In a poignant revelation, Luis Severino, the New York Yankees' longest-tenured big leaguer, hinted that he might have taken his final bow with the team. Since joining the organization in 2011 and making his MLB debut in 2015 with the Bronx Bombers, Severino has become a cherished figure in pinstripes.
However, the 2023 MLB season hasn't been kind to Severino. He faced a severe setback recently, grappling with a high-grade oblique strain. And as the season curtains close, he will step into the volatile free agency market. Given his recent performance and injury, one wonders if the phone will ring as frequently as he hopes.
Mark W. Sanchez of the New York Post shared Severino's somber acceptance of the situation. Reflecting on his time, Severino stated, “Every single day, I've poured my heart and soul onto that mound. Injuries have plagued me here, yet my love for being a Yankee never waned.
If life gave me a do-over, I'd always pick the Yankees”. This deep connection to the team is evident from Severino's acknowledgment of the looming possibility that his days as a Yankee might be numbered.
Yankees' Streak of Crushing Losses
However, his personal setback wasn't the only shadow over the Yankees.
A 7-1 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays is the latest entry in a list of staggering losses this season. The Yankees have suffered 16 devastating defeats by margins of six or more runs this year, mirroring the count from the combined 2021-22 seasons.
The team's pitching ensemble, including Carlos Rodon, Frankie Montas, Tommy Kahnle, and Luis Severino, grappled with injuries, possibly explaining the skewed results. Severino's potential departure has left a void among fans.
Many took to social media to voice their disappointment. One fan lamented, "Might’ve just seen him play his last game as a Yankee. Heartbreaking news." For a player that brought exhilaration every time he was on the mound, this season was hoped to be a turning point.
Unfortunately, injuries overshadowed his brilliance. Having showcased sheer brilliance in 2017 and 2018, fans and pundits alike await Severino's next move, hoping he'll grace the baseball diamond with his prowess once more.
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