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The New York Yankees have all the heroes they need for a successful 2019 season. What they do desperately need is someone to serve as the villain.

Allison Case

Let’s take a look at the list of needs the New York Yankees¬†own this offseason. Starting pitching? Yup, that’s there. Potential shortstop to cover Didi Gregorius’ missing time? Sure, let’s go with that. Potential blockbuster free agent just to flex their spending muscles? You know that’s on there.

What about something else … something, dare I say, a little more sinister?

The Yankees have a great group of players who have filled the hero narrative all last season. They have a squad of likable players.


What they’re missing is a true villain.

A villain might not be someone who is truly rude and disrespectful. A villain might be a player who approaches the game with a fiery attitude, who lights fire under his own teammates and makes them play with a certain intensity.


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