Greg Bird Returns to Yankees for 2017 Season

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Greg Bird
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A former senior manager at Ernst and Young, Michael Vasaturo has since worked more than 25 years at New Haven Terminal in Connecticut, where he is now vice president. In his free time, Michael “Mike” Vasaturo enjoys watching his favorite Major League Baseball team, the New York Yankees.

The Yankees opened the 2017 season with the youngest opening day roster in 15 years. First baseman Greg Bird is one of the many first- or second-year players for whom the team has high hopes. The 24-year-old fifth-round pick missed the entire 2016 season recovering from shoulder surgery. As a rookie in 2015, Bird hit 11 home runs and drove in 31 runs in 46 games, hitting a .261 average and .343 on-base percentage.

A former MVP of the Arizona Fall League, Bird was expected to be the Yankees’ starting first baseman in 2016 prior to his injury. New York signed veteran Chris Carter as insurance in case Bird couldn’t return in spring training, but that wasn’t the case. Bird hit eight home runs in the spring, which tied him with Washington’s Bryce Harper for first in the league.

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