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30 in 30: The New York Yankees

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2016 Record: 84-78

2016 Finish: 15th in MLB, 9th in AL

2016 in Review


Be honest with me, did you know who Gary Sanchez was before Opening Day? Oh yeah? What was his national rank after the 2015 season? #36. Gary Sanchez was the #36 prospect prior to the 2016 season. Anyone who told you that they saw Sanchez coming is a fool. Sanchez has played 7 seasons in the minors, and during that time Sanchez hit 99 home runs, which translates to one longball every 6.5 games. For 7 years Gary Sanchez hit one long ball a week. In the major leagues in 2016, Gary Sanchez hit one out of the park every 2.5 games.

That’s a staggering statistic. Facing the top level pitching, Sanchez was able to hit better than he did against minor league pitching, raising his OPS by .200 points. Whether this is a fluke or not remains to be seen, but that’s the skeptic in me talking. The optimistic baseball fan inside of me thinks that Gary Sanchez is here to stay, and what better timing for the Yankees. Just when A-Rod and Tex leave the team they get a bonafide slugger dropped right in their laps. What a time to be a Yankees fan. I’m gonna vomit.


60 feet, six inches away from the young catching phenom is the real issue with the New York Yankees. The Yankees pitching staff had a relatively disappointing year, even with the 1-2-3 punch on Betances, Miller, and Chapman. I remember watching some preseason coverage of the Yankees and hearing an analyst say something to the extent of “The Yankees only need to play 6 innings every day and then get to ‘No Runs DMC’ to close it out.” That’s not a bad way to think about that bullpen, but if your starters are putting up 4.65 ERAs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings, it doesn’t matter what your bullpen can do. And this starting rotation is capable of so much more. Michael Pineda threw 207 strikeouts in 2016, 11 fewer than Noah Syndergaard, but finished the first half with an ERA of 5.38. These guys have the tools, but aren’t executing. It’s disappointing.

Looking Ahead

The Yankees threw in the towel and threw it in hard this year. HOWEVER, the Yankees went from having a middle of the road farm system to having the #3 system in the league, simply by shipping out all of their valuable guys. Also, with A-Rod retiring and Teixeira following right behind, the Yankees are going to have a lot of open payroll for other moves. As much as it pains me to say this… this is going to be an exciting few years for Yankees fans.  Especially once Clint Frazier arrives. I’m gonna vomit.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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