New York Yankees Analysis: Aaron Judge contract extension questionable

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

After a long period of doing nothing this offseason, the New York Yankees have awakened after re-signing DJ LeMahieu, their number one offseason priority. They have hired one of the best starting pitchers available in Corey Kluber with the hope that he can return to his 2018 form. He is a two-time Cy Young Award winner. They have traded for Jameson Taillon of the Pittsburgh Pirates and signed one of the best bullpen arms out there in Darren O’Day, among other minor signings. One thing that they have not addressed is a contract extension for slugger Aaron Judge.

Many still wonder what the future will be for the oft-injured judge and are not all that surprised that the Yankees have not acted to tie him up as a career-long Yankee. Many see him as the replacement for Yankees great Derek Jeter as Yankee captain. But still, questions remain.

Dan Federico of Atlantic Communications reports: “Cashman says there have been “no meaningful conversations” between Judge’s camp and the Yankees regarding an extension.”

Here’s what Bryan Hock of MLB.com has to say about the subject:

“Pardon the expression, but I feel that the jury is still out on a Judge extension, and the team seems to be playing a wait-and-see game. Judge is earning $10.175 million this year, and he could get a nice raise next season, his final year of arbitration before potentially becoming a free agent in 2023. I imagine that they will find common ground, but Judge’s health over the next two years — as well as the unsettled nature of baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement — could play significant roles in determining how much the Yankees are willing to commit.”

Aaron Judge burst onto the scene in 2017 after spending four years in the Yankees minor league system. In 2017 he was Rookie of the year and came in second in the MVP voting just behind the Houston Astros Jose Altuve, who was later found to be cheating along with the Astros in the 2017 season. In 2017 Judge hit .284 with 52 home runs. That year he was also an All-Star and a Silver Slugger. He was also the home run derby champion. It was then that Yankee fans pegged him the future Micky Mantle and the Yankee Captain of the future.

However, since then, everything has gone pretty well south for the slugger; he has had injury after injury diminishing his worth to the Yankees. In 2017 Judge played in 155 of the 162 games that season. Since then, Judge has played in just 63% (242 of 384) of the Yankees’ regular-season games. It seems his 6′ 7″ hulk of a frame can’t stand up to the everyday game that baseball is. Many fans think that it’s his massive size and musculature that causes his injuries.

Last year after just 18 games, Judge hit 9 home runs and led the league. But then he got a calf strain that kept him out for several weeks. When he returned from rehab, he never hit another home run for the rest of the regular season. When considering a contract extension for Judge, this has to be very concerning for the New York Yankees. In an effort to stay healthy, he has been working with Yankees training and strength/conditioning departments headed by Eric Cressey, who is doing everything he can to change that.

Eric Cressey says Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have taken different approaches to their off-season workouts, each lifting weights less. Judge has done more yoga. For the first time, Cressey mentioned Yoga when talking to Merideth Marakovits on the YES Network’s Hot Stove program.

This is what the Athletic’s Yankee beat reporter had to say:

“If you’re not a Yankees fan, I want you to know what a big deal it is on Yankees Twitter that Aaron Judge is doing yoga. This is A Thing. We get 7mil tweets every season asking if the players even stretch. A trainer going on TV to talk about yoga is a big deal over here.”

With two more years of arbitration remaining, you’d have to think the New York Yankees want to see longevity and production in 2021 and 2022. Not one or the other but both. The bottom line is the Judge has to remain on the field to be productive and have an impact that will want the Yankees front office to keep him around. Team insiders feel that any contract extension will depend on or hinge on what happens in the next two years. The Yankees already have two huge contracts on the books and will not be willing to put another one on without it being a sure thing.

Hopefully, for Judge, the team, and the fans, this new approach to training will pan out for him. The fans love him and hope he can stay healthy and be the team’s new Yankee Captain and retire a New York Yankee just like the last Captain Derek Jeter did in 2014.

 

Have Yankees’ Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton finally figured out how to avoid injury?

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The New York Yankees have been hit significantly hard by the injury bug the last few seasons, which has been a direct influence on their postseason strategy. In 2020, sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton missed a majority of the season. That doesn’t even begin to incorporate the pitching and their issues, with James Paxton missing a majority of the campaign and Tommy Kahnle undergoing Tommy John surgery.

In light of all these realizations, the Yankees fired their previous director of health and performance, Matt Kraus. They hired Eric Cressey to replace him, but with COVID-19 taking hold, he wasn’t able to implement his new strategies, which was obvious based on the injuries the team faced.

