Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

Sparky Lyle remembers the magical season that made him a Cy Young Award winner and, more importantly, a World Series champion

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

There haven't been many relief pitchers who were as dominant -- or as valuable to their team's success -- as Sparky Lyle was to the Yankees in 1977. That season, Lyle -- acquired five years earlier in a rare trade with the Boston Red Sox -- pitched in a league-leading 72 regular-season games, posting a 13-5 record and a 2.17 ERA. He collected 26 saves, half of which he had to pitch two or more innings to earn.

While the Yankees have had great closers on the mound since that magical season, including Hall of Famer Goose Gossage and Mariano Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, Lyle remains the only relief pitcher in team history to win a Cy Young Award and one of only eight relievers in baseball history to receive the honor.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: The final stop

With New York looming, Triple-A players know that the only sure way to taste the Big Apple is to focus on the task at hand

Yankees Magazine: The final stop

The contest to decide the best Triple-A baseball team is not formatted as a seven-game series, and if it's played in either participant's home ballpark, that's only by chance. And falling, as it does, in mid-September, the winner-takes-all matchup often does not include the best players in the league, who -- if they are fortunate -- have been promoted to the Majors to help their parent clubs chase a postseason berth.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees' International League affiliate, will host the 2017 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game -- a nugget that's hard to miss if you scan the outfield wall at PNC Field. On a mid-May night at the RailRiders' home in Moosic, Penn., top Yankees farmhands -- such as outfielders Clint Frazier and Dustin Fowler and shortstop Tyler Wade -- square off against the Pawtucket Red Sox alongside constant reminders of the championship game to come.

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Chris Blake is the editorial assistant for Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: A change is gonna come

Given the chance to fix anything they choose about the game of baseball, do some Yankees have thoughts? Oh, yes they do.

Yankees Magazine: A change is gonna come

Baseball is a results-based industry, so you can hardly blame Chase Headley for changing his tune to match shifting outcomes.

"I'll be honest," Headley said in March, as he prepped for the 2017 season, "I'm not a big fan of the shifts. I think that the game was designed to be played a certain way. What you learn as a hitter growing up is to hit a line drive back up the middle, and if you do that, you should be rewarded for it. There shouldn't be any people playing in positions they don't play."

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Unshakable

Looks can be deceiving. With Jordan Montgomery, just about everything can beguile.

Yankees Magazine: Unshakable

If an average person off the street walked into the Yankees clubhouse on the morning of April 12 and looked at Jordan Montgomery, one thought might immediately come to mind.

That guy must have had a few too many cups of coffee.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Not-So-Odd Couple

When it comes to passion for the game and dedication to their craft, Aaron Judge and Ronald Torreyes have much in common

Yankees Magazine: Not-So-Odd Couple

Walking next to any fully uniformed New York Yankees player, it's easy to feel out of place. Traversing the Yankee Stadium outfield grass with Aaron Judge and Ronald Torreyes, there's a whole other element.

We're heading for the Masterpass Batter's Eye Deck to take some photos, and while I see eye-to-eye with Torreyes, who is listed in the Yankees media guide at 5 foot 8, Judge seems like he could step on me like a bug and not even notice.

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Second to None

Derek Jeter returned to the Bronx for emotional Monument Park ceremony

Yankees Magazine: Second to None

For so long now, it was inevitable, just like any other clutch hit or perfect jump throw from the hole. Derek Jeter would eventually get his place in Monument Park, where he would live in eternity alongside his teammates from the late-'90s dynasty and the other titans of Yankees history. Babe Ruth … Joe DiMaggio … Mickey Mantle … Thurman Munson … Mariano Rivera. Derek Jeter.

On May 14 -- Mother's Day -- Jeter's enshrinement finally arrived. As ever, the beloved captain owned his moment, standing before a sellout crowd and a collection of his fellow Yankees stars and giving an extemporaneous speech that hit all the perfect notes.

