New Yankee Anthony Rizzo has 'roots' in New Jersey

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Is Anthony Rizzo going to the Yankees?

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Opinion: Bronx Bombers are back as Yankees trade for Anthony Rizzo, Joey Gallo

Yahoo Sports 31 July, 2021 - 07:40am

The New York Yankees have finalized a deal to acquire slugging outfielder Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers.

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NY Yankees finally got a left handed batter in Joey Gallo. Bob Nightengale breaks down the deal, and what he brings to New York. USA TODAY

The New York Yankees have acquired Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo in a trade, the teams announced Thursday.

The Rangers, who have the worst record in the American League, are receiving a haul of prospects: pitcher Glenn Otto, INF Ezequiel Duran, INF Josh Smith and INF Trevor Hauver. New York also received pitcher Joely Rodriguez from Texas.

The Yankees are in desperate need of a left-handed bat, and Gallo can certainly fill that void, especially with Yankee Stadium's short right field porch. 

The Yankees have only 22 home runs from their left-handed batters in 2021 and rank last in the majors in batting average.

This season, the 27-year-old Gallo is batting .223 with 25 home runs and 55 RBI, with an OPS of .869, but has three hits in his last 34 at-bats. He was not in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gallo leads the major leagues with 74 walks, but has also struck out 125 times, the third most in baseball.

The Yankees began the night 8.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East and could make more moves before the 4 p.m. ET trading deadline on Friday.

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Lennon: Yankees' Gallo trade shows they still believe World Series is in reach

Newsday 31 July, 2021 - 07:40am

The only number anyone really needs to know about the Wednesday night trade that’s in the process of sending Joey Gallo to the Bronx is 314.

Of course that’s the distance, in feet, from home plate to the rightfield foul pole at Yankee Stadium. And with a short porch not far beyond, Gallo’s powerful lefty bat is going to do some serious damage at his new home.

Not just the ballpark itself. We’re talking about the No. 4 train.

Why it took so long for Brian Cashman to fit a lefthanded slugger for pinstripes is a mystery. Throughout history, the Yankees have built their championship pedigree on a foundation of legendary lefties -- Ruth, Gehrig, Maris, Yogi, Reggie -- and some of a more recent dynasty vintage, like Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez and Hideki Matsui.

But in assembling his (failed) title bids over the past few years, Cashman had developed a blind spot for that side of the plate. Rather than strive for balance, the GM explained his current batch of righty hitters were capable of producing regardless. Power is power, Cashman reasoned, and that theory came back to bite him this season.

The daily lament, as the Yankees tumbled further behind the Red Sox, was the fact they were too one-dimensional. The worst of it? The Yankees featured an ill-fitting lineup for their own stadium. Too often, visiting teams partied in the short porch more than the owners of the place.

Those days should now be over.

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Gallo is hardly the perfect baseball player. He’s a career .211 hitter and king of the sport’s three true outcomes: Gallo has homered, struck out or walked in 58.3% of his career plate appearances.

But he also has a very specific talent that the Yankees severely lack: an ability to mash the ball from the left side. Gallo has 138 home runs since 2017, the most of any lefty hitter over the past five seasons (according to stat guru Katie Sharp). In other words, Cashman -- who prides himself on collecting "big, hairy monsters" -- needed to import this one from Texas in order to help salvage this season.

Just look at what the Yankees were surviving on before Gallo’s arrival. They ranked 24th overall in runs per game with 4.16 before Wednesday’s trade, were tied for eighth in the AL with 127 homers and their leader from the left side was Rougned Odor, who had 12 through 62 games. The only other "impact" lefties have been 37-year-old Brett Gardner (four HRs, .312 slugging) and recent callups like Estevan Florial and switch-hitter Greg Allen.

Since the All-Star break, and during Aaron Judge’s stay on the COVID IL, the Yankees had been forced to remake themselves to some degree, relying more on the speed of the promoted RailRiders to scrape up runs. But Cashman’s roster isn’t built to win that way, and Gallo will help them get back to the bash-bullying style that’s baked into this group’s DNA.

