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The New York Yankees may not have a World Series victory in about a decade, but, it’s official, they’re now the most-hated MLB team again — and it’s something that all sports fans need in their lives. How did they manage to thrust themselves back atop the most-hated rankings? One name: Giancarlo Stanton.
Every winter, we’re reminded how much deeper pockets run in the MLB against other American sporting leagues. Every hot slugger coming off a 40 homer campaign gets the bag; in a league where money talks, the New York market is always King. There’s just too much damn money in the city that never sleeps. And, while everyone else was snoozing this off-season, the New York Yankees were busy moving their battalion around the board like pros. The team’s general manger, Brian Cashman, has been stocking his roster by adding power to the adequately named Bronx Bombers. Led by Darth Steinbrenner, the Yankees never cease to prove the Evil Empire stereotype wrong. It looks like they’re finally in position to conquer the entire Galaxy once and for all — and it’s exactly why we hate them.
Last year, the Houston Astros played the role of the rebellion throughout the entirety of the MLB postseason. With their budget under $125 million — one of the lowest in the the majors — the ‘stros had to beat the two highest payrolls in baseball, the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, on the way to their first World Series crown in franchise history. Houston were able to secure the title with smart baserunning, timely pitching and some big bats coming through in clutch performances.
So, how’s that relate to the New York Yankees? Well, last year was supposed to be the Yankees’ rebuilding year. Instead, the Baby Bombers far exceeded expectations. Their bats exploded and were red hot for a long portion of the season. The middle of the order with Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, among others, was more lethal than the death star. This offseason, they do what the Yankees always do and get the best slugger in baseball at a discount: Giancarlo Stanton.
Adding Stanton to a lineup of power hitters that brought them within a game of playing in the World Series is unconventional in any sport. Seldom does a premier team get to add one of the best players in the game. Even more rare, does a one-of-the-final-four-teams from the year prior get to add one of the best players in the game at a reduced cost in a trade. Consider it Derek Jeter’s last gift to the Yankees.
In 159 games last year, Stanton had 59 homers, 132 RBIs, 168 Hits and batted an incredibly efficient .281. Add his 59 long balls to the New York Yankees 2017 league leading 241 HR and, well, we’re looking at football scores in the Bronx all season long. With the addition of Stanton, the potential for one of the most devastating lineups to ever step foot on the diamond, is there; and it gets worse for opposing teams — the New York Yankees have been positioning themselves for the Bryce Harper sweepstakes since the summer of 2016.
Even if it looked like the trade for Stanton effectively pulled them out of that Harper race, think again. The Evil Empire will stop at nothing to put the long ball on show and more trophy’s in Monument Park. If the Baby Bombers are able to land a 26-year-old Bryce Harper next offseason, prepare for a very cold, cold decade, because they’ll be poised to own MLB like the ‘90s Yankees once did.
Cue Jeter telling Judge, “I am your father.”
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