Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: Luke Voit, David Hale, CC Sabathia, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton


August 15, 2:58 PM:

Dellin Betances and Luis Severino continue to progress well in their rehab, as they both threw off the mound again in the Bronx on Thursday. For Severino specifically, YES Network's Jack Curry reported the young starter "was letting it go." 

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch followed it up by saying Severino will face hitters on Sunday to take the next step. After that, a rehab assignment could be in the cards. And that goes for Betances as well, if he continues to progress alongside Severino.

August 14, 9:55 AM:

After last night's win over the Orioles, Aaron Boone told reporters that Giancarlo Stanton is continuing to make good progress from his knee sprain, per The Post's Dan Martin. The slugger is running "75-80 percent" on an anti-gravity treadmill, and once he hits 90 percent, he can begin to run outside. 

It's slow but steady for Stanton, as the Yanks hope he can return in time for the postseason. 

Also, Luke Voit hit in the cage while taking ground balls as well, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. There's a chance that if Voit continues to progress positively, he could head to either Tampa or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next week to further his workouts.

August 12, 1:40 PM:

After going through a workout before today's doubleheader, Luke Voit was very encouraged by the results he saw. Dealing with a sports hernia, he doesn't believe that he'll need surgery during the season. According to NorthJersey.com's Pete Caldera, if surgery is necessary it looks to be during the offseason. 

Until then, Voit is aiming to get back as soon as possible, and he thinks that could be soon. 

"Hopefully in a couple weeks I'll be back playing," he said. 

Voit did sprints in the outfield today, something that has brought about the most pain for his injury. 

August 12, 11:00 AM:

Aaron Hicks is going to be re-evaluated by the Yankees' team doctor on Monday, and the hope is that he will be cleared to throw. Hicks told reporters that his pain is stemming from his elbow, and that is the reason he's been held back from baseball activities. 

Also, Dellin Betances threw 20 pitches off the mound before today's doubleheader. YES Network's Meredith Marakovits tweeted out saying he was all smiles when he said the ball felt good coming off his hand. 

August 10: 7:22 PM:

After reinstating Gary Sanchez earlier in the day, the Yankees could be getting even more reinforcements for Sunday's finale against the Blue Jays.

After Saturday's 5-4 loss, Aaron Boone indicated to reporters that Gleyber Torres will be back in the lineup on Sunday, saying he would "probably" be an option for the Bombers in the series finale. The infielder went through a full workout on the field before the game, including batting practice and fielding work. Torres has been out of the lineup since Tuesday, when he was pulled from the lineup with core pain. 

August 10, 10:15 AM:

The Yankees reinstated Gary Sanchez from the 10-day IL before Saturday's game and optioned Kyle Higashioka back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They also recalled LHP Stephen Tarpley from Scranton and placed RHP Jonathan Holder on the 10-day IL with right shoulder inflammation. 

Sanchez rejoins the team after being placed on the IL on July 24 with a groin strain. He struggled mightily the weeks leading up to his IL stint and was just 4-for-36 (.111) with no home runs since the All-Star break. He is hitting .229/.299/.508 with 24 home runs and 58 RBIs on the season. 

August 9, 4:43 PM:

Luis Severino threw 23 pitches off the mound in a bullpen session on Friday and told reporters it was "perfect. Better than I expected." The right-hander threw mostly fastballs but mixed in a couple of sliders and changeups. Severino said he expects to return as a starter this season and will have three or four more bullpen sessions before facing hitters. He expects to be back in a month to a month-and-a-half. 

August 9, 9:30 AM:

Luis Severino is set to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. The 25-year-old has yet to appear in a game this year after making the All-Star Game each of the past two seasons.

Aaron Boone also said he was hopeful that Gleyber Torres could return sometime this weekend, while Luke Voit is running, but not yet participating in baseball activities.

August 7, 5:11 PM:

There are updates to the status of five injured Yankees players prior to their meeting with the Orioles on Wednesday:

  • Gary Sanchez: According to Sweeny Murti from WFAN and SNY, Sanchez is participating in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton on Wednesday and Thursday. Sanchez has been out since July 24 with a groin strain and is expected to be back with the Yankees on Friday for their weekend series on the road in Toronto against the Blue Jays. 
     
  • Gleyber Torres: Manager Aaron Boone said during his pre-game press conference that tests were negative and Torres does not have a sports hernia or strain. He's listed as day-to-day and will travel with the team to Toronto. Thairo Estrada was brought up for in case he was needed, but will be heading back down to Scranton.
     
  • CC Sabathia: After an issue with his knee once again, the lefty will throw a bullpen session this weekend, per Boone. 
     
  • Giancarlo Stanton: Stanton has resumed some baseball activities. He has started to throw and hit off of a tee, according to Boone. Stanton has missed action since late June with a PCL strain in his right knee.
     
  • Dellin Betances: The righty has started to throw, but not yet off a mound. He threw off of flat ground on Wednesday, all fastballs. Betances and Luis Severino were spotted playing catch on the field prior to Tuesday's Yanks-O's game. Both Betances and Severino are dealing with shoulder/ lat issues and haven't played yet this season. 

August 6, 11:54 PM:

Gleyber Torres was pulled from the Yankees' game against the Orioles on Tuesday night in the third inning.

Torres went down swinging for the second out in the top of the third inning, and was then pulled when the Yankees took the field on defense.

Torres was pulled from Sunday's game against Boston in the top of the eighth inning with what Aaron Boone later called 'a core issue.' He then served as the Yankees designated hitter during Monday's game in Baltimore.

The Yankees later called Torres' injury 'core pain.' After the game, Boone didn't give much of an update, but he did tell reporters that Torres would be going back to New York for more tests and that the pain was similar to what Torres felt on Sunday.

