New York Yankees Recap: Yankees’ pitching collapses in messy 15 run shut out loss to the Phillies

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

Today, the New York Yankees traveled just a mile from Steinbrenner Field to the Philadelphia Phillies’ home at BayCare Park in Clearwater, Florida. It was the first meeting of the teams early in this spring training. Former Yankee manager Joe Girardi leads the Phillies. The Yankees were led today by Carlos Mendoza while manager Aaron Boone recovers from pacemaker surgery.

In the game, Gio Urshela made his first appearance in a game since rehabbing from a bone spur in his throwing elbow. Urshela had the surgery in December and said he feels fine now. In another debut, Deivi Garcia made his first pitching start of spring training. He faced the Phillies Matt Moore, a lefty that played in Japan last season. The game was played under bright sunny skies with a game time temp of 66 with a stiff NW breeze.

To put it simply in the game the New York Yankee hitters couldn’t hit Philly pitchers and the Yankees’ pitchers couldn’t pitch. Unfortunately it was the Yankees first 9 inning game of spring training.

Mike Tauchman led off for the Yankees against Matt Moore in the first. He struck out followed by Gio Urshela first at bat coming back for elbow surgery. Urshela flew out and Luke Voit popped out to second baseman Nick Maton. Moore made quick work of the Yankees in the frame. At the bottom the young Deivi Garcia took the mound. Deivi is just one of the pitchers that will be fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation at the start of the regular season. Garcia used three different pitches to get Adam Haseley to ground out to Urshela at third. Hoskins struck out. Then Scott Kingery hit a line drive homer to left off of Garcia. Phillies 1 Yankees 0.

Moore was back on the mound for the second, facing Clint Frazier who struck out. Miguel Andujar flew out, and Kyle Higashioka who is catching today walked on six pitches. Tyler Wade doubled, but “Higgy” was called out as he tried to reach home plate. Deivi Garcia with 15 pitches (12 strikes) was back on the mound in the bottom of the frame. Garcia gave up another homer, this one to Odubel Herrera. Phillies 2 Yankees 0.

Vince Velasquez replaced Moore in the second inning. Brito struck out. Estrada grounded out bringing us back to the top of the lineup. Tauchman  grounded out to first. Wojciechowski took over for Garcia. He put down the side in one-two-three fashion. Velasquez in his second inning of work in the fourth and he put down the Yankees again.

“Wojo” was back in the bottom of the frame. Kingery reached on a Tauchman error. Bohm walked, Herrera singled giving Wojo a big mess to clean up with no outs on the board. Chatham singled driving in Kingery. Still no outs. He finally got an out by striking out Jeff Mathis. Nick Maton doubled and cleared the bases. Phillies 6 Yankees 0. Bench Coach Medoza took Wojciechowski out of the game. With one out Albert Abreu took over. The Yankees went from bad to worse. He gave up a double to Luke Williams driving Maton home for another Phillie’s run.

He then threw a wild pitch moving William to third. Haseley walked. Hoskins singled driving in Williams. Kingery struck out for the second out of the half. Bohm homered driving in three more runs. Herrera popped out ending the complete collapse of the Yankees pitching. The two Yankee pitchers gave up nine runs in the frame.

The New York Yankees remained scoreless in the top of the fifth. Next up for the Yankees was Lucas Luetge. Mathis singled and was replaced by pinch runner Luis Garcia. But, Luetge managed to get out of the inning without allowing another Philly run. In the top of the sixth Ryan LaMarre managed to get the Yankees second hit of the game, a line drive single to center. But the Yankees failed to score a run.

Reggie McClain pitched the top of the sixth for the Yankees, and immediately gave up a homer to Mickey Moniak to far right. He got out of the inning only giving up the one run. The Yankees faced Philly pitcher Ramon Rosso. The Yankees Josh Breaux singled, Brantly walked, but again the Yankees failed to score. Nestor Cortes Jr. took to the mound for the Yankees. Garcia walked and Williams homered. Mickey Moniak homered. Phillies 15 Yankees 0.

Phillies pitching again shut down the New York Yankees in the top of the eighth. Ryan LaMarre was hit by a pitch but Alvarez with two outs failed to drive him in. Yoendrys Gomez pitched the bottom of the eighth for the Yankees. He did his job and prevented the Phillies from scoring another run. With last licks on the line, the Yankees hoped to avoid the shutout in the top of the ninth inning, but the game was called after the eighth.

