Sportscaster foresees 2024 Yankees becoming best version in recent history

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Michael Bennington
Saturday January 27, 2024

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Anticipation is reaching a fever pitch in the Bronx, and with good reason. The New York Yankees have executed savvy offseason maneuvers, bolstering their lineup and welcoming back previously injured stars, shaping a team that MLB broadcaster Brandon Tierney envisions could stand as their “best ever.”

Tierney paints a vibrant picture, imagining the arrival of Gerrit Cole, the reigning Cy Young winner, leading the way, followed by Aaron Judge, widely regarded as baseball’s premier all-around talent, disembarking in Tampa. Bringing up the rear is Giancarlo Stanton, one of the game’s most formidable left-handed hitters, hitting his prime. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, and Alex Verdugo of the New York Yankees
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Jasson Dominguez, a Gold Glove-winning rookie shortstop with the potential for 30/30 contributions, is poised to reclaim center field and launch home runs. Coupled with the return to health of Nestor Cortes and Anthony Rizzo, as well as outfield upgrades in the form of Juan Soto and Trent Grisham, the Yankees boast a lineup that has the potential to strike fear into opposing pitching staffs.

New York also addressed its bullpen needs by acquiring Marcus Stroman and Alex Verdugo. With a formidable arsenal on the mound and a lineup brimming with talent, the Yankees appear ready to assert their dominance in the American League.

The key to unlocking their full potential lies in optimizing the batting order. While Stanton has traditionally held the cleanup spot, his performance in 2023 might warrant reconsideration. Shifting Rizzo and Gleyber Torres, who excelled in lower-order roles last year, down a spot could open up the designated hitter role for Soto, who prefers batting third. Judge, showcasing his versatility, can seamlessly fill any of the top three slots.

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Considering Verdugo’s experience leading off, the prospect of starting him at first base is also within the realm of possibility. The permutations are vast, and the excitement is tangible. This Yankees team possesses both the firepower and depth to potentially rewrite the record books. The looming question is whether manager Aaron Boone can navigate the necessary adjustments and unleash the full potential of the Bronx Bombers. The 2024 season is poised to provide an exhilarating answer.

Yankees’ $700M investment to earn dividends in 2024

Cole and Cortes, the two mainstay of Yankees rotation, are with Aaron Judge.
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The burden of Yankee history is a familiar and formidable force. For a franchise that boasts an impressive 40 World Series appearances, enduring a 14-year hiatus between Fall Classics feels like an eternity. Now, with Aaron Judge and Gerrit Cole entering their prime years, the pressure has intensified to a deafening crescendo.

Expressing a sentiment shared by many passionate Yankees fans, one supporter confided, “My biggest fear is squandering their prime years.” This encapsulates the urgency and high stakes surrounding the team in the Bronx. Judge, the dynamic slugger who electrifies the baseball world, and Cole, the composed ace with ice in his veins, stand as the linchpins of the Yankees’ aspirations. Together, they embody a staggering investment of nearly $700 million.

Judge’s record-setting 62-homer season solidified his place in Yankee lore. He emerged as the heir to Derek Jeter’s legacy, shouldering the hopes of a devoted nation under the iconic pinstripes. Cole, in turn, reinvented himself in the New York spotlight, delivering on the promise of a dominant ace, reminiscent of Roger Clemens during his prime in the Bronx.

As 2024 draws to a close, Cole will be approaching the latter stages of his nine-year contract. Judge, entering the second year of his own nine-year pact, will celebrate his 32nd birthday in April. Both superstars find themselves squarely in the heart of their baseball primes.

Despite injuries sidelining Judge for 56 games in 2023, his 37 home runs hinted at his enduring power. If extrapolated over a full season, it suggests the potential for a 50-homer campaign had he stayed healthy. Cole, too, maintained his brilliance, replicating his Cy Young-caliber form from 2019 with an impressive 2.63 ERA.

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However, World Series triumph remains an elusive quest for these stalwarts in pinstripes. Cole experienced it once, falling short in a memorable seven-game battle with the Astros. Judge, on the other hand, carries the scars of three heartbreaking ALCS losses, the closest being a gut-wrenching Game 7 defeat in 2017.

High expectations from 2024 Yankees

The pressure extends beyond the Yankees. The Dodgers, bolstered by the acquisitions of Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, are eager to reclaim the throne relinquished in 2020. The Braves, smarting from two consecutive October heartbreaks, yearn for another shot at the Fall Classic. The Rangers, hungry for their dynasty, seek to defend their recent title.

In contrast to these division champions and World Series contenders, the Yankees stumbled, finishing a distant fourth in the AL East. The last four Fall Classics witnessed the triumphs of these rivals, while the Yankees last graced the grand stage in a bygone decade.

Reflecting upon the legacy of Yankee greats, Cole, upon receiving his Cy Young, declared, “We’ve had legends in these pinstripes, leaders who set the bar for what it means to be a Yankee.” As a devoted fan of Joe Torre’s dynasty in his youth, he comprehends the dream woven into the fabric of Yankee Stadium. Now, he dons the uniform, sharing aspirations with Judge and the entire Yankee faithful.

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The ticking clock is not only for the season but for Judge and Cole, their prime years fleetingly precious. Can they, alongside a reinvigorated squad, quiet the doubters and usher in a new era of Yankee dominance? The 2024 season holds the promise of an answer, steeped in history, expectation, and an unwavering quest for a return to the promised land.

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  1. Being the Yankees, the hype will always be a part of the pre-season story—reality says they have a ways to go to compete with Houston, their finishing 4th in their own division as an indicator—then, if the hype turns out to be an American League Championship, there’s the LA Dodgers probably awaiting them in a World Series—there’s a lot to prove before I’m convinced they can be the best team in America

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