Yes, you read that right.
This past week we heard the words every baseball fan loves to hear, “Pitchers and Catchersreport today.” Yes, the 2017 MLB season is almost upon us and this time of the year preseason predictions are a must read. No, I’m not going to go through every fucking division and calculate their wins and losses like the nerds do. But I will give you a hot take of a prediction that will make everyone think. Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees Catcher, your 2017 AL MVP.
If you are a Yankees like I am, hell if you are a baseball fan, Gary Sanchez’s two month run at the end of the 2016 season was one to remember. In 53 games Sanchez hit 20 home runs and drove in 42 RBIs and came in second in the Rookie of the Year race (IMO, should of won it) He single handedly almost carried the Yankees into the playoffs just narrowly missing the feat. He made the New York Yankees must watch baseball in the last two months of the season.
Now when it comes to this season, he has a whole new goal in mind: Playoffs and World Series.
With pitchers and catchers reporting, we are already have videos of Sanchez crushing baseballs off of scoreboards.
Sanchez will most likely be hitting 3rd in the lineup this year as the everyday catcher. With the likes of Ellsbury and Gardner getting on base for him. The dude is going to have a plethora of RBI chances and with his power, he’s due for a monster season. And playing 81 games in Yankee Stadium is going to help out with his numbers for sure.
I hate the fucking argument that “He’s a catcher, he’s not going to keep those numbers the whole year. He’s gonna wear down.” Bullshit. Sanchez is 24 years old and in the best shape of his life. The only way he’s going to be taken out of the lineup is if he’s injured. I am not worried about him wearing down whatsoever.
I cannot wait for this season as a Yankees fan with all the young guys finally getting their first full season. Gary will prove the haters wrong and #IAmGary will carry the Yankees to the playoffs and win his first of many MVPs
Prediction for Sanchez’s season: .297 43 HRs 121 RBIs
Give me your thoughts and hot takes in the comments for the baseball season