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Yankees Magazine: Home-Field Advantage

Didi Gregorius's success took root on the tiny island of Curacao

Yankees Magazine: Home-Field Advantage

It's 9 a.m. in Santa Rosa, Curacao, and the island's main baseball stadium is already bustling. Thirty baseball players -- many of whom play professionally in the United States -- are taking their places on the field, stretching and getting ready to practice.

As the players near the end of their stretching routine, an older man walks through an open metal gate behind home plate that leads into the stadium. He walks down a few yellow concrete steps and sits down in the first row of the bleacher seats that extend from first base to third base.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

In part two of our season-long Q&A series, Willie Randolph recalls the wild ride to World Series victory

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

When the Yankees orchestrated the December 1975 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates that brought Willie Randolph to New York, the organization cemented its future at second base for more than a decade.

In 1976, Randolph earned his first of six All-Star selections and played a key role in the team's return to the Fall Classic. Then, in 1977, the 22-year-old Brooklynite set the table for the likes of Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and Chris Chambliss. Randolph's propensity to get on base, coupled with his solid glove at the keystone corner, earned him a second consecutive All-Star selection and helped the Yankees return to the postseason.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: The road to immortality

At first there was a plan. Then came discipline. What followed was the legendary career of Derek Jeter.

Yankees Magazine: The road to immortality

It was a Wednesday afternoon in the middle of February when we received the crushing, yet inevitable news. In a 735-word letter posted on Facebook that was as pitch-perfect as his Hall-of-Fame career, Derek Jeter announced that the 2014 season would be his last. In it, he talked about living out a dream, a year-round focus on helping the Yankees win, and a desire to start a new chapter in his life.

"But before that," he wrote, "I want to soak in every moment of every day this year, so I can remember it for the rest of my life."

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Derek Jeter Commemorative Edition of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: A dream gone by

Derek Jeter played the position he always wanted in the city he always wanted, and on Sept. 25, 2014, he said goodbye in unforgettable fashion

Yankees Magazine: A dream gone by

The morning of Sept. 25, 2014, looked like any other rainy day in the South Bronx.

The skies above Yankee Stadium were gray and full of storm clouds, and a steady rain began soaking the outfield grass long before sunrise and continued to pour down through the afternoon hours.

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Yankee Magazine: Kalamazoo Kid

Late in 2011, Derek Jeter returned to his hometown for the dedication of the field he once played on

Yankee Magazine: Kalamazoo Kid

It's the middle of the afternoon on Dec. 16, 2011, and Derek Jeter is in Kalamazoo, Mich., the town in which he spent the majority of his childhood.

Later in the day, Jeter's alma mater, Kalamazoo Central High School, is holding a ceremony in its auditorium to officially rename the baseball field.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Derek Jeter Commemorative Edition of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Confidence Man

Derek Jeter would have been a star anywhere. Dick Groch made sure that it was in New York.

Yankees Magazine: Confidence Man

Jon Niederer had been a California Angels scout for about five years when his job took him to Michigan's Kalamazoo Central High School in April 1992. He watched two games, his eyes lasered on the tall, slender shortstop. He made a note that the 17-year-old wearing No. 13 was "pointy shouldered" and that he had a good face. "Very young looking," he wrote, and in an attempt to summarize his target, he mentioned Barry Larkin as a comp.

The Angels were picking eighth in the 1992 Draft. With the prospect in the conversation for the Astros' first overall pick, Niederer couldn't have expected him to fall far enough to make his scouting report matter, but that didn't temper his enthusiasm at all. To close out his sketch, Niederer noted: "Would love to take with our first pick. Will be in the Big Leagues by the time he's 21."

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Derek Jeter Commemorative Edition of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Permanent Marker

On May 14, Derek Jeter's No. 2 will officially be retired, but his place in Yankees lore was cemented long ago

Yankees Magazine: Permanent Marker

Derek Jeter has never been the most expressive interview subject. For that matter, the former Yankees shortstop, known for always saying -- and doing -- the right thing, has rarely been comfortable talking about himself.

