The New York Yankees and New York Mets may be seeing more of each other in 2020. An extended Subway Series is possible when MLB returns in 2020.
Whether you root for the team in pinstripes or the guys in the orange and blue, Big Apple fans love the Subway Series between the New York Mets and New York Yankees. While the animosity towards one another may have hit its recent peak in the early 2000s, both franchises have polarizing (pun intended Mets fans) figures that have become faces of their respective leagues.
I’m talking about 2019 National League Rookie of the Year, New York Mets first baseman, Pete “Polar Bear” Alonso and the New York Yankees Ruthian-like slugger, No. 99 Aaron Judge. Under normal circumstances, the crosstown rivalry lasts four games (or six if the AL East and NL East are set to play one another in interleague play). Two in the Bronx and two at Citi Field.
Two two-game series doesn’t quench the thirst of fans looking to see the Polar Bear and Judge battle in each at-bat to slug towering shots across the ballpark.
The Covid-19 pandemic slammed the brakes on the start of the MLB season, halting the craving for a future Subway Series moment. However, there might be some good news, according to USA Today MLB columnist Bob Nightengale.
"Major League Baseball officials have become cautiously optimistic this week that the season will start in late June, and no later than July 2, playing at least 100 regular-season games, according to three executives with knowledge of the talks. They requested anonymity because the plan is still under consideration."
With a possible start of the season looming and the fact, each club would play in their home ballpark without fans is encouraging, Nightengale dangled another carrot.
"MLB is considering a three-division, 10-team plan in which teams play only within their division – a concept gaining support among owners and executives. It would abolish the traditional American and National Leagues, and realign the divisions based on geography."
The proposed idea would put the Mets and Yankees in the same division along with the Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Rays and Miami Marlins.
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This is fantastic news for both ball clubs. Not only has the alleged division realignment added some weaker teams, but the Mets and Yankees would also certainly play each other at least six to 10 times.
Citi Field and Yankee Stadium are located 9.8 miles from one another. If MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and the Player’s Union are genuinely concerned about travel, this is a no brainer.
Sign me up for more moonshots, blasts, homers, round-trippers, dingers, and taters from Alonso and Judge. SNY play-by-play broadcaster Gary Cohen’s call “It’s Outta Here!” and YES Network’s Michael Kay’s “See Ya!” call, are only months away. Bring on the Alonso and Judge debate!
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