The New York Yankees won 103 games as well as their first AL East division title in seven years, and they only fell two games short of reaching the 2019 World Series.
And yet, All-Star slugger Aaron Judge still doesn't think it's much to celebrate.
New York was eliminated in Game 6 of the ALCS, when Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer off of closer Aroldis Chapman to send the Houston Astros to the World Series for the second time in three years.
Struggling to come to terms with the heartbreaking defeat, Judge said after the loss that he thinks the 2019 season is "a failure" for the Pinstripes - even though there was much more good than bad throughout the year.
"It's a failure," Judge said, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN.com "In spring training, we talked about winning the division and putting ourselves in a good spot in the postseason to win a World Series. We came up short. No matter how many games we won in the regular season or what else we did, this season is a failure."
The bar is set high in the Bronx every year, so it's safe to say that Judge's teammates and many Yankee fans share that sentiment. General manager Brian Cashman added a reliable left-handed starter in James Paxton, a versatile infielder in D.J. LeMahieu and a stud reliever, Adam Ottavino.
After losing to the arch rival Boston Red Sox in the ALDS a year ago, the Yankees had good reason to believe that things would be different this year. Instead, they bowed out in the ALCS to the Astros for the second time in three years.
At the end of the day, the Yankees were unable to conquer the Astros' three-headed pitching trio of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke. New York was held to a .214 team batting average in the postseason, with a mere .829 OPS.
Yankees Face Difficult Roster Decisions
Yankees management and ownership have plenty of work to do now. Reliable starter C.C. Sabathia announced his retirement, and Cashman will have to find a suitable replacement. New York also has to decide if they want to pick up Edwin Encarnacion's $20 million club option. Needless to stay, it'll be a very interesting offseason for New York as they try to build up a super team that can finally stack up against the Astros.