The final score was the Philadelphia Phillies 15 and the Yankees Zero. The losing pitcher was Deivi Garcia and the winner was Moore.  The Yankees only mustarded up three hits in the game.

 

New York Yankee News: Yankees to celebrate Lou Gehrig Day on June 2nd (video)

The New York Yankees and all of baseball will celebrate Lou Gehrig Day on June 2nd., as reported by Jeff Passan, an MLB insider and ESPN reporter. He said that a large group of people affected by ALS banded together to convince teams and the leagues to honor Gehrig as they do with Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente.

Those fans who do not know who Lou Gehrig is, he was one of the greatest New York Yankee players ever to play the game. His life was cut short by ALS, later to be named Lou Gehrig Disease. ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a fatal disease; there is no cure. ALS often begins with muscle twitching and weakness in a limb or slurred speech. Eventually, ALS affects control of the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe.

On July 4, 1939, between games of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, nearly 42,000 baseball fans sat quietly in the stands waiting for their team’s first baseman to address the crowd. It was Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day. It should have been a joyous celebration, but it wasn’t. A few weeks earlier, Yankees fans learned that Gehrig was suffering from an incurable disease that would prevent them from seeing him continuing to play.

On that day, Gehrig made one of the saddest and memorable speeches ever made in New York Yankee history. After not seeing Gehrig for several weeks, fans were shocked to see the once very handsome man, gaunt and thin, obviously zapped of his strength. All the dignitaries were there, including the Major of New York. He was showered with gifts from fellow players, the Yankees, and the opposing Washington Senators. Gehrig, a shadow of his former self, was holding back tears, and it looked as if he might not be able to speak on that hot, humid summer day. But somehow, he garnered the strength to stand behind the microphone.

Just like he had done in each of the 2,130 consecutive games he played in his career, the Iron Horse gathered his strength and forged ahead.

“For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

“When you look around, wouldn’t you consider it a privilege to associate yourself with such a fine looking men as they’re standing in uniform in this ballpark today? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.

“When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift – that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies – that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body – it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed – that’s the finest I know.

“So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for. Thank you.”

In his seventeen years, Lou Gehrig, all with the New York Yankees, became a legend for being one of the best and more durable players that the team had ever seen. He played from 1925 to 1938, taking part in no less than 150 games a season. But in 1939, as the disease started to ravage the once-great man, he played in only eight games, with a career batting average of an unbelievable .340. Early in the 1939 season, while he could still play, he batted only .143 until he could no longer play.

In his career, he was an MVP nominee 10 times, winning the award twice. 1933 marked the first time baseball had an All-Star game. Gehrig was an All-Star every year until his career ended. After Gehrig’s emotional speech, he managed to live almost two years. But on June 2, 1941, the great Lou Gehrig lost his battle with ALS.

Gehrig was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. On Dec. 7, 1939, the BBWAA (baseball writers) voted unanimously to suspend the waiting period and immediately placed Gehrig in the Baseball Hall of Fame. On June 2nd, the Yankees will be at home at Yankee Stadium playing against the Tampa Bay Rays. They also will celebrate the life of Lou Gehrig, the player, the man, the legend, and yes, the American hero.

 

 

Yankees’ Corey Kluber takes massive step forward in quest to return to Cy Young form

New York Yankees, Corey Kluber

When the New York Yankees signed Corey Kluber to a one-year, $11 million deal, they knew it might take him some time to fight back to his regular form. He hasn’t pitched in almost a year, seeing just 36.2 innings since 2018.

His last successful season came in 2018 when he posted a 2.89 ERA and 3.12 FIP. His 5.5 WAR was down a bit from 7.2 in 2017, when he logged a 2.25 ERA.

Over the last decade, Kluber is considered one of the best pitchers in baseball, but unfortunate injuries have set him back significantly. A broken arm caused by a line drive ended his season prematurely in 2019, and a shoulder injury derailed his 2020 season.

After months of rehabilitation, Kluber made his first appearance for the Yankees against the Toronto Blue Jays in Wednesday nights game. Unfortunately, the game was not televised for everyone to enjoy his stellar performance. He lasted 2.0 innings, striking out three batters and allowing zero Blue Jays on base.

