Before spring training began, New York Yankeesâ€™ shortstop Gleyber Torres, who was coming off a disappointing season in 2020, asked the coaches to be paired on the back fields and in the batting cages with second baseman DJ LeMahieu.
Torres wanted to absorb the most possible baseball knowledge from LeMahieu, who is known for his strong defense and obvious offensive talent. The latter re-signed with the Yankees this year for the next six seasons.
â€œThat first year, DJ was a man of few words,â€ Torres said to MLB.com. â€œNow heâ€™s really open with me. I feel like heâ€™s my older brother. I feel really confident right now playing with him. We have the best conversations. DJ is a really complete player. He just wants to win games.â€
From a chemistry standpoint, knowing that the Yankeesâ€™ double play combination are fostering their communication is fantastic, even if the in-game impact is minimal.
Both Torres and LeMahieu are long-term pieces for the Yankees
Torres is thrilled to have LeMahieu on the Yankees for a really long time, as both players are seen as long-term pieces in the puzzle.
â€œDJ has done everything in both leagues; National League and now in the American League,â€ Torres said. â€œHeâ€™s amazing. If he does something, I need to learn the same things he is doing. I think thereâ€™s nothing better than to have DJâ€™s example, so I just try to learn everything possible.â€
LeMahieu doesnâ€™t mind Torres looking up to him. â€œHe mentioned to me this spring that he wanted to pick my brain a little bit,â€ the star infielder said. â€œJust kind of, â€˜Letâ€™s work together this spring more.â€™ And we got to know each other better and weâ€™ve really worked a lot this spring. Heâ€™s working hard and heâ€™s doing really good, so Iâ€™m excited to see him finding his legs in his routine.â€