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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.

Instant reaction: Yankees release OF Slade Heathcott

After the Yankees 3-1 loss today to the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced the unconditional release of OF Slade Heathcott, per Chris Cotillo (@chriscotillo on Twitter). With the call-up of Richard Bleier, there were 41 players on the 40-man roster for the Yankees, so either someone would have to go from the 15 to 60-day DL, or be designated for assignment. Unfortunately for Heathcott, he was released.

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According to Chad Jennings (@lohudyankees), the Yankees do not plan on re-signing Slade Heathcott. The organization has several outfielders who are nearly MLB-ready in the Minors. Aaron Judge is the first name to come to mind, but right behind him are Ben Gamel (who’s already played for the Yankees this season), Jake Cave, and Dustin Fowler. Mason Williams is also expected to be back in a couple of months from a shoulder injury.

Heathcott hit .230 at Triple-A Scranton this season, and was, as of today, on the 7-day Minors disabled list for a knee injury. In 2015, Heathcott was called up to the Yankees twice, once in May and once in September and hit .400 in 25 at-bats with two homers and eight RBIs. Many believed he was a candidate to make the roster straight out of Spring Training this year, but he went 1-for-22 (.045) and struck out nine times. On March 17, during Spring Training this season, he missed the team bus to an away game, which hurt his chances even more to make the Opening Day roster.

Here at the BBB, we wish Slade Heathcott best of luck in his future.

Article by: Bryan Peng
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