Can you imagine signing a $597,000 contract to play in the New York Yankees minor league system right out of college, only to ruin it all by scamming fans and Steal bats, gloves and gear? Jake Sanford, Yankees third-round pick in 2019, was cut by the club on 12 May for multiple infractions, including allegedly hunting teammates for gear he would then sell online. Based on NJ.com’s Brendan KutySanford scammed other players, selling any equipment, including gloves and clubs, that they had given away. he or he can steal. As if selling the stolen device wasn’t bad enough, Sanford then defrauded fans by selling them stolen “memorabilia”, but never delivered.
Sanford is imported from Western Kentucky and is making steady progress towards the majors, hitting the .285 mark with 16 home runs, 61 RBI and 0.823 OPS. You can be a talent of the generation and become the archetypal Joanne the Scammer, but not certain JAG leads hit 267 / .332 / .446 and stole seven bases mid-ball Low- A and High-A. He was clearly not Rickey Henderson, which is probably why he was caught so easily.
Now Sanford finds his baseball career stuck. You could understand if he was one of the many minor league prospects who were underpaid, but that’s not the case here. Sanford has #24 on Yankees MLB Pipeline ahead of the 2021 season. Sanford is a good prospect for the New York’ Yankees. In the long run, being a major league, Yankee will offer him more lucrative opportunities than a few thousand dollars at an online auction. To make matters worse, sources told New York Post that Sanford was trying to pay off gambling debts.
These allegations do not bode well for his future in Major League Baseball. It’s hard to go back to the name of a stolen prospect from a teammate, defrauding fans to make up for a gambling problem. However, it is not impossible. The Sanford scouting report compared his skill set to that of Brett Gardner, but off the pitch he resembles former Yankees central midfielder Ruben Rivera. More than 20 years ago, Rivera was playing with a 1-year, $1 million deal when he stole a glove from teammate Derek Jeter and sold it to a souvenir dealer for $2,500. Jeter probably didn’t miss the gauntlet, but theft at the clubhouse is a taboo and breach of trust.
Rivera also objected to the organization for immediately abandoning him when they were trapped by players who were accused of more serious crimes in the past. The same is true today for modern Yankees, who welcomed Domingo German back in 2021 after a domestic violence case involving his girlfriend. Rivera would further his career by signing a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, making his post-season debut and then being released by the San Francisco Giants. Personally, I never understood trading cards or haunting memorabilia culture. It seems like a great method to launder money. The value of collectibles is unchecked and their sentimental value is greatest to the original seller. From whom exactly did Sanford steal from among the most valuable minors on the market? Jason Dominguez is Yankee’s international prospect for diamond gems, but he’s struggling a lot and expectations for him are dwindling. If Sanford sells Dominguez memorabilia, he better sell fast.
Like Rivera before him, Sanford will probably try to come back after all this is over, and Astros should be his first call for franchises willing to weather a small locker theft scandal. Interests may be mutual.