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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.

Breaking: Phil Nevin will be the new Yankees third base coach, Mike Harkey returning as the bullpen coach

Shortly after the news broke about the Yankees new bench coach Josh Bard, it was reported by Bob Nightengale that former Giants’ third base coach Phil Nevin will be the new Yankees' third base coach and that Mike Harkey will be returning as the bullpen coach.
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Nevin, 46, is another relatively young coach that will be added to Boone’s staff, but he has a solid amount of coaching experience. Along with his experience as the Giants; third base coach in 2017, he managed the Double and Triple-A affiliates of the Tigers for two seasons and was manager of the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces, for three seasons. Former players have raved about his precense in the dugout and he projects as a future manager in the majors.

Harkey was the Yankees bullpen coach from 2008-2013 and for the past two seasons. Harkey is well respected amongst the Yankee relievers and it is not surprising to see him back, after how dominant the Yankees bullpen was for a majority of last season.
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Article by: Ryan Thoms