Yankees Dominance Despite Record-Setting Injury Stints is Greatest MLB Regular Season Accomplishment

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tyler Wade #14 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrate after the New York Yankees clinched the American League Division title with the 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium on September 19, 2019 in Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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It's no secret that the Yankees have been battered and bruised this year. Plenty of star players have spent most or all of their seasons sitting on the bench recovering from injury. On the whole, they've sent a whopping 30 players to the injured list, an MLB record.

But through all of their health woes, they not only survived, but thrived. They won 100 games for the second year in a row and they clinched the AL East division title for the first time since 2012 on Thursday.

Now that it's somewhat official, the Yankees' utter dominance in the face of a catastrophic amount of injuries makes their performance undoubtedly the greatest accomplishment of the MLB regular season.

Everything about their success is unbelievable. Their depth has been put to the ultimate test, so much so that the likes of Mike Ford and Tyler Wade have seen significant playing time.

And it's not just the amount of injuries, but the severity of them and the stars that they've sidelined that makes their winning ways so impressive. 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, for example, has played in just 11 games this year. Rotation ace and two-time All-Star Luis Severino has made exactly one appearance, going four innings. Superstar outfielder Aaron Judge might not even play in 100 games.

The stars who were supposed to lead them were instead forced to nurse their wounds for the majority of the season. And while they did, their teammates just kept on winning.

The baseball gods tried to stop the Yankees and manager Aaron Boone at every turn. They decimated them with injuries that would have made most teams shudder. Yet in the face of adversity, they pieced together one of the best regular season performances in recent memory.

The road to the World Series isn't going to get any easier, but this team is no stranger to a challenge. There's still plenty of work to be done in October. No matter what the outcome is, though, the Yankees deserve recognition for their superb play. What they did in the 2019 regular season was magical.