August 5, 9:07 PM:

Gary Sanchez (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. He will catch Wednesday and Thursday's games and if there are no issues, he is expected to rejoin the team over the weekend in Toronto. 

August 5, 10:00 AM: 

Gleyber Torres looked to be another victim of the Yankees injury bug after leaving the game with what Aaron Boone called a "core issue." But Torres' father, Eusebio, went on Twitter to give an update on his son. 

Having the tweet translated, this is what it read: "After the scare tonight, GT is leaving the hospital and everything is fine, the bus waits for him and they go straight to Baltimore."

That's great news to hear as the team has been dropping like flies recently. 

August 4, 11:50 PM:

Gleyber Torres was removed from Sunday's game in the top of the eighth inning, and Aaron Boone said after the game that the infielder has a "core issue." He appeared to be in some discomfort when he grounded out to lead off the bottom of the first.

Boone said Torres was headed to the hospital for further testing. 

Gio Urshela managed to foul pitches off of both his legs in a single at-bat in the sixth, but Boone said x-rays on the third baseman were negative. Urshela came out of the game in the top of the ninth.

August 3, 11:20 PM:

According to manager Aaron Boone, Aaron Hicks was pulled from Saturday's game in the eighth inning due to an elbow injury. Boone said he believed that Hicks hurt his elbow on a throw from center field in the sixth inning, trying to keep a runner at second base.

Boone said Hicks will go for an MRI on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Boone explained that Edwin Encarnacion has a "hairline fracture" in his right wrist, and the Yankees will have a better idea of his timeline in the next 7-10 days. Encarnacion then said after the second game that he hopes to be back in three weeks, and was told his recovery time could be three-five weeks.

August 3, 6:04 PM:

The Yankees just can't seem to stay healthy.

Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a Josh Smith pitch in the eighth inning of Saturday's first game against Boston. After having his wrist looked at, he stayed in the game. After the game, Aaron Boone said that x-rays were negative, but it was later announced that Encarnacion was headed to the 10-day IL.

Mike Ford was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

August 3, 9:42 AM:

Speaking with reporters after Friday's win over the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said that Gary Sanchez is "close to being an option." Though he won't be activated for Saturday's doubleheader-- the first day he'd be eligible to return from the injured list, the catcher is taking part in drills and said through an interpreter that he "feels good."

August 2, 10:57 PM:

After Friday's win over the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said that Luke Voit had received a cortisone shot for his sports hernia.

Voit also spoke to reporters as well, saying that while he feel's good after the shot, surgery could still be on the table.

"Honestly, I feel really good, so I'm pretty optimistic," Voit said. "Obviously, we'll see how this week goes. I haven't run yet. I rode the bike today and did some other core activation stuff. Hopefully it feels good, but if not, I could always opt for surgery too, but as of right now everything's feeling good, and I guess we'll see how it is after a week of doing stuff.

"I would say (having surgery is) uncertain, but it's a six-week timetable, so that would be right around (the playoffs) … Maybe I could do it in the offseason too."

August 2, 4:23 PM:

The good news for the Yankees came earlier in the day, with Brett Gardner coming off of the IL, but now another name could be replacing him on the list of banged-up Yankees right away.

Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Didi Gregorius has a strain between two of his fingers on his left hand. The Yankees will wait to see if Gregorius needs to head to the IL.

August 2, 2:17 PM:

Brett Gardner has been activated from the IL, with the Yankees sending Tyler Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the 25-man roster.

July 31, 11:11 AM:

After Luke Voit hit the IL, the Yankees injury woes continue as CC Sabathia is expected to miss a few weeks after receiving a lubricant shot in his right knee, according to manager Aaron Boone. 

Sabathia's right knee inflammation has been a common injury for him in the past few seasons, but it hasn't been this serious to where he needs to miss significant time. With the Yanks' rotation currently trying to find its way in the second half, this is just another piece of bad news. 

July 25, 4:45 PM:

The Yankees officially placed Brett Gardner on the 10-day IL with left knee inflammation. The IL designation is retroactive to July 22.

Aaron Boone had said on Sunday that Gardner was "day-to-day" and that an MRI had revealed the inflammation but no structural damage. Gardner told reporters that he "maybe banged it up a little bit and kind of aggravated it," but also said that he didn't think his injury was "too serious."

Gardner did not play in the Yankees' series against the Twins. The Yankees have called up LHP Stephen Tarpley to take Gardner's spot on the 25-man roster.

July 16, 5:12 PM:

Aaron Boone said before Tuesday's game that Giancarlo Stanton's progress has been "a little bit slow" as he recovers from a PCL strain in his right knee. Stanton has been on the IL since June 26, but Boone also said he thinks Stanton has made some "breakthroughs" in the last 24-48 hours. 

"As far as rehab, it's building the strength and trying to get that strength going in the quad," Boone said. "I know the last couple of days, and even talking to Giancarlo yesterday, he felt good about some of the breakthroughs he's starting to have the last 24-48 hours. Nothing that he's doing [is] baseball related, more just rehab stuff right now. For something that was moving slow the first couple weeks, I think, in his eyes, he's making a little more progress the past couple of days."

July 14, 9:35 PM:

Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery threw batting practice earlier this week for the first time since being shut down since an MRI revealed shoulder inflammation on June 20, and manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees are still holding out hope that Montgomery could return by the end of the season, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

The 26-year-old Montgomery, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is 11-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 35 career starts since debuting in 2017.

July 14, 11:06 AM:

Boone said on Sunday that both Luis Severino (shoulder/lat) and Dellin Betances (shoulder/lat) have both been cleared by doctors to begin a throwing program on Monday. 

