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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.

Gary Sanchez promoted to big leagues

Picture Credit: Arnulfo Franco-AP
Shortly after their win against the Royals to take 3 of 4 from the defending world champs, the Yankees called up the BBB’s 3rd ranked prospect in catcher Gary Sanchez. After a dismal Spring Training, Sanchez got into a grove in 26 games in Triple-A hitting .288 with 5 homers, 21 RBI and 11 doubles. The news was first reported by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders beat writer Shane Hennigan.

Yankee fans were expecting the team to make a move for the weekend series against the Chicago White Sox with two of top left-handed pitchers in Chris Sale and Jose Quintana scheduled to pitch on Friday and Saturday. Some expected Rob Refsnyder to get the call as he has been heating up, but it ended up being Sanchez, and this is likely due to the power he will bring to the lower half of the lineup.

With the tall task of facing Sale and Quintana on consecutive days, Sanchez should get a start or two either behind the plate, or at designated hitter in place of an injured Alex Rodriguez. This call-up allows the team to get creative and potentially move Brian McCann to first base for a game if they feel the need to do so.

The corresponding move for Sanchez has yet to be announced, but with an extra pitcher in the bullpen, it is likely that either Nick Goody, Tyler Olsen or Phil Coke boards the Scranton-Shuttle. Catcher Austin Romine is out of minor-league options meaning he will have to pass through waivers, and with his recent successes at the plate, it is unlikely that the team tries to pass him through waivers.

With the Yankees likely to be carrying three catchers this weekend, Sanchez’s promotion may be short-lived, but this is contingent on how he performs. If he has success at the plate, it may make it tough for Brian Cashman and company to send him back down to Scranton with the completion of the series, so that is something to keep an eye on going forward. We’ll keep you updated on our twitter as this story develops.

Article by: Chad Raines
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