Yankees Magazine: Dream Vacation

During Cooperstown's Hall of Fame Classic weekend, visitors have a unique opportunity to mix and mingle with their baseball heroes

Yankees Magazine: Dream Vacation

On a hot and humid Sunday morning in May, two young boys were on a mission. Accompanied by their families, the two friends, classmates and Little League teammates were set to walk from The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, N.Y., to the nearby National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. This excursion had little to do with the Hall of Fame, but everything to do with the many baseball card shops and memorabilia stores that line the quaint town's Main Street.

The Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, a tradition nearly a decade old, had already provided the boys with incredible memories over the previous two days, and now they finally had time to buy as many baseball cards as they could convince their parents to get them. That was the task at hand.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

Mike Torrez pitched 18 seasons in the bigs -- none more memorable than the one he spent in New York

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

Mike Torrez spent less than one full season in pinstripes, but without his workhorse-like pitching performance in 1977, it would have been much more difficult for the Yankees to have won it all.

Following a late-April trade that sent Torrez from Oakland to the Bronx, the right-handed starter won 14 regular-season games for the Yankees. On July 28, the 30-year-old began a string of seven consecutive complete games; he won all seven.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the August 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Must love baseball

Two years after the Yankees almost lost him, Austin Romine has staked his claim in the Bronx

Yankees Magazine: Must love baseball

Things were looking up for Austin Romine when he reported to Tampa for spring training in February 2015. He was healthy. The Yankees had traded catcher Francisco Cervelli to Pittsburgh in the offseason. And there was a clear path for Romine to reclaim the job that he had held in 2013 when he backed up Chris Stewart for most of the season.

The top three catchers in camp were Brian McCann, Romine and John Ryan Murphy, New York's second-round pick in the 2009 Draft. To that point in their careers, Romine had appeared in 76 big league games compared to Murphy's 48, and it was Romine -- not Murphy -- who was once thought to be the club's catcher of the future. A lower-back strain derailed the bulk of Romine's 2012 season, but that was in the past.

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Yankees Magazine: Rumble in the distance

Representing the red-hot Trenton Thunder, three Eastern League All-Stars set out to prove they're ready for The Show

Yankees Magazine: Rumble in the distance

Standing on the field at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, N.H., dripping from head to toe after a celebratory water-dousing from his teammates, Zack Zehner was a soaking wet emblem of just how quickly things can change in the Minor Leagues.

The Trenton Thunder outfielder had been added to the Eastern League All-Star roster less than a week earlier, and now, on July 12, the 24-year-old Californian was holding the game's MVP Award in his hands. His two-run single opened the floodgates in a seven-run sixth inning as the Eastern Division notched a 7-1 victory over the Western Division in front of 6,120 fans.

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the August 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Back to basics

Luis Severino had to take a few steps back to prove to himself -- and everyone else -- that the rotation was where he belonged

Yankees Magazine: Back to basics

It seems almost impossible when you think about it, that it all happened in just one year.

On July 2, 2016, Luis Severino was sitting in a dugout in Buffalo, N.Y., as a member of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He had started the season on the Yankees' major league roster with a heap of lofty expectations on his shoulders following a successful 11-game big league debut in 2015. But seven straight rough starts left the Yankees and Severino wondering how things had gone so wrong.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the August 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Weathering the storm

Mired in the worst slump of his career, Masahiro Tanaka found his groove in a marquee matchup that enthralled baseball fans around the world

Yankees Magazine: Weathering the storm

There are no "must-win" games in June, but the Yankees' matchup with the Texas Rangers on June 23 came pretty close. After a brutal 1-6 road trip, the Yankees opened up a six-game homestand by dropping two of three to the Angels - a 5-1 lead in the rubber game evaporating into a 10-5 loss. In the blink of an eye, a cushy four-game division lead had vanished.

