Posted by: Staff | 03.13.2009

Welcome Back Baseball

SEBBY SMITH ’11

Pitchers and Catchers were reported to spring training a few weeks ago, and you might be wondering what the MLB will look like in 2009. This can be summed up by one team, the Yankees. This off-season they have dolled out 441 million in contracts and added C.C. Sabathia and AJ Burnett both all star, 20 game winning, Cy Young awardees. This is exactly what the Yankees needed because they have had poor starting pitching for the last couple of seasons with a team ERA of 4.28 least year.

Perhaps the most important signing was Mark Teixeira who will receive 180 million dollars over the next eight seasons. These momentous changes were caused after not making the playoffs for the first time in a decade, Yankees owner, George Steinbrener was angry and decided the team needed some rebuilding. Especially because the team is moving into their now 1 billion dollar stadium.The Yankees will be short of unstoppable this year if they can keep healthy. But then of course came the syringe heard round the world when it was discovered Alex Rodriguez, the highest paid Yankee, had taken steroids from 2001 to 2003. Alex responded by saying “everyone was doing it!” This shook up spring training for the first few weeks but the Bronx Bommers quickly got back on task.
Down South, the Rays have not made any large trades but with the American League pennant they have little need for new players. They are young and can only improve. Which is scary for any Red Sox fan because this could be the first year since 2002 that they don’t make the playoffs.

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