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

By: Danny Abriano

When the Mets traded for Johan Santana before the 2008 season, he was supposed to be the missing piece they needed that would help them turn the promise of 2006 and collapse of 2007 into a World Series title in 2008.

While the above didn't happen, Santana's no-no in June of 2012 -- with Gary Cohen punctuating it by exclaiming "It has happened!" -- is one of the most memorable moments in Mets history. And it was fitting that it was Santana who did it after he missed the entire 2011 season due to injury and fought back.

With pitching royalty such as Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, and Pedro Martinez having donned the orange and blue, it was insane that no Met had thrown a no-hitter until Santana pulled it off. But as anyone who lives and breathes baseball knows, it takes a little luck for it to happen.

I'd like to also take this time to debunk a false narrative. The no-hitter (and 134 pitches it took to get it) did not derail Santana's career. He was just fine in his starts following that gem until suffering an ankle injury that ended his season.

9) The Decision: LeBron James chooses Heat over Knicks

By: Alex Smith

"I'm gonna take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat."

With the sports world watching, LeBron James announced his decision to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and join Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Heat.

Like most of the items on this list, it's one of those times that you remember exactly where you were when LeBron ended his first run with the Cavs, the team that had selected him first overall, directly out of high school.

There were plenty of teams interested, with the Bulls, Clippers, and Nets among the possibilities, but many Knicks fans were convinced that LeBron would head for the bright lights of Broadway and become the megastar they needed to return to NBA glory.

Instead, James went to Miami, won two championships, came back to Cleveland and won another, and is now hoping to do the same with the Lakers that he could have done with the Knicks in the early 2010s -- win a title and bring one of the NBA's most notable franchises back to the top of the heap.

Meanwhile, since 2010, the Knicks have made the playoffs just three times (none since 2013), and have won just one playoff series. Oh, what could have been.

8) A-Roid: Alex Rodriguez suspended for 2014 season for PED use

By: Scott Thompson

The Biogenesis scandal. If you've paid attention to baseball even a little, you know exactly why this moment has to be on our list. 

Alex Rodriguez became the face of this dark moment in MLB history, as he was handed a 211-game ban -- the largest ever given out to a player -- for using performance-enhancing drugs under the administration of the clinic's founder in Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez wasn't the only player to be suspended -- Brewers MVP OF Ryan Braun was among the 13 players -- but his suspension was by far the biggest. Braun also received 65 games while the others got docked 50 games. 

Rodriguez would appeal the ruling, but to no avail. In turn, he missed the entire 2014 season, and his MLB legacy would be tarnished forever. That "A-Roid" nickname followed him until he officially called it quits in 2016 at age 40.

A-Rod has since cleaned up his public image, and has been doing well as a broadcaster in his post-playing days.

7) Hello, Melo: Knicks land Carmelo Anthony in blockbuster trade

By: Scott Thompson

Carmelo Anthony, already a three-time All-Star and recognized as one of the best scorers in the game, was on the trade block with the Nuggets during the 2010-11 NBA season. Many teams were interested in landing Melo, but the Knicks were at the top of the pack. 

Then, they gave Denver an offer it couldn't refuse. 

The package went like this: Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman for Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round pick among other cash and draft pick considerations. 

New York thought this was the turning point for the franchise that hadn't won an NBA title since 1973. Anthony was the man they needed leading the charge. 

However, the Knicks dysfunction continued to run its course, and they only were able to win one NBA playoff series during his time in New York. Through seven seasons, Anthony would average 24.7 points, seven rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 44.3 percent from the field in 412 career games. His time in the Big Apple would eventually end in more dysfunction with Phil Jackson finally granting his wish of a trade, which sent him to the Thunder during the 2017-18 season. 

6) Butt Ugly: Mark Sanchez' gaffe headlines awful loss to Patriots on Thanksgiving

By: Alex Smith

The third NFL game on Thanksgiving might be an afterthought for some, as most people end up napping through most of it in a post-dinner food coma. But in 2012, the Jets hosted the Patriots at MetLife Stadium in primetime, and gave the world perhaps the most disastrous play in the history of the NFL.

Already trailing the Pats 14-0 with about nine minutes to go in the second quarter, the Jets lined up in an I-formation. Mark Sanchez dropped back and looked to hand the ball off, but both backs had already sprinted out in different directions. It was a broken play, so Sanchez tried to make the most of it, sprinting back toward the line of scrimmage.

Well... you know the rest.

Sanchez ran directly into the rear end of offensive lineman Brandon Moore, the ball came loose, and Patriots safety Steve Gregory picked it up and ran it back for a touchdown.

