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Breaking: Yankees acquire LHP James Paxton in exchange for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson, and OF Dom Thompson-Williams

The Yankees have made their first splash of the offseason by acquiring the Big Maple, James Paxton, from the Seattle Mariners. Fresh off his second-consecutive season at the top of the Mariner’s rotation, Paxton did not come cheap as the Yankees traded away their top prospect, Justus Sheffield, along with breakout prospects Erik Swanson and Dominic Thompson-Williams.

The Yankees will break the 264 home run record in 2018



In 1997, the Seattle Mariners hit 264 home runs in a single season.  This team was filled with studs, such as Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Paul Sorrento.  They were home run hitting machines, as those three players combined to hit 110 of the team’s 264 long balls, and The Kid had 56 of them alone.  That team will always be known as one of the greatest home run hitting teams, but not for long.  In 2018, the New York Yankees will be the kings of the home run.  
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·         In 2017, the Yanks hit 241 long balls, and that’s without their newly acquired offensive weapon Giancarlo Stanton.  If you were to count his 59 home runs for the Marlins last year, they would’ve crushed the Mariners home run record with a whopping 300 home runs.  That’s a lot of Papa John’s Pizza you could order from that number of runs scored.  
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·        This year, it would be foolish to think that the Yankees can’t overcome the record set in 1997.  It would only take 21 years to do it, but the Bronx Bombers will break that record. Sluggers like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez, would not surprise anyone if they combined to hit 120 home runs.  Not to mention Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner came off career years hitting wise, and Greg Bird was revived in the playoffs, so why bet against this team?  The new name of the game is the long ball, and the Yanks are the leaders of this movement.  
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It will be a tough number to beat.  They will face the best of the best pitchers, and they will have targets on their backs.  They are the new villains of the Evil Empire, and for a good reason.  Baseball fans hate the Yankees, and baseball players wish they were the Yankees; who wouldn’t want to be the best offensive team in the bigs?
  

 The future is bright, and there are records that are meant to be broken.  The record that is on the horizon is anyone’s for the taking, but in 2018, the New York Yankees will take what’s theirs, and break the record for hitting the most home runs in a single season for a team.  

Article by: Jack Butterfield

 

Comments

  1. To many repeats:
    The three teams in on the youngish Cuban outfielder is old news, NOT just breaking news;
    REALY Ryan, the dog again.

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