New York Yankees’ playoff hopes fade

As the seasons go by, the leaves begin to change color and begin to fall, as do the New York Yankees fans’ championship hopes. The Bombers missed the opportunity to gain ground on a playoff birth last weekend. Things started off well with a win on Friday to be blown up at home by Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday.

The Yankees currently have 16 games over 0.500 and will end with around 90 wins this season. Yes, they have the second highest payroll in baseball, but 2021 was truly another COVID 19 year. What may have come out of this year for the Bronx Bombers will be valuable next year and years to come.

First throw; Nester Cortes, Jr. and Luis Gil have shown they can both pitch in the big leagues and be successful. Jameson Tailon has taken a big step towards becoming a solid No. 2 or 3 in the Yankees rotation.

Next defense; Giancarlo Stanton has shown he can play on the pitch and contribute. Joey Gallo and Aaron Judge are both solid vaults. The Gleyber Torres is a shortstop experience that seems to be over. Look for a defensive free agent shortstop to sign this offseason. However, Anthony Rizzo should be a priority for the return of pinstripe general manager Brian Cashman. Luke Voit is certainly an attractive option at 1B, as is DJ Lemahieu, but Rizzo also provides that sweet left-handed swing that the Bronx training lacked.

Overall, there is no way to view 2021 as a failure. Who knows, the Yankees could get hot again over the next two weeks and sneak back. But, if they don’t, look at it that way. This year, COVID 19 outbreaks in one team have been handled differently by the league than others. Players were getting used to the 162-game game after only playing 60 last season and if the Yankees win 89 games they will have a better record than National League winner East Atlanta Braves. Hold on to the Yankees fans. It is not finished.

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Each beach town has its own set of pros and cons, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best to live in. To find out, Stacker took a look at WalletHub data, released on June 17, 2020, which compares US beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. Cities had a population of 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From these rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will not be surprised to learn that many of the cities featured here are in one of these two states.

Read on to see if your favorite beach town has made the cut.

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