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Greg Bird (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Greg Bird (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The much anticipated news of who would replace the now retired Mark Teixeira as the New York Yankees new starting first baseman are finally in and it’s a rather familiar face to the Yankees fan.

On Wednesday March 22, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi publicly announce that the 24-year old, Greg Bird, would be his new starting first baseman.

Bird took it upon himself to set up the celebration of the big news, taking Philadelphia Phillies starter pitcher Vince Velasquez deep (twice) on Wednesday. They were not just solo homers, he hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning before launching a three-run drive in the sixth, giving him five RBI on the game.

Take a look at the two homers below:

During the 2015 season, Bird had an .871 OPS in just 157 turns at bat in which he hit 11 home runs. He did miss the entire 2016 season due to a shoulder injury, appearing only on the Arizona Fall League.

Since then, he has been having a rather outstanding spring training performance with a .439 batting average, 13 extra-base hits which include six doubles, six homers, and one triple.

The Yankees future is certainly looking bright with young studs like Bird and some additional players that play a key role into the Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller’s trade late last season turning the Yankees into one of the franchises with most prospects featured on the top 100 prospect list.

So Yankees fans, how do you feel about this particular decision? Are you glad that Bird is the word, yet again? Let us know in the comments sections below.

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