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Bryan Trottier Jersey Penguins

It was Halloween Night at PPG Paints Arena, and the Philadelphia Flyers left feeling spooked.

The Penguins, led by their captain Sidney Crosby, scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-1 drubbing on Tuesday night.

Crosby, 32, scored a goal and three points in the contest, and he looked like, well, Sidney Crosby. Meaning he was relentless at both ends of the rink and completely dominant on every shift. And the stat sheet bore out that result.

Goals: 1
Assists: 2
Points: 3
Plus-minus: +3
Shots: 6
Faceoffs: 8-6 (57 percent)

Heck, he even threw in two penalty minutes for good measure. If it weren’t for him seeing limited ice time in the third period with the lopsided score (he finished with 16:51 minutes in the game), Crosby could have finished with four, five, even six points on the evening.

Crosby always gets up for contests against the Penguins cross-state rivals. He now has 102 career points (42G-60A) in just 68 career regular-season games against Philadelphia.

“You knew there is always a little more in those games (against the Flyers),” Crosby said.

That moved him past Wayne Gretzky for fourth place on the all-time points list against the Flyers – behind only three former Penguins (Mario Lemieux, 124; Jaromir Jagr, 120; Bryan Trottier, 117).

“I wasn’t aware of that. Those are side notes that you guys keep track of,” Crosby said. “That’s good. Those are big games and you want to play well in those ones.”

Crosby set up the Penguins’ third goal of the evening to get his first point of the night. He won a puck battle in the corner and found linemate Dominik Simon streaking into the circle. See-pass-shot-goal.

Simon buries wrist shot
00:57 • October 30th, 2019

Next, Crosby took matters (or the puck) into his own hands. He backpedaled through the slot with the puck on his stick. He waited, waited, waited, boom. Top shelf and a 4-0 lead for Pittsburgh.

Crosby roofs sharp-angle shot
00:54 • October 30th, 2019

Was the captain satisfied with that? Of course not. Set scene for the second period. A loose puck was bouncing around the Flyers’ crease. Crosby was battling at the post with Ivan Provorov. Jake Guentzel’s shot from the slot went off the post, and Provorov accidentally knocked the puck into his own net due to the pressure from Crosby.

Guentzel scores from one knee
01:04 • October 30th, 2019

Crosby played the contest wearing protective face gear around his chin after getting hit in the face by a shot last Saturday. He noted that the gear makes it harder to see when you look down. It didn’t seem to bother him too much on this evening.

Though he did think that he would have scored on Guentzel’s goal had he been able to see the puck in his feet.

“I would normally have that one, I’d like to think,” Crosby said. “A few around the net when the puck’s in your feet it’s harder to pick up.”

Perhaps most impressive though is the plays that don’t end up on that stat sheet. Crosby was strong on the puck in the offensive zone, circling around the goal and using his strong frame to guard against checkers. Whenever he lost the puck, Crosby was quick to retrieve it.

Crosby took a heavy hit from Philadelphia’s Matt Niskanen. His response? Got right back on his feet, charged to the net and got off a shot.

And those are the plays that set the tone for the rest of the team. As defenseman Brian Dumoulin said of the top line: “They are the horse that drives the cart.”

As Crosby leads, the Pens will follow. And they followed him to a 7-1 victory.

Chance Adams Jersey Yankees

There have been high regards for New York Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia. People are saying that he should be a starter for the team in 2020. But, the Yankees need to be cautious with him and build their team as if he didn’t exist this offseason.

Pitchers Are Available
Of course, everybody knows that there are some huge arms out on the free-agency market, but none are more prominent than Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.

It would be an ideal situation if the Yankees could sign one, if not both of them, but others like Madison Bumgarner and Zack Wheeler are also on the market. They need to focus on this over wanting to use Garcia as a starter in 2020.

Not Completely Proven
A lot of the high regard for Garcia came after a hot stretch for him in AA but wasn’t that great after he was promoted to AAA. His ERA was near 5.50 with a 1-3 record. He has been inconsistent over his career; some levels he had a lot of success at and others not as much.

