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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.

Welcome Home Robinson Cano?

About a week ago or more Yankees YES Network broadcaster Michael Kay was discussing a trade that would have Robinson Cano landing back in the Bronx. He suggested that the Yankees and Mariners swap outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury for Cano. Crazy right? Not as much as you might think?

However, it would be highly unlikely that this proposal take place. The deal proposed by Michael Kay (I take no credit for this proposal) was said to include the Yankees getting Cano back in their lineup, Jacoby joins the Mariners and the Mariners would pay the final two years of Cano’s enormous contract. If you’re a Yankee fan, that probably sounds really good. Imagine having Cano right in the middle of the line up with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Brian McCann. Of course the contracts aren’t completely identical as Ellsbury’s contract is a 7-year, $153 million deal and Cano’s is a 10-year $240 million deal. This deal makes even more sense than you think though.

If you think about the types of players these guys are, they both may be playing in the wrong ball parks. As a speedy guy, Jacoby Ellsbury would do really well hitting triples and doubles and getting himself in scoring position for his teammates. In the field, Ellsbury would be able to cover a lot of ground in the outfield of spacious Safeco Field. On the other hand, Cano’s power bat would be well served back in Yankee Stadium. Cano’s home run totals have been down because he has been playing in a bigger ball park, but if you put him back in Yankee stadium there would no doubt be an increase in his home run totals.

This trade to most people probably sounds ridiculous, but it would have great value to both teams. There are probably some Yankees fans out there who can’t stand Cano because of his lack of hustle or his lackadaisical play, but Yankee fans can’t deny one thing: the guy is talented. Robinson Cano back to the Yankees is certainly a pipe dream if even a thought at all, but putting Robbie Cano back in pinstripes would be a dream I feel most Yankee fans could not get enough of.

Article by: Joe’l Cruz
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