However, Cressey was able to implement his new system this off-season, and he will leave the players will be better off in 2021.

YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits interviewed Yankees’ director of health and performance, Eric Cressey, on Thursday, in which he indicated a stark difference in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Santon’s workout routines this offseason.

“Both of those guys took a dramatically different approach this offseason from what they’ve previously done,” Cressey said. “I’d say in both cases, they lifted less than they have in the past.”

Over the past two seasons, Judge has played in 130 games, which doesn’t even equal an entire season. In 2020, he put together just 28 performances out of 60, a disappointingly low number that impacted the Yankees’ momentum and overall record.

Stanton was no better, as he played in just 23 games, hitting four homers and earning a .250 batting average during that span. Both players have been injured consistently over the past two years, but this new system will likely reduce their heavy lifting and improve their stamina and longevity.

Ultimately, improving power is beneficial, but not if you can’t stay on the field. The Yankees desperately need their biggest players to remain healthy, and with Stanton on a massive contract and Judge up for a new deal soon, they need to see more continuity.

With Cressey’s system in place, we could even see Stanton playing outfield again. He was confident that Stanton could’ve played during the postseason against the Tampa Bay Rays last year, but the Yankees ultimately took a more conservative route.

“I think particularly with Stanton, we saw really, really good glimpses of what G is when he’s going good,” Cressey. “There was actually a period in left field prior to Game 5, in that last series against the Rays, when he was out there doing some sprint work [at Petco Park]. It was as athletic as I’ve ever seen him. I was confident that he could have gone out there and played the outfield for us that night. And it was super-encouraging.

New York Yankees: Judge and Stanton prepare to stay on the field

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It’s no secret that the New York Yankees have endured a couple of seasons where their players have had trouble staying off the IL. Two of those players are the team’s most powerful sluggers, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton. Both of those players have had trouble staying on the playing surface of Yankee Stadium. The Yankees, in search of their 28th World Championship, need these two players to stay healthy.

Both of these guys and hit for the stars when they are healthy. Judge hit 52 home runs in 2017, leading the American League. In the same year, Stanton bettered him, hitting 59 long balls for the most in the National League. He was named the NL MVP that year. But both of them since then have been dogged with injury after injury.  The New York Yankees training and strength/conditioning departments are headed by Eric Cressey, who is doing everything he can to change that.

Number one, both players had been hitting the weight room less this offseason. Both of these players are monsters in their own way. Judge had played in just 63% (242 of 384) of the Yankees’ regular-season games since 2017 when he played in 155 games. Meanwhile, Stanton played 158 regular-season games when he joined the team in 2018 but has participated in only 18.4% (42 of 222) since then.

Both players under Cressey’s direction are preparing to stay healthy during the 2021 season. Cressey had reported when talking to Meredith Marakovits on the YES Network’s Hot Stove Thursday night that Aaron Judge, at 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds, in particular, has taken a heavy interest in a lot of Yoga to be more agile. Cressey said, “In both cases, they lifted less than they have in the past.” Stanton is also a monster at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds.

Many detractors of the two players suspect all their muscles are a hindrance in staying healthy when playing and that their musclebound frames might be better suited for the NFL or NBA, not baseball. Cressey is trying his best to change that perception.

“Those are guys that I think the world of,” the trainer said. “They’re amazing workers. The first thing you have to say is, any time you see an athlete like that … there’s a perception they’re not working hard. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Those guys are rock stars in every aspect of their preparation.”

Cressey said that bigger players face different issues than other average MLB players.

“You also need to be mindful of the stressors that are on guys who are 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8, big dudes standing around for long periods of time in cleats,” he said. “Those are things that normal people don’t encounter. We’ve understood that their preparation needs to be markedly different in terms of not just building them up as athletes, but building them up as baseball players where there’s a gradual on-ramping of those specific stressors — running the bases, changing direction, swinging.”

Last year, Giancarlo Stanton played in only 18 games in the regular season after pulling a hamstring in Tampa against the Tampa Bay Rays. He did a lot of rehab that involved agility training, and he came back near the end of the short 60 game coronavirus season. To show the kind of player he can be when healthy, he was the Yankee postseason star even though the Yankees exited too early. In the seven games of the postseason, he hit .301 with six home runs. Judge before his injury, was leading baseball with 9 home runs in just 18 games.