As badly as the Yankees needed to stop the bleeding, Masahiro Tanaka had his own wounds to tend to. A model of consistency over his first three seasons in pinstripes, Tanaka had been a casualty of a league-wide home run bonanza -- an epidemic, if you ask pitchers -- in the first half of 2017, giving up the longball at nearly twice his normal rate. Not surprisingly, the results were calamitous: Over his previous seven starts, he had gone 0-6 with an 8.91 ERA.

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the August 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Rise Up

Yankees fans are getting used to the Aaron Judge Show. During 2017 All-Star Week in Miami, the rest of the world got on board.

Yankees Magazine: Rise Up

In places such as Kansas City or Cincinnati, All-Star Week is blissfully all-encompassing. There is local buy-in that turns the events at and around the stadium into unmatched showcases, with both league bragging rights and civic pride on the line. In Miami (and, it should be said, in New York City), the struggle to break through can be a bit more intense. Where there's more to see, it can feel harder to be seen.

Marlins Park itself seems built into that paradox. Look to the field if you choose, or perhaps you'd prefer to gawk agog toward the epic dancing water creature sculpture, to tap in rhythm with the brass band and drum line, to feel the body-rattling decibels originating from the in-stadium DJ. An evening at Miami's baseball home will overload your senses. Oh, and there's baseball.

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the August 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Steadying Force

The longest-tenured current Yankees player, Brett Gardner pauses to reflect on his impact on the team

Yankees Magazine: Steadying Force

In the massive Boston Red Sox team store on tiny Yawkey Way, located a few feet from Fenway Park, T-shirts and hats featuring the tagline "Best Rivalry in Sports" were on display on a hot and humid weekend in July. And they were selling like crazy -- for good reason.

For every player who has worn the pinstripes, there is an expectation that when the Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox -- especially in Fenway -- the game will be long. It will be hard fought. It will probably result in an exhilarating win for one team and a heartbreaking loss for another.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the August 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

On the final day of Spring Training in 1977, George Steinbrenner finally got the man he had been pursuing for quite some time. When the Yankees acquired shortstop Bucky Dent from the Chicago White Sox, many in the game believed The Boss had collected the final piece to a championship puzzle he had been working on since taking the reins in 1973.

Prior to joining fellow acquisitions such as Sparky Lyle, Willie Randolph, Catfish Hunter and Reggie Jackson in the Bronx, Dent had been the runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1974 and an All-Star in 1975. And still just 25 years old, Dent was primed to put together his best seasons in pinstripes.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Star Turn

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has proven that he can play in New York. But to thrive in all facets of Big Apple life, you need to look the part.

Yankees Magazine: Star Turn

The acquisition of Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs following the 2015 season solidified the second base position for the Yankees. In his first campaign in pinstripes, Castro came back from an inconsistent first half to collect 56 hits in the final two months of the regular season, finishing with a .270 batting average and a career-high 21 home runs.

The four-time All-Star, who at 27 years old already has more than 1,200 hits to his name, has proven to be one of baseball's best hitters this season. As of mid-July, he was batting .309 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI, despite missing about three weeks -- and his fourth All-Star Game -- with a hamstring strain.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Numbers Game

With more information than ever available after every pitch, who uses Statcast data and what does it mean?

Yankees Magazine: Numbers Game

With the home team in front, 7-3, on an 89-degree afternoon in a game that is already more than two-and-a-half hours old, some of the intensity has drained out of Yankee Stadium as Aaron Judge steps into the box against Baltimore reliever Logan Verrett with a 1-1 count.

Until Verrett delivers his next pitch.

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Yankees Magazine: The Road

There are countless things that make the journey up the Minor League ladder difficult. Donny Sands' path has had a few extra bumps thrown in.

Yankees Magazine: The Road

Charleston, S.C., to the state capital in Columbia is a pretty straight and simple shot, a north-northwest sprint along I-26. The RiverDogs -- the Yankees' affiliate in the Low-A South Atlantic League -- are on the road to face the Columbia Fireflies, the bus traveling a hair under 75 mph in and out of cell phone range.

