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Aaron Judge and the Yankees are not only getting great production on the field — the Baby Bombers are producing off it, driving strong TV ratings and digital numbers for YES Network.
Plenty of buzz surrounds the 6-7, 280 pound Judge, his tape-measure home runs and the rest of the Yankees’ young, talented team. They have been a boon for YES, which was off the air on Comcast last season due to a nasty carriage dispute.
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Now the Yankees are once again the big story in New York, while the crosstown Mets struggle with injuries. Nobody’s happier than Jon Litner, president of YES (which is majority owned by 21st Century Fox).
This legitimacy would extend to Hall of Fame voting, too. As we’ve seen with Edgar Martinez’s Cooperstown candidacy, some voters remain unconvinced that his numbers warrant induction because he didn’t play a ton of defense after his early seasons.
Carlos Martinez set to lead wave of young Cardinals starters
Carlos Martinez is getting paid by the Cardinals. With that money comes the responsibility of heading up a rotation that could turn much younger in the near future.
St. Louis announced Thursday that it had signed Martinez to a five-year contract that also includes options for 2022 and 2023. The pact, valued at a reported $51 million, buys out the right-hander’s arbitration years and up to four years of free-agent eligibility.
The skid: Haven’t won the World Series, ever (franchise started in 1962 as the Houston Colt .45s)
Need to know: Houston’s lone trip to the biggest of baseball dances didn’t last long; the Astros were swept by the White Sox in 2005. An aggressive offseason of acquiring talent — to go with young stars such as Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer — means the club will be a serious contender to snap the skid at some point in the next few seasons.