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The Yankees' next big fish: The Bryce Harper and Manny Machado question

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The scene was set for the young budding Bomber squad last fall after finishing their season a game away from a World Series berth. They were the team that arrived a year too early, and another deep playoff run would be the goal, but then an old friend threw a wrench in those plans. Derek Jeter put gargantuan slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the market, and Stanton dictated his transfer with a full no-trade clause. The Giants and Cardinals among others threw their name into the ring, but who did he choose? The Yankees and Dodgers, it seemed to be a battle of baseballs powerhouses, but the Yankees had an advantage over their former neighbors, payroll flexibility. They were able to use this into an absolute steal of the reigning NL MVP, and the Yankees were thrust into a world series or bust year. The season was historic, they set the season home run record without Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, and Aaron Judge for most if not all of the year, but it ended in a bust at the hands of…

Three things the Yankees need to acquire in the offseason that aren’t Manny Machado

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The speculation started during the regular season, even prior to his trade from the Baltimore Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Where would Manny Machado go upon his free agency at the end of the 2018 regular season? And, with that, which teams would be knocking on his door?
No sooner did the Yankees’ regular season come to a close after their fated ending in the American League Division Series, the talks of Machado coming to the Bronx took off as though pushed by a speeding 4 Train behind Yankee Stadium. The truth of the matter is that the rumors started even prior to Machado’s free agency being on the horizon -- they started at the trade deadline.

BBB Reacts: Yankees' disappointing end to the 2018 season

Well, it's been just about a week now since the Boston Red Sox eliminated the Yankees from playoff contention and we've all had some time to stew on it.  Obviously not the ending any of us wanted and made even more painful due to the fact that it was our arch-rivals who put the nail in the coffin.Some of our contributors weigh in below about how this season ended, what to make of it all, and where the Yankees go from here heading into 2019.

RIP 2018 Yankees; Cheers to 2019

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They Can Do It: How the Yankees can make ALDS Game 4 one of the most storied comebacks in MLB Postseason History

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They say you shouldn’t go to bed angry.
But last night, I did. I went to bed angry with a laundry list of people, including Aaron Boone, Luis Severino (especially after I apologized for trashing him before the Wild Card game), Lance Lynn, Giancarlo Stanton and, of course, umpire Angel Hernandez. Funny enough -- not Austin Romine; he’s a catcher, and he truly did the best he could given the dire situation.

What the hell was Aaron Boone thinking?

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Let’s get one thing straight: tonight was the most mismanaged postseason game in New York Yankees history. Was Joe Girardi’s non-challenge in Cleveland horrible last year? Yes. Was this worse? Absolutely. Girardi’s decision cost his team four runs, Boone’s decision to leave Luis Severino in two innings too long cost his team upwards of nine runs. Boone has often been unfairly criticized in his first year at the helm of the Yankees, but he deserves everything he is going to get for this atrocity. His team got embarrassed tonight, and he was the central cause.

Gary Sánchez is the X-factor for the Yankees to win the ALDS 

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As the Yankees’ regular season drew to a close, Gary Sanchez wasn’t living up to his home run call made famous by WFAN announcer John Sterling. That Gary wasn’t scary at all, whether he was in the batter’s box, or behind the plate. 


ALDS Preview: Five keys for the Yankees to advance

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For the first time in 14 years, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are facing off in a postseason series. The anticipation for this matchup is at an all-time high, and for good reason. 2018 marked the first time that these ancient rivals each won 100 or more games in the same season. And with both teams at relatively full strength, this has the chance to be an instant classic. For the Yankees to pull off the moderate upset, and knock off their 108-win nemesis, these are their five keys to victory:

The often scrutinized, over-analytical Aaron Boone earned his pinstripes following the Wild Card Game

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The Yankees had their fair share of superstar performances in Wednesday’s Wild Card matchup. Judge, Stanton, Voit, Severino, Betances, and company were all key contributors and played their part in last night’s victory. However, the man who wrote out the lineup card, chose the starting pitcher, maneuvered the bullpen, and made late-game substitutions deserves just as much credit for the victory. Boone was often said to be out of his element as a first-year manager and last night proved otherwise.

A formal apology to Luis Severino, who defied the odds in the AL Wild Card Game

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It wasn’t too long ago that Luis Severino heard the cries of skeptics prior to the A.L. Wild Card game -- myself included.


Five keys to victory for the Yankees in the Wild Card game

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The New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics square off Wednesday night at 8:00 EST for a win or go home game more commonly referred to as the Wild Card game. The previous 162 games have built up to these mere nine innings. If the Yankees want to come out as victors, they must strive to do these five things.

Yankees announce that Luis Severino will start the Wild Card Game

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After much debate and speculation from fans and writers, the Yankees have officially announced their ace, Luis Severino, will be starting Wednesday’s American League Wild Card matchup between New York and Oakland.

Why the Yankees can’t seem to avoid the A.L. Wild Card game, and why that fact will be helpful on game day

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It kind of feels like déjà vu, doesn’t it?