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BREAKING: Aaron Boone Officially Announces Tyler Wade Makes Yankees Opening Day Roster

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Versatile infield prospect Tyler Wade had a rude awakening to big league ball last summer with the Yankees, entering the year as a vaunted Ben Zobrist type and ending it reminding people of ex-Yankee Stephen Drew instead.

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This spring, though, Wade has reset the perception once again, hitting .316 with a .438 OBP and an overdose of hustle. And he’s getting a new lease on major league life, as Yankees manager Aaron Boone finally confirmed Tuesday what we’d all dreamed about: Wade’s made the Opening Day roster.

Every Yankee fan was worried the team’s surprise acquisition of Neil Walker would block Wade’s roster spot, but Boone and the decision-makers are smarter than that. Getting the experienced Walker essentially for free didn’t negate everything Wade contributed prior; the opportunity only strengthened the offering.

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And now Wade will get to contribute at a variety of positions, sharing duties with Walker and spelling Ronald Torreyes (and Brandon Drury) a bit as well in fill-in duty.

Wade hit just .155 with four doubles last time around, but overall in 2017, he continued patiently raking at Triple-A, hitting .310 with seven bombs for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, then capped off the year by remaking his swing in tandem with Albert Pujols. Make us proud, kid. You’ve more than earned another opportunity.

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