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Mariners pitcher takes shot at Yankees after beating them

Aaron Judge running

Aug 23, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) runs to first base after hitting a single against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners-New York Yankees rivalry may be making a comeback for the first time since perhaps 2001.

Seattle defeated the Yankees on Wednesday by the final of 4-3 to earn the series victory in their three-game set. After the game, Mariners reliever Paul Sewald, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up the save, took a swipe at the Bronx Bombers.

“We don’t have Aaron Judge on our team,” said Sewald, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. “We don’t have a $35 million pitcher [Gerrit Cole]. But we have 26 guys that are all really good and all have a key part of this team. And when they do their job, we end up winning more games than we’re losing and that’s the key.”

The Mariners do have a bottom-ten payroll in the league at $112 million. Yet they still sit at 61-52 (good for the second American League Wild Card spot) thanks to colossal contributions from players on team-friendly contracts like rookie phenom Julio Rodriguez and All-Star slugger Ty France. Meanwhile, the Yankees have over double that payroll at $251 million, which is third in Major League Baseball and tops in the AL.

Of course, the Yankees are still the AL’s team to beat at a sparkling 71-41 on the year. But with the Mariners also beating out the Yankees in other ways this season, one could argue that what Seattle has done is more impressive.

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