2012 New York Yankees Season Preview
The greatest franchise in sports is hungry for its 28th World Series championship, and every season the Yankees are in the hunt. The 2012 team will be no different. The big names are all still here – Jeter, Rodriguez, Rivera, Teixeira, Sabathia and Cano. It’s the other names that will lead them to the promised land. Curtis Granderson, who was known early on in his career for his speed, lit up opposing pitchers last season to the tune of 41 HRs and 77 total extra-base hits. Brett Gardner stole 49 bases in 2011 and features an exceptional glove that’s necessary to cover the vast area that is Yankee Stadium’s left-center field. Nick Swisher had another consistent season of getting on base and hitting for extra bases. These three key cogs of the Yankee lineup are just as important to the success of 2012 as any of the future hall of famers are. The unstable faction of the Yankees roster is the pitching staff, though Andy Pettitte’s return from retirement in mid-March will help manager Joe Girardi sleep better going into the season. Hideki Kuroda was brought in through free agency and if the 37-year old can continue how he’s pitched since his move to Major League Baseball from Japan the Yankees staff will be formidable. Michael Pineda was the biggest acquisition of the offseason, with GM Brian Cashman giving Seattle prized prospect Jesus Montero for the 6’7 righty. Pineda will be put in the rotation right away to face the offensive juggernaut that is the AL East Division.
2011 New York Yankees Season Preview
The New York Yankees are a team coming in to the 2011 season wounded after last season's defeat at the hands of the Texas Rangers in the AL Championship Series and a messy contract dispute with their marquee player, Derek Jeter. As the season begins, however, all's quiet on the media front with the Boston Red Sox taking the most of the buzz thanks to their off-season acquisitions. Whether the Yankees use that as motivation, or a tool to have a clear focus of their goal, will be an interesting slant to their season. The main issue the Yankees have had to deal with is its pitching. The back of the rotation is the main issue because none of their called up youngsters or wily vets want to claim the 4 or 5 spot. The team will start with 24-year-old Ivan Nova and 354-year-old Freddy Garcia filling those spots at the start of the season, but the Yankees (as they are prone to do) will continue to look out for another key to the puzzle that begins with ace CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Phil Hughes. The front of the rotation seems relatively stable thanks to Sabathia's 30-pound weight loss and Burnett's new outlook due in part to the new pitching coach, Larry Rothschild. The batting line-up is as strong as ever, with a more limber Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera looking to add more pop in their bats after a season where long-term slumps were the norm. The middle infield is where it get interesting for the pinstripes. After an offseason where people (including the team's own GM) questioned whether Derek Jeter was worth an extension due to his age, will the Yankee captain back up his supporters and come through, or will his numbers continue the decline from last year. That leaves second baseman Robinson Cano, who broke out last year and looks to build on it. If he and outfielder Brett Gardner continue to develop, the Yankees could be looking very comfortably at the future right now in Yankee Stadium.
2009 New York Yankees Season Preview
The New York Yankees will once again one of the best teams in baseball in 2009. The question for the Yankees is whether they can turn all of their talented players into another World Series Championship. The Yanks have not won a World Series title since 2000 or an American League Pennant since 2003; which for the Bronx Bombers is an eternity. The Yankees franchise has won 26 World Series in their history and almost 40 AL Pennants, so New York fans expect results. The 2009 Yankees will be led by Manager Joe Girardi and All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter will once again have plenty of talent surrounding him in the batting order, including Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui. New York also upgraded their pitching staff by adding CC Sabathia to a group that already included Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera. The NY Yankees lineup will truly be stacked in 2009. The other big change for Yankees fans is the inaugural season in new Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers retired the old Yankee Stadium last season after playing there since 1923. The new Yankee Stadium should provide an amazing atmosphere to watch baseball. Maybe, if things go right, it will host its first Yankees World Series game in 2009.
2008 New York Yankees Season Preview
The New York Yankees are as usual one of the most exciting teams to watch, and the most reviled by some, in all of Major League Baseball. The team is still packed full of talent but has lost legendary manager Joe Torre to the L.A. Dodgers, and is coming off a season of supreme disappointment after losing to Cleveland in the ALDS in spite of having one of the most talented teams ever fielded in baseball history. It will be fascinating to see how the Yankees bounce back and whether they can give their archrivals in Boston a good fight for the East Division title. Yankee fans will fill Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for one last season before relocating to the new stadium across the street.