Tuesday, February 20, 2018


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The Incredibles have nothing on Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.  Their batting practice sessions are truly a show- a home run derby in February.  To say that it's exciting is an understatement, and truth be told, I was jealous I wasn't there to see the show today.

“It’s a big deal because they’re good players, but obviously they’re both kind of larger-than-life human beings — you don’t see people like them in baseball,” (Greg) Bird said. “It’s good. It’s a good hype. I mean obviously there’s a lot of attention on them but it’s good for baseball, it’s good for them and it’s good for this team," reported the New York Times.  Fans were treated to long balls to all parts of Steinbrenner Field, a foreshadowing of things to come back in the Bronx.

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And if the home run show wasn't enough, we made another move to improve our offense and defense this season. "After two full-squad spring training workouts the Yankees on Tuesday filled a void at third base by acquiring 25-year-old infielder/outfielder Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks in a deal that also sent Rays outfielder Steven Souza to Arizona," reported the NY Post.

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Drury is a key acquisition because he can play multiple positions.  He is a .271 hitter with 962 big league at-bats, 29 homers and drove in 116 runs in the past two seasons.  He is the right fit with a bigger bat than glove.  "The deal means the Yankees won’t be rolling the dice on two very young and inexperienced players at third (Miguel Andujar) and second base (Gleyber Torres). The Yankees believe they are going to be productive big league players, but in Drury they get an experienced player and won’t have to rush Andujar who could use seasoning with the glove and arm," stated the Post.

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So much to look forward to and it is only one week into Spring Training.  The first official squad game in this Friday against the Detroit Tigers, a team we engaged in more than just some healthy competition last season.  Recall the brawl and suspensions when tensions got high last season.  But we have no time for that.  We have a season to win and we are just getting started.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof 

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