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If the Yankees had him starting in 2020, I can tell you that he would get shelled every time that he went out there. He isn’t ready.

Pressure
Playing for the Yankees organization comes with a lot of stress, and often the weight is also felt in minors. With a lot of news about his success and a potential call up in 2019, the pressure probably got to him. His name was being mentioned a lot, and that gets to a player.

A lot of guys also kind of flatten out at the AAA level, and there are no better examples than Luis Cessa and Chance Adams. Both pitchers were great in AA but never had much success after. Could Garcia be another victim of that curse?

I think that Deivi Garcia has the potential to be good, but all I’m saying is that the Yankees need to act like he doesn’t exist when building their team this winter. If they plan to put him in the rotation and he struggles, they won’t have a fallback option.

You can never have too many pitchers, and if Garcia proves himself in 2020, there’s no reason why he can’t make it into the rotation, just not when camp breaks.

Whitey Ford Jersey Yankees

Dave Acolia celebrated his 100th birthday on Oct. 27, 2019 and registers as a lifetime New York Yankees fan.

In 1903, the Baltimore Orioles moved to New York and became known as the New York Highlanders and then a decade became the storied Yankees franchise. Now, consider this — Acolia birthed six years after that and has enjoyed such Yankees stars as Babe Ruth, Whitey Ford, Tony Lazzeri, Phil Rizzuto, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Lou Gehrig, Mariano Rivera, Joe DiMaggio, Thurman Munson, Red Ruffing, Willie Randolph, Derek Jeter, Roger Maris, Don Mattingly and hundreds of other Bronx Bombers, plus, 27 World Series championships.

Acolia has lived in Trenton his entire life. He married for 56 years with the late Mariantonio Acolia. Acolia has one son, Dave Acolia, a daughter-in-law, Sylvana Acolia and a granddog Beagle named, Buddy.

Dave Acolia worked 41 years for Kramer Trenton Co. on Olden Ave. which specialized in refrigeration. A cool life note involved his work history. Acolia missed one day of work for an entire career. “To take my mother to gain her citizenship,” his son, Dave, said proudly.

Ron Guidry Jersey Yankees

NEW YORK – During this past season, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman offered a window into the club’s emerging philosophies about pitching.

“There’s an explosion of technology and data and analytics in our entire sport that we’re on top of,’’ Cashman said. “But what we’re not on top of, we’re going to close the gap on.’’

Cashman’s comments came in late June, in London, when the Yankees announced the hiring of Sam Briend to the newly created position of Director of Pitching.

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, left, and general manager Brian Cashman talk during the team workout on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in the Bronx.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, left, and general manager Brian Cashman talk during the team workout on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in the Bronx. (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com)

Briend came from Driveline Baseball, a training center rooted in new research and development and – as it states on the company’s website – the “first data-driven baseball training facility in the world.’’

Based on Briend’s hire and the Yankees’ aggressive direction toward closing the analytics gap, the addition of Matt Blake as their new pitching coach seems a natural step.

Jeff Passan of ESPN.com first reported the Yankees’ decision on Blake, 33, a former Yankees area scout who had just been elevated by the Cleveland Indians to the title of pitching director.

“For all the Yankees fans coming to my page to ask me about Matt Blake, he’s awesome,’’ ex-Indians and current Cincinnati Reds starter Trevor Bauer posted to his Twitter account Thursday.

Bauer went on to say that Blake is “one of the smarter guys I know. Knows a lot about pitching. A lot about development. Good communicator. Really excited for him getting this opportunity and pumped to see the results.’’

For all the @Yankees fans coming to my page to ask me about @Blake_Matt he’s awesome. One of the smarter guys I know. Knows a lot about pitching. A lot about development. Good communicator. Etc. Really excited for him getting this opportunity and pumped to see the results.

— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) November 8, 2019
Blake replaces Larry Rothschild, 65, who was let go with a year remaining on his contract.

