If you want to win a World Championship in Major League Baseball, one thing is for sure, the players have to feel that the manager has their back. You hear all of the time about "team chemistry" within winning organizations. That starts with the skipper and in the New York Yankees clubhouse, there is no doubt about where Aaron Boone stands.
The problem with each of these possibilities is that they are rooted in hope. Hope that the injured players return as advertised and stay healthy. Hope the young players take that big step everyone has waited for. Hope that you can perhaps manufacture some hockey trades or free-agent signings to plug in the holes that the team is lacking for speed and skill and make it all work.
On Monday at 4pm, Major League Baseball teams have to reduce their rosters to 26 from 28. The first place New York Mets were wrestling with different scenarios. The first move was painful but easy. Relief pitcher Sean Reid-Foley was put on the Injured List on Saturday. The pitcher that replaced him for Sunday's game was Yoan López.