Brett Gardner was sorely missed in 2012.
The Bronx Bombers. A name that has always been appropriate when talking about the New York Yankees and their propensity for hitting the long ball. However, 2013 might be more Bronx Bunters than Bronx Bombers.
Okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but do not expect this team to resemble teams of years past. The Yankees have finished 1st in home runs three of the last four seasons and have finished out of the top 5 in total home runs only once in the last eleven seasons (they finished 11th in 2008).
So, why expect less long balls this season compared to others? Well, Russell Martin and Nick Swisher are gone, which eliminates quite a few home runs. Martin (21 home runs in 2012) and Swisher (24 home runs in 2012) are being replaced by the likes of Francisco Cervelli (5 career homeruns) and/or Chris Stewart (4 career home runs) at catcher and Ichiro (who has hit 10+ home runs in a season only three times in his career) in right field combined ...