Yankee Hitters Struggle as Rival Red Sox Bolt to Historic Start

Last season, was originally thought to have been a final tune-up for the youth movement of the New York Yankees. It was supposed to be a rebuilding season; one more year to acclimate a bevy of young players to the professional ranks. This stable of super talent was being groomed to bring the Bronx Bombers back to the pinnacle of Major League Baseball.

However, these stars of the future turned out to be ready for prime time players in 2017. An offensive explosion in the wildcard game against the Minnesota Twins catapulted them into the American League Divisional Series (ALDS). The Yankees then derailed the odds-on World Series favorite Cleveland Indians in a dramatic series.

A team that was supposed to be looking ahead to 2018 took the eventual World Champion Houston Astros to a seventh game in the American League Championship Series. The future was now in New York. With a new manager to start the 2018 season, former Yankee player Aaron Boone, fans were salivating for a 28th World Title.

As the first month of the 2018 season winds down though, New York finds themselves looking at another fight for one of the wildcard berths. One of last year’s playoff heroes, Greg Bird, is once again recovering from an injury. Highly-touted Brandon Drury has also been on the shelf with blurred vision caused by migraine headaches.

Nonetheless, the biggest headache for the Yankees thus far has been their bitter rivals the Boston Red Sox. Boston has rocketed out to an historic 17-2 start and has built a full seven game edge over the 10 win Yankees.

Add to that the woeful early season statistics of Gary Sanchez, and newly acquired veterans Giancarlo Stanton and Neil Walker. All three are batting under .200, so New York is digging themselves an early hole. Sure, it’s a long 162 game season, but Boston is looking more and more like a team without many weak spots to exploit.

New York’s elite young roster played above expectations in 2017, falling one game short of another World Series appearance. The storied franchise, hoisting more trophies than any other in professional sports, needs to find a quick cure for their early season pinstripe blues. If not, a season of hopeful bounty may turn into one of promises unfulfilled.

Andujar Continues to Impress

The New York Yankees are one of the most dominant teams in Major League Baseball history. The franchise has won more World Series championships than any other team and continues to find new talent and sign a big free agents. In 2017, the team was expected to take a step back and focus on growing its talent. While it was expected to be a rebuilding year, the Yankees ended up surprising a lot of people and ended up making the playoffs. Now is the team is preparing for the 2018 season, there is a lot of hope and optimism around the Yankees.

One of the main reasons that people are excited about the Yankees is that the team is loaded with talent. In 2017, the team was led by young players including Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro, and Aaron Judge. Aaron Judge was also named the MVP or the American League. While the lineup was already deep as it was, the team also made a big move during the offseason when it traded for Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton was previously with the Miami Marlins and won the NL MVP while hitting nearly 60 homeruns.

What makes the Yankees even more exciting is that they have a very good young farm system full of talented players that have not even made it to the majors yet. One player that is continuing to turn heads during Spring Training this year is Miguel Andujar (http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/98017/was-that-andujar-another-young-yankees-slugger-is-turning-heads-this-spring).

Miguel Andujar is a 23-year old prospect that has been considered one of the most talented players in the Yankees farm system coming into the Spring Training season. While he has always been a good player, he has been off to a very good start in some of the games this year. Through the first couple of weeks of the season, he already has 8 hits on 21 at bats, which is good for a .421 average. Of those 8 hits, four were home runs that came in the last week alone. If he keeps this up, he will likely be a very valuable addition to the team as they look to set their final lineup.

The Yankees will have some tough roster choices to make. By the time the season starts they will need to have it narrowed to just 25 players.

Yankees Consider New Pitching Options

While the New York Yankees are widely considered to be the most successful major league baseball franchise of all time, the team was not considered to be a great team for the 2017 season. The team has lost its leadership due to Derek Jeter’s retirement and appeared to be heading into a rebuilding year. However, the team ended up surprising everyone and made a deep playoff run due to the strength of their young core including Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Starlin Castro.

While there were not a lot of expectations heading into the 2017 season, the 2018 Yankees are considered to be a favorite to win the division and even the World Series. This offseason has already been a pretty good one as they were able to trade for Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. Stanton is one of the best hitters in baseball and won the NL MVP award the prior season.

