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Monday’s open thread

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss (sorta).

MLB: New York Yankees-Workouts Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Hello again. It’s been a minute.

For those who don’t know me, I’ve been here for quite awhile. I was a community member who joined the writing staff during my last semester of college in 2012, and I became an editor the next year. I remained in that role for the next four years, writing way too much about Yankees history and other goofy things until I got a job writing for Cut4 just before the start of 2017.

The last time I wrote at Pinstripe Alley, expectations for the Yankees were fairly in check. They hadn’t won a playoff game in five years, and the youth movement had only just begun with Luis Severino’s thrilling call-up in 2015 and Gary Sanchez’s second-half dinger bonanza in 2016. (I’m sorry that things did not work out, Greg Bird. We’ll always have that homer off Andrew Miller.) The 2017 campaign was about to begin and fans were excited, though no one knew what to expect.

It turns out that by leaving prior to Opening Day 2017, I missed out on some pretty thrilling seasons! I loved writing for Cut4, but I did miss the hyper-focus on the Yankees that Pinstripe Alley provides, especially for teams that were truly great. I knew I was leaving it in good hands with Tanya, Tyler, and company. Even if I didn’t comment much, know that I was still lurking quite a bit and just as mad about the Astros as everyone else.

Now, I’m back under some unusual circumstances. I know some of you are going to want answers to many questions, but I want to be open with you: I’m sorry, but I don’t have those answers. I’m just an interim manager who observed most of what happened with Tyler from afar, started the position today, and only accepted because I thought that both the writers and the PSA community would at least appreciate a somewhat-familiar person in charge for now rather than someone totally random. There will be a formal job search. Operations will resume with Jake, Ryan, and I as editors, and beginning tomorrow, you’ll still get to read plenty of daily material from the best Yankees writers in the blogosphere. (Hey Cashman, bring back Masahiro Tanaka ASAP. Do it!)

Thank you for bearing with us during this transition. To put it politely, I know that it hasn’t been ideal, but I’m going to do the best I can in this situation. PSA has survived tumult before, and those familiar with me from my earlier PSA days know how much I care about the well-being of this site. I’m not going to give anything less than my full effort.

Please feel free to use this as your open thread for the evening! I know we’re all desperate to see if Alec Bohm won NL Rookie of the Year.