Yankees’ Editorial: Bronx is Boiling: Hopes for 2015

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Sep 22, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Jose Pirela (67) hits an RBI triple against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. The hit was Pirela

5. Jose Pirela to become the next Luis Sojo.

Ok, I hope Pirela is better than Sojo, but the bottom line is that Sojo is one of my favorite Yankees ever. As I have said in other articles, there has never been a Yankee player that I remember that could sit on the bench for two weeks and then somehow deliver the big pinch hit. He was also a super-utility player that provided several heroics in the late 90s championship run.

Pirela has that opportunity. He can play second base, third base and right field. Stephen Drew has a history of injury problems and while several experts are predicting a bounce back for Carlos Beltran in right field in 2015, I simply don’t see it. Pirela’s versatility and ability to not just hit big league pitching, but hit it well, is invaluable to this team. The Yankees are known for going with veterans, but this time I hope they change their tune. Pirela is ready to make an impact on this team.

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