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Masahiro Tanaka Fighting Rookie Wall After Phenomenal »

Masahiro Tanaka is human. After opening his major league career with three months of brilliant outings, the New York Yankees rookie has hit a wall in July. On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Indians touched the AL All-Star up for five runs, 10 hits and the worst outing of his career. Coupled with allowing nine hits and four earned runs last week in [...]

Brandon McCarthy Trade, Alfonso Soriano Designation »

As the New York Yankees took the field Sunday afternoon at Target Field vs. the Minnesota Twins, a stark reality faced a team struggling to climb over .500: the depth of legitimate American League contenders. From the Baltimore Orioles to the Toronto Blue Jays to the Detroit Tigers to the Kansas City [...]

What Does CC Sabathia’s Impending Return Mean »

When CC Sabathia hit the disabled list on May 11, the 33-year-old lefty sported a 5.28 ERA. At that moment, a case could have been made that the former Cy Young winner was hurting the team on a start-by-start basis. Nearly two months later, his impending return is a major piece to New York's second-half puzzle. If vintage Sabathia can return with [...]

Assessing Derek Jeter’s Farewell Season at the »

The 2014 season has reached its midway point, meaning Derek Jeter's farewell tour, age-40 season and goodbye to the game of baseball has reached the same juncture. When assessing Jeter's play thus far, context is critical. On the surface—looking only at the raw numbers and production from New York's shortstop—Jeter is having his worst [...]

Dellin Betances’ Lights-out 2014 Evoking »

The 1996 New York Yankees rode the back of a 26-year-old relief pitcher all the way to an American League East title and World Series championship. Nearly two decades later, history could be repeating itself in the Bronx with the emergence of Dellin Betances as Mariano Rivera 2.0. Rivera's 1996 season was the most unique and dominant campaign in a [...]

Should Yankees Fear Top Prospect Gary Sanchez Could »

For the New York Yankees, star power always trumps the success or failure of top prospects. In the case of 21-year-old catcher Gary Sanchez, a difficult start to the 2014 season could be a prelude to another bust emanating from general manager Brian Cashman's farm system.According to Nick Peruffo of The Trentonian, the Double-A backstop was [...]

Derek Jeter’s Struggles Show He’s Making »

When Derek Jeter announced his impending retirement during a February press conference, the end of a brilliant career began for the legendary New York Yankees shortstop. After an injury-plagued 2013, predicting major success for Jeter in 2014 was a fool's errand.As the farewell campaign rolls on, it has become abundantly clear that Jeter made the [...]

Yankees’ Once-Hyped Prospect Trio Finding »

When the 2008 season began, the New York Yankees were thought to have baseball's best and rarest commodity: young and ascending starting pitching. At the time, the trio of Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain represented 60 percent of future dominant rotations in the Bronx. More than six years later, that dream is long gone. Success for [...]

Joe Girardi Proving to Be One of MLB’s Best »

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi operates in a city that overrates athletes, coaches and executives on a routine basis. Yet, despite succeeding at a high level in the media capital of the world, the 49-year-old skipper doesn't get enough credit for just how valuable he is to the Yankees success.This season marks Girardi's seventh in New [...]

Is Yangervis Solarte a Future MLB Star or a Flash in »

When spring training ended, New York Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte looked like a fringe major league player in the right place at the right time. With depth and age concerns at second base, third base and shortstop, Solarte's inclusion on the Opening Day roster was born of necessity, rather than dreams of future production. Seven weeks [...]

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