With the addition of Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees have the best offense in baseball

By Shane Rabacs ’18

The evil empire is back.

After approximately four months of being likeable, the New York Yankees are hated again, as things are back to normal.

The addition of Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins makes the Yankees World Series contenders, and the chance to be one of the best offenses in history.

New York already had Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius; and with the addition of Stanton, the projected 2-5 spots are held by players that hit a combined 169 home runs.

Stanton in Yankee Stadium is going to be a problem for opposing pitchers. Stanton’s adjusted stats for Yankee Stadium are ridiculous, 62 home runs. Yankee Stadium is the second most favorable home run parks for right handed hitters, Marlins Park is the seventh most difficult.

A lineup of Brett Gardner, Judge, Sanchez, Stanton, Gregorius, Greg Bird, Aaron Hicks, Todd Frazier and Gleyber Torres has the potential to score 1,000 runs with 250 home runs.

Don’t forget that the Yankees have one of the best bullpens in the league, a unit that carried a below average starting rotation to wins.

The rotation this year doesn’t look terrible, either. With Luis Severino, Sonny Gray, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia; it looks like it will be a more than just serviceable rotation.

The big key for the Yankees championship aspirations is staying healthy. This was a big problem for them last year, many of their keys guys went down with injuries.

Don’t forget, New York is managed by Aaron Boone, who has no managerial experience in the major leagues. How he leads this unit will be an interesting storyline to look out for this year.

It is officially championship or bust season in New York.

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Tragic Plane Crash kills Roy Halladay

By Teddy Dienst ’20

Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died in a fatal plane crash on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Halladay, who was just 40 years old, was doing stunts in his single passenger aircraft  just before he lost control and crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

“It’s a terrible and an unlucky thing that happened to him; he was one of the best,” Staples baseball player Adam Petro ’20 said.

Halladay always wanted to have his pilot’s license because his dad, Harry Halladay Jr., was a colonial pilot. Halladay purchased a $269,000 plane and shocked the Major League Baseball World after this crash occurred.  

The eight time MLB all star has two kids, Ryan and Braden. His wife, Brandy Halladay, did not support the purchasing of the aircraft Halladay ultimately crashed. “I fought hard. I was very against it,” she said in a video posted by ICON.

Halladay achieved a lot throughout his 15 year career. In 2012 Halladay became the 67th pitcher in MLB history to record 2000 strikeouts. He is also one of six pitchers to have won the Cy Young award in both the National and American League.  

“It’s a tragic incident,” Staples Baseball player Harry Azadian ’19 said. “Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. A great person and player who will be truly missed.”

The Game That Hasn’t Changed-Or Has It?

By Alex Massoud ’20

Baseball is as American as, well….baseball. America’s pastime, as it is known, is played by boys starting at the age of four and has numerous players in the MLB in their 40’s. Unlike many other professional sports, like football, basketball, and hockey, many people argue that the rules of baseball have remained the same over time.

This statement is certainly a controversial one, as, although there have been no structural changes to the game of baseball, many people would say that the type of game that is played has changed drastically.  Rob Neyer of ESPN.com writes that the fastest pitcher of the 1920’s and 30’s was Bob Feller, a pitcher who topped off around 90 miles per hour. Nowadays, the average pitcher reaches top speeds of 92 miles per hour, not just the fastball pitchers.

Undoubtedly, pitch speeds have changed and have also changed the game of baseball. Faster pitches are harder to hit, yet easier to crush. This year, according to MLB.com, there were the most home runs in the history of the MLB, which can be attributed to the faster pitch speeds as well as the increased training by major league players.

Besides the pitch speeds, baseball players believe that there are several other changes in recent years. Dylan Hruskar ’20 thinks that several changes have impacted the game of baseball, especially in the majors. “Instant replay in the MLB gives a more accurate reading of certain calls, which makes for a more competitive game, as well as the increased safety measures such as how it is a requirement to wear helmets now,” Hruskar said.

While some players such as Hruskar find the changes to help benefit the game, many people find that the new rules and aspects of baseball hurt a game so rooted in its traditions. Bob Levey of Fox Sports, after the introducement of instant replay, wrote in response to the rule, “You might think, baseball has thought of everything. There’s no gray area, not when 8,500 words [that describe instant replay] are involved. Except that it’s all gray area. Those 8,500 words are just a long way of giving off the appearance of saying something consequential while knowing the meaning is completely hollow.”

While some people might think that baseball has remained the same, changes to both the rules and the style of the game are continuing to come into effect more and more every year.

Red Sox cheating scandal aided with the use of Apple Watch

By Jack Shapiro ’19

“It’s a part of the game… It’s baseball,” Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox second baseman, said as he spoke out about the ongoing investigation into the Red Sox.

Major League Baseball (MLB) investigators have declared that the Red Sox cheated when facing off against the New York Yankees in early September. Boston is accused of using Apple watches to steal hand signals from the opposing team’s catchers.

MLB was first notified of the incident when Yankees general manager Brian Cashman filed a complaint with the commissioner’s office. The accusation included a video that the Yankees shot of the Red Sox dugout in a rivalry series between the two teams earlier this year.

“I think that it is unfair because as a Yankees fan we cherish the series against Boston and I feel upset that they would go ahead and treat us so poorly,” Dylan Honig ’19 said.

After further research into the story, the commissioner’s office confronted the Red Sox about the matter. The Red Sox organization then admitted to the claim stating that their trainers received videos from video replay and would then go on to relay that information to the players.

Investigators would then confirm acquisitions made by the Yankees, declaring that Red Sox trainers would use their Apple Watches to receive messages from the team’s video room. The memos would give the Sox information about upcoming pitches and signals given from the Yankees. These would then be relayed on to the dugout where the coaches would give out signs to the Red Sox players on the field.

Although steal-signing is almost a tradition in baseball, teams are not allowed to use technology and visual aids to assist the clubs during the game.

“Stealing signs is a part of the game; if you dig hard enough you’ll find every team does it in some way or another,” Jake Thaw ’20 said.

There haven’t been any penalties dealt out yet, but MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will make his decision on that matter.

The Red Sox are currently up three games to the Yankees in the American League East and it seems as if they will go as far as cheating in order to preserve that lead. Although the Yankees are not in the lead in their division, they still hold a four game lead in the AL Wild Card.