The notion popping out of the Aaron Boone press convention is that the Yankees need the brand new supervisor to bathe gamers with love as a approach of getting probably the most out of them, none extra so than Gary Sanchez.
However after speaking to Yankee individuals, I feel it is extra difficult than that.
Actually, two sources say there’s a misperception that administration was sad with Joe Girardi for publicly scolding Sanchez in regard to his protection final season.
Truly, they are saying, the difficulty was extra that Girardi wasn’t robust sufficient on Sanchez behind closed doorways, at the very least when it comes to his follow habits, which can have led to the catcher regressing defensively, in comparison with his rookie season.
Primarily the Yankees felt Sanchez carried out higher behind the plate when first referred to as to the majors in 2016, in no small half as a result of he had been drilled repeatedly within the minors by former organizational catching teacher Josh Paul, particularly in blocking balls within the dust.
Paul used a pitching machine to pump excessive-velocity fastballs, in addition to breaking balls, within the filth at Sanchez, and the Yankees consider it made a distinction in what’s the younger catcher’s largest weak spot.
Nevertheless, sources say that Sanchez grew uninterested in doing the drills and expressed that to Girardi going into final season. The supervisor, maybe wanting to maintain his younger catcher glad or just keep away from a battle, advised him he did not need to do all the additional work.
Which will that led to extra issues with handed balls, as Sanchez’s complete of sixteen was the very best the American League.
Regardless of the trigger, the poor protection did result in Girardi publicly criticizing Sanchez round mid-season, indicating he believed it was principally a matter of his catcher needing to place extra effort into the job.
It was uncommon for him to make essential feedback about any participant, so it turned an enormous story, however Girardi appeared satisfied that it introduced concerning the desired outcomes, saying late within the season that he noticed vital enchancment.
Nonetheless, the underside line is that the Yankees noticed the dynamic as half of a bigger difficulty. That’s, if Girardi had stronger relationships with gamers he would have been capable of deal extra brazenly with Sanchez to stop…