcast Twitter account, we posed the question to you guys: How do you feel about the deal? The tweet got 275 total responses, and here are some of the best….

And how could any of us forget what this little guy had to say on the topic…

TOMMY KAHNLE DROPS HIS INSANE CAFFEINE HABIT

In other (and clearly more important) Yankees news, Lindsey Adler tweeted early Thursday about how Tommy Kahnle dropped his caffeine habit this offseason. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? That is, until you find out what this guy has been drinking. Five Red Bull’s and two coffees a day for 5-6 years? Holy smokes. I have so many questions about this, as did the rest of Yankees Twitter…

After posting a combined 1.7 WAR with the White Sox and Yankees in 2017, Kahnle was lost in 2018 and actually spent more time with the RailRiders than the Yankees. Let’s hope the reduced heart rate for Kahnle will be a good thing in 2019.

UPDATES FROM YANKEE CAMP

Now that spring training is in full force, Twitter is a great place to catch up on what’s going on at camp. The best people to follow for these updates are Yanks reporters like Bryan Hoch, Coley Harvey, and Brendan Kuty to name a few. Here are some of the highlights from this week:

YANKEES ZIPS PROJECTIONS

This week on The Bronx Pinstripes Show, Dan Szymborski joined and talked about some of the 2019 ZiPS projections for the Yankees. ZiPS is a player projection system that Szymborski created, and it uses growth and decline curves based on player type to find trends. Here are a couple tweets where you can learn more about some of the 2019 projections for the Yanks.

WORST TAKE OF THE WEEK

The most popular cold take of them all – that the Yankees are cheap! While Joe from Brooklyn does bring up some numbers to defend his argument, the most important one is that the Yankees are expected to be top three in the league in 2019 payroll. That fact alone doesn’t deserve the adjective “cheap.” This would all be great if we were playing MLB The Show, but you have to be realistic. A $220 million payroll is a lot for any team, regardless of the revenue. Heck, there are eight teams that are expected to have a payroll of less than $100 million! The notion that the Yankees are cheap just doesn’t make sense, despite the mass amount of revenue they bring in.

BEST TAKE OF THE WEEK

This is probably the best way to sum up the Machado deal. It seemed pretty clear based on all of the reports that the Yankees were not willing to give Machado close to $300 million, let alone 10 years. While I’m sure Machado did actually want to be a Yankee, he did what was best for him – and he chased the money. As Nick points out, Robinson Cano also chased the money and has not been to the playoffs since. Congrats to Manny for getting his money, but it’s clear he didn’t go to the Padres to win. The Yankees now move on to bigger and better things.

FUNNIEST TWEETS OF THE WEEK

Thanks for reading this week’s edition of Yankees Twitter Reacts! Remember, if you see something that you think deserves to be in the column next week, be sure to hashtag #BPYankeesTwitter or tag me on Twitter @T_Danks_ ! And be sure to listen to the most recent episode of The Bronx Pinstripes Show: http://smarturl.it/YankeesPodcast 

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The Yankees are scheduled to play 32 Grapefruit League exhibition games this spring, and more than two-thirds of them will be broadcast on either YES Network or MLB Network

At the moment, 12 of the Yankees’ spring training games will be televised live on YES, while four are scheduled to be televised live on MLB Network.  An additional seven non-live games will also be shown on MLB Network during various times.  All together, New York-metro area television providers are expected to show 23 Yankees games prior to Opening Day. 

Here’s what the Yankees’ schedule looks like (all times subject to change):

– Saturday, February 23: Yankees at Red Sox (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on MLB Network
– Sunday, February 24: Yankees at Rays (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on MLB Network
– Monday, February 25: Blue Jays at Yankees (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on YES
– Tuesday, February 26: Phillies at Yankees (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on YES
– Sunday, March 3: Tigers at Yankees (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on YES
– Monday, March 4: Yankees at Blue Jays, 2 a.m. ET on MLB Network
– Tuesday, March 5: Braves at Yankees (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on YES
– Wednesday, March 6: Cardinals at Yankees (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on YES
– Thursday, March 7: Yankees at Phillies, 4 p.m. ET on MLB Network
– Friday, March 8: Tigers at Yankees (LIVE), 6:30 p.m. ET on YES
– Sunday, March 10: Yankees at Orioles, 2 a.m. ET on MLB Network
– Tuesday, March 12: Orioles at Yankees (LIVE), 6:30 p.m. ET on YES
– Friday, March 15: Red Sox at Yankees (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on YES
– Saturday, March 16: Blue Jays at Yankees (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on YES
– Sunday, March 17: Yankees at Phillies, 4 p.m. ET on MLB Network
– Monday, March 18: Yankees at Orioles, 2 a.m. ET on MLB Network
– Tuesday, March 19: Rays at Yankees (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on YES
– Wednesday, March 20: Yankees at Astros (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on MLB Network
– Friday, March 22: Yankees at Cardinals, 9 a.m. ET on MLB Network
– Friday, March 22: Phillies at Yankees (LIVE), 6:30 p.m. ET on YES
– Saturday, March 23: Blue Jays at Yankees (LIVE), 1 p.m. ET on YES
– Sunday, March 24: Yankees at Twins, 4 p.m. ET on MLB Network
– Monday, March 25: Yankees at Nationals (LIVE), 5 p.m. on MLB Network

The Yankees will play their first exhibition game on Saturday afternoon in Fort Myers against the defending-champion Red Sox. 

The entire MLB Network spring training schedule can be accessed here

If you want to connect with Tom Hanslin, email him at thanslin@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @tomhanslin.

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WATCH: Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton launches BP homer over GMS Field scoreboard http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/watch-yankees-giancarlo-stanton-launches-bp-homer-over-gms-field-scoreboard/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/watch-yankees-giancarlo-stanton-launches-bp-homer-over-gms-field-scoreboard/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:07:49 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65737 New year, same old pop in Giancarlo Stanton’s bat.  The Yankees’ designated hitter and outfielder crushed a home run over the left-center field scoreboard and out of George M. Steinbrenner Field during a batting practice session on Thursday.  The home run can be watched above, courtesy of NJ.com.  Although Stanton led the Yankees in home runs (38) and RBI (100) in 2018, the 29-year-old slugger experienced extremely hot and cold streaks at the plate throughout his entire first season in […]

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New year, same old pop in Giancarlo Stanton’s bat. 

The Yankees’ designated hitter and outfielder crushed a home run over the left-center field scoreboard and out of George M. Steinbrenner Field during a batting practice session on Thursday.  The home run can be watched above, courtesy of NJ.com

Although Stanton led the Yankees in home runs (38) and RBI (100) in 2018, the 29-year-old slugger experienced extremely hot and cold streaks at the plate throughout his entire first season in the Bronx.  

“I’ve got one year in the division and the league under my belt, so things will be more comfortable in that aspect, facing some of these guys and teams again more often,’’ Stanton recently told reporters.

Stanton was also hampered by a nagging hamstring injury late in the second half of the year, and it played a part in a 29-game stretch in which he hit a measly three home runs with an OPS of .537 in 130 total plate appearances.  

“That wasn’t the best for me,’’ Stanton said of the hamstring injury that surfaced.  “But I wasn’t worried about that.  If I could go out and produce or help us try to win, I was gonna be out there.  But it was quite a factor.”

The injury didn’t keep Stanton out of the lineup.  He still managed to play 158 regular season games — the second-highest mark of his career — and while Aaron Judge was sidelined with a fractured right wrist from late July to early September, Stanton managed to carry the Yankees’ offense with 17 doubles, 10 home runs, 23 walks, and 25 RBI in 198 plate appearances. 

“One of the things we loved about [Stanton] last year was his ability to post when he wasn’t perfect and his commitment to posting knowing we were a little beat up,’’ Yankees manager Aaron Boone recently said.  “I thought he did a really nice job, even when he was dealing with [the injury] and on some of the days it was bothering him the most, still to see him govern himself… I thought he still ran the bases well, very much under control and was able to play through it and toward the end of the year he was more healthy.”