The New York Yankees this offseason have done much to improve the team from 2020. Their main priority was to re-sign batting champ DJ LeMahieu which they were finally successful doing. They also have cleaned house with the starting pitching staff, hired 2 time Cy Young Award-winning Corey Kluber, and traded for starter Jameson Taillon. They added the best reliever in baseball last year in Darren O’Day while offloading the struggling Adam Ottavino. With these upgrades, the Yankees need Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to stay healthy and perform as they can, and they are hoping the changes the two have made this offseason will make that a reality.

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankee Analysis: Giancarlo Stanton gets a bad rap, he’s a Yankees star unrealized

The New York Yankee’s Giancarlo Stanton is often criticized for not being the MVP player he was in 2017. The Yankees paid big for the star when he was traded for Starlin Castro before the 2018 season. Because of that, the Yankee fans have expected him to be that 2017 star every year with the Yankees. My friends, that is just unrealistic, especially for an unprecedented big-money 13-year contract that the Yankees took over from the Miami Marlins.

The Yankees probably shouldn’t have made that deal; it was for too much money and for too long a contact that was misguided for the Marlins as well. But at the time, the Yankee faithful heralded the deal. Now that the Yankees have so many needs going into the 2021 season, they are placing that burden on Giancarlo Stanton‘s back because the team owes him $29 million this year and prevents them from spending the money on beefing up their pitching, which is so badly needed. It is also seen by many as preventing them from meeting DJ Lemahieu’s demand for a big dollar contract and more years than they want. That isn’t fair.

Giancarlo Stanton has the potential to be the Yankee’s powerhouse, and it’s biggest star. It just hasn’t turned out that way. During 2019 and 2020, Stanton has been sidelined with injuries, seeing him play in only 41 games over the span. It’s unfortunate for the Yankees, but the injuries are not his fault. Detractors have called him the “glass man” for his many injuries, and to a degree, that has been the case during the last two seasons. But a healthy Stanton is the opposing team’s nightmare.

It’s common sense to realize that near the end of his contract in 2027, he will not be the player he was at age 27. That’s not a practice expectation for any player. But at 31, there is still a lot of life in that bat. The 2020 shortened baseball season’s microcosm is an example of the kind of season that Stanton can have. You have to keep in mind that the New York Yankee 2020 season can’t be used as a standard of what anyone can do in a full 162 game season. Yes, he had an average season in 2020; he hit only 4 home runs and hit to a .250 batting average with 19 hits and 11 RBI’s. 23 games played in a season is a very short sample. Players like Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge had forgiven for worse. Giancarlo Stanton has not, and that is just not fair for any player.

Even at age 31, Stanton has shown how good a player he can be when healthy. In the New York Yankee’s 2020 postseason, he in seven games hit six home runs and drove in 13 runs, and that’s for only 26 at-bats. No Yankee player came within a half of that RBI total.  Conversely, DJ LeMahieu had only four RBIs and no home runs with 32 at-bats. DJ also had a .281 batting average to Stanton’s .308. You also cannot expect Giancarlo to be a contact hitter, something he never was. Stanton, when healthy, can be a weapon any team would dream about.

To summarize, you can’t blame Stanton for his injuries, his big-money contract, or the length of that contract, which the latter was a decision the Yankees were willing to accept at the time. The secret that challenges the Yankees is how to keep the star healthy. The Yankees have chosen to make him the everyday DH in that effort. I don’t know if that is the right decision or not. It seems that a player can injure himself running the bases just as well as in the outfield when they have more time to react.  It’s up to the newly hired Brett McCabe, the Yankee’s health and conditioning coach, his assistant Donovan Santas and Eric Cressey, who oversees their training and conditioning, to keep Stanton healthy. If they can accomplish that, the Yankee fans have the huge star they thought they were getting.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: What we don’t know about the 2021 season could fill volumes

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The New York Yankees, like all MLB teams, will go into the 2021 season with many unknowns. The only thing we know is that we know nothing! After a spring training cut short, a summer camp, and a season reduced to just 60 games, what effect will that have on pitchers and players as we advance into the 2021 season? It will be most difficult for pitchers to go into the season not having a regular routine for the past 16 months.

Getting away from players for a moment. How do you plan for a season that you aren’t sure will even take place?  The coronavirus right now is ravaging the country unchecked and doesn’t appear to be relenting. It appears that a vaccine is in the future, but will it be available widespread in time for spring training? Many experts say no. The average person may not be able to go through the two shots by July 4th. It may be over 90% effective, but without long term trials, we really have no guarantee that will be true, and if it is, how long immunity will last.

