Boone made some strong comments about Sanchez on Wednesday.

NEW YORK — On his introduction day as Yankees manager, Aaron Boone made it clear that he’s on a personal mission to build a special bond with the All-Star catcher that he’s inheriting.

Fact of matter, new manager and catcher were communicating even before Boone was paraded at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday with formal and then informal news conferences.

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“I’ve already texted back and forth with (Sanchez) a little bit,” Boone said during his group meeting with writers. “I expect to meet up with him at some point in the next couple of weeks. My relationship, I believe, with our catcher is a really important relationship.”

That’s interesting info considering what went on in 2017, Sanchez’s roller coaster first full season as a big leaguer.

Still just 25, the Dominican-born Sanchez has been labeled as immature and moody by media and media due to a lot of defensive issues – mostly blocking balls – that have accompanied his tremendous offensive production, 33 homers and 90 RBIs in just 104 games this past season. Sanchez’ work behind the plate in 2017 was enough of an issue that at one point he was called out publicly by manager Joe Girardi.

Boone followed the whole ordeal from a distance while probably getting some inside information as a very linked-in ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst.

Asked for his assessment of Sanchez’s game, Boone didn’t hesitant in giving an answer.

“I have a priority in that Gary and my relationship is important,” Boone said. “I expect it to be very strong. My expectation is that he’s going to be one of the great, impact players on both sides of the ball for a long time to come. I’m hoping.”

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports


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