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Yankees Linchpin Mark Teixeira Has Path to Big Contract Year in 2016

For the last seven years, Mark Teixeira has been paid large sums of money to play ball for the New York Yankees. It's good work if you can get it, and the stars are aligned in such a way that 2016 might not be the end of the road. Teixeira is coming off a renaissance season in 2015, as he finished with a .906 OPS and 31 home runs in only 111 games. After a year like that, it's hardly an eyebrow-raiser that the soon-to-be 36-year-old first baseman who is going into ...

Rob Manfred Takes Stand on Domestic Violence with 30-Game Aroldis Chapman Ban

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been suspended 30 games by Major League Baseball for his alleged involvement in a widely publicized domestic violence incident, as first reported by Billy Witz of the New York Times. The bigger news, though, is that MLB and Commissioner Rob Manfred have taken a strong and unambiguous stand against domestic violence. And if their policy isn't zero-tolerance, it's close to it. In a statement, per Maury Brown of Forbes, Manfred said his staff conducted a "comprehensive investigation" into the incident, which occurred Oct. 30 at ...

Aroldis Chapman: Latest News, Speculation on Yankees RP’s Potential Suspension

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman reportedly has been suspended for 30 games by Major League Baseball for his involvement in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Billy Witz of the New York Times reported the news and said there will be not be an appeal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported "Chapman cooperated with [the investigation]" and "acknowledged conduct that violated policy." Sherman also confirmed Chapman said he will not appeal. Chapman previously told Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media he would appeal any suspension by the league. His teammate, Alex Rodriguez, spoke to ...

Yankees’ 2016 Playoff Hopes Hinge on Breakout Year from High-Risk Rotation

It's spring training, so everyone can dream. And the biggest dream shared in the early days of New York Yankees camp was the one about Michael Pineda. "I want to throw 200 innings this year," Pineda said, per Erik Boland of Newsday. "That's my goal." Everyone can dream, even a guy who has had so much trouble staying healthy he has totaled 408 innings in the five seasons since he made his major league debut. He didn't pitch at all in two of those seasons, but that's still only an average of ...

Aroldis Chapman Suspension Reportedly Won’t Include Spring Training Games

If New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman gets suspended for an alleged domestic dispute, he will reportedly be unable to serve part of it during spring training.   According to a Feb. 23 report by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, citing a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to discuss it, Chapman's potential suspension will not include exhibition games.     Shaikin's report noted that the commissioner ultimately decides suspensions under the domestic violence policy, whereas the drug policy mandates suspensions include only regular-season and playoff games.  On Saturday, Jayson ...

Yankees Emphasize Russell Wilson over Cam Newton Qualities in Media Training

All New York Yankees can check their attitudes at the door—along with any other excessive outward emotions or opinions.Following the trend of encouraging progressively more prescribed athlete reactions, the renowned baseball organization aimed to instill within its players the makings of a proper postgame interview.Their subjects of study? Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Cam Newton.According to ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand, the session went something like this: During the Yankees' media training, the Super Bowl is being used to portray the right and wrong way to act. Part of a video shown ...

Alex Rodriguez Comments on PED Suspension, Being a Yankee and More

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been through some dark times during his 21-year MLB playing career. For starters, playing for a club like the Yankees can bring a lot of pressure. "I think it always starts on the field, especially when you're a New York Yankee," Rodriguez said, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. "You expect to go to the World Series every year. But in a world where we get judged by wins and losses, home runs and RBI, I started thinking about other things." He's dealt with injuries ...

Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez Will Be Critical Big Bats to Watch at Yankees Camp

The New York Yankees have the right idea. The bigger question is whether they have the right players. The Yankees are trying to rebuild without rebuilding, to get younger and better without coming close to any charge of tanking a season. The process is difficult enough that they haven't won a playoff game since 2012 but so far painless enough that they've stayed in the 84-87 win zone that at least guarantees some form of contention. They spent 100 days in first place in the American League East last year, with a ...

Cuban Star Yulieski Gourriel Is High-Upside Risk Yankees Should Jump At

The New York Yankees made the biggest splash of their otherwise subdued offseason when they acquired a Cuban-born player. That'd be flamethrowing closer Aroldis Chapman, whom they netted in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. Now, with spring training so close you can smell the sunscreen and fresh-cut grass, the Yanks can grab another game-changing Cuban. And while there's risk and red tape involved, New York should pounce as soon as possible. Yulieski Gourriel. Learn to spell it, learn to say it, because it's a name you'll be hearing a lot. The ...

Mariano Rivera to Receive Dedicated Plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park

Mariano Rivera helped the New York Yankees win five World Series, and many consider him to be the game’s greatest closer. As such, he'll become the 37th Bronx Bomber to receive a plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park this summer, according to the Associated Press. Rivera is Major League Baseball's all-time leader with 652 regular-season saves, but his dominance in the postseason, where he holds career bests in both ERA (0.70 over 141 innings) and saves (42), was even more impressive. Rivera closed out three of the Yankees’ five World Series-clinching wins ...
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