Yankees’ Gary Sanchez: I Can’t Speak For The Yankees, But I Want To Play

Gary Sanchez is clearly wondering what’s next for Gary Sanchez with the New York Yankees.

“I cannot speak for the team, but I’m ready to be an every-day catcher,” he told ESPN’s Marly Rivera. “Right now, I’m 27, and I don’t see myself as a catcher one day a week, two days a week. I don’t see my career going that way yet. I know that I can play and help the team on both sides of the ball every day.”

Sanchez’s future with the team came into question when he was benched at the end of last season, despite the fact that he is one of only four catchers in MLB history with multiple 30-homer seasons, as relayed by Rivera. His 115 career homers are also the third-most by a player through 421 career games.

But today, Sanchez is the subject of constant trade rumors.

“I have nothing to say about that. You have to show who you are with actions,” he told Rivera. “When 2021 is here, and I am doing my job, that will speak for itself. The only thing that matters to me is winning a championship. What I have to do is improve, keep working.

Sanchez continued.

“It wouldn’t be fair to judge me just for the 2020 season,” he said. “The Yankees are a puzzle. I am one piece. I am a part of this team, and I am very proud to wear pinstripes every day. I am ready to play every day. And I have no control over what people are saying, of what will happen to me in the future. I don’t control any of that. I just control what I can control.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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