Gary Phillips


Gary Phillips is the Managing Editor of USA Today Sports' Jets Wire, a contributor at Sporting News and a columnist at FanRag Sports. Phillips has experience with The Athletic, The Bergen Record, CNBC, NBC News, Bleacher Report, NJ.com, 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 garyhphillips@outlook.com or 845-825-7030. 

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How Giancarlo Stanton Affects Immediate And Future Yankee Plans

The New York Yankees made a 6-foot-6, 245-pound splash this past weekend, landing Giancarlo Stanton in a deal with the Miami Marlins. The deal immediately positioned the Yankees as World Series favorites in 2018 – according to Vegas – but this deal will have a lasting impact well beyond this coming season. Stanton gives the Yankees a bona fide slugger and reigning NL MVP, but he also comes with a sizable price tag.
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What Makes AL Rookie Of The Year Aaron Judge So Special?

As the baseball world marveled at Aaron Judge’s success last season, the 25-year-old constantly revisited his shortcomings. The New York Yankees right fielder would look at his iPhone every day. Saved on the device was a note that read “.179,” Judge’s average in 2016, a frustrating prequel to his true rookie year. The note served not only as a reminder of how hard Major League Baseball can be, but as a motivator to be better.
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Greg Bird Progressing Quickly After Ankle Surgery

It has been a rough two years for Greg Bird, but the Yankees first baseman might finally have caught a break. After making a positive first impression as a rookie in 2015, Bird missed the 2016 season after shoulder surgery for a torn labrum. Then, after a terrific spring training this season, he suffered a mysterious ankle injury. He tried playing through it to start the season, but was placed on the disabled list in May. In July the Yankees finally pinpointed the source of Bird’s pain. On Jul
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Girardi Say Yankees Sought Experience In Jaime Garcia Deal

With all the focus on Sonny Gray, the Yankees opted for a smaller splash on Sunday morning. They traded for Minnesota Twins starter Jaime Garcia a day before the deadline, dealing pitching prospects Dietrich Enns and Zack Littell in exchange. The Twins will also reportedly pay the remainder of the roughly $4.2 million owed to Garcia. Garcia joins the Yankees just a week after being traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Twins. While Minnesota decided to pivot on its postseason hopes, the first-
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Tyler Wade Brings Needed Versatility To Yankees

Plug Tyler Wade in anywhere. He doesn’t care. The Yankees rookie is a jack of all trades with the leather, bouncing around from position to position. In his brief eight games as a major-leaguer, he’s already played second base, left field and right field. His versatility does not stop there, though, as the natural shortstop can also man center field and third base. The only positions he hasn’t played as a pro are first base and catcher. Wade has spent more time up the middle than anywhere else
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Should The Yankees Trade Masahiro Tanaka?

It has been an uncharacteristic few months for the New York Yankees. Typically big spenders with a relentless win-now mentality, the Bombers altered course ahead of the 2016 trade deadline. The organization opted for a youth movement and has since cashed in on the trade value of veterans like Aroldis Chapman — whom they just re-acquired — Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann. A clear change in mindset, the Yankees got a handful of prospects in return and now look to start the 2017 sea
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Column: Bud Selig's Election To Hall of Fame A PED Contradiction

The National Baseball Hall of Fame, by way of the Today’s Game Era Committee, elected two new members on Sunday. One was John Schuerholz, the first general manager to win World Series titles in both the National and American Leagues. The other was Bud Selig, who served as Major League Baseball’s commissioner from 1992 to 2015. That second selection by “The Committee,” which requires at least 12 votes from 16 electors made up of members of the Hall of Fame, executives and veteran media members,
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Cubs Indians Reaping Benefits Of Boston's Exiled Geniuses

If you’re not sure what that means, look at two of the masterminds behind the Cubs and Indians pennant teams. In Cleveland, you have Terry Francona, undeniably one of the best managers in baseball. Tito has everything an organization could want in its skipper. He has experience with a contender. His players love and respect him. He’s either wise or lucky enough to usually make the correct hard decision. He may one day have a plaque hanging in Cooperstown. Another Fall Classic win would not hurt
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Cubs And Indians Reaping Rewards Of 'Win-Now' Trades With Yankees

Before the Cubs and Indians made the World Series, the Yankees put a plan in action that they hoped would take them back to it. New York built a super bullpen heading into 2016, aligning Aroldis Chapman with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. The Yankees were following the model of the 2015 World Series Champion Royals, except better. With Chapman, Miller and Betances each among the top-three K/9 leaders in 2015, the Yankees were going to turn baseball games into six-inning contests.
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Chapman Jansen Set Up For Record Payday In Strong Closer Market

Way back in 2011, long before he was choking teammates and grabbing his crotch, Jonathan Papelbon was considered one of the best closers in Major League Baseball. A free agent that winter, Papelbon was also the most coveted finisher on the open market. After recording a 2.30 ERA and 219 saves in six full seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Papelbon signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. It was, and still is, the richest pact ever given to a closer in baseball hist
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Fernandez Reminded Us To Live Like We're Invincible, Even If We're Not

We all like to think we are invincible, young people especially. We all, at times, like to believe nothing awful is ever going to happen to us. Nothing can stop us. Nothing can touch us. Nothing can hurt us. The bad and sad stories we see on the news — that will never be us. We like to think we are going to live forever. On Sunday, the baseball world — it’s players, coaches, front offices and fans — woke up to a chilling and heartbreaking reminder that this is not the case.
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Column - Playoffs Or Not, 2016 A Success For The Yankees

The Yankees may not make the playoffs this year, and that’s okay. At 77-72,  the team is fresh off a fourth straight crushing loss at hands of Hanley Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox, a club the Yankees now trail by eight games in the American League East. The Yanks, in fourth place, also trail the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays in the division. Those teams currently hold the two wild card spots.
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Column - Playoffs Or Not 2016 A Success For The Yankees

The Yankees may not make the playoffs this year, and that’s okay. At 77-72,  the team is fresh off a fourth straight crushing loss at hands of Hanley Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox, a club the Yankees now trail by eight games in the American League East. The Yanks, in fourth place, also trail the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays in the division. Those teams currently hold the two wild card spots. The Yanks, four games out of such position, also trail the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners
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