July 13, 11:16 AM:

Cameron Maybin (calf strain) ran, threw and took batting practice on Saturday. It was his first time running at 100 percent since his injury, but he has not yet run the bases. He told reporters he hopes to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in about a week. 

July 12, 4:52 PM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Luke Voit will be activated off the 10-day IL. Boone said on Thursday that Voit would return by Monday at the latest.

July 12, 12:40 PM:

Luis Severino will be examined again on Saturday with the hope that he will be able to resume his throwing program after, GM Brian Cashman said Friday on MLB Network radio

According to Cashman, Severino will need "six or more" weeks to get ready once he's cleared. That timetable could put Severino's return around early-September if all goes well. 

July 4, 5:27 PM:

Manager Aaron Boone said he didn't have a definitive timetable for when Severino or Dellin Betances would return, saying Severino was "closer" and could resume throwing "maybe by this time next week," according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

Boone said Giancarlo Stanton, out with a sprained right PCL, has "made some progress as far as range of motion" and is showing improvement, while Greg Bird, who is dealing with a torn plantar fascia, is "still going slow" in his mission to return.

July 2, 5:40 PM:

Aaron Boone announced on Tuesday that RHP Domingo German will return from the IL on Wednesday and start against the Mets at Citi Field. 

June 30, 8:39 AM:

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted on Sunday that in "hindsight" he should have had Severino go for an MRI prior to restarting his throwing program. Severino's sore lat is only 90 percent healthy and has been shut down for the next five to seven days. Cashman expressed optimism that Severino will pitch this season. 

"I plan on getting him back, but whenever he does come back, a guy like that, you make room for," he said. "The job is to improve on what we've got regardless. And when he's available we'll certainly easily find a spot for him."

Cashman also said he has no update on Troy Tulowitzki while Jacoby Ellsbury continues to rehab. 

June 29, 10:36 AM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed before Saturday's game that Luis Severino had a setback and was shut down again with soreness in his right lat. Severino underwent an MRI that showed his lat is 90 percent healed and will not throw again until it is 100 percent healed. Boone estimated that it would be another five to seven days before that could happen. 

Boone also provided an update on Dellin Betances, who has also not resumed throwing but will likely do so when the Yankees return home from London. 

June 26, 5:09 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton just can't catch a break. Aaron Boone said after the Yankees' walk-off win on Wednesday that he is going back on the IL with a PCL strain. 

Boone initially said before the game that the tests came back good. However, Stanton will return to the IL after just coming off it last week. He only played in the opening series of the season before spending more than two months on the list.

June 25, 10:22 PM:

Aaron Boone said after Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays that Domingo German (hip) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Scranto/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. If all goes well, he is expected to rejoin the team after its London trip. 

June 25, 11:52 AM:

After activating Kendrys Morales from the 10-day IL on Tuesday, the Yankees desingated him for assignment.

June 21, 3:49 PM:

Aaron Hicks was not in the lineup on Friday for the second straight game and he revealed he has been playing through a right shoulder injury the last week and a half. He said he is on day two of a cortisone shot and expects to be back in the lineup on Saturday, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.

 

June 21, 12:01 PM:

The Yankees reinstated outfielder Aaron Judge off the injured list after he had missed the past two months due to an oblique strain.

Judge, 27, had been out since April 20, slashing .288/.404/.521 with five home runs and 11 RBIs before going on the IL.

In five rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge went 2-for-16 with one home run and two RBIs.

June 18, 8:43 PM:

Aaron Judge said earlier in the day that he felt 100 percent, and he put his words into action on Tuesday night.

Judge blasted a home run to right center field in the fifth inning for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After Giancarlo Stanton made his return to the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday, it appears that Judge isn't too far behind. 

June 18, 6:00 PM:

Aaron Judge was in Scranton on Tuesday to resume his rehab assignment and said the plan is for him to play two nine-inning games in the field before he returns to the Yankees. Judge also added that he is "100 percent."

"I wouldn't be in games if I wasn't ready to go," he said. "Just about getting the reps after two months off."

June 18, 3:44 PM:

Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.comLuis Severino's throwing program is up to 105 feet and he expects to throw off a mound on June 25 or 26. Domingo German also played catch on flat ground Monday and felt no hip discomfort. He will play catch again on Tuesday and added he is feeling better, per ESPN's Coley Harvey. 

Dellin Betances told reporters that he is still dealing with discomfort from his lat strain and hopes to return to the team in the second half of the season. 

Aaron Boone also said that LHP Jordan Montgomery "walked off" with discomfort after his bullpen session in Tampa on Tuesday.

June 17, 11:11 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton has been given a path to return from the IL as the Yankees optioned OF Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Scranton. Stanton is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday for the first time since March 31. 

June 14, 8:03 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton's power display continued on Friday night. Making his debut with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Stanton hit a monstrous three-run home run.

Aaron Judge was also in the RailRiders' lineup as the DH, but he did not record a hit in four at-bats, striking out three times.

June 14, 12:36 PM:

Aaron Judge is nearing his return. The Yankees slugger will begin his rehab assignment Friday night with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Joining Judge in Scranton is Giancarlo Stanton, whose rehab assignment is being transferred there from Single-A Tampa, signaling he could soon be on his way back, too. 

June 13, 6:10 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton could be back in the Yankees' lineup early next week. According to Aaron Boone, Stanton will spend the next three days with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and if all goes well, he could be activated on Tuesday when the Yankees are at home against the Rays.

June 12, 7:26 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton continues to rake during his rehab assignment in Tampa. The outfielder slugged his third and fourth home runs in three games for the Tarpons on Wednesday night.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has said that there's a chance Stanton could be sent up to Triple-A by this Friday.

