It’s no secret Gary Sanchez’s 2018 campaign was a disappointment all around, but that’s not to say he won’t turn it around for the 2019 season. The 2017 AL All-Star is getting off to the right start to his offseason as he uploaded a photo of him alongside Hall of Fame catcher Pudge Rodriguez Wednesday morning.
Part of wanting to get better is wanting to learn from those who have been great and done it before you. Thank you for the knowledge @Pudge_Rodriguez // Parte de querer ser mejor es aprender de quienes ya fueron grandes antes que tu. Gracias a @Pudge_Rodriguez por sus consejos. pic.twitter.com/B2GwBYOUdd
— Gary Sanchez (@ElGarySanchez) November 7, 2018
Pudge was inducted into Cooperstown in 2017 as a first-ballot inductee after a career that totaled 311 home runs and over 1,300 RBI. The guidance of the Hall of Fame backstop could be exactly what the 25-year-old Gary Sanchez needs to set his game straight.
Sanchez struggled massively across an injury-riddled 86 game season. Over 374 plate appearances, he slashed a dreadful .186/.291/.406 while posting a wRC+ of just 89. Keep in mind, this came just one year removed from an impressive sophomore season where he posted a 129 wRC+ with 33 homers and 90 RBI. And just two years ago he took the league by storm with 20 home runs in just 53 games as a rookie.
If Sanchez happens to right the ship in 2019, that tweeted photo will certainly be looked back upon as a crucial factor in the rebound of his career.