As spring training approaches, emerging storylines for the Yankees include the pairing of Aaron Judge and Juan Soto, the need for bounce-back performances from several players, and the potential for top prospects to make an impact. Carlos Rodón aims to prove himself after a disappointing previous season, with uncertainty remaining about the team's starting rotation and the abilities of key players like Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Rizzo, and DJ LeMahieu. Additionally, the possibility of Jen Pawol becoming the first female umpire in MLB history has garnered attention.

By the Numbers
  • 47-year-old umpire Jen Pawol selected to work full-time during spring training.
  • 27 years since the NBA broke the gender barrier for officiators.
  • 9 years since the NFL broke the gender barrier for officiators.
State of Play
  • Potential for top prospects to impact the team's performance in the upcoming season.
  • Uncertainty surrounding the starting rotation and the performance of key players.
  • Possibility of Jen Pawol becoming the first female umpire in MLB history.
Bottom Line

The Yankees face critical questions around player performance and the potential historic moment of Jen Pawol becoming the first female umpire in MLB history, as they seek to position themselves for a successful season.