The Underdog Yankees?
by John Jastremski
Mar 28, 2017 | 10799 views | 0 0 comments | 449 449 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As we get set to kick off the 2017 season in Major League Baseball, there is a much different feel around the New York Yankees.

Spring is in the air, hope springs eternal and the Yankees have finished up their most fascinating spring training in years.

Full of youth and full of enthusiasm when it’s abundantly clear that the hope for tomorrow is there with this talented group of Baby Bombers.

From what I saw in 2016, how can you not be all in on Gary Sanchez? I am.

At first base, Greg Bird is 100 percent healthy and the duo of Sanchez and Bird should be a part of the middle of the Yankee order for years to come.

I would expect to see even more talented Yankee minor leaguers making their impact on the big club.

That’s the good news, but the question heading into this season is whether or not these Baby Bombers are ready to compete for a playoff spot this year?

I expect the Yankees to be a solid offensive team. The youth, the power, it’s real and it’s spectacular.

Yes, I could do without Jacoby Ellsbury and his outrageous contract, but I think there’s a lot to like regarding the Yanks everyday starting nine.

The Yankees need to solve the riddle within the rotation in order to be a team that is playing in the month of October.

They can rely on Masahiro Tanaka to lead the rotation, but after Tanaka it’s a rotation that features too many questions and not enough answers.

It’s a Yankee team that has talent, that has potential, but is nowhere close to being a surefire bet for the postseason.

The youth and inexperience throughout the roster has the Yankees in an unfamiliar position: underdogs.

Yes, the mighty New York Yankees, 27 Championships and all, are underdogs.

Believe it. Embrace it. Enjoy it.

It’s very rare that the Yankees will be in this sort of spot.

It’s a team on the rise, it has a young core that will get better and better, but at the start of 2017 acknowledge the reality of the season.

It’s not a “championship or bust” team, it’s a team that will have growing pains, but enjoy the ride.

The Yankees are building their team the right way, expectations be damned.

It’s a position I wouldn’t expect to be in very often.

Think about it. When was the last time you remember the Yankees in a position where they are viewed as underdogs?

It’s hard to find examples, but I do remember a year back in 1996 where there we’re a whole lot of questions.

I think that season worked out pretty well.

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