The New York Yankees are a team in flux, attempting to be competitive while preparing for the future. With a promising farm system and youthful talent all over the roster, the Yankees are in a great spot moving forward. How the 2017 season pans out will depend on these young guys, and how well they can perform in the AL East this year.
Masahiro Tanaka is coming off a season where he proved himself health-wise and secured his spot as the number one pitcher in New York’s rotation. C.C. Sabathia is still battling a hurt knee, along with father time, but had a solid 2016. In the third slot, Michael Pineda is once again healthy and is looking to better his rough 4.82 ERA from last season. The remainder of the pitching rotation is still to be determined among five or six guys. After dealing Aroldis Chapman at last season’s trade deadline for a slew of prospects, the Yankees brought him back just five months later as their go-to closer. Dellin Betances will return as a set-up guy, with Tyler Clippard as a late-inning option. New York will be counting on an assortment of young relievers to balance out the rest of the bullpen, including Jonathan Holder, who was called up in September after a solid stint in the minors. Shortstop Didi Gregorius is a strong defender and has been on the rise when it comes to hitting left-handed pitchers. His double play partner Starlin Castro compiled a career-high 21 homers in his first season with the Yankees, all while getting used to playing second base for the club. With Mark Teixeira no longer manning first base due to retirement, Greg Bird and Tyler Austin could split time and provide a spark in the middle of New York’s lineup. Chase Headley will remain at third, and still has two years left on his contract. Brett Gardner is coming off a gold glove win in left field, with Jacoby Ellsbury resuming his post in center. Right field is a bit of a mystery, with most likely Aaron Judge or Aaron Hicks ending up out there to at least start the season. 24 year-old Gary Sanchez stole the catching job so convincingly from Brian McCann last year that McCann was traded this offseason, in favor of the young star.
2017 looks bright for the New York Yankees, as their young roster is peppered with talent. They could have some growing pains, but it should make for exciting season for fans and New York Yankee ticket holders. Grab a friend, a loved one, some peanuts and your New York Yankee tickets, and join in on all the fun this summer.
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.