Welcome to Tuesday. It’s mostly unremarkable, but how about a random Yankees anniversary note? On this day 61 years ago, Roger Maris narrowly beat out teammate Mickey Mantle for the AL MVP, capturing the award in his debut season in pinstripes. Maris beat Mantle by only three points, winning despite not leading in first-place votes (for what it’s worth, WAR estimates indicate that the honor ended up in the right hands). A year later during the record-setting 1961 campaign, Maris topped Mantle once more — again by only a few points.
Today on the site, Jon will follow up his remembrance of the 1994 Yankees with a piece on another successful club impacted by a labor dispute: the 1981 Yankees, who made the playoffs via a first-place first half, changed managers despite that success, and won the AL pennant anyway. Later on, Erin will cast a skeptical eye toward a recent Andrew Heaney/Robbie Ray comparison, and Jesse will review the outstanding half-season of trade deadline acquisition Clay Holmes, and, Esteban will review the latest news in MLB and the MLBPA’s CBA negotiations.
1. Who is your favorite Yankee who never won a Gold Glove?
2. Who will make more money in free agency: Carlos Correa or Corey Seager?