It looks like the White Sox are believers in second chances, as they have signed infielder Yolmer Sanchez to a minor-league deal. Sanchez previously played six seasons on the South Side of Chicago before the club granted him free agency at the end of the 2019 season.
During his first tenure with the White Sox, he posted a slash line of .244/.299/.357/.656 over 2,438 plate appearances in 646 games. Sanchez was not known for his offense, however, he was known for his defense and contagious personality.
His lighthearted demeanor helped upkeep morale in the locker room during a tough decade of White Sox baseball. Sanchez has won a couple of awards in his career, as he took home the Rawlings AL Gold Glove in 2019 and the MLBPAA White Sox Heart and Hustle Award in 2017. He managed to post a positive dWAR rating every season except for his rookie year.
With the club bringing him back, albeit on a minor-league deal, let’s take a look back at some of the memories he provided during his first stint with the White Sox.
Even though he was on some bad White Sox teams, he still gave it his all in every game. Plays such as the one below exemplify exactly that.
While he could patrol multiple infield positions, plays such as this rangy putout at second base helped him secure AL Gold Glove honors at the position last season.
Rain Delay Shenanigans
On May 27th of 2019, Sanchez had one of the most memorable reactions to a rain delay. Inclement weather delayed a contest against the Kansas City Royals for the second time, which led to Sanchez having some fun with it.
First, he decided to make some dirt angels on the infield during the delay. Next, he took a Gatorade container of ice and poured it on himself. Not only did the team get a kick out of it, but the few loyal fans remaining in the pouring rain loved it.
An Unconventional Home Run Celebration
2018 was a rough year for the Chicago White Sox. Coming into a May 3rd contest against the Minnesota Twins, the South Siders sported an 8-20 record in a season that would eventually see them finish with 100 losses.
Much to the dismay of fans, the White Sox were scraping the bottom of the bargain bin to fill out roster spots in their second “rebuild” season. Outfielder Trayce Thompson was one of those signings, and he came up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning of that aforementioned game with the score tied 5-5. He unexpectedly blasted a solo shot to left field to give the White Sox a walk-off win, and Yolmer Sanchez celebrated in an unorthodox fashion upon Thompson’s arrival to home plate.
Dumping a Gatorade bucket on himself instead of the game’s hero made for a viral video and provided countless laughs for a fanbase in agony.
Sanchez will likely join the White Sox taxi squad in Schaumburg. While it would take a myriad of injuries and steep performance declines from current roster members for him to join the big league club, Sanchez has proven that he can provide great defense and a buoyant clubhouse presence should a promising White Sox team need him.