June 11, 6:27 PM:

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Aaron Judge could be back in the Yankees' lineup by the team's next homestand, when the Yankees start a 10-game stretch in the Bronx with a Monday matchup against Tampa Bay. 

According to Boone, there's a chance that both Judge and Giancarlo Stanton could be playing in Triple-A this weekend. On Tuesday night, Stanton went deep with an opposite field home run for the Tampa Tarpons.

June 11, 4:43 PM:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Monday that the team had their "fingers crossed" that Dellin Betances' setback in Tampa was nothing serious, but Aaron Boone announced to reporters on Tuesday that the right-hander has a "low-grade lat strain" and the team will shut him down for "a couple weeks."

Betances threw 25 pitches on May 30th, but after feeling pain in his shoulder/lat area, the 31-year-old traveled to New York on Monday for further evaluation. 

June 11, 11:39 AM:

Luis Severino, whose return could be around the All-Star break, was throwing at 60 feet on the grass at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday morning, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Severino is basically re-doing his Spring Training after suffering a setback earlier this season while rehabbing. 

June 9, 5:39 PM:

Aaron Judge, who has been out since mid-April due to a right oblique strain, could appear in some minor-league rehab games as early as this weekend, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Monday's Yankees-Mets game.

Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton, who had put his rehab on hold due to left calf tightness, will play rehab games with High-A Tampa on Tuesday and Wednesday, then move on to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.

GM Brian Cashman had differing viewpoints on the injuries to Domingo German and Dellin Betances when he spoke on WFAN on Monday afternoon.

Though the Yankees placed German on the IL on Sunday with a left hip flexor strain, Cashman said the MRI looked "good" and that "it doesn't really look like there's anything of concern there."

However, Cashman sounded worried for Betances, who suffered a setback over the weekend when he felt soreness in his right shoulder. "Fingers crossed, we're holding our breath to make sure it's nothing serious," Cashman said of Betances, who is set to visit another team doctor.

June 8, 2:15 PM:

Dellin Betances will head from Tampa to New York to visit Dr. Chris Ahmad on Monday. He didn't throw a scheduled side session in Tampa on Friday because of soreness in his shoulder/lat.

Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton could begin a rehab assignment on Monday or Tuesday, Aaron Boone told reporters in Cleveland.

June 7, 12:37 PM:

Didi Gregorius officially returned to the Yankees' 25-man roster on Friday. To make room for Gregorius, they optioned infielder Thairo Estrada to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees have also transferred Troy Tulowitzki from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL as he continues to recover from a calf injury.

June 6, 3:27 PM:

Aaron Judge took on-field batting practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a strained left oblique on April 20. Aaron Boone said Wednesday that Judge could be back with the Yankees for their London series against Boston on June 29-30.

"I'm taking it day to day," Judge told the Associated Press in Tampa. "The minute I start thinking about when I'm going to come back, when I'm going to do that, then my hopes might either go up or down if I get pushed back or some thing like that. So I'm just focused on getting better every day."

Judge is pain-free but isn't going to rush back, especially with the Yankees performing well despite a rash of injuries.

"Now it's just going through the protocols so I can finally get out there," Judge said. "They haven't been needing me the past couple weeks, so I'm going to take my time and make sure I get healthy and get ready so I can help them down the road."

June 5, 5:21 PM:

Aaron Judge could make his return to the Yankees' lineup in time for the Yankees-Red Sox two-game series in London on June 29 and 30, per Aaron Boone.

Also, Boone said that Troy Tulowitzki was given a few days off by the Yankees to go home and rest his calf injury. Boone has said on Sunday that Tulowitzki was 'pretty much over his injury.'

June 4, 3:25 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton had nine plate appearances in a simulated game in Tampa on Tuesday and also went through running drills as he works his way back from left calf tightness. The slugger took at-bats against Danny Farquhar and Ben Heller before running the arc behind the infield on the grass, a sign rehab games could be next. 

June 2, 4:45 PM: 

Aaron Judge continues to take the next step in his rehab and hit in the indoor cages at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. He'll head to Tampa as he ramps up his baseball activities and nears participating in rehab games. 

Joining Judge in Tampa will be right-hander Dellin Betances and first baseman Greg Bird. Per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Bird is still feeling pain in his injured foot but has running on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting off a tee. 

Additionally, manager Aaron Boone said Troy Tulowitzki is "pretty much over his injury" and discussions are being held regarding when he will begin a rehab assignment. 

June 1, 4:42 PM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that there is a "real chance" Didi Gregorius joins the Yankees on their road trip when the team heads to Cleveland later in the week. 

Boone said that Gregorius will play nine innings at shortstop for Scranton on Saturday, DH Sunday, off Monday, and play Tuesday and Wednesday with the hopes of rejoining the Yankees lineup by Thursday against the Indians. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

As the undisputed greatest closer in baseball history, Mariano Rivera will always be the perfect player to have achieved the first-ever unanimous Hall of Fame election. Yet it's too bad that Derek Jeter didn't get that same treatment from the voters because he was every bit as deserving. 

It's called the Hall of Fame for a reason, right? 

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Derek Jeter is officially headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The only question on Tuesday night was whether or not Jeter would enter the Hall unanimously, as former teammate Mariano Rivera did just last, and although he came up one vote shy, Jeter is still Cooperstown bound.

After the news of Jeters' selection broke, former teammates, as well as other players from around baseball, weighed in on Mr. November's newest honor.

Here is a sampling of what people around baseball had to say on social media regarding the former Yankee captain being named a Hall of Famer ...

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The moment Derek Jeter retired from the game of baseball, there was no doubt that he would soon become enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

It became official on Tuesday evening, as Jeter ended up one vote shy of joining teammate Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous Hall of Famers.

