Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Source: Newsday

As DJ LeMahieu stepped up to the batter's box on Tuesday night with the bases loaded in the 7th inning, the YES Network gave this stat about our best pickup for the 2019 season:  LeMahieu has the third best average in baseball with runner's in scoring position.  As if on cue, he didn't disappoint as he launched a base hit down the middle into centerfield scoring two runs in the Yankees rally at the stadium before eventually losing to the San Diego Padres 5-4.  That seemingly ordinary guy, LeMahieu, I'd take three more of him on this Yankee team.

Source: AP

"Despite being one of the industry’s best defensive second basemen, with three Gold Glove Awards in the five prior seasons, LeMahieu signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Yankees in January based on the premise he would bounce around the infield. Because the transaction essentially ended the possibility the Yankees would sign Manny Machado, it sparked outrage among a significant contingent of the team’s fans," reported the NY Post.  Those naysayers are eating crow now as LeMahieu presents a significant resume for the 2019 American League All Star Team.

Source: SNY

The Yankee designated infielder is batting .313 with 29 RBIs and he is lifting this team beyond what was expected of him from the outside with Didi Gregorius down and Troy Tulowitzki up to his chronic injury woes.  "I think now, in the biggest market in the world, people are starting to understand how good of a player he is," Jim Hendry, (a special assignment scout, who drafted LeMahieu to the Cubs back in 2009) said. It may have been a quiet signing, but his impact has been anything but that so far this season," reported SNY."

LeMahieu may be soft spoken and quiet in appearance but his player presence is anything but as both a defender and contributor to the evolving small ball, situational hitting ball club who is leading the AL East still without their regular cast in place.  Watching LeMahieu lead this Yankee team in outright battles night after night is exciting.  Pair him with Gio Urshela and I am sold.

Yea, that DJ LeMahieu, I'll take three more of him.  His contributions to this Yankee team are priceless.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

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