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Yankees Joe Girardi Compares Youth To Start Of A Dynasty

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Let’s face it, the expectation every year for the New York Yankees and their fans is to compete for a championship. But in the past 2 season the Bronx Bombers have taken an unfamiliar yet realistic approach to returning to the top of the MLB mountain.

Building with youth.

With the aid of some smart trades and roster moves the Yankees boast one of the majors brightest young stars, Gary Sanchez, a plethora of young talent on the current roster and one of the major’s best farm system.

While the Yankees may be a little bit from reaching World Series championships, manager Joe Girardi, who is entering his 10th season, sees a foundation laid for a potential dynasty.

“We haven’t been this young in a long time, probably not since maybe 1996,” Girardi said. “It was a great mixture of youth and veteran players and guys that had a significant impact, guys that the fans recognized when they came up as homegrown and fell in love with players who did wonderful things. I think it’s going to be a very exciting year.”

“Gary Sanchez was as good as you could be for two months,” Girardi said. “Greg Bird played extremely well [in 2015]. We had Tyler Austin come up and do some big things for us, some big hits. Aaron Judge provided some excitement for us as a young player.

“You look at what [Luis] Cessa and [Chad] Green did. [Luis Severino] is a guy that we believe in a lot and we still envision him as a starter, but he did some really good things when he came out of the ‘pen for us. I’m optimistic, because I think there’s a good mixture and there’s a lot of talent in that room.”

While the number of young players has Girardi excited, he is also excited to have Chris Carter a part of the team.

“Here’s a guy that has big power and has RBI potential and is very good in the clubhouse,” Girardi said. “We look at his role; it could go a couple of different ways. It’s hard to turn down a guy that hits 40-plus home runs.”

Girardi knows first hand what a Yankees dynasty looks like. After all he was a part of a Yankees dynasty that dominated the majors in the mid-late 90s into the early 2000s. Girardi sees a lot of similarities with this team and the team from the last dynasty.

“You have some leaders in that clubhouse like the ’96 team did,” Girardi said. “There were new faces sprinkled in and there were young players and there was more talent that was coming. It was kind of the year that Jeter and Mo burst onto the scene, but Mr. Posada was coming and started to become a huge impact in ’97. And I feel that’s kind of what we have here.”

With a healthy infusion of youth coupled with a proven veteran presence, Girardi has plenty of reason to be excited for this season as do Yankee fans.

 

 

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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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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