Veterans Getting It Done for Youthful Yankees

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The resurgence of veterans like Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley has been a huge boost for the 2017 Yankees.

When one thinks of the 2017 New York Yankees, they usually picture all the young talent on the team. Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and more are the both the present and the future of the team. However, it hasn’t been the kids that have provided the biggest spark to the Yankee lineup this season (Judge notwithstanding).

Rather, the renaissance of several key Yankee veterans has been a principal reason for why the team has rattled off an 8-game win streak. Guys like Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, CC Sabathia, Matt Holliday, and Starlin Castro have done more for the team than their younger teammates, and the result has been a winning product on the field.

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Dave Hakstol Facing Make or Break Season

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Dave Hakstol has had a very interesting run as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

When the Flyers first hired Dave Hakstol as the 19th Head Coach in team history, reactions were initially mixed. Many fans wished the Flyers had hired an experienced NHL head coach like Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan, or Guy Boucher, among others. Others were satisfied with the Flyers choosing to go with a coach of the future, a progressive head coach who specializes in working with young players.

Two years later, the jury is still out on Hakstol’s long term fit with the Flyers. After one highly successful playoff season and one disappointing campaign that will finish .500 at best and saw many frustrating personnel decisions, Year 3 of the Dave Hakstol regime will be the most critical in determining his place in the Flyers’ future.

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Analyzing the Yankees’ Opening Day Roster

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Joe Girardi enters his 10th season as the manager of the New York Yankees with his most unique club yet.

We’ve finally reached that time of year: New York Yankees Opening Day is just three days away. But before the club takes on the Tampa Bay Rays to kick off the season, the Yankees have to sort out the final roster. Obviously, the Opening Day roster is subject to change and will never be the same roster any team ends with, but the Opening Day roster can say a lot about a team’s goals for the upcoming season.

 

Here’s Overtime’s breakdown of the Yankees’ Opening Day roster.

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Making the World Baseball Classic Even Better

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The 2017 World Baseball Classic was a huge success for baseball.

The 2017 World Baseball Classic concluded earlier this week, with Team USA winning its first ever WBC title over Puerto Rico. The tournament has really grown over the years, and fan interest was at an all-time high for this year’s rendition of the WBC.

With the next WBC not scheduled until 2020, here are some ways to make sure that the next World Baseball Classic is the best one.

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Re-Examining the Nerlens Noel Trade

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Nerlens Noel and Justin Anderson faced off for the first time since being traded for each other last week.
The NBA Trade Deadline was just days away, and the Philadelphia 76ers wanted to trade a center. With Joel Embiid the center of the future and Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and Richaun Holmes also on the roster, it made sense for the Sixers to trade at least one of their big men.

As we touched on back at deadline day, it seemed to make the most sense for the Sixers to either stand pat or cut their losses and trade Okafor, while re-signing Noel and letting Holmes grow as a center/power forward swingman. Of course, the Sixers did neither, dealing fan favorite Noel to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for little-known forward Justin Anderson and a conditional draft pick, which would either become a single first rounder or two second rounders.

The trade was panned by critics all over social media before even giving the Sixers a chance to show their thought process. And as time has passed, it has become clear that even if what the Sixers did wasn’t the ideal move to make, it may turn out better than some people thought.

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NHL Playoff Preview

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The NHL Postseason is among the best of any sport.

Hockey is often thought of as a cold-weather sport, but the best hockey of the year takes place in the springtime. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are fast approaching, and the NHL is ready to kick its season into high gear. Here’s a comprehensive preview of the NHL’s second season.

*This article also appears in the Spring issue of Allentown High School’s newspaper, the Nutshell.*

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Giants Sign Brandon Marshall – Report

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Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall is the newest member of the New York Giants.

The New York Giants have made another free agency splash, signing veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall to a 2-year, $12 million deal. The deal was first reported around 10:15 today by Newsday.

There’s a lot to digest with this deal, so let’s break it down.

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Analyzing the Flyers’ Deadline Day Moves

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On a busy deadline day, the Flyers traded Mark Streit to Tampa Bay for Valtteri Filppula and picks.
The NHL Trade Deadline has passed, and the Philadelphia Flyers made a small flurry of moves. First, the Flyers announced they re-signed center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and goalie Michal Neuvirth to 2-year extensions. The Flyers later traded defenseman and alternate captain Mark Streit to Tampa Bay for center Valtteri Filppula, a 4th-Round Pick and a 7th-Round Pick. For what it’s worth, Streit was later traded from the Lightning to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 4th Round Pick.

There is a lot to break down here, so let’s get to it.

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Giants Place Franchise Tag on Jason Pierre-Paul

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Jason Pierre-Paul will be back again with the New York Giants in 2017.

On Monday, the New York Giants announced that they placed the Franchise Tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The rules around the franchise tag are tricky, but the gist of it is that the Giants are on the hook for around $17 million next year for Pierre-Paul’s services.

Let’s analyze what this deal means for Pierre-Paul, the Giants, and the rest of the Giants’ offseason plans.

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