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'09 Yanks are 00s' best

1) They're still the champs The title is

1) They're still the champs

The title is back in the Bronx, and some are already speculating that this year's team could be even better. After a year of walk-off wins and pie, GM Brian Cashman injected more youth and talent in the offseason.

To replace Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon and Melky Cabrera, Cashman added power and speed in Curtis Granderson and savvy with Nick Johnson.

The entire starting pitching staff is back, with starter Javier Vazquez adding yet another top arm to the rotation.

The bullpen will have some new faces, but most of the key members are back. The championship-winning coaching staff is back, too.

Wrestling the World Series title away from the reloaded Yankees will be no easy feat in 2010. Photo Credit: David Pokress

Hey, gang, check it out: Another episode in our ongoing series of lists looking back at the 2000s in New York and Long Island sports.

This time, it's a look at the top teams from among the seven pro squads covered on a daily basis by Newsday.

No. 1: 2009 Yankees, a choice as easy as Derek Jeter was for No. 1 on our top athletes list.

Sarah Hughes ranked fifth on that list, and was so excited she Twittered about it.

Still no tweets from Jaromir Jagr about how pleased he was to finish at No. 10, even after all the guff I've taken from Mike Piazza fans for that choice.


Photo: David Pokress

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