Sunday, August 28, 2016

In The Hour of Eden: Gary Sanchez and the Revival of the New York Yankees

When Gary Sanchez hit his eleventh career home run, he had done it faster than any player in baseball history. It's strange how a total of such little significance can seem so great, despite its irrelevance. Sure, it's great for Sanchez, who has quickly gone from Minor Leaguer to back page headline. Like Trevor Story in the earliest parts of the season, Sanchez has emerged as yet another young power talent capable of stripping ages-old records to dust.
It wasn't just that Gary Sanchez hit eleven home runs in his first twenty-three games. The most amazing part is that he didn't hit his first until his ninth. That's eleven dingers in fifteen games. A few weeks into his career, there are talks that he should be considered for Rookie of the Year honors, despite the fact that he can only play in one third of his team's games over the entire season at this point. His impact on a rebuilding Yankee team has brought a sea change of hope for a team that was in the seller category on the trade deadline.

Sanchez is at the front of a new era in New York. Acquired in trades with Chicago and Cleveland, Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres are top-flight prospects hellbent on returning the Bronx to glory. It was one of the best trade deadlines in recent years. I can't recall another occasion in my lifetime when the Yankees were selling at the deadline, but their prospect haul was like watching your rich neighbor win a free car.

So when Gary Sanchez is called up to get some Major League at bats and turns into a young Joe Mauer, the eyes of the baseball world roll widely around as the New York Yankees strike gold just like they did in the mid-1990's.


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