Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips is the Managing Editor of USA Today Sports' Jets Wire, a features contributor at Sporting News and a show host at Locked on Yankees. Phillips has experience with The Athletic, Bleacher Report, FanRag Sports, The Bergen Record, CNBC, NBC News,, The Journal Inquirer and The Journal News. A journalism graduate of Seton Hall, Class of 2017, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Setonian, the university's award-winning student newspaper. He can be reached at or 845-825-7030. 

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Tampa native Denard Span at home in Rays uniform — and mom is thrilled

Denard Span was not impressed the first time he laid eyes on a Devil Rays uniform. The Tampa native was 14 or so and the team was brand new to Major League Baseball. In true 1990s style, the Devil Rays’ original home duds featured the team name in a spectrum of teal, green, yellow and purple on the front, underlined by the tail of a manta ray. The backs featured blocky names and numbers in all purple.
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A chat with Godzilla: Hideki Matsui on Yankees job, Shohei Ohtani, and adjusting to America

NEW YORK — Hideki Matsui last played in the majors in 2012, but the international star still finds himself connected to the game. Known as Godzilla during a 20-year career that spanned Japan, New York, California and Tampa Bay, Matsui is now doing what he can to give back to baseball at multiple levels. Speaking with Sporting News, he talked about retirement, working for the Yankees, transitioning to America and more.
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A Hiro on two continents: Tanaka’s big-game success dates to high school

It must take a lot of trust to commit $155 million to someone you’ve never actually seen at work. Brian Cashman had only watched video of Masahiro Tanaka before the pitcher signed with the Yankees prior to the 2014 season. Instead of flying across the Pacific Ocean himself, the general manager relied on the eyes of his scouts, notably Trey Hillman, to get a feel for the Japanese superstar.
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Aaron Judge fuels power stroke with yoga, Pilates, alternative conditioning

David York couldn’t believe his future client was a baseball player. The owner of York’s Core & Fitness in Ventura, Calif., and PSI Sports Management’s official strength trainer, the fitness guru remembers making a home visit as part of a recruiting pitch in 2013. With PSI Sports Management agent Page Odle by his side, the two were going to lock up a sought-after local product out of Linden High School and Fresno State.
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