We wind the clock all the way back to…2002? As it turns out, the Evil Empire is merely the latest in a long line of Yankees nicknames, starting with “Murderer’s Row” in reference to the 1918 Yankees (yes, it predates both Ruth and Gehrig in pinstripes) and primarily associated with the ‘27 Yankees and the lineups of the late 1920s. Other nicknames since then referred to this history of power-hitting lineups, such as the Bronx Bombers, or to a particular era, such as The Bronx Zoo.
Why are the New York Yankees called the Evil Empire?
The Yankees are far from an evil empire. This was a term coined to tarnish the image of the Yankees, stemming from many high-profile free agent signings and perennial success.