Charleston is a perfectly Southern city, but this drive could be absolutely anywhere. The Interstate Highway System has a way of neutralizing all surroundings, with its endlessly generic strips of tree-flanked asphalt. And really, it might as well be anywhere. This is Minor League life wherever you find it. Long, straight throughways; random, out-of-nowhere traffic jams; Wi-Fi cutting in and out.

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

Sparky Lyle remembers the magical season that made him a Cy Young Award winner and, more importantly, a World Series champion

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

There haven't been many relief pitchers who were as dominant -- or as valuable to their team's success -- as Sparky Lyle was to the Yankees in 1977. That season, Lyle -- acquired five years earlier in a rare trade with the Boston Red Sox -- pitched in a league-leading 72 regular-season games, posting a 13-5 record and a 2.17 ERA. He collected 26 saves, half of which he had to pitch two or more innings to earn.

While the Yankees have had great closers on the mound since that magical season, including Hall of Famer Goose Gossage and Mariano Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, Lyle remains the only relief pitcher in team history to win a Cy Young Award and one of only eight relievers in baseball history to receive the honor.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: The final stop

With New York looming, Triple-A players know that the only sure way to taste the Big Apple is to focus on the task at hand

Yankees Magazine: The final stop

The contest to decide the best Triple-A baseball team is not formatted as a seven-game series, and if it's played in either participant's home ballpark, that's only by chance. And falling, as it does, in mid-September, the winner-takes-all matchup often does not include the best players in the league, who -- if they are fortunate -- have been promoted to the Majors to help their parent clubs chase a postseason berth.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees' International League affiliate, will host the 2017 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game -- a nugget that's hard to miss if you scan the outfield wall at PNC Field. On a mid-May night at the RailRiders' home in Moosic, Penn., top Yankees farmhands -- such as outfielders Clint Frazier and Dustin Fowler and shortstop Tyler Wade -- square off against the Pawtucket Red Sox alongside constant reminders of the championship game to come.

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Chris Blake is the editorial assistant for Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: A change is gonna come

Given the chance to fix anything they choose about the game of baseball, do some Yankees have thoughts? Oh, yes they do.

Yankees Magazine: A change is gonna come

Baseball is a results-based industry, so you can hardly blame Chase Headley for changing his tune to match shifting outcomes.

"I'll be honest," Headley said in March, as he prepped for the 2017 season, "I'm not a big fan of the shifts. I think that the game was designed to be played a certain way. What you learn as a hitter growing up is to hit a line drive back up the middle, and if you do that, you should be rewarded for it. There shouldn't be any people playing in positions they don't play."

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Unshakable

Looks can be deceiving. With Jordan Montgomery, just about everything can beguile.

Yankees Magazine: Unshakable

If an average person off the street walked into the Yankees clubhouse on the morning of April 12 and looked at Jordan Montgomery, one thought might immediately come to mind.

That guy must have had a few too many cups of coffee.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Not-So-Odd Couple

When it comes to passion for the game and dedication to their craft, Aaron Judge and Ronald Torreyes have much in common

Yankees Magazine: Not-So-Odd Couple

Walking next to any fully uniformed New York Yankees player, it's easy to feel out of place. Traversing the Yankee Stadium outfield grass with Aaron Judge and Ronald Torreyes, there's a whole other element.

We're heading for the Masterpass Batter's Eye Deck to take some photos, and while I see eye-to-eye with Torreyes, who is listed in the Yankees media guide at 5 foot 8, Judge seems like he could step on me like a bug and not even notice.

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Second to None

Derek Jeter returned to the Bronx for emotional Monument Park ceremony

Yankees Magazine: Second to None

For so long now, it was inevitable, just like any other clutch hit or perfect jump throw from the hole. Derek Jeter would eventually get his place in Monument Park, where he would live in eternity alongside his teammates from the late-'90s dynasty and the other titans of Yankees history. Babe Ruth … Joe DiMaggio … Mickey Mantle … Thurman Munson … Mariano Rivera. Derek Jeter.

