Who Are the Yankees Catchers?

Who are the Yankees catchers? This is a question that many baseball fans have, and it is a valid one. The Yankees have had some great catchers over the years, and there are a few who stand out above the rest.

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The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the Bronx, New York City. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division.They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City; the other club is the National League (NL)’s New York Mets. The Yankees began play in the 1901 season as the Baltimore Orioles (no connection to the modern Baltimore Orioles team), replacing the defunct National League Grays of Brooklyn. In 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise after it ceased operations and moved it to New York City, naming it the Highlanders. The Highlanders were officially renamed as the “Yankees” in 1913.

The team is owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, an LLC that is controlled by the family of the late George Steinbrenner, who purchased . The current managing general partner is Hal Steinbrenner, George’s son. Brian Cashman is the team’s general manager, and Aaron Boone is the team’s field manager. The home games were played at Yankee Stadium from 1923 until 1973 and from 1976 to 2008. In 1974 and 1975, bullpen catcher Thurman Munson temporarily took over duties as head coach due to Billy Martin’s dismissal during each respective season; Dick Howser served as acting head coach in 1985 while Yogi Berra was fired and replaced by Lou Piniella for one game (a 5–4 loss to Boston on October 2); Bobby Murcer served fill-in duties for one game on July 4, 1979 against Toronto after Martin was ejected early on (the Yankees lost 8–1); Lee Mazzilli served fill-in duties for one game on August 3, 1979 against Chicago White Sox after Martin was ejected early on (the Yankees won 12–0); Clyde King served fill-in duties for one game on September 28, 1980 against Baltimore after Martin was ejected early on (the Yankees won 20–3); Chris Chambliss served fill-in duties for one game on May 23, 1988 against Seattle afterPINIELLA was ejected early on during an argument with 1st base umpire Drew Coble following an unsuccessful appeal of a balk called against Yankee pitcher Dave LaPoint which allowed Harold Reynolds to score from 3rd base; Don Mattingly served fill-in duties for four games from April 23 to 26, 1991 while PINIELLA underwent reconstructive knee surgery; John Wathan served fill-in duties for one game on June 2nd 1991 against California while PINIELLA underwent treatment following a diagnosis of Guillain–Barré syndrome; Mel Stottlemyre served fill-in duties for ten games from June 19th through 30th 1991 while PINIELLA recuperated from Guillain–Barré syndrome at his home in Tampa; Stu Cliburn served fill-in duties for two games from June 27th through 28th 1991 while PINIELLA recuperated from Guillain–Barré syndrome at his home in Tampa; Spike Owen served fill-in duties for three games from July 1st through 3rd 1991 while PINIELLA recuperated from Guillain–Barré syndrome at his home in Tampa Cleveland Indians manager Mike Hargrove coached third base during Game 5 of ALDS on October 11th 1995 after third base coach Larry Bowa was ejected in top of 9th inning by home plate umpire Tim Welke following a successful appeal of interference call against right fielder Paul O’Neill which originally nullified Justice’s leadoff homerun; Chris Chambliss coached first base during ALCS Game 6 on October 17th 1996 after Bowa was once again ejected by Welke following a successful appeal of an interference call against DH Ruben Sierra which originally nullified Tino Martinez’s leadoff homerun in bottom of 9th inning (Yankees won 6–5 in 11 innings to clinch their first pennant since 1981)

The Current Catchers

The New York Yankees currently have Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine as their catchers. Sanchez is the primary catcher, while Romine is the backup. Sanchez is known for his power hitting, while Romine is known for his defense.

Gary Sanchez

Sanchez is a young and up-and-coming player who is looking to make a name for himself in the majors. He’s already shown that he has the potential to be a great player, and he’s only going to get better with more experience.

Austin Romine

Austin Romine is an American professional baseball catcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2011.

Romine was drafted by the Yankees in the second round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft. He spent 2007 with the Yankees’ Rookie ball team, the Gulf Coast Yankees, before being promoted to the single-A Charleston RiverDogs in 2008. In 2009, he played for both Charleston and the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League. In 2010, Romine played for the double-A Trenton Thunder. He spent 2011 with Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being called up to MLB on September 6, 2011.

The Backup Catchers

As of right now, the Yankees have two backup catchers on their roster. These are Kyle Higashioka and Erik Kratz. Higashioka is a 30-year-old who has spent his entire career in the Yankees organization. Kratz is a 38-year-old who has bounced around a bit, but has spent time with the Yankees in the past.

Kyle Higashioka

Kyle Higashioka is an American professional baseball catcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut in 2017.

Higashioka was born in Fountain Valley, California, and grew up in Huntington Beach. He did not play high school baseball, but played American Legion Baseball. Higashioka attended Cypress College, where he played college baseball for the Cypress Chargers. The Yankees selected him in the seventh round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

Erik Kratz

Erik Kratz is a 38-year-old veteran catcher who has spent time with seven teams in his 11-year career. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round of the 2002 MLB Draft out of Eastern Mennonite University. Kratz made his big league debut with the Blue Jays in 2010 and has since also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, and Yankee
s. Kratz is a journeyman catcher who will provide solid defense and a veteran presence behind the plate for the Yankees.


The New York Yankees have had some great catchers over the years. Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, and Thurman Munson are just a few of the names that come to mind. Jorge Posada was the most recent Yankee catcher to make an impact on the team. He was a key member of the Yankees’ dynasty that won four World Series titles in five years from 1996 to 2000.

The Yankees have not had much success at the catcher position since Posada retired after the 2011 season. They have used a revolving door of players including Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart, Austin Romine, Brian McCann, and Gary Sanchez. Cervelli and McCann had some success with the team, but neither was able to solidify the position.

The Yankees hope that Sanchez can be their long-term solution at catcher. He has shown flashes of greatness, but he has also been plagued by injuries and inconsistencies. Only time will tell if Sanchez can be the Yankees’ next great catcher.

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