Aaron Hicks is much maligned for his poor production since 2019, but at this point, giving him one more chance is beneficial on a number of levels for the 2023 Yankees.
After a little more than a half season as a reserve, Don Mattingly finally became a regular in 1984 and provided one magical summer race for the batting title.
The signing of Steve Kemp in 1983 was the correct move, but it didn’t work out. Some external factors played into this short Yankees tenure flaring out.
During one of the darkest times in franchise history, the reliable Steve Sax was not only productive, but easy to root for, even at the cost of Willie Randolph.
Bob Shirley’s 1985 season was the best of his career, yet it almost didn’t happen because of Billy Martin.
Don Slaught played just two seasons for the Yankees. Despite the short tenure, he is forever linked with Billy Martin’s last turn as Yankees manager.
Jesse Barfield was an above-average player who was in pinstripes at the wrong time to fully be appreciated.
Hassey was with the Yankees for less than a year and a half, but his time featured good production and bizarre moments that only the ‘80s Yankees could provide.
Children of the ‘80s grew up during a magical time when Phil Rizzuto and Bill White connected us to this game and team we love so much.