2014 was yet another disappointing campaign for the New York Yankees. For the second campaign in succession, the Yankees failed to make the playoffs, and this is definitely not something the fans are accustom to. While is it is true that this was the second year in a row the New York Yankees will not have graced the business end of the season with their presence, it is only the third year in twenty that the playoffs have not been a part of the Yankees’ season. With captain Derek Jeter also having announced his retirement from the game, things might be even more tricky in 2015 without that wealth of experience and calming influence that Jeter brings. One thing is for sure, the New York Yankees will definitely need an injection of new blood if they are going to challenge for major honours next year. Prices are not yet available on the new season but bookmaker Betfair are likely to have odds available at the conclusion of the current World Series. I can’t see the Yankees being priced up among the favourites and I think the most important thing for this franchise is to introduce some stability and make small games as far as their win record is concerned.
An injury to Masahiro Tanaka definitely did not help the Yankees’ cause this season and the pitcher was out of the game longer than was initially expected. Thus far in the Offseason, New York have made the decision to let go of their hitting coach since 2009, Kevin Long, but have retained the services of Brian Cashman. The AL East also features the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. While all these sides have had mixed success in recent times, the Baltimore Orioles will likely be the team to be in this division, following a particularly successful 2014 campaign. At one stage, the Orioles were favourites for the World Series at betfair.com, but Dan Duquette’s team were unable to get the better of the Kansas City Royals in the playoffs. The Yankees are going to need to improve if they are to stop the Baltimore Orioles winning back to back East Division titles. 2015 will be the 115th season overall for the Yankees franchise, and their 113th year in New York City. It would be fitting if they were able to put up a sustained bid for the World Series next year, and fans will be able to keep up with the Yankees progress and current chances at bookmaker Betfair.