WATCH | This year's New York Yankees may be better known for their quirks than their names (or their salaries), but they could be a trendy pick to make the playoffs in 2017.
In the previous two seasons, team stalwarts Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira were among the team's most recognizable players to call it a career. But the current roster has its charms too, and not just on the field.
Teixeira's successor, Greg Bird, owns a cat related to "Austin Powers" feline Mr. Bigglesworth.
Jeter's replacement, Didi Gregorius, steals scenes while parodying "The Hangover" ...
... and "Step Brothers."
And while a retired A-Rod dates J-Lo, the biggest scoop coming out of Yankees spring training in 2017 may be the drastic haircut of Clint Frazier's flowing, red locks after they had become a "distraction."
But the Baby Bombers could thrive in 2017
After other big names retired, signed elsewhere or were traded, the Baby Bombers may thrive this season, which begins Sunday for the Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees' farm system is now ranked second in Major League Baseball, up from 13th in 2016, according to ESPN's Keith Law.
And even after last year's trades appeared to indicate a lack of faith from the Yankees' front office, the team wasn't out of 2016 playoff contention until Game 159 of 162.
Pacing them was 2016 Rookie of the Year runner-up Gary Sánchez, who hit a record-tying 20 home runs in his first 51 games.
And this year, the Yanks earned the best preseason record for the bulk of spring training.
The youth movement even saves the team, which Forbes valued at $3.4 billion last March, a few bucks. Traditionally notorious for having MLB's top payroll, they're spending $42 million less than the Dodgers in 2017, according to Spotrac.