May 11, 2021

New York Mets’ Dellin Betances starts new chapter in same city (ESPN)


If there was one point in time when New York’s own Dellin Betances made it clear that he was in Major League Baseball to stay, it was on May 15, 2014 at Citi Field. As a 26-year-old reliever for the New York Yankees, Betances baffled New York Mets hitters Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada, striking out all six of them in a row to finish 2⅓ perfect innings in a 1-0 Yankees win.

Betances’ long road to the big leagues in the Bronx had taken him through Washington Heights, where he grew up; the Lower East Side, where he was raised; and Brooklyn, where he learned how to play baseball. And now that path is leading to Queens, still in the majors, but now with the Mets.

It wasn’t until the spring of 2014 that Betances showed the consistency necessary to secure a spot in the Yankees’ bullpen on the Opening Day roster. That in itself was a breakthrough — once a highly touted pitching prospect, Betances’ stock declined between his debut in 2011 and 2013, folding in a shoulder injury around pedestrian pitching. But that wasn’t his only…

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