While it took some time for Stanton to get acclimated to the New York City expectations and atmosphere, he said one of the biggest differences between playing for the Yankees and Marlins was actually playing in competitive games for multiple months.  

“When you’re in it past May 7 — which I’d never done — every single game, a win or loss, is huge for the season,” Stanton said.  “It’s different.  It’s different when you lose three in a row and it doesn’t really matter and you lose three in a row and someone’s gonna pop off… I guess that was the biggest challenge.”

The Yankees will play their first Grapefruit League exhibition game on Saturday afternoon in Fort Myers against the defending-champion Red Sox. 

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Digging Into the Yankees ZiPS Projections http://bronxpinstripes.com/stats-breakdown/digging-into-the-yankees-zips-projections/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/stats-breakdown/digging-into-the-yankees-zips-projections/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:45:25 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65680   On Tuesday, FanGraphs released their yearly “ZiPS” projection for the Yankees roster. ZiPS is one of the projection systems that comes out around this time each year. You can check out the complete Yankee projections here. 2019 ZiPS Projections – New York Yankees https://t.co/7zKd0zU0IP — FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) February 19, 2019 Its creator, Dan Szymborski, also joined The Bronx Pinstripes show in an episode release on Wednesday. He and Andrew discussed what goes into these projections, some surprises for the […]

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On Tuesday, FanGraphs released their yearly “ZiPS” projection for the Yankees roster. ZiPS is one of the projection systems that comes out around this time each year. You can check out the complete Yankee projections here.

Its creator, Dan Szymborski, also joined The Bronx Pinstripes show in an episode release on Wednesday. He and Andrew discussed what goes into these projections, some surprises for the Yankees, and top competition around the AL.

Keep in mind when looking at something like ZiPS, there is a difference in “prediction” and “projection.” Projections are typically conservative. For instance, even though Aaron Judge put up 8.2 WAR and 5.0 WAR (in limited time) the last 2 seasons, ZiPS has him at 4.6 WAR this year. This is probably to keep a certain confidence interval. I have some thoughts on these projections, so let’s get to them.

Power Bats

Wow are the Yankees stacked on offense. It really is an embarrassment of riches. Would I have liked to get Manny Machado or Bryce Harper? Sure. It’s not my money. Do I think we needed them in our lineup to win? No way. If you like the old-school stats, check out these projected homerun totals: Stanton: 47, Judge: 35, Sanchez: 28, Torres: 25, Andujar: 23, Voit: 22, Didi: 22, Hicks: 21

These are just the guys who are projected to hit over 20 homers. Like last season, this lineup is simply going to be one of the best in the game. There are other lineups that make more contact — Boston and Houston come to mind — but as far as pure power, it’s hard to beat the 2019 Yankees. All of the above projections seem reasonable to me. You can argue that Stanton’s may be lofty, or that Didi may not be back long enough to reach his number, but the other guys seem legitimate. Here’s a little reminder, Brian McCann led the 2014 Yankees with 23 HRs. Glad those days are over. Give me all the dingers!

WAR, what is it good for?

For the more saber savvy folks, let’s take a look at the projected WAR leaders. Keep in mind WAR takes offense, defense, and base running into account. Here is both the reference chart, and the Yankees leaders according to ZiPS:

               

Three things on this list jump out at me:

  1. If the Yankees get that kind of production out of Luke Voit, that would be incredible. We got him for Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos.
  2. Aaron Hicks is projected to be the fifth best centerfielder in baseball, and I even think that’s a little light. Hicks broke out last year and amassed 4.9WAR while supplying offense 27% better than league average. I will take the over on the above projection.
  3. Miguel Andujar has some obvious bat to ball skills, but he doesn’t walk and plays very subject defense, which brings his value down a lot. Hopefully he can progress to be a more complete hitter and better defender this season. Szymborski said that Andujar may be the Yankees future left fielder if he doesn’t correct his defensive woes this season. I’m not quite there yet, but I do think this is an important year for him to show the Yankees that he is capable or improving at the hot corner.

Here’s what Dan had to say about the young third baseman during his podcast appearance.

Rotation Depth

Let’s move on to the pitching side of things. The Yankees rotation is much improved for the 2019 season, and this projection shows it. ZiPS has the Yankees 1-5 starters as follows:

  1. Luis Severino, 3.20 FIP, 4.5 WAR
  2. James Paxton, 3.35 FIP, 3.2 WAR
  3. Masahiro Tanaka, 3.83 FIP, 3.1 WAR
  4. JA Happ, 3.97 FIP, 2.9 WAR
  5. CC Sabathia, 4.45 FIP, 2.1 WAR

This would be the best Yankees rotation in years if those rate stats hold up. I would also argue there is significant upside here, especially with Paxton and Severino.

Paxton hasn’t made it through a whole season, but maybe his new team with improved facilities and different trainers can help him do that.

Severino has been working on his endurance this offseason due to some late season fatigue. “When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said to ESPN writer Coley Harvey.

Severino is still learning his body as a professional athlete. In addition to changing his diet to address the fatigue issues, part of that is knowing when to let it fly and when to coast through a game.

As for the other 3 projections, they seem to be spot on. Tanaka and Happ are more than capable mid-rotation starters who can provide a moderate amount of innings at above average clips. 3 WAR for each of them seems about right, and they may even be able to improve on that a tick. CC, in his last season before retirement, is still a reliable fifth starter, and is probably one of the best back-end starters in the league. His dominate complete game performances are over, but with the bullpen the Yankees possess, that is hardly necessary.

Bullpen Dominance

Speaking of the bullpen, as Szymborski mentioned to Andrew, this is simply the most talented group he’s ever seen. Last year ZiPS projected 7.4 WAR for the pen, and they put up 9.4 WAR, which is absurd. They’ve since added Adam Ottavino and Zack Britton for a full season, and will hopefully have Chapman past his knee issues. Yes, they’ve lost David Robertson, but I think it’s at least even with last year’s pen. They are projected for about the same WAR as that group, so we’ll see if they can outperform that again. I’m betting they can.

The beauty of this bullpen is that if one or two guys go down, they have a myriad of options they can choose from. Poor Jonathan Holder. Dude came up and had an outstanding rookie season last year, and he may not be used in anything more than a mop-up role or long relief. I doubt he will mind, especially if he gets a World Series ring.

This is likely the best Yankees team we’ve seen since the 2009 club. Buckle up guys, it’s gonna be a hell of a year!

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With the Machado saga now over, Troy Tulowitzki says ‘I can’t wait to prove myself’ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/with-the-machado-saga-now-over-yankees-newbie-troy-tulowitzki-says-i-cant-wait-to-prove-myself/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/with-the-machado-saga-now-over-yankees-newbie-troy-tulowitzki-says-i-cant-wait-to-prove-myself/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:45:22 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65661 When veteran infielder Troy Tulowitzki was introduced as the Yankees’ stopgap shortstop in early January, the possibility of superstar free agent Manny Machado walking through the clubhouse doors and claiming the starting job at short was still, to some degree, realistic. But that ship has now sailed. One less thing for Tulowitzki to worry about. The Machado saga finally came to an end on Tuesday afternoon, as the 26-year-old infielder reportedly agreed to a record-breaking 10-year, $300 million deal with […]

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When veteran infielder Troy Tulowitzki was introduced as the Yankees’ stopgap shortstop in early January, the possibility of superstar free agent Manny Machado walking through the clubhouse doors and claiming the starting job at short was still, to some degree, realistic.

But that ship has now sailed.

One less thing for Tulowitzki to worry about.

The Machado saga finally came to an end on Tuesday afternoon, as the 26-year-old infielder reportedly agreed to a record-breaking 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres.  Consequently, there are no longer any doubts as to who the Yankees want playing shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovers from offseason Tommy John surgery.

“I am worried more about just doing the best job I can, filling in for Didi,” Tulowitzki told reporters on Wednesday at the George M. Steinbrenner Field complex in Tampa.  “Things work themselves out. I just want to do whatever I can to help this team win… Didi is a great player, I continued to say that.  I like watching him from the other side.  He’s come a long way since I was playing against him in Arizona… I hope he has a quick recovery, but for myself, a job in front of me and I want to do it to the best of my ability.”