The Patriots went on to destroy the Jets 49-19 that night, and while the game eventually came to an end, the Butt Fumble will endure forever.

5) Linsanity! Jeremy Lin's incredible play spurs Knicks

By: Alex Smith

As the only non-New York area native among this trio of writers, I saw many of these moments from afar.

But I happened to be a spry college junior in the Bronx when a sweeping case of Linsanity hit New York. It felt like it was basically overnight that the name Jeremy Lin went from meaning nothing to meaning everything in the New York sports world. 

Lin was signed by the Knicks in late December 2011, but he didn't suit up for the majority of his first 21 games with the team. He got a brief six-minute run against the Celtics on Feb. 3, but Linsanity truly began on Feb. 4, when the Knicks hosted the Nets. Lin checked in midway through the second quarter and instantly started lighting up the scoreboard and electrifying the MSG crowd. He finished the night with 25 points and seven assists in 35 minutes.

That began a 10-game span in which Lin scored at least 20 points nine times. Inserted into the starting lineup, Lin led the Knicks to seven straight wins, including a seven-point victory over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers at the Garden, a game in which Lin dropped 38 points to go along with seven assists. In Lin's 12 starts prior to that year's All-Star Game, the Harvard grad averaged 22.5 and 8.7 assists per game, leading the Knicks to nine wins during the stretch.

But Linsanity eventually fizzled out, which reportedly had a lot to do with Carmelo Anthony returning from injury and wanting the offense to run through him. Though many thought the Knicks would bring Lin back at the end of the year, the Houston Rockets offered him a three-year contract worth $25 million, which the Knicks declined to match, ending Lin's run in the Big Apple.

4) The Catch: Odell Beckham Jr.'s propels him to national stage

By: Scott Thompson

This was one of those moments when you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when it happened. For me, it was waiting tables at my local pizza spot, and a catastrophe almost went down because I was so in awe of what I witnessed on the big screen in the dining room. 

In 2014 while I was carrying two pizzas, I witnessed Eli Manning launch a ball down the right sideline to Beckham with Cowboys DB Brandon Carr draped all over him. The jersey pull from Carr throws Beckham off balance, but he still has the ball in his sights. 

He, then, proceeds to reach behind his head and haul in the football with what instant replay revealed to be just three fingers and fall into the end zone for a touchdown. Like...what? 

That was my exact reaction, and in that moment, forgot I was holding the two pizzas and almost dropped them. So forget a jaw-dropping catch. If you remember where you were when Beckham vaulted himself into superstardom with the greatest catch Cris Collinsworth, Al Michaels, and the rest of the world had ever seen, you probably dropped whatever you were holding, too. 

3) Captain 3,000: Derek Jeter records his 3,000th career hit in style

By: Scott Thompson

Jeter has always had a flare for the dramatic, and you just had that gut feeling that his 3,000th career hit wasn't going to be a dribbler down the third base line that he beats out to first. 

No, this career moment was one that fit Jeter's Hall of Fame career. 

After collecting hit No. 2,999 on a single in the first inning off Rays LHP David Price during their July bout at Yankee Stadium in 2011, the big lefty hung a slider over the middle of the plate in Jeter's next at-bat and he put a fine swing on it. When Jeter tossed the bat toward the Yankee dugout and stared it down, you knew it was going out.

The camera turned and the ball continued to travel, eventually finding its way into a flower bed. The crowd went wild as Jeter rounded the bases, with Rays players tipping their cap to The Captain. Jeter was met at home plate by Jorge Posada, who embraced him with a big hug. The rest of the team followed, and Jeter paid respects to the crowd, still on its feet cheering with a memorable curtain call. 

Jeter would go on to collect three more hits, going 5-for-5 with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth that afternoon as well. Have a day, Jeet.

2) Amazin': Mets sweep Cubs to advance to 2015 World Series

By: Danny Abriano

Before the Mets dealt for Yoenis Cespedes at the 2015 trade deadline, they were plodding along. After they got him, they caught fire. And that they didn't ride that wave -- including Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard at the height of their powers -- all the way to a World Series title was both painful and surprising.

But the happy stuff first.

Cespedes and the Mets took down the Nationals to win the NL East, including a late-season sweep in Washington, D.C. to cement things. They took the Dodgers out in the NLDS in five games after Chase Utley's illegal "slide" led to Los Angeles stealing Game 2. In the NLCS, Daniel Murphy and the Mets' pitching staff ensured the Cubs had no chance as they were swept. And then came the World Series.

