The most successful franchise in professional sports, the New York Yankees have won an MLB-record 27 World Series championships since their establishment in 1901, making the “NY”-and-pinstripes combo among the world’s most recognizable logos. Some eight years removed from their last title, the Bronx Bombers are jockeying for a return to post-season glory in 2017.
GM Brian Cashman has seeded his roster with several on-the-rise stars. With the retirement of veteran sluggers Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, the new-look Yanks will turn to top-shelf talents like catcher Gary Sanchez, who in his rookie campaign of 2016 became the first player in MLB history with at least 11 home runs and 31 hits in his first 23 games, and the fastest to reach 19 homers (45 games) in the modern era. Throw in second baseman Starlin Castro, shortstop Didi Gregorious and reclaimed fireballer Aroldis Chapman, who after a World Series run with the Chicago Cubs inked a five-year, $86 million deal, and New York indeed looks prepped for a serious run at the A.L. East title and beyond, making Yankees tickets a prized commodity.
NEW YORK YANKEES TEAM INFO
The Yankees have long made a habit of assembling star-studded rosters and maintaining elite status in arguably the toughest division in baseball: the American League East. But in the post-George Steinbrenner era, the franchise appears, for the most part, to be turning away from payroll-taxing free agent signings, instead opting to build a lineup around rising young talent. With Yankees tickets remaining some of the hottest sellers in the sports world, a game in The House That Ruth Built remains one of the easiest ways to fall in love with the sport known as America's Pastime.
NEW YORK YANKEES HISTORY
The winning legacy that follows the Yankees speaks for itself. Where else can you find an open-air museum dedicated to players past all but on the field of play? Monument Park is a historic collection of plaques and retired numbers honoring such Yankee greats as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Roger Maris and Reggie Jackson. The new-and-improved Yankee Stadium, a $2.3 billion facility built in part with public subsidies, replaced the original stadium in 2009. While still evoking its predecessor, built in 1923, the new ballpark boasts state-of the-art amenities, including 4,300 club seats and 68 luxury suites.
NEW YORK YANKEES GREATEST MOMENTS
Following a playoff drought that lasted more than a decade between the mid-’60s and ’70s, the Yankees broke out of the slump in a big way starting in 1976. That year, the Bombers surged to the top of the A.L. East and took down the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS to mark their first pennant since 1964. From there, the Yankees would take down the World Series each of the next two seasons.