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Staten Island Yankees Set to Begin 2016 Season

The Staten Island Yankees media day was held Thursday at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. New faces among old veterans were introduced to the media for the first time this year. Most of the recent draftees had just touched down in the city earlier this morning.

The Yankees are coming off a very successful season, as the 2015 McNamara Division Champions and reaching as far as the New York- Penn League Finals. However, despite their success from last season, there is a new head coach at the helm. Davis Bialas managed the Tampa Yankees last season but after a sub-par year was demoted to low single-a ball. Nonetheless, he was optimistic about the blend of talent and veterans he has on this team by saying, “ I am looking forward to working with these guys, to get them to the next level. This group is extremely talented and it’s going to be a fun summer.”

Returning players from the 2015 season include Danienger Perez, Drew Bridges, Josh Roeder, Kolton Mahoney, and Michael Schaub. David Palladino also returns to the Yankees after two years of playing for the Charleston RiverDogs, Gulf Coast Yankees, and Pulaski Yankees. The newcomers this season are Simon De La Rosa, Adonis Rosa, Jonathan Padilla, Drew Finley, David Sosebee, and Kendall Coleman.

The Yankees 2016 Draft Class to join the team includes Keith Skinner, Brooks Kriske, Timmy Robinson, Mandy Alvarez, and Dalton Blaser. Blaser, who was drafted in the 8th round from Cal State Fullerton, had never touched down in New York City before today. Asked about his impression of the city he said, “ I am very excited to explore the city on my off days and even more get to know the crowd and the fans. I’ve heard great things about Staten Island and the people and I am excited to play for this organization. Asked about the impact his father Mark, who played in the New York Yankees organization, had on him he expressed the will to succeed. “My dad has always pushed me to work hard for the things I love and not just on the baseball field, but in life in general”.

Overall, the future is bright for the Yankees who for years have lacked depth in their farm system. They will look to transition back to their homegrown talent that brought them so much success in Derek Jeter and more.

The Staten Island Yankees will take on the Brooklyn Cyclones at MCU Park Friday night for their season opener. The Yankees had their way with the Cyclones last year, winning more than 2/3rds of their games against them. They will host the Cyclones at Richmond County Savings Bank Park Saturday night.

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