Mike Ford has the opportunity to be the everyday first basemen for the New York Yankees in 2020, but he has some competition for the job.
Mike Ford was called up from the minor leagues last season due to injuries at the first base position. He proved that he is a good backup but also made the case that he should be the everyday first baseman for the New York Yankees.
In his rookie year, Ford appeared in 50 games for the Yankees. During those 50 games, he hit for a .259 batting average to go along with 37 hits, 12 home runs, 25 RBI and 17 walks. The Yankees needed those average numbers from Ford just to keep their offense rolling with momentum and consistency. Defensively he committed only three errors in 217 innings while playing first base.
Ford didn’t get the opportunity to play in the postseason because DJ LeMahieu started every game at first base for New York, so he couldn’t prove if he can perform when it matters the most, in October.
However, there are signs that point to Ford winning the job at first base because, during Spring Training, he played in games with the “A-Team” or the “guaranteed starters for 2020.” That doesn’t mean it is official that he won the job, but the signs pointed to him with a distinct advantage. He is going to have to battle it out with Luke Voit and Miguel Andujar for the starting job.
I am a fan of Mike Ford, and I hope that he wins the job and becomes the everyday first baseman for the Yankees. He is a left-handed bat in the lineup so he will contribute because of that short porch in right field. Only time will tell when Aaron Boone finally decides on his lineup.