Gerrit Cole Could End Up Defining the Yankees 2022 Season

The New York Yankees are steamrolling the American League right now, as they currently boast the best record in the junior circuit. In the first of a four-game set at the Chicago White Sox last night, they out-bludgeoned the Pale Hose 15-7.

We know the Yankees can hit, especially with runners in scoring position, but they won’t end the World Series title “drought” unless their starting pitching rises up to become equally dominant. That’s where Gerrit Cole comes in, as he must be the ace of the staff and set the tone.

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Chicago Dogs Partner with Curtis Granderson Charity for Season Opener

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The Chicago Dogs, an unaffiliated minor league baseball team that resides in suburban Rosemont, are set to open their fifth season on Friday night when they take on the Gary Southshore Railcats.

The American Association ballclub will be sporting a new black jersey this season, and to celebrate it, they’ll be giving away replica jersey t-shirts to all fans in attendance on Friday. It’s going to be unseasonably warm at Impact Field this weekend too, so expect an electric atmosphere.

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Chris Woodward Walks Back Digs at Yankee Stadium, Gleyber Torres

It’s a cliche in sports that is just as timeless and easy to refute as the “hey, you never played the game, so how can you criticize me?” routine. Any time you hear a sports figure, in this case Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward, rip an opponent for besting them in a manner that seems kind of cheap or easy, well, the response is obvious and natural.

If what the other side did is so easy (in this case Yankees SS Gleyber Torres homering to right field in his home stadium) then why couldn’t your side stop them?

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New York Yankees Have Huge, Season-Defining Week Ahead

It’s still very early in the season, but this week could be massive for the New York Yankees. Tonight kicks off a three game series at the Toronto Blue Jays, the preseason favorite to win the American League East division. The Bronx Bombers enter the series, sitting in first place, at 16-6. The Jays are only a game and a half back, at 15-8. It is widely expected that these two teams will be the only true, real contenders for the division crown.

The Tampa Bay Rays, who have a very talented roster in their own right, could also be in the mix, and right now they’re two games over .500 at 12-10. The Baltimore Orioles, a franchise often prone to having massively losing seasons, seem destined for that fate again in 2022. The Boston Red Sox, a perennial power and (obviously the Yanks’ biggest rival) are still in rebuilding mode, and won’t be a factor this season.

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Yankees Need a Healthy Anthony Rizzo to Reach Full Potential

The season is young, but New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo is off to a torrid start. In the opening series against the arch-rival Boston Red Sox, he became the first Yankees player to have two or more RBI in each of his first three games of a season since Joe DiMaggio in 1949.

Flashback to last July, when Rizzo was first acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the July trade deadline. He again put himself in the same breath as DiMaggio, joining the Yankee Clipper as the only members of this very storied franchise to score five or more runs and drive in two or more runs in their first pair of games with the fabled club.

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Yoda, Scooby Doo and More: Yankees On Point with 2022 Fan Giveaways

It’s that time of the year again- various Major League Ballclubs are releasing their lists of their promotions and giveaways for the upcoming season, and the New York Yankees are totally on point with theirs. Star Wars Night is back at Yankee Stadium for the fifth time this year, and the Yankees are getting in on the act with a Yoda Bobblehead giveaway on Fri., May 6. Because hey, “May the 4th Be With You.”

But the real headliner here is the Yankees’ first-ever bobblehead with sound — the John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman “Talking Bobblehead” on Fri., Aug. 19. The bobble of the Yanks’ radio team was the promotional item that everyone was chatting about on social media this past Friday, when the list was released.

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New York sports betting sites

New York sports betting has finally gone live after Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill allowing sports betting in 2021. However, the launch came in January this year amidst the NFL’s play-offs. As of now, we can already forecast that it will be among the biggest sports betting state with revenues and taxes in millions. Despite the high tax rate of 51% of the net revenues, the launching saw four sportsbooks establish their operations with four more following suit later. Bally Bet is the only approved sportsbook yet to establish its app in NY. 

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Anthony Rizzo Re-Signs, Could Be Coming Around Regarding Covid Vaccine

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The news broke two days ago that Anthony Rizzo would re-sign with the New York Yankees, and today the club officially announced the deal. Rizzo’s two year extension will keep him in the Bronx through the 2023 season, with a player opt-out following this upcoming 2022 season. This re-acquisition means that Luke Voit, once a home run champion, is now odd man out at first base. But the real news today, in regards to Anthony Rizzo, could be the fact that he might have actually gotten vaccinated!

Check out this tweet from earlier today, by the leading Yankees beat writer in New Jersey:

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Lukaku, Pulisic Jersey Swap with Yankee Legend CC Sabathia

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In the words of Poison singer Bret Michaels “hit it CC.” The Premier League is currently on winter break and you know what that means- coverage of professional athletes doing jersey swaps with one another.

Chelsea forwards Romelu Lukaku and Christian Pulisic welcomed New York Yankees legend CC Sabathia to their home ground of Stamford Bridge and showed the six time Major League Baseball All-Star around. They did a shirt swap too of course!

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How the Baseball Hall of Fame Acknowledges the Steroids Era

(Editor’s Note: Re-posting from August 2019, in the wake of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens not getting in the Hall of Fame)

To me, the most interesting aspect of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is what passes as “the steroids wing.” The entire steroids era, from approximately the mid 1990s to the early 2010s is covered by just one display case, which focuses on artifacts relating to PEDs or performance enhancing drugs.

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Rachel Balkovec: Backstory Makes it Impossible Not to Root for Her

The New York Yankees, for obvious reasons, are sometimes thought to be synonymous with Frank Sinatra, and one of his signature tunes, “That’s Life,” certainly applies to Rachel Balkovec. All about the roller coaster that is life, Balkovec, just 34, has already experienced the lowest nadirs and the highest apexes.

On Monday the news broke that she had just become the first female manager in the history of affiliated baseball. She now takes over the Tampa Tarpons, the Yankees’ Low A affiliate. Balkovec met the media yesterday, via Zoom, where she said she had to change her name to “Rae” on her resume in order to even get a 1st chance.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman to Scale Skyscraper for Holiday Event

New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman is known to be quite the character. It’s well documented that he loves to play practical jokes and pranks on his Yankees co-workers. But what he’s got planned next is no laughing matter; it’s pure daredevil.

Cashman will take a break (well, now with the Major League Baseball lockout in effect, I guess everybody is off) from the Hot Stove League top focus on a special holiday event this weekend. It’s a really ballsy one too.

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