New York Yankees Information
One of the most recognizable professional baseball teams in the world, the New York Yankees truly personify a world class organization. In their storied history the Yankees have won 27 World Series titles, out of the unprecedented 39 World Series appearances they have made since their inception. The Yankees won the AL East eight consecutive years in a row from 1999-2006. During their run of dominance, the Yankees won the World Series in '98, '99, '00, and just recently reclaimed the trophy in 2009. Their infamous rivalry with the Red Sox has intensified over the past ten years. The Sox finally beat the Yankees when they rebounded from a 3-0 deficit in the 2004 ALCS and of course, went on to win their first World Series title since 1918. The ALCS collapse in 2004 was quite a surprise for most Yankee fans.
In 2009, the Yanks positioned themselves back on top with a 103-59 regular season record. Behind the veteran leadership of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada, New York couldn't be denied of another world title in their first season at the new Yankee Stadium.
In the follow-up season to their latest World Series Championship, the Yankees traded for Detroit center-fielder Curtis Granderson, as well as re-signed pitcher Andy Pettitte. They came in second in the ever-dangerous AL East and claimed the Wild Card slot into the post-season. In the ALCS, they were eliminated by the Texas Rangers.
The Yankees re-signed their captain, closer, and manager before the 2011 campaign, but beloved pitcher Andy Pettitte retired. After being rejected in high-profile fashion by pitcher Cliff Lee, the Yankees signed a number of small-time pitchers, including Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, as well as catcher Russell Martin. Catcher Jorge Posada continued to struggle, but the Yankees still managed to clinch first place in the AL East with a 97-65 record. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs at home by the Detroit Tigers.
During the 2012 off-season, the Yankees remained quiet until they traded highly-touted prospect Jesus Montero to Seattle for a young starter, Michael Pineda. This acquisition greatly strengthens their rotation. The Yankees said goodbye to their all-star catcher of many years, Jorge Posada, when he retired from baseball. Their season opens against the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida.
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