Besides being a successful Baseball Player, Dellin Betances has achieved a lot of popularity amongst fans of the New York Yankees. He started his professional career with the Yankees in the 2011 season, and went on to become a four-time All-Star. He became the first Yankee reliever to record 100 strikeouts in two consecutive seasons.
After a stint in minor league Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he returned to the New York Yankees in 2013. After Chapman was traded, he shifted his focus to being a closer for the team. In addition to his role in the closer’s role, he was also dubbed No Runs-DMC by his fans.
While Dellin was still a high school student, he was listed as the ninth best high school prospect in the 2006 draft. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the eighth round of the draft. The Yankees offered him a $1 million signing bonus. However, he turned down the offer to play baseball for Vanderbilt University.
Dellin Betances was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan, and grew up in the Lower East Side area. He attended Progress High School in Brooklyn. He went to school with his siblings Dioni, Anthony, and Emeline. He was a fan of the Yankees, and he would attend the games with his family.
While attending high school, he won the Aflac All-American award. He was also named to the United States Junior National Baseball Team. In his freshman year, he was renowned for his fearsome fastballs, and he was able to throw the ball at 90 miles per hour. He also won the Duke award, and was named the seventh player on the All-USA Team. He was named to the Yankees’ Opening Day roster in 2014. In 2017, he pitched in the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. He earned a 3-6 record. He had his best year with the Yankees in 2016, and recorded 100 strikeouts in 64 innings. In addition, he was named to the MLB All-Star Players’ Roster in 2014.
In the summer of 2010, Dellin Betances played in the Youth Service League, and was promoted to the Trenton Thunder, which is a Class AA Eastern League team. His performance was so good, he was promoted to the majors the following year. He was a part of the Yankees’ opening day roster in 2011. He was also a member of the Yankees’ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He earned a promotion to the Yankees’ starting rotation in 2015.
In June 2011, the Yankees offered him a contract worth $2,500,000, which was guaranteed with a $2,500,000 annual salary. After his debut with the Yankees, he became the first New York City-born player to win the Aflac All-American title. He was voted into the All-Star Game in 2014 and 2017. He was named to the MLB All-Star roster in 2015 and 2018. He was selected as the closer for the Yankees in the opening day of the 2021 season.