After ending a two-year post season drought in 2015, the New York Yankees lost in the Wild Card round to the Houston Astros leaving them wanting more. For a franchise used to winning, this season will be one where they take steps towards their 28th World Series title. One major difference this offseason is their approach to gaining new talent. Instead of the New York standard of handing out large contracts, GM Brian Cashman turned to trading to gather the pieces to heighten their roster. They acquired 26 year-old Starlin Castro who will play at second base and reliever Aroldis Chapman who they scored for cheap from the Reds back in December. As far as the Yankees 2016 rotation goes, they will have the same pitchers as last season, led by star Masahiro Tanaka who had a solid second season with the Yankees despite missing almost six weeks with wrist and forearm injuries. Next guy up is second-year right-hander Luis Severino who was impressive as a rookie and should continue to shine in 2016. Nathan Eovoldi, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia will round out the rotation and hopefully stay healthy enough to contribute. In the bullpen, Chapman will join Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller to create one heck of a trio as Betances and Miller together managed 45 saves with a 1.73 ERA in 2015. Chapman will certainly make up for the loss of Justin Wilson and Adam Warren who were casualties of free agency.
Didi Gregorius, who had the brutal task of taking over for Derek Jeter at shortstop, played quality defense last season and recovered from a rough start to post decent numbers in 2015. He’ll be joined by new Yankee Castro at second. First baseman Mark Teixeira should be ready go this season after battling injuries for the past two years, with Chase Headley returning as a Yankee for his second full season at third base. In the outfield, Brett Gardner earned his first All Star nod in 2015 yet slumped at the end of the season. He and Jacob Ellsbury need to have solid outings this year along with the aging Carlos Beltran to aid in the quest for post season play.
The 2016 Yankees roster is certainly talented enough to contend for the AL East title again this season. Be sure to purchase your New York Yankees tickets early so you don’t miss out on their exciting and hopeful run towards the pennant race.
Built to replace the original Yankee Stadium which opened in 1923 and closed in 2008 the new Yankee Stadium was built just across the street from the original stadium. Cost to construct was 1.5 billion and the facility is home to The New York Yankees Major League Baseball team, the Pinstripe Bowl NCAA and in 2015 will become home to New York City FC Major League Soccer team.
The first game at the new stadium was a pre-season exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs played on April 3, 2009, which the Yankees won 7-4. Design of the new stadium incorporated many of the elements from the previous Yankee Stadium to pay tribute to Yankee history.
The steep price tag is not only the most amount ever paid to build a baseball stadium, but the second-most expensive stadium of any kind (after MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. According to The New York Times, during the building of the new stadium one of the construction workers tried to “hex” the Yankees by burying a Red Sox Jersey at the site. Yankees decided to turn what Randy Levine, Yankees president said to be a “bad, dastardly act” into a good one. They took the extracted Red Sox jersey cleaned it up, put it into a display case with a Yankees Universe T-shirt and sent to Boston to be auctioned off for the Red Sox primary charity the Jimmy Fund. The current stadium has a seating capacity of 49,642 with 4300 club seats and 68 luxury suites. Between the perimeter wall and interior of the stadium is what is called the “Great Hall” and is lined with 20 banners of past and present Yankees superstars.
New York Yankees Histroy
The New York Yankees are the most storied team in professional sports. They transcend baseball and the MLB and have the most championships of any team playing at the highest level in their sport. Yet, if fans were told this back at the turn of the 20th century, they would simply stare in disbelief. The Yankees were the laughing stock of the American League until a few years of trading almost exclusively with the Boston Red Sox in the late 1910s gave the team an incredible core, including Babe Ruth.
Ruth changed the momentum of the franchise and helped make the game more popular by making homeruns far more commonplace. In his 14 season with the Yankees he won four World Series and led the league in home runs nine times, winning the MVP once. He, of course, is not the only legend to take the field in pinstripes.
Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra kept the club dominant well into the 1960s. At one point, the Yanks would play and win the World Series six times in seven seasons. This bested a previous run of six wins in eight seasons. Essentially, if someone were watching the World Series between 1936 and 1964 chances were that they would be rooting for or against the New York Yankees.
After a brief struggle in the late 1960s through the middle of the 1970s, George Steinbrenner purchased the team. He immediately became a controversial figure, micromanaging the team to the point of demanding players shave and cut their hair. He also opened his pocket books and brought players like Reggie Jackson and Roger Clemons to play beside home grown talent like Don Mattingly, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter. The result would be a competitive team until the late 1990s, when the franchise once again became utterly dominant. In the 21st century, the team has found the playing field leveled a bit, but it is still consistently winning the AL East.