Yankees Lose Chance At Playoffs; Future In Question
For the second time in the last 18 years, the New York Yankees will not be appearing in a playoff game in October
With the Cleveland Indians winning their game last night, they eliminated the Bronx Bombers from playoff contention as they lost their third game in a row with an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yankees which started the season with the largest payroll in baseball with $230 million, is facing many questions as they go onto next year.
Second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson, and pitchers Joba Chamberlain, and Phil Hughes are all going to be free agents and may not be back with the team. Alex Rodriguez is facing a season long suspension due to his involvement with purchasing performance enhancing drugs. Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira played in only a few games this year, with a year that was full of injury for the Yankees superstars. Manager Joe Girardi is also a free agent with his contract ending at the end of the season, making it unsure that the team will be lead by the former Yankee catcher for another year. Not to mention Yankee legends Andy Pettite and Mariano Rivera will no longer be with the team, enjoying their retirement.
New York is playing their final game of the season at Yankee Stadium tonight in the last game against the Tampa Bay Rays where they will surely celebrate the careers of Pettitte and Rivera, and let the stadium crowd say goodbye one last time. The team will end the season in Houston for a three game set this weekend against the Astros.
You can catch the festivities as the game begins at 7:05pm on the Yes Network.