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The Yankees Season Is Hanging In The Balance

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The Yankees still have a pulse on their season although making the second wildcard spot is unlikely they still have a chance. The Yankees had big decisions to make this season with their players and how they were going to use them.

The trade deadline was also a turning point in their season as the shipped off a couple of star pitchers and acquired young talent. As this season comes to an end for the team they have to figure out what moves they need to make in the off season to have a great 2017 season from start to finish.

Tonight’s game against the Red Sox is big for the Yankees. There are a few reasons this game is big and the first reason is David Ortiz. This game will be his last game of his career against the rival Yankees. The Yankees have already won 2 games in this series and they could get the sweep tonight if they win.

Boston will be in the post season, but it will be good for the Yankees to send off David Ortiz with a loss putting a low light on the end of his career in the Bronx. The Yankees also need this win to stay alive.
The Yankees will need help and they also need to help themselves in these final four games they have left in the season. Sweeping the Red Sox would be a good start to try and squeeze into the second wildcard spot. A loss tonight would be a knockout punch to the Yankees playoff hopes, but they would still be able to play a spoiler role to the Baltimore Orioles.

This series has playoff implications for several teams in the AL such as the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, and the Houston Astros. All of these teams are fighting to get that second wildcard spot from Baltimore.

The Yankees would have to sweep Baltimore and have the other 3 teams ahead of them lose as well. Detroit will finish up their series against Cleveland and have a final 3 game set against the Atlanta Braves. Seattle will start a 4 game final series against Oakland to end their regular season.

Houston will be playing against the Angels in a 3 game set to close out their season this weekend as well. The Yankees will need help from the Braves, Athletics, and Angels in order to leap over these teams that are ahead of them. All the Yankees can do for themselves is win out.

The Yankees could be part of a historic come back and everyone on the team has to be on the same page. This is not a time for the Yankees to make any mistakes they need to play like they want to win. They also need to be more aggressive at the plate and drive in runners on base.

It is the end of the season and they are backed into a corner on the brink of missing the post season. The Yankees season is not over till it’s over and they have given themselves a slim chance to make something out of nothing.

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.

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Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith

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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.

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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

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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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