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Yankees’ Gio Urshela wouldn’t mind playing shortstop full time

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The sudden end of the Yankee season opened up new roles for Gio Urshela. And when it comes to new roles, the infielder wasn’t against the defensive changes he received in the final stages of the 2021 season.

“I’ve played all my minor leagues [and major leagues] on a third basis. Then, switching to shortstop, I really enjoyed it, ”said Urshela, at Public School No. 55 in the Bronx, where she distributed her hands to fourth- and fifth-graders, manufactured by H2One, a disinfectant company. I really liked it because you join the game more. In every game you participate. The third principle, I just wait [ball] and this too. You don’t move much. It seems a little different, maybe you get tired after the game [at shortstop].

“You have to move … but at the same time I like it.”

Still, the simple Urshela said he knows how to play everywhere for the 2022 Yankees, leveling his field is one of the many areas that will need to be addressed this season. On Sept. 13, acknowledging that Glaiber Torres’ call to play in the shortstop had failed, the Yankees moved Torres from the second base, DJ LeMahieu from the second base to the third, and Urshela from the third base to the shortstop. Urshela, who turned 30 on Monday, urged school principal Luis Torres to take students on a “Happy Birthday” tour — a shortstop that averaged zero in 30 games, which is better than what he showed in the hot corner. (-5 OAA, according to Baseball Savant).

Gio Urshela headlined the event at the 55th Community School in the Bronx, where he distributed his dolls to students.

While LeMahieu, Torres and Urshela are under team control next season, the Yankees will undoubtedly have a strong free agent class that includes Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semyon and Trevor Story.

Aaron Boone’s management of the Yankees next season remains in question as the manager terminated his contract, taking the club to the playoffs four times and failing to qualify for the World Cup. Boone is more likely not to return, and this makes Urshela happy, he cut 267 / .301 / .419 as he struggled with multiple injuries and a new condition of COVID.

“Boone is a very good manager, a really good guy,” Urshela said. “I really love Bowie, how he is, how he led the team. I hope we see him again. “

Urshela took into account Boone’s confidence in the 2019 break.

After the Yankees were eliminated by the Red Sox in the American League, Urshela said she would return home to Florida soon, even though she hAcesparks’t kept her promise to serve as Hackensack Meridian Health Ambassador in New Jersey and visit some patients. . Here it is.

Gio Urshela says that if the Yankees decide to choose this path, he will be ready to play shortstop next season.
Gio Urshela says that if the Yankees decide to choose this path, he will be ready to play shortstop next season.

He will also return here on November 17 to be honored for his services by the Christian Rivera Foundation in the capital. Among his teammates on Tuesday were H2One CEO Alfred Zakkagnino; David Lawyer founded a research institute at Heckensak University Medical Center (with his wife, Alice); John Rivera, founder of the Christian Rivera Foundation; former Yankee batman Luis Castillo; and Yankees public adviser Ray Negron thanked team president Randy Levin for supporting such efforts.

“It is a pleasure to be here and to see this place [excitement] That’s all the kids, “Urshela said.” I try hard to see more of similar moments. “

And, of course, he’ll be back on the field again if he recovers after a 162-game run in the Rice Valley, which has made it “very difficult to play” in the American League. he confessed. He said he felt “much better” on Tuesday, and a week later, the bruising on his left thigh decreased.

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