Joe Girardi managed Gary Sánchez from 2015 to 2017, and the two reached Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS in what was considered a rebuilding year for the New York Yankees.
However, the former manager apparently still has a grievance with his former catcher.
Girardi is now a broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs and Sánchez is with the New York Mets.
Girardi was on the call when the Mets visited Wrigley Field Tuesday night.
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Girardi and his broadcast partners, Boog Sciambi and Jim Deshaies, were discussing Sanchez’s incredibly strong start to his MLB career under Girardi’s watch. Sánchez tied the MLB record for fewest games to hit 20 home runs, and he hit 100 in 355 games in his career, the third fewest games in history.
Deshaies knew he was the “fastest at something” but couldn’t put his finger on it. But Girardi knew what it was No the fastest in
“Not on the base roads. I can tell you that,” Girardi said.
Girardi criticized Sánchez, primarily his defense, in 2017, which many believe played a role in the Yankees not renewing Girardi’s contract after that shocking 2017 season.
However, since Girardi’s departure, Sánchez has been a shell of himself.
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As of the 2018 season, Sánchez is hitting .202 with a .720 OPS. He had a slight revival in 2019 with his 34 home runs and .841 OPS, but since the start of the 2020 season, his batting average has dipped to .195 and his OPS is .679.
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Girardi was the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies at the start of last season, but was fired after a rocky start. After bringing in Rob Thomson, the Phillies won the National League pennant.