But with his legendary career in the rearview mirror, and now with a ceremony to retire his number and dedicate a Monument Park plaque set for May 14, Jeter has become slightly more candid with his words, or at least with this journalist who has covered him for almost 15 years.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: The Connection

Dellin Betances returned to the mystical field of dreams where his career took off bearing more than gifts

Yankees Magazine: The Connection

With eyes closed, it sounds like a typical neighborhood Little League field on a late spring afternoon. The ping of solid contact. The unmistakable thwap! of ball meeting glove. During breaks in the action, kids joke around and laugh with their friends. This being the Dominican Republic, the intermittent clanging of a cowbell from a man selling helados naturales from an ice chest strapped to his parked moped has replaced the tinkling music of a Good Humor ice cream truck.

The action on the field, though, looks different. There is a seriousness to the work taking place not often seen among players so young. It's all drills; no games. "It's different here than in the States," said Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances, one of several Big Leaguers and prospects who train on this field during the offseason. "In the D.R., kids train to get signed."

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Food Paradise

The Yankees have stepped up their game in the kitchen. Now for the hard work -- tasting it all.

Yankees Magazine: Food Paradise

The start of baseball season feels kind of like Christmas and Thanksgiving all rolled into one. When a new Yankees team takes the field, it's like a present being unwrapped -- each player's potential a toy to get excited about. And when Yankee Stadium opens its gates, it's a cornucopia of food and drink and snacks.

This year is no exception. If anything, 2017 offers even more excitement than ever before.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Big Dreams

As the Trenton Thunder open the season, a defining test awaits up-and-coming Yankees farmhands

Yankees Magazine: Big Dreams

Just as a college professor weeds out first-year students, or as New York City -- the place Trenton Thunder players aspire to reach -- challenges the moxie of aspiring actors, Double-A baseball often tests players in ways more challenging than any they've experienced in their careers.

There are just 30 Double-A teams across the country -- one for each Big League organization -- compared to the 82 clubs that play in seven different affiliated A-ball leagues. The significant decrease in roster spots as players climb the Minor League ladder means the talent level spikes at Double-A. The tier is filled with prospects on their way to the Majors, along with some veterans trying to hold on for another season.

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Chris Blake is the editorial assistant of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Love Story

Breathing joy and life into the Negro Leagues, a museum finds warmth where heartache might be expected

Yankees Magazine: Love Story

At first glance, the story -- like so much else in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri -- is horrifying. Each word is a roller-coaster ride from shock to outrage and back to a consuming state of disbelief. It's a small display midway through the museum's timeline of Negro Leagues history, a 1925 Wichita Beacon story that, nine decades later, is too crazy to understand.

"ONLY BASEBALL IS ON TAP AT ISLAND PARK," the headline reads. The story is previewing an on-field clash to come between the all-black Wichita Monrovians and Wichita Klan No. 6. (No word on who the other five teams of Kansas Ku Klux Klan members might have been playing that day.)

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

Roy White leads off a season-long series of interviews with the '77 World Series champs

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

With 2017 marking the 40th anniversary of the Yankees' 1977 world championship team, Yankees Magazine will be featuring a Q&A with a different member of that squad each month throughout this season. We lead off with left fielder Roy White, a two-time All-Star who in 1977 was beginning his 13th season with the team. White spoke to executive editor Nathan Maciborski during last year's Old-Timers' Day festivities at Yankee Stadium.

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of 1977?

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Eyes on the prize

Aroldis Chapman won't be satisfied until he wins a championship in New York

Yankees Magazine: Eyes on the prize

With the Yankees set to take on the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., for a Spring Training game, Feb. 27 is an easy day for the veteran players on the team. They're not expected to make the hourlong bus ride from Tampa, and the schedule that Yankees coaches have put together for Aroldis Chapman includes only a mid-morning live batting practice session.

