NY Yankees Expand Their Possibilities

The New York Yankees are going beyong depending solely on their minor league system for new players to become pros. The youth baseball team "Hank's Yanks", sponsored by Hank Steinbrenner, has produced its first professional player.

Leonel Viñas, the newest New York Yankee pitcher, just signed to a minor league contract, after having spent a summer playing for the team known as "Hank's Yanks," which is a youth ballclub sponsored by Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner.

The 19-year-old Dominican, a Long Island resident, will now have a chance to wear the pinstripes at the next levels. The Yankees announced at a Press Conference on Tuesday that they have signed Vinas, the right-handed ace of Steinbrenner's team, to a Minor League contract.

Viñas had a record of 12-0 with a 1.12 ERA and 168n strikeouts in 84 innings pitched. He also pitched two no-hitters -- a four-inning no-hitter vs. Adelphi University and five no-hit innings vs. Suffolk Community College.

Hank's Yanks is a youth baseball team which is comprised of talented players from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the New York area.

Leonel Viñas was formally presented to the New York Press during a Press Conference held at El Nuevo Caridad Restaurant, owned by Dominican Impresario Miguel Montás. Among others present were the team's General Manager Brian Cashman, Yankees Special Adviser Ray Negron, Adam Unger from the Yankees' Minor League System, Sports Anchorman from ABC 7 Scott Clark, Sportscaster Bruce Beck from NBC 4, Billy Berroa Jr. from international sports show "Tu Mañana En Los Deportes", broadcast by Telemicro, and the Yankees' Spanish Announcer, Mr. Beto Villa.

El Nuevo Caridad Restaurant
1618 St Nicholas Avenue (Esquina 191st Street)
New York, New York 10040

About El Nuevo Caridad Restaurant
El Nuevo Caridad Restaurant is a one of a kind restaurant located in Upper Manhattan (Washington Heights). Owned and operated by Miguel Montas for the last 11 years, this place is unofficially called by people in the neighborhood "El Museo del Baseball", or "The Baseball Museum". Miguel Montas is a Dominican Entrepreneur with a long history of work in the development of baseball players and has strong ties to Major League baseball, especially the New York Yankees. The atmosphere in this restaurant exudes baseball all year round as evidenced by the clientele and the decor, which represents the pride of the game of baseball in pictures, bats, gloves, and other items donated by Major League players and executives. El Nuevo Caridad Restaurant is regarded as one of the most popular Dominican-owned eateries in the NYC area.

About El Nuevo Caridad Restaurant

El Nuevo Caridad Restaurant
1618 St. Nicholas Avenue New York, NY
New York, NY