Remembering Phil Niekro’s final MLB game: Hall of Famer Phil Niekro returned to the Braves for one last game in 1987. It was more than just a farewell; it was closure he’d sought for four years. This was another story that I felt like most baseball fans, even Braves fans, probably didn’t know (or, at least, didn’t know well).
Dyson, 33, led the Mariners with 28 stolen bases last season despite going out in September following core-muscle surgery. Not only does he have the speed to play all three outfield positions, but he also provides a strong, positive clubhouse presence — and he has a World Series ring from his days with the Royals.
Souza, 28, complements those attributes with power. He hit 30 homers last season for Tampa Bay and posted an .810 OPS that balanced out his .239 batting average.
“It means you’re relevant again, if people are starting up with that stuff again,” the Yankees owner told Newsday Sports. “People are concerned about us.”
With the acquisition of Stanton the Yankees now have both the 2017 National League MVP and the runner-up for the American League MVP in Aaron Judge. They also have rising stars Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird on their roster giving them a proverbial murderer’s row.
Those may be high praises at this point, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Yankees lead MLB in home runs and runs scored, and with how they got to that point is why teams are back to disliking what was a remarkably likable team in 2017.
Many feel the Yankees did not have to give up enough to acquire Stanton from the Marlins. Considering the fact Miami is now run by a former Yankees great in Derek Jeter, the questions may be well-founded.