Clearly, the Yankees were set out to make a departure from the traditional likes of past pitching coaches such as Rothschild and Ron Guidry.

They interviewed younger candidates more steeped in analytics and data in college coaches Chris Fetter of Michigan and Matt Hobbs of Arkansas.

David Cone received an interview, for his blend of old and new school pitching methods, having embraced analytics and applied the new statistical data as a YES Network analyst following a decorated big-league career.

Now, Blake will inherit a staff with a bullpen as its signature strength.

It remains to be seen if the Yankees will add an expensive free-agent starter – the likes of Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner – to a staff that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Domingo German, J.A. Happ and Jordan Montgomery.

Pete Caldera is the Yankees beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Yankees analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app.

Elston Howard Jersey Yankees

Thurman Munson’s passion as a ballplayer was undeniable. The debate surrounding his Hall of Fame qualifications could prompt similar intensity.

Munson, the Yankees’ regular catcher from 1970-79, appears on the latest Modern [Baseball] Era ballot featuring Hall of Fame candidates whose impact on baseball emerged primarily between 1970-87. Munson — whose death in a plane crash on Aug. 2, 1979, further stirs the emotion of his supporters — never received more than 15.5% of the vote during the 15-year period when he was eligible for election by tenured members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Induction requires 75% of the vote.

During the span of the Veterans Committee voting process in the early 2000s, in which all living Hall of Famers cast ballots, Munson peaked at the polls in 2007, when he was named worthy of enshrinement by six of 84 electors.

Time and accompanying changes in perspective may boost Munson’s support. At the very least, his is an especially intriguing case.

Remembering Munson
Remembering Munson
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Aug. 3rd, 2019
The case for Munson
• According to Jay Jaffe’s JAWS system, which combines career Wins Above Replacement with a player’s seven best seasons, Munson ranks 12th all-time among catchers and ahead of six Hall of Famers at his position: Roger Bresnahan, Roy Campanella, Buck Ewing, Rick Ferrell, Ernie Lombardi and Ray Schalk.

• Munson maintained a pattern of achievement instantly, winning American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1970 and the AL MVP Award in ’76 while being named to seven All-Star squads in his 10 full seasons.

• Though Munson isn’t as synonymous with October as his Yankees teammate Reggie Jackson, he was a legitimate postseason force. In 30 postseason games, he batted .357/.378/.496 with three homers and 22 RBIs. The bigger the stage, the taller Munson stood: He hit .373 with a .909 OPS in three World Series.

• Munson excelled on defense, always a catcher’s top priority. He won three Gold Glove Awards — in 1971 he committed one error in 615 chances — and threw out 44% of baserunners who tried to steal on him in the postseason.

Munson’s clutch RBI double
Munson’s clutch RBI double
00:57
Aug. 1st, 2019
The case against Munson
• Munson performed in an era that included renowned catchers such as Carlton Fisk, Ted Simmons, Gary Carter and, one of the greatest ever, Johnny Bench. Nothing exists on Munson’s resume that would prompt an observer to rank him above the others.

• The manner of Munson’s death was beyond unfortunate. But his power and run production declined sharply during the season he perished, continuing a trend that began the previous year. Judging Munson’s statistics amid the backdrop of his plane crash seems heartless, but those who are asked to evaluate greatness have not been overwhelmed by his career figures.

• Bill Freehan (.262/.340/.412 slash line, 6,900 plate appearances, 1,591 hits, 200 homers, 758 RBIs, 11 All-Star Games, five Gold Glove Awards) isn’t in the Hall of Fame. Nor is Elston Howard (.274/.322/.427, 5,845 PAs, 1,471 hits, 167 homers, 762 RBIs, 12 ASGs, two Gold Gloves). Why should Munson (.292/.346/.410, 5,905 PAs, 1558 hits, 113 homers, 701 RBIs, seven ASGs, three Gold Gloves) enter Cooperstown ahead of them?

