The sport of baseball has been played since it was invented on the intersection of Washington Street and 11th street in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1876, and no player has had a start to their career like Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez.
It seems like every day since he’s been called up, his name is being mentioned in the same sentence as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, two of the greatest players the sports world has ever seen.
After homering in Friday night’s 14-4 win over the Orioles, Sanchez became the first player in MLB history with at least 10 home runs and 30 hits in his first 22 career games. No words.
Gary Sanchez is 1st player in MLB history with at least 10 HR and 30 hits in his first 22 career games.
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) August 27, 2016
He became the first rookie ever to hit 10 home runs and drive in 20 runs in his first 20 career games, per ESPN Stats & Information, and is the first Yankees rookie ever to hit 10 home runs in one calendar month. Let’s remember that list includes players such as Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, among others.
Gary Sánchez is the 1st rookie to have 10 HR and 20 RBI in his first 20 games of a season since RBI became an official stat in 1920.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 27, 2016
Sanchez also became the first Yankees catcher since Thurman Munson in 1976 to win AL Player of the Week honors. The list really goes on and on and on.
In total, Sanchez is hitting .403 with 10 home runs and 20 RBIs after his first 22 career games, 20 of those are games in which Sanchez has started since being called up. Not that that needs any more perspective, but Alex Rodriguez had just nine home runs and 31 RBIs in 65 games played this season before being released. Sanchez has already surpassed A-Rod’s home run total for the season.
Sanchez’s social media game has been exemplary as well, with the highlight being the jab he took at the critics who wrote the Yankees off after the trade deadline.
— Gary Sanchez (@ElGarySanchez) August 20, 2016
When the Yankees traded away Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran prior to the trade deadline, the presumptive thought was the team would become irrelevant and even more boring to watch than they were before. Well, the exact opposite has happened and Gary Sanchez has a heck of a lot to do with that.