The Mets should've had Game 1 in Kansas City, but let it slip away. They should've had Games 4 and 5 at Citi Field and let those slip away, too. Amidst the bitterness of defeat, though, was David Wright's home run in Game 3 at Citi Field -- a moment when the new place sounded like the old place. That the 2015 season didn't end with a third World Series title in Queens will always hurt, but what a ride it was. 

1) Super Again! Giants upset the Patriots once more in Super Bowl XLVI

By: Scott Thompson

The road to Super Bowl XLVI was a tough one for the Giants, but they are no strangers to needing to win games on the road after their miraculous Super Bowl XLII run that ended in a win over the Patriots. 

New York won the NFC East at 9-7, and began its journey with the Falcons in the Wild Card Game at home. That was an easy 24-2 victory, but the challenges would unfold with the Packers on the schedule next.

It was a frozen tundra in Green Bay, but the Giants had a statement 37-20 win in the end. The last step in the NFC was against the 49ers in San Francisco. An overtime muffed punt by Niners return man Kyle Williams set the Giants up for Lawrence Tynes to punch his team's ticket to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

And, of course, the Patriots would be waiting for them there, seeking revenge for the Giants ruining their perfect season the last time they saw each other in the championship game. 

It was the Giants striking the first blow, with Tom Brady having a brain fart and throwing the ball to No Man's Land while he was in the end zone. It was ruled intentional grounding thus giving the Giants two points on a safety. Victor Cruz would then make it 9-0 after his touchdown grab, but Brady would charge down the field at the end of the first half in a 9-3 game and give his team the lead with a touchdown. 

Fast forward now to the fourth quarter: the Pats are up 17-15 and the Giants are deep in their own zone with less than four minutes to go. The play of the game ensued when Eli Manning launched a ball down the left sideline into a sliver of daylight for Mario Manningham to catch it and keep two feet in. A few plays later Ahmad Bradshaw would literally sit in the end zone to give the Giants at 21-17 lead. 

Still, Brady had some time to work with before the game ended, but the Pats needed a touchdown for the victory. Brady would get his offense down the field enough for a final Hail Mary, but Rob Gronkowski couldn't haul in the deflection and the Giants stunned New England once again on the biggest stage in football. 

Manning is also your Super Bowl MVP once again after showing his late-game leadership. As we come to the end of this decade, it's also the end of an era for Manning moments like this. 

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Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Bovada recently released their updated odds for the upcoming season's 2020 AL East champion, and despite MLB looking at a shortened season, the Yankees are still the heavy favorite.

According to Bovada, the Bombers are -450 to win the division, giving them significantly better odds than the rest of the AL East teams.

The Rays are next at the list at +375, the Red Sox (now without Mookie Betts and Chris Sale) are +1000, the Blue Jays are +3300, and the Orioles round out the list at +25000.

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Jul 28, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Jul 28, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

MLB and the Players Association agreed to a deal regarding how a shortened 2020 season would be handled, and part of the deal impacts players currently facing suspensions under the joint domestic violence policy.

SNY's Andy Martino confirmed that under the new agreement, a player like Domingo German (who has 63 games remaining on a suspension that began last season) will still have to serve the current time left on his suspension in 2020, but if the season is significantly shortened or even canceled, the suspension will not carry over to the 2021 season. 

German was originally handed an 81-game suspension on Jan. 2, retroactive to Sept.19, which is when the right-hander was first placed on administrative leave by MLB. 

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Mar 6, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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A series of Yankees roster moves Thursday brought one surprise, when the team sent top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia all the way down to Double-A Trenton.

Garcia struggled in spring training, going 0-2 with a 7.46 ERA. But it turns out that the demotion had nothing to do with his performance -- "zero," according to a source -- and does not preclude Garcia from starting the season in New York, which is still in play.

As a source explained the move, rosters were frozen and the Yankees only had three spots at Triple-A Scranton. Those went to players with major league service time -- pitchers Michael King and Ben Heller, and infielder Thairo Estrada. With Scranton full, Garcia went to Trenton. But that was only because of the service-time seniority issue.

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Mar 11, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 11, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees announced a series of roster moves on Thursday evening, including two notable pitching prospects being sent down. 

Right-handers Michael King and Ben Heller, along with infielder Thairo Estrada were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while right-hander Deivi Garcia was optioned to Double-A Trenton. 

With the baseball world on pause amid the cornoavirus outbreak, MLB teams are still able to make transactions. 

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Aaron Judge/Aaron Boone (Adam Hunger)
Aaron Judge/Aaron Boone (Adam Hunger)

No Opening Day baseball is a tough pill to swallow, as the coronavirus pandemic has pushed back the season indefinitely. But for Aaron Judge and manager Aaron Boone, remaining optimistic is the best thing to do in these hard times. 