Connie Hawkins Jersey Lakers

On a bright sunny day in Brooklyn New York less than a dozen people turned out to celebrate the life and legacy of NBA Hall of Famer, Connie Hawkins a stark contrast to a few months ago, in Brooklyn, when a crowd, in a torrential rainstorm, paid tribute to the late Biggie Smalls on the naming of a street in his honor. A Brooklyn politician who was scheduled to speak did not show up but that didn’t phase Isaiah Hawkins (brother of Connie Hawkins), Mel Davis (NY Knicks), Ted Gustus, Coach Ruth Lovelace (Boys & Girls High School), Ray Haskins (LIU, Alexander Hamilton High School) and Judith Brown (sister of ABA Great Roger Brown) who all stood outside Barclay’s Center fielding questions with only three media outlets, of which we were included.

There is a lesson here. It wasn’t that long ago when the name Connie Hawkins aka “The Hawk” soared like the predatory bird he was named after. He was a dazzling vision on New York playgrounds before he caught the eye of the NBA and eventually soared to such heights that he earned a spot in the Hall of Fame. When he passed in power in 2017 he was 75. Everyone acknowledged that he is a legend.

Born in 1942 he called Brooklyn home and by the age of 11, his dunk ruled the asphalt playgrounds across the city.

“One of the first players to play above the rim,” Isaiah Hawkins brother of Connie Hawkins said, “ he laid the groundwork for those that followed like Julius Erving.”

He was known for blowing by defenders gripping the ball in one hand,

and making sure his slam was amplified. “They say, on the court, the Hawk, my uncle, seemed to defy gravity,” added Isaiah Hawkins, the nephew of Connie Hawkins.

The Hawk left big shoes to fill. He’s credited with revolutionizing the game and toured the world with the Harlem Globetrotters. Later he played two seasons in the ABA and was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1968, helping the Pittsburgh Pipers to a title.

(Courtesy photo)

He was 27 when he started playing in the NBA due to a college point-shaving scandal in New York City of which, Hawkins claimed he was innocent. In 1961, the then-commissioner J. Walter Kennedy lifted the ban. “Once he became an NBA player, “ added Isaiah Hawkins, “he never looked back. People would ask him if he was bitter but he told them all the same, that he was glad to play.”

The Hawk also played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks before retiring in 1976.

To keep his legacy alive the NBA, ABA, Pittsburgh Pipers, Harlem Globetrotters, the Hawkins family, Boys and Girls High School, CC4Change Sports, Council Member Robert Cornegy and the community will host three events in Brooklyn, in the fall of 2019, to honor the life, legacy, and contributions. The three events include the renaming of the St. Andrew’s playground basketball courts in his honor, an art show lead by curator Andrew Nichols along with a community barbecue which will be held at Hawkins Alma mater Boys & Girls High School.

There is also a red carpet Gala event being planned that will be held at the Brooklyn Museum with the list of speakers still being firmed up but to date include

(Courtesy photo)

Joe Newman, co-owner of the ABA and Dennis Page, owner of Slam magazine.

Standing proudly in front of Brooklyn’s Barclay Center the assembled recognized that the lack of attendance was, in part, their fault.

“We blame the kids for not knowing the history, “ says PSAL Brooklyn Commissioner Ted Gustus,” but it’s not the kids. It’s us. It’s our job to educate our kids about our Black sports legends. It rests on us. ”

Steve Nash Jersey Lakers

Jogador é trocado pelo Suns por futuras escolhas de draft

Steve Nash é o novo reforço do Los Angeles Lakers. O armador de 38 anos renovou seu contrato com o Phoenix Suns e foi enviado para a franquia da California em troca de duas futuras escolhas de primeira rodada (2013 e 15) e duas de segunda rodada (2014 e 16) de draft.

O novo contrato de Nash tem duração de três temporadas e prevê pagamento de US$27 milhões. Para absorver o vínculo, o Lakers enviará também a exceção para trocas (trade exception) adquirida na negociação do ala-pivô Lamar Odom para o Dallas Mavericks.

