New York Baseball: The Youth Movement

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Aaron Judge is one of the New York Yankees taking charge in their 2017 campaign. Photo Credit: Arturo Pardavila III, Flickr.com

What is happening in New York City?

The first few weeks of Major League Baseball have proven to be very intriguing. The Chicago Cubs began their campaign for another World Series run. The Boston Red Sox are working out their star-studded rotation. And many teams are adjusting to new faces in new places.

Ironically enough, the talk of the baseball world lies in New York.

The New York Yankees are currently 9-4 and on an eight-game winning streak. They’re doing this without Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorious, both missing extended amount of time due to their injuries.

And yet, here they are off to a great start.

Aaron Judge, their prodigy right fielder, is currently batting .275 with four homers for the season. Matt Holliday, Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury have led the charge so far. Even the replacements for Sanchez and Gregorious in Austin Romine and Ronald Torreyes fill in their roles nicely.

This also extends to the pitching. Each starter has one win each, with CC Sabathia leading the charge at three. The bullpen is off to a strong start, closing games without the aid of Aroldis Chapman.

It boggles the mind as to how they’re doing so well. But yet it hits like a home run landing in the fences. The youth movement has taken full effect quicker than we though.

Veterans no longer bind the Yankees; they’re just included in them. It’s the young guns like Judge hat have taken center stage. Jordan Montgomery became the latest starter to get his first win of the season.

That youth luck extends o the veterans as well. Michael Pineda returned to his winning ways in his past two starts. Masahiro Tanaka may be struggling, but the Yankees still find a way to win.

That bullpen is not one to be taken lightly either. Chapman, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, Tyler Clippard and others have proven to hold the line through thick and thin.

It’s unheard of in The Bronx. The Yankees always had the reputation of buying star athletes and yet, no this year. They let Chris Sale go to Boston and allegedly didn’t acquire Jose Quintana.

Plus, they still have prized minor leaguers in their ranks. Gleyber Torrres is playing more than just shortstop. He was already a dangerous prospect already, succeeding in the Arizona Fall League and currently thriving in Double-A Trenton.

One must wonder where they decided to look within for success. Perhaps the Yankees didn’t have to look that far.

In Queens, the New York Mets are becoming a hybrid of the Yankees’ new philosophy. Their rotation is bolstered by the likes of Noah Syndergaard, Mat Harvey, Steven Matz and Jacob DeGrom. Their starters are mostly veterans but loaded with All-Stars, including the sensational Yoenis Cespedes.

Their youth movement began after surviving the ashes of a collapse. And now, they’re in contention in their National League East division.

However, that took time to develop. It will take time for the Yankees to reemerge as the superpowers they once were. Surprisingly, they’re okay undergoing the process.

Regardless of where New Yorkers stand on, there’s one thing that they can agree on. If both teams can continue their success with their players then a Subway Series on the world’s stage can happen sooner instead of later.

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Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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