Speaking of ability, does Tulowitzki still have the ability to play regularly in the majors? 

At this point, who knows.

Tulowitzki missed the entire 2018 season following surgeries to remove bone spurs in both of his heels.  In mid-December, he was unexpectedly cut by the Blue Jays, who still owe him $38 million across the next two seasons.  A five-time All-Star who was viewed as one of baseball’s premier shortstops, Tulowitzki has appeared in just 66 games since the beginning of 2017.

Despite Tulowitzki’s injury history, the Yankees were intrigued by his availability, great potential upside, and more importantly, his extremely low cost.  After watching Tulowitzki during a private workout held in Southern California, the Yankees signed him to a one-year, league-minimum ($550,000) contract with a full no-trade clause.

“I love this game so much.  I’ve been just kind a gym rat of baseball,” Tulowitzki said.  “I love being in the cage, love being around baseball.  Taking a year off was tough for me.  I think it’s built some character, it’s built some toughness and makes you appreciate it that much more.”

The Yankees will play their first Grapefruit League exhibition game on Saturday in Fort Myers against the defending champion Red Sox.  According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the team plans to ease Tulowitzki back into action.  

“We feel like he’s in a good place and over some of the injuries that really plagued him over the last year and a half, two years,’’ Boone said during his spring training opening press conference last week.  “We’ll try to be vigilant as far as how his schedule goes and obviously communicating with him.  We’ll develop a plan that kind of evolves a little bit.

“We’ll see how he bounces back… If there are health issues, we feel comfortable moving Gleyber [Torres] over to shortstop.  We feel really comfortable from a depth standpoint, but as we sit here right now, we feel optimistic with what Troy is gonna bring.  We’ll try to protect him in spring training, but even early in the season with not overdoing it too much, even if things are going very well.’’

Boone also mentioned on Wednesday that Tulowitzki will train exclusively as a shortstop during camp.

“I am still here standing and I feel good,” Tulowitzki said.  “I can’t wait to prove myself.”

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Fangraphs released the Yankees ZiPS projections on Tuesday. We were joined by Dan Szymborski, who developed the system in the early 2000s, to discuss what goes into the projections, how it factors injuries, limited playing time, rookies, and more. Then we dive into individual projections for Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier, the starting rotation, and other playoff contenders around the league.

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Aaron Judge on Yankees passing on Machado: ‘The team we have is pretty darn good’ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/aaron-judge-on-yankees-passing-on-machado-the-team-we-have-is-pretty-darn-good/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/aaron-judge-on-yankees-passing-on-machado-the-team-we-have-is-pretty-darn-good/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:36:39 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65629 Perhaps it feels like a distant memory, but there was a time last spring when the mere thought of Manny Machado donning a Yankees uniform brought somewhat of a sheepish smile to Aaron Judge’s face.   And that mere thought led to some finger-wagging from Major League Baseball’s tampering police, as they weren’t too thrilled that, prior to a Grapefruit League exhibition game between the Yankees and Orioles in mid-March, Judge told the pending All-Star free agent that he would “look pretty good […]

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Perhaps it feels like a distant memory, but there was a time last spring when the mere thought of Manny Machado donning a Yankees uniform brought somewhat of a sheepish smile to Aaron Judge’s face.  

And that mere thought led to some finger-wagging from Major League Baseball’s tampering police, as they weren’t too thrilled that, prior to a Grapefruit League exhibition game between the Yankees and Orioles in mid-March, Judge told the pending All-Star free agent that he would “look pretty good in pinstripes.”  A harmless and inadvertent sales pitch, but from the perspective of baseball’s big wigs, a sales pitch nevertheless. 

Fast forward 11 months, and it turns out that Judge and the Yankees never really shared the same level of enthusiasm for Machado.  The proof?  Well, at long last, the 26-year-old infielder agreed to a record-breaking 10-year, $300 million deal with the small-market San Diego Padres on Tuesday afternoon, according to multiple reports.  

Throughout the entire 2018 season, all signs indicated that Machado wanted to play for the Yankees — much to Judge’s delight.  As a Miami native, he grew up idolizing Alex Rodriguez.  He occasionally “liked” random photos of himself photoshopped in a Yankees uniform on social media.  One family member even said on television during the All-Star Game that Machado had his mind set on playing in the Bronx.  

But, the Yankees weren’t willing to meet Machado’s price or terms.  According to multiple reports, the team hardly engaged with Machado’s camp following their Christmastime meeting with him in New York.  Sure, the Yankees were never truly “out” on Machado.  But by the same token, they were never truly “in” since Machado never received a formal offer from them. 

Will the Yankees regret passing on a talent like Machado?  Probably not.  All winter, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner reiterated that the team’s major hole was pitching.  And while he never publicly ruled out the possibility of signing a big-ticket item like Machado, it was clear that he wasn’t the top priority.  The same can be said for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper who, in all likelihood, will top Machado’s dollar mark sometime this week. 

With the additions of James Paxton, Zack Britton, J.A. Happ, D.J. LeMahieu, Adam Ottavino, and Troy Tulowitzki, the Yankees like where they currently stand.  With this payroll and roster composition, they believe the championship window is wide open.  

The Yankees never viewed Machado as a need.  Suffice to say that they don’t view Harper as a need, either.  Right or wrong, fair or foul, the offseason boiled down to needs versus wants for the Yankees.  

And while it’s true that Judge once fantasized about playing alongside Machado, by no means is he miffed by Machado’s decision to play on the west coast for big bucks. 

“The great thing about going into the offseason, the lineup and the team that we have is pretty darn good.  We won 100 games,” said Judge, who spoke to reporters on Tuesday for the first time this spring.  “So we were in a position, I felt like, didn’t really need to go out there and grab too many big pieces.  We were already set.”

At the moment, the Yankees are operating above this season’s $206 million luxury tax threshold.  According to Spotrac.com, entering Tuesday, the Yankees ($124.5 million) were second only to the Nationals ($183.3 million) in terms of money spent on free agents this offseason.

The team also just recently signed 24-year-old starter Luis Severino to a four-year, $40 million deal that bought out his remaining arbitration years and potentially his first year of free agency ($15 million club option in 2023).  Overall, the Yankees’ total winter spending comes out to $218 million, which is the second-highest mark in baseball. 

“The year before, we made it one game away from the World Series.  This past year, we made it to the postseason and lost in the [ALDS],” Judge said.  “We were just in a position where we just needed to add maybe one or two key guys and bring back a couple of key guys that are just going to get us over the hump.  And I feel like we did that.  So, I’m excited for our team.  I’m excited for who we added.  Just excited to get this thing going.”

Judge, who was limited to just 112 regular season games in 2018 due to a chip fracture in his right wrist, said he’s excited to see what this 2019 team is capable of. 

And the key to staying on the field all season? 

“Don’t get hit in the wrist.  Turn the other way,” Judge said. 

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What the Yankees hope Miguel Andujar will have fixed by Opening Day http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/what-the-yankees-hope-miguel-andujar-will-have-fixed-by-opening-day/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/what-the-yankees-hope-miguel-andujar-will-have-fixed-by-opening-day/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 01:52:08 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65620 All signs indicate that sophomore third baseman Miguel Andujar is plenty motivated to take the next step.  The Yankees just want to make certain that his step is taken properly — literally. While Andujar’s bat earned him 2018 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up honors — he hit .297 with 27 home runs, 47 doubles, and 92 RBI in 149 games — the soon-to-be 24-year-old’s offseason included time spent with infielder instructor Carlos Mendoza in both Tampa and his native Dominican Republic.   […]

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All signs indicate that sophomore third baseman Miguel Andujar is plenty motivated to take the next step.  The Yankees just want to make certain that his step is taken properly — literally.

While Andujar’s bat earned him 2018 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up honors — he hit .297 with 27 home runs, 47 doubles, and 92 RBI in 149 games — the soon-to-be 24-year-old’s offseason included time spent with infielder instructor Carlos Mendoza in both Tampa and his native Dominican Republic.  

The goal?  To fix and adjust Andujar’s pre-pitch setup at the corner bag. 

