Friday, September 23, 2016

SNY: Gary Sanchez importance to Yankees not defined by Rookie of the Year award

Individual awards are nice, but postseason appearances and sustained success matter more.

When the New York Yankees called up catching prospect Gary Sanchez, rest assured he was not looking to win individual awards. His goals were to prove he belonged and provide some energy to a team that was sleep-walking through the season.

Sanchez, 23, showed he was ready within days and the Yankees agreed by handing him the starting role over $85 million veteran catcher, Brian McCann. Sanchez has since hit 19 home runs faster than any player in MLB history, propelling him into a debate concerning his worthiness in the American League Rookie of the Year race.

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