On May 14 -- Mother's Day -- Jeter's enshrinement finally arrived. As ever, the beloved captain owned his moment, standing before a sellout crowd and a collection of his fellow Yankees stars and giving an extemporaneous speech that hit all the perfect notes.

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Yankees Magazine: Home-Field Advantage

Didi Gregorius's success took root on the tiny island of Curacao

Yankees Magazine: Home-Field Advantage

It's 9 a.m. in Santa Rosa, Curacao, and the island's main baseball stadium is already bustling. Thirty baseball players -- many of whom play professionally in the United States -- are taking their places on the field, stretching and getting ready to practice.

As the players near the end of their stretching routine, an older man walks through an open metal gate behind home plate that leads into the stadium. He walks down a few yellow concrete steps and sits down in the first row of the bleacher seats that extend from first base to third base.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

In part two of our season-long Q&A series, Willie Randolph recalls the wild ride to World Series victory

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

When the Yankees orchestrated the December 1975 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates that brought Willie Randolph to New York, the organization cemented its future at second base for more than a decade.

In 1976, Randolph earned his first of six All-Star selections and played a key role in the team's return to the Fall Classic. Then, in 1977, the 22-year-old Brooklynite set the table for the likes of Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and Chris Chambliss. Randolph's propensity to get on base, coupled with his solid glove at the keystone corner, earned him a second consecutive All-Star selection and helped the Yankees return to the postseason.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: The road to immortality

At first there was a plan. Then came discipline. What followed was the legendary career of Derek Jeter.

Yankees Magazine: The road to immortality

It was a Wednesday afternoon in the middle of February when we received the crushing, yet inevitable news. In a 735-word letter posted on Facebook that was as pitch-perfect as his Hall-of-Fame career, Derek Jeter announced that the 2014 season would be his last. In it, he talked about living out a dream, a year-round focus on helping the Yankees win, and a desire to start a new chapter in his life.

"But before that," he wrote, "I want to soak in every moment of every day this year, so I can remember it for the rest of my life."

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Derek Jeter Commemorative Edition of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: A dream gone by

Derek Jeter played the position he always wanted in the city he always wanted, and on Sept. 25, 2014, he said goodbye in unforgettable fashion

Yankees Magazine: A dream gone by

The morning of Sept. 25, 2014, looked like any other rainy day in the South Bronx.

The skies above Yankee Stadium were gray and full of storm clouds, and a steady rain began soaking the outfield grass long before sunrise and continued to pour down through the afternoon hours.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Derek Jeter Commemorative Edition of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankee Magazine: Kalamazoo Kid

Late in 2011, Derek Jeter returned to his hometown for the dedication of the field he once played on

Yankee Magazine: Kalamazoo Kid

It's the middle of the afternoon on Dec. 16, 2011, and Derek Jeter is in Kalamazoo, Mich., the town in which he spent the majority of his childhood.

Later in the day, Jeter's alma mater, Kalamazoo Central High School, is holding a ceremony in its auditorium to officially rename the baseball field.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Derek Jeter Commemorative Edition of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Confidence Man

Derek Jeter would have been a star anywhere. Dick Groch made sure that it was in New York.

Yankees Magazine: Confidence Man

Jon Niederer had been a California Angels scout for about five years when his job took him to Michigan's Kalamazoo Central High School in April 1992. He watched two games, his eyes lasered on the tall, slender shortstop. He made a note that the 17-year-old wearing No. 13 was "pointy shouldered" and that he had a good face. "Very young looking," he wrote, and in an attempt to summarize his target, he mentioned Barry Larkin as a comp.

The Angels were picking eighth in the 1992 Draft. With the prospect in the conversation for the Astros' first overall pick, Niederer couldn't have expected him to fall far enough to make his scouting report matter, but that didn't temper his enthusiasm at all. To close out his sketch, Niederer noted: "Would love to take with our first pick. Will be in the Big Leagues by the time he's 21."