Thursday was supposed to be the day the Yankees kicked off their 2020 campaign against the Orioles down in Baltimore, so it makes sense these two took the time to tweet out their disappointment about the season not starting on time. 

But that doesn't mean there won't be a season at all, with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred saying on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt on Wednesday that he hopes things can ramp up in May.

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Yankees hitting coach Rachel Balkovec (Photo Courtesy of the Yankees)
Yankees hitting coach Rachel Balkovec (Photo Courtesy of the Yankees)

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Earlier this month, when two players in the Yankees organization tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team recommended that players and staff working at the minor league complex self-isolate.

That left hitting instructor Rachel Balkovec with plenty of time to consider how she could help those in worse situations than hers. Motivated by her social conscience, she quickly hatched a plan.

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Old Yankee Stadium (Picasa 2.0)
Old Yankee Stadium (Picasa 2.0)

The Yankees were supposed to hand the ball to new ace Gerrit Cole to face the Orioles on the road Thursday, kicking off the 2020 season on Opening Day. But Cole is going to have to wait for that start now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How long? Well there's no telling for sure. 

However, as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out earlier this week, MLB's current thinking is to salvage some sort of season this year. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also appeared on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt on Wednesday, where he said he wants to start ramping things up in May if he can...

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Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Many Yankees staff members (including manager Aaron Boone) and players have left Tampa for home to wait out the coronavirus pause, but some players (including DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton) remain.

On Wednesday, Boone -- who said he has been checking in regularly with GM Brian Cashman -- spoke to Yankees beat reporters to provide updates on what's been going on in Tampa and elsewhere...

An update on Aaron Judge

Judge, who is recovering from multiple related injuries, is still in "the healing phase" when it comes to his cracked rib and will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.

Like Giancarlo Stanton, the expectation is that Judge will be ready to go when the regular season starts no earlier than May 10.

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Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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This Thursday was supposed to be Opening Day, but of course, there are far more important things to worry about right now than baseball. 

Still, as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out in his latest article, "MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020." If that is a case, an extremely shortened season is most likely what will occur. 

And with that, some Yankees players actually might not mind the delay. But there are others who most likely feel the opposite way. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who was slowed by a calf injury during spring training, has progressed to the point where he'd likely be able to return to games if spring training was still going on.

"If we were to start spring training games up tomorrow, he'd probably be ready to go," manager Aaron Boone told the YES Network on Monday.

Stanton, who has continued to prepare for the season at the club's spring training facility in Tampa (though things could change for him and other players soon), was among a group of Yankees who were hitting last week under the watchful eye of hitting coach Marcus Thames.

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Aaron Judge/Blake Snell
Aaron Judge/Blake Snell

Rays ace Blake Snell is a Cy Young winner and one of the best pitchers in the American League. His stuff on the mound is dangerous when it's on, and the Yankees have to see him more than other teams being in the AL East. 

But, during a live stream on SportsCenter's Instagram, Snell began talking about hitters he actually hates to face. And one of them is Aaron Judge

Snell explained to former NBA star Richard Jefferson why he hates facing Judge, and his answer isn't just because the 6-foot-7 slugger can hit a mistake pitch from him a country mile. 

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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)

With new directives potentially coming from the state of Florida in their efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus, the situation at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa could be up in the air.

It's possible that fitness centers will be closed soon in the state, with there also potentially being a shelter-in-place order from Hillsborough County, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, who reports that some of the players still working out at the facility are concerned about it shutting down.

"I don't know. That's something I am going to have to think about. Maybe Arizona," Tyler Wade told Ackert about where he might go if the facility closes. "I think a lot of guys are going out there. Hopefully, maybe since our numbers are small, I mean there's three of us, four of us in there not counting the rehab guys. They are doing their thing in the training room... so we're never this close to each other. So hopefully it's beneficial to us."

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Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge
Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge

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There has been no update from MLB since they released their latest mandate of banning organized workouts at spring camps, as social distancing and even self-quarantining has been the norm for not just players but everyone in the country. 

But when things do return to normal and MLB is allowed to kick off their 2020 season -- whatever that may look like -- the Yankees will have a few roster decisions to make before baseball resumes. 

So while his players are working in any way they can during these tough times, manager Aaron Boone will have to think about issues with his roster and lineup such as...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Deivi Garcia, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher Mariano Rivera throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher Mariano Rivera throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While we don't know when baseball will be back -- or how long the season will be when it returns -- one Yankees legend doesn't think a team winning a World Series title during a super abbreviated season should carry much weight.

