Sanchez sent to Extended Spring Training due to ‘attitude problems’

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Finally, we know exactly what is going on with Gary Sanchez. After hearing that a “stiff lower back” was keeping him on the sidelines, Mark Feinsand reports that Sanchez was actually sent back to Extended Spring Training because of “attitude problems.” Apparently he’d grown frustrated by his slow start (.323 wOBA), which led to two incidents. First he refused to enter a game off the bench, then he refused to catch a bullpen session. That punched his ticket back to ExST, and rightfully so.

Remember, Sanchez is just 18. You hate to see stuff like this because we all want every prospect to be a fine, upstanding citizen that helps old ladies cross the street and volunteers at the local orphanage, but 18-year-olds do stupid stuff and make mistakes. Hopefully he learns from this and avoids similar problems in the future.

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  • Sabermetrically Challenged

    Trade this little bitch for Danks or Morton. Now.

    • Mike Axisa

      Morton? As in Charlie Morton? That would be dumber than what Sanchez originally did in the first place.

      • DERP

        Take out the trash Mike

      • Sabermetrically Challenged

        63%(!!!!!!!!) GB rate. He truly is a Halladay copy the only difference is the K/BB

        • Mike Axisa

          That’s like saying my one bedroom apartment is a copy of Derek Jeter’s mansion, the only difference is about 50,000 fewer square feet.

          His delivery looks like Halladay’s, that’s it. They put lipstick on a pig.

      • Stephen Rhoads

        Maybe he meant trade Sanchez for a Morton’s steakhouse. Or a Morton’s steak?

        Please tell me he meant a Morton’s steak.

        • felixbanuelos

          no it’s a trade for Morton and a player to be named later…….. Who happens to be Gerrit Cole

        • FIPster Doofus

          Or an autographed picture of ex-NFL QB Craig Morton.

  • Steve H

    All of you who didn’t do dumb shit at 18, please raise your hand.

    • Now Batting

      All of you who were paid $3 million by the New York Yankees not to do dumb shit at 18, but did it anyway, please raise your hand.

      • Steve H

        I think that makes it even more understandable. He has a ton of pressure on him that most of us didn’t have, but he’s still just 18 and is going to act his age sometimes.

        • Rainbow Connection

          Aww. Poor baby.

          • V

            Sounds like you’re being the child here.

        • Macho Man

          Is smoking pot and dropping out of college considered dumb? Because I loved every minute of it.

          • Mike HC

            Depends on how it worked out from there

      • Andrew518

        I guarantee I would have done considerably more dumb shit if I had $3 million to spend

  • FrankG

    Newman came out this past week saying that is not true about Gary Sanchez.

  • YankeeFan

    Yeah I’m confused. Are we believing this story or Newman? Since this story adds how Sanchez was losing playing time and ‘malcontent’ about his slow start yet he was in fact starting every game and was starting to tear the cover off the ball. His month of May was very good and his last 10 games was even better.

    • Mike Axisa

      I have a feeling both might be true, but Newman was just protecting Sanchez by leaving the attitude stuff out of it.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I think there are a lot of things at play. I think Gary was frustrated at his hitting, his defense and his playing time. IMO, Eduardo Sosa has forced a lot of hands with his hitting. So with Sosa, Slade, Flores, de Leon, Gary and JR all trying to play or DH, someone will be getting squeezed. “Demoting” Gary allows everyone to play everyday. As soon as Slade and JR get ptomoted to Tampa, I think Gary will be back in Charleston, hopefully with a new, positive attitude.

        • Mike HC

          This makes the most sense out of everything so far I think.

  • Reggie C.

    Refused to catch a bullpen session …

    This kid has to realize that catching will earn him alot more money down the line than DH’ing. The hitting was coming around those 2 weeks preceding the demotion, and IIRC he landed on a BA hot sheet. Its hard enough learning to establish a repoire with the starters and handling the off-speed stuff, but its a double obstacle if the kid’s attitude isn’t in line.

    Ergh. Hope he’s getting his work in right now.

  • jack

    Anyone know when he’ll be back with charleston?

  • Bill

    Who does he think he is, Jorge Posada?

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    • Mike HC


  • Samuel

    Sanchez’ bad attitude problems were in full effect last year in Staten Island, too.

    Thus far as a pro, Sanchez has always thought he was better than everybody else and did not need to work hard.

    He didn’t want to work on his hitting and did not want to work on his catching last year with a former major league catcher Josh Paul as his SI manager.

    A bad attitude doesn’t get you very far in the Yankee organization.

    • pete

      source? Are we seriously supposed to take your internet psychiatrist opinion as dogma about somebody who you’ve probably never even met, let alone spent nearly enough time with on a close personal level to accurately gauge his personality and character?

      • Samuel

        Source is a person with the Yankees organization and, yes, I have met Sanchez and seen him play about a dozen times.

        And you don’t necessarily have to spend time with a player on a “close personal level” to see that they dog it plenty of times, which is backed up in a conversation with some Yankee personnel about Sanchez.

  • CMP

    I guess when you hand over $3 million to a kid who probably grew up in poverty with less than a high school education, they can lose perspective from time to time.

    I applaud the Yankees for nipping this in the bud now rather than tolerating that behavior. Hopefully this will be his wake up call.

    • bexarama

      Normally I hate just being like “omg this” but… yeah, this. 18-year-olds are gonna have an attitude from time to time but I’m glad the Yankees are showing him this is unacceptable.

  • Tom Swift

    It’s important to keep things in perspective. He made a mistake, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on him. He’s a huge talent, and maybe they brought him up too fast. I hope the Yanks have assigned him a mentor to help him mature. It must be tough being a professional ball player with huge expectations at an age when he should be worried about his high school prom and getting his learner’s permit.

  • Zack D

    I thin the real question is, how many laptops did he steal?

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  • Preston

    I would be more surprised if an 18 year old who was this hyped and had been given this much money didn’t think he was above coming off the bench and catching bull-pens.

  • Mike HC

    “You hate to see stuff like this because we all want every prospect to be a fine, upstanding citizen that helps old ladies cross the street and volunteers at the local orphanage”

    hahah … good stuff

  • Brian

    Hopefully this is just a bump in the road and doesn’t become a recurring issue.

  • Eric

    Josh Norris (Trenton beat writer) tweeted that he heard Sanchez would be back in the lineup today, which would be an encouraging sign. We’ll see if that happens.

  • 101010

    They should lock him in a cage with slade.

  • JonS

    I heard Sanchez was just bored…