It's pretty safe to say that the New York Yankees have one of the most overpowered teams in Major League Baseball. Nonetheless, a couple of issues have held them back over the past couple of years: Pitching and Gary Sanchez.
It may sound like a bit of a stretch, but Sanchez has been terrible the past two seasons, struggling to make contact and looking even worse in defense. The team, however, continues to stick by him.
That's why Sanchez is reportedly in 'revenge mode' right now and looking to prove that he's one of the best catchers in the league, and his teammates are quite impressed with the shape he's in right now.
Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu Laud Gary Sanchez, Think He Could Win MVP
“Gary’s a guy that can go out there and win AL MVP. He’s that dynamic and that important of a player to this team," Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said following his team's 4-0 win over the Phillies.
“He does seem very focused in his early work. Out to prove that he’s Gary Sanchez and he’s one of the best catchers in the league. He was grinding (last year), but he was always a great teammate, always positive. He’s the same guy this year, but he does seem very focused on his early work to prove that he’s Gary Sánchez and he’s one of the best catchers in this league," DJ LeMahieu added.
“He’s helped drive a lot of his work — not to say that there wasn’t in the past, but there’s just a real business-like way he’s going about things. I think his foundation’s a little bit better at this point than it was last year. I just feel like he looks like he’s in a really good place," his manager concluded.
It's clear that Sanchez still has a lot of work to do to get the fan's stamp of approval but it's always great to see a player working hard and impress his teammates with his work ethic. Hopefully, he'll finally take a step forward this season and help them put an end to their World Series drought.