In 2018, Andujar committed 15 errors, which was tied for fourth-most among all major league third basemen.  His .948 fielding percentage was also tied for third-worst among 20 big leaguers who played at least 700 innings at third. 

Poor footwork, positioning, balance, and arm angle were the causes of Andujar’s frequent defensive issues, and the Yankees hope the tweaking to his pre-pitch setup will make a noticeable difference once Opening Day arrives.  

“I think he has worked really hard at making a handful of subtle adjustments over there and is in a really good place as far as his pre-pitch that is putting him in a good, athletic position,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.  “I want to see him using his athleticism over there… Infield is so much about feet and using your legs to create hops and create athleticism.  We talk about hands all the time, but really, the great fielders have great feet and are able to stay athletic.  I feel like he’s in a much better place even now from where he was a year ago.”

Since Andujar’s defense was a liability last season, there had been speculation as to which position he would play in 2019.  First base and left field were brought up from time to time. 

But the Yankees don’t share the same level of enthusiasm.  Unless the club unexpectedly signs free agent star Manny Machado in the coming days or weeks, Andujar will remain their starting third baseman. 

And don’t count on him moving around, either. 

“I don’t expect him to.  He’ll play entirely at third,” Boone said last Wednesday during his introductory spring training press conference.  “That said, there may be a day or two that we pick to have him on a back field just to get some first base in, which we may do with [backup catcher Austin] Romine or [starting catcher] Gary [Sanchez] just to keep some versatile options when you get into a little bit of a bind.  But [Andujar’s] game work will be, I’ll say now, pretty much at third base.”

In Game 4 of last season’s ALDS against the Red Sox, the Yankees chose not to start Andujar at third base.  Instead, Neil Walker received the start — for defensive purposes — and Andujar watched the entire game from the bench.

Andujar recently told ESPN Radio’s The Michael Kay Show that Boone’s decision in Game 4 didn’t bother him.  He wanted to stay positive, in case he was eventually called upon. 

Andujar has the confidence.  He works on mental preparation.  So if he faces further issues on defense this spring, it won’t be due to some lack of effort, or care. 

“I’ve been working on my first step and my coordination and movements laterally, so I feel real good about where I am defensively heading into spring training,” Andujar said.

The Yankees are scheduled to play their first Grapefruit League exhibition game on Saturday, February 23 against the defending World Series champion Red Sox in Fort Myers, Florida. 

If you want to connect with Tom Hanslin, email him at thanslin@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @tomhanslin.

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Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton weighs in on Machado, Harper, free agency drama http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-giancarlo-stanton-weighs-in-on-machado-harper-free-agency-drama/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/yankees-giancarlo-stanton-weighs-in-on-machado-harper-free-agency-drama/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 23:42:47 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65600 While it’s true that Giancarlo Stanton can’t relate to what unemployed stars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have encountered this offseason, the Yankees’ designated hitter and outfielder does realize that baseball’s league-wide free agent freeze hasn’t been normal. Nor encouraging.  “It’s nothing like what I’ve seen since I’ve played, an offseason like this,” Stanton told reporters on Monday, the day Yankees position players officially reported to spring training camp at the George M. Steinbrenner Field complex in Tampa.  “I think […]

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While it’s true that Giancarlo Stanton can’t relate to what unemployed stars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have encountered this offseason, the Yankees’ designated hitter and outfielder does realize that baseball’s league-wide free agent freeze hasn’t been normal.

Nor encouraging. 

“It’s nothing like what I’ve seen since I’ve played, an offseason like this,” Stanton told reporters on Monday, the day Yankees position players officially reported to spring training camp at the George M. Steinbrenner Field complex in Tampa.  “I think there are some issues that need to be addressed.”

Stanton is one of several players who have voiced opinions on the rapidly growing labor tension across Major League Baseball.  However, the 29-year-old didn’t offer any potential solutions to the issues players are facing under the current collective bargaining agreement, which doesn’t expire until December 2021. 

In the meantime, all Stanton can do is exhale, and then exhale some more.  Back in 2015, he agreed to the largest contract in baseball history — in terms of total dollars — when the Marlins offered him $325 million over 13 years.  According to Spotrac.com, Stanton will make $26 million ($22 million against the luxury tax) with the Yankees this season. 

So, as one of the richest players in baseball, does Stanton’s opinion toward the state of free agency hold much weight?  Well, that can be left up for debate. 

Both Machado and Harper are reportedly seeking long-term deals in the $300 million range, and according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, neither of their agents want to blink first, as this would result in one player gaining all the attention from interested suitors once the other player is off the board. 

Although it’s unclear what teams have offered Machado and Harper, the two 26-year-olds are on Hall of Fame trajectories.  Machado hit .297 (150 OPS-plus) with 37 home runs and 107 RBI between the Orioles and Dodgers in 2018, but he also damaged his reputation during the playoffs when he told The Athletic that he’ll never be “Johnny Hustle.”

As for Harper, the defending Home Run Derby champion and six-time All-Star hit .249 (133 OPS-plus) with 34 homers and 100 RBI for the Nationals.  According to FanGraphs, dating back to 1945, both Machado and Harper rank in the Top-20 of WAR (wins above replacement) accumulated through age 25.

Based on age, performance, and accolades, is either Machado or Harper worth that nine-figure valuation? 

It appears baseball owners beg to differ.  But Stanton is pulling for those two, as well as dozens of other free agents who remained unsigned with spring training camps already underway. 

“If they break [the 13-year, $325 million] contract, cool.  I’ll be happy for them,” said Stanton, who led the Yankees in home runs (38) and RBI (100) last season.  “But hopefully they can get signed over here.  I don’t know what the deal is.”

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Examining MLB proposed rule changes http://bronxpinstripes.com/across-mlb/examining-mlb-proposed-rule-changes/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/across-mlb/examining-mlb-proposed-rule-changes/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:02:08 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65569 Earlier this month, various rule change proposals were revealed. These include Adding a 26th man to the roster Further reducing mound visits Adding a pitch clock Changes to draft rules to prevent tanking A three-batter minimum for pitchers One trade deadline Moving or lowering the mound Adding the DH to the National League I am going to focus on a couple of the above: the pitch clock (and pace of play), the three-batter rule, and implementing the DH MLB-wide over the […]

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Earlier this month, various rule change proposals were revealed. These include

  • Adding a 26th man to the roster
  • Further reducing mound visits
  • Adding a pitch clock
  • Changes to draft rules to prevent tanking
  • A three-batter minimum for pitchers
  • One trade deadline
  • Moving or lowering the mound
  • Adding the DH to the National League

I am going to focus on a couple of the above: the pitch clock (and pace of play), the three-batter rule, and implementing the DH MLB-wide over the course of the next few weeks.

Pitch Clock

The current proposal is for a 20-second pitch clock. Below shows the 2018 distribution of pitchers’ “pace”, defined as the average time between pitches. This includes all pitchers with a minimum of 10 innings pitched.

The average was roughly 24.4 seconds. Only slightly over one percent of pitchers averaged a pace less than 20 seconds. Perhaps MLB’s definition of when the timer starts is slightly different, but this clearly would speed up most pitchers. For frame of reference, Aroldis Chapman averaged the most among Yankees pitchers at 29.0 seconds; David Hale averaged the least at 19.8 seconds. The team average was around 24.5 seconds.

I, for one, am not a huge proponent of the pitch clock. There are times when a pitcher needs to focus on varying his delivery times. For example, say there is a runner on first base who is a threat to steal. The pitcher must vary his timings, otherwise the baserunner will easily be able to get a good read and consequently a good jump to steal second. This involves the pitcher quick-pitching, holding set for a long period of time, and everything in between. Thus, assuming the way the times are calculated between Fangraphs and the MLB are identical, I think that perhaps using a pitch clock that speeds up a certain percentage of pitchers could be useful (but perhaps not all).

One very raw example would be taking the 75thpercentile for pace and setting the clock around there. For 2018 this was 25.9 seconds. This means that 25 percent of pitchers averaged longer than 25.9 seconds between pitches. The sample size was 618, so this would lead to roughly 155 pitchers needing to speed up their times.

