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Pinstriped glory, the greatest moments in Yankee history part four: The ’98 Yankees’ magnificent season

There are a few things about the Yankees that I’m very stubborn about, things that no matter how hard you debate with me I’ll just never change my mind on. For instance, Joe DiMaggio is the greatest baseball player the world has ever seen, if I ever have a son, I want him to grow up to be the man Lou Gehrig was, and the 1927 team is the greatest that baseball will ever see. However, while I am of the mindset the ’27 team is the greatest, there will never be a season more impressive than 1998. The team won 114 games in the regular season while losing only 48. They won the AL East by a mind boggling 22 games and went 11-2 in the playoffs sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series for the club’s 24th overall championship. Their win total regular season and postseason combined was 125 which is still a major league record to this day.

Tanaka's Returns, Carpenter DFA'd Could Lead to Plenty More Moves

Upon Masahiro Tanaka’s highly anticipated return to the Yankees, right-hander David Carpenter takes the fall as he has been designated for assignment. With Carpenter sent packing, this could be the first of a plethora of moves made in the next couple weeks.

Acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves that brought LHP Chasen Shreve as well, the Yankees sent former top prospect victimized by Tommy John Surgery, Manny Banuelos. Brian McCann played a big role in requesting the Yankees acquire Carpenter. 

As Yankees fans, we felt like we had got the better end of the deal with a solid pitcher in Shreve and a guy who was becoming a reliable reliever in Carpenter. Essentially, most fans were excited about having the hard throwing Carpenter to pitch the 7th inning.

However, Carpenter was absolutely dreadful in his two months in Pinstripes. Carpenter seemed to be throwing beach balls to opposing hitters as they hit .286 against him and .353 over the past 28 days. Coming off a solid 2014 season where he posted a 3.54 ERA striking out nearly 10 batters per 9 innings, Carpenter pitched to an ERA of 4.82 and only struck out 5.3 per 9 innings. His drop-off is quite inexplicable to say the least.

The Yankees now have an abundance of left-handed pitchers in the bullpen including Andrew Miller, Chasen Shreve, Justin Wilson, Jacob Lindgren and Chris Capuano compared to right-handers Dellin Betances and Esmil Rogers. With Chris Martin on a brief stint with AAA-Scranton, Capuano will likely be the next victim of the DFA train that may run rampant across the team over the next month or so.

Interestingly enough, Carpenter being designated for assignment frees up a spot on the 40-man roster as there are now 39 spots occupied. Now, I’m just speculating, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Rob Refsnyder is brought onto the 40-man roster in what would be a mandatory prerequisite to him being called up to the big league roster – possibly for one Stephen Drew.

Now that I’ve gotten your hopes up, I’ll certainly keep you updated on who fills the void on our twitter account. It’s unfortunate Carpenter couldn’t get it going, but this was definitely the right move for now.

Article by: Chad Raines
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