Season Preview: Many experts are picking the Yankees to win their first pennant since 2009. A rebuilt pitching staff, starring Corey Kluber, adds talent to a lineup that features sluggers Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton. The team re-signed its best all-around player, DJ LeMahieu.
Season Recap: The Yankees had the league’s home run champion, Luke Voit, and its batting champion, DJ LeMahieu. But up-and-down pitching hurt the team, especially when playoff time arrived. After finishing second to the Rays in the AL East, the Yankees lost to Tampa Bay in a thrilling Division Series. Newcomer Gerrit Cole was sensational during the regular season and playoffs, and often-injured Giancarlo Stanton came alive at the end of the year, but it just wasn’t enough to earn New York a trip to the World Series.
September 16, 2020: Gerrit Cole won his 100th game as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 20–6. His catcher, Kyle Higashioka, hit three home runs during the game. Cole and Higashioka, once teammates as teenagers, were “reunited” on the Yankees in 2020.
Season Preview: The Yankees are one of the few teams in history able to put a slugger at every position on the field. Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton are among the most feared hitters in baseball. Newcomer Gerrit Cole leads the starting pitchers, while Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton star in the bullpen for New York.
Season Recap: The Yankees were bitten by the injury bug all season long, with just four players appearing in more than 120 games. Fortunately, the players who replaced the team’s stars did a superb job filling in. New York opened an early lead in the AL East and finished in first by seven games, with 103 wins. At age 22, Gleyber Torres had a sensational year, as did DJ Lamehieu and Gio Ursehla—a pair of newcomers who looked as if they might not play regularly when the season began. The Yankees swept the Twins in the Division Series but lost to the Astros in six exciting games in the ALCS.
August 24, 2019: Gary Sanchez hit the 100th home run of his career in his 355th game. No American Leaguer had ever reached 100 homers faster.
June 29, 2019: Edwin Encarnacion became the first player to appear in games on three different continents in the same season. He played in Japan as a member of the Seattle Mariners in March and in Europe with the Yankees during a June series in London against the Red Sox.
June 25, 2019: The Yankees hit a home run in its 28th game in a row to set a new major league record.
Season Preview: No one will be surprised if the Yankees win 100 games in 2019. However, as their fans know, that does not guarantee an AL East crown with the Red Sox in the same division. Power is no problem for the Bronx Bombers with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup. The starting pitching improved with the arrival of James Paxton. And the bullpen is capable of pitching five lights-out innings on any given night.
Season Recap: The Yankees set a new record for home runs in a season with 267 and were the first team to get 20 or more homers from all nine spots in the batting order. New York got enough pitching from young ace Luis Severino and a deep bullpen to win 100 games. In most years that would be enough for a division title, but with Boston winning 108 the Yanks had to settle for a Wild Card. They defeated the A’s but lost to the Red Sox in the Division Series.
September 29, 2018: Gleyber Torres homered against the Red Sox to give the Yankees 265 home runs for the year—the most in major league history.
Season Preview: Few experts doubt that the Yankees will make the playoffs. But being in the same division with the Red Sox, that may mean having to settle for a Wild Card spot, as they did in 2017. The big news in the Bronx was the trade for NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, who gives the team baseball’s two top sluggers along with Aaron Judge. The starting staff is New York’s lone weak spot. After Luis Severino, the veteran pitchers have injury problems. With a deep farm system and deep bench, however, the Yankees should be able to plug any hole in the lineup with a quality player.
Season Recap: New York was not counting on Luis Severino and Aaron Judge to help the team when the 2017 season started. They turned out to be the Yankees’ two best players. Judge broke the rookie record for homers with 52 and Severino went 14–6 with 230 strikeouts. The Yankees had thrilling comeback victories over the Twins and Indians in the playoffs, but lost to the Astros in the ALCS, 4 games to 3.
September 25, 2017: Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire’s record for home runs by a rookie when he hit his 49th and 50th of the year against the Royals. Five days later, he would break Babe Ruth’s 96-year-old record for home runs in Yankee Stadium with his 33rd of the season.
July 11, 2017: Aaron Judge won the 2017 All-Star Home Run Derby with a total of 47 home runs. He hit four over 500 feet.
July 7, 2017: Aaron Judge broke Joe DiMaggio’s team record for home runs by a rookie, with 30. Judge had been named AL Player of the Month for June a few days earlier.
November 1, 2016: The Yankees called up several young players during the season hoping to give their aging lineup a boost. It wasn’t enough to catch the Red Sox, but new star Gary Sanchez gave fans in the Bronx plenty to cheer about as the team won 84 games. Masahiro Tanaka recovered from a sore elbow to lead the club with 14 wins and shortstop Didi Gregorious had a Derek Jeter-like season with 54 extra-base hits.
