Explain a bit more about yourself?
My name is Kevin Hickey. I am a sports journalist for Sports Media 101, covering the New York Yankees as well as the New York Giants. I attended Charleston Southern University in North Charleston, South Carolina where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications while playing baseball for four years. I have a passion for watching, writing and talking about sports.
What is your role at Yankees 101, are their any other main contributors?
I am the lead writer for the Yankees 101 website, which is a part of the overall Sports Media 101 group that provides coverage of all other teams. Currently, I am the only main contributor.
What makes your blog different from other blogs?
Yankees 101 is different because of the non-stop coverage we provide and my playing career provides a certain type of knowledge and credibility that can only be attained by participating in the sport at the level I have.
How do you analyze the Yankees performances of late?
The Yankees were surprisingly a well-rounded team when it was all said and done. The combination of youth and veterans mixed well and helped the Yankees make a strong run at the end of the season. While they still missed the playoffs, it was an encouraging season for their bright future.
Who are the best rookies in the team?
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez took the league by storm and was an American League Rookie of the Year candidate, despite only playing 53 games. He hit .299 with 20 home runs and 42 RBIs in just 229 plate appearances. Outfielder Aaron Judge is another young player to keep an eye on. He struggled when called up to the Major Leagues, but his power and arm strength separate him from a lot of players in the MLB.
Will we see any new players coming in soon?
Yes, expect the Yankees general manager Brian Cashman to pull the trigger on some moves this offseason. It won’t be a total overhaul of the roster but they will likely address their needs via free agency or through trading.
Will we see any players leaving soon?
Yes. There is a possibility that a number of players get moved in the offseason. We have already seen catcher Brian McCann get traded to the Houston Astros for pitching prospects and it would not be surprising if outfielder Brett Gardner and third basemen Chase Headley get moved to improve the pitching staff.
What do you think of Joe Girardi’s performances?
Joe Girardi and his binder catch a lot of slack from fans but he has done a fine job. Dealing with an underperforming roster for the first half of the year, distractions with players retiring midseason and a completely different roster after the trade deadline, Girardi was able to get the Yankees in the playoff race until the last game of the season. If they have another strong year, he could be in line for an extension in New York.