“I feel like it was pretty solid. First and foremost, I think it was nice to get out there and. Fun to get out there and face another team. I was joking around afterwards, it’s the first time I’ve gone multiple innings against a real opponent in almost two years, which is too long,” Kluber said after the Yankees 4-1 win. “So it was fun to get out there. And obviously, there’s a bonus that it went well as well. I think first and foremost, I just kind of want to get out there and feel the adrenaline of being in the game and stuff again.”

The adrenaline that Kluber experienced was exactly what he needed to find his groove. The Yankees expect him to be the number two in the rotation behind Gerrit Cole, and he undoubtedly proved he’s got the stuff to do it on Wednesday. A bit of consistency over the next few weeks is essential, but general manager Brian Cashman must be happy with what he saw in this victory.

“I probably maybe needed a little bit of that adrenaline to kind of remind my body what it feels like to go out there and have that,” Kluber said. “It’s hard to replicate that in a bullpen and replicate that in a live BP. For me, at least, it’s hard to get that same amount of adrenaline, same butterflies, all that kind of stuff. So I think it was good for me to feel that and go out there and kind of regulate everything and pitch with that..”

New York Yankees: Gary Sanchez is off to a blistering start in spring training

One of the hottest storylines for the New York Yankees in spring training is the progress of Gary Sanchez. He was very bad during the shortened 2020 season, slumping all the way to career lows in average (.147) on base percentage (.253) slugging (.365) wOBA (.271) and wRC+, with 68.

Sanchez did hit 10 home runs, but his 36% strikeout rate made it difficult for New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone to justify keeping him in the lineup.

In fact, the Yankees’ skipper decided to go with backup Kyle Higashioka to start games in the 2020 postseason given the defensive advantage and the prolonged slump Sanchez was in.

He worked very hard during the offseason on some mechanical adjustments at the plate, and he also reported to spring training in very good shape.

The hard work seems to be paying off for the Yankees’ backstop

And, so far at least, the hard work seems to be paying off for the Yankees’ catcher. Sanchez hit his second Grapefruit League home run on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

For Sanchez, it has never been about the power. It’s evident that he can mash a baseball, as evidenced by his batted ball data in 2020. However, making contact has been an issue in the last two seasons, especially in 2020.

Wednesday’s dinger didn’t travel as far as the one he hit against the Detroit Tigers earlier in the week, but the Yankees will no doubt take it nonetheless.

This time, it was an opposite-field rocket off of left-hander Nick Allgeyer in the fifth inning, as the New York Yankees won 4-1 against their division rivals.

With a long season to work through any mechanical issues he may have in the batter’s box, and hopefully a normal environment, the Yankees hope that Sanchez can return to his +100 wRC+ ways and avoid prolonged slumps at the plate.

New York Yankees News roundup while Aaron Boone recovers

Some New York Yankee fans don’t pay attention to what goes on in spring training and don’t get engaged until the regular season games that count get started. But even those fans must have heard the shocking news the Yankees skipper Aaron Boone required surgery to have a pacemaker installed to keep his heart beating normally. Boone had the surgery late on Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Reports are that the surgery was completed as expected and without complications. Reports were that Boone was resting comfortably. It was said he even chatted with the team from his hospital bed via Zoom. Boone had open heart surgery back in 2009, and because of that, he has been proactive about his health. During the past week, he said he experienced bouts of lightheadedness and shortness of breath. Because of that, he consulted with doctors who determined Boone’s heart was beating too slowly and that a pacemaker would be necessary to correct that.

In most cases, the patient will go home after 24-48 hours of hospitalization. Depending on the type of Pacemaker installed, he could be back to work at the Yankee training complex over the weekend, but it will be more likely at some point next week. Because Boone’s job is not that strenuous, he should be able to resume normal activities as long as he avoids lifting, pushing, and pulling anything heavy. He should be able to resume his normal life totally in 4-6 weeks.

Mike Ford still confident

Mike Ford hit his first extra-base hit Tuesday afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles. He said it felt good, especially after performing poorly in the 2020 campaign. Ford knows he will have to compete for playing time this year as the New York Yankees have picked up two veteran lefties during the offseason. The Yankees acquired Jay Bruce and Derek Dietrich; the catch for Ford is that the two veterans also play at first base, as does Ford.

