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Jonathan Holder has a realistic shot of making the All-Star team

Middle relievers have only recently started receiving universal recognition for their individual performance in Major League Baseball, due to the new age of numbers in the sport. Saves are no longer the all-telling, ultimate stat about a reliever’s success and WAR, ERA+, and other metrics have opened the eyes of fans on just how valuable it is for a team to have dominant relievers outside of the ninth inning role. Their widely agreed on importance has led to a lot of non-closer relievers making the All-Star team in recent seasons. The American League squad had two of them in 2017 and 2015, and a whopping four in 2016. If this trend continues, the AL should feature at least one or two non-closer relievers, and possibly more, with the scarcity of lockdown closers in the AL in 2018. The Yankees feature a lot of highly talented middle relievers and the pitcher who has surprised everyone the most, Jonathan Holder, has a very realistic shot of cracking the AL All-Star squad.

BBB Podcast #9: Spring Story Lines, Top Prospects, and the Bullpen

After a long hiatus, the Bronx Bomber Blog Podcast is back with its 9th episode, featuring Chad Raines, Phil Akre, and Sammy Criscitello. Chad, Phil, and Sammy discuss Aroldis Chapman, James Kaprielian, the Yankees bullpen, some top prospects, and the depth of the Yankees outfield. The young men also discuss Mark Teixeira and his controversial statement of wanting to play until he's 40, how Greg Bird will be replaced, and whether you will be able to spot BBB writers in action in Tampa for some Yankees Spring Training games!

As the season gets started in about 5 weeks, get ready for more periodic podcasts and let's go Yankees!



Podcast by Chad Raines (@chad_rain), Phil Akre (@philakre) and Sammy Criscitello (@scriscitello11)
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