The New York Yankees presented their new and expensive acquisition, Gerrit Cole, on Wednesday at their home at Yankee Stadium.
Before even speaking, the right-handed gunner came to the podium with a poster that read: “Yankees fan today, tomorrow and forever”.
“I remember when I was a little boy, I dreamed of playing in major league baseball, especially with the Yankees,” said the 29-year-old athlete during a press conference broadcast on his new roster’s Twitter account. . It was the right time and the right place for me to take the next step. I am very excited and hope that several boys will chase their dreams, as I did. ”
Cole has signed a record $ 324 million contract that will tie him to the Bronx Bombers for the next nine years.
“In my opinion, it’s the best organization there is in major league baseball. She gets the best out of every player in their position and gives everyone a chance to be successful. She has shown it in the last decades. ”
Cole spent the first five years of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, before joining the Houston Astros for the last two seasons. He had his best campaign of 2019, maintaining a 20-5 record. The pitcher has dominated several major league categories and established several personal highs. Among other things, he led the AHL starters in earned run average (2.50) and strikeouts (326). He also took the opportunity to thank his former Astros teammates, with whom he participated in the World Series this fall.
“There are a number of individual stats in baseball, but they’re worthless if you don’t have their support.”