"I don't think you can play a 60-game season and you call yourself a champion," Mariano Rivera said while appearing on ESPN New York's The Michael Kay Show on Friday.

The five-time World Series champion added: "Anything can happen in 60 games. I don't think it's enough. People don't play on all cylinders, the whole teams are different. I don't know. It's a great question, because I don't know what's going to happen if the season is starting in June or July."

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Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez
Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez

As I write this, there was supposed to be just six days until Opening Day. However, the coronavirus pandemic has suspended the season indefinitely. 

MLB is doing what the rest of us are (hopefully) doing in taking the right precautions to counteract the spread of the virus. The league's latest guildelines allows players to remain at their spring facilities if they'd like, but only use of the gym and training facilites are allowed. No more organizated workouts can take place. 

Players like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and others are in still there to stay active and prepare for the season, while manager Aaron Boone is among those that drove home. It's a very sensitive and surreal situation, but it's what we all have to deal with at the moment. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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While giving an update on his injury status, Yankees OF Aaron Judge surprised reporters with yet another ailment he was dealing with. 

Judge's condition initially began as a "minor right shoulder problem," but turned into a stress fracture in his rib as well as shoulder pain. Now he told multiple reporters on Friday that he had, what MLB.com's Bryan Hoch called, pneumothorax. That's better known as a collapsed lung. 

It was undisclosed, but it doesn't matter now because it is "completely gone," said the All-Star. He is now allowed to fly if he so chooses. 

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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (14) throws the ball to first base for an out during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (14) throws the ball to first base for an out during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Though MLB players and coaches are allowed to return to their home cities if they so choose, many have found it easier to stay at their spring training facilities, including a few Yankees. 

Tyler Wade is one of those who has stayed in Tampa to participate in the very limited activities teams are allowed to do under MLB's guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. And he spoke to reporters on Friday about how that adjustment has been going.

Wade told The Post's George A. King III that he believes Tampa is "the safest place to be." The Yankees still have access to the gym and training facilities, but they're not allowed to have any organized group workouts, whether it is formal or informal. 

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SNY contributor John Jastremski channels his inner Frank Costanza as he fields some Yankees questions and more in the latest edition of "Out of Office Replies."

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Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu was at the team's complex at Steinbrenner field again on Thursday -- a day after hitting at the facility along with Giancarlo Stanton, Clint Frazier, and Tyler Wade.

And LeMahieu said Thursday that his plan is to stay in Tampa for the foreseeable future.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, LeMahieu said being able to work out at Steinbrenner Field is keeping him "sane" admist the coronavirus shutdown, adding that the gyms are closed in Michigan (where he lives) and the weather is better in Florida.

Tags: Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

While Yankees manager Aaron Boone, much of his staff, and a bunch of players left spring training in Tampa on Tuesday to head home, there are still coaches and players who continue to prepare for the season at Steinbrenner Field.

The four players who were there hitting on Wednesday were Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, Clint Frazier, and Tyler Wade, according to hitting coach Marcus Thames.

Stanton, who had resumed baseball activities on March 7 as he worked his way back from a calf strain, will almost certainly be ready for Opening Day now that the season has been pushed back to the second week of May at the earliest.

Tags: Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The United States continues to feel the impact of coronavirus, even moreso than a week ago when MLB and the rest of the major sports leagues shut down. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 6,519 known coronavirus cases in the U.S., with New York (1,717 confirmed cases) having the most in the country. Some cities, including San Francisco, have ordered residents to shelter in place. And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the city could be in early-May. 

Earlier this week, in accordance with CDC guidelines recommending for people to practice social distancing, MLB pushed back the start of the regular season even further than the April 9 start date. The second week of May is now the earliest the season will start, and the wait could be much longer.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Deivi Garcia, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Cessa, Scott Thompson
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Masahiro Tanaka/DJ LeMahieu/Gerrit Cole

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We don't know for certain when the 2020 MLB season will get underway, as everyone's main priority is stopping the coronavirus spread throughout the country. 

But when it eventually does, the Yankees have a few players who need to step up big time. Or it could be a lost season. 

And it isn't as dramatic as it sounds. A lost season for the Yankees means not reaching the World Series because, well, that's what this stacked roster is more than capable of achieving. These catalysts, x-factors, pivot players -- whatever you want to call them -- are present on the Yankees depsite so much talent on the roster. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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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)

While nothing is officially set in stone, all indications are that Jets' long-time enemy Tom Brady is heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, officially ending one of the most successful two-decade runs in the history of professional sports.

And it sounds like maybe Jets fans should be thanking... Derek Jeter?

