For the last 19 seasons, the New York Yankees had Derek Jeter as the everyday shortstop and for a split second,it almost seemed like Jeter could play forever. Unfortunately, Jeter retired following the 2o14 season, forcing the Yankees to find a new shortstop. Last week, the Yankees filled the hole by making a three-team trade with the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, sending Shane Greene to Detroit and acquiring Didi Gregorius from Arizona.
Gregorius suddenly has big shoes to fill as he replaces a future Hall of Famer, but he knows all he has to do when he gets on the field is to be himself.
“Jeter is still Jeter.” Gregorius said during an introductory press conference earlier today. “Everything everybody is going to talk about Jeter. But for me, I’m learning and there just to play the game, so just trying to focus on the game and trying to win the game, that’s all that I can say. Not worrying about what’s going on around.”
Brian Cashman said during the Winter Meetings that Gregorius and Brendan Ryan were going to platoon at shortstop in the beginning of the season due to Gregorius’s inability to hit left handed pitching. The Yankees predict Gregorius will eventually grow into his bat, but in the meantime, Gregorius says he’s going to improve on very aspect of his game.
“Honestly, I need to improve on everything,” Gregorius said. “For me, I don’t want to lack in work thinking I know every. I honestly am working hard. People say your defense is really good, but I don’t think it’s really good. If I think, mentally, it’s really good, then I have to stop working on it, but for ..read more