But that's just the start of what Chapman has planned for his day. Wearing a gray sweatsuit that fits like a glove and leaves no part of his massive upper body to the imagination, Chapman is taking a brief respite from hours of pitching and conditioning.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: In his blood

Jacoby Ellsbury's commitment to Navajo youth will be felt by generations to come

Yankees Magazine: In his blood

The sun rises hot and high over the long desert road, our cruise control set to a brisk 90 mph. We're two hours west of Phoenix, two hours north of Mexico, and about an hour east of our destination, but we might as well be a few days from anywhere. Cars blow past at an easy 100, leaving our Hyundai SUV rumbling in the aftermath.

This Southwestern state is no stranger to baseball. Every February, it welcomes 15 Major League teams for Spring Training, plus there's Arizona Fall League action, Minor League games and the Diamondbacks' home slate. For certain people, a baseball trip to Arizona is part of something larger, maybe a visit to the Grand Canyon or Sedona. Rarely does it lead here, though.

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: What comes next?

As prospects work their way up the Minor League system, the Yankees do everything they can to make sure their players are adjusting to each new challenge

Yankees Magazine: What comes next?

The phone rings. A young man reaches to pick it up. Everything up to this point in his life has been leading to this very moment. Who cares if that life in question is only 18 years? Those days and nights have been motivated by hard work, dedication and a singular dream. That dream is about to become a reality.

On the other end of the line could be any number of people -- a school advisor, a parent, a former coach. Or it could be Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees vice president of domestic amateur scouting. Or Gary Denbo, the team's vice president of player development. No matter the voice, the message is the same. The young man was just selected by the Yankees in the MLB Draft.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the 2017 New York Yankees Official Yearbook, an official Yankees publication. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Savoring the moment

Gary Sanchez's first real taste of the Bigs couldn't have been sweeter, but the Yankees catcher is working hard to ensure his place at the table for years to come

Yankees Magazine: Savoring the moment

Gary Sanchez's 2017 season has barely begun, and he's already approaching the next game as if it counts as something more than just an exhibition and a few tune-ups at the plate.

It's late February in Tampa, Fla., and on this balmy evening, the Yankees catcher -- who broke onto the scene last year more dramatically than almost anyone who came before him -- is having dinner with his wife, Sahaira.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Short track

Gleyber Torres's awesome skills make him a top prospect -- but there's something else about him that's just as important

Yankees Magazine: Short track

Over the next few months and years, you're going to be reading a lot about Gleyber Torres, the Venezuelan phenom who this year participated in his first Big League Spring Training. Most of it will be effusive, some will border on wishcasting. Basically every prospect ranking list features Torres right near the top -- both in the Yankees' system and in the game as a whole. The shortstop oozes talent in all facets of the game, and when he represented the club in the Arizona Fall League this past year -- the youngest prospect in the elite circuit -- he came home with MVP honors and even more hype. If you don't know much about Torres yet, you will soon.

Torres is easy to like, he's easy to get behind, and it's comforting, if we're honest, to see what we want to see, to predict great things of this 20-year-old stud. Hyperbole is human.

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the 2017 New York Yankees Official Yearbook, an official Yankees publication. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Prepared for takeoff

Justus Sheffield is a rocket ready to launch. His destination: Yankee Stadium.

Yankees Magazine: Prepared for takeoff

Tullahoma (pop. 18,655), located in south-central Tennessee, is home to a robust aviation and aeronautics industry. The Arnold Engineering and Development Complex and the University of Tennessee Space Institute are both located within the city's borders, where workers develop and construct NASA rockets and government planes.

Upward momentum, forward trajectory, accelerated speeds -- these phrases hold special meaning to the people in Tullahoma, which bills itself as "Tennessee's rising star."

