The New York Yankees were, unsurprisingly, one of the best teams in baseball in 2018. While winning 100 games was not good enough to clinch an American League Eastern title, they also fell short to the rival Boston Red Sox in the division series who then would end up winning the World Series. This essentially means that their team was not perfect; though it is rare for a team to ever be. The Yankees, like every team, is doing everything in their power over the offseason to put themselves in a position to be even better than they were in the previous season. With the New Year coming in, there are a few current members of the New York Yankee roster with resolutions of their own.
Gary Sanchez was arguably the biggest disappointment on the Yankees in 2018. Between having spent a considerable amount of time on the disabled list and poor performance, Sanchez certainly has a reputation to save in 2019. Sanchez managed to bat under .200 and posted an OPS below .700 which is a major drop off compared to what he was in the previous two seasons. Criticism surrounding him got so bad that rumors were being thrown around that the Yankees were looking to trade him. Those rumors were quickly debunked, and Sanchez will be in fact be the starting catcher for the Yankees in 2019. Sanchez, when things are going right, can be a significant asset to the team. If he does not improve in 2019, the future for Sanchez as a Yankee will not be very long.
Another New York Yankee that has a lot to prove in 2019 is their should-be first baseman, Greg Bird. Bird burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2015 and after missing all of 2016 and most of 2017 while also being limited to 82 games in 2018, it is obvious that he has an issue with staying on the field. Bird also struggled to hit above the .200 mark and quickly lost his job to Luke Voit and was not granted a roster spot for the 2018 postseason. The same player who in 2017 hit a crucial homerun against Andrew Miller in the division series; crazy to think how quickly things can change. Bird would tell you himself that he wants to put an abysmal 2018 season behind him and come back strong for 2019. He does possess quite a bit of potential, but at what point do the Yankees stop keeping their hopes up with him? Bird, like Sanchez, has their future as Yankee on the line this upcoming season and certainly has a lot to prove.
As for an honorable mention, Sonny Gray also has a lot to prove in 2019 after a nightmare season. Unfortunately for him it appears that the Yankees have every intention to trade him after one bad season. If he miraculously remains in pinstripes come Opening Day, you can bet anything that he will not be in pinstripes by the end of the season if his poor performance continues.
The New Year is great for everyone to reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year to come. These New York Yankees, more than anyone, have likely been looking forward to 2019 since the past season came to an end.