Veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees for the league minimum.
Tulowitzki was released by the Blue Jays in December after his worst season since he was a rookie, batting .249 with 7 home runs and 26 runs batted in. The Yankees are in need of a shortstop as Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery so they will give the accomplished middle infielder a shot.
Once upon a time, Tulowitzki was the best shortstop in baseball. He is a five-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He even has two fifth-place finishes in the MVP race.
His best season came in 2011 with the Colorado Rockies when he hit .302 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs, but since then, he has steadily declined. However, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. According to Toronto Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins, “He looks like he is healthy. He’s recovering well. He has full range of motion. He has his strength. … Our reports are very positive.”
The Yankees can only hope that a change of scenery will revitalize the once dominant shortstop and truly transform him into a “Bronx Bomber.”
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Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius cracked another dinger in an 11-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, bringing his home run total to 22 on the year and 89 in his career.
Now what’s interesting about each of those 89 home runs is where he places them. Out of all those long balls, he pulled every single one. Gregorius has never gone yard by going opposite field or even to center but solely over the right-field wall. Take a look for yourself:
This is a somewhat rare feat. Although most players like to hit the ball over in certain areas, it’s unusual to see this type of exclusivity when it comes to hitting the baseball.
Although Didi has developed his bat over the course of his last few seasons, he is better known for his glove. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award at shortstop but lost out on that honor to Alcides Escobar.
Gregorius has had a nice go about to his 2018 campaign. Along with his 22 homers, he is batting .268 with 73 RBIs and 4 triples. He was even better during April, specifically between April 23rd-29th. He hit .357 to go along with seven runs scored, four home runs; ten RBIs, and a 1.241 OPS, earning AL Player of the Week in the process. His exceptional play also led to him being awarded AL Player of the Month for April.
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