New York Yankees: Why a 60 Game Season Would Hurt

James Paxton, New York Yankees. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
James Paxton, New York Yankees. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

As the 2020 MLB season continues to be a giant question mark, the newest proposal includes a 60 game season, how would this impact the New York Yankees?

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are still failing to see eye-to-eye, and for that reason, nobody is sure if there will be a 2020 MLB season at all. However, after commissioner Rob Manfred said he wasn’t completely sure if there would be a season this year, the MLB submitted a new proposal including a 60-game season.

While this proposal won’t be accepted due to the fact that the players want a longer season, this is potentially a sign of what’s to come. If the 2020 MLB season is around 60 games, this would without a doubt hurt the New York Yankees.

One of the reasons the Yankees were so impressive last season was because the season was so long and it allowed margin for error. A 60-game season on the other hand, would be the exact opposite as there would be next to no margin for error.

The Yankees’ biggest problem in 2019 was there gross amount of injuries that caused them to almost never have a fully healthy lineup. With these injury problems continuing into 2020 with Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, James Paxton, Giancarlo Stanton and others all being injured, the Yankees would be in a bad position if they had so many players missing time.

In addition to this, Domingo German is suspended 63 games; three more than the 60-game proposal, meaning he would be out for the season.

This being said, depending on when the season would start, the Yankees starting rotation might look like this:

  1. Gerrit Cole
  2. Masahiro Tanaka
  3. J.A. Happ
  4. Jordan Montgomery
  5. Jonathan Loaisiga

This isn’t great considering at full strength the rotation would include Cole, Severino, Tanaka, German, and Paxton, but with a 60-game season, this would be the Yankees rotation for potentially up to a third of the season.

Aside from the Yankees’ injury woes, a 60-game season would hurt the Yankees because all of a sudden a five-game losing streak moves you from first in the AL East to last. A five-game losing streak is equivalent to 13.5 games in a typical 162 game season.

Obviously, this is something that applies to every team in the MLB, but for the Yankees particular, this hurts when you take into account their injury history. Under the proposed 60-game season, if a player is placed on the 15-day Injury List, they could be missing almost a quarter of the season.

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Nonetheless, baseball is baseball, but a 60-game Major League Baseball season would undoubtedly hurt the Yankees rather than helping them.