March 3, 2021

What Yankees are doing to make Gary Sanchez a better defender (New York Post)

TAMPA — Aaron Boone said he believes Gary Sanchez’s defense behind the plate has gotten better, but there continues to be work to be done.

“There’s still a lot of meat on that bone,’’ the Yankees’ manager said Wednesday.

Sanchez is working with new catching coordinator Tanner Swanson.

“He’s improved, I feel like, a lot over the last couple of years, and we feel like with Tanner coming in and the work they’ve already begun, like there’s more there to be had,’’ Boone said. “I’m confident we’ll see the results as the season unfolds.”

Sanchez’s defense has been a topic of conversation since he’s been in the majors. He said Wednesday, when pitchers and catchers reported to camp, that he and Swanson have worked on getting his right knee lower so that he can receive pitches in that position.

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“It’s a little hard, because this is something new that you have to adjust to,’’ Sanchez said through an interpreter. “I think we’ve have about a week since we started working together, and I can tell you that now I feel much better than Day 1. It’s a learning process and any time you try something new, you…

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