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Thoughts on A-Rod’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

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Happy New Year, Views Crew.  The lockout is well underway and the hot stove is by extension ice cold, but Hall of Fame discourse soldiers on despite the uncertainty surrounding the sport.

Balloting has officially ended, and results will be announced on January 25 for induction in July 2022.  Of interest to Yankees fans, this year marks Alex Rodriguez’s first year on the ballot after his 2016 retirement. There have certainly been many thousands of words written by dozens of writers on the controversy of his candidacy, but as late in the game as it is I’m going to go on record and say that A-Rod should be a Hall of Famer.  Going into this balloting season, I believed he may have an easier time than his steroid-tainted predecessors in convincing the writers, but as the winter has gone on I’m starting to have doubts.

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Yankees Free Agent Target: Robbie Ray

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If there’s one constant for every team, every offseason, it’s that there’s a scramble for elite pitching.  Every team needs it, too few teams have it, and even if a team does have it, you always want more.

The Yankees’ pitching was pretty decent in 2021, featuring Cy Young runner up Gerrit Cole having an overall excellent season, a surprisingly great bullpen, and unexpected performances from the likes of Nestor Cortes, Jr., but they would be wise not to sit on their heels going into 2022.  Robbie Ray, near-unanimous Cy Young winner in 2021, is set to be one of the hottest free agents on the market this offseason, and the Yankees will be one of many teams taking a hard look.

The Curious Case of Michael King [2021 Season in Review]

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Coming into 2021, Michael King was not necessarily envisioned to be a big part of the Yankees’ bullpen. A 2016 Miami Marlins draftee, King came into spring training with just 28.2 major league innings under his belt, all with the Yankees and mostly in the shortened 2020 season.  While his 2021 season, like much of the Yankees’ season, was up and down, King nonetheless showed growth and promise that the Yankees should hope to build on in 2022.

King made the major league roster out of spring training and immediately caught eyes – in his first appearance of the season on April 4, he tossed six scoreless innings in relief of Domingo German in a 3-1 loss to Toronto.  Efficient and effective in that outing, he used only 68 pitches to get through the fourth through ninth innings, giving up one hit and striking out three.  

He was optioned to the Alternate Site (RIP Alternate Site) after that outing, and after each of the two additional appearances he made for the major league club in April in more typical middle-relief roles.  Despite logging frequent flyer miles throughout the early part of the season, King continued to impress, throwing 11 scoreless innings before giving up his first run of the season on May 13.  

Game 160: Boone’s bullpen woes delay playoff celebration

With a wild card berth in sight, Aaron Boone and the Yankees’ offense once again made it hard on themselves by managing their way into a 4-3 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays. A ninth inning rally fell short, and their magic number remains at two with two games remaining. To the takeaways:

Toronto Blue Jays Series Preview: September 28-30

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As far as regular season games go, the Yankees’ next series is about as do-or-die as you can get.  Going into the last week of the season, the Yankees are sitting in position for the first wild card spot, a single game up on the Red Sox.  After sweeping the Red Sox at Fenway to reclaim the top wild card position, the Yankees have to be riding high, but this upcoming series against the Toronto Blue Jays may be even more important – the Jays are nipping the heels of both Boston and New York, just two games behind the Yankees and one behind the Sox, and the Yankees will be tasked with this formidable squad while the Red Sox take on the 50-106 Baltimore Orioles.

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