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Man in the middle

No stranger to big moments, Matt Holliday is prepared for anything

Yankees Magazine: Man in the middle

An Oklahoma native with sinewy forearms who wore No. 7 for the last seven seasons, Matt Holliday is sure to evoke fond feelings from Yankees fans with every ball he puts over the Yankee Stadium fence. Signed as a free agent last December, he's expected to wear No. 17 and fortify the middle of the Yankees' lineup as the primary designated hitter this season -- his first in pinstripes and his 14th in the Majors.

Holliday is a seven-time All-Star, three-time National League champion and 2011 World Series winner, and he has seen it all on the diamond. But the fire still burns for the 37-year-old, whose past success and vast experience should serve the Yankees well as they chart a course toward their 28th title. If it is incumbent upon the veterans to help establish a winning culture in the clubhouse, count Holliday among those who know just what that means. Last October, Sporting News called him "a pillar of leadership and production, on and off the field," having played a huge role in helping the Cardinals remain perennial contenders after arriving in St. Louis midway through the 2009 season.

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: On to the Next

After 16 Big League seasons, CC Sabathia remains focused on what's in front of him

Yankees Magazine: On to the Next

More than ever before, CC Sabathia knows exactly what he needs to do to find success on the baseball diamond -- even when he's away from it.

It's a Thursday afternoon several weeks before the start of Spring Training, and the 36-year-old Yankees pitcher is in New York City for lunch. Donning a black Los Angeles Kings cap and a Jordan Brand sweatsuit, Sabathia takes a seat at a table in a private dining room on the second floor. He peers out of a floor-to-ceiling window that overlooks West 48th Street and Sixth Avenue, then turns his focus toward the menu. Within seconds of perusing the list of succulent seafood and hefty steaks and burgers, Sabathia makes up his mind.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Going off Script

Now entering his 20th season as general manager, Brian Cashman has proven he'll do whatever it takes to try and give Yankees fans the ending they desire

Yankees Magazine: Going off Script

Ask Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman to break his job down into the simplest terms. What follows could pass for a movie's blooper reel.

"Essentially, I'm the director of baseball operations, in charge of creating a culture, the hiring process … no wait."

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Purple at Heart

Joe Girardi's college experiences at Northwestern continue to guide him

Yankees Magazine: Purple at Heart

Joe Girardi's vacation was all set. Before getting swept up in the tornado of another nonstop baseball season, the Yankees manager and his wife, Kim, were going to take their three kids down to Florida for some fun and relaxation -- a welcome respite from the wintry weather in the Northeast.

The trip was scheduled for the week between Christmas and New Year's -- usually a quiet time in the Bronx, save for the annual college football bowl game at Yankee Stadium -- and would offer the skipper a chance to clear his head and recharge his batteries before embarking on the 2017 season.

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Workingman's Blues

Offseason? What offseason? The grind never stops at the game's top level

Yankees Magazine: Workingman's Blues

"This is a simple game," the manager asserts during a legendary shower tirade in Bull Durham. "You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball. You got it?"

In reality, it's much more complex than that. Baseball success can be fleeting, and any day that you're not working is a day that you're letting your competitors get ahead. "Listen, 99 percent of the guys that make it to the Big Leagues have a tremendous work ethic," said Yankees third baseman Chase Headley. "There's a select few guys that are so talented, they can get away with slacking. But there's not many guys like that."

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Small Ball, Big Time

Before they become stars, Yankees prospects join the Minor Leagues' best in the Arizona Fall League

Yankees Magazine: Small Ball, Big Time

It's Oct. 25, 2016, and tonight, on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, a most unlikely World Series will begin, with the Cleveland Indians hoping to end nearly seven decades of futility, and the Chicago Cubs eager to reward a fan base that has waited more than a century for a parade.

Before the flyover and the fireworks and the first pitch, though, there's another game to be played some 2,000 miles to the southwest, part of a small circuit where the sport's future is competing with its present for attention. This game, though … this might be one to remember.

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