Rays Get Revenge in Epic Fashion to Oust One-Dimensional Yankees in ALDS | Bleacher Report

Tampa Bay Rays' Michael Brosseau celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning in Game 5 of a baseball AL Division Series against the New York Yankees, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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SAN DIEGO — Mike Brosseau was an undrafted free agent from Northwest Indiana who until Friday night was just another anonymous—albeit useful—piece on baseball’s most anonymous team.

Aroldis Chapman was the Cuban Missile, the much-celebrated gazillion-dollar New York Yankees closer who helped the Chicago Cubs win a World Series, is a six-time All-Star and throws high-octane fastballs that make grown men weep.

Before Friday’s series-clinching 2-1 victory for the  Tampa Bay Rays, the pair had run into each other one other high-profile time, back on Sept. 1. Chapman sent one of his celebrated 100 mph fastballs whizzing toward Brosseau’s head, a rudeness that caused the benches to clear and the Yankees and Rays to loathe one another even more than they already did.

Then came the eighth inning of one of the best baseball games you’ll ever see, a tight, taut and pulsating winner-take-all affair that

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Marlins model themselves after Yankees, minus the money

Don Mattingly doesn’t like the nickname, but he understands it.

The Marlins, who begin their NLDS against Atlanta on Tuesday as the darling underdogs of MLB’s expanded postseason, are Yankees South.

It starts at the top with Derek Jeter, Yankees icon and Marlins chief executive officer. And then comes his top baseball-operations hire in three years in charge, vice president of player development and scouting Gary Denbo, a longtime Yankees coach and executive. And, of course, there is Mattingly, Jeter’s predecessor as Yankees captain and the longest-tenured manager in Marlins history.

“I wouldn’t call it Yankees South, I’d call us the Marlins,” Mattingly said. “But there probably is a lot of Yankee flavor in our organization.”

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