Segundo o empresário do jogador, Bill Duffy, New York Knicks e Toronto Raptors eram as duas únicas equipes interessadas em contar com o armador até as últimas 48 horas. No entanto, a partir do momento em que entrou nas negociações, o Lakers passou a ser a primeira opção do veterano pela proximidade dos filhos e a oportunidade de atuar ao lado de astros como Kobe Bryant e Pau Gasol.

No último domingo, o Raptors havia oferecido um contrato de US$36 milhões por três anos ao armador. O Knicks, desde então, tentava “atravessar” os canadenses negociando uma troca com o Suns centrada no ala-armador Landry Fields ou no armador Iman Shumpert.

Nash está na NBA desde 1996 e acumula 1.152 partidas disputadas na carreira. Vencedor de dois prêmios de MVP da temporada e sete vezes convocado para o Jogo das Estrelas, ele manteve médias de 12.5 pontos, 10.7 assistências e mais de 53% de aproveitamento nos arremessos de quadra na última campanha.

Pierre Larouche Jersey Penguins

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks are proud to announce that Pittsburgh Penguins legend Pierre Larouche will drop the ceremonial game puck for the Tomahawks home game versus the New Jersey Titans on Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30pm at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
The event coincides with Red Out Night promotion presented by Health Care Credit Union and TUDI Mechanical to benefit the American Heart Association. Larouche will be available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
A native of Taschereau, Quebec, Larouche first came to Western Pennsylvania after being drafted 8th overall by the Penguins in the 1974 draft. Known as the Penguins first superstar, Larouche was the first to score 50 goals in a season.

In four seasons with the Penguins, Larouche compiled 253 points in 240 games. He won 2 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens as a player and two Stanley Cups as part of the Penguins front office staff. He is a member of the Penguins all-time team.

Beyond his prolific hockey career, which ended in 1988, Larouche has been involved in the Penguins front office staff as a corporate liaison and advisor to the ownership group.
For tickets to the February 17 home game, please visit the War Memorial Box Office, order online at Ticketmaster.com or over the phone at 1-800-745-3000.
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WASHINGTON — Once again Saturday night, it was the veteran presence of Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, and his reassuring right hand on the shoulder of Jose Urquidy, that got another Astros pitcher through another successful outing.

And for the second night in a row, it was Chirinos’ bat that provided a critical charge to the Astros’ offense, enabling Houston to deadlock the World Series at two games each and to ensure a return Tuesday to Houston for Game 6.

The hand on the shoulder during mound conversations is a Chirinos trademark, be it offered to a veteran like Justin Verlander or a rookie like Urquidy that requires counsel.

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Homers by a catcher in back-to-back World Series games, however, are another matter.

Chirinos is the first to do so since Ted Simmons of the Brewers in 1982; it previously was accomplished by Gene Tenace of the A’s in 1972 and Hall of Famers Roy Campanella of the Dodgers in 1955, Bill Dickey of the Yankees in 1939 and Mickey Cochrane of the A’s in 1930.

“I’ve been working so hard in the cage to be consistent and to be sure I put a good swing on the ball,” he said. “(Friday) night, I was swinging at strikes and staying in the middle of the plate and going to the middle of the field, and did it again tonight.”

The homer, he said, came on a mistake by lefthander Patrick Corbin, who was trying to go down and away and let a pitch leak over the middle of the plate.

“I’m proud to help my team win,” he said. “You can hit homers, and if you don’t win, it doesn’t mean anything.”

Granted, his two-run shot in the fourth was something of a get-even moment. After the Astros scored twice in the first inning, Carlos Correa walked as the fifth consecutive Astros player to reach base with one out, and Chirinos grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.

Chirinos delivered, however, on his next opportunity. After Correa again walked to lead off the fourth, Chirinos took a 1-0 changeup from Corbin and drove it 404 feet to left field to double up the Astros’ lead.

