Yankee fans everywhere woke up to the news that their team signed Giancarlo Stanton. The slugger from the Marlins is making a new home in the Bronx and what a sight that will be. Yankee fans are acting like children on Christmas morning when they asked for a gift they thought they would never get but then get surprised with it. While the rest of MLB feels like they just got into a car wreck with a train. Stanton without a doubt will be amazing playing in Yankee Stadium with that short right field and batting along guys like Judge and Sanchez.
Not only is this good for the Yankee’s that a huge star player signed with them but who better to help Judge improve his consistency and becoming a better player than Stanton? Plus, now they have an abundance of outfielders so it is likely that they will rotate around between playing the field and batting DH. This is a plus because it will likely keep them healthier during the long season and keep them fresher for the postseason. It seemed as if the Marlins were really running out of options and Stanton had a no trade clause in his contracted which allowed him to veto the Cardinals and the Giants trade offers. Eric Hubbs from Barstool sports said it best last night, he said with Stanton giving his list of teams he would be willing to go to and with many other teams dropping out left and right, the Yankees were the only guys left at the bar to make a trade with if the Marlins wanted him gone that bad.
The trade consisted of the Yankees getting Stanton and the Marlins getting Starlin Castro as well as two minor league prospects (Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers) also the Marlins are willing to eat 30 million from the Stanton contract and that makes it so the Yankees will end up paying Stanton 265 million instead of 295 million. Basically, a steal for the Yankees when looking at the player Stanton is as well as what they had to give up for him. The prospects they gave up was surprising especially with Miami just getting rid of Dee Gordon it seemed likely that they would take the Yankees #1 prospect Gleyber Torres instead of Castro for rebuilding purposes as well as another top prospect such as perhaps Chance Adams to improve the pitching down there in south beach. However, that is not what happened and the Yankees are sure happy about that.
This trade makes me think back to when the Yankees got Alex Rodriguez and how excited Yankee fans were then. Now obviously that ended in a bitter sweet way and the Yankees hope for a better ending with Stanton but none the less. Stanton is just as polarizing as A-Rod was and with the ability to help Judge and Sanchez makes this even bigger. Just to give you a look at the possible numbers, last year Judge hit 52 home runs last season Stanton hit 59 and Sanchez hit 33 that is a combined 144 home runs just between those three guys. Plus, they have arguably the best bullpen in baseball with Robertson, Betances and Chapman. This is going to be a very scary team to face. Ladies and Gentlemen, this could be the beginning of another Yankee dynasty and a rebirth of the evil empire.
One of the hottest names out there in MLB right now is Japanese player Shohei Ohtani. The “Japanese Babe Ruth” as some are calling him. This guy can pitch and he can hit and he wants to come to America and play with the best players in the world. Nothing wrong with that right? Well, here is the problem, this guy makes zero sense professionally. Athletes will tell you one of two things usually, one, they play to win championships. Ohtani will not tell you that. The other reason is to get rich, but again Ohtanti will not be telling you that either. No, Ohtanti says he wants people to like him and he wants to judge his career on the amount of applause he gets when he ends up retiring.
Who the hell does this guy think he is? You get referred to as the Japanese Babe Ruth which is arguably the greatest compliment ever and you do not care about money, championships or traditions? Now I get it, it’s a child’s game and he is playing for the love of the game but if that is the case, why not just stay in Japan? This guy passed on millions of dollars to come over here now instead of waiting 2 years. Again, I have no problem with this but what reason is behind coming here if it is all about the fans.
When Ohtani arrived the first teams he ruled out was the Yankees, Red Sox and Twins. It seemed like a very odd move but he made a statement that he wanted to play on the west coast because it was closer to Japan. I get it he wants the flight home to be shorter, no problem with that. However, like everything else this guy does he makes a statement that makes no sense he then says the Cubs and Rangers are still in the hunt. Ohtani, look at a god damn map, Chicago Illinois and Arlington Texas are not on the west coast they are both very much in the mid-west. Ohtani then said he wants to play for a small market team because he is afraid of the big cities. Odd move, like did he think that some place like Waco Texas would have a pro baseball team? But then he keeps L.A. on the list of possible teams he might sign with.
Ohtani sets off a lot of red flags for me and I would pass on him if I was a GM because another thing is his numbers are not as dominating as some think. When compared to guys like Ichiro, Tanaka, Hideki Matsui and other Japanese greats they dominated other players in Japan and was truly the best in their country. Ohtani said himself that there are so many more players that are better pitchers and hitters in Japan than him, this is what he said in an interview with Jon Morosi. The confidence is not there which is yet another red flag. Ohtani might come over and maybe he will be in the same conversation with Ichiro and Matsui but he has seemed more like a confused person rather than a legit pro athlete.
