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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.

2018 Pinstripe Preview: Domingo German

In recent years, pitching has been a strength for the New York Yankees. They have a deep bullpen, and they have a lot of young and talented prospects in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Domingo German, the 25-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic was traded to the New York Yankees in the deal that sent David Phelps to the Miami Marlins. He is a solid right-handed pitcher who had some experience on Joe Girardi’s team last year when pitchers hit the disabled list. This year, nothing is certain, as Aaron Boone comes to the Bronx and is looking to pick the Evil Empire right where it left off last season. This year, will German pitch as many innings as he hopes to pitch?  
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2017 Review
Last year, German spent most of his time in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but also saw some time in Trenton, and in the Bronx. He finished with an ERA of 2.88 between Double-A and Triple-A, an impressive number for a pitcher coming off of Tommy John Surgery in 2015. He impressed the Yanks so much, they called him up to play in seven games. Even though the seven games he pitched in were mainly due to the fact that they were up by several runs, he continued to pitch well at the big stage. His two biggest games were June 17th and September 20th, when he fanned down six batters against the Oakland Athletics, and struck out four in a late season matchup against the Minnesota Twins. He had a total ERA of 3.14 in 14.1 innings pitched in his big league stint.

2018 Preview
It’s tough to say that German will get a ton of playing time this year with the Yankees. Yes, he can consistently pitch 93-95 MPH as a starter, but he will most likely have to beat out pitchers Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green, two contenders for the fifth starting pitcher. He has a plus fastball and a slurve, which many pitchers do not have. The key for Domingo German this year is to have another consistent year in Scranton. This will be his third year off Tommy John, so staying healthy is also a key. He will be an X-Factor for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team, and when the time comes, I have no doubt in my mind he will be called up to the Bronx. If the Yankees meet these high expectations that are set for them and they win a lot of games going into August, he will come up and pitch some solid innings out of the bullpen to give the guys some rest, maybe even a start. 2018 will be a big year for Domingo German, and I believe he will step up in a big way.    

Article by: Jack Butterfield