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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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Cubs Investigating Fan Who Allegedly Made White Supremacy Gesture

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The Chicago Cubs are investigating an incident that occurred during the broadcast of a game against the Miami Marlins which showed a fan who flashed a hand sign that is sometimes associated with white power, an upside-down OK signal, behind commentator Doug Glanville.

The Cubs are trying to locate the fan and possibly ban him from games, according to an official team announcement on Wednesday.

“An individual seated behind Mr. Glanville used what appears to be an offensive hand gesture that is associated with racism,” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said in a statement.

“Such ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field. We are reviewing the incident thoroughly because no one should be subjected to this type of offensive behavior.”

“Any derogatory conduct should be reported immediately to our ballpark staff. Any individual behaving in this manner will not only be removed from the ballpark, but will be permanently banned from Wrigley Field.”

 

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Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Dies at Age 72

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The Philadelphia Phillies have officially announced the death of chairman David Montgomery on Wednesday morning. Montgomery,who was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw bone in 2014, passed away at the age of 72.

Montgomery, a native of Philadelphia, joined the Phillies staff back in 1971 and late became a minority owner in 1981.

Montgomery served as Phillies’ chairman since 2015 when he returned from a leave of absence to undergo cancer treatment.

Montgomery also served as team president, among many other roles, during his nearly five-decade tenure with the Phillies organization, leaving an iconic and memorable impression on the entire organization.

During that time, the Phillies won five National League pennants and two World Series titles, the most recent coming back in 2008.

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Orioles’ Flagship Radio Station Apologizes for Publicizing Rumor that Team Might Move to Las Vegas

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The Baltimore Orioles have issued an apology for the on-air comments made during a broadcast of their flagship radio station 105.7 The Fan.

During a show this past Saturday on the station, Baltimore sports host Bruce Cunningham brought guest Benjamin Neil, a local lawyer, which turned into a discussion regarding Neil’s comments that an anonymous buyer had put a $3 billion bid on the table for the Orioles and that this mystery person planned on moving the team to Las Vegas, which you can listen to right here.

Naturally, this sent the fanbase into a panic and 105.7 The Fan Director of Sports Programming Chuck Sapienza issued the following apology, while dismissing the report as a baseless rumor, on Twitter.

The rumor was believable considering just how terrible the Orioles have been in recent years, and how their only marketable star during the past decade, Manny Machado, was eventually traded in yet another rebuild.

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