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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: Yankees name Josh Bard their new bench coach

With the managerial position taken care of, it was only a matter of time until the rest of the Yankees coaching staff was filled in. The first new member of the staff to join Aaron Boone will be the 39-year-old bullpen coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Josh Bard.
 
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Bard does not have any managing experience, which is a tad surprising since Boone also lacks experience. However, the Yankees believe Rothschild’s former managing experience could fill that role.

Bard was a teammate of Aaron Boone with the Cleveland Indians and had a steady career primarily as a backup catcher from 2002-2011. Bard will provide an instant connection within the Yankees coaching staff and will also bring experience from a team that just made it to the World Series.

Being a catcher, he could be an integral mentor for Gary Sanchez.

More than anything this hiring shows the Yankees are not afraid to take risks with the coaching decisions and are applying the youth movement to both sides of the game.

For what it is worth, Bard used to catch CC Sabathia on the Indians. 

Article by: Ryan Thoms
 

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