With so many health questions to be answered, it will be difficult for strength and conditioning coaches to plan to have players ready, particularly pitchers.  Last year, Eric Cressey was hired by Brian Cashman to be the New York Yankees director of performance (including all facets of conditioning), gets it. Cressey is a coach for Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu, along with seven Cy Young Award-winning pitchers.

“Because these athletes are so competitive and care so much, they tried to maintain their best throwing programs,” says Cressey. “But while the innings are a way to see what we’re encountering from one year to the next, we really don’t know how much serious throwing each pitcher did between the March shutdown and the July reopening. I know of pitchers who bought pitching mounds and threw off of them. I know one pitcher who bought a mound, set up a screen and threw into the screen as if it were a game. I have a feeling that’s one of the reasons there were so many injuries. Now we don’t know how much each pitcher really threw from February to October.

“So,” Cressey advises, “be prepared to calibrate and recalibrate several times in the next few months. The industry cannot afford a rash of injuries.”

Another consideration is the bullpen; baseball managers won’t be able to use the bullpen like they did this season if we do, in fact have a 162 game season upcoming. The bullpens will be burnt out before the All-Star break, here again, if there is one. The means that pitching coaches will have to condition their starters to go much deeper into games, risking even more injuries.

“Most teams will probably go into the spring with caution,” says Yankee pitching coach Matt Blake. “We all will probably have to make adjustments. We have to be prepared for injuries, hopefully minor. But that is going to entail developing a lot of starting depth.”

For hitters, it is less of a problem as they can ramp up more quickly. But considering what happened this year in spring training with Severino, Paxton, Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez, the Yankees will have no idea what shape players will be after only playing 60 games this year. After so little work this season, it is not out of the question that all teams may face more injuries than ever as they go deeper into the 2021 baseball season. For the New York Yankees, that’s hard to imagine having so many injury-prone players.

The other aspect of what to expect for the 2021 season is what actions the teams will take with free agents during this offseason. How much will they be willing to give up, and how much money they will spend on players that may or may not play a 162 season. This is especially true of the New York Yankees, who lost more money than any other team this past season.

So, what we do know is that we know little about what the 2021 season will bring. We also know it will have a dramatic effect on this offseason. Although the hot stove is heating up, most decision-makers will likely not make many decisions early, waiting to get a clearer picture of what 2021 might hold later in the offseason.

 

 

New York Yankees Injuries: The Yankees aren’t playing the blame game, it is what it is

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

For the New York Yankees, it’s Deja vu all over again. Injuries, injuries, and more injuries.  Halfway through this shortened season, we are seeing a similar injury list that we saw last year when the Yankees experienced an unprecedented number of injuries. Last year the Yankees had injuries to 30 players for 39 separate incidents. This year in the first month we have had 10 stints on the IL, that’s ahead of last year.

After last year, the New York Yankees cleaned house, and completely revamped their strength and conditioning team, including replacing long time head trainer Stevey Donohue. The move for the Yankees was the hope of preventing the reoccurrence of 2019. The Yankees hired Assistant Director of Player Health and Performance Donovan Santas and Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach Brett McCabe. Assuming new roles in 2020 is Director of Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Michael Schuk, Head Athletic Trainer Tim Lentych, and Director of Medical Services Steve Donohue.

The biggest change was the hiring of celebrity Eric Cressey to the New York Yankees, to oversee the player health and performance team. With all the unexpected injuries this season, some Yankees fans are wondering what’s going on with the changes, it’s not working.  The fans may be questioning, the New York Yankees are not playing the blame game. Cressey was hired just one month before the start of spring training and has hardly had any time to revamp anything. The complete change of staff was to show progress for the coming years.

Instead, the Yankees are blaming the bizarre season itself. Spring training was never completed when all of baseball was shut down due to the spread of the coronavirus.  Then when summer camp was reopened, it was for a shortened conditioning period, leading to most players not having that long period to build up slowly, and due that, they are now starting to break down.

Whether you believe that explanation or not, the MLB stats seem to support it, as it’s not just the Yankees, it’s happening all over baseball.  This year the 30 clubs had collectively used the injured list 146 times for a total of 1,461 missed days through Thursday’s games, the 29th day of the regular season. Through 29 days last year (2019), those numbers stood at 93 and 1,280, which is almost 50% fewer injuries.

Several New York Yankee players have echoed that sentiment, citing the short build-up period that is now causing these injuries. Yankee pitcher James Paxton who is one of the ten Yankees players on the IL said it best in an interview following Saturday’s work out at Yankee Stadium.