Friday night, he clanked one off the left field foul pole for the final run in Houston’s 4-1 win, its first of the World Series. He previously homered for the Astros’ only run in a 4-1 loss to the Rays in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

Chirinos added a ninth-inning double, giving him back-to-back multi-hit games, but was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Jake Marisnick base hit.

He said he tweaked an ankle during the at-bat, which prompted a visit from manager A.J. Hinch and the athletic training staff, but was able to complete the at-bat.

Behind the plate, he got Urquidy through five scoreless innings in his eighth major league start. The rookie held the Nationals to two hits with four strikeouts.

“Chirinos has been incredibly important to me, and he’s helped me out so much behind the plate,” Urquidy said. “He’s someone that I trust 100 percent with every pitch, and he’s been an incredible help to me and to all the pitchers.”

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The hand on the shoulder, righthander Roberto Osuna said, can mean everything to a pitcher facing a tough situation.

“It means that he’s with you,” he said. “There are tough situations in the game where you need that kind of support, and that is what he gives you. He gives you confidence and strength.”

Chirinos signed with the Astros during the offseason to replace the veteran presence offered by Brian McCann, a stalwart for the World Series champions in 2017 who opted to return to the Atlanta Braves for his final major league season.

“He’s gotten so much better since he’s been here, with pitch framing and pitch spots,” said reliever Brad Peacock. “He’s here to worry about everybody else (and) helps us out big time.”

He’ll be on the bench for Sunday’s Game 5, since Martin Maldonado has been Gerrit Cole’s regular catcher since he rejoined the Astros at the trade deadline, but almost certainly will return for Game 6 with Verlander getting the start.

Before he came to Houston, Chirinos played a decade in the minors before his major league debut in 2011. He said the long slog helps him appreciate moments such as Saturday’s performance.

“You have a guy in the World Series like (Urquidy) in his first year in the big leagues and me playing my 19th season,” he said. “Everything I went through made me the player I am now. I thank God, because it made me grow, those years in the minor leagues, and made me a better teammate and person.”

Bernie Williams Jersey Yankees

In the last decade, the Yankees did not have an AL MVP. They didn’t have a Cy Young winner. They earned one Rookie of the Year, one Comeback Player of the Year and two Relievers of the Year.

For the team that produced the most regular season wins in the 2010s, that’s surprising. The Bombers still had an impressive collection of talent that rivals previous decades of the organization.

We decided to put together the Yankees’ best team of the last decade in two parts. First, in this edition, we’ve assembled a 25-man roster of the best players the team had in the 2010s, taking into account the whole of their accomplishments. In Part II, we’ll take a look at the individual seasons that stood out and merited inclusion here.

Let’s get to positions.

Starting Lineup
Catcher: Gary Sánchez

The Yankees have had good production from catcher in the 2010s, but it has come from a variety of players. Jorge Posada, Russell Martin, Chris Stewart, Brian McCann and Sánchez have all held down the job, with a healthy dose of Francisco Cervelli in-between. On the whole, pinstriped backstops have a 98 wRC+ and 40.8 fWAR, good for third and fourth-best in all of baseball in the span.

Of the aforementioned catchers, Sánchez has been the best of them this decade (2000s Jorge Posada would be a different question). In 3 1/2 full seasons, he’s bashed 105 home runs, more than any catcher in baseball since 2016. It’s four more than Yasmani Grandal, and 29 more than the next hitter. For his defensive warts, the Kraken is still a tremendous force.

First Base: Mark Teixeira

Teixeira’s best season in pinstripes was his debut in 2009, when he produced 5.3 WAR, finished second in MVP voting and won both a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. His 2010s, particularly after 2011, were injury-filled as his steady switch-hitting bat was taken out of the lineup far too often.

For the first half of the decade, the Yankees went as Teixeira went. He was still productive from 2010-12, producing 11.3 bWAR and winning two Gold Gloves. When a wrist injury derailed both his 2013 and ’14 seasons, the Yankees’ offense lacked the necessary juice to reach the postseason. Then, when Tex regained All-Star form in 2015, he became the driving force to an unlikely wild card bid.

