With the excitement that arrives this time every year, the start of baseball season always is a tribute to the power of springtime and anticipation. This year, especially in New York, it also is a tribute to power itself. The Yankees’ pairing of the reigning AL and NL home run champions has been the talk of the town all winter. The chatter is hotter than ever now, on Opening Day. The sight of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in pinstripes is the launching point for Newsday’s annual baseball preview. What follows will look from various angles at the Bronx Bombers' revival, under a new manager whose brief time as a Yankees player is best known for a home run. We go just as deep into the new era at Citi Field, where the Mets are going all-in on pitching under the direction of a new manager who is a mound guru. There's a 50th anniversary feature on the legacy of baseball’s landmark 1968 season, the Year of the Pitcher. Herewith, too, is our 10th annual seminar called Baseball 101, a study of the sport through 101 pertinent examples.
Yankees’ expectations are through the roof
They're not quite in the World Series-or-bust category, but they’re far beyond what they were in 2017, when — at least from the outside — a playoff berth would have been considered a success.
Yankees’ rotation could be a strength, too
While the focus is on the Yankees’ offense this 2018 MLB season, the rotation has some talent, too.
Yankees scouting report for 2018
A look at each position group for the Yankees heading into the 2018 MLB season
Leading off for Mets: Who’s batting first?
It could be Brandon Nimmo until Michael Conforto returns, or it could vary by the game.
Mets scouting report for 2018
A look at each position group for the Mets heading into the 2018 MLB season
Yankees Q&A: Masahiro Tanaka
Masahiro Tanaka stayed with the Yankees rather than opting out of the final three years...
The game Dellin Betances will never forget
Dellin Betances has had more than a few memorable moments during his four-plus seasons with the Yankees. In his first full season, 2014, he was named to the All-Star team and also surpassed Mariano Rivera’s Yankees team record for strikeouts by a relief pitcher. He finished with a 5–0 record and a 1.40 ERA.
In this game, it’s two for the show
Baseball history is a resplendent linking of teammates, opponents, happenings — and even a beer and a hot dog
Teammates who hit 40 HRs in the same season
Only once in baseball history have teammates hit 50 or more home runs in the...
In ’68 World Series, Lolich stole the show
Roger Maris, who memorably hit 61 in ’61 for the Yankees and helped the Cardinals...
Mets 2018 promotional and giveaway schedule
Free T-shirts, garden gnomes, fireworks and more Mets merch.
‘All the Best’ in the American League
Newsday baseball columnist David Lennon ranks the best in the AL in various categories heading into 2018.
Lennon’s 2018 National League power rankings
Newsday baseball columnist David Lennon ranks the 15 NL teams heading into the 2018 MLB season.