Good morning everyone, and welcome to a new era in sports media.
My name is Jacob Westendorf, I will be the editor and contributor to the New York Yankees portion of this website.
I want to thank all of you that have made this transition into a new website possible.
It’s an exciting time to be someone that is following that Yankees. After years of being mired in mediocrity, Brian Cashman made moves in 2016 that changed the franchise.
He traded Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran for a bevy of prospects.
The prospects were not the biggest point of these trades, but rather a signal that the way they were doing things was not working and they needed to change.
Since that time the Yankees have become younger and more athletic. Quite frankly they’re more exciting as well.
The youth movement got into full swing with when Cashman released the Kraken. Gary Sanchez was called up to take over as primary catcher instead of Brian McCann.
Sanchez was a marvel. He nearly won rookie of the year despite not playing the majority of the season. Ultimately he lost out to Michael Fulmer, but his early success was a reason for hope.
Of course the Yankees did have someone win rookie of the year last season. Aaron Judge was perhaps the story of baseball a season ago.
In a year that he should have won the MVP, Judge bashed 52 home runs and frankly had missed a couple as well. Detractors will point to the fact that he struck out too much, but that simply does not matter as much in the modern era of baseball.
Judge was phenomenal, and perhaps the biggest reason the rebuilding Yankees finished one game away from going to the World Series.
This offseason was no time to rest. The Yankees found a way to make their lineup even more powerful.
After missing out on Japenese phenom Shohei Ohtani, Cashman began working on plan B.
Plan B was bringing the man Judge is constantly compared to, to New York.
Giancarlo Stanton was on the market, and his price was falling. He had exercised his no trade clause to veto trades agreed on to send him to either San Francisco or St. Louis.
Cashman, as he’s done so many times found an opportunity and jumped on it.
#NinjaCashman as he’s referred to, sold off Starlin Castro and two lower level prospects for the reigning National League MVP.
Stanton adds another proven, dangerous hitter to an already powerful lineup.
The pitching staff is back in full force. Cashman still has a bevy or prospects to use as trade chips should they need another starter around the deadline.
The bullpen has the potential to be one of the best that baseball has ever seen.
We are here to help you through the long season. This site will have a lot of exciting stories coming out as the Yankees make their push to a 28th world championship.
We have a great staff full of knowledge that I look forward to reading as well.
Thank you all for reading, and I hope you enjoy the new content!