Tue. Jun 28th, 2022
Tino Martinez sees 'same mindset' in current Yankees as 1998 team

TORONTO — Tino Martinez has paid consideration to the Yankees from afar over the previous couple of seasons and has seen one thing completely different in regards to the 2022 model — one which makes it comprehensible why they’re drawing comparisons to the 1998 crew that gained 114 regular-season video games en path to a title. 

“They seem like they’re on a mission,’’ Martinez, the primary baseman on that 1998 crew, stated Saturday by telephone from Tampa, Fla. “We had the identical mindset that yr. It didn’t matter if we have been up 20 video games or no matter in July. We wished to go up 30 [games]. We knew we needed to preserve pushing and never simply cruise to the tip of the common season.” 

Similar to this yr’s crew, the 1998 squad didn’t come out of the gates firing on all cylinders. They misplaced three of their first 4 video games earlier than profitable 14 of their subsequent 15. 

They constructed an 11-game lead within the AL East by 58 video games — a couple of week earlier than this 2022 crew did the identical factor. 

Tino Martinez sees the identical mindset within the present Yankees that his 1998 crew did.
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By the tip of June, the 1998 Yankees by no means led by fewer than 10 video games and their lead finally grew to 22 video games in September. 

This yr’s model entered the sport Saturday towards the Blue Jays with a 48-16 report by 64 video games, the identical as these Yankees and the perfect within the majors because the Mariners opened 50-14 in 2001. 

Only the 1939 Yankees had a greater begin in franchise historical past, going 50-14. 

The Yankees have proven few indicators of slowing down this yr, they’d gained 15 of 16 video games and has outscored opponents 107-38 throughout that stretch. 

All of it hearkens again to 1998, Martinez’s third season with the Yankees. 

“It was an amazing yr and it appeared like we have been profitable each single day,’’ Martinez stated. “It’s onerous to maintain up that tempo.” 

He stated he believes there are some indicators that the Yankees can sustain their present tempo. 

“They’re hitting the ball in every single place and enjoying with confidence,’’ Martinez stated. “They’re simply piling up wins.” 

The Yankees personal MLB’s finest report.

And their 19 comeback wins additionally lead the majors. 

“There’s a special aura about this crew than the previous couple of years,’’ Martinez stated. “They look like they will win each sport even once they’re down within the seventh, eighth or ninth. That wasn’t the case final yr. This crew all the time makes one thing occur. You count on it. That ’98 crew had the identical angle and it wasn’t one or two guys. It’s not simply [Aaron] Judge and [Anthony] Rizzo. It’s guys like [Jose] Trevino, like we had with [Luis] Sojo.” 

Martinez, nonetheless, is aware of this crew’s legacy can’t be inbuilt June or July. 

“No matter who we performed, we wished to simply preserve profitable and overwhelm opponents and never simply win the division,’’ Martinez stated. “But you all the time know the purpose is to win the World Series. You don’t need to be Seattle [in 2001], win 116 video games and lose within the playoffs and nobody remembers you.” 

Tino Martinez and his Yankees teammates celebrate during the 1998 World Series.
Tino Martinez and his Yankees teammates rejoice through the 1998 World Series.
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Though this crew doesn’t have the championship pedigree of 1998, a crew that already had gained the World Series in 1996, Martinez thinks the 2022 Yankees have been constructed the fitting approach. 

“They’re defense-first,’’ Martinez stated. “That’s what you want to win within the postseason.” 

Before they get there, although, they’ve loads of work to do. 

“There’s nonetheless a protracted strategy to go,’’ Martinez stated. “They’ve prevented accidents to date. Joe Torre stored saying, ‘Don’t take a breath or search for. Just preserve going.’ I really like the best way they’re enjoying now.”

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