Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
TAMPA, Fla. — Four days and counting until the New York Yankees play their first game of spring training. The Bronx Bombers will host the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field, and first pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. CST Sunday, February 28. The game will air on the YES Network.
New York invited 32 non-roster players to this year's spring training which brings their total roster to 72. Yesterday, the Yanks signed outfielder Brett Gardner to a 1-year, $4 million contract which includes a player option in 2022. There's also a club option in place if the PO is waived.
Gardy has spent all 13 years of his professional career in pinstripes, and he won a ring with the Yanks when they garnered their last World Series title in 2009. Gardner, who is now 37 years old, was drafted in the third round from the College of Charleston in 2005.
"I've never been shy about my desire to finish my career here," Gardner said of resigning with the Yankees at today's press conference. "Obviously, very, very excited that it all worked out. I'm just excited to be back, excited to be part of this group of guys and excited to get down here to Tampa."
Teammate, and fellow outfielder, Aaron Judge was delighted to have Gardner back in the mix.
“I was excited,” Judge said of Garnder's re-signing. “I think it took a little longer than it should have based on a guy like Brett Gardner, who’s been a leader of this clubhouse, been with the Yankees since ’08, won a World Series here. He’s a winner. He helps lead us into the postseason every single year.”
The team also signed lefty pitcher Justin Wilson to a one-year deal with a 2022 player option and club options through 2023. Last season, with the New York Mets, Wilson's record was 2-1 with an ERA of 3.66. In his 23 relief outings, Wilson tallied 23 strikeouts and only allowed multiple earned runs in two appearances.
Wilson began his MLB career in 2012 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and also joined the Yankees for a single season in 2015. At the press conference, Wilson discussed his pitching style since last donning pinstripes.
"I've just built on consistency," Wilson said. "Knowing my strengths, building off of those. With all the analytics we do have, I've made minor adjustments here and there: trying to use my slower breaking ball more and more. So, just getting more confidence in my slower breaking ball, trying to change speeds a little bit more."