On Friday, the now second longest consecutive winning streak in MLB history ended for the Cleveland Indians at 22 games. This was a remarkable thing to watch even if you are not an Indians fan. During this streak the Indians were on fire at the plate they outscored their opponents by 142-37 and they only were behind eight innings during the entire streak. They batted .306 as a team and their pitching staff was lights out with a 1.77 ERA. Corey Kluber was pitching just like Cleveland fans are used to and Jose Ramirez was able to get out of his slump and lead the team offensively during this incredible journey and guys like Lindor and Santana were the leaders the team tended to lean on.
The question is what does this all mean for the World Series runner up? Well, to be honest other teams should worry because they did this without some of their best talent. Jason Kipnis, Andrew Miller, Michael Brantley they were all on the DL waiting to return and Bradley Zimmer broke his hand during the streak. With this being said, presuming the pitching staff continues to be consistent and the offense continues to produce runs this is a team that could make a deep run in October. But, here is the answer to the question, yes, the Indians will get major help when all their talent returns. However, as the A’s GM Billy Bean once said nothing matters unless you win the last game of the season.
This is still true today, the Dodgers have been having a historic season but if they fall short of winning it all, it does not matter, last year the Indians won 14 straight games but failed to win the last game of the World Series. The Astros and the Diamondbacks have had the best season for their clubs as well so far this season. As a baseball fan this has been a season to remember across the board with so many teams playing great baseball and new stars emerging in to the light. However, as I can say personally there is nothing worse than having such an amazing season and thinking it was your team’s year and then fall short of the title. With this being said, keep grinding Cleveland and keep believing in Believeland because sports is all about who gets hot at the right time.
The Yankees are trying to win the division and are currently only 4.5 games out of first place. The issue is that when it rains it seems to pour on this team. Many issues are going on such as Judge can no longer hit, Sanchez cannot catch balls which is less than ideal when you play catcher. CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda are on the DL and now they can add Mashahiro Tanaka to that list.
Having these issues are not good news for a team who has a legit chance to catch Boston and take over first place in the AL east. Getting hit with the injury bug is part of the game, especially when the season is so long but this is just terrible timing.
Granted Tanaka and CC have been less than stellar to watch and even at times painful for Yankee fans, but they are still MLB starters and the best the team have on the pitching rotation. Thank god, the Yankees went out and traded for Sonny Gray, otherwise this situation would be much worse. My advice to Yankee fans, keep your head up, the bullpen is still really good with David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman and besides it could be worse, you could be the Mets, have arguably one of the best rotations (at least on paper) and have a good chance to end the year with a losing record.
The Yankees are a young team and will figure it all out. This team looks like if healthy and once all the kinks are ironed out, will start to look like contenders every year again, just like Yankee fans are used to. Every storm runs out of rain so hang in there Yankee fans.
Aaron Judge blew the minds of many baseball fans during the first half of the season. Judge was batting .329 with 30 HR’s and 66 RBI’s and seemed like a for sure lock to win the rookie of the year and possibly even MVP. He goes to the Home run Derby, puts on a great show and goes on to win. Hell, the Yankees even made “the Judge chambers” in the right field sections. Impressive for a guy who many was surprised made the opening day roster. The issue is the numbers he put up since the break.
Since the break, Judge is batting .169 with 5 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. and is one of the top leaders in the league in strikeouts. These numbers are very troubling for a guy who was demolishing pitchers earlier in the year. Some fans are worried that the homerun derby messed up his swing, some others say he is just in a slump and he will be fine, and yes even though he is struggling right now his season stats as of mid-August, are a .292 batting average with 78 RBI’s and 35 HR’s and has a chance to still finish the season with great numbers. However, I am not sold either way yet.
Watching what Judge did the first half was fun to watch and was truly incredible but even when he was at the top of his game I was not convinced it would last, let’s remember the numbers Judge put up last year for the time he was with the Yankees. In 84 at bats in the 2016 season he was batting .179 with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI’s. These numbers look like his numbers post all-star break this year. As much as I want Judge to back to the numbers he was putting up earlier this year I am not sure he will.
Sure, the Yankees have kind of spoiled their fans these past decades with all the world series wins and guys like Jeter and Rivera, who were the most consistent in the league and in MLB history. Fans have seen what Judge can do but they have also seen someone who is a strikeout leader and unable to get base hits and is not consistent. So, before we “All Rise for Judge” lets deliberate a little longer and make sure that he is the real deal and not just a flash in the pan.