Second Base: Robinson Canó

Starlin Castro proved a fine stopgap and Gleyber Torres is going to man the middle of the Yankees’ infield for at least the next five years at least. However, Canó was the best Yankees second baseman in recent memory and his breakout season coincided with the turn of the decade.

From 2010 to 2013, Canó batted .312/.373/.533 (142 wRC+) and finished no worse than sixth in MVP voting every season while playing no fewer than 159 games. He slugged 117 homers and 176 doubles in that span and made up for his lack of walks (#KabakHat) by putting the ball in play with his line-drive swing. While Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter defined the 2009 World Series run on offense, Canó was the catalyst for the last gasps of that title window.

Shortstop: Didi Gregorius

This is the first one with two legitimate candidates, though Gregorius ultimately runs away with the honor. Jeter held down shortstop longer than he likely should have, yet he made four All-Star teams, somehow won a Gold Glove and was 2012 hit king, all 2010 or later.

Gregorius, meanwhile, had to come from underneath Jeter’s shadow, but he learned to excel in the Bronx and became a fan favorite in his own right. His defense kept him steady, yet it was his shockingly powerful bat that won the Bronx faithful over. He now owns the record for most home runs in a season by a Yankee shortstop (Gleyber nearly qualified to break it in 2019) and has more than a few memorable playoff homers to his ledger.

Hot Corner! (Tom Hagerty Photography/Creative Commons)
Third Base: Alex Rodriguez

By the end of the decade, A-Rod was in the broadcast booth. Before that, he was a DH. Before that, he was suspended for a year. And before that, injuries and age had sapped his production and turned him from MVP to mere All-Star.

Still, Rodriguez had back-to-back-to-back 4.0 WAR seasons from 2010-12 and launched 113 homers, including two 30-dinger years. I’m including his bounceback at DH under here, even though his 2015-16 seasons included all of 18 innings at the hot corner.

A-Rod had an eclectic group of successors. They include Chase Headley, the brief rise of Yangervis Solarte, Todd Frazier’s three months and Miguel Andújar, as well as the out-of-nowhere Gio Urshela in 2019. The last two are contenders for best season at third in NY this decade, but they don’t have the longevity of Rodriguez.

Left Field: Brett Gardner

The de facto Yankees captain of the last five years, Gardner is the longest-tenured Yankee for a reason. He started in center field for brief, non-congruous periods, but he became a Gold Glover in left field. It’s insane to think back to 2009 Gardner, who hit only three dongs, and then realize he hit 121 dingers over the following decade.

In addition to that, Gardner led the Bombers with 228 stolen bases in the 2010s and was successful on 80.5 percent of his steals. He’s not quite the spritely slap hitter of yesteryear, but he’s adjusted to the game and stayed in pinstripes all the while.

Center Field: Curtis Granderson

Aaron Hicks has an argument after usurping Jacoby Ellsbury in 2017 and playing well in center for the last three years. However, this is Granderson’s job, even with a move to left field by the end of his time in the Bronx.

Granderson hit 84 homers between the 2011 and ’12 seasons, leading baseball in runs scored and RBI in 2011. His weak arm made him a liability at times in the outfield, but he was a wrecking ball at the plate. His 2011 season, which was his second in New York, was a career year and the best from a Yankee center fielder since prime Bernie Williams.

Right Field: Aaron Judge

Judge transformed the Yankees in 2017. When he became an MVP-type player, the Bombers became contenders with him as their leader. If he were a one-hit (or 52-homer) wonder after 2017, dayenu. Yet he’s improved in some ways, becoming a more selective hitter and having his overall numbers only hampered by injury.

Nick Swisher deserves mention here as an All-Star and fan favorite in his own right. Funny enough, the compensation pick for letting Swisher go was the one the Yankees used to pick Judge. It all comes full circle.

Designated Hitter: Giancarlo Stanton

With A-Rod at third base, there’s no clear cut DH like a David Ortiz or Hideki Matsui to put here. Posada, Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez, Marcus Thames and Matt Holliday each had one good year with a host of a DH ABs, but Stanton gets the crown both with how he carried the team to the postseason in 2018 and how he stuck around for a second year.

