They serve teenagers in the Bronx. This is not the title of a cookbook, but it is the Yankees' recipe for success.
On Sunday, when 34-year-old Brett Gardner got the day off, the Yankees started an all-use 30 line-up for the first time in nearly three decades in a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays with Gyeber Torres & # 39; s much-anticipated debut in the league, Miguel Andujars 4-for-4 performance and the undisputed As Luis Severino, the seven innings, three (19659002) "We worked very hard long before I started the organization from scratch said Aaron Boone, who was not a geezer even at the age of 45, after the victory in which the Yankees pitched with all 20-year-olds for the first time since a roster, September 29, 1
"You did a great job," said the neophyte manager. "I think we are able to be a really good team, not just in the short term, but in the long run, as it pays homage to all the people who built the organization from the ground up."
Ownership and management pressed the restart button two summers ago, but the process of greening was already in progress. Aaron Richter was in the system. Gary Sanchez was in the system. Severino was in the system. The injured Greg Bird was in the system. Although the Yankees are still showing off their wealth – Giancarlo Stanton does not take a bag of shells home for his salary – this is not going to be the best team to buy but the best team scouting.
"It's what everyone has been talking about," said 28-year-old relative greybeard Didi Gregorius, who kicked a first-inning homerun. "We have many perspectives."
Perspectives that can and do play. When the 21-year-old Torres came over parts of two seasons after a career total of 153 Triple A record appearances – what took so long? He was hardly alone. Familiarity creates some comfort.
"I know everyone here," said Torres, the coveted piece of the lease-leasing agreement of July 25, 2016, in which Aroldis Chapman went to the Cubs. "It's like a family."
In this context, the dynamics were very different from the recent period in which the Yankees promoted a highly valued young second baseman in the mid-season. When 22-year-old Robinson Cano joined a 11-15 Yankees team in Tampa Bay on May 3, 2005, he was an exception to the rule of veterans wearing pinstripes.
Cano has finished ninth in the series and is lost in three atbats with a strikeout without a punch the ball off the infield against Doug Waechter in the 11-4 defeat. He would go 2 against 4 the next day before he would endure a 0-16 distance in the next five games.
Which means that Torres is not lost after his 0-for-4 debut, in which he had seven men on base without reaching a runner, and left-handed in his first at-bat against the short-term Yankee Jaime Garcia and later double play. Nonetheless, the young man barely despaired after it was over. He emphasized the importance of being part of the victory and spoke of being "super excited and happy".
Boone said he had Torres, the youngest positional driver, made his debut for the Yankees since 20-year-old Melky Cabrera on July 5, 2005, "really excited and anxious "in his first at-bat, which ended in a fivefold swinging K.
"I thought he settled in and controlled the zone a little better after that," the manager said. "He has taken steps in the right direction."
According to STATS Inc., Sunday was the first time in nearly a quarter of a century, and it had been around its own tongue – that the team had started an All-Under-30 lineup within the first 20 games of a season since the second game May 9, 1943, a double top against the Philadelphia A & # 39; s. Of course, at that time World War II had big rosters.
At the time, 29-year-old first-baseman Nick Etten was the senior. Austin Romine, also 29, played that role on Sunday, while Sanchez was the DH.
"I made a joke before the game that I was always the youngest," Romine said. "Now I am the oldest."