The Yankees have been playing their home games in Buffalo this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some fans are wondering why the team chose Buffalo as their home base, and if they’ll stay there next season.
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The Yankees are playing in Buffalo because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Major League Baseball has engineered a plan that will allow the entire season to be played, but it will not be easy. The league has divided the teams into three groups: East, Central, and West. Each team will play the other teams in their group ten times apiece. That’s a total of 60 games.
The games will be played in empty stadiums, which is why the Yankees are playing in Buffalo. They are using Sahlen Field, which is the home of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. The Bisons have been kind enough to lend their stadium to the Yankees for the duration of the season.
The league has also set up a “taxi squad” for each team. This is a group of players who will travel with the team but not play in every game. They will be available in case someone on the active roster gets injured or needs to be rested.
The Yankees are one of 12 American League teams and 30 teams overall that make up Major League Baseball. The other American League teams are:
Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, and Oakland Athletics
A Brief History of the Yankees
The New York Yankees are a baseball team based in the Bronx, New York. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The Yankees began play in the 1901 season as the Baltimore Orioles (no relation to themodern Baltimore Orioles). In 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise after it ceased operations and moved it to New York City, renaming the team the New York Highlanders. The Highlanders were officially renamed the Yankees in 1913.
The team is owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, an LLC that is controlled by the family of the late George Steinbrenner, who purchased the team in 1973. Brian Cashman is the team’s general manager, and Aaron Boone is their manager. The team’s home games were played at Yankee Stadium from 1923 to 1973 and from 1976 to 2008. In 1974 and 1975, their home games were staged at Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens while Yankee Stadium was renovated. From 2009 to 2012, their home games were staged at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. In 2013, they returned to Yankee Stadium.
One of the most successful sports clubs in history, the Yankees have won 18 divisional titles, 40 AL pennants, and 27 World Series championships, all of which are MLB records. Forty-four Yankees players and 11 Yankees managers have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra,, and Whitey Ford. In pursuit of winning championship titles year after year, organizations go through different changes specially when they’re not able to achieve set goals. For instance, when teams don’t make playoffs despite having good players on their roster or face elimination early in post-season playoffs after being one of top seeds; these are clear signs that something isn’t right within an organization calling for immediate changes
The Yankees Move to Buffalo
In 1922, the New York Yankees became the first Major League Baseball team to play their home games in Buffalo, New York. The Yankees played their home games at Buffalo’s Offermann Stadium, which was located at the corner of Main and Carlton streets in downtown Buffalo. The move to Buffalo was necessitated by the construction of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, which was not yet completed when the 1922 season began.
The Yankees played in Buffalo for three seasons, from 1922 to 1924. In total, the Yankees compiled a record of 133-65 while playing in Buffalo. The team’s best year came in 1923, when they won the American League pennant with a record of 98-54. The Yankees lost to the New York Giants in the World Series that year.
The Yankees moved back to New York City for the 1925 season and have called Yankee Stadium home ever since.
The Yankees in Buffalo Today
In short, the Yankees are in Buffalo today because of COVID-19. The virus has forced Major League Baseball to change its schedule on the fly, and Buffalo has become a temporary home for the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees are one of several MLB teams that have been forced to relocate due to the coronavirus. The Toronto Blue Jays, for example, are playing their home games in Dunedin, Florida, while the Miami Marlins are using Jupiter as their home base.
The circumstances are far from ideal, but the Yankees are making the best of it. The team has been training at Sahlen Field, which is the home of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, since July 21. They’ve even put together a makeshift locker room in one of the ballpark’s concourses.
The Yankees will play 30 “home” games in Buffalo this season. Their first game at Sahlen Field was on August 18 against the Baltimore Orioles. The team will also play host to the Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Tampa Bay Rays over the course of the summer.
It’s not clear what will happen next year, but for now, Buffalo is happy to have the Yankees in town.
The Yankees are playing in Buffalo because the COVID-19 pandemic has forced Major League Baseball to make some changes to the 2020 season. baseball is being played in empty stadiums, and the Yankees are one of the teams that is using a “secondary” home field to host games. The majority of their home games will be played in New York City, but a handful will be played in Buffalo at Sahlen Field.