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The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

April 7, 1997
--------Sports Column-------

Yankees just might make the Series again

By Collin Seguin
Tattoo Staff Writer

  Maybe it was luck, maybe the perfect
chemistry, maybe a special alignment of the
stars, but last year the Yankees were back on
  Maybe I'm crazy, but it has a chance of
happening again.
  New York lost Jimmy Key last year, but still
has a solid pitching staff, better than last
  Former Yankee-killer David Wells takes Key's
place in the rotation this year, and he should
be good for 10 to 13 wins.
  Doc Gooden should be stronger with a year
behind him after his drug suspension.
  Andy Pettitte had a breakout year last year,
and his knack for keeping the Yankees in the
game should net him another 20+ wins and a Cy
Young award run.
  David Cone is back for a full year, and joined
with Pettitte could form one of the major's best
one-two punches. He may be the best pitcher on
the staff.
  Kenny Rogers will hope to rebound from last
year's disappointment.
  Mariano Rivera, with his "George Burns
fastball" (late life and smokin'), should lead a
strong bullpen with new addition Mike Stanton in
the set-up role.
  Bernie Williams is one of the most underrated
players in the game.  He's got speed, power, and
is an excellent center fielder.  Look for him to
have a superstar year.
  Derek Jeter has all the tools to join Phil
Rizzuto as the best Yankee shortstops.  All he
needs to do is shake the sophomore jinx.
  Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill should hit
their usual .300 average, 20 home runs, and
around 100 RBIs.
  If Cecil Fielder can stay off of the peanut
butter and Daryl Strawberry out of trouble, the
power numbers should improve from last year.
  Plus, don't forget about the secret weapon,
little Joe Girardi.
  Sure, last year there was the perfect
chemistry.  Sure, most of the players had career
  But why couldn't it happen again?