TAMPA, FL- MARCH 05: Jorge Mateo #93 of the New York Yankees in action during the game against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field on March 5, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Jorge Mateo, a cog in the machine that is the Yankees’ bright future, surprised fans everywhere after hearing about his suspension. Mateo was upset about not being promoted to AA Trenton, after spending his time in Single-A Tampa, where he has posted a .266 batting average, .323 OBP and has a 68% success rate on stolen bases. It is uncertain if that was the straw that broke the Yankees’ managements backs, however.
Whatever the reason, the 21 year old acted out of line, like many kids do when in the spotlight. He has some maturing to do, and veteran Carlos Beltran weighed in on the situation. According to Dan Martin of the New York Post, Beltran offered simple advice to Mateo: “You know what you did wrong and it’s up to you to fix it,” Beltran said. “Now, how do you fix it? You show them. You play hard. Get there early. Do your best and run balls out. Be a leader. That’s how you show the organization you’ll go the extra mile.” Beltran even told the media that the Jorge he knew wasn’t an out of the line kind of guy, and that was not like in his character to do that.
Having a father-like mentor who has been in the big leagues for almost two decades and playing at a high level, Mateo should bounce back from this minor incident. It will be interesting to see how he performs on the field, as well as what he says off the field.