At this deadline, Cashman’s path to improving the Yankees was fairly straightforward. Despite this team’s head-scratching ability to fluctuate between contention and catastrophe, the rotation has been excellent lately and the bullpen -- at least on paper -- should be sufficient when pitching to its potential. Now that Aroldis Chapman looks fixed again, that’s a huge confidence-booster.

The problem was always squeezing more out of the listless offense, as too many players weren’t performing to Cashman’s championship vision for this roster. Giancarlo Stanton, in particular, has been a trainwreck at the plate, hacking away at sliders that he couldn’t reach with a flagpole. Heading into Wednesday’s game against the Rays, Stanton had one homer in his last 66 plate appearances, hitting .207 (12-for-58) with 24 strikeouts and a .310 slugging percentage over that 15-game span.

Gallo should help pick up that slack, with the assumption that the streaky Stanton will heat up eventually. And if there were any doubt, Cashman’s trade for Gallo made it clear the Yankees’ goal for 2021 hasn’t changed: this remains a $200-million team with World Series aspirations. By winning two straight over the Rays with Wednesday night’s 3-1 victory (in 10 innings), the Yankees stayed 2 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot.

And as much as the Gallo deal was about this year’s directive, the bonus for Cashman is that he’s signed through next season, too. That means the GM doesn’t have to listen to all this all over again when he puts together his team for 2022. But for the more immediate future, the Gallo trade has changed the narrative for this season -- and could help script a better ending.

David Lennon is an award-winning columnist, a voter for baseball's Hall of Fame and has covered six no-hitters, including two perfect games.

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New Yankee Anthony Rizzo has ‘roots’ in New Jersey

MLB.com 31 July, 2021 - 04:19am

By Dan Martin

July 31, 2021 | 5:19am

MIAMI — Anthony Rizzo was born and raised in Florida, but as Jerry Lanzerotti, the owner of Lyndhurst Pastry Shop in Lyndhurst, N.J., said Friday, “His roots are here.”

That’s because Rizzo, who was traded from the Cubs to the Yankees on Thursday, spent many summers with family in the Garden State. His parents, John and Laurie, are both Lyndhurst natives.

Rizzo, who went 2-for-3 with a key 449-foot homer in the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Marlins, said of his trade that he was going “from one historic franchise to another.”

He knows the Yankees well, having gone to games at the old Yankee Stadium as a kid, in between trips to the Jersey Shore, spending time with his grandparents and playing stickball in New Jersey.

“I spent pretty much every summer there as a kid,’’ Rizzo said. “I have a lot of memories and I’m looking forward to making more.”

His top moment in The Bronx came in 1999, when he attended David Cone’s perfect game.

“I was lucky enough to be there for that,” Rizzo said.

It’s one of the reasons he’s looking forward to his first game at the new stadium.

“To be able to put the Yankee uniform on and play there is definitely special,’’ Rizzo said.

He said he would visit the area when the Cubs were in town to face the Mets or Yankees.

Those trips would include, according to Lanzerotti, an Anthony Rizzo Special, “half yum yum, half chocolate” Italian ice, which is still served at the shop.

Rizzo, who will turn 32 in August, has the next two months to create his own legacy with the Yankees. He is set to become a free agent following the season, but his focus is on 2021.

“I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Yankees,’’ said Rizzo, before adding, “This is just about winning baseball games.’’

Rizzo isn’t the only new Yankee with New York ties in his family.

Joey Gallo, who was acquired from the Rangers on Thursday, also arrived in Miami on Friday and made his Yankees debut.

Gallo grew up in Las Vegas, but his father, Tony, was born in Queens and went to East Rockaway High School. The Gallos moved to Nevada in 1988.

Gallo and Rizzo add two powerful left-handed bats to a Yankees lineup that was lacking lefty sluggers.

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