It seemed like the New York Yankees were done with Greg Bird after his horrific 2018. It turns out Brian Cashman thinks otherwise.
Remember when Greg Bird was the next big thing in the Bronx? Now the New York Yankees first baseman seems to be a one-hit wonder…literally.
Tell me you don’t remember the home run against Andrew Miller in Game 3 of the 2017 ALDS. Trust me, you do.
After being banished to the bench after a pitiful 2018 season in favor of the hot-hitting Luke Voit, Bird is back in play for the Yankees, according to general manager Brian Cashman.
Brian Cashman confirms Greg Bird will have to compete with Luke Voit for the Yankees 1st base job heading into 2019. pic.twitter.com/SNpj3siygG
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) November 15, 2018
Cashman took to The Michael Kay Show to share his thoughts on the whole Bird situation and it seems like although several fans have lost hope in the 26-year-old, Cashman will still be giving him an opportunity to steal back his position.
Of course the Yankees turned to Luke Voit during their run to the playoffs over Bird, who made multiple errors in the field and never seemed like his head was in the game. Bird ended his 2018 campaign by batting .199 and posting an abysmal .286 slugging percentage.
Voit, on the other hand, burst onto the scene in a huge way, clubbing 14 home runs in 39 games and bringing a spark to the Yankees lineup that they so desperately needed in the dog days of summer.
While many are done with Greg Bird, they have to understand that he is coming off of two ankle surgeries, which Cashman pointed out. However, we’ve seen flashes of his true potential and it is incredibly impressive.
That is, if he just gets back on course.
At least Cashman and the Yankees are giving Bird a fair chance, especially since he was so highly regarded in the farm system. While Luke Voit is fun to watch, so is Greg Bird when he’s on his game.
Here’s the first battle for spring training. And only 99 more days until it all happens.