The pitch clock is an element of a larger issue trying to be tackled by baseball: the pace of play. If you just look at the times of the games per nine innings, it certainly has risen over the history of the game. Here are the average game times per nine innings for the last three decades.

Decade

Avg. Time/9 Innings

2010-2018

2:57

2000-2009

2:50

1990-1999

2:49

That seven-minute spike this decade is quite significant. However, 2018’s average time per nine was an even 3:00, down from 3:05 in 2017.

There is one important point though: time of game does not equal pace of play.

Time of game simply tells us how long a game was from first pitch to last pitch. Pace of play has more to do with the tempo and excitement factor.

As seen above, the amount of pitchers used per game has steadily increased since 1999. This can be attributed to factors such as some teams adopting “openers” as well as the rise of analytics that has caused managers to look deeply into different matchups. The rule of having a pitcher face a minimum of three batters was proposed in order to rectify this. Pitches per plate appearance have also risen slightly, which sometimes can slow the game down.

But many fans will look at one main culprit of this debate: commercials. Major League Baseball’s revenue was $10.3 billion, and it is a business. Reducing commercials and other advertising doesn’t seem like a viable solution. In 2017, the total value of commercials during games was $313.4 million. However, another proposed change was having split-screens at the beginning of innings to cut down on the inter-inning times.

Again, time of game does not appear to be too drastic of an issue – it has been rather constant. But picking up the pace of play isn’t such a bad idea. And while the proposed changes will not be implemented in 2019, they could come sooner rather than later. Those include implementing some form of a pitch clock as well figuring out how to reduce the time between innings without losing out on ad revenue. What about the three-batter minimum?

Well, I hope to dive into that into more detail in my next article…

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MLB Pipeline releases its annual Top-30 prospects list for Yankees http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/mlb-pipeline-releases-its-annual-top-30-prospects-list-for-yankees/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/mlb-pipeline-releases-its-annual-top-30-prospects-list-for-yankees/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:47:45 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65588   On Monday, MLB Pipeline released its annual Top-30 Yankees prospects list for the 2019 season.  Below are the Top-10 rankings, along with a scouting report and description of each player (some videos included), per MLB Pipeline. No. 1: OF Estevan Florial (2021 ETA) — Assuming the identity of Haniel de Oleo when registering for school in the Dominican Republic, Florial emerged as one of the top prospects on the 2014 international signing market, but MLB banned him from signing for […]

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On Monday, MLB Pipeline released its annual Top-30 Yankees prospects list for the 2019 season.  Below are the Top-10 rankings, along with a scouting report and description of each player (some videos included), per MLB Pipeline.

No. 1: OF Estevan Florial (2021 ETA)Assuming the identity of Haniel de Oleo when registering for school in the Dominican Republic, Florial emerged as one of the top prospects on the 2014 international signing market, but MLB banned him from signing for one year after discovering the discrepancy. After he produced a Haitian birth certificate with a slightly different birthdate, the Yankees signed him in March 2015 for $200,000, a fraction of what he would have earned without the controversy. He quickly established that he had the best all-around tools in the system, though his development was slowed by right hamate surgery that cost him two months last summer.

Florial excites scouts with three tools that grade as well above average: his raw power, speed and arm strength. With the bat speed and loft in his left-handed swing, he’s well equipped to take advantage of Yankee Stadium. He’s still raw and overly aggressive as a hitter, leading to concerns about whether he can make enough contact to realize his full potential, though he did post the best walk rate (13 percent) and second-best strikeout rate (25 percent) of his career during his truncated 2018 season.

Florial also has a lot to learn about basestealing, though if he puts everything together he could become a 30-30 player. He’s improving as a defender in center field and should be an asset there in the big leagues. His cannon arm will fit anywhere he’s needed.

No. 2: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (2019 ETA) — Originally signed by the Giants out of Nicaragua in 2012, Loaisiga had a decent pro debut the next summer before missing the next two years with shoulder issues and drawing his release in May 2015. The Yankees signed him in February 2016 after watching him reach 95 mph during a tryout, but he blew out his elbow after making one start in Class A and needed Tommy John surgery. He has been a revelation since returning, needing just 77 2/3 innings to rise from Rookie ball to the Majors, where he blanked the Rays for five innings in his debut last June 15.

Loaisiga lacks physicality but makes up for it with a quick arm that produces three pitches that each can grade at plus or better at their best. He sits around 95-96 mph with his four-seam fastball, pumping it up to 98 with some late life. His fading changeup was his most effective offering in his first taste of New York, though it gets a bit firm at times, and his high-spin breaking ball combines curveball depth with slider velocity in the mid-80s.

Loaisiga has a history of pounding the strike zone, averaging 1.6 walks per nine innings in his first four Minor League seasons, though his control got away from him in his introduction to big league hitters. He has the upside of a No. 2 or 3 starter if he can stay healthy — though that’s a big “if.” He has a frail build and has yet to pitch more than 80 2/3 innings in a pro season after coming down with shoulder inflammation in his fourth start with the Yankees last summer.

No. 3: RHP Albert Abreu (2020 ETA) — When Gary Sanchez made Brian McCann redundant in New York, the Yankees traded McCann to the Astros in November 2016 for Abreu and fellow right-handed pitching prospect Jorge Guzman (whom they later spun to the Marlins in a deal for Giancarlo Stanton). Signed for $185,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2013, Abreu has shown frontline-starter upside when healthy. A shoulder strain, appendectomy and elbow inflammation limited him to 126 innings in his first two seasons with his new organization, however.

All of Abreu’s pitches grade out as plus or better when he commands them, beginning with a 94-98 mph fastball that tops out at 101 with sink and run. His power breaking ball can absolutely wipe out right-handers, combining curveball depth with slider velocity in the mid-80s. His fading changeup can shut down lefties, though it wasn’t as effective in 2018 as it was in the past.

Abreu has a short-arm delivery that provides deception but sometimes hampers him from locating his pitches. He doesn’t dominate as much as he should because he needs more consistency with his secondary pitches and better command of his entire arsenal. If he can’t do that and heads to the bullpen, he could fill a high-leverage role.

No. 4: RHP Deivi Garcia (2020 ETA) — After spending $18.1 million on the 2014 international market, the Yankees were restricted to giving out bonuses of no more than $300,000 the following summer, yet they still landed a pair of quality pitching prospects in Dominican right-handers Garcia ($200,000) and Luis Medina ($280,000). While Medina has louder stuff, Garcia has much more polish and used it to rush from low Class A to Double-A in only three months at age 19 last year. He struck out 12 in seven perfect innings in the second game of a Class A Advanced doubleheader on Aug. 6, though his Tampa team lost the game (but not the no-hitter) in the eighth.

Garcia’s best pitch is a high-spin curveball with so much depth that he’ll have to prove he can land it for strikes when more advanced hitters don’t chase it out of the zone as often. He also gets good spin on his fastball, which plays better than its 91-96 mph velocity with deceptive riding life. He made strides with his fading changeup in 2018, creating optimism that it can become at least a solid third offering.

Though he doesn’t have the smoothest delivery, Garcia repeats it well and exhibits advanced control and command for such a young pitcher. Because he’s small and works with some effort, there are some concerns about his long-term durability as a starter, but his athleticism and efficiency help his cause. His fastball/curveball combination should play well in the late innings if he winds up as a reliever.

No. 5: RHP Clarke Schmidt (2020 ETA) — One of the best pitchers in the best conference in college baseball (Southeastern) as a sophomore and junior, Schmidt went 16th overall in the 2017 Draft despite having Tommy John surgery a month earlier. The Yankees knew he wouldn’t have lasted until their next choice, so they took him early, signed him for a below-slot $2,184,300 and used the savings to afford second-rounder Matt Sauer. Schmidt returned to the mound last June and showed the potential for four solid or better pitches.

Schmidt pitches off of a 92-94 mph fastball that peaks at 96 and generates ground balls with heavy sink. While both his mid-80s slider and low-80s curveball can be plus pitches at times, they sometimes lack consistency. There are days when his tumbling changeup is his best secondary offering, though his breaking balls are generally more reliable.

