TAMPA — When the Yankees played their final game of the 2019 season, the sign-stealing scandal that has engulfed the sport and tarnished the Astros’ 2017 World Series title had not been exposed and both Houston and Boston looked to be contenders again this year.
But when pitchers and catchers report to George M. Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday and manager Aaron Boone holds his first formal press conference of the new season, he will be addressing a baseball world that has been shaken by controversy for the past three months.
But the chaos surrounding their two fiercest rivals in recent years will no doubt help the Yankees as they look to win their first title since 2009.
A roster that looks very similar to the one that got the 2019 Yankees 103 wins in the regular season and two victories away from the World Series, will arrive over the next week.
Their huge free-agent splash, Gerrit Cole, is the only member of the 40-man roster who wasn’t part of the organization last season, but there…