Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez admitted he struggled immensely last season, but he hopes to put those behind him in 2019.
"I don't give excuses," Sanchez said, according to the New York Post's Greg Joyce. "Last year was a bad year. We're in a new year, a different year."
The 26-year-old Sanchez was limited to 89 games with various leg injuries and recorded a batting line of .186/.291/.406 with 18 home runs and 53 RBIs.
It was an extremely disappointing season for Sanchez, who finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2016 and hit .278 with 33 home runs and 90 RBIs in his first full season in 2017.
The Yankees were active this offseason in determining who their catcher would be. They were involved in trade talks circulating around Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto, who went to the Phillies earlier this week, however the Marlins wanted both Sanchez and Miguel Andujar in those discussions.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman denied the team's interest in Realmuto and reaffirmed his confidence in Sanchez.
"We definitely look forward to him coming back to what we saw a little bit in the postseason and what we saw in the previous years," Cashman said in December.
Sanchez hopes to learn from his down 2018 season and put that behind him.
"I'm confident of that, that this year will be better than last year," Sanchez said.
Sanchez arrived at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, earlier this week, days before pitchers and catchers are required to report, in hopes to get a head start for the season.
"I'm trying to prepare myself now here with the team," Sanchez said. "To stay healthy is what I'm hoping for and to try and help the team more."