Is New York made for everyone? These two players can attest to that very well. Aaron Hicks was recently DFA'd by the Yankees, then picked up by the Orioles. Gary Sanchez, along with Gio Urshela, were dealt to Minnesota at the beginning of 2022 for Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and Ben Rortvedt.
Baseball has seen it's fair share of players who were not made for the bright lights of New York City, but have blossomed elsewhere. In this case, Hicks and Sanchez are proving that right.
In five games with the Orioles, Aaron Hicks has slashed .400/.500/.733 with a home run and 3 RBI. Although a small sample size, Hicks has done more in those five games with the O's than he's done with the Yankees in a long while. Both sides, Hicks and New York, needed a fresh start without each other and for Hicks, it's been nothing short of that.
Looking in at Gary Sanchez, in eight games with the Padres, he has slashed .292/.370/.708 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI. Sanchez seemingly has recovered his power and it's been such a bright spot to witness for him. He's fitting quite well in "Slam" Diego.
Although these sample sizes are not enough to judge whether or not these two former Yankees have found that spark, it's a hope that both have finally found a home after what their careers have entaled thus far.