Gary Sanchez Is The American League Rookie Of The Year 

Gary Sanchez has been the most talked about player in the majors since he has gone on his record breaking tear. He has broken records that have been around for almost a century, and has had possibly the greatest beginning to any career in the history of baseball.

Sanchez will have to beat out Michael Fulmer for American League Rookie Of The Year awards. Fulmer and Sanchez are both 23 years old; however, Fulmer has really struggled of late. Since the all-star break he is just 1-5 with an ERA of 4.00 and his ERA through September so far is 5.50. His overall ERA that sat as low as 2.11 at one point has ballooned almost a full point to 3.03.

Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez has been breaking records, and achieving milestones that are unheard of in his rookie season. Sanchez has played only 41 games and yet his WAR is higher than Fulmer, and is the highest on his own team. He has only played a quarter of a season to. He is batting .327 with 17 home runs and 33 runs batted in. He has undoubtedly been the most marketable Rookie this season as he has set the big leagues on fire through his first 42 games.

Outside of his impressive offensive numbers, Sanchez proves to be an excellent defender. Sanchez has one of, if not the best arm in baseball. He uses a lightning quick pop time to nab would be runners and has gotten multiple runners on snap throws. His defense has been absolutely stellar and he has called a great game for his pitchers behind the plate.

To give you an idea of how insane the start Sanchez has had is. He is on pace for 62 home runs, 122 runs batted in, and a batting average of .327 with a .393 on base percentage. Obviously that is a pace that can’t be maintained throughout the season and slumps, but with the way the Yankees battled back into the playoff race at one point thanks to Gary Sanchez it would be hard to deny him Rookie Of The Year. Sanchez meant more to the Yankees run into the playoffs than Fulmer did.

With that being said this takes nothing away from Fulmer and the excellent season that he has put together, and he will more than likely win the award regardless of what happens from this point of the season on. For Gary Sanchez to even make noise for the rookie of the year award with just 42 games under his belt is astounding in a season where there has been a clear cut winner all season. 

Regardless of personal accolades the Yankees have a bright future ahead of them, and Yankee fans can look forward to seeing Bird and Sanchez hit back to back in the line up next season.

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  1. There is precedent for a player winning the ROY award with just about the same number of games/AB’s. etc…that Gary Sanchez will have when the season ends of Oct. 2nd. Just ask Willie McCovey.

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