With several key players attempting to bounce back from injuries and a roster that is currently the oldest in baseball, the New York Yankees have announced plans to retire to a smaller Florida field beginning this season.
“This just seemed like the right move” said 38 year old team captain Derek Jeter. “The thought of going through another year of battling New York traffic and commuting to work every day, at our age, just doesn’t make sense.”
As part of the retirement plan, the Yankees plan to settle into George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, a field that up to now was only being used one month out of the year by the Yankees.
“We have this spring vacation property down here, we pay taxes on it all year, why not make this our home? The weather is great year round and everyone is real friendly. Not pushy like they are back up north” team general manager Brian Cashman said.
Despite the move to Florida, the Yankees don’t intend to sell Yankee Stadium, instead opting to find a nice family that they can rent the stadium to.
“It’s a great location, right by the subway, easy to commute into a Manhattan job” team owner Hal Steinbrenner said as he posted a Craigslist ad looking for a tenant. “And by renting we can keep ownership in the family.”
The Yankees have currently updated their will for when they eventually pass, as they plan to leave the Bronx stadium to their minor league children, the Staten Island Yankees.