Since the spring, New York Yankees fans have been asking for Jason Dominguez’s MLB debut, and although it took a few months, they are now enjoying the spectacle of “The Martian.”
The Major Leagues are being revolutionized by the demonstration of the young Dominican who stomped onto the fields of the majors and will now make the management of the Bronx team think twice.
At 20 years and 213 days, Domínguez is the youngest player in the entire MLB with four home runs in his first seven games.
He joined Jesse Hill (1935) and Frank Laporte (1905) as the only Yankees players with three multi-RBI games in their first seven major league games.
Is it necessary to mention any more marks he posted in his first week in the majors? He now joins Shelley Duncan as the only Yankees players to hit at least four home runs in the first seven games of his career. Duncan was his manager in Triple A.
Right now, it’s difficult to be sure what New York plans to do with the Quisqueyans. But the fact that Harrison Bader was released and Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s disappearance from the lineup is a warning that Dominguez could be on the team in 2024.
Manager Aaron Boone is amazed at Dominguez’s first steps in the MLB, but hasn’t said anything about the future. He simply warned that the outfielder would have a challenge.
“There will be tweaks and adjustments by opposing teams,” he said. “That’s a lot of what this game is about, how you can adapt to it. It happens all the time. It will continue to evolve.”
While he’s proving he can be a starter today, it’s likely his response to these adjustments will determine whether he returns to the minors or spends all of 2024 in center field at Yankee Stadium.
It’s not just what he showed on the field and his attitude that speaks for him. Also the support of team owner Hal Steinbrenner, who has pushed for him to make his debut in the majors and is certainly in favor of letting him play for the big team next season.