“I always try to perform, especially when I’ve got a little chip on my shoulder,’’ Ford said Wednesday. “There’s great competition here with a lot of experience. Who knows where the chips are gonna fall?”

Bruce, who had made a running catch in the left-field already this spring, looked sharp at first base in Wednesday’s 4-1, seven-inning win over the Blue Jays. He also added two hits, including a double. Dietrich, who played third base on Wednesday, also hit his first homer of the spring.

Brett Gardner returned to left field

Wednesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Yankee fans in attendance saw an old friend out in the left-field, Brett Gardner. Gardner, the last holdover from the 2009 World Series, languished most of the offseason as the Yankees handled more important re-signings and acquisitions. The Yankees at the end of the season bought out Gardner’s contract rather than take up his $10 million option.

Finally, just days before the start of spring training, the Yankees and Gardner came to an agreement allowing the fan-favorite to return for yet another year with an option for the 2022 season. Gardner has always said he wants to retire as a Yankee. But last season was an odd one with the coronavirus and no fans in the stands. Gardner said he wants to be able to have his family see him play again. On his first at-bat Wednesday, he walked.

Darren O’Day on Darren O’Day

Darren O’Day threw live batting practice on Tuesday at the Yankees minor league complex, immediately after batters had faced Aroldis Chapman. O’Day acquired during the offseason will give a different look to the bullpen with his side-arm delivery. Chapman throws at 100 mph, O’Day is just at 85 mph, but he counts on deception to get hitters out.

“You can’t really quantify deception, but it’s a valuable tool to have,’’ O’Day said. “To have different looks. Just messing with the hitters’ timing [is important],’’ O’Day said. “The more we can do to disrupt that timing, the more outs we’re going to get.”

The right-hander is ready to contribute in various roles; he said that manager Aaron Boone would use him at any point in the game, much like he said Buck Showalter used him in Baltimore. O’Day pointed to Showalter using his relievers to get “four, five six outs a night.”

“We had a great relationship,’’ O’Day said. “I really enjoyed playing for him, especially the early years in Baltimore when the team was pretty much the doormat of the league for a long time. We kind of brought the nice baseball tradition back there.”

New York Yankees overtake the Jays 4-1

The Yankees were back at Steinbrenner Field yesterday after their win over the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota. The game yesterday was an unusual spring training night game. The first time fans got a look at Corey Kluber in a Yankees uniform, and he didn’t disappoint.

Kluber started for the New York Yankees facing the Toronto Blue Jay’s Simeon Richardson. Corey Kluber was magnificent in his first inning in pinstripes. Kluber retired the first three hitters he faced in order, ending the frame with a pretty strikeout of Rowdy Tellez. In the second inning, Kluber looked really good, folks. He struck out two more Blue Jays to finish off two perfect frames.  This performance is wonderful news for the Yankees.

Also making their first appearance of spring training were Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton. After four innings, the game remained scoreless, with Luis Cessa on the mound for the fifth. Josh Palacios doubled off Cessa, but Warmoth struck out; Valero singled, scoring Palacios for the game’s first run. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

At the bottom of the frame, Gary Sanchez again showed off his power, homering and tieing up the game at 1-1. That was followed by Derek Dietrich’s home run driving in two for the Yankees 3-1 lead. It looked as if it would be the first 9 inning game of spring training when the Yankees took the field in the bottom of the seventh, but as it turned out the Jays manager just wanted to get more work for his pitchers. It wasn’t a good decision. The game ended at the end of the seventh, but not before Robinson Chirinos homered to far left for the Yankee 4-1 lead.

 

Yankees: Good news and bad news after impressive win over Toronto

New York Yankees, Corey Kluber

The New York Yankees faced off against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night, and while the contest wasn’t televised, the Yankees made their presence felt. Securing a 4-1 victory over Toronto, the bombers showed stellar pitching, thanks to starter Corey Kluber and a strong relief performance.

The Yankees sign Kluber to a one-year, $11 million deal earlier this off-season, with hopes that he can return to a Cy Young form back in 2018. He is two years removed from being considered one of the best pitchers in the MLB, tossing just 36.2 innings since his fantastic 2018 campaign. During that season, he recorded a 2.89 ERA and 20 wins over 215 innings.

