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,, 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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Yankees manager: Breaking down the finalists; Who holds the edge?

The Yankees know Joe Girardi’s successor will be one of six people. Brian Cashman told reporters Friday that the team is done interviewing for its vacant managerial spot after speaking to Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Hensley Meulens, Aaron Boone, Chris Woodward and Carlos Beltran. Cashman said the next step is to make a recommendation to owner Hal Steinbrenner. There will not be a second round of interviews.
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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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Yankees’ Greg Bird overcomes setbacks to swing hot bat: 'You gotta trust yourself'

The past two years have taken a toll on Greg Bird, on and off the field. The 24-year-old was supposed to be two full seasons into his major league career by now after debuting with the Yankees in August 2015. Dubbed “by far the best hitter in the organization” by general manager Brian Cashman, the first baseman hit .261/.343/.529 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 157 at-bats.
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Could youth be the secret ingredient to spicing up Red Sox-Yankees rivalry?

NEW YORK — Few rivalries can live up to Yankees-Red Sox, but the feud hasn’t had the same gravitas lately. It’s been a while since we’ve seen something akin to Pedro Martinez tossing Don Zimmer to the ground, or Jason Varitek and Alex Rodriguez coming to blows. Lou Piniellas just aren’t barreling Carlton Fisks over anymore. “I’ve seen the video and replays on YouTube,” Yankees starter Luis Severino told Sporting News. “They used to fight a lot.” MORE: How the diminutive Ronald Torreyes became
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It's time for Joe Girardi to yank Aroldis Chapman as Yankees closer

The Yankees have an Aroldis Chapman problem — and the closer seems to know it. Fresh off another nightmarish outing on Tuesday, Chapman, still in his uniform, sat by his locker as teammates tried to console him. The Yankees had just beaten the Mets, 5-4, but a ninth inning home run by Amazins’ rookie Amed Rosario turned the contest into a nail-biter. It was the second time in as many appearances that a rookie homered off Chapman: On Sunday, Boston’s Rafael Devers became the first player to tak
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Brett Gardner's power surge is legitimate — but don't ask him about it

NEW YORK — Brett Gardner is not a power hitter. Or so he says. Never mind that the Yankees outfielder has a career-high 19 home runs as August begins or that he has the second most on the team, trailing only Aaron Judge. His .469 slugging percentage, another personal best, and 17 doubles, second best on the Yankees, are no reason to start throwing the label around either, he says. FAGAN: What can we expect on trade deadline day? Nope, if one asks Gardner about his newfound strength at the pla
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