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Akshita Patel

CHECKOUT: DJ LeMahieu’s Key To Success As Leadoff For New York Yankees Is Confidence

DJ LeMahieu, the versatile infielder for the New York Yankees, is known for his consistency and reliability at the plate. He signed a massive six-year extension contract three years ago and continues to be a key part of the lineup. However, in the recent past, the veteran has struggled with his health.

As the oldest member of the Yankees roster, DJ LeMahieu went through multiple surgeries twice in the past three years. Even last year, the third baseman missed some time due to a hamstring strain. Amid fitness concerns, Aaron Boone envisions DJ to thrive in the leadoff spot. But is LeMahieu mentally ready to take up the responsibility?

   

Make Or Break Year Coming Up For DJ LeMahieu?

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DJ LeMahieu had two solid at-bats against Gerrit Cole during the Yankees’ spring training practice. AP

Batting first as a leadoff in a baseball game requires a unique mindset and approach. Hitters are tasked with setting the pace and establishing momentum for their team right from the start. For DJ LeMahieu, finding his comfort zone in this role is essential to his success and the team’s overall performance. Aaron Boone confirmed last month that he sees his leadoff hitter in LeMahieu. Having said that, for DJ to succeed in the leadoff role, he must regain lost confidence and decrease questionable strike-out rates. LeMahieu understands that his performance at the top of the lineup sets the tone for the rest of the game. Thus, it is imperative for him to find his groove early and provide a solid foundation for the Yanks’ offense.

Having said that, the coming season will be crucial with respect to DJ LeMahieu’s future with the New York Yankees. He is halfway through his six-year extension contract and remains the oldest member on the roster. Moreover, with the franchise switching towards youth infusion, it’s unlikely for DJ to keep his place with mediocre performance. Regardless, as the season progresses, LeMahieu’s quest for confidence when batting first will be closely watched by Yankee fans and baseball enthusiasts alike. His ability to set the tone for the team’s offense and provide a spark at the top of the lineup will be crucial to the Yankees’ success as they aim to contend for a postseason berth. Overall, fans can expect to see LeMahieu make a meaningful impact on the team and contribute to their success on the field.

Anthony Rizzo Rejuvenated After Strong Spring Outings For Yankees

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On the flip side, DJ LeMahieu’s counterpart, Anthony Rizzo, has started spring training with a bang. He hit back-to-back homers in the second consecutive game and was rightly elated with his performance. Notably, Rizzo is coming off a concussion injury, which saw him getting ruled out in the second half of the 2023 season.

Regardless, ahead of the 2024 rebound season, Anthony Rizzo believes he has got his superpowers back. “I can see the ball the right way again and feel like I can do damage,” said Rizzo after slamming a grand slam in spring. Indeed, the first baseman’s return to form is a big positive from the Yankee’s standpoint as they aim to bounce back from an 82-80 abysmal season.

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