Schmidt has a history of throwing strikes, but can get knocked around when he doesn’t keep his pitches down in the strike zone. His 6-foot-1 frame doesn’t create a lot of downhill plane on his pitches, and his size and less-than-smooth delivery created concerns about his durability even before he blew out his elbow. He has the best four-pitch mix among Yankees pitching prospects, so they will continue to develop him as a starter.

No. 6: C Anthony Seigler (2022 ETA) — Seigler’s notoriety as a switch-hitter and switch-pitcher who could throw in the upper 80s with equal effectiveness with either arm sometimes overshadowed the fact that he was one of the best catchers in the 2018 Draft. New York made him the first prep backstop selected, signing him for $2,815,900 as the 23rd overall pick. If he reaches the big leagues, he’ll join Jacoby Ellsbury as the only members of the Navajo Nation to do so.

The Yankees often prioritize slugging over hitting ability and defense at catcher, but Seigler doesn’t fit their usual profile. He’s extremely athletic for his position and could develop into a Gold Glover behind the plate. He has promising receiving and framing potential, and his plus arm plays even better because he has such a quick transfer.

A proficient hitter from both sides of the plate, Seigler controls the strike zone and drills line drives to all fields. He has a contact-oriented approach with solid bat speed, and while he’s not loaded with raw power, he has the hitting ability to get the most out of what he has. He’s close to an average runner and has good instincts on the bases and in all phases of the game.

No. 7: OF Everson Pereira (2022 ETA) — After two years in MLB’s penalty box for outspending their international bonus pool during the 2014-15 signing period, the Yankees faced no restrictions in 2017 and gave seven-figure bonuses to four different position players. The most advanced of the group is Pereira, who signed for $1.5 million out of Venezuela. Not only did he come to the United States for his 2018 pro debut at age 17, he also skipped a level and held his own as the youngest regular in the Appalachian League, an advanced rookie-level circuit.

Pereira couples all-around talent with advanced instincts. He uses a compact, quick right-handed stroke and impressive hand-eye coordination to lace line drives all over the field, and his 33-percent strikeout rate last year was more reflective of his youth than his future hitting ability. He has gotten stronger since signing and should develop close to average power.

Pereira has plus speed and presently uses it better in center field than on the bases. While he’s still developing basestealing savvy, he already shows the ability to chase down balls from gap to gap. He also has solid arm strength and is capable of handling all three outfield spots.

No. 8: RHP Trevor Stephan (2019 ETA) — Stephan saw more action at first base than on the mound in high school and didn’t become a full-time pitcher until he got to Hill (Texas) Junior College. He transitioned from relieving to starting after transferring to Arkansas in 2017, when he led the Southeastern Conference in strikeout rate (11.9 per nine innings) and pitched his way into the third round. He has advanced quicker than expected in pro ball, reaching Double-A 11 months after signing.

Stephan relies heavily on his fastball, which gets a heavy dose of swings and misses within the strike zone. He sits at 90-95 mph and touches 97 with significant running action that comes from his deceptive crossfire and uphill delivery. After struggling to develop a curveball, he scrapped it and had more success with a slider/cutter that has high spin rates.

His changeup is more of a work in progress after he relied mostly on his fastball in college, and it wasn’t as effective once he got to Double-A. He usually throws strikes and commands his fastball to both sides of the plate, though he struggled more than usual to locate his pitches after his promotion. There are some questions as to whether his delivery and arm action are suitable for starting every fifth day, but the Yankees envision him eventually claiming a spot in the middle of their rotation.

No. 9: OF Antonio Cabello (2022 ETA) — When the Yankees failed to sign Shohei Ohtani after the 2017 season, they regrouped and spent their surplus international money on Venezuelan position players Raimfer Salinas ($1.85 million) and Cabello ($1.35 million) in December. Scouted and signed as a catcher, Cabello had atypical athleticism for the position and moved to center field before his 2018 pro debut. He showed enough in one week in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League for New York to decide he needed a tougher challenge and to bring him to the United States at age 17.

Cabello has advanced discipline and bat-to-ball skills for a teenager. His bat speed and strength also give him plenty of raw power, which translated into him topping the rookie-level Gulf Coast League with a .555 slugging percentage. He should develop even more pop as he adds more loft to his right-handed swing.

Cabello’s speed earns well-above-average grades from some evaluators, a major factor in the Yankees’ decision to move him from behind the plate. He’s still learning as a center fielder, but should become at least an average defender once he improves his reads and routes. He has average arm strength and enough offensive ability to profile as a regular if he has to shift to a corner.

No. 10: RHP Roansy Contreras (2022 ETA) — Though international bonus rules prohibited the Yankees from paying more than $300,000 in individual bonuses in 2016 after they overspent two years earlier, they still landed some intriguing talents. Slick-fielding shortstop Jose Devers ($250,000) became part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade with the Marlins, while right-hander Yoendry Gomez ($50,000) has precocious polish. The best of the group is Contreras, who signed for $250,000 out of the Dominican Republic and reached low Class A last year at age 18.

Like many of the Yankees’ best young pitching prospects, Contreras generates high spin rates on his fastball and breaking ball. His heater sat around 91 mph when he signed and now ranges from 93-97 with riding action up in the strike zone. He has nice feel for spinning a hard curveball with good shape and the potential to give him a second plus offering.

Contreras is also making progress with a fading changeup that will help him against left-handers. He repeats his delivery well and fills the strike zone. Though he’s only 6 feet tall, his sound mechanics, strength and athleticism should allow him to remain a starter.

Here are some other notable names that appear on MLB Pipeline’s Top-30 list:

RHP Michael King (No. 12, 2019 ETA)

RHP Luis Medina (No. 14, 2022 ETA)

RHP Matt Sauer (No. 17, 2021 ETA)

RHP Osiel Rodriguez (No. 18, 2023 ETA)

INF Thairo Estrada (No. 19, 2019 ETA)

RHP Chance Adams (No. 20, 2019 ETA)

RHP Domingo Acevedo (No. 23, 2019 ETA)

OF Josh Stowers (No. 25, 2021 ETA)

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With Manny Machado and Bryce Harper still available on the open market, it seems as if the Yankees have pivoted to taking care of their own.

Last week, Luis Severino signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension with an option for a fifth year. Now, there are rumblings that Dellin Betances‘ agent, Jim Murray, has had conversations with Brian Cashman about a new deal.

Betances, who turns 31 on March 23, is entering his final year before free agency. The New York City native has been one of the best relievers in baseball since 2014. In 2018, he became the first reliever in MLB history to strike out at least 100 batters in five straight seasons.

Cashman said recently to Joel Sherman of the NY Post that the organization is “open for business” regarding players who are just short of free agency. Along with Betances, keep an eye on walk-year guys like Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks and Austin Romine, and even Aaron Judge, who isn’t arbitration eligible until 2020.

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Severino Extension, Boone Press Conference, & CC’s Final Season – The Bronx Pinstripes Show http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/severino-extension-boone-press-conference-ccs-final-season-the-bronx-pinstripes-show/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/podcast/severino-extension-boone-press-conference-ccs-final-season-the-bronx-pinstripes-show/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:42:40 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65576   The Bronx Pinstripes Show #301 There was a ton of news from the first official week of spring training. We discuss Luis Severino’s contract extension, takeaways from Aaron Boone’s press conference, injury updates on some key players, relationship between Boone and Gary Sanchez, the first base battle, CC Sabathia’s retirement announcement, and analytics behind if the batting lineup matters. Mailbag questions about locking-up the next core Yankee, Masahiro Tanaka’s contract, Brett Gardner’s Yankees legacy, and big surprises in 2019. […]

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The Bronx Pinstripes Show #301

There was a ton of news from the first official week of spring training. We discuss Luis Severino’s contract extension, takeaways from Aaron Boone’s press conference, injury updates on some key players, relationship between Boone and Gary Sanchez, the first base battle, CC Sabathia’s retirement announcement, and analytics behind if the batting lineup matters. Mailbag questions about locking-up the next core Yankee, Masahiro Tanaka’s contract, Brett Gardner’s Yankees legacy, and big surprises in 2019.

