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Old 02-21-2019, 10:55 PM   #1
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The New York Yankees: The Return of The Evil Empire

Interlude: As one of the most successful sports clubs in the world, the Yankees have won 18 division titles, 40 AL pennants, and 27 World Series championships, all of which are MLB records. The Yankees have won more titles than any other franchise in the four major North American sports leagues. Forty-four Yankees players and eleven Yankees managers have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford. In pursuit of winning championships, the franchise has used a large payroll to attract talent, particularly during the Steinbrenner era. According to Forbes, the Yankees are the second highest valued sports franchise in the United States and the fifth in the world, with an estimated value of approximately $4 billion. The Yankees have garnered enormous popularity and a dedicated fanbase, as well as widespread enmity from fans of other MLB teams. The team's rivalry with the Boston Red Sox is one of the most well-known rivalries in U.S. sports.

Setup: I played every game of the 2018 season, and had a blast. I got burnt out quickly posting my last dynasty here trying to keep up with the graphics and images, so this one will be more vanilla. We pick this up at the beginning of Spring Training, in 2019. The offseason was simulated to not cheese the CPU with budgets off, and the "Ghost GM" of the Yankees still managed to take advantage of the budgets turned off; as you'll see below.

Without further ado, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rebirth of the Evil Empire .
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:59 PM   #2
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2018 Season Summary

After sitting at 44-46 at the ASB and plagued with injuries; we made some changes to the roster, and went 41-31 in the second half of the season to squeeze into the playoffs at 85-77. An 8-0 win over Oakland put us in the ALDS where the winningest team in baseball, the Boston Red Sox, humbled us, ending our season in a 12-2 buttwhooping in which Tanaka lasted a measly 2.2 innings before getting the hook.

Houston would go on to defeat the Colorado Rockies in the World Series, 4 games to 3. Houston 1B Tyler White was the WS MVP. He hit .409 with 2 HR (both walkoffs) and 4 RBI. During the regular season he had a .236/.319/.349 triple slash, with 9 HR and 30 RBI in 108 games. Gurriel tore his MCL in May, and Houston just kinda said F*** it, lets give this guy a shot I guess.

MLB Standings - Updated: Nov 3, 2018
Boston Red Sox10359-
New York Yankees857718.0
Toronto Blue Jays818122.0
Tampa Bay Rays778526.0
Baltimore Orioles649839.0
Cleveland Indians9765
Detroit Tigers818116.0
Kansas City Royals798318.0
Minnesota Twins758722.0
Chicago White Sox5610641.0
Houston Astros10260-
Oakland Athletics887414.0
Seattle Mariners788424.0
Houston Rangers709232.0
Los Angeles Angels699333.0
Washington Nationals9567-
New York Mets857710.0
Philadelphia Phillies847811.0
Atlanta Braves669629.0
Miami Marlins649831.0
Chicago Cubs10062-
Milwaukee Brewers877613.5
Pittsburgh Pirates818119.0
St. Louis Cardinals808220.0
Cincinnati Reds699331.0
Colorado Rockies9963-
Los Angeles Dodgers90729.0
San Francisco Giants867713.5
Arizona Diamondbacks828017.0
San Diego Padres5810441.0

2018 MLB Award Winners
AL Most Valuable PlayerJustin VerlanderPHouston Astros
NL Most Valuable PlayerNolan Arenado3BColorado Rockies
AL Cy Young AwardJustin VerlanderPHouston Astros
NL Cy Young AwardClayton KershawPLos Angeles Dodgers
AL Hank Aaron AwardMike TroutCFLos Angeles Angels
NL Hank Aaron AwardNolan Arenado3BColorado Rockies
AL Rolaids Relief AwardAddison ReedRPMinnesota Twins
NL Rolaids Relief AwardWade DavisRPColorado Rockies
AL Rookie of the YearEloy JiminezOFChicago White Sox
NL Rookie of the YearRonald Acuna Jr.LFAtlanta Braves

Notable Retirements

2018 Notable Retirements - Hitting
Rajai Davis433263411252314362393268870411103.260.308.376
Mike Napoli457269711252241126774465014683924.246.346.475
Victor Martinez707990720954134241115471088877.296.361.458
Albert Pujols9998173630196231861919411266119611444.302.383.554
Jayson Werth5484883146530022229779764145013223.267.360.455
Chase Utley680210961878402572641021713118215122.276.358.468
Ichiro Suzuki988514153080362961177806431072509117.312.355.403
Tim Tebow--------------
2018 Notable Retirements - Pitching
C.C. Sabathia535514240148030423391.132161395347103228981.253.70
James Shields396389141130123302512.02498111634072221441.284.00
Bartolo Colon564555248190028413460.13601157643595825351.324.10