August 27, 2016: Rookie Gary Sanchez hit his 11th homer in just his 23rd game. No one had ever hit 11 home runs faster. A few days later he became the first player to be named AL Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month.
July 3, 2016: Mark Teixeira became the 5th switch-hitter to reach 400 career home runs.
May 15, 2016: Carlos Beltran homered against the White Sox to become just the fourth switch-hitter with 400 career home runs. Mickey Mantle, Chipper Jones, and Eddie Murray are the other three.
October 6, 2015: The Yankees got off to a hot start thanks to veterans Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, and snagged a Wild Card spot with help from young stars Greg Bird and Luis Severino. Their season ended with a 4–0 loss to the Astros in the Wild Card game.
October 1, 2015: The Yankees won the 10,000th game in team history.
May 1, 2015: Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time home run list with his 660th round-tripper.
April 5, 2015: The Yankees will depend on their aging stars to carry them to the playoffs this year. However, young Michael Pineda could be the key to the season. If he puts it all together this year, New York could have an awesome pitching staff.
February 17, 2015: The Yankees announced that they will retire the uniform numbers of three all-time greats: Andy Pettitte (46), Bernie Williams (51), and Jorge Posada (20).
November 1, 2014: Age and injuries slowed the Yankees for a second year in a row, as they won just 84 games—their fewest victories since the early 1990s. Outfielders Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury led the offense, while their most dependable pitcher was 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda.
September 21, 2014: Brett Gardner’s home run against the Blue Jays was the 15,000th homer in team history. The Yankees are the first team to hit that many.
September 17, 2014: Dellin Betances set a new team record for strikeouts by a relief pitcher. He broke Mariano Rivera’s record of 130, set in 1996.
July 22, 2014: Derek Jeter doubled against the Rangers to pass Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig as New York’s all-time leader, with 544.
May 12, 2014: Alfonso Soriano singled against Mets in the Subway Series to reach 1,000 hits as an American Leaguer. With 1,000-plus hits in both the AL and NL, he joined an elite group that includes Dave Winfield, Frank Robinson, Fred McGriff, Vladimir Guerrero, Carlos Lee and Orlando Cabrera.
March 31, 2014: Derek Jeter hopes his final season in pinstripes will deliver another championship. He’ll need help from newcomers Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka looks like he could win 20-plus games. If he does—and if Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia pitch the way they can—another flag could be flying over the Bronx come October.
December 9, 2013: Former manager Joe Torre was elected to the Hall of Fame. His record with the Yankees was 1,173–767. Torre won six pennants and four World Series between 1996 and 2007.
October 1, 2013: The Yankees spent most of the year without four of their best players, who suffered major injuries—Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson. Their replacements did a great job in the first half of the season, but in the second half the team could not catch the division leaders. New York finished 85–77, tied for third in the AL East. At the end of the year, Mariano Rivera announced his retirement.
September 20, 2013: Alex Rodriguez became the all-time leader in grand slams, passing Yankee Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, who had held the record for more than 70 years, with 23.
August 28, 2013: Ichiro Suzuki singled against the Blue Jays for the 4,000th hit of his career. Ichiro had 1,278 hits in Japan and 2,722 in the U.S. major leagues.
August 27, 2013: Alfonso Soriano, who returned to the team after 10 years, slugged his 400th home run in a game against the Blue Jays.
March 30, 2013: With Cy Young Award winner A.J. Dickey traded to Toronto, the new leader of the Mets’ pitching is fire-baller Matt Harvey. The rest of the staff is a big question mark. New York’s offense features David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Ike Davis, who had a great second half in 2012.
October 19, 2012: The Yankees overcame numerous injuries to lead the AL with 95 victories. By the end of the year, they had run out of gas. New York barely defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Division Series, and fell to the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series. New York’s best player in 2012 was Derek Jeter. At age 37, he led the all of baseball with 216 hits.
August 11, 2012: Derek Jeter became the second player in history to have seventeen 150-hit seasons in a row. The first was Hank Aaron.
July 23, 2012: The Yankees traded for batting champion Ichiro Suzuki prior to a game with the Seattle Mariners. Before his first at bat with the Yanks, Ichiro bowed to the crowd in Seattle, who gave him a standing ovation.
April 20, 2012: Alex Rodriguez blasted his 631st home run to move into fifth place on the all-time home run list. Only Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds are in front of him.
March, 2012: Two big names have joined the starting rotation for 2012. Hiroki Kuroda is a 37-year-old Japanese star who has pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers the last four years. Michael Pineda is 23, and in his one year with the Seattle Mariners, he blew away 173 batters in 171 innings. Wow!