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The New York Yankees have a great future ahead as they are seeing some of their young prospects take the field and make a name for themselves in the major league. Both Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge made a big splash in their first game in the majors by hitting back to back home runs.

Although it was one game these players are showing that they can have a big impact on a game. If the Yankees want a shot at the playoffs they will have to use these younger guys to propel them to wins. Judge and Austin can help the problem that the team has with run support for their pitchers.

Judge is a prospect that has been on the rise for the past couple of years, and now that he has this opportunity to close out the season with the team he needs to stay consistent. In his second game Judge hit another homerun and he seems to be just what the doctor ordered for the Yankees.

The Yankees needed a spark and they have it in Judge. He can make a big impact on this team down the stretch of the season and he needs to if they want to win. The Yankees are at a turning point in their season and they need all the help they can get.

The Yankees have won back to back series against division rivals the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. In each of those series the Yankees took two of three games and are now 3 games over .500. This is a big for the team because they are not too far out of the wildcard race.

Although they are 6.5 games out of first place in the AL East they are just 5 games behind for the top spot for the AL Wildcard. A game and a half is a significant difference and the Yankees can capitalize on that.

The Yankees will be starting a series against another division rival the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto is in first place in the AL East by half a game above the Baltimore Orioles. A series win by the Yankees would put some pressure on the teams ahead of them in the wildcard race such as The Astros and the Mariners.

This series is big for the Yankees and they will need to play their best because the Blue Jays are a tough team to beat. The Blue Jays can put runs on the board in a hurry and hold on to a lead which could mean trouble for the Yankees if they do not pitch and hit well.

Austin and Judge will have several opportunities over this next series to show how good they can be, and what they can do for the team. They will need to be great on defense and especially on offense if they want to have a big impact on these games.

Both players are already off to a great start and could potentially get better throughout the remainder of the season. The future for Yankees baseball is here and they are ready for the challenge.

Blest Eshareturi is a contributor to Sports Rants. Writer for the MLB, NBA, and NFL sections. Teams that are followed are the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and the Miami Heat. New York City native with a passion for sports.


Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith



The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.

Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.

The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):

“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.

“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”

Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats. 

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.

“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.

There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.

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MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.



Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.

According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.

Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.

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Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team



Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.

Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.

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