We have kept you posted on what the Yankees have been up to on social media ever since baseball shut down back in March. Although the baseball season is over (or not yet begun?), we’ll still provide weekly updates on what your favorite Yankees do when they’re not on the diamond!
Cole and Taillon react to his move to New York
The Yankees traded for some rotation reinforcement this past week, as they brought in Jameson Taillon to bolster the rotation. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2019 due to Tommy John surgery, but he should certainly be an upgrade to the team’s subpar starting rotation. He and Gerrit Cole used to be teammates in Pittsburgh with the Pirates, but will get the opportunity to finish some unfinished business together in the Bronx.
Gerrit Cole is excited to have his old spring training roommate back pic.twitter.com/pLsjvY8ntH— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) January 24, 2021
Bittersweet day for me over here! Trying to process everything- have SO much to say to the city of Pittsburgh and my teammates. Also have SO much to say about this incredible opportunity and to the city/fans in New York. Thanks to everyone that has reached out! More to come soon— Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon50) January 24, 2021
Taillon went to work right away after being dealt to the Yankees. He even posted some clips of his first bullpen as a Yankee. Taillon definitely seems pretty excited to be a member of the Yanks!
Yankees react to Tanaka’s departure
After seven seasons in New York, longtime Yankee —and fan favorite— Masahiro Tanaka has left Major League Baseball to play in his home country of Japan. It was an awesome seven years for Tanaka as he started 173 games for the Yanks with a career 3.74 ERA and 991 strikeouts. Tanaka will most certainly be missed by the fans, and as you can see below, he’ll be missed by his teammates as well.
DJ LeMahieu starts out his availability by talking about Masahiro Tanaka returning to Japan:— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) January 28, 2021
"Just wanted to mention what a great teammate he's been, what an impact he's had on the Yankees, the city" pic.twitter.com/rAvjNpf7uk
It was a pleasure to watch and call all of @t_masahiro18 starts as a Yankee. A true professional who handled himself with grace and class. He totally lived up to his end of the bargain. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him back before his career is over. #TanakaTime— David Cone (@dcone36) January 28, 2021
Tanaka posts his introductory press conference
The former Yankee was reintroduced with the Rakuten Golden Eagles on Saturday, the same team he last played with in Japan. Tanaka didn’t rule out a return to Major League Baseball in the future, but for now, he’s playing for the Golden Eagles in 2021. From Yankees fans everywhere, thank you for everything you’ve accomplished in pinstripes, Masahiro. We’ll miss you in the Bronx!