However, Kluber showed a glimpse of what he’s capable of against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

Over two innings, Kluber recorded three strikeouts and didn’t allow a batter on base. In his first live-action in almost a year, he was fantastic and deserves the recognition of taking on the number two spot in the starting rotation behind Gerrit Cole. If Kluber pans out and can even replicate half of his abilities two years ago, the Yankees will have a fantastic 1-2 punch.

Kluber wasn’t the only pitcher to flash promise, as Nick Goody, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Kyle Barraclough all struck out two batters apiece. The bullpen got the job done, providing a sense of security for the Yanks, who are bullish on their relief options but lack the sample size of consistency to justify their optimism.

Offensively, a trio of homers helped to propel the Yanks to victory, a familiar sight for a team that predominately relies on the long ball. Catcher Gary Sanchez launched his second home run of spring training, driving one 393 feet to centerfield. Derek Dietrich also homered, his first of spring training. Just before the game concluded, Robinson Chirinos sent a ball 414 feet to left field. Quite the power shot for the little guy!

Again, there wasn’t too much bad news for the Yankees in this contest, aside from Giancarlo Stanton striking out twice. However, it was his first action of spring training, meaning it will take him time and at-bats to begin seeing the ball efficiently.

New York Yankees: Aaron Boone’s surgery successful will return soon

New York Yankees, Aaron boone

The New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone had open-heart surgery in 2009. Since then, he has been monitoring his health carefully. When he noticed this week that he felt lightheaded and short of breath, he immediately contacted doctors. Doctors found that his heart was beating more slowly than optimal. After discussions with Boone, doctors decided that a pacemaker should be implanted in Boone. Boone took an immediate emergency leave from the Yankees.

The procedure was undertaken last night at St. Joesph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and went without a hitch. Boone could be back with the team as early as this weekend with no complications, but more likely early next week. Boone, before the procedure, said:

“My faith is strong, and my spirits are high. I’m in a great frame of mind because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff here at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They are confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days, but during my short-term absence, I have complete trust that our coaches, staff and players will continue their training and preparation at the same level as we’ve had and without any interruption.

“I also want to take this opportunity to remind all those dealing with heart issues to remain vigilant in your care and to reach out to your doctor should you have any symptoms of discomfort or trouble. Any issue involving the heart has the potential to be serious. Staying on top of your health is always the first and most important thing you can do for yourself and your family.”

Boone being proactive, will be back with the team as soon as possible, and it will probably be sooner than later. He has already been in contact with the team Via Zoom from his hospital bed after the procedure. Boone, who turns 48 next week, is entering his fourth season as the New York Yankees manager. In three seasons, he’s led the team to a record of 236-148 (.615) and an 11-10 record in postseason play. That span includes one AL East title and playoff berth each season.

With the excellent coaching staff and bench coach Carlos Mendosa, the Yankees will hardly notice that he is gone. But you can be sure that Boone will be back with the Yankees before you know it.

New York Yankees: Aaron Boone, what are the implications of his surgery?

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

The New York Yankee manager, Aaron Boone, learned today that he had to have a pacemaker installed for his heart. Boone took immediate emergency leave from the team. Many know that Boone had open heart surgery back in 2009 and has kept close tabs on his condition since then. Recently he has felt some lightheadedness and seemed to be zapped of his strength. He consulted with doctors, and they informed him that his heart was beating slower than optimal. The heart pumps blood to the body; it also pumps oxygen; if the body doesn’t get enough oxygen, then the body often responses with Boone’s symptoms.

Many of you who have heard this news or are reading about it will be wondering what effect this will have on the New York Yankees. The answer is probably not much. Boone has a staff of competent coaches. If Boone has surgery, actually, it’s more of a procedure; today, he will likely go home tomorrow night or the next morning as long as there are no complications. He could be back with the team as early as next week.

I speak with a little authority as I have had the same procedure. The pacemaker is an electrical device inserted under the skin, usually in the left upper chest area. The device has wires that are attached to the heart and regulate the heartbeats. Newer models even detail motion and demands as your activity increases and decreases and automatically speeds up the heart to meet demand. There are three types of pacemakers, and all three have different recovery times. It is unknown what type Boone will have inserted.

