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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Derek Jeter – Consistent Performer for a Championship Yankees Team

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Derek Jeter
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Michael Vasaturo is a longtime port logistics executive who has guided New Haven Terminal, Inc., as vice president for more than two decades. Passionate about running and swimming, Michael Vasaturo is a New York Yankees fan who considers Derek Jeter his favorite athlete.

An unassuming, consistent performer at shortstop, Jeter joined the Yankees from the minor leagues in the mid 1990s. He established himself as an All Star in 1998, a season that kicked off three straight championship seasons for the Yankees, and earned him a reputation for thriving in pressure-filled situations.

A consistent Gold Glove winner, Jeter also excelled at hitting and surpassed Lou Gehrig’s franchise-leading mark of 2,722 hits in 2009. He maintained top tier performance up to 2012, when he hit .316 in 159 games, but suffered an ankle injury the following year, significantly limiting his playing time. In 2014, after two decades with the Yankees, Jeter announced his retirement and expressed an interest in turning his attention to staring a family and the leading the youth-focused Turn 2 Foundation.