While the Yankees looked like they were set on offense, the team still was discussing making some moves to improve its pitching staff. While there are still several big free agent names available, it appears that they may have lost out on one of their bigger targets (https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-hot-stove-rumors-yankees-still-after-rotation-help-after-losing-out-on-yu-darvish/). Earlier this week, it was reported that Yu Darvish had signed with the Chicago Cubs. Darvis spent the majority of last season with the Texas Rangers before being traded to the LA Dodgers. While he did not have a great World Series, Darvish is considered a top-tier talent and was highly sought after in the offseason.

While it appears that Darvish will not be joining the Yankees this year, there are still a number of players that the Yankees are going to pursue. At the top of their list is Lance Lynn. Lynn previously spent the last season with the St. Louis Cardinals and was a solid and consistent pitcher all year. He ended up winning 11 games while losing 8. Another person that the Yankees could try and get is Jake Arrieta. Arrieta was with the Chicago Cubs last year and is a prior Cy Young Award winner. While Arrieta is very good, there is concern that is salary demands are too high give the fact that he is getting older than prime pitchers.

New York Yankees Continue Surge and Have Chance at Playoffs

The New York Yankees, who have played in New York City for over 100 years, are the most historic and successful Major League Baseball franchise. The Yankees have won more World Series and American League titles than any other franchise and have a long list of players in the Hall of Fame. While the Yankees have historically been one of the best teams of all time, the 2016 Yankees have struggled to play well consistently. While it once appeared that the Yankees season was over, a recent publication (http://theinscribermag.com/sports/why-the-new-york-yankees-will-make-the-playoffs.html) gives reasons why the Yankees could still make the playoffs.

 

The 2016 season has been a significant season of transition for the Yankees. The Yankees are still dealing with the recent retirements of future Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. During the 2016 season two additional players, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera both announced that their careers were coming to an end as well. At the mid-point of the season, the Yankees looked like long shots to make the playoffs and they ended up trading several key players, including Aroldis Champan, for prospects with significant potential.

 

While the Yankees were already preparing for the 2017 season, it now appears that the team suddenly has a lot of life left. Rookie Catcher, Gary Sanchez, has been the hottest player in baseball over the past month. He is making a strong case to be Rookie of the Year in the American League and is showing significant signs of potential. Furthermore, the pitching staff has done very well, despite having a very depleted starting rotation and bullpen.

 

As it stands today, the Yankees are fighting for one of several playoff spots. They are currently in fourth place in their division and are 6.5 games behind Toronto for the division lead. However, they are only 3.5 games behind the Red Sox and 4.5 games behind the Orioles, which are currently the AL leaders for the two Wild Card spots. If the Yankees can play well the rest of the season, they have a very good chance of catching one of the two teams and playing in the Wild Card game. This is further supported by the fact that the Yankees have several games left with both of the teams ahead of them.

 

New York’s Boys of Summer Celebrated at Foley’s NY Pub

Sports bars are not a rare find in Ney York City, but a pub that displays Babe Ruth’s 1919 transfer agreement from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees is as rare as an $8 beer at a stadium. The contract is just the tip of the iceberg. The walls of Foley’s are plastered with more than 3,000 signed baseballs, baseball cards, lineup cards from actual games, player bobbleheads, signed jerseys, even a brick from Wrigley Field.

One of the most remarkable signed baseballs boasts both Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca’s signatures. In the first nationally televised baseball game, Bobby Thomson hit the game-winning home run giving the New York Giants the National League pennant in 1951. Ralph Blanca was the pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers who gave up the hit. This was literally the “shot heard round the world” as it was broadcast on both television and radio, including Armed Forces Radio and therefore witnessed by millions. The fact that Blanca would cosign the baseball with Thomson speaks volumes about his sportsmanship.

Bar owner Shaun Clancy created the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. Inductees include players, managers, executives, journalists, and entertainers of Irish descent who have had a positive impact on baseball. One of the more colorful inductees is Michael Joseph “King” Kelly, one of baseball’s first superstars. Kelly predominately played for the Chicago White Stockings and the Boston Beaneaters during his 16-year baseball career, which spanned from 1878 to 1893. Kelly was also a vaudeville performer and author. His autobiography, Play Ball, ghostwritten by Boston baseball writer Jack Drohan, was the first autobiography written by a baseball player.

