All-Star Catcher Gary Sanchez Benched by Yankees After Recent Struggles

New York Yankees' catcher Gary Sanchez (24). Photo by Shutterstock (10242999a)

New York Yankees decided to drop the struggling catcher Gary Sanchez from the starting lineup. The news was confirmed to reporters by Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who said that he’s hoping the move might be beneficial for the 27-year-old All-Star.

Sanchez is hitting abysmal .130 at-bats this season while having just seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 32 games. For comparison, he hit .232 with 77 RBIs and 34 homers in 104 games in 2019.

”I kind of deliberated on it a lot last night and just feel this is the way I need to go right now,” said Boone, explaining his decision. ”Hopefully, a day off or two or however I decide to do it here can help get him going.”

According to Boone, Sanchez believed he could overcome the bad form by staying on the field, but the Yankees’ manager didn’t want change his decision.

”Gary wants to play,” he added. “To his credit, behind the scenes, he’s working his tail off and wants to be in there. But in the end, I think this is the best thing right now.”

Boone is probably not only hoping to get the best out of Sanchez with the move but also to lift his team. Yankees opened the season with an impressive 16-6 record but then stumbled to current 21-19. They lost five out of the last six games and are set to meet Blue Jays while riding a three-game losing streak.