Hall of Fame

Albert Pujols (2000-2018) .302AVG, 619HR, 1941RBI, 3019H

Ichiro Suzuki (2000-2018) .312AVG, 117HR, 780RBI, 3080H

***Dislcaimer*** I simmed the offseason because I didn't want to cheese the CPU with budgets off. The CPU Yankees decided they would take advantage of the budgets off anyways. I don't hate it

Transaction Report

Red Sox sign OF Bryce Harper to 7 year, 186.6M deal (26.65m/yr)

Tigers sign SS Manny Machado to 7 year, 216.6M deal (30.94/yr)

Mets sign C Robinson Chirinos to 2 year, 12.4M deal (6.2/yr)

Yankees sign 2B Jose Altuve to 10 year, 309.5M deal (30.95/yr)

Yankees sign 1B Paul Goldschmidt to 9 year, 278.5M deal (30.94/yr)

Angels sign 2B D.J. LeMahieu to 5 year, 115.4M deal (23.07m/yr)

Yankees sign SP Jose Quintana to 4 year, 62.0M deal (15.50m/yr)

Blue Jays sign OF Michael Brantley to 5 year, 58.8M deal (11.76m/yr)

Rangers sign SP Gio Gonzalez to 3 year, 33.9M deal (11.30m/yr)

Giants sign 3B Mike Moustakas to 3 year, 34.5M deal (11.50m/yr)

Dodgers acquire 2B Ketel Marte from the Diamondbacks for 1B Edwin Rios, SP Mitchell White

Marlins trade 2B Isan Diaz to the Indians for SS Willi Castro

The Padres acquire RP Tyler Thornburg, CF Cole Brannen from the Red Sox for 2B Estuery Ruiz

The Cardinals trade RP Luke Gregerson to the Nationals for C Pedro Severino

The Reds trade SS Jose Israel Garcia to the Red Sox for RP Marcus Walden

The Cubs trade RP Brian Duensing to the Rays for LF Garrett Whitley and 1B Joe McCarthy

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Old 02-22-2019, 12:00 AM   #3
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The New York Yankees 2019 Season Preview

TAMPA, FL -- The New York Yankees wrapped up their 2019 spring training with a 2-1 loss against the Atlanta Braves. Finishing at 17-13, and a roster cut down to 25, the Yankees are going for it all in 2019.

"We try to be competitive every single year" Yankees GM Brian Cashman said this morning, "We managed to make the best of a bad situation last year; this year, with the help of some outside talent, we're really making a push to bring home another World Series championship to the organization and the fans."

The Yankees finished the 2018 with an 85-77 record, and squeaked into the playoffs. They were overmatched in the ALDS by the division rivals Boston Red Sox. Boston has only improved, signing megastar free agent Bryce Harper to a 7 year, 186.6 million dollar deal in the offseason. The Yankees decided to open their own wallet, and bolster the roster with some established talent of their own.

Off season key acquisitions:

1B Paul Goldschmidt, 2B Jose Altuve, SP Jose Quintana.

The New Gold Standard

Paul Goldschmidt had an MVP caliber year in Arizona last season, hitting a .318/.404/.607 triple slash, with 44 home runs and 115 RBIs. Goldschmidt replaces Justin Bour, who will now move to DH when Stanton is in the field.

Although this move slates Giancarlo to be the projected everyday left fielder, the former MVP did make an effort to improve in the field, having 8 assists, and a 98% fielding percentage. If he falters, the Yankees can always move him back to DH, putting Brandon Drury in Left, and having Gleyber Torres play everyday at 3rd base. There is a feeling that barring injury, we may not see Justin Bour on this team past the trade deadline.

A New Sparkplug at 2nd Base
Jose Altuve left the Astros after winning a World Series, and will find himself playing everyday at 2nd base. Altuve, who had a .328 batting average, also hit 22 homeruns, with a career high 98 RBIs. He also crossed the plate 98 times, and the Yankees may have him batting leadoff, as Brett Gardner was not resigned following the 2018 season.

What Does This Mean For Gleybar?

Gleybar Torres, who started at 2nd base last year, will now be used in a more utility position, as he struggled at the plate last year, hitting only .234, and striking out 168 times. As mentioned previously, if Stanton proves that he cannot handle playing the field, starting 3rd baseman Brandon Drury will move to left, opening up a spot for Gleybar in the infield. An indivision scout mentioned that if Gleybar is slow out of the gate, he may see some time back in Triple A, until the logjam at the big leagues sorts itself out, so Gleybar can continue to develop.