With Tampa expected to land Brady on a deal reportedly worth roughly $30 million a year, it sounds as if the former Yankees captain may have been part of Brady's decision-making. 

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Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Amidst the MLB shutdown due to coronavirus, Yankees manager Aaron Boone, part of his coaching staff, and several players departed the team's spring training complex in Tampa on Tuesday to head home.

Saying "stay safe, y'all" as he pulled away, Boone had said Monday that he was preparing to depart spring training to head back north.

According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, the majority of the Yankees' coaching staff was leaving to head home on Tuesday in addition to Boone.

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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)

On Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced that all 30 teams are donating $1 million each to assist ballpark employees affected by the delayed start to the 2020 season. 

"Over the past 48 hours, I have been approached by representatives of all 30 clubs to help assist the thousands of ballpark employees affected by the delay in the start of the Major League Baseball season," Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Motivated by a desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million. The individual clubs will be announcing more details surrounding this support effort in their local communities.

"The timing of these announcements will vary because of the need to coordinate with state and local laws as well as collective bargaining obligations in an effort to maximize the benefits realized by each group of employees. I am proud that our clubs came together so quickly and uniformly to support these individuals who provide so much to the game we love."

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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)

A second Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for coronavirus, the team confirmed on Tuesday evening.

"We can confirm that a second minor league player from our Player Development complex has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," the Yankees said in a team statement. "While under self-quarantine, the player reported fatigue and an elevated body temperature to Yankees medical personnel. The test was administered on Sunday, and the player returned to self-quarantine following the positive results. We can also report that within the past 48 hours his symptoms have dissipated.  

"We will continue to follow all protocols and recommendations established by local and federal public health experts and Major League Baseball."

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Aaron Boone (Sam Navarro)
Aaron Boone (Sam Navarro)

MLB is making is very hard for teams to continue their preparation for the upcoming 2020 regular season -- whenever that may be -- due to coronavirus precautions. And because of that, Yankees manager Aaron Boone doesn't really see a point in staying at the team's Tampa facility. 

Speaking on MLB Network radio on Monday, Boone said it "is becoming harder and harder" for teams to have workouts due to MLB's latest mandate that strongly recommends no group workouts. The team's gym and training facility is still open to players, but those informal workouts that they were participating in have since been banned. 

So Boone said he plans on returning to New York on either Tuesday or Wednesday, and do what the rest of us are doing: waiting. 

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Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After bagging Gerrit Cole on the free agent market over the winter, the expectations are sky-high for the Yankees in 2020. They've got their October lion to front a playoff rotation and the big bats to back him for what could be a deep postseason run, maybe even all the way to a ticker-tape parade.

What key statistics could fuel the ride? Or derail it? We've spent much of the spring hand-wringing over Yankee injuries (again) and while the club's roster seems deep enough for another season of subsisting on subs, who knows what will happen? 

Just like last year, Injured List numbers will impact the Yankees' season. While we wait for baseball to resume, and it could be a while, let's chew on that and three other numbers that could make or break a pinstriped season:

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium before the game between the New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium before the game between the New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

MLB announced Monday afternoon that Opening Day will be pushed back even further, following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to restrict events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks during the coronavirus pandemic.

The earliest the season could kick off would now be mid-May, but MLB's statement added that the clubs remain "committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins." 

The season had already been delayed at least two weeks, with "social distancing" recommended over the weekend by MLB for spring training workouts for players who remain at team sites. 

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Brian Cashman

Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke with several reporters on Sunday to discuss a few topics, with the minor leaguer that tested postive for coronavirus at the forefront. 

It was revealed on Sunday that a Yankees minor leaguer that hasn't been named yet tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Cashman said the player was immediately quarantined, and that's where he remains. After learning of the positive test, the Yankees' minor league facility was shut down at 11 a.m., per The New York Times' James Wagner.

In turn, Cashman added that the minor league facility has been shut down through March 25, and players will be getting food sent to their rooms. Also, minor league players and staff are self-quarantining themselves, while Cashman said just one coronavirus test was administered. 

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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Like every other team around the league, the Yankees will be affected by the latest memo MLB released regarding player and staff safety due to the coronavirus. 

The new protocols are banning group workouts at any facility, as the league wants teams to practice "social distancing" as best they can. Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu were among Yankees that got together on Saturday to put in work during an informal workout. 

But soon players on the 40-man roster may be told to leave the facility, just as minor leaguers have been instructed to do league-wide. The Yankees also have the first known coronavirus case in MLB in their system, as multiple reports say a minor leaguer tested positive and was quarantined on Friday. 

