New York Yankees quarterback Joey Gallo knows his time in the Bronx is coming to an end. With general manager Brian Cashman getting Andrew Benintende of the Kansas City Royals, adding another left-handed racket to the field, it’s only a matter of time before Gallo is sent on his way for odds.
Joey is currently on a one-year deal worth $10.3 million. Another team will have to pay the rest of his salary, but he has value in a small market team that won’t overwhelm him with the stress and anxiety in the hitter’s chest every day.
The Yankees can’t count on Joey Gallo anymore:
Gallo was simply overwhelmed by the constant criticism and jitters from Yankee fans. They rain on him every time at bat, which affects the player’s psyche.
“This is a tough place where you don’t play well,” Gallo said of New York, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. “It’s hard to deal with, and at the end of the day, you want to make your fans happy and proud. So when you get understandably not good feedback from them on a consistent basis, it’s hard. It doesn’t make you feel good about yourself. But it’s something I needed to learn, and I see It’s part of growing up for me as a person and as a player.”
However, Gallo will remember every bad moment he wished things had been different. He noted the negative association with Yankee hats and shirts, which would not dissipate. Time is probably his only saver in this regard.
“Every time I see a Yankees hat, every time I see a Yankees shirt, that’s something I have to understand,” Gallo said at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. “I didn’t play well as a Yankee player. I wish I had.”
Gallo has been a flop to his usual self this season, coming in at 0.159 with a 28% base rate, 339 career worst and 39% strike rate. He’s only scored 12 players this season with 24 RBIs, and scored 0.2 WAR, the worst of his career on a sample size of over 18 games.
However, some of his numbers indicate that he was not so lucky. It still hosts a 48% impact rate, 17.3% barrel rate, and 23.9 degrees of launch angle. It makes a solid connection based on its hardest hit metrics, but its WHIFF rates are insane.
Against fast balls, Gallo has a 36.9% WHIFF rating, 47.3% against broken balls, and 43.9% against non-fast balls. Those are terrible numbers that indicate game after game of blasphemy. His inability to make a simple connection completely destroyed his value.
“When I see my score, I feel like I played better than that,” Gallo said. “There are two things mechanically that I think I could have been better at observing. Baseball is a strange game. It can do something a little bit wrong, and in baseball you start doing it every single day, and it starts to become a habit that you don’t notice. I just feel like something is coming out. Out of rhythm, out of control.”
Hopefully the Yankees will send him to a team where you value him, and he can thrive without the added pressure of outside noise.