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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Dustin Fowler Has Shot To Be A's CF Months After Gruesome Injury

It was just seven months ago that Dustin Fowler endured one of the most gut-wrenching major league debuts of all time. A member of the Yankees at the time, the then-22-year-old was playing right field at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field on June 29. With two out in the first inning, Fowler raced after a foul ball down the line. Full speed ahead, his knee collided with an unpadded electrical box fastened to the right field line wall. At first, it looked as if Fowler had just suffered a bruise — or
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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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