Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge were the August 2016 Baby Bombers who supposedly inspired and led the Yankees the rest of the 2016 season. Actually, there was only one Baby Bomber: Sanchez. There should be no confusion on this but there is. Why?
Fritz Brickell and Bobby Richardson hit their first home runs in the same game in 1959, a bit like Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge yesterday. Sunday, August 14, 2016
Yesterday the Yankees beat Tampa 8-4 in Yankee Stadium bringing their record to 60-56 still with a shot of qualifying for the tournament...
Three of the Yankees were in AAA August 1 when the Yankees traded DH Carlos Beltran, supposedly starting a youth movement. Sanchez was brought up two days later but Austin and Judge played their first major league game yesterday, August 13. The Yankees were preoccupied with Alex Rodriguez who was released yesterday making room for one of them.
Anyway, in their first plate appearances (PA) Austin and Judge homered, back-to-back jacks. Supposedly it's the first time in history that teammates homered in their first PA in the same game. PA is more specific than at bat (AB), since PA could include BB, HBP, SF, sac. Austin and Judge homered the very first time that they had the opportunity. Hicks, Gregorius and Castro also homered. All five are younger than 27, supposedly the first time that had happened for the Yankees.
At best Judge and Austin had mixed results. Judge had a really good start, then nothing. Austin started and finished well but in between hit poorly and sat often.
Is Aaron Judge legally blind against lefty pitchers? Saturday, December 17, 2016
Is Tyler Austin legally blind on the road? Sunday, December 18, 2016 10:05 AM
Reviewing the blindness of Judge and Austin should merely confirm what was readily apparent when they were playing. Both were over matched, especially Judge. Under ordinary circumstances Judge would have been sent back down to preserve his confidence and to let him work out his problems. But Yankee general manager Brian Cashman had too much of his credibility invested in the youth movement, especially after giving up on the season with more than one third of the games to play. It's a disgrace that will haunt the Yankees, though outside of this blog little, if any, criticism can be found.
Should Judge and Austin be tossed aside? No, of course not. But they should be among a group of minor league players who might make the team in 2017. Neither should be considered a likely impact player like Sanchez.
So why are so many so blind to the blind spots of Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin? Is it the blind faith of the baseball fan? Fans often vacillate between despair and euphoria, both out of all reasonable proportion to reality and facts.
The caution to Yankee fans is that their faith is in Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner. Think about that long and hard.