In Appreciation of Starlin Castro

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Starlin Castro has come through for the Yankees time and time again; he is one of their most clutch hitters.

The 2017 New York Yankees have had a lot of storylines pop up this year: their surprising return to contention has been fueled by the heroics of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Matt Holliday, Aaron Hicks, and Brett Gardner, among others. Just about everyone on the Yankee roster (except Chris Carter, that is) has done something great this year for the Bombers.

However, one Yankee has been one of the club’s top players for two seasons now, and few outside of New York have noticed. Starlin Castro, the Yankee second baseman, has quietly become one of the Yankees’ best players, and a truly deserving MLB All-Star.

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Welcome To The Moment: Fultz to Philly Marks Culmination of The Process

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Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Markelle Fultz will make up the new core for the Sixers going forward.

The last 5 years have not too kind to Philadelphia 76ers fans. As the team lost pieces of its core left and right and suffered one agonizing loss after the next, team ownership tried to tell diehard fans that this losing all had a greater purpose, nicknamed “The Process” by ex-General Manager Sam Hinkie.

“The Process” was simple in practice: by tanking for many years and trading any pieces of value the Sixers had, Philadelphia would acquire copious amounts of high draft picks that would be both used on top prospects or eventually traded in an effort to get a big star and end “The Process”.

And over the past 3 years or so, the first part of this logic shined, as the Sixers got high draft pick after high draft pick. But the final part of Hinkie’s Process remained unfulfilled until last week, when the Sixers made a deal with the Boston Celtics for the first overall draft pick. With the ability to choose any player they wanted, the Sixers chose to select Markelle Fultz, a freshman point guard out of Washington.

Sixers fans, “The Process” is finally over. Welcome to the Moment.

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Yankees Need To Continue Exercising Patience

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One problem the Yankees have to let sort itself out over time is reliever Tyler Clippard’s performance.

There’s no doubt about it: the 2017 New York Yankees have hit a wall. The club has lost 8 out of 9 games, has lost its division lead (they are now tied with the Boston Red Sox for first place), and the club is having trouble in all facets of the game.

However, all is not lost for the Yankees. As tempting as it is to go out and shake up the roster, the Yankees are probably better served riding this out and remaining patient, rather than doing something rash that the club will regret down the road. Continue reading

The Unexpected Performance of the Yankees’ Rotation

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Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery have been pleasant surprises in the Yankees’ rotation this season.

The rotation was supposed to be the weak link of the 2017 New York Yankees team. Sure, Masahiro Tanaka was the unquestioned ace of the staff, but every other starter was a major wild card. CC Sabathia was good in 2016, but was another year older. The only thing consistent about Michael Pineda and Luis Severino had been their inconsistency to date, and the fifth starter’s spot wasn’t even confirmed until after the first week of the season (the spot went to unproven southpaw Jordan Montgomery).

But as the Yankees sit in first place on the morning of June 8, 2017, it’s fair to say that the team’s rotation has not gone according to plan at all. However, this is a good thing. Even though Tanaka has struggled mightily this year, the performance of his fellow starters has made up for his poor play. Sabathia, Pineda, Montgomery, and especially Severino are no longer question marks on the 2017 Yankees, but rather exclamation points: something special that the Yankees can brag about.

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2017 Stanley Cup Finals Preview

P.K. Subban’s Nashville Predators will take on Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. 

The 2016-17 NHL Season is now entering its final chapter: the Stanley Cup Final. After a long, arduous regular season and a grueling first three rounds of the postseason, the moment hockey fans wait for all year long is finally upon us.

In this year’s rendition of the Stanley Cup Final, the defending champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, will return to the Finals to attempt to win their second straight championship. Standing in their way are the upstart Nashville Predators, who roared all the way to the NHL’s grandest stage despite entering the playoffs with the weakest record of the field.

The stage is set for yet another great final round, and the festivities will kick off on Memorial Day at 8:00 in Pittsburgh on NBC. Here’s Overtime’s comprehensive Stanley Cup Final preview.

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What’s Going On With Masahiro Tanaka?

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Masahiro Tanaka has allowed far more than his fair share of home runs this season.

Coming into the 2017 season, the New York Yankees roster was surrounded by question marks. However, the one constant seemed to be that the team’s ace, Masahiro Tanaka, would continue his Cy Young-level performance and be the rock that the team desperately needed every fifth day.

Through two months of the season though, the reality has been anything but what had been prognosticated. The team has had a successful run with its other starters and the lineup has stayed healthy and scored runs, yet Tanaka has been nothing short of a bust.

Nine starts into his 2017 campaign, Tanaka is 5-3, but has a 6.56 ERA, has allowed 13 home runs (two less than he surrendered over all of his injury-shortened 2014 season), and is not giving the team any length out of his starts (average 5.1 IP/start).

So what’s wrong with Masahiro Tanaka? Let’s take a look and try and diagnose what’s ailing the Yankee ace.

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Yankees Outfielders Contributing at All-Star Levels

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Aaron Judge, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Aaron Hicks have been excellent so far this year.

The New York Yankees came into the 2017 season with lots of questions about their roster. Chief among those were concerns about the outfield. Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury were 33 years old and coming off of poor finishes to the 2016 season, Aaron Hicks hadn’t shown much of anything in his first extended chance last year, and Aaron Judge was a wild card.

However, the Yankee outfield has quietly been the most consistent part of the lineup this season. The steady contributions of the four Yankee outfielders has been a huge part of the team’s success so far in 2017, and the quartet has to keep it up if the Yankees are to make the playoffs this year.

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Around the MLB

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The 2017 MLB Season has been just as unpredictable and fun to watch as ever.

There are more than a few reasons why summertime is the best time of year: the weather is great, the start of vacation season is upon us, there’s the smell of barbecue in the air, and there’s baseball fever all over America.

Let’s take a look around the MLB two months into the 2017 season.

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Happy Two-Year Anniversary!

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Overtime recently celebrated its second birthday!
It is my pleasure to announce that today marks Overtime’s second anniversary! I really cannot believe that two years have flown by so quickly, and it has been a real blast bringing the best sports content to my followers.

I will look to continue this project as I venture off to college next year, where hopefully Overtime can expand and try new things as I acquire more experience.

As always, thanks so much for following, and here’s to more happy reading!

Tom Krosnowski

Twitter: @TKro42

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Top 10 Derek Jeter Moments

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Fans of the game will celebrate Derek Jeter’s monumental career one more time this Sunday night on Derek Jeter Day.

Derek Jeter was the face of Major League Baseball for a generation of fans: he was the captain of the New York Yankees, a 14-time All-Star, 5-time Silver Slugger, 5-time Gold Glover, and ultimately a 5-time World Series Champion. The way Jeter acted on and off the field set the precedent that ballplayers of today follow, and cemented his status as one of the greatest players of all time.

But today, we will have one more chance to celebrate and honor “shortstop, number 2, Derek Jeter”. The Yankee captain will have his jersey retired in front of a sellout crowd on Derek Jeter day. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 plays of Derek Jeter’s memorable career as we celebrate the greatest shortstop of all time. Continue reading