“I think it’s pretty simple: short spring training,” Paxton said, referring to the spring training 2.0 that lasted less than half the length of spring training 1.0. “We didn’t get enough time going at a lower speed to kind of build up, and now you’re seeing a few weeks into the season, guys are not fresh anymore. The tiredness is building up. We don’t have that base we normally have.”

The Yankee players were working out Saturday as the entire weekend series with the crosstown New York Mets was postponed/canceled, due to a player and crew member testing positive for the coronavirus. Although there is some talk of a doubleheader on Monday at Citi Field, if further tests are negative, that scenario is unlikely. The next games to be played by the Yankees will most likely be at Truist Park, starting on Tuesday, with the Atlanta Braves.

 

 

 

 

Have the Yankees finally found the antidote to their biggest problem?

New York Yankees, James Paxton

It is not a secret that the 2019 season was a difficult one for the New York Yankees when it comes to injuries. The team lost players such as Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, James Paxton, Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Ben Heller, Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Jonathan Loaisiga, Domingo German, Luke Voit and Brett Gardner, Jordan Montgomery, plus others, for different periods of time.

Tommy John surgery, strained and pulled muscles, shoulder issues, knee maladies and lots of other ailments plagued the Yankees all season long during 2019. Prior to this season, the organization decided to make it all change and brought one of the best in the strength and conditioning department.

New strength and conditioning coach Eric Cressey was hired to help the Yankees get rid of the dreaded injury bug. Have the team found the antidote to that problem? It may be too early to tell, but the early returns are promising.

Last year, the Yankees set a Major League record with 30 players (39 stints) appearing on the injured list. That figures to change this time around.

The Yankees got a specialist

Cressey is very famous in the world of performance coaching. He has helped stars such as Corey Kluber, Noah Syndergaard and Max Scherzer while emphasizing kinesiology and biomechanics.

The Yankees new head of strength and conditioning is also famous for his Cressey Sports Performance training centers, located in Hudson, Mass., and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Even pitching coach Matt Blake, the club’s new pitching coordinator, occupied the same position for Cressey Sports Performance.

Both men were brought in as reinforcements by the Yankees to modernize their methods and approaches towards training and pitching. And there is nothing wrong with using up-to-date methods.

So far, the only notable injury in summer camp was Tanaka’s mild concussion, and that one is fluky and impossible to prevent. Let’s hope the Yankees can enjoy better health going forward thanks to Cressey.

Did the Yankees unlock the secret key to stopping the injury bug from ravaging the team in 2020?

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

The New York Yankees have been unable to avoid the injury bug over the past few seasons, as several of the top-tier talents succumbed to specific ailments, limiting their production and action.

Players like Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and many more struggled with soft tissue injuries. The simplistic nature of each injury was not a coincidence and ultimately lead to the Yankees firing former strength and conditioning coach Matt Krause. Field manager Aaron Boone was forced to rely on alternatives like Mike Tauchman, Cameron Maybin, Brett Gardner, and Mike Ford. A majority of the starting positions were supplemented by depth and reserve players, something that you normally wouldn’t want over the course of an entire season.

However, Boone managed to supply a steady stream of situational players to cover the loss of his starters, carrying the Yankees to a 103-win campaign, despite being knocked out of the postseason by the Houston Astros in the ALDS.

This off-season has been just as tumultuous, as Luis Severino succumbed to Tommy John surgery after feeling discomfort during the playoffs last year. Aaron Judge suffered a stress fracture in a rib that went undetected, and he is still recovering months after the fact. Stanton played in the fewest games over his entire career in 2019, a wretched 18. The second least he played was in 2015 when he featured in 74.

Stanton posted a career-low in home runs last year (3), and it was the first time he had ever hit less than double digits in the category. These are all good reasons for the Yankees to move on from Krause and inevitably hire Eric Cressey to take over his position several months ago. Cressey, who is known as a celebrity in the world of performance coaching, will hopefully eliminate soft tissue concerns and other predictable injuries the Yankees were facing.

The New York Yankees made a fantastic move bringing on Eric Cressey:

Cressey has experience training some of the best players in baseball, including Corey Kluber, Noah Syndergaard, and Max Scherzer. His emphasis on kinesiology and biomechanics should help every player on the team, especially the ones that have proved to be injury-prone over the past few months.

The Yankees plan to enable Cressey the luxury of working with other players on other teams, but he is the top dog with the bombers currently. Interestingly, Matt Blake, who was hired to take over as the Yankees new pitching coach, served as the pitching coordinator for Cressey Sports Performance.