Stanton will likely be one of the few players on this list that could repeat at his position in the 2020s, alongside Judge and Sanchez. Ideally, he’d play enough left field to earn recognition there, but his injury history makes that a debatable assumption.

If you’re putting these nine players into a lineup, weighing the player they were this decade, it’d go something like this:

Brett Gardner
Aaron Judge
Robinson Canó
Giancarlo Stanton
Curtis Granderson
Alex Rodriguez
Mark Teixeira
Gary Sánchez
Didi Gregorius
The Bench
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Actual bench players: Cervelli, Andruw Jones, Chris Young, Ronald Torreyes

Next best to form bench: Martin, Gleyber, Swisher, Hicks or Jeter

You can go at building the bench in two ways: You can either use the actual bench players from the previous 10 years, or you can take the next best players that missed the list and try to back up each position. I give you both.

In the first one, Cervelli is listed as the starter in 2010 on Baseball Reference, but he was the primary backup for a few seasons. Jones and Young each had a great season as a platoon bat, while Torreyes was a steady utility man, never hitting all that well, but doing just enough to stay rostered.

In the second scenario, Martin or McCann could get the spot while Swisher is an easy choice as an outfielder and backup first baseman. Torres can backup the middle infield and third base in a pinch, which leaves it down to Hicks or Jeter. Either will do, I’ll take Hicks for an actual bench spot.

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Rotation
CC Sabathia
Hiroki Kuroda
Masahiro Tanaka
Luis Severino
Andy Pettitte
You can quibble with the order of the rotation as long as you put Sabathia at the top. There isn’t much you need to say about him. He was the heart and soul of the Yankees for 11 years and both served as an ace and a steady back-end starter.

Kuroda is one of the most underappreciated Yankees of the 21st century. He was only in the Bronx for three years, yet he outpaced his four seasons in Los Angeles in that time. It’s a shame he only got to pitch on one playoff team in New York.

Tanaka and Severino have been the Opening Day starters since Sabathia ceded the role in recent seasons and they’re both worthy of the honor. Tanaka looked like an ace before his Tommy John scare and has been a steadying presence with a knack for the big game since. Severino, meanwhile, is closer to actual ace-hood when healthy and his stretch from the start of 2017 to mid-2018 is about as good as any Yankee pitcher in the last couple decades.

The last spot was tough, choosing between Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Michael Pineda and Pettitte. The Bombers haven’t had tremendous starting pitching depth this decade and it shows in this. Pettitte got the spot because he was truly excellent, albeit in just 121 innings, in 2010, and was solid again in his final two seasons after his first retirement. An added bonus is how he helped Sabathia turn into a crafty lefty in his own mold.

Bullpen

Closer: Mariano Rivera
Middle Relief: Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Andrew Miller, Chad Green
Long Man: Adam Warren

There’s a legitimate case for Chapman or Robertson as the closer, but how could you not go with Rivera? He was still at the top of his game in 2010 and was excellent still over his final two full seasons. Over 193 2/3 innings after turning 40 just before the 2010 season, he had a 1.95 ERA (216 ERA+) with 167 strikeouts to 30 walks and a 0.929 WHIP.

The middle relief is a murderer’s row of potential or actual closers. Betances was the best reliever in baseball from 2014 to 2018. Chapman probably has the title since Rivera retired. Robertson and Miller were lights out and helped lead superbullpens that made the post-Mo years tolerable. Green, meanwhile, is a multi-inning stud and his 2017 season is up there with 1996 Mo and 2014 Betances for best New York reliever seasons of the last 30 years.

I figured, if we’re putting together an actual roster, we might as well put in a long man, a role that Warren fit like a glove. He was a great swingman in the Bronx and even did OK as a middle reliever. If you’re going with the next best reliever of the decade, Tommy Kahnle or Rafael Soriano are each worthy of inclusion.