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If I Were The Manager (ALDS)

by Paul Semendinger

October 6, 2022


Ok, it's time...

As of today, at this moment, the following would be my 26-man roster if I were the manager of the Yankees.

Position Players:

  1. Anthony Rizzo - 1b

  2. Gleyber Torres - 2b

  3. Oswald Peraza - ss

  4. Josh Donaldson - 3b

  5. Oswaldo Cabrera - lf

  6. Harrison Bader - cf

  7. Aaron Judge - rf

  8. Giancarlo Stanton - DH

  9. Jose Trevino - c

  10. Kyle Higashioka - c

  11. DJ LeMahieu - 1b, 2b, 3b

  12. Isiah Kiner-Falefa - ss, 3b, c (third string)

  13. Matt Carpenter - ph

  14. Aaron Hicks - of

  15. Marwin Gonzalez- inf, of


  1. Nestor Cortes

  2. Luis Severino

  3. Gerrit Cole

  4. Jameson Taillon

  5. Domingo German

  6. Lou Trivino

  7. Wandy Peralta

  8. Lucas Luetge

  9. Clarke Schmidt

  10. Scott Effross

  11. Jonathan Loaisiga


  • I would assume the Yankees will start IKF at shortstop, otherwise, I think my starters (the first nine players above) will be the same as the Yankees.

  • The first four pitchers would be my starting pitchers in rotation order.

  • The 26th person was a toss-up for me. I had to make my decision between Marwin Gonzalez who provides positional depth or Aroldis Chapman, a third lefty in the bullpen. Chapman has been so erratic that I elected to leave him off the roster for the ALDS. Still, an argument can be made that Chapman should make the team because he still has great talent and the ability to blow away hitters when he is on. In the end, the flexibility Gonzalez provides, I deemed more valuable than a 12th pitcher.


  • I assume Matt Carpenter will be available.

  • I assume Andrew Benintendi will not be available. If he is available, he would take Marwin Gonzalez's place.

  • I assume Clay Holmes will not be available. If he is available, the decision becomes very challenging. I'd have to take him, but I'd have to consider leaving Clarke Schmidt or Domingo German off the roster.


  • Today is only Thursday. This is a first look, as the regular season ended. I'd still have time to make changes before next week.


Teddy ballgame
Teddy ballgame
Oct 07, 2022

Replace Hicks with anyone....


Brad Scheller
Brad Scheller
Oct 07, 2022

I'd replace Hicks with Lacastro for PR

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Oct 07, 2022
Replying to

Interesting. I can't entirely disagree. Hicks has been lost on a number of occasions, but he does add value because he can work a walk.


Oct 06, 2022

interesting choice between Marwin and Aroldis.

might depend upon whether LeMahieu feels well enough to field


Cary Greene
Cary Greene
Oct 06, 2022

The Yankees actually have a lefty reliever who had a 3.18 ERA in September with 8 K'd n 5.2 IP and who held opposing batters to a .111 average. He may be of use in the postseason.


Cary Greene
Cary Greene
Oct 06, 2022

Nice to see an article like this Paul! At the beginning of the season, I was very much we'd be hoping we'd be discussing a topic like this, and also wondering about how the Yankees might match up with the A's in the AL Championship series and beyond that, the Pirates in the World Series. Alas, only the Yankees remain.

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