— YES Network (@YESNetwork) February 18, 2018
Gary Sanchez may have been slimming down this offseason in preparation for the upcoming New York Yankees season but he hasn’t lost any of his power at the plate.
A ball was absolutely destroyed at New York Yankee spring training batting practice today. The first name that comes to mind as the culprit is Giancarlo Stanton. Next, Aaron Judge. However, neither of those sluggers did it.
It was actually Gary Sanchez who legitimately ripped the cover off the baseball in front of thousands of screaming fans who were getting a close look at the phenom catcher.
In a video posted by the YES Network, Sanchez’ version of the classic metaphor brought a rousing cheer from the crowd as they saw just how much damage he had done. George King III of the New York Post also reported the strange yet awesome occurrence.
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) February 18, 2018
There have been contradicting reports on how Sanchez has lost a ton of weight this offseason when he has stated to the media that he basically remains the same weight he was at the end of last season. Regardless, he already looks good coming into this season.
I mean, offensively for sure. We have yet to see how his offseason works translates to his defensive play behind the plate. Sanchez was tied for the lead league in passed balls with 16 last year and while some Yankees’ insiders pointed to the lack of discipline from former manager Joe Girardi, Sanchez himself stated Girardi did nothing but help him.
Gary Sanchez on Joe Girardi's criticisms of his defense last year: "Looking back at all the things that Girardi said, I feel that all that stuff was to help me be better, and at the end of the year I thought he helped me get better."
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) February 13, 2018
But besides that scandal, it seems that Sanchez has taken the offseason very seriously and is ready to tear it up (once again, pun intended) at the plate. His 33 home runs last season were the most ever for a Yankees catcher in a single season.
If this is a sign of things to come offensively from Sanchez, we’re in for a real treat. Soon, the Judge and Stanton show will be overshadowed by the incredible offensive feats of Gary Sanchez. Soon, my friends, very soon.