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Surprising Yankees ALDS Roster Move Leaves Fans Angry & Confused

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:06 PM
Josiah Wilmoth
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:06 PM

The New York Yankees released their ALDS roster  on Friday, and at least one surprising personnel decision has left fans angry and confused.

With 39-year-old CC Sabathia left off the ALDS roster due to a nagging shoulder injury , manager Aaron Boone turned to an unlikely replacement: Tyler Lyons .

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Who is Tyler Lyons?

You’re not the only one with that question; bewildered Yankees fans have been asking it on Twitter all morning.

The 31-year-old Lyons didn’t even join the Yankees until Aug. 15. New York signed the lefty specialist to a minor league contract shortly after he was let go by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who finished dead last in the NL Central with a 69-93 record.

During the 2019 season, Lyons pitched just 12.2 innings across 14 games, earning a 1-2 record and a 6.39 ERA. He also recorded 17 strikeouts, bringing his career total to 289.

That was apparently enough to earn him a playoff roster spot with baseball’s most storied organization, though some Yankees fans disagree.

Mike Ford Left Off ALDS Roster

Yankees fans were particularly irate that Tyler Lyons earned an ALDS roster spot while fan-favorite Mike Ford  – a former undrafted free agent whose improbable road to the major leagues was emblematic of the Yankees’ “plucky underdog story ” – did not.

Ford, a 27-year-old rookie, hit .259 in 143 big-league at-bats. He appeared in 50 games, bashing 12 home runs and recording 25 RBIs.

He also made his pitching debut during a blowout loss against the Cleveland Indians, giving up 6 hits and 5 runs against 1 strikeout in two innings of relief work.

Twins vs. Yankees ALDS Schedule

Tyler Lyons and the Mike Ford-less New York Yankees will square off against the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS beginning tonight, Oct. 4.

The first game in the best-of-five series will start at 7:07 pm ET and will be broadcast on the MLB Network.