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A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

A Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for coronavirus, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The case is the first known positive test of any player in the majors or minors.

According to Passan, the Yankees player who tested positive was only on the minor league side at the team's spring training facility, and was quarantined on Friday after reporting that he had a fever.

Mets front office executive Donovan Mitchell Sr. was tested for coronavirus last week after his son, Donovan, tested positive. Mitchell Sr.'s test came back negative.

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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)

MLB has released their latest memo regarding the safety of its players and staff members with coronavirus concerns still the top priority of the league. And their suggested guidelines are even more strict than shutting down spring training. 

Players have been working out at their spring training facilities despite games being cancelled as well as the delay of the regular season. But MLB really wants its players and staff members to adopt stricter use of "social distancing," and that would seize any group or individual workouts at camps. 

"The strong recommendation from our infectious disease and public health experts is that Clubs should avoid all activities in which players congregate in significant numbers or are otherwise unable to practice the "social distancing" protocols recommended by the CDC," the memo read, thanks to The Athletic's Evan Drellich. "The risk of a player in a Club facility contracting the virus is real, and we must implement protocols to protect the safety and well-being of our players and staff members. In addition, we must recognize that there is the potential for further federal and state restrictions that will impact our operations, including restrictions on travel."

 

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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) works out at batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) works out at batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

On Saturday morning, the Yankees held their first informal workout in Tampa since the spread of coronavirus shut down spring training.

According to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News, position players such as DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Tyler Wade, Brett Gardner, and Clint Frazier were in attendance, as were pitchers Luis Cessa, Chad Green, and Jonathan Holder.

There was no media allowed at the workout, but players could be seen through a chain link fence from a distance. 

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George. M Steinbrenner Field (John David Mercer)
George. M Steinbrenner Field (John David Mercer)

With the remainder of spring training canceled, and the regular season being delayed by at least two weeks due to coronavirus concerns, the Yankees will stay in Tampa.

General manager Brian Cashman said the team was given the option to return home or to their Major League home city, or remain in their spring training city, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Lefty reliever Zack Britton said the vote to stay in Tampa was unanimous, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty and the New York Post's George A. King.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MLB announced on Thursday that it was suspending operations and would delay the regular season by at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. A day later, the key phrase in that announcement was clearly "at least."

Team executives and employees are scrambling to formulate plans, but conversations over the past 24 hours with multiple club officials revealed a common thread:

No one in baseball seems to expect games in April. The state of Illinois has already banned large public gatherings until May, and it stands to reason that more states could follow. No one knows how long the pandemic will disrupt everyday life, and the league hasn't made any concrete plans for how to move forward.

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In the wake of MLB suspending spring training and delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks, teams are still processing what the next month -- or beyond -- is going to look like, so Friday afternoon, the Yankees released a statement reaching out to their fans to give an update of sorts.

Here's the full press release from the Yankees: 

Yesterday Major League Baseball announced the suspension of spring training games and a delay of at least two weeks to the start of the 2020 regular season due to the national emergency created by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Yankees fully support this decision and will continue to proactively monitor current events in conjunction with medical experts, government officials and Major League Baseball.

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Jonathan Loaisiga (Sam Navarro)
Jonathan Loaisiga (Sam Navarro)

With MLB cancelling all spring training games starting at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, the Yankees managed to come away with a win in one last contest, defeating the Nationals, 6-3, on the road. >> Box score

5 things to know from Thursday's game...

1) Jonathan Loaisiga is fighting for a roster spot and he had a solid start in this one. Going three innings, his only blunder was a solo homer to Victor Robles in the bottom of the third. That was the only hit he allowed, while striking out three and walking one over that span. He has a 2.70 ERA this spring.

Tags: Clint Frazier, David Hale, Jonathan Loaisiga, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Wade
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Following the lead of the other major sports leagues, MLB announced that all spring training games have been cancelled, and they will delay the start of the 2020 regular season at least two weeks due to coronavirus concerns. 

Starting at 4 p.m. EST, spring training games will not be played, as MLB will continue to evaluate the situation. The decision came after a call with all 30 teams and consulting the MLBPA. 

While guidelines for players regarding workouts and daily operations are still up in the air, The Post's Joel Sherman reported earlier that the league will be asking players to stay at their spring training sites so that they don't scatter across the country. The virus makes flying one of the most dangerous things to do at the moment. 

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George M. Steinbrenner Field (John David Mercer)
George M. Steinbrenner Field (John David Mercer)

Major League Baseball executives expect spring training to be suspended after Thursday, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

Martino reports it's unclear what happens to players still, but an announcement is expected to be made Thursday afternoon to provide more clarity on the situation. 

