Sunday, April 2, 2017

It’s time for Yankees Baseball…


Daniel Burch has posted the official TGP Predictions for the 2017 season with the World Series prediction scheduled for later today but that isn’t going to stop me from posting my “unofficial” predictions.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Wild Card:
Seattle Mariners over Toronto Blue Jays

ALDS:
Cleveland Indians over Seattle Mariners
Houston Astros over Boston Red Sox

ALCS:
Houston Astros over Cleveland Indians

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Wild Card:
San Francisco Giants over New York Mets

NLDS:
Chicago Cubs over San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers over Washington Nationals

NLCS:
Los Angeles Dodgers over Chicago Cubs

WORLD SERIES

Championship:
Los Angeles Dodgers over Houston Astros

I’d love to go with the homer pick and insert the Yankees but I think we’re still a year away.  So, unlike the official TGP picks, I had to leave the Pinstripers off my forecast.  But could the Yankees snag a Wild Card spot?  Sure, anything’s possible if the Baby Bombers continue to play at Gary Sanchez-level and a few of the veterans provide significant contributions.  Pitching, pitching, pitching…how will the guys behind Masahiro Tanaka perform?  That’s really the answer that will shape the 2017 season.

In honor of Opening Day, I thought I’d take a look at the birthplaces of the 2017 New York Yankees, including the coaching staff, the General Manager, and the Managing General Partner/Co-Chairman.  With so many international players in the game today, I am surprised that the high percentage of the team was born in the United States.  Makes sense, but I was still surprised.  The Dominican Republic is the only other country that boasts multiple players on the roster.  Dellin Betances and Brian Cashman are the only native-born New Yorkers.

UNITED STATES

Tyler Austin (DL), Conyers, Georgia
Dellin Betances, New York, New York
Greg Bird, Aurora, Colorado
Chris Carter, Redwood City, California
Tyler Clippard, Lexington, Kentucky
Jacoby Ellsbury, Madras, Oregon
Brett Gardner, Holly Hill, South Carolina
Chase Headley, Fountain, Colorado
Aaron Hicks , San Pedro, California
Jonathan Holder, Gulfport, Mississippi
Matt Holliday, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Aaron Judge, Linden, California
Pete Kozma, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tommy Layne, St Louis, Missouri
Bryan Mitchell, Reidsville, North Carolina
Austin Romine, Lake Forest, California
CC Sabathia, Vallejo, California
Chasen Shreve, Las Vegas, Nevada
Adam Warren, Birmingham, Alabama
Joe Girardi (Manager), Peoria, Illinois
Alan Cockrell (Hitting Coach), Kansas City, Kansas
Marcus Thames (Asst Hitting Coach), Louisville, Mississippi
Larry Rothschild (Pitching Coach), Chicago, Illinois
Mike Harkey (Bullpen Coach), San Diego, California
Brian Cashman (General Manager), Rockville Centre, New York
Hal Steinbrenner (Managing GP), Culver, Indiana

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Starlin Castro, Monte Cristi, DR
Michael Pineda, Yaguate, DR
Gary Sanchez, Santo Domino, DR
Luis Severino, Sabana de la Mar, DR
Tony Pena (1st Base Coach), Monte Cristi, DR

CUBA

Aroldis Chapman, Holguin, Cuba

NETHERLANDS

Didi Gregorius (DL), Amsterdam, Netherlands

JAPAN

Masahiro Tanaka, Itami, Japan

VENEZUELA

Ronald Torreyes, Libertado de Barinas, Venezuela

PUERTO RICO

Joe Espada (3rd Base Coach), Santurce, San Juan, PR

CANADA

Rob Thomson (Bench Coach), Sarnia, Ontario

It seems like pitchers and catchers were just reporting to Tampa for training camp and here we are at Opening Day.  In mere hours, Brett Gardner will step into the batter’s box to face Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer to signal the start of the 2017 season for the New York Yankees.  Game 1 of 162.  It’s an exciting time and we are ready for the next chapter with Baseball’s most storied franchise.  There will be happiness and there will be sadness, but overall, it’s an exciting step forward toward an eventual twenty-eighth World Championship within the next few years.

Let’s do this…

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