Everyone that follows the Yankees even remotely close knew the second Teixiera announced his retirement that Greg Bird was our new first baseman. Yeah the Chris Carter signing raised some questions, but we knew as long as Bird was healthy enough to play he'd be starting for us come opening day. No surprise at all, just the Yankees making it official. The real question is can he produce for us like we saw briefly in the past during the 2015 season.
In 2015 Bird had a batting average of .261, hit 11 dingers, and had 31 RBIs in about 40 games. Give me that pace all season long and he'll be one of the best power hitters in the league. Bird has the potential to be the Yankees #4 hitter for the next decade, with that sweet stroke and the short porch in right it's going to be a match made in heaven. Bird is continuing to prove just how good he is this spring posting a .421 average along with hitting 4 home runs.
Bird and Sanchez in the heart of our lineup is something I can be confident about going forward. I know they're young so it'll require some patience, nevertheless in a few years they could be one of the best one two punches in baseball. If we can get through year one healthy without any tragic slumps or regression from the both of them the Yankees will have to view that as a huge success. The biggest thing with these kids right now is time. Getting them the reps they need in order to become the superstar players all of us Yankee fans expect them to be. For us fans patience is all it's going to take, unfortunately that'll be hard when he's hitting two homeruns in a game one day and the next 20 at bats he gets 2 hits. That's the life of a young prospect though, just have to be prepared for it.