After a Down Year, Quintana Looks to Return to Form

Jose Quintana, once deemed too expensive for the Yankees, has signed a 4 year, 62 million dollar deal, and looks to be the third man in the rotation for the New York Yankees, behind Ace Luis Severino, and Masahiro Tanaka. Quintana had an injury plagued 2018 season, pitching just 148.1 innings, and saw a decrease in performance as well. With an ERA of 4.07, and a career high WHIP of 1.39, a fresh start could be what a potentially healthy Quintana needs. The lefty looks to shake up the right handed heavy Yankee rotation, which will move Mike Foltynewicz to the bullpen.

At the end of the day, the Yankees will be expected to compete from the get-go, and will look to give the Red Sox a run for the division. Despite amassing only 85 wins last year, they are projected to win 96 games this year. Below is the 25 man roster, as well as projected everyday lineup, rotation, and bullpen. Let's play ball!

New York Yankees Depth Chart - 2019
  • Catcher
  • Gary Sanchez
  • Austin Romine
  • First Base
  • Paul Goldschmit
  • Justin Bour
  • Second Base
  • Jose Altuve
  • Gleyber Torres
  • Third Base
  • Brandon Drury
  • Gleyber Torres
  • Shortstop
  • Didi Gregorius
  • Gleyber Torres
  • Left Field
  • Giancarlo Stanton
  • Jacoby Ellsbury
  • Center Field
  • Aaron Hicks
  • Jacoby Ellsbury
  • Right Field
  • Aaron Judge
  • Jacoby Ellsbury
  • Starting Pitcher
  • Luis Severino
  • Masahiro Tanaka
  • Jose Quintana
  • Sonny Gray
  • Jordan Montgomery
  • Mike Foltynewicz
  • Relief Pitcher
  • David Robertson
  • Chad Green
  • Dellin Betances
  • Tommy Kahnle
  • Blaine Hardy
  • Chasen Shreve
  • Closer
  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Designated Hitter
  • Justin Bour
  • Giancarlo Stanton

Projected Lineup
2B Jose Altuve (R)
SS Didi Gregorius (L)
1B Paul Goldschmidt (R)
RF Aaron Judge (R)
LF Giancarlo Stanton (R)
C Gary Sanchez (R)
DH Justin Bour (L)
CF Aaron Hicks (S)
3B Brandon Drury (R)

Projected Rotation
RHP Luis Severino
RHP Masahiro Tanaka
LHP Jose Quintana
RHP Sonny Gray
LHP Jordan Montgomery
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3/28/2019 - Game 1

Yanks Win Season Opener as Stanton Goes Yard Twice

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
Mar 28, 2019123456789RHE
Baltimore (0-0)011000020462
New York (0-0)01200050X890
W: L. Severino (1-0) L: D. Bundy (0-1)
Scoring Summary
BAL2Schoop homered to left (408 feet).10
NYY2Stanton homered to center (424 feet).11
BAL3Sisco homered to right (425 feet).21
NYY3Gregorius homored to left (417 feet). Drury scores.23
NYY7Drury grounded to center for a single. Hicks scores.24
NYY7Gregorius grounded to shortstop for a single (E6). Drury scores.25
NYY7Goldschmidt grounded out to Alvarez (3U). Altuve scores.26
NYY7Judge hit a sacrifice fly to Trumbo (SF9). Gregorius scores.27
NYY7Stanton homered to right (370 feet).28
BAL8Beckham homered to left (452 feet). Trumbo scores.48
Baltimore Orioles
Iglesias, SS4000020.000
Tauchman, CF4000010.000
Mancini, LF4010010.250
Schoop, 2B4111021.250
Jones, DH4000000.000
Alvarez, 1B4000020.000
Trumbo, RF3110000.333
Sisco, C3111011.333
Beckham, 3B3122001.666
TEAM TOTALS334640113
HR: Schoop, Sisco, Beckham
RBI: Schoop, Sisco, Beckham 2
E: Iglesias, Sisco
New York Yankees
Altuve, 2B4110000.250
Gregorius, SS4232001.750
Goldschmidt, 1B3001110.000
Judge, RF3001000.000
Stanton, LF4222022.500
Sanchez, C4000000.000
Bour, DH4000020.000
Hicks, CF4110010.250
Drury, 3B3221100.666
2B: Gregorius
3B: Hicks
HR: Gregorius, Stanton 2
RBI: Gregorius 2, Goldschmidt, Judge, Stanton 2, Drury 1
SF: Judge
Baltimore Orioles
Bundy (L, 0-1)6.04332624.50
O'Day 1.055400136.00
TEAM TOTALS8.0987263
New York Yankees
Severino (W, 1-0)7.03220822.57
TEAM TOTALS9.06440113
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