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Gary Sanchez Is The Latest Yankee To Go Down With An Injury

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Even though we are not even two weeks into the MLB season, the New York Yankees are already dealing with a few significant injuries. Over the weekend, their star 24-year-old catcher Gary Sanchez landed on the disabled list.

On Saturday afternoon, Sanchez strained his right biceps after fouling off a pitch in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. This forced him to leave the game. Later that day, the Yankees announced that Sanchez would be placed on the 10-day disabled list.

The injury turned out to be worse than the team originally thought. After Sanchez was evaluated on Monday, it was revealed that he has a strained brachialis muscle. This particular muscle is behind the right biceps. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Sanchez is expected to miss the next four weeks.

This injury is definitely a tough blow to the Yankees offense. They were relying on Sanchez to be one of their most productive hitters this season. After being called up in August of last year, he put up incredible offensive numbers. In 201 at bats during the 2016 season, Sanchez hit .299 with 20 home runs and 42 RBIs. Despite only playing in 53 games, he finished second in the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year voting.

Fortunately for the Yankees, Sanchez will only be sidelined for about a month. He will still have a chance to be a major factor in their offense this season. Right now however, the Yankees are going to have to get by without him.

With Sanchez on the disabled list, the Yankees are now missing two of their best hitters. Back in March, their shortstop Didi Gregorius injured his right shoulder while playing for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. He is expected to be back sometime in early May. Like Sanchez, Gregorius was a big part of the Yankees offense last season. He batted .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs in 153 games.

Without Sanchez and Gregorius, other players are going to have to step up. Utility infielder Ronald Torreyes has started all of the games at shortstop so far for the Yankees and has gotten off to a decent start. Torreyes has a home run and 8 RBIs in 24 at bats. Austin Romine will be the team’s starting catcher until Sanchez returns. Although he is a good defensive catcher, Romine is not nearly as talented offensively as Sanchez is.

It is never good when a team has to deal with injuries to key players this early in the season. We will see if the Yankees lineup can manage without Sanchez and Gregorius.

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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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