If we’d known Cameron Maybin and Gio Urshela would play this much for the 2019 Yankees, would anyone have believed the Bombers would be running away with the AL East?
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ESPN baseball columnist/feature writer
Former editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus
Co-author of “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work”
The incredible story of the 2019 New York Yankees has been told and retold, because it just keeps happening: A star-laden roster that was projected, before Opening Day, to win as many as 100 games, has seen star after star get injured, yet has somehow gotten better.
Injuries hit early and often and to many of the best players. At various points this season, they’ve set records for most players unavailable at one time, as well as best players unavailable at one time (as measured by previous season’s WAR on the injured list). They’ve spent more money on injured players this year than the Rays have spent on players, by some accounting. When star players have returned from rehab, others have promptly replaced them. That was true in April, in May, in June and in July, and it’s true today: This