Brett Gardner is the longest-tenured Yankee, and if it's up to him, that streak will continue next season. Currently in his 12th season in pinstripes, Gardner is one of just two players on the active roster who played on the 2009 World Series champion Yankees. The other, CC Sabathia, is ready to hang up his spikes after this season. That doesn't mean that Gardner will follow him into retirement.
"At this point in the season, I expect to be playing next year. Hopefully it's here," Gardner said on Wednesday. "I feel like I'm definitely still capable."
Gardner is still capable. He is hitting for the highest OPS of his career (.818), is fifth on the team in home runs (17) and is on pace to top his career-best home run mark of 21. He's spent a big chunk of the season filling in the middle of the order while the Yankees' top home run hitters have been injured, and Gardner has helped fill the power void.