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MLB hot stove: How does Yankees GM Brian Cashman view the availability of Machado, Harper now? http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/mlb-hot-stove-how-does-yankees-gm-brian-cashman-view-the-availability-of-machado-harper-now/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/mlb-hot-stove-how-does-yankees-gm-brian-cashman-view-the-availability-of-machado-harper-now/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:34:38 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65529   If the Yankees have recently reassessed their attitudes toward superstar free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, don’t count on general manager Brian Cashman sharing that news willingly.  He’s still conditioned to choose his words carefully and, when necessary, bite his tongue.  Three days shy of the Yankees’ first full-squad workout in Tampa, Cashman refrained from answering questions about the availability of both Machado and Harper, who are reportedly seeking long-term deals in the $300 million range.  But he did […]

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If the Yankees have recently reassessed their attitudes toward superstar free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, don’t count on general manager Brian Cashman sharing that news willingly. 

He’s still conditioned to choose his words carefully and, when necessary, bite his tongue. 

Three days shy of the Yankees’ first full-squad workout in Tampa, Cashman refrained from answering questions about the availability of both Machado and Harper, who are reportedly seeking long-term deals in the $300 million range.  But he did tell reporters that his communication with players on the open market isn’t going to stop.  The phone lines will remain open as spring training rolls along. 

So, just another tease?

“I’m doing my job,” Cashman said Saturday prior to workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field.  “Whether that’s those two players or other players or players that aren’t as of significant name value, the job at hand is to constantly be open-minded to ways to make that work the best it can possibly work, clearly within a framework, clearly with pressure points and clearly within the constructs of the system that we all signed off from, owners to players. 

“We’ve just got to work within those confines and find the best ways to make it all fit and so we like what we’ve done to this point but we’re never a finished product until at the very least August 31.”

At the moment, the Yankees’ are operating above this season’s $206 million luxury tax threshold.  According to Spotrac.com, the Yankees ($124.5 million) are second only to the Nationals ($183.3 million) in terms of money spent on free agents this offseason.  Thus far, they’ve acquired five free agents, including relief pitchers Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino ($66 million combined), starting pitcher J.A. Happ ($34 million), and infielders DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki ($24.5 million combined). 

The Yankees also just signed 24-year-old starter Luis Severino to a four-year, $40 million deal that bought out his remaining arbitration years and potentially his first year of free agency ($15 million club option in 2023).  Overall, the Yankees’ total winter spending comes out to $218 million, which is the highest mark in baseball. 

While the odds of either Machado or Harper playing in the Bronx are slim, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said last week that he’d be all ears if his staff continues to present him roster ideas that involve big-ticket items. 

“Look, if somebody comes – I haven’t changed – I mean if somebody comes to me with a suggestion or a proposal, I’m going to seriously consider it right up until Opening Day or after.  That’s part of my leave-no-stone-unturned [policy], right?” Steinbrenner said during the owners’ meetings in Orlando.  “But I’m excited about the roster.  I think we’ve definitely got a better club Opening Day than we did Opening Day last year, particularly in pitching, which was my biggest area of concern.”

Although it’s unclear what teams have offered Machado and Harper, the two 26-year-olds are undoubtedly on Hall-of-Fame tracks.  According to FanGraphs, dating back to 1945, both players rank in the Top-20 of WAR (wins above replacement) accumulated through age 25.

The Yankees are scheduled to play their first spring training game on Saturday, February 23 against the defending World Series champion Red Sox. 

 

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Yankees Twitter Reacts (Feb. 9-15) http://bronxpinstripes.com/social-media/yankees-twitter-reacts-feb-9-15/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/social-media/yankees-twitter-reacts-feb-9-15/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:32:13 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65514 Welcome back to Yankees Twitter Reacts, my column filled with the best and worst takes, funniest tweets, reactions to Yankees news, and everything in between from our beloved Yankees Twitter. I want this to be as fan interactive as possible, so remember to hashtag #BPYankeesTwitter or tag me at @T_Danks_to join the conversation and submit the best and worst tweets of the week! This week was one that Yankee fans have been waiting for since October, as pitchers and catchers finally reported to Spring […]

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Welcome back to Yankees Twitter Reacts, my column filled with the best and worst takes, funniest tweets, reactions to Yankees news, and everything in between from our beloved Yankees Twitter. I want this to be as fan interactive as possible, so remember to hashtag #BPYankeesTwitter or tag me at @T_Danks_to join the conversation and submit the best and worst tweets of the week!

This week was one that Yankee fans have been waiting for since October, as pitchers and catchers finally reported to Spring Training. From that, to Severino’s extension, to the news on Ellsbury, here’s this week’s edition of Yankees Twitter Reacts.

Check out last week’s roundup in case you missed it.  

NEWS OF THE WEEK – SEVERINO SIGNS EXTENSION

There was a lot of Yankees news this week, but perhaps the most important was that Luis Severino and the Yankees agreed on a contract extension on Friday. The 4-year, $40 million dollar deal secures that Severino is in pinstripes through 2022 with a club option for 2023. This deal is great for a lot of reasons, but especially because now Severino will avoid arbitration entirely.

YANKEES TWITTER REACTS TO SEVY’S EXTENSION

 

YANKEES REPORT TO SPRING TRAINING

The wait is over! On Wednesday, Yankees pitchers and catchers reported to spring training 127 days removed from their ALDS loss to the Red Sox. While this was the official starting date for pitchers and catchers, most players reported to Tampa last week.

Here’s how Yankees Twitter reacted to the Yanks reporting to Tampa (Spoiler: they were excited).

ELLSBURY TO MISS START OF TRAINING CAMP

Aaron Boone notified us that Jacoby Ellsbury would not be reporting to camp with the other positional players due to a plantar fasciitis issue. However, Boone said he expects him back in March.

Ellsbury has become one of the more hated Yankee players, as his massive contract has not nearly matched his output. Ellsbury is entering his 6th year with the Yankees, and he’s played just over three seasons worth of games… and the Yanks have been paying him more than $20 million a year.

WORST TAKE OF THE WEEK

These types of tweets have been a common theme for this section of the column. It boggles my mind that there are people out there who actually believe the Yankees had a bad offseason and that they are being cheap. What stands out in this particular tweet for me is the “get used to a losing culture.” That statement comes a season after the Yanks reached 100 wins, never mind the fact that they have 27 titles. I could go on about how bad this tweet is because it sounds too stupid to be real, but it is undoubtedly the worst take of the week.

I’ll just leave this here:

BEST TAKE OF THE WEEK

You can say what you want about Severino, but you can’t argue the fact that he is a top tier starter in baseball. So many people were on his case for his poor second half, but as Max says, it happens. Keeping Severino in the Bronx for just $10 million a year is a bargain, especially if we see the first half version of Luis Severino again.

FUNNIEST TWEETS OF THE WEEK

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Report: Yankees to extend Luis Severino http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/report-yankees-to-extend-luis-severino/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/news-rumors/report-yankees-to-extend-luis-severino/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:23:53 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65520 According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Yankees and Luis Severino have agreed to a four-year, $40 million ($2.75 million buyout included) contract extension with an option for a fifth year that would take the deal to $52.25 million. The extension, pending a physical, buys out Severino’s four remaining arbitration years, and possibly his first year of free agency eligibility. Hear #Yankees and Luis Severino avoided an arbitration hearing by reaching agreement on a multi-year deal pending a […]

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According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Yankees and Luis Severino have agreed to a four-year, $40 million ($2.75 million buyout included) contract extension with an option for a fifth year that would take the deal to $52.25 million. The extension, pending a physical, buys out Severino’s four remaining arbitration years, and possibly his first year of free agency eligibility.

This should be considered as a great deal for both the team and player, as Severino now has security and a nice payday and the Yankees have their ace under team control through his age-29 season.

Sherman noted that the Yankees have largely avoided extensions with arbitration eligible players in recent years because the Average Annual Value (AAV) is factored into the luxury tax payroll.

