Why Tanaka Left the Yankees

After years of success with the New York Yankees, Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has decided to return to his home country to play for the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Here’s why.

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The Yankees

The team’s history

The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the Bronx, New York City. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City; the other is the National League’s (NL) New York Mets. The Yankees began play in the 1901 season as the Baltimore Orioles (no relation to the modern 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 club the New York Highlanders. The Highlanders were officially renamed as the “Yankees” in 1913.

The team’s recent success

The Yankees have been one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past few years. They have won the World Series three times since 2009 and have made the playoffs in each of those years.

The team’s recent success has been due in large part to its pitching staff. The Yankees have had some of the best pitchers in baseball over the past few years, including CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and Aroldis Chapman.

Sabathia was the team’s ace for many years, but he started to struggle with injuries in recent years. Tanaka took over as the team’s ace in 2014, and he helped lead the Yankees to the World Series that year. Chapman joined the Yankees in 2016 and became one of the best closers in baseball.

The Yankees’ pitching staff was a big reason why the team was so successful over the past few years. However, Tanaka decided to leave the Yankees after the 2017 season, signing with the Houston Astros.

There are a few reasons why Tanaka may have decided to leave the Yankees. One reason is that he may not have been happy with his role on the team. Another reason is that he may have wanted to play for a team that is closer to his home country of Japan. Finally, it is also possible that he simply wanted a change of scenery after spending four years with the Yankees.

Whatever his reasons were, Tanaka’s decision to leave the Yankees will surely have an impact on the team’s pitching staff going forward. TheYankees will need to find a new ace, and they will also need to find someone to fill Chapman’s shoes as their closer.

The team’s current roster

The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the Bronx, New York City. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City, the other being the New York Mets of the National League. One of baseball’s most successful franchises, the Yankees have won 27 World Series championships, more than any other MLB team.

The team’s current roster includes:
Pitchers
-Aroldis Chapman
-Zack Britton
-Luis Cessa
-Chad Green
-Jonathan Holder
-Dellin Betances
-Nestor Cortes Jr.
-CC Sabathia
-Masahiro Tanaka
-James Paxton
-J.A. Happ
Catchers
-Gary Sanchez
-Austin Romine
Infielders
-Didi Gregorius
-DJ LeMahieu
Outfielders

Tanaka

On July 24, 2020, it was announced that Masahiro Tanaka would be leaving the New York Yankees to return to his former team, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league in Japan. The move came as a bit of a surprise to many, as Tanaka had just signed a two-year extension with the Yankees in 2019. In this article, we’ll explore some of the reasons behind Tanaka’s decision to leave the Yankees.

His career with the Yankees

Tanaka made his Major League debut in 2014 with the New York Yankees. He immediately became one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball, posting a record of 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA. He was named an All-Star in his rookie season and helped lead the Yankees to the American League Pennant.

In his four seasons with the Yankees, Tanaka compiled a record of 52-28 with a 3.74 ERA. He was named an All-Star again in 2016 and helped the Yankees reach the playoffs in each of his four seasons with the team.

His recent injuries

Tanaka has had a string of injuries in recent years that have limited his effectiveness on the mound. In 2014, he missed time with a partially torn elbow ligament. In 2016, he had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. Last season, he was limited to just seven starts due to inflammation in his right shoulder.

His decision to leave

When Tanaka decided to leave the Yankees, it was a very difficult decision. He had been with the team for seven years and had become very comfortable with his role on the team. However, he felt that it was time for a change and he wanted to explore other options. He was not sure what those options would be, but he knew that he needed to make a change.

Tanaka’s decision to leave the Yankees was not an easy one, but he feels that it was the right decision for him. He is excited about the new opportunities that await him and is looking forward to the future.

The Future

After nine seasons with the New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka is a free agent. He’s had a great run with the Yankees, but now it’s time to move on. The Yankees have a lot of young talent and they’re going to be very good in the future, but Tanaka is ready for a new challenge.

The Yankees’ future without Tanaka

As the New York Yankees enter the 2020 season without star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, they do so with plenty of question marks surrounding the team’s starting rotation.

Tanaka, who signed with the Yankees in 2014, was a key part of the team’s success over the past seven seasons, winning 78 games and posting a 3.74 ERA in 175 starts. He was also a workhorse, pitching at least 190 innings in five of his seven seasons with the team.

With Tanaka now gone, the Yankees will need to find someone to fill his void in the rotation. They have several options, but none of them are as established as Tanaka was.

One option is Domingo German, who won 18 games last season and pitched to a 4.03 ERA in 30 starts. German is just 27 years old and has only been a full-time starter for two seasons, so it remains to be seen if he can be the workhorse that Tanaka was.

Another option is Luis Severino, who missed all of last season due to injury but was an All-Star in 2018 and has pitched to a sub-3.50 ERA in four major league seasons. Severino is only 26 years old and has ace potential, but he has yet to pitch more than 191 innings in a season.

The Yankees also have youngsters Jordan Montgomery and Deivi Garcia who could step into starting roles this season. Both are highly touted prospects with a lot of upside, but they are also unproven at the major league level.

The bottom line is that the Yankees’ rotation is far from set heading into 2020. They have some options, but none of them are as reliable as Tanaka was. Time will tell if they can find someone to fill his shoes.

Tanaka’s future with a new team

While it remains to be seen where Tanaka will land, there’s no doubt that he will be one of the most coveted commodities on the market. The right-hander is coming off a season in which he went 13-12 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 165 strikeouts in 176.2 innings pitched.

Tanaka has been relatively durable since coming over from Japan in 2014, making at least 24 starts in each of his five seasons. He also has a wealth of postseason experience, going 7-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 13 career playoff starts. That could make him an attractive option for teams looking to make a deep run in October.

In terms of potential suitors, the Yankees will reportedly make a “strong effort” to bring Tanaka back, while the Angels and Cubs are also viewed as possible destinations. Wherever he ends up signing, Tanaka is sure to command a hefty salary on the open market.

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