Simply put, all three devices have insulated wires that are attached to your heart. The unit is run by batteries that usually last about seven years. The patient will normally have an echocardiogram for the surgeon to determine how your heart pumps and the best places to attach the wires; it will also determine the type of pacemaker to be installed. The procedure is relatively fast, and the incision will be glued shut.

As I said, Boone could very well be back at the job of leading the Yankees as early as next week. He will not have many limitations as he is not playing a body contact sport, playing golf, tennis, or swimming. He will have some restrictions for up to six weeks. He will not be allowed to lift heavy objects and will be asked to avoid pushing or pulling motions. The only long-term annoyance associated with the pacemaker is that he most likely will not make it through metal detectors at airports.

As far as the team is concerned, Boone will be able to carry out all his normal activities, although he probably will avoid pitching demonstrations. Just a couple of weeks into the regular season, Boone should resume his life as normal. Also of interest is that his pacemaker will be attached to the Internet. The pacemaker “talks” to a monitor in his home, and that monitor transmits any abnormalities in his heart function to his doctor’s office or monitoring station.

 

BREAKING: Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone taking immediate medical leave of absence

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

As per the Yankees media:

“As many of you know, I underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, and I wanted everyone to understand where I’m at regarding the procedure that’s taking place today,” said Boone. “Over the last six-to-eight weeks I’ve had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath. As a result, I underwent a series of tests and examinations in New York prior to the beginning of spring training, including multiple visits with a team of heart specialists. While the heart checkup came back normal, there were indications of a low heart rate which, after further consultations with doctors in Tampa, necessitates a pacemaker.

“My faith is strong, and my spirits are high. I’m in a great frame of mind because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff here at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They are confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days, but during my short-term absence, I have complete trust that our coaches, staff and players will continue their training and preparation at the same level as we’ve had and without any interruption.

“I also want to take this opportunity to remind all those dealing with heart issues to remain vigilant in your care and to reach out to your doctor should you have any symptoms of discomfort or trouble. Any issue involving the heart has the potential to be serious. Staying on top of your health is always the first and most important thing you can do for yourself and your family.”

Per managing partner Hal Steinbrenner:

“The thoughts of the entire organization are with Aaron and his family as he undergoes this procedure and takes the time he needs to properly heal,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “Aaron leads our players, coaches and staff with a rare combination of work ethic, intelligence and a genuine concern for others. Our only priority at this time is Aaron’s health and well-being, and we will support him in every way throughout his recovery.”

We here at Empire Sports Media wish Boony well and have him in our hearts as he recovers from this scary situation.

The Yankees are in love with Oswald Peraza’s swing, athleticism, and defense

Gleyber Torres is, as things stand right now, the New York Yankees’ shortstop of the future, especially now that he worked on his conditioning during the offseason and looks lighter on his feet. The team is willing to give him every opportunity to show that he has the defensive range to play the position at least for the next five years or so.

However, the Yankees also know that they have to be prepared should Gleyber fail to defend his position adequately. Fortunately, they have a very promising teenager in the minor leagues that is shaping up as a future option at shortstop.

Currently rated as the fourth-best prospect on the Yankees by MLB Pipeline, Oswald Peraza’s arrow is pointing up.

Peraza went 0-for-2 in a little cameo during Grapefruit League play for the Yankees this week.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said to NJ Advance Media that he is “still a little ways away, but he’s a guy from a future standpoint that we’re about as excited as you can be.”

The Yankees’ glove-first shortstop of the future

Peraza’s profile is different than Gleyber. Torres is a bat-first, plus-power shortstop, whereas Peraza’s strength is his glove. He is considered a plus defender at a premium position, so the chances of him being an everyday player someday are quite high.

“He’s going to be able to stay as shortstop,” a pro scout told NJ Advance Media. “And the ball comes off his bat. In 2019, I saw the raw power in batting practice. But just the poise and the way that he carries himself and plays shortstop for a young kid. I like Peraza a lot.”

Boone explained that the Yankees are in love with Peraza. “His swing, his athleticism, his hands in the field,” he said. “I mean, he looks like an everyday shortstop. And he’s acquitted himself. He carries himself really well. I’m excited about him.”

He figures to start the season at High-A ball, but the Yankees are hoping he can make it to Double-A this season and be called up next year.