The Yankees are scheduled to play the Tigers Friday at 6:35 p.m. 

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Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

Yankees OF Aaron Judge is working his way back from a stress fracture of his first right rib. Here's the latest...


Mar. 12, 11:43 AM:

Judge said on Thursday that he is continuing treatment and doing light training, and will get a CT scan before he resumes hitting, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic

"I'm feeling great," Judge said. "We're progressing really well. I feel like I might be ahead of schedule. I don't know what the schedule is, but I'm kind of pushing there -- the timeline -- as much as I can."

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The NBA suspending its season indefinitely due to now two Jazz players in Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell contracting coronavirus hasn't just affected the basketball world. Players around MLB were on notice as well. 

Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole called the situation a "shock" on Thursday after his workout down in Tampa, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. Seeing an entire league shut down made people rightfully wonder if it might impact MLB with Opening Day right around the corner. 

Cole is still preparing to start Opening Day against the Orioles on March 26, but he is well aware that might not happen. 

Tags: J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Mar 11, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 11, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (83) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees dropped their third straight spring training game Wednesday afternoon when they fell 3-1 to the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. >> Box score

5 things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) RHP Deivi Garcia gave up three runs on three hits, striking out three while walking one, in 3.1 innings pitched during what was his third start of spring training. He entered the latest appearance with a 6.75 ERA and four runs (three earned) on three hits, allowing one home run while striking out five and walking one.

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General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

With details about the coronavirus pandemic evolving every day, it is difficult to say if the Major League Baseball season will begin as scheduled on March 26, or if fans will be allowed to attend games.

But as of this moment, neither the Yankees nor Mets have altered their plans. According to a team spokesperson, the Mets currently expect to proceed with Opening Day on March 26 and play all subsequent home games at Citi Field with fans in attendance -- unless told otherwise by MLB or government authorities.

The Yankees open in Baltimore and Tampa Bay before returning to Yankee Stadium on April 2. According to a spokesman, the team is "taking direction from MLB and health officials on all coronavirus-related protocols."

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

Concerns over the continued spread of the coronavirus could have a significant impact on the start of Major League Baseball's regular season, with teams in certain cities potentially having their games relocated.

As of now, the Yankees, whose home opener is scheduled for April 2, say they are taking direction from MLB and health officials on all coronavirus-related matters, according to Martino.

According to Martino, several MLB teams are currently aware that they might have to at least move home games to start the season, per sources.

For information on what is going on throughout the rest of MLB due to coronavirus, click here.

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Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

Yankees LHP Zack Britton was diagnosed with a bruised right wrist Wednesday, after getting hit by a line drive during his live BP session. 

X-rays and a CT scan were negative, the team said. The injury occurred after Eric Kratz laced a pitch right back at him.

The Yankees can breathe a sign of relief now that one of their key back-end bullpen pieces didn't suffer a severe injury. Britton is normally the Yankees' set-up man to Aroldis Chapman, and he played well in that role last season with a 1.91 ERA over 66 appearances. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees LHP James Paxton took a big step on Wednesday toward his eventual return, throwing for the first time since December.

Paxton, who had surgery in February to remove a peridiscal cyst, threw 25 tosses from a distance of 60 feet while playing catch, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.

The 31-year-old Paxton said, per Adler, that it was the first time he was pain-free since September and that mid-May is the best case scenario for his return to big league games.

Tags: Deivi Garcia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Feb 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) is congratulated in the dugout after he pitched against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Feb 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) is congratulated in the dugout after he pitched against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees continued to take part in spring training games Tuesday like the rest of the MLB teams are doing, but rising concerns over the coronavirus outbreak has the sports world on edge.

With MLB joining the NBA, NHL and MLS in closing their locker rooms to the media and unnecessary personnel, other ideas -- like playing games without fans in the stadiums or arenas -- have been floated around across all major sports leagues, including MLB. 

Yankees pitchers Gerrit Cole and Zack Britton both understand the concerns for both players and fans with how things are progressing acrossing the country with the virus, but still, not playing in front of fans would be tough.

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Mar 10, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitching against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 10, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitching against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The Yankees couldn't take down their AL East rival Blue Jays on Tuesday, falling 4-2 in Tampa. >> Box score

5 things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) Gerrit Cole had a bounce-back performance in this contest after getting hit hard last time around. He allowed one run in the first, but it wasn't because the Blue Jays were making hard contact. In the end, he struck out six batters over 3.1 innings while allowing only two hits. Cole's fastball was also clocking at 98 mph.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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