However, since the Yankees have made a concerted effort to get underneath the luxury tax threshold, they felt the time was right to extend an important piece of their core. Severino will now cost $10 million annually for tax purposes, according to Sherman, which raises the payroll from $215 million to $220 million for 2019.

Severino, who will turn 25 on Feb. 20, went 19-8 with 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 191.1 innings in 2018. He faded in the second half, and said recently that he changed his diet and workout regiment over the offseason to ensure he doesn’t get tired over the course of the season.

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With pitchers and catchers reporting this week, New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia is ready to get back to work. But not before addressing the media with his plans following the 2019 campaign.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Sabathia will hold a press conference on Saturday. Sabathia assured the media it had nothing to do with his health but it’s likely he’ll discuss his retirement after this season.

Sabathia signed a one-year contract back in November, while consecutively declaring it as the final one in his 19-year career. In 29 starts, Sabathia went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.314 WHIP in 153 inning.

In conjunction with 2019 being Sabathia’s final campaign, he is slated to miss the first five games of the season due to suspension. He’s slated to return to the Yankees on April 3 against the Detroit Tigers.

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Yankees seasons ending in nine http://bronxpinstripes.com/yankees-history/yankees-seasons-ending-in-nine/ http://bronxpinstripes.com/yankees-history/yankees-seasons-ending-in-nine/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:40:00 +0000 http://bronxpinstripes.com/?p=65441 The year 2019 means a year ending in nine for the New York Yankees. Some of them ended in triumph, others in tragedy. A final title for the core four. A team crowned team of the decade, most successful franchise of the century. We said hello and goodbye to captain Thurman Munson. Goodbye to the Iron Horse and the end of a quartet of consecutive titles. Hello to the OL’ Perfesser and the ushering in of the longest consecutive run […]

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The year 2019 means a year ending in nine for the New York Yankees. Some of them ended in triumph, others in tragedy. A final title for the core four. A team crowned team of the decade, most successful franchise of the century. We said hello and goodbye to captain Thurman Munson. Goodbye to the Iron Horse and the end of a quartet of consecutive titles. Hello to the OL’ Perfesser and the ushering in of the longest consecutive run of championships (five) in baseball history.

Only time will tell if the 2019 squad will have a special season. Below, we take a look back at the years ending in nine.

1909

Still, a second division squad, the New York Highlanders went 74-77 and finished in fifth place with George Stallings at the helm. Starting Jack Warhop paced the team with a 4.3 WAR and boasted a 2.40 ERA. Outfielder Clyde Engle topped the club with 137 hits.

1919

The fortunes of the Yankee franchise began to take a turn for the better under the stewardship of Miller Huggins. Boasting a mark of 80-59, that squad finished in third place. Shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh‘s 6.3 WAR topped the club, as did his .390 on-base percentage. On the pitching side, Bob Shawkey tossed 22 complete games, won 20 games and fanned 122.

1929

The stock market crashed and after winning two consecutive titles, the Murderers’ Row filled roster took a dip as well. Huggins wouldn’t finish the season because of illness and died in September. Those Yankees went 88-66 and finished in second place. Babe Ruth slugged 46 home runs. boasted a WAR of 8.0 and an OPS of 1.128. Lou Gehrig swatted 35 home runs. Tony Lazzeri batted .354. Rookie catcher Bill Dickey posted a .324 batting average. Yet, the pitching was not quite as stellar.

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1939

The first dynasty of the Silent Generation, “Marse Joe” McCarthy’s club earned its fourth consecutive World Series title. The Yankees were 106-45 and swept the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0. A dying Gehrig would deliver his “luckiest man” speech, perhaps the most famous in baseball history. Joe DiMaggio topped the Bronx Bombers with an 8.1 WAR and cracked 30 home runs. Joe Gordon smacked 28 home runs. Red Ruffing tossed five shutouts, 22 complete games, pitched to a 2.93 ERA and won 21 games.

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1949

The first dynasty of the Baby Boomers. First-year skipper Casey Stengel would guide his Pinstripes to the first of five consecutive World Series titles. The Bronx Bombers went 97-57, turned back hard-charging Boston Red Sox at the end of the season and defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-1. Much as the 2009 squad listed below did, this team celebrated its share of walk-off victories, including eight during the regular season. Despite being slowed as part of a hobbled lineup DiMaggio’s 4.4 WAR and 1.055 OPS topped the Yanks. DiMaggio also made his famous “I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee,” speech. Old Reliable Tommy Henrich socked 24 home runs and won Game 1 of the World Series with a 1-0 walk-off home run. A stellar staff of Vic Raschi, Eddie Lopat, Allie Reynolds, Tommy Byrne and Joe Page, helped carry New York. Dr. Bobby Brown hit .500 in the Fall Classic.

1959

A run of four straight AL Pennants came to a close for the defending champs in the only season in which they won less than 92 games during the decade. With Stengel still at the helm, these Yankees went 79-75 and finished in third place. Mickey Mantle swatted 31 bombs.

1969

By 1969, Mantle was gone but there were some signs of promise despite a dismal year. Under “the Major,” Ralph Houk, New York finished at 80-81, fifth place in the AL East. Mel Stottlemyre led the squad with a 6.1 WAR, earning All-Star honors with 20 wins, a 2.82 ERA and 24 complete games in 303 innings. Roy White was also an All-Star with a team-leading .818 OPS. Munson also made his Yankees debut, appearing in 26 games.

1979

Following a run of three straight AL Pennants and two consecutive World Series titles, 1979 was a down year in more ways than one. Under Bob Lemon and Billy Martin, New York was 89-71, fourth in the AL East. Munson would perish in a plane crash. It was also the final season in pinstripes for White and Catfish Hunter. Ron Guidry topped the club with a 6.5 WAR and 201 strikeouts. Reggie Jackon cracked 29 home runs.

1989

The 1980s remain the last, most recent decade without a title (hint, hint, 2019 team) and under Dallas Green and Bucky Dent they went 74-87 and finished in fifth place in the AL East in 1989. Don Mattingly wrapped 23 home runs and boasted a .828 OPS. The Yankees said hello to Jesse Barfield and adios to Rickey Henderson. The pitching was abysmal.

1999

Party like it’s 1999. In the midst of a three-peat, Joe Torre‘s Yanks cemented themselves as the team of the decade and most successful franchise of the century. The defending champs went 98-64, 11-1 in the playoffs, sweeping the Texas Rangers 3-0, dismantling the Red Sox 4-1 and lowered the broom on the Atlanta Braves, 4-0. After DiMaggio passed away, the team honored him by wearing his No. 5 on their uniform sleeves. Eight players in the lineup reached double digits in home runs. David Cone twirled a perfect game against the Montreal Expos. Derek Jeter set a then-franchise record for shortstops with 24 home runs. Bernie Williams clubbed a walk-off home run in the ALCS against Boston and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez earned ALCS MVP honors with a 1.80 ERA in two starts, fanning 13 in 15 frames. Future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera placed an exclamation point on a regular season which saw him pitch to an ERA of 1.83 with 45 saves, by earning the World Series MVP, tossing 4.2 scoreless frames in three games against the Braves.

2009

A new house was christened with a title. Moving across the street with the core four intact and some new mercenaries, Joe Girardi‘s team went 103-59, restoring New York to the top of the baseball world. It was also a year of wild walk-offs and pies from A.J. Burnett and Nick Swisher. Jeter batted .334. Mark Teixeira slammed 39 home runs and was second in AL MVP voting. CC Sabathia led the staff with 19 victories and earned ALCS MVP honors with a 1.13 ERA in two starts against the Los Angeles Angels. Rivera, Phil Hughes and David Robertson were lights out in the pen. Alex Rodriguez came up clutch with six home runs throughout the postseason against the Minnesota Twins, Angels and Philadelphia Phillies. Andy Pettitte won the clincher in all three rounds of the playoffs. Hideki Matsui went out with a bang, earning World Series MVP honors with a 2.027 OPS. During the Game 6 clincher at Yankee Stadium, Matsui became Pedro Martinez‘s daddy, smacking a home run and tying a single-game World Series record by plating six runs.

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