Still, Jeter and Larry Walker will enter the Hall as members of the class of 2020, along with with Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller, who were elected back in December by Modern Baseball Era Committee.

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An outcome that has been known since Derek Jeter's name first hit the ballot became official on Tuesday when the Yankees legend was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in near-unanimous fashion. 

Jeter received 99.7 percent of the vote, meaning only one BBWAA writer didn't check off his box. That's closer than Ken Griffey Jr. who, despite being a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer, had all but three votes in 2016. 

Jeter wasn't alone on the BBWAA ballot, with Larry Walker -- who was teetering on the cusp of that 75 percent vote leading up to the announcement -- joining him.

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Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports  (Adam Hunger)
Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

With Derek Jeter officially hitting his way into the Hall of Fame, lets take a look back at his best moments from his 20-year career.

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Derek Jeter's first home game at Yankee Stadium came on June 2, 1995 against the Seattle Mariners. But, as a 20-year-old, Jeter opened the 1996 season as the Yankees' starting shortstop. Jeter batted ninth and was 1-for-3 with a run scored in the Yanks' 7-3 win on Opening Day. (AP)
Derek Jeter's first home game at Yankee Stadium came on June 2, 1995 against the Seattle Mariners. But, as a 20-year-old, Jeter opened the 1996 season as the Yankees' starting shortstop. Jeter batted ninth and was 1-for-3 with a run scored in the Yanks' 7-3 win on Opening Day. (AP)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The 2020 season will be the 45th in Bill Evers' pro coaching career and he's picked up a unique bit of Yankee lore along the way: He's the guy who delivered the happy news to both Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera that the future Hall of Famers were headed to the big leagues for the first time. 

"I tell people that all the time," Evers said. "How cool to manage both of those guys in Triple-A?"

With Jeter's Cooperstown call coming on Tuesday evening when the Class of 2020 is announced, Evers took a few moments to relive telling Jeter to get to Seattle to join the Yankees after Tony Fernandez got hurt in 1995.

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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Seems crazy, all these years later, with Cooperstown so close and a career full of magic and grit in the record books, right alongside five World Series championships. 

But there was a time when Derek Jeter was a lonely teenager getting slammed by failure, wondering how the heck he'd make it in his chosen profession. He was away from home for the first time and errors were piling up. So was doubt. 

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone calls for a pitching change during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone calls for a pitching change during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Hard to argue... or face... a starting rotation like the one the Yankees are sporting heading into the 2020 regular season. 

The Yankees landed Gerrit Cole via free agency this offseason to headline a rotation which already included the likes of Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino and James Paxton. That, plus a strong 2019 season despite a ton of injuries, make the Yankees the favorite for MLB's best record in 2020, according to oddsmakers. 

Odds Shark released the over/ unders for each MLB team in 2020 on Monday and the Yankees sit atop the list at 101.5 wins, the only club above the century mark. 

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Steroids blew up the record books, changed the way we look at Cooperstown talent and cast a shadow of distrust and suspicion over the National Pastime.

Sign stealing has polluted the World Series, besmirched talented championship teams, cost four prominent executives their jobs - so far - and is making some wonder if technology should be banned from ballgames.

With the current uproar over sign stealing, there seems to be a natural urge to measure one modern scandal against the other. Both plunged spiny tentacles deep into the soul of the baseball, but which is worse, getting jacked up chemically to play better, or swinging based on ill-gotten electronic intel?

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Th Houston Astros held their 2020 FanFest on Saturday at Minute Made Park, which gave reporters a chance to hear from the players themselves on the team's sign-stealing scandal.

The Astros recently fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after both were issued one-year suspensions by MLB following the league's investigation into the team's sign stealing. 

Jose Altuve, one of the players at the center of the scandal, said that the Astros will be able to put all of this behind them, and that they'll be in the World Series again this season. 

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On Friday's Baseball Night in New York, SNY's John Harper and Anthony McCarron, along with Newsday's David Lennon, revealed their 2020 ballots for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

While Derek Jeter appears on all three ballots -- as he awaits to find out if he will join teammate Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous Hall of Famers - there were some notable differences between the three ballots, mainly due to baseball's steroid era.

The Hall of Fame class of 2020 will be announced on Tuesday, January 21. Here is a look at the complete ballot.

 

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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Cone throws out the ceremonial first pitch on the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game before the second game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Cone throws out the ceremonial first pitch on the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game before the second game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

David Cone, currently a Yankees analyst with the YES Network, could potentially be in the mix for a spot on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team.

According to a report from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, ESPN and Cone have been in talks about a role at ESPN, which could include Sunday Night Baseball.

Marchand reports that Alex Rodriguez will remain a key part of the broadcast, and that ESPN executives liked the way Rodriguez fit in with Cone and Michael Kay during a YES broadcast this past season. 

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Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly considered adding former Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Ellsbury, 36, was released by the Yankees on Nov. 20 after injuries forced him to miss both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He signed a seven-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees in 2014, batting .264 with 39 homer runs and 198 RBI in 520 games from 2014-17.

He was under contract through the end of the 2021 season, and was set to make $21 million in 2020. The MLB Player's Association filed a grievance against the Yankees to recoup the remaining $26 million on Ellsbury's contract, including the $5 million buyout added to it.

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May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the Yankees entering the 2020 season as the heavy favorites to win the World Series, the ZiPS projections certainly make that seem possible.

The annual projections from Dan Szymborski/FanGraphs see Gleyber Torres hitting more home runs than Aaron Judge, another dominant season from Gerrit Cole and a bounceback season from Giancarlo Stanton.

