Saturday, February 04, 2017
I guess he’s listed first because he’s a Yankee.
Here are a dozen other rookies to watch, according to our baseball people:
1. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees — He needs to cut down on his swing. At 6 feet 7 inches, he has a long swing, something a lot of tall sluggers have struggled with early in their careers, including Dave Winfield and Mark McGwire. Judge’s foray into the majors last year (.179 average, 42 strikeouts in 84 at-bats) was far different than Sanchez’s, but the Yankees are committing to Judge at least for the start of the season.
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Monday, December 12, 2016
End of an era:
That baseball hazing ritual of dressing up rookies as Wonder Woman, Hooters Girls and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders is now banned. Major League Baseball created an Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy that covers the practice. As part of the sport’s new labor deal, set to be ratified by both sides on Tuesday, the players’ union agreed not to contest it.
The policy, obtained by The Associated Press, prohibits “requiring, coercing or encouraging” players from “dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.”
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Bryce Harper as a member of the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team. Mike Trout as Lady Gaga. Manny Machado in a ballet tutu. Carlos Correaas Wonder Woman. Those are all out starting next season.
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Not all outfits are banned: Superheroes such as Batman and Spider-Man are OK. Other past costumes that would be allowed include San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner as a giant ketchup bottle, Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the U.S. Olympic men’s water polo team and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig as Gumby.
Some photos of past costumes at link.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Sanchez hit two more home runs and drove in five in Wednesday’s 11-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He is the fastest baseball player in history to record 19 homers; it has taken him just 45 games. The Boston Braves’ Wally Berger belted 19 homers in 51 games back in 1930. No one had hit them at a quicker rate until Sanchez arrived for good on Aug. 3.
“I never thought it was going to be like this,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez has hit homers in four consecutive games. Wednesday was his third multi-homer game. He also added a first-inning RBI single. Plus, he caught the whole game, taking a back swing off his elbow in the ninth, causing trainer Steve Donohue and Girardi to rush out. Girardi, fortunately, didn’t pass out at the sight. Sanchez stayed in.
Can’t wait for the kid to get a few more games under his belt and really hit his stride.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Another day, another Gary Sanchez HR:
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez enjoyed his first career curtain call after becoming the fastest player in Major League history to reach 11 home runs, doing so in his 23rd career game on Saturday in the Yankees’ 13-5 win against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Sanchez connected for an opposite-field blast off Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning, clearing the wall in right-center field and giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead at the time.
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Sanchez’s 11 home runs in August are the most hit in a month by a Major League rookie since the Brewers’ Ryan Braun also hit 11 homers in July 2007. They’re the most by an American League rookie since Mark McGwire hit 15 for the Athletics in May 1987.
Sanchez has scored 18 runs with seven doubles and 21 RBIs, and those 21 RBIs through 23 games are tied with Hideki Matsui for the second most in Yankees history, trailing only Joe DiMaggio (25). Since 1913, Sanchez’s 32 hits are the second most by a Yankee through 23 career games; DiMaggio had 42 in 1936.
Can’t wait for the kid to get a little more experience and really hit his stride.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Joe Hardy, Roy Hobbs, and just maybe Gary Sanchez?
Sanchez continued his torrid month on Friday with the 10th home run of his young career, part of a three-hit, four-RBI performance as the Yankees routed the Orioles, 14-4. Sanchez’s fifth-inning blast off Vance Worley was celebrated with loud chants of his name from an announced crowd of 38,423 at Yankee Stadium.
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Summoned to New York for an Aug. 3 contest against the Mets, Sanchez has enjoyed an all-out assault on both big league pitching and the record books. In 85 plate appearances, he has compiled a robust .403/.459/.883 split line, with seven doubles and 20 RBIs, including a two-run double in the second inning of Friday’s win.
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Sanchez is just the third player to hit 10 homers in his first 22 career games; the Rockies’ Trevor Story did it this year, and Boston’s George Scott enjoyed a similar run back in 1966. Yet perhaps Sanchez’s most impressive company resides in Monument Park.
Joe DiMaggio (39) is the only Yankee to have more hits than Sanchez (31) through 22 career games. The Yankee Clipper is also the only man to have more extra-base hits in pinstripes (18 for DiMaggio, 17 for Sanchez). Sanchez’s 20 RBIs are third behind DiMaggio (22) and Hideki Matsui (21) through 22 games.
Pretty good company there. Elias is also reporting that Sanchez is the first rookie to hit 10 HRs and have 20 RBI in his first 20 games of a season.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time to break out the hyperbole:
It is not a rare occurrence, except when the hitter being walked is in career game No. 21 and the batter behind him has 404 career home runs. The Seattle Mariners did not intentionally walk New York Yankees rookie sensation Gary Sanchez once Wednesday to face Mark Teixeira—they did it twice. And even Teixeira knew they had no choice.
“Shoot, if Babe Ruth is hitting behind him, you intentionally walk him,” said Teixeira after the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the Mariners. “I mean, he is as hot as any player I have played with in my entire career. You just don’t see guys doing what he is doing. I don’t care how old he is.” Sanchez, 23, had crushed a solo homer in the first. In the fifth, the double Sanchez smashed down the third-base line was as hard a hit as you will ever see, according to Teixeira.
Sanchez is now batting .389 with nine homers and 16 RBIs in 72 at-bats. His OPS is 1.297. Only four other players have hit nine homers in the first 21 games of their careers. That is in baseball history.
Still, you have to get off to a pretty good start to have anyone comparing you to Babe Ruth after 21 games.
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