The Yankees’ season is still young, but the first few games have still been informative. We may not yet be able to statistically analyze two starts or a handful of at-bats, but here is our best shot at three things we have learned from the season so far.
The injury bug bites
Didi Gregorius will miss the entire month after sustaining an injury during the World Baseball Classic. Gary Sanchez is out for four weeks with a bicep strain, robbing us of our ability to watch one of the most exciting players on the team. Greg Bird has been out for a few games now with a combination of the fly and soreness from fouling a ball off his ankle.
Most recently, Brett Gardner left yesterday’s game with a bruised jaw and strained neck after an ugly collision at first base. On the minor league front, James Kaprielian will be having Tommy John surgery.
The season is just over a week and a half old, and we’ve already had all of these injuries pop up. Thankfully, Kaprielian aside, nothing seems to be too long term. The rest of the team has to step up to help tread water until all these guys make their way back to health. It’s disappointing that we’ve already had to talk about so many injuries in such a short time, but hopefully they are all getting out of the way now instead of later.
Aaron Judge is a big, strong man
When Aaron Judge arrived on the big league scene and didn’t immediately light the world on fire with his immense power potential some people started to panic. The word bust starts getting thrown around a lot, even when the sample size is pretty small.
Judge didn’t get off to a great start at the very beginning of the season, and those same words started to be thrown around. Since then, it has looked like he has started to really turn things around. Judge has homered in his last three games, and made excellent contact all around. The story on Judge throughout his career so far has been that he takes time to adjust to new levels. Maybe this is that happening again.
Committing to playing younger guys requires being understanding of some growing pains. The hope is that the end result will make the time spent on those growing pains worth it. Seeing Judge annihilate baseballs the last few days has felt worth it.
Baseball is better when the Yankees front office is quiet
- The Dellin Betances Debacle
- Clint Frazier’s Hair Incident
- Clint Frazier’s False Jersey Request Problem
- Masahiro Tanaka’s Opt-Out Situation
Can we not? Can we just not? Real stories, half-truths, non-stories. The Yankees front office is definitely best when they are not heard from. It’s much easier to enjoy the team when Lonn Trost and Randy Levine are not making statements or in some way perpetuating the news cycle.
I’m not sure if other teams have this same problem to the extent the Yankees do, but I’ve definitely not heard of it if they do. Let’s just all shoot for the goal of not hearing anything from anyone who isn’t Brian Cashman for a few months. Can we do that? Let’s do that.