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CHECKOUT: Yankees Manager Believes DJ LeMahieu Is A Frontrunner For The Leadoff Position

Aaron Boone, the New York Yankees manager, remains in a fix as he contemplates an ideal hitting lineup. From fixating on a leadoff spot contender to deciding on Juan Soto and Aaron Judge’s hitting order, Boone’s plate is full this spring season. Meanwhile, a major headache for the skipper is the leadoff spot.

The leadoff position in baseball is always demanding. The leadoff hitter’s role is to give a head start to the team and the rest of the lineup an ideal platform to capitalize on. However, for the New York Yankees, the leadoff-hitting candidates have disappointed in recent history. So, who will be the Yanks’ leadoff hitter in the 2024 season?

   

Aaron Boone Banking On DJ LeMahieu To Start As Leadoff Hitter In 2024!

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LeMahieu’s struggles are magnified with the team slumping and Aaron Judge sidelined. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

As the New York Yankees gear up for the 2024 MLB season, manager Aaron Boone has signaled his intent to rely on infielder DJ LeMahieu as the team’s leadoff hitter. In a recent press conference, Boone stated he wants DJ to ace the leadoff spot. However, if the need arises, he is open to pivoting to Alex Verdugo. Moreover, the skipper lauded LeMahieu’s training and off-season conditioning. He revealed that the infielder has been in Tampa for a few weeks, ramping up his off-season grind. “DJ looks really, really good, and I’m really excited where he’s at physically,” Boone said. Notably, DJ endured a tough season in 2023, wherein his batting average dropped to an all-time career low.

DJ LeMahieu, a three-time All-Star, and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner has established himself as one of the premier hitters in the game since joining the Yankees in 2019. LeMahieu brings a unique blend of contact-hitting and on-base skills to the leadoff spot, making him an ideal candidate to set the table for the Yanks’ potent lineup. Boone’s decision to entrust LeMahieu with the leadoff role is based on a combination of factors, including the veteran infielder’s track record of success and his ability to ace in high-pressure situations. Throughout his career, LeMahieu has demonstrated a knack for coming through in clutch moments, making him a valuable asset at the top of the lineup. With his experience and poise, LeMahieu is well-equipped to embrace the challenges of leading off games and setting the tone for the Yanks’ offense.

Yankees Skipper Reignites Championship Dreams Ahead Of 2024 Season!

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, New York Yankees skipper Aaron Boone raised fans; hope ahead of the 2024 season. In a pre-season press conference, Boone said that Bronx Bombers are hell-bent on winning a championship this year. Notably, the franchise has gone 14 years without a World Series title despite having 27 previous titles to its name.

Understandably, the Yankee nation’s patience has begun to run out. Moreover, the 2023 season postseason elimination only added to the fans’ growing frustration. Thus, to instill trust and faith in the fan base ahead of the upcoming season, the skipper himself stepped forward to calm the agitated fanbase. Only time will tell if the team lives up to the manager’s words.

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