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Brian Cashman, Thank You For Proving Me Wrong!

By Derek McAdam

March 29, 2023

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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article explaining how it seemed unlikely that Anthony Volpe would make the Major League roster out of Spring Training. There’s no doubt that he was the best shortstop for the Yankees this Spring Training, and was arguably one of the best players on the team during that time. I wanted him to make the Yankees’ Opening Day roster, but there were several factors that I took into consideration.


First, I figured the Yankees would wait to bring Volpe up to manipulate his service time to potentially use to their advantage long-term. Cashman may have thought that Volpe would need a few weeks in Scranton to see how he did at that level. The Yankees also may have needed to clear a roster spot up by trading either Gleyber Torres or Isiah Kiner-Falefa and have needed some time during the regular season to do so.


But in the end, Cashman decided that Volpe was worthy of an Opening Day roster spot, and I can’t be more proud to say that I was absolutely wrong about my initial prediction.


As I mentioned, there is no question that Volpe earned a spot on the roster, and I think that many people wouldn’t disagree with that statement. Now that he is on the roster, there is are a few things that Volpe will bring to the table.


First, and foremost, Volpe seems to be a fantastic shortstop. Throughout Spring Training, he was making several great defensive plays, and even made one yesterday during the exhibition game against Washington to throw out the speedy CJ Abrams. He has the potential to be the best defensive Yankee shortstop in a LONG time… and yes, most likely will be a better defender than Derek Jeter. He’s got a strong arm and is extremely athletic.


Looking on the offensive side, Volpe has also shown that he can be a good hitter and show patience at the plate. He doesn’t have all the power in the world, but the Yankees don’t need nine starters that only hit home runs. Volpe can help balance the lineup with just putting the ball in play, similarly to DJ LeMahieu, who has some pop in his bat, but is known for just putting the ball in play.


Additionally, Volpe will bring some speed to the Yankees. To begin the season, Volpe may be one of the only players that may be active on the base paths, considering that Harrison Bader will start the season on the IL. Yankees fans know that over the past few seasons, the Yankees have always been a fun, and successful, team to watch when they’re not stagnant running the bases.


Considering that if Volpe begins the season hitting in the No. 9 spot, this can benefit the Yankees with LeMahieu leading off. If Volpe can swipe a base, or maybe two, during LeMahieu’s at bat, they have a decent chance of scoring the run. I’d love to see more of this throughout the season than just relying on home runs.


I can’t remember the last time Yankee fans were so excited over a prospect making his Yankee debut. My guess is that Volpe will receive either the largest or second-largest ovation tomorrow at Yankee Stadium (Aaron Judge could potentially beat him out.)


Nonetheless, this is an exciting time for Yankee fans, so let’s sit back and enjoy what Volpe is going to bring to this team, hopefully for many years to come. Once again, I want to thank Mr. Cashman for proving me wrong about my initial prediction. I would have rather been proven wrong and have been happy about Cashman’s decision than been correct about my prediction, but have been disappointed that he wasn’t yet a Yankee.


Enjoy the last day of no baseball, because tomorrow begins the long season ahead!

4 commentaires


Alan B.
Alan B.
29 mars 2023

The job should've been Paraza's after the trade deadline last year, but it wasn't. Then they announce an ppen competition for the SS kob and Volpe did everything you wanted and Peraza didn't hit even .200 this Spring. So to not give the job to Volpe would've been wrong on do many levels, which would've included Cashman's credibility.

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fuster
29 mars 2023

the team claimed the shortstop job was up for grabs....and Volpe got real grabby.


now it's gonna be important and perhaps necessary to keep our expectations reasonable and to remain calm should the kid hit a dry patch, as most every ballplayer does, late or soon.

let's not have expressions of frustration litter the page if Volpe gets mired in an 0 for 20 and/or rushes into a coupla errant pegs to 1st.

let's not hear about how the Yankees panicked and rushed Volpe to the bigs before he was ready.

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
29 mars 2023
En réponse à

We agree and I have said so on my podcasts and on these pages.


The Yankees have to say, "You can go 0-for-50 and you'll still be the shortstop."


The fans just have to support the growing pains. No booing. Let him become the star that everyone things he'll become.


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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
29 mars 2023

I agree. Maybe it's a function of my getting older, but one of my great thrills over the past few years is seeing the new guys come in like Sanchez, Judge, Torres, last season Cabrera and Peraza, and now Volpe. Some don't work out (Sanchez). Some have to wait longer (Peraza). But it is so much better than plodding along with the late-career A-Rods, Hickses and Donaldson. We know what they can and can't do. Give me something new. Maybe they fall on their faces. I'd rather that than plodding along with same old same olds.

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