“Are they preventable? Is there something that we’re missing?” Cashman said. “Is there something in our process that is faulty? I can assure you that has been a laser focus. I’ve described it as ‘CSI: The Bronx.’ That has been occurring.”

Of course, preventing injuries is simply impossible, but making them a rarity and less likely is the ultimate goal. Cressey has the pedigree to improve the regimen astronomically, and the Yankees will be expecting just that moving forward.

Who is to blame for New York Yankees’ latest injury woes?

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Who should be on the hook for the latest New York Yankees injury woes?

The last two seasons for the New York Yankees have been plagued by the injury bug, forcing manager Aaron Boone to supplement significant positions with reserve players.

Alternatives like Mike Tauchman, Cameron Maybin, Brett Gardner, and Mike Ford were all forced into starting positions in 2019. Luckily, Boone’s changes worked to perfection, as they lead the Yankees to 103 wins and an ALCS appearance against the Houston Astros. Given the Astros weren’t cheating, the Yankees might have reached the World Series for the first time in a decade.

However, the injury problems didn’t conclude after the season ended. This past spring has been filled with concern, starting with Aaron Judge, who was discovered to have a stress fracture in a rib and a punctured lung sustained on a diving play last September.

The lung has healed sufficiently, but the rib is still undergoing recovery. With MLB shutting down operations, it is expected that Judge will be fully healthy by the start of the regular season, given it actually starts at some point.

Luis Severino is also finished for the season after succumbing to Tommy John surgery, and Giancarlo Stanton, who was injured for a majority of 2019, suffered a grade 1 calf strain, continuing his woes.

The question I have is: Who is to blame for the latest injuries endured by the Yankees?

Former strength and conditioning director Matt Krause was on the hook for all of the injuries the Yankee sustained last season. Thirty-one individual Yankees spent time on the injured list, a league record, which inevitably forced the Bombers to cut ties with Kraus and move on to Eric Cressey.

After Cressey was hired, he stated: “we are in the process of overhauling how we assess players.”

The insufferable amount of injuries continue to pile the spring, forcing us to reevaluate the decision to hire Cressey. Is it truly his fault, or are these previous injuries connected to Kraus?

Well, we can come to conclusions for each player. Judge‘s injury occurred last September and was just recently diagnosed a few weeks ago; Severino had been feeling discomfort in his shoulder since his previous start against the Astros in the ALCS, and Stanton’s calf strain can also be connected to last year. It seems as if the prior regimen is at fault for the latest Yankee injuries, so we shouldn’t write off Cressey just yet.

There’s only one thing that can stop the New York Yankees in 2020

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Santon

The New York Yankees are packed full of talent, stretching from their bullpen to the outfield. Spending $324 million on Gerrit Cole and allocating resources towards weak spots has kept the Bombers in prime contention for their 28th World Series ring. However, they must not fall ill to last year’s fate.

The Yanks set records in 2019, for all the wrong reasons. They had 30 players spend 39 sperate stints on the injures list, with multiple missing the entire season, virtually. Both Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar, two essential players, made almost no impact on the season. Despite losing both offensively proficient players, the Yankees still climbed to 103 wins and reached the ALCS, just to lose to the Houston Astros, who subsequently have been cheating for years now.

Manager Aaron Boone should have been given a gold medal for his patch-work last season, but that’s a different story. The only factor that could spark the demise of the team is injuries, and the Bombers are taking all precautions towards avoiding that reality.

Having fired Matt Kraus, their former strength and conditioning coach, they went out and hired Eric Cressey, a renowned option know for working with some of the league’s top names. He has worked with All-Star pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Corey Kluber, and Max Scherzer, Cressey will work closely with Gerrit Cole to ensure his health.

The new system should help mitigate soft-tissue injuries, something Gary Sanchez (groin) and Stanton (lat/bicep) suffered through in 2019.

Steve Donohue will be moved to the Head Athletics Trainer position, also featuring as Director of Medical Servies.

“Steve brings a wealth of information in terms of the flow of baseball, the travel schedule that dynamic. He knows all the players incredible well, but he is also very, very networked within the game,” Creesey said. “We can lean on Steve’s network really heavily so there’s a wealth of information we absolutely plan to to tap into that a ton and I’m really excited to work with him.”

If all goes to plan, the Yankees can remain healthy in 2020, which would increase their chances of bringing home the gold. After their monetary allocations this year, there’s no room for failure.