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Derek Jeter Commemorative Edition of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Permanent Marker

On May 14, Derek Jeter's No. 2 will officially be retired, but his place in Yankees lore was cemented long ago

Yankees Magazine: Permanent Marker

Derek Jeter has never been the most expressive interview subject. For that matter, the former Yankees shortstop, known for always saying -- and doing -- the right thing, has rarely been comfortable talking about himself.

But with his legendary career in the rearview mirror, and now with a ceremony to retire his number and dedicate a Monument Park plaque set for May 14, Jeter has become slightly more candid with his words, or at least with this journalist who has covered him for almost 15 years.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: The Connection

Dellin Betances returned to the mystical field of dreams where his career took off bearing more than gifts

Yankees Magazine: The Connection

With eyes closed, it sounds like a typical neighborhood Little League field on a late spring afternoon. The ping of solid contact. The unmistakable thwap! of ball meeting glove. During breaks in the action, kids joke around and laugh with their friends. This being the Dominican Republic, the intermittent clanging of a cowbell from a man selling helados naturales from an ice chest strapped to his parked moped has replaced the tinkling music of a Good Humor ice cream truck.

The action on the field, though, looks different. There is a seriousness to the work taking place not often seen among players so young. It's all drills; no games. "It's different here than in the States," said Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances, one of several Big Leaguers and prospects who train on this field during the offseason. "In the D.R., kids train to get signed."

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Food Paradise

The Yankees have stepped up their game in the kitchen. Now for the hard work -- tasting it all.

Yankees Magazine: Food Paradise

The start of baseball season feels kind of like Christmas and Thanksgiving all rolled into one. When a new Yankees team takes the field, it's like a present being unwrapped -- each player's potential a toy to get excited about. And when Yankee Stadium opens its gates, it's a cornucopia of food and drink and snacks.

This year is no exception. If anything, 2017 offers even more excitement than ever before.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Big Dreams

As the Trenton Thunder open the season, a defining test awaits up-and-coming Yankees farmhands

Yankees Magazine: Big Dreams

Just as a college professor weeds out first-year students, or as New York City -- the place Trenton Thunder players aspire to reach -- challenges the moxie of aspiring actors, Double-A baseball often tests players in ways more challenging than any they've experienced in their careers.

There are just 30 Double-A teams across the country -- one for each Big League organization -- compared to the 82 clubs that play in seven different affiliated A-ball leagues. The significant decrease in roster spots as players climb the Minor League ladder means the talent level spikes at Double-A. The tier is filled with prospects on their way to the Majors, along with some veterans trying to hold on for another season.

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Chris Blake is the editorial assistant of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Love Story

Breathing joy and life into the Negro Leagues, a museum finds warmth where heartache might be expected

Yankees Magazine: Love Story

At first glance, the story -- like so much else in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri -- is horrifying. Each word is a roller-coaster ride from shock to outrage and back to a consuming state of disbelief. It's a small display midway through the museum's timeline of Negro Leagues history, a 1925 Wichita Beacon story that, nine decades later, is too crazy to understand.

"ONLY BASEBALL IS ON TAP AT ISLAND PARK," the headline reads. The story is previewing an on-field clash to come between the all-black Wichita Monrovians and Wichita Klan No. 6. (No word on who the other five teams of Kansas Ku Klux Klan members might have been playing that day.)

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

Roy White leads off a season-long series of interviews with the '77 World Series champs

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

With 2017 marking the 40th anniversary of the Yankees' 1977 world championship team, Yankees Magazine will be featuring a Q&A with a different member of that squad each month throughout this season. We lead off with left fielder Roy White, a two-time All-Star who in 1977 was beginning his 13th season with the team. White spoke to executive editor Nathan Maciborski during last year's Old-Timers' Day festivities at Yankee Stadium.

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of 1977?

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.