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This was the most frightening Yankees moment I can remember… (Chris O’Connor)

This was the most frightening Yankees moment I can remember…

By Chris O’Connor

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A frightening moment that I can remember is the Yankees seemingly making little effort to bring back Masahiro Tanaka after the 2020 season.

I loved Tanaka. He was such a warrior with the Yankees, one of the rare guys to live up to his big-money contract year after year. The best word I could use to describe him: reliable. He was always there to take the mound and despite a few stinkers every now and then, I always felt great whenever Tanaka was on the bump. His playoff performances are obviously noteworthy, but he was someone that the team could pencil in for the number two or three spot in the rotation and feel good about it, a la Andy Petitte.

I still do not understand why the Yankees did not make more of an effort to retain him.

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