The New York Yankees’ 2018 season was quite successful, as the team won the most regular season games since 2009. The fans are optimistic that the team can build on the positive momentum and secure a World Series title in the upcoming season. The new journey for the Yankees begins next week at Spring Training in Tampa, Fla. The preseason is the perfect opportunity to work the kinks out before the kickoff to the new season in March.
Yankees’ catcher Gary Sánchez will ease his way back into the game after undergoing an offseason shoulder operation. The 26-year-old has been a crucial part of the Yankees’ recent success, and the organization cannot afford for him to suffer a relapse in his recovery process. In good news, Sánchez had surgery on his left shoulder, his non-dominant throwing arm, which should not have a drastic impact on his throws to second base. Spring Training poses an excellent opportunity to finish out the recovery process, and if Sánchez takes it slow, he should be back to normal for Opening Day.
The team has several new faces making appearances in pinstripes. Infielder DJ LeMahieu, right-handed pitcher Adam Ottavino, left-handed pitcher James Paxton and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki are the latest additions to the team. Many fans are excited to see what these players have to offer, especially in a baseball-rich setting. LeMahieu secured a career-high 15 home runs last year and can be a great addition to the team’s offense, an aspect that New York struggled with from time to time. Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star recipient and a two-time Gold Glove winner. Although he missed a large chunk of the 2018 season due to bone spurs in both feet, the Yankees’ fan base is interested to see what he will offer for the team.
An area where the Yankees excelled was the outfield, as the three-headed monster of Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton portrayed their dominance. Gardner finds himself in a difficult position, after signing only a single year contract this offseason. Fellow teammate, Judge will also be up for arbitration following this season. Gardner, who has spent all 11 seasons with the team, may not be the beneficiary of good news unless he is willing to accept a smaller cash deal. Judge, on the other hand, will likely receive one of the league’s highest salaries, making Stanton and Judge the highest paid same-team outfielder duo. Only Yankees’ management will be able to determine the fate for Gardner, but a stellar season would certainly bode well for the former Gold Glove winner.
The first pitchers and catchers workout is Thursday, Feb. 14, and the first Grapefruit League game is Saturday, Feb. 23. The Yankees matchup is against the Boston Red Sox, where they will have an opportunity to redeem themselves after an ALDS defeat. Be sure to monitor the team’s progress in training and look for potential standouts for the upcoming season.