Yankees Spring Training Begins February 13

The New York Yankees begin their Spring Training on February 13. They will be training in Tampa, Florida.

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Introduction

The New York Yankees will open their spring training campaign on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The game will mark the start of the Yankees’ 29th spring training season in Tampa and their 59th year of conducting spring training camp in Florida.

The Yankees are scheduled to play a total of 32 Grapefruit League games in 2019. In addition to the Tigers, they will also face opponents from the AL East division including the Baltimore Orioles (six games), Boston Red Sox (seven games), Tampa Bay Rays (seven games), and Toronto Blue Jays (five games). The team will also have four games against NL East rivals, the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.

History of the Yankees

The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball team based in the Bronx, New York City. They are members of the American League East division. The Yankees began play in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles. In 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise after it ceased operations and moved it to New York City.

Early years (1892-1920)

The Yankees began as the Baltimore Orioles, one of eight charter franchises of the newly created American League in 1901. The Orioles werefailed to come to terms with Ned Hanlon, their former manager who had led them to three straight National League pennants from 1894 to 1896. Hanlon then joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, taking a number of his star players with him. The new manager of the Orioles, John McGraw, quickly turned the team around, leading them to a 96-44 record and a second-place finish in 1902.

The Babe Ruth era (1920-1934)

Ruth led the Yankees to their first World Series championship in 1923, and they won again in 1927 and 1928. Ruth’s 60 home runs in 1927 set a single-season record that lasted 34 years. In the early 1930s, Ruth’s health began to decline, and he retired from baseball in 1935. He died of cancer two years later.

The post-Ruth era (1935-1945)

After the retirement of Babe Ruth, the Yankees entered a period of transition. They replaced manager Miller Huggins with Joe McCarthy, who would lead the team for the next 16 years. Under McCarthy, the Yankees won nine AL pennants and seven World Series titles.

The team was built around a core of young players that included Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Bill Dickey. Gehrig was the heart and soul of the team, setting new records for home runs and RBIs. His streak of 2,130 consecutive games played came to an end in 1939 when he was diagnosed with ALS, which would eventually claim his life. DiMaggio took over as the team’s best player, hitting safely in 56 straight games in 1941 en route to winning MVP honors.

The Yankees’ dominance was interrupted by World War II. Many of their best players enlisted in the military, including DiMaggio, who served in the Army Air Force. The team managed to stay competitive thanks to stars like Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto stepping up in their absence.

After the war ended, the Yankees returned to form. They won four more World Series titles between 1947 and 1953 behind a pitching staff that included Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi, and Eddie Lopat. The team’s run came to an end in 1954 when they were swept by the underdog Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

The Yogi Berra era (1946-1963)

In 1946, Yogi Berra made his big league debut. A top catcher and hitter, he was an important part of the Yankees’ dynasty that won 10 AL pennants and seven World Series championships in his 18 seasons with the team. After retiring as a player, he managed both the Yankees and the Mets to World Series titles.

The George Steinbrenner era (1973-2010)

The George Steinbrenner era of the New York Yankees began in 1973 when Steinbrenner, a shipping magnate from Cleveland, Ohio, led a group of investors in purchasing the team from CBS. It ended with his death in 2010.

Under Steinbrenner’s leadership, the Yankees became a dynasty, winning seven World Series titles and 11 American League pennants. The team also became a financial powerhouse, with an annual payroll that often topped $100 million.

However, Steinbrenner was also known for his mercurial temper and for his sometimes overbearing management style. He was suspended from baseball several times and was involved in numerous controversies.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Steinbrenner began to distance himself from day-to-day operations of the team, handing over more control to his sons Hank and Hal. In 2008, he passed on majority control of the Yankees to Hank.

Yankees Spring Training 2020

Yankees Spring Training is just around the corner, and fans are eager to see how the team will fare this season. The Yankees have made some changes to their roster, and they will be looking to improve upon their 2019 record.

Location

The Yankees hold their spring training in Tampa, Florida. Their home stadium is George M. Steinbrenner Field, located at One Steinbrenner Drive in Tampa. The stadium seats 11,026 people and opened in 1996.

Schedule

The New York Yankees will begin their Spring Training schedule on February 13 against the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees will play a total of 31 games during Spring Training, with 15 games taking place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., and 16 games on the road. The Yankees’ Spring Training schedule includes four games against the Boston Red Sox, three games against the Philadelphia Phillies, and two games against the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Roster

The Yankees will have their first official workout on February 13. The team has not yet announced their roster for Spring Training, but it is expected to be similar to the roster from last year. The following is a list of Yankees players who are expected to be in camp this year:

Pitchers:
Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, J.A. Happ, Jordan Montgomery

Catchers:
Gary Sánchez, Austine Romine, Kyle Higashioka

Infielders:
Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andújar, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Greg Bird, Troy Tulowitzki

Outfielders:
Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge

Conclusion

Spring training is a time for baseball players to prepare for the upcoming season. It’s also a time for fans to get hyped up for the return of America’s favorite pastime. The Yankees are no exception, and their spring training schedule is now available.

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