For the first time since the 1980’s, the Yankees did not win a World Series over one decade. It was a rather fascinating decade to be a Yankees fan, as we witnessed the exit of one core group of players and the entrance of another. More specifically fans saw Yankee greats like Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera retire and welcomed youngsters like Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and Gleyber Torres into the Bronx.
It was one of the more incredible “rebuilds” of any team in any sport. When you look at teams like the Astros who suffered years of losing in order to finally get on top, it makes what Brian Cashman and the Yankees did pretty amazing. It was over the span of 2015 and 2016 that players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Luis Severino all made their debuts in New York. The debuts of those homegrown players plus a few brilliant trades from Cashman led to an extremely surprising and successful season in 2017 from the new, young Yankee core.
The rest of the decade, as we all know now, was full of what Yankee fans are used to; 100 win teams competing for a championship every year. While the teams over the past few seasons certainly had World Series-caliber rosters, the ball just didn’t roll their way. Hal Steinbrenner was adamant about not needing to spend the most money to win a championship. After three years of being there and falling short, the white whale they were looking for in Gerrit Cole finally breached the surface of the free-agent market and the Yankees got their man.
Yankee fans always felt like they were rooting for a team that could win the World Series over the past few years. The difference now is that they’re rooting for a team that should win the World Series.
We all know the Yankees are the World Series favorites going into the start of the 2020’s, and we all know they have an unbelievable roster from top to bottom. What should make the rest of baseball frustrated is that the Yankees of 2020 are not going anywhere anytime soon. Brian Cashman has everything set up perfectly. He has made enough room on their payroll to pay for play-makers on a team with several young All-Stars who are still under team control. The Yankees, incredibly, still have a comfortable window to compete before their payroll gets blown up later in the decade. It’s safe to expect the Yankees to compete for a championship year in and year out over this next decade. Furthermore, not only are they expected to compete, but they’re expected to win.