Jaffe: Gary Sanchez takes a knee

From SABR member Jay Jaffe at FanGraphs on February 27, 2020:

While it was understandably overshadowed by Gerrit Cole’s pinstriped premiere, Gary Sánchez made his Grapefruit League debut on Monday. In doing so, he showed off a new stance behind the plate, one that’s intended to shore up the defensive inconsistencies that have cut into his value while making him the brunt of so much criticism during his tenure with the Yankees.

The game wasn’t televised, and the only video I could find was rather rough, shot from the press box and thus showing the catcher’s back, but here you can see what’s going on.

Sánchez now sets up in his crouch with his right knee on the ground, a stance whose purpose the New York Post’s George King III explained succinctly earlier this month.

Read the full article here: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/gary-sanchez-takes-a-knee/

Originally published: February 28, 2020. Last Updated: February 28, 2020.