The New York Yankees are in a grave. They were dug there by the Boston Red Sox.
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The Yankees’ Struggle
The Yankees are in a difficult situation. Following their loss to the Astros in the ALDS, they are now pondering what their future holds. With many key players set to become free agents and a farm system that is not as deep as it once was, the Yankees need to make some tough decisions.
The Yankees in the late 1990s and early 2000s
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Yankees struggled. They didn’t make the playoffs from 1995-2001, a streak that hadn’t happened since 1912-1918. In that time, they had 4 different managers. George Steinbrenner was getting older, and was less involved in day-to-day operations. The Yankee team was filled with veterans who were past their prime, like Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera. The team also had some young players who hadn’t lived up to their potential yet, like Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano.
The Yankees hired a new general manager, Brian Cashman, prior to the 1998 season. Cashman began to rebuild the team with younger players. He made some controversial trades, like trading for Roger Clemens prior to the 1999 season. The Yankees also signed free agent pitcher Mike Mussina prior to the 2001 season. These moves helped the Yankees make the playoffs in 2001, but they lost in the first round to the eventual World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks.
After missing the playoffs again in 2002, the Yankees hired a new manager Joe Torre. With Torre at the helm, and young players like Jeter and Soriano reaching their potential, the Yankees won three consecutive World Series from 1998-2000. They became only the second team in history to win three consecutive World Series (the first was th
The Yankees’ decline
In the late 1990s, the Yankees were baseball’s dominant team, winning three World Series championships in a row. But since 2000, they’ve only won one title. In the past 17 years, they’ve gone through four managers and countless players, all in an effort to recapture their former glory.
So what went wrong? How did the Yankees go from being a dynasty to also-rans?
There are a number of factors that have contributed to the Yankees’ decline. Firstly, their star players from the late 1990s – such as Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera – are now all retired. Secondly, the team has failed to effectively replace them with new talent. Lastly, the Yankees have been hindered by a number of bad decisions, such as signing controversial slugger Alex Rodriguez to a massive contract in 2007.
The Yankees’ decline has been a long and painful process for their fans. But there is hope that the team can once again become a force to be reckoned with in baseball.
The Yankees’ Rebuild
The Yankees are in a grave. They have been for a while now, and it seems unlikely they will claw their way out anytime soon. How did they get here? How did the once-proud franchise of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle fall so far, so fast? It all started with a rebuild.
The Yankees’ new strategy
In an effort to get younger and cheaper, the Yankees have adopted a new strategy of rebuilding their team. This means that they are trading away some of their older, more expensive players to get younger, cheaper players. While this may not make them a contender for the playoffs this year, they hope that in the long run, it will help them build a team that can compete for years to come.
The Yankees’ young core
The New York Yankees have long been one of the most successful franchises in baseball, but they found themselves in a bit of a rebuilding phase in the late 2010s. Thanks to some shrewd drafting and signings, the Yankees have been able to develop a young core of players that should keep them competitive for years to come.
Heading into the 2019 season, the Yankees’ young core consisted of infielders Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, outfielders Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier, and catcher Gary Sanchez. All five of these players are still in their early twenties, and they all have the potential to be All-Stars.
The Yankees also have a number of other young players who could make an impact in the future, including outfielder Estevan Florial and pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga and Justus Sheffield. With this young core in place, the Yankees should be contenders for years to come.
The Yankees’ Return to Contention
After years of rebuilding, the Yankees seem to have put together a team that can actually compete for a playoff spot. With a core of young talent and some key additions, they seem to be a force to be reckoned with. However, there are still some questions about this team. Let’s take a look at how they got here and whether or not they can actually contend.
The Yankees’ resurgence
In 2014, the Yankees were in a grave. They had just suffered their second-worst season in franchise history, and they were staring up at a Giancarlo Stanton-led behemoth in the AL East. It looked like their rebuilding process was going to take years.
But then, something unexpected happened: The Yankees got better. A lot better.
In 2015, they added league-average veterans like Chris Young and Andrew Miller. In 2016, they made a series of smart trades for players like Starlin Castro and Aaron Judge. And in 2017, they signed free agent slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
The result? The Yankees are once again one of the best teams in baseball. They’re not quite at the level of the Astros or Dodgers yet, but they’re close. And with a young core of Judge, Sanchez, and Luis Severino, they could be contenders for years to come.
The Yankees’ return to the playoffs
In 2014, the Yankees missed the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. After winning 85 games, they finished in third place in the AL East, behind the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankee brass responded by going on a spending spree, signing sluggers Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury to long-term contracts and trading for All-Star catcher/outfielder Carlos Beltran.
These moves put the Yankees back in contention in 2015. They finished with a statement-making 87 wins, good enough for a Wild Card berth. In the one-game playoff against the Houston Astros, they came out on top, 3-0. The win sent them to the ALDS against the upstart Texas Rangers. The Yankees would lose that series in five games.