Yankees among winners off the field, then win on it

Monday was all about new faces in new places. While they were only nine games on the schedule, there was plenty of activity off the field prior to Monday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.

The Yankees were one of the teams to make a splash by acquiring pitchers Sonny Gray from the A’s and Jaime Garcia from the Twins. Gray, who was one of Monday’s prized acquisitions, will make his Yankees debut on Thursday. The Yankees sent Luis Severino to the mound on Monday to face the Tigers and he struck out eight in five innings of New York’s 7-3 win.

After Gonzalez took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, the Nationals will send their ace to the hill with Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.23 ERA) squaring off against Miami’s Chris O’Grady (2-1, 3.68).

That led to the hiring of current manager Joe Maddon for the 2015 season.

Sandberg had been with the Phillies, leading their Triple-A team to the International League championship series in his first year. He was named the 2011 minor league manager of the year by Baseball America.

Two years later he found himself managing the Phillies, but resigned midway through the 2015 season with a record of 26-48 and an overall mark of 119-159.

Game Youth Johnathan Hankins Jersey Now that he no longer has to worry about strategy as a manager or focusing on his own play, Sandberg said he actually sees more of the game watching as a fan. And though he was away from the Cubs for five years, he still considers Wrigley Field his second home.

To see everything come together last year the way that it did, and to be able to watch the quality of play, and the players playing the game the right way … the whole 2016 season was a life-changer for me, said Sandberg, who was a 10-time All-Star and won nine Gold Glove awards.
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I was viewed differently being part of a World Series championship and wearing a ring around town.