Hello everyone! Humberto Sanchez (Humbe) here coming to you straight from Peoria, AZ, home of the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and the Peoria Javelinas. This is my first time blogging, and i’m already having a lot of fun at this. I will start by telling you a bit about myself. I’m a Dominican Republic born right-hander pitcher, i grew up in the Bronx, NY idolizing the team i now play for. I sign my first professional contract in 2002 with the Detroit Tigers. I was in the Tigers organization for 4 years making stops at all their minor league stops. On November 10, 2006 i was part of a package that brought Gary Sheffield (who in my opinion is a future Hall Of famer) to the tigers and send Kevin Whelan, Anthony Clagget and myself to the New York Yankees.
Unfortunately I spent the first 1 1/2 years with the Yankees recovering from elbow reconstruction surgery ( Tommy John). I was finally able to get healthy in 2008 and start climbing up the latter once again. I started the year by making about 12 appearances for our gulf coast team then went on to the Florida State league and and 2 appearances for the Tampa Yankees. Towards the end of august I joined the Trenton Thunder for the playoff run (this was one of the closest groups of guys i have even been around, they really knew what all becoming one really meant) where we won the Eastern League Championship. After our last game i received news that I was joining the big club and that I was going to reach what at one point seemed to be moving further and further away. It was the second best moment in my life (watching my son Aiden’s birth will always be first). I made 2 appearances with the Yankees and most important i was able to have a front seat for the last game at the stadium where I use to watch the most games as a kid. It truly was a september to remember for me.
I now find my self in Arizona where I will looking to get some more work in since I only pitched about 20 innings this season. This is my second tour in the Arizona fall league the first being in 2005 as a member of the Mesa Solar sox. I’ve been here for about a week now. So far we have played 3 games winning all of them and in the process getting to know all my new teammates as good as possible. I have to say we have a pretty fun group of guys in this team and so far its been a very pleasant week.
I will be checking in and answering any questions you guys may have for me! Hope to hear from you guys soon!