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Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina headline 2019 Hall of Fame Class

Earlier today, Major League Baseball announced the results of this year’s Hall of Fame voting, and two former Yankees received the call to Cooperstown: Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera. These two pitching greats, along with Edgar Martinez and the late Roy Halladay, will officially be enshrined later this year on Sunday, July 21.

The Early Bird Gets The Worm: A Look into Greg Bird’s Day/Night Splits

When I was looking into Greg Bird’s stats, I noticed something that was very intriguing to say the least. Greg Bird is a much better hitter in day games than night games. Through his first 31 games, Bird is hitting a solid .280 (14/50) with 4 home runs and 11 RBI while at night he’s hitting a not as solid .226 (18/82) with 6 home runs and 17 RBI. Now this is just a small sample size, and he could just happen to face tougher pitching at night, but it could be something to keep an eye on as he gets more at bats. If this trend ends up a reoccurring thing, a platoon between Bird and Teixeira for day and night games next season might not be a bad idea. Before the injury, Teixeira was batting .283 (75/265) in night games while only batting .197 (25/127) in day games. This may just be a silly idea, but if they did such a thing next year, it could pay big dividends. 

Article by: Julian Bussells
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