In a lineup that boasts a pair of 50-homer hitters who happen to be the reigning National League MVP and the American League Rookie of the Year, CC Sabathia thinks Gary Sanchez might be the best of the bunch.
"I think Sanchy's probably the best hitter in the lineup, you don't talk about him at all," Sabathia said. "He has power to all fields. He reminds me of a young Manny Ramirez. That's enough said right there."
Sanchez, 25, hit .278/.345/.531 with 33 homers and 90 RBIs despite missing virtually the entire month of April and the beginning of May with a strained right biceps. He added three more home runs and eight RBIs in 13 postseason games last fall. His monster season followed a 2016 campaign where the backstop slugged 20 roundtrippers in 53 games down the stretch.
Sanchez was elected to his first All-Star Game and set a club record for most home runs by a catcher in a single season, topping the previous record of 30 set by Yogi Berra (twice) and Jorge Posada.