Former New York Yankees outfielder, Aaron Hicks’ career in the pinstripes, was marred with underperformance and injury woes. He nearly spent a decade in the Bronx and yet failed to produce noteworthy moments. Subsequently, the fans grew impatient and went after Hick with utmost rage and hatred.
Aaron Hicks entered the 2023 season with a lot of uncertainties over his role in the team. While he was benched from the opening-day lineup, manager Aaron Boone assured Hicks that he still remains a part of the team’s future plans. However, fate had other plans, as Hicks had to part with the organization mid-season. Meanwhile, the ousted outfielder recently shared ill feelings related to the Bronx Bombers.
Aaron Hicks Credits Change Of Scenery For Success With Baltimore Orioles!
After being on and off the lineup for the first half of the season, the New York Yankees ousted Aaron Hicks mid-season. He was released in May, and four days later, the outfielder found a new home with AL-East rival Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles had lost an outfielder due to injury and turned to Hicks for replacement. Interestingly, at the time of release, Hicks was hitting .188. However, shortly after jumping ships to the Orioles, the outfielder slashed .275/.381/.425 with 7 homers and 6 steals. Not only that, he even produced awe-inspiring plays in the outfield. Hicks not only saw a turnaround in Baltimore but also led his team to division victory in 2023.
Meanwhile, Aaron Hicks recently opened up on the mid-season change and explained what led to a major turnaround. He said the change of scenery for sure helped. Moreover, playing with a winning team with a young combination of players helped Hicks with his resurgence. “Baltimore was amazing. It was the right team for me at the right time,” said Hicks in an interview. The outfielder also suggested that he intended to be on a winning team, and playing in New York wasn’t fun for him anymore. Additionally, a couple of mechanical tweaks also helped on the plate. Thus, overall, Aaron Hicks heavily credited Baltimore Orioles positive team environment for his resurgence. Perhaps, the Yankees’ competitive and high-pressure situation brought out the worst in Aaron Hicks.
Yankees Unlikely To Land Jordan Montgomery, Blake Snell!
As it stands, the New York Yankees are still very much active in the pitching market. If recent rumors are to be believed, the Bronx Bombers are unlikely to land either Jordan Montgomery or Blake Snell. While Snell is expected to sign elsewhere, Montgomery would prefer extending stay in Texas. Thus, the Yanks would most probably have to settle with Marcus Stroman this off-season.
Interestingly, the New York Yankees approaches both Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery. While Snell rejected the $150 million generous offer, Montgomery wanted to pivot to Texas Rangers instead. Thus, both the starting pitchers kind of rejected the Bronx Bombers. Regardless, with Stroman’s signing, the Yanks finally have a five-man rotation at their helm for the upcoming pivotal MLB season.