Yankees: Controversy over nomination of Joey Gallo and Gary Sánchez to the Silver Bat

The New York Yankees are nicknamed “The Bronx Bombers.”, as truly powerful hitters known for hitting bunches of homers have historically paraded through their ranks, with nominations this 2021 of several Yankees players to the prestigious award such as Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Joey Gallo and Gary Sánchez, with these last two giving the surprise in the nominations.

Specifically, Gallo and Sánchez have caused controversy for their poor individual performances and in the case of the former Texas Rangers, being nominated as a designated hitter when he played the vast majority of his games in 2021 as an outfielder, in addition to the fact that the Dominican had another poor season on the plate.

The award is voted on by managers and coaches of all the Major Leagues, with these not being able to choose players from their same teams and according to the definition of the award, it rewards the offensive contribution of the best hitter in each position of each of the two leagues. , so no one in the Yankees voted to nominate Gallo and Sánchez.

Gary Sánchez hit just .204 on the year, with 23 home runs and 54 RBIs, with an OPS + of just 99 and a WAR of 0.7, which pales against other candidates at catcher position in the American League, starting with Salvador. Perez, who finished leading MLB home runs with 48 and an OPS + of 126, or Mike Zunino, who hit .216 with 33 homers and an OPS + of 138.

On the other hand, the case of Gallo is particular, since he is nominated as a designated hitter, being that he played just 14 of 153 in that position, being nominated along with his teammate Giancarlo Stanton, the possible MVP Shohei Ohtani, Nelson Cruz and Yordan Álvarez , being without a doubt the one with the poorest numbers of all, hitting just .199, 38 homers and 77 RBIs and leaving out JD Martinez of the Red Sox.

Gabriel Delgado

I started as a rookie on Al Bat in early 2018 and am going for my third season covering Major League Baseball as a web reporter. I am a fan of the San Francisco Giants, a number one defender of Barry Bonds and a critic of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña are the future of baseball, Mike Trout is overrated, and the Astros deserved to be taken away from the World Series for cheating. Besides baseball, I also enjoy soccer, football, basketball, and just about any other game that includes a ball or a ball. I am also an amateur musician, penniless gamer and very nerdy. Graduated in journalism from the University of Guadalajara, I graduated in 2017. Born in the shrimp capital of the world, Escuinapa, Sinaloa. I lived in Australia for a while; i survived giant spiders, tasmanian devils, and fought a kangaroo and didn’t die trying.

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Yankees: Controversy over nomination of Joey Gallo and Gary Sánchez to the Silver Bat