New York Yankees Continue Surge and Have Chance at Playoffs

The New York Yankees, who have played in New York City for over 100 years, are the most historic and successful Major League Baseball franchise. The Yankees have won more World Series and American League titles than any other franchise and have a long list of players in the Hall of Fame. While the Yankees have historically been one of the best teams of all time, the 2016 Yankees have struggled to play well consistently. While it once appeared that the Yankees season was over, a recent publication (http://theinscribermag.com/sports/why-the-new-york-yankees-will-make-the-playoffs.html) gives reasons why the Yankees could still make the playoffs.

The 2016 season has been a significant season of transition for the Yankees. The Yankees are still dealing with the recent retirements of future Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. During the 2016 season two additional players, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera both announced that their careers were coming to an end as well. At the mid-point of the season, the Yankees looked like long shots to make the playoffs and they ended up trading several key players, including Aroldis Champan, for prospects with significant potential.

While the Yankees were already preparing for the 2017 season, it now appears that the team suddenly has a lot of life left. Rookie Catcher, Gary Sanchez, has been the hottest player in baseball over the past month. He is making a strong case to be Rookie of the Year in the American League and is showing significant signs of potential. Furthermore, the pitching staff has done very well, despite having a very depleted starting rotation and bullpen.

As it stands today, the Yankees are fighting for one of several playoff spots. They are currently in fourth place in their division and are 6.5 games behind Toronto for the division lead. However, they are only 3.5 games behind the Red Sox and 4.5 games behind the Orioles, which are currently the AL leaders for the two Wild Card spots. If the Yankees can play well the rest of the season, they have a very good chance of catching one of the two teams and playing in the Wild Card game. This is further supported by the fact that the Yankees have several games left with both of the teams ahead of them.

Brian Cashman Says That Yankees Won’t Release Alex Rodriguez

Despite being an albatross on the roster of the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez doesn’t have to be concerned about being released by the team. General Manager Brian Cashman stated that during a radio appearance on August 4, bluntly admitting that the money still owed to Rodriguez helps explain part of the reason.

Rodriguez, who turned 41 on July 27, appeared to have a comeback season in 2015 after he hit 33 home runs and drove in 86 runs. However, this season has been a disaster for the aging third baseman. In 62 games, he’s hit just nine home runs and driven in 29 runs, with a .204 batting average.

Those numbers have led many in the New York media to insist that the Yankees release Rodriguez. The former All-Star’s checkered reputation has been marked by repeated instances of steroid use. Due to those violations, he was suspended for the entire 2014 season.

Rodriguez has played for the Yankees since 2004 after a trade with the Texas Rangers. At the time of the deal, he was three years into a contract paying him $252 million over 10 seasons. After the 2007 campaign, he had the chance to opt out of the contract and subsequently signed a lucrative 10-year contract with the team.

That contract is up after next year. Were the Yankees to release Rodriguez now, they would owe him approximately $27 million. Cashman’s thinking is that the team might as well use him if they have to pay him.

John McEnroe Blazes a Fastball to Start Subway Series

To get the latest edition of the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and New York Mets started, the Mets brought out tennis legend John McEnroe to throw out the first pitch for the August 1st contest at Citi Field. As opposed to others that have tried their luck at this baseball tradition, the 57-year-old McEnroe offered up a quality pitch.

A native New Yorker, McEnroe wore a blue Mets jersey and cap as he went to the mound. Showing that his athleticism was still in evidence, he threw a fastball and then quickly bounced off the mound to shake hands with the Mets’ catcher.

McEnroe’s effort was in severe contrast to some of the other individuals who have attempted to offer a first pitch from the same mound. One of the more notorious instances came in 2009 when Gary Dell’abate, a producer for the Howard Stern’s satellite radio show made his attempt. Dell’abate came to the mound and offered a pitch that didn’t come close to the plate and instead hit an umpire who was waiting for the ceremony to end. The effort resulted in a huge amount of ridicule from Stern and his staff.

McEnroe ended his singles’ tennis career in 1992 after winning three Wimbledon titles and four U.S. Open championships. However, he still competes in doubles competition and some senior events. Later this month, he will serve as a color commentator for the U.S. Open, which will take place just next door to Citi Field.