However, their projections for Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman see the duo taking a step back from their breakout seasons last year.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres
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Oct 30, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) warms up prior to game seven of the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Oct 30, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) warms up prior to game seven of the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

MLB threw down their punishment on the Astros for their sign-stealing scandal, but more accusations continue to fly around the team. This time, the shade is being thrown at their star second baseman Jose Altuve

In what was a wild news day that saw another manager in Carlos Beltran relieved of his duties with the Mets, video and images were surfacing about the Astros scandal, and how it may be deeper than just the center field cameras.

There were claims that Astros players were wearing buzzers under their jerseys that would indicate pitches to them during at-bats. Altuve, though, denied any involvement in using that method through his agent, Scott Boras

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts after an error during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts after an error during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Yankees starter CC Sabathia has already voiced his frustration about the Astros sign-stealing scandal earlier this week. But, in the latest edition of his R2C2 podcast with Ryan Ruocco, he took it a few steps further. 

Sabathia didn't hold back how he felt this time, using all of his vocabulary to express his emotions about how he believes the Yankees should have won a 28th title. 

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Stephen Tarpley (Adam Hunger)
Stephen Tarpley (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees agreed to trade LHP Stephen Tarpley to the Marlins in exchange for minor league 3B James Nelson and cash considerations, the team announced on Wednesday

Tarpley pitched in 31 games for the Yankees over the past two seasons. He didn't fare well in 2019 with a 6.93 ERA in 24.2 innings of work. He was decent in 10 appearances in 2018 where he allowed three runs in 9.0 innings. In the Marlins' rebuilding system, Tarpley has a chance to break camp with the big club to get some more time in the majors. 

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Induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame isn't the only honor heading Derek Jeter's way in the near future.

According to amNew York, Vanessa Gibson and Diana Ayala, two Bronx councilwomen, are introducing legislature to rename a section of E. 161 Street as "Jeter Street," with voting expected to pass the proposal without issue. 

Jeter isn't the first Yankee to be honored with a street renaming. Mariano Rivera, who was unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame last year, saw part of River Ave renamed "Rivera Ave."

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) signals for a pitching change against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) signals for a pitching change against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Amid all the fervor surrounding Alex Cora and the sign-stealing scandal, an old press conference video that resurfaced has gone viral, and it involves the Yankees. 

But SNY's Andy Martino reaffirmed the fact that MLB is still not investigating the Yankees. 

Following the Red Sox' beatdown by the Yankees in the inaugural London Series last year, Cora can be heard talking about then-Yankees special advisor Carlos Beltran, and he did so in an interesting way. Listen to his opening answer...

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The Red Sox and manager Alex Cora have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced in a statement Tuesday night.

"Today we met to discuss the commissioners report related to the Houston Astros investigation. Given the findings and the commissioners ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward and we mutually agreed to part ways," the Red Sox said in their statement.

Cora was the bench coach for the Houston Astros in 2017, the year that the team won the World Series...but also the year in which the timeline of their cheating scandal occurred.

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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Former Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia said that he feels "cheated" by the Astros sign-stealing scandal, which has officially been confirmed by MLB after they concluded their investigation on Monday with a report detailing the cheating.

Sabathia was a part of the 2017 Yankees team that met the Astros in the ALCS that season, a series which went to a Game 7 that was played in Houston. The Astros won every game at Minute Maid Park that series, and would go on to beat the Dodgers in the World Series.

"As everything's been coming out, and the more facts that we get, it's getting frustrating, man, to sit here and know that late in my career I could've had a title, maybe '17 or maybe '18, but we got cheated out of a team kind of doing something that's not within the rules of the game," Sabathia said on Tuesday night's episode of "Inside The NFL" on Showtime.

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Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

MLB cracked down on the Astros Monday, suspending manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow through the entire 2020 season for their roles in the team's sign-stealing scandal. Houston's owner, Jim Crane, furthered that punishment by announcing both Hinch and Luhnow had been fired

And that's not all. The Astros have also lost the first- and second-round picks for the 2020 and 2021 MLB Draft, and finally were fined $5 million to conclude the harsh penalties. 

But, to some, it wasn't harsh enough. 

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Sep 24, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 24, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

CC Sabathia is joining the Yankees front office as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman, according to the New York Post.

A role with the Yankees was something that Sabathia had his sights set on even before he officially retired following his injury during the playoffs.

"I want to be a part of the Yankees still, front office, whatever, however we can work that out," Sabathia told The Post last May.

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Now-fired Astros manager AJ Hinch (Treated Image by SNY)
Now-fired Astros manager AJ Hinch (Treated Image by SNY)

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Brian Cashman spent several years constructing what he hoped would be the next great Yankees team. He took a step back in the standings, traded away stars and focused on his farm system.

Those efforts created a championship window, which opened in 2017 -- also now known as the year that the Houston Astros initiated one of the most significant cheating scandals in the history of the game.

Over the next three Octobers, the Yankees lost to Houston, then to Alex Cora's Boston Red Sox, and then to Houston again. They saw a significant chunk of their window wasted by unethical opponents.

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MLB handed down stunningly harsh penalties to Astros manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow on Monday for their involvement in Houston's sign-stealing scandal, suspending both of them for one year.

Shortly after the suspensions came down, Astros owner Jim Crane announced that he had fired Hinch and Luhnow.

In addition to the suspensions of Hinch and Luhnow, MLB has stripped the Astros of their first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 MLB Draft and fined the team $5 million.

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Manager Joe Girardi has had a difficult time deciphering through his outfield rotation of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks.  (Rick Osentoski)
Manager Joe Girardi has had a difficult time deciphering through his outfield rotation of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks. (Rick Osentoski)

Yankees outfielders Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner were recognized Saturday on MLB Network as two of baseball's top 10 center fielders, making New York the only team with a pair of players to crack the list.

Los Angeles Angels star and 2019 AL MVP Mike Trout topped the list, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger and the Houston Astros' George Springer.

Hicks and Gardner manned the position for the Yankees in 2019, with the veteran Gardner -- who previously started out in center throughout his early career -- stepping in for Hicks after he had an injury-shortened season.

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Yefry Ramirez (70) pitches against the New York Mets during the fourth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Yefry Ramirez (70) pitches against the New York Mets during the fourth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Former Yankees pitching prospect Yefry Ramirez has signed with the Mets, according to a report from MLB.com's Matt Kardos

Ramirez made his debut in 2018 for the Orioles and stayed in Baltimore until May of the 2019 season, when he was traded to the Pirates. The 26-year-old has a 1-10 record with a 6.32 ERA and 89 strikeouts.

It took quite some time for the RHP to make his way up the ranks after being signed by the Diamondbacks as an international free agent in 2011. 

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The Yankees might have an interesting situation brewing at the hot corner.

Or at least, they might have until general manager Brian Cashman made a definitive statement on Friday. 

That position belongs to Gio Urshela, despite Miguel Andujar returning from injury. 

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Sep 15, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Sep 15, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

There isn't a lot of room to maneuver in the Yankees' starting rotation. 

Their offseason was highlighted by the addition of Gerrit Cole to a monster contract and Cole joined the likes of Luis Severino, James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka

But that's not discouraging Jordan Montgomery

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees' top-pitching prospect Deivi Garcia looked back on the 2019 Futures Game as a positive experience. 

Garcia, now 21, had a 1-2-3 first inning of action in the game which included a strikeout. 

At the time, Garcia, who was promoted to Triple-A Scranton after the game, looked back on the outing in a positive light.

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Jul 12, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to first base while hitting a triple in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 12, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to first base while hitting a triple in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees made official what SNY's Andy Martino confirmed last month, announcing that they have signed outfielder Brett Gardner to a one-year deal with a club option for 2021. Martino reported in December that the deal is worth $12.5 million, with the 2021 club option set for $10 million.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Gardner, LHP Stephen Tarpley was designated for assignment.

Aaron Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery in September, so Gardner figures to be the team's starting center fielder when the season gets underway.

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Friday is the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to come to terms on a contract for the 2020 season.

The Yankees tendered contracts to all off their arbitration-eligible players earlier this offseason, with James PaxtonAaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez the biggest names in that group. 

If a player and team are unable to come to terms, their salary will be set during an arbitration hearing later this offseason.

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New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte delivers a pitch during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the New York Mets Friday, June 22, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte delivers a pitch during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the New York Mets Friday, June 22, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

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The Yankees have been searching for an ace since CC Sabathia's last truly dominant season, 2011, when he went 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA and pitched 237 innings. Along the way they were foiled by Masahiro Tanaka's elbow ligament tear and then Luis Severino's curious inconsistency/shoulder injury. 

Into that void steps Gerrit Cole, the $324 million man, and if he delivers the greatness expected of him, he not only could get the Yankees over the championship hump, but his presence as the No. 1 starter raises an intriguing question:

How high is the ceiling on the 2020 rotation? 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, John Harper
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May 28, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta (22) rounds the bases on a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
May 28, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta (22) rounds the bases on a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Yankees may have found their answer at backup catcher, as MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports the team has agreed to a minor league deal with veteran Chris Iannetta on Thursday. WFAN's Sweeny Murti had the Yankees close to a deal.

Iannetta brings 14 years of MLB experience to the Yankees, having spent time with the Rockies, Angels, Mariners and Diamondbacks over his career. However, being on that minor league deal, he isn't being guaranteed that backup role behind Gary Sanchez

Kyle Higashioka and Eric Kratz are also on the roster, and will vie with Iannetta for that spot on the 26-man roster. Iannetta, though, does have the upper hand given his experience and better numbers. 

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General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

Failed Yankees prospect Garrison Lassiter, whose minor league career ended after the 2011 season, filed a strange lawsuit against the team in December of 2018, alleging (among other things) that Derek Jeter was part of the reason why he never made the majors. He also compared himself to Dodgers star Corey Seager.

Lassiter sought millions of dollars he felt were owed to him due to his allegation that the team -- and not his poor play -- was responsible for him never reaching the majors and earning the millions that eventually would have been waiting for him there.

When filing the lawsuit while representing himself, Lassiter introduced Exhibits A and B. Exhibit A was 'COREY SEAGER STATISTICAL HISTORY' and Exhibit B was 'GARRISON LASSITER STATISTICAL HISTORY.'

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after striking out against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after striking out against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

One of many Yankees hindered by injuries throughout the 2019 season, Giancarlo Stanton had his second year in New York cut short as he battled back from several ailments.

Stanton played in only 18 regular-season games, slashing .288/.403/.492 with three home runs and 13 RBI while missing 144 games because of a handful of injuries to his biceps, shoulder, knee and quad.

After the injuries wiped him out for all of May, July and August, Stanton enters Year 3 with the Yankees hoping to bounce back -- and New York manager Aaron Boone believes the power-hitting OF/DH can do so.

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The Yankees made a minor move to add to their pitching staff on Tuesday, reportedly agreeing to a minor-league contract with right-hander Nick Tropeano.

The deal, reported by MLB Network's Jon Heyman, includes an invite to 2020 spring training in Tampa, Fla.

For the 29-year-old Tropeano, agreeing with the Yankees is a New York homecoming, as he grew up in West Islip on Long Island and attended Stony Brook University.

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Jasson Dominguez (Richard Rodriguez on YouTube)
Jasson Dominguez (Richard Rodriguez on YouTube)

Baseball America has released its Top 10 prospects for the Yankees heading into the 2020 season, and while some prospects make perfect sense on the list, one certain omission stood out. 

Estevan Florial, once the Yankees' top prospect, has fallen off the Top 10 list. This came after a down year in High-A ball with a .237/.297/.383 slash line with eight homers and 38 RBI over 74 games. 

So, with Florial off the list, here's how it looks:

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There are always questions surrounding the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot every year, but maybe none are bigger than whether or not Derek Jeter will be a unanimous inductee when all the ballots are handed in. 

So far, that's the way things are trending. 

Thanks to Hall of Fame ballot tracker Ryan Thibodaux, we know that all 138 public ballots -- and four anonymous ballots that have been revealed -- have Jeter's name checked off on them. 

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone (David Butler II )
Yankees manager Aaron Boone (David Butler II )

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On Sept. 15, 2017, Major League Baseball fined the Boston Red Sox an undisclosed amount for using Apple Watches to convey signs stolen from the Yankees.

MLB also fined the Yankees a lesser amount, leading to a common misconception that both teams engaged in espionage at that time.

At the time, the league announced that the Yankees had "violated a rule governing the use of a dugout phone." What MLB didn't say was that no one had accused the Yankees of cheating.

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Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar has been rehabbing his way back from his torn labrum surgery, and he looks to be right on track for the start of Spring Training.

Manager Aaron Boone said on MLB Network Radio Tuesday that Andujar is throwing and taking ground balls in the Dominican Republic at the moment, and should be good by the time Spring Training rolls around. 

"We believe he's going to be totally healthy as he enters Spring Training and good to go," Boone said. 

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Sep 20, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 20, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Sign stealing has been a big bugaboo for the MLB in the wake of the Astros cheating scandal, but as SNY's Andy Martino found out, Houston believed other teams were using technology to decode signs as well.

On Tuesday, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich reported that the Yankees biggest rival, the Red Sox, were allegedly using a video replay room to steal signs during the 2018 season.

To give some context, the Red Sox -- and the Yankees -- were both fined back in 2017 "for conduct related to electronic sign stealing." Those video replay rooms, which were implemented to help managers get information quickly in potential challenge situations, were being used to steal sign sequences.

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Giancarlo Stanton/Jordan Montgomery
Giancarlo Stanton/Jordan Montgomery

The 2020 MLB season is a lot closer than we think, with pitchers and catchers reporting in about a month to their respective camps to gear up for the long 162-game journey. And Yankee fans might be counting down each day until the new season after taking a look at the roster that is absolutely stacked yet again. 

Gerrit Cole might really be that one missing piece the Yankees need to make their return to the World Series. Their only omission from their starting lineup is Didi Gregorius, and his production can easily be matched by Gio Urshela if he can replicate his breakout season in 2019.

Then, there's still Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, and more making a World Series worthy team that many will be scared to face this season. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees were the most injury-riddled team in baseball during the 2019 season, and now the team is making huge changes to its training staff.

According to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, the Yankees are making a number of drastic changes to their training and performance staff. Steve Donohue, who has been with the organization since 1979 and with the major league staff since 1986, will be transitioned to "a status akin to trainer emeritus, though it's expected he'll remain involved with the club."

Additionally, the Yankees are hiring Eric Cressey, who runs Cressey Sports Performance and hosts an Elite Baseball Development podcast, to oversee their training and strength and conditioning staff. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Aside from 16-year-old wunderkind OF Jasson Dominguez, who is viewed as a future star, the Yankees are lacking sizzle when it comes to most of their top 10 prospects.

RHP Deivi Garcia is one of the names to keep an eye on as far as potential impact in 2020 is concerned, with him being a potential option in the starting rotation or bullpen at some point.

As far as a breakout candidate for 2020, MLB Pipeline gives that honor to RHP Clarke Schmidt, who was the Yankees' No. 5 prospect entering last season.

Tags: Deivi Garcia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) comes out in the ninth inning to take out pitcher Dellin Betances (68) against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) comes out in the ninth inning to take out pitcher Dellin Betances (68) against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

As a New York native who was in the Yankees organization since 2006, Dellin Betances opened up about his time wearing pinstripes coming to an end.

After more than a decade in the organization, the Yankees passed on re-signing Betances, who ultimately inked a one-year deal with the Mets. Betances suffered a right shoulder impingement and had a lat strain that kept him on the injured list to start the 2019 season, and partially tore his left Achilles during Sept. 15's debut, effectively ending an eight-season run with the Yankees.

When he was introduced Thursday at Citi Field by general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Betances was asked about if there were any regrets with how his Yankees chapter closed.

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Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Major League Baseball is suspending Yankees RHP Domingo German for 81 games. The news was first reported by Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports

The suspension is retroactive to Sept. 19, when German was first placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball under the joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy at the end of the 2019 season. The ban was extended Sept. 25 into the postseason.

It includes the nine regular-season games in 2019 and subsequently into the playoffs, where the Yankees logged nine games between the Minnesota Twins (three-game ALDS) and Houston Astros (six-game ALCS). So German will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 season.

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Jun 12, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen waves to the fans during the Old Timers Day ceremony prior to the game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 12, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen waves to the fans during the Old Timers Day ceremony prior to the game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Don Larsen, who has pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, passed away Wednesday at age 90.

According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, Larsen died while in hospice care in Idaho, due to esophageal cancer.

Larsen pitched five seasons with the Yankees from 1955-59, and his career in pinstripes is remembered for his perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Larsen needed just 97 pitches to finish the game, striking out seven Dodgers along the way. 

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As 2019 comes to a close, we're reminiscing about the sports moments that affected New York over the past 10 years. So we decided to rank them.

Here are the Top 10 sports moments of this decade...


10) No-Han: Johan Santana throws first no-hitter in Mets history

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Eli Manning, Yoenis Cespedes
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