New York Yankees: The 2010s All-Decade Team

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Didi Gregorius #18 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrate the 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on May 22, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Didi Gregorius #18 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrate the 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on May 22, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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All-Decade Yankees Bullpen

David Robertson, Middle Reliever

We round up the New York Yankees All-Decade Team with the part of the team most people identify the team with: the bullpen.

Let’s begin with the All-Decade middle reliever, David Robertson. Robertson spent two separate stints with the Yanks during the 2010s. In his first stint between 2010 and 2014, he established himself as the front-runner for Mariano Rivera‘s job by pitching to a 2.51 ERA and striking out 425 batters in 319.1 IP.

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In his second stint, he proved to be a reliable option at any point in the game out of the bullpen. In fact, during the team’s 2017 run, Robertson was easily the best arm out of the pen, pitching to a 1.03 ERA and a 0.743 WHIP.

Dellin Betances, Set Up Man

The homegrown kid from New York City proved to be, not just one of the best Yankee relievers, but one of baseball’s best relievers since being called up in 2011. In fact, he is the only relief pitcher in MLB history ever to strike out 100 or more batters in five consecutive seasons.

He spent all but one game on the IL in 2019, so it’s unclear what the future hold for Betances. As a fan, I sure hope he can finish out his career in pinstripes.

Aroldis Chapman, Closer

You’d be hard-pressed to find a team with a better history with closers than the Yankees. To go from, Mr. Cutter, Mariano Rivera to Aroldis Chapman, who can touch 103 MPH on the gun, is almost not fair.

Chapman has been a great replacement for the greatest to ever do it. What’s more, he partook in a deal with